Author: » jocelynm

I love the whole book-making process and have explored every facet of it, from writing to editing, publishing, printing and even book binding. I’ve worked as a copywriter for radio and a journalist. More recently, I’ve bent my efforts to writing novels, short stories and picture books. In 1996, the Banff Book Editing Program launched me into editing. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of working with many writers. My career as a publisher has been short, but enjoyable. In 1995, I established Kingfisher Publishing and together with a partner produced an anthology with 33 contributors titled ShoreLines: Memoirs & Tales of the Discovery Islands. In 2010, I established Peregrin Publishing, and was joined by five other writers and artists to produce Escape, an anthology released in Nov. 2012, highlighting the work of 28 writers and artists.

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Living With Alzheimer’s, Continuing the Journey

No matter what I think I know about Alzheimer’s Disease, changes in Bill’s status and abilities can still blindside me. And when emotion fills me up to where thoughtful reaction/action is all but snuffed out, strategies go out the window. The usual response when someone asks how we’re doing is, “Fine, thanks.” There are days […]

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Living With Alzheimer’s: Like Living With a Child?

“Living with someone with dementia is like living with a child.” It’s a common perception. But is it true? Children are mimics. They follow adults’ examples (especially the ones you’d rather they didn’t see) and challenge parents to find ways to communicate with them that will encourage them to develop good life skills and protect […]

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Living With Alzheimer’s: The Caregivers’ Dilemma

On the first Thursday of every month, I attend the Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers that meets in the Sunshine Wellness Centre at the Campbell River Hospital from 7:00-8:30 p.m. It is an open group. Anyone dealing with someone with dementia is welcome to attend. Participants share information about coping strategies that help them, supports […]

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Living With Alzheimer’s, Finding Help

Finding Help And Overcoming Fear  A few days ago, a woman I was acquainted with years ago knocked on my door. She said she had read a piece in the newspaper I wrote about the tremendous help the Adult Care Society program has been for me and my husband, who has Alzheimer’s Disease. The woman, […]

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Living With Alzheimer’s — Tears

Bill and I are in year 13 of living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Not for the first time, last night I lay in bed, in the dark, with my body turned away from Bill, crying. Trying not to make any noise. I was crying tears of frustration. How, I asked the firmament, do I find my […]

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On Writing: A. Putting it on paper B. What rate should you charge

Recently, the Federation of B.C. Writers asked members to respond to the following two questions. A. Do you write on a computer? Typewriter? Using pen and paper? Why do you prefer the mode of writing you use? What are the problems you experience when you try to write any other way? AND B. “I wonder […]

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On Writing-Why Write Fiction At All?

In fiction, we create characters, places, and events, or rearrange real-life things to fit a pattern we want to create, to explore an idea we want to explore, or to tell a story we think needs to be told. In life, certain people, places and events grab and hold our imagination. Some events change the […]

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Living with Alzheimer’s: Little Things That Make Us Laugh

Dec. 17, 2014   Bedtime 11:30 p.m. I stayed at the computer checking emails one last time for the day, replying to whatever needed a response. Bill got into his pyjamas, had a pee, brushed his teeth and climbed into bed. When I arrived in the bedroom, I picked up his socks and underwear and put […]

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On Writing – Constructive Feedback

The following is a guest post by Scribes instructor, Annette Yourk. To see more from Annette, visit The Scribes, Comprehensive Writing Services at www.thescribes.ca Peer Review and Feedback – What’s it all about? Writing powerful well-crafted stories is a life’s work. Like any demanding job with high standards, sometimes we need some help from the […]

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On Writing: An Irresistible Query Letter

Every year at tax time, we face an uncomfortable question. No, not, “If I’m a presenter, are nose-hair trimmers a legitimate business expense?” I’m talking about, “When can I write off everything I’ve spent learning to be a writer?” And the answer, of course, is: “When your writing turns from a hobby into a business.” […]