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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On Writing: Putting it on Paper; What Rate To 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. There’s a lot […]

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On Writing: Wedded Bliss, or, Happily Ever After

On Writing: Wedded Bliss, or, Happily Ever After I recently read a post by a writer friend of mine, who is into romance. “Happily ever after is still the dream,” she wrote, as part of an explanation of why so many readers gobble up romance novels. I’m all for romance, and the feelings of newness, […]

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Living With Alzheimer’s: Assessing Patients’ Pain

The following is a restructuring of information that may help caregivers living with loved ones with Alzheimer’s recognize the symptoms of pain in an Alzheimer’s patient who is suffering from pain but can no longer describe it, and help them. A link to the online site the information is taken from is provided at the […]

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Living With Alzheimer’s: The Question of Appropriate Therapies

Professionals agree there is currently no treatment that will cure Alzheimer’s because its cause is not known. During the course of our journey, doctors have given us the option of prescription drugs to “possibly help” treat the disease. Many others have suggested remedies, and various testimonials and ads promoting alternative treatments have popped up. It […]

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On Writing: The Hero’s Journey

Guest Post The Hero’s Journey by Bruce Hale The oldest story ever told forms the basis for so many of our modern tales. No, I’m not talking about the “check is in the mail” story. I’m talking about the Hero’s Journey. This mythic structure has been used so often, it’s almost part of our DNA. […]

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On Writing: Writing Without an Outline

Writing Without An Outline Deciding what works for you Often, the first rule writers are told is: Make an outline. Outlines usually involve chapter headings, and plot points, properly listed under the appropriate chapter heading. Many successful writers wouldn’t dream of beginning to write their books without making an outline first. Personally, when it comes […]

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On Writing – The Dreaded Synopsis

Tell most aspiring novelists they must synopsize their masterpiece, and they run screaming into the hills.    Dee-Ann Latona LeBlanc, Writing a Synopsis from the Ground Up The synopsis is your sales pitch—worth the time it takes to construct and polish until it’s right. Think of it as a jacket blurb. Many jacket blurbs are actually […]

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

“It’s like living with a child.” It’s a common perception when discussion centers around living with someone with Alzheimer’s, and a statement I’ve heard often. Not really. Children challenge parents to find ways to communicate with them that will encourage them to develop life skills, to advise them against things that will harm them, and […]

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On Writing-What Every Good Story Needs

I belong to a writers’ group where the pros and cons of beginning one’s book by creating an outline has been discussed a lot. Recently, I was asked to write a guest blog on writing without using an outline for The Scribes: Comprehensive Writing Services for Non-Fiction. That turned into two blogs. The first, What […]

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Alzheimer’s and Social Networking

“I’d like to go golfing,” Bill said. The sun was shining, the grass is green and all kinds of flowers are in full bloom, including our spectacular, blood-red, Camelia Roses. Who wouldn’t want to be outside doing something you enjoyed while you soak all that up?  Trouble was, his Alzheimer’s has progressed to where he […]