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I went for coffee last week with a local writer named Erika who stumbled on my little corner of the “blogosphere”. Turns out, we used to work together many moons ago when we were both in university. Small world, eh?

Anyway, it was great to catch up and chat with someone who has made the leap to full-time freelancing. *gulp* That takes courage and guts. Good for you, Erika! We exchanged book recommendations and talked about how funny it is that we both married men named Joe. I left our coffee date totally inspired to set aside some more time for my writing. It’s always nice to be reminded you have company out there!

Please take a moment to check out her blog: From now on, it’ll also be in my links list off to the left.


Finally! I’ve now scanned and posted my two published articles. Here’s hoping that more will be added soon…

I remember visiting old classrooms in the past and feeling a little like Alice after she ate the cake marked “Eat Me” – ridiculously overgrown in a space that, as a child, seemed so big. Those tiny little chairs! Those wee adorable desks! The water fountain that I had to stand on my toes to reach and now only comes up to my knees!

I had the reverse experience last Tuesday when I started an Introduction to Freelancing class through the Ottawa-Carleton School Board. Walking into Brookfield High School, I was struck by how vast everything was and how small I felt. I swear those ceilings are higher than your average school. Walking along the endless hallway looking for the right room, I started to get a little nervous. I hadn’t felt that “new kid” feeling in a very long time.

The class itself was very good – a teacher who’s very congenial and obviously well-versed in the world of freelancing (it’s always nice to meet people who are actually making a living doing something I’d like to do). And the group of students is small but enthusiastic; people looking to expand their horizons and develop their creativity and talents just like I am.

Of course, with school comes homework. And I was never very good at doing homework. As I scrambled to finish up our small writing assignment before cooking dinner tonight, I realized that I’m going to have to put in a lot more effort over the next few weeks if I want to make this worthwhile. This course is supposed to be the jump start I’m looking for in my freelancing career, but it will only become so if I do the work! After all, life is not like high school – you can’t get very far by cramming at the last minute.

Why I’m here

My name is Sonya. I live with my husband and our cat in the suburbs of Ottawa. I started this journal to document my thoughts and experiences and share them with friends, family and anyone else who happens to pass this way. My hope is that it will help to keep me focused on the simple things I value most in life and, above all, keep me writing.

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