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Deryn Collier

A message from the other side of mother guilt

In the Acknowledgments section of my first novel I thank a woman named Lois who, more than any agent or editor or publisher, made that book possible. You see, when my eldest started kindergarten, she offered to have my youngest at her house one morning each week so that I could write. Gramma Lois did this for years. “Just thank me in the acknowledgments when your book comes out,” she’d say. And then, at the launch, she was right there… Read More »A message from the other side of mother guilt

Significant Incident #3: The Coop*

*Being a satirical (and possibly completely made up) story of events occurring in a rapidly-growing mountain town during the unprecedented year of 2022. ** Honey, is that you? Mom? What are you doing? I told you not to call me at work. I know. But I’m a customer today. A member. Want me to give you my membership number? M-o-m. It’s not like I don’t know our membership number. So, you’re at the customer service desk today? Yes. Alright then.… Read More »Significant Incident #3: The Coop*

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Significant Incident Report #2: The Garage*

Hello? Is this the emergency shelter? Oh, good. Glad I caught you. I’d like to report an incident? Something that happened last night. No, I know you’re not the police. But I thought I wasn’t supposed to call the police anymore? Poverty’s not a crime, right? So I thought I’d call you, because this has to do with a homeless person and you handle them. You serve that population. Yes. That’s what I meant to say. You serve that population,… Read More »Significant Incident Report #2: The Garage*

Significant Incident Report #1: The Basket*

*Being a satirical recounting of (at least partially) true events occurring in a rapidly-growing mountain town during the unprecedented year of 2022. Around here we call this kind of basket a Kootenay carry-on. Yeah, it does fit everything, and I mean everything. If you need it, I probably have it in here. A lot of locals have them. I want to talk to you about what happened this morning. I was walking down the hill from our house to the… Read More »Significant Incident Report #1: The Basket*

T-shirt under construction

So Much More Than a T-Shirt

Pictured above is a t-shirt that I made. It took me 8-10 hours, which, given how simple it is, is probably a long time. When it comes to sewing straight lines, I’m an advanced beginner. I made a quilt for each of my kids when they were little and went through a whole making bags from old jeans phase while I was working up the courage to write my first novel. But when it comes to sewing clothes, I’m an… Read More »So Much More Than a T-Shirt

Notebook with pens

6 Reasons To Keep Your Day Job

Once I was on a panel with four other writers in front of a large audience. The event moved the the Q&A segment, and, as writers do, we all held our breath. This next part could go in any direction at all. The first question was this: Do you write full time, or do you still do other work? It’s an uncomfortable experience to pass the mic down the line, writer to writer, and answer for your success based on… Read More »6 Reasons To Keep Your Day Job

Notebook and writing materials

Fictional Empty Nest

I recently completed a round of novel edits so substantial that I practically rewrote the manuscript from scratch. It took way longer and was way harder than I expected. Those last few weeks, as each day blended into the next, I couldn’t wait to be done. I imagined the relief, the satisfaction, the freedom that would come once I sent this round off to my editor. Anything that comes next with this book will be easier than this round of… Read More »Fictional Empty Nest

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Math For Authors

[When I first started this blog, I promised to reprise some posts from my earlier blog, just for fun. There’s not much that has changed from when this post was originally written, except that the seven-year-old in question is now seventeen. (And he’s really good at math.) It’s fun to look back at writing from the front lines of parenting. Those of you with younger children might appreciate this excerpt from the trenches. It comes with the promise that it… Read More »Math For Authors