People have an idea (perhaps born of Hollywood movies?) that the key to a writer’s success is writing a great book. From there, life takes off.

While that’s a building block, I don’t think a writer’s network gets enough credit. Critique groups help us hone our writer’s voice and story. They help us learn how to take feedback and to parse which feedback works and which doesn’t.

But there’s also the writer’s social network – our friends and family who jump in to support and lift us up. Earlier this year, I had an opportunity to be a Writer in Residence for four international schools in Hanoi, Vietnam. This opportunity wouldn’t have been possible if not for family members who stepped in to help with the at-home duties.

So, today, I’d just like to give a shout out to our critique partners, family, friends, and all the people who help us to foster and grow our creative selves. Thank you!

Me, about to go on my first scooter ride!


It wasn’t just the schools, but the people in Hanoi who made every day so wonderful. Shout out to the hotel restaurant and all the hot chocolate they sent my way.


When your profile picture becomes an exercise in math class. What a kick!


One of the schools turned this poster into a scavenger hunt of sorts. What a super fun way to explore the school!


It sticks with me – the effort and organization that schools undertake when they bring in an author/artist. I hope they know how much we appreciate their work.


You know this is my favourite pic, right? 😉


Beautiful roses from one of the schools. The gorgeous welcome and generous spirit of the schools continue to warm my days.


A highlight of the trip was the chance to meet Joanna Ho, author of “Eyes that Kiss in the Corners”


Celebrations of literary are such a joy!