I started blogging in 2009, as "Rachel's Quilts", as a way to share the quilts I made. I had an Etsy shop for a few years but found creating to sell took some of the joy out of making and closed it.
In November of 2011, I decided to try and do NaNoWriMo - which is writing a novel or 50,000 words of one in a month. I did it and realized the dream I've had since I was a little girl of being an author was what I actually wanted to do for a job. Although I am currently unpublished, I am working on getting some poetry and a novel published.
Want to know me even better? Here are lists of some of my favourite things. Enjoy.
Favourite writers and books:
Margaret Atwood: "Surfacing", "Oryx and Crake", You are Happy" and "Power Politics" Or just about anything she writes.
Jeanette Winterson: "Written on the Body", "Art Objects", "The Stone Gods"
Carol Shields: "The Stone Diaries", "Swann", "Unless"
Margaret Laurence: "A Jest of God", "The Diviners", "The Fire Dwellers"
Dorothy Parker's poems and short stories
L.M. Montogomery: Anne series - "Rilla of Ingleside" might be my favourite, "Kilmeny of the Orchard" "Blue Castle"
Jane Austen: "Pride and Prejudice", "Sense and Sensibility", "Emma"
Ami McKay: "The Birth House"
Anne Michaels: "Fugitive Pieces"
Emma Hooper: "Etta and Otto and Russell and James"
Ariel Lawhon: "The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress"
Meg Wolitzer: "The Wife"
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's books.
Artists I love:
Vincent VanGogh, Picasso, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassett and Frida Kahlo
Music I love to listen to:
Ani DiFranco, Weezer, White Stripes, Kate Nash, Chad VanGaalen and Nirvana
Sports I love to watch (I don't really play any) - The Olympics, Tennis, Hockey, Football and Soccer.
Favourite TV Shows:
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Lost", Bob's Burgers", "Family Guy", Gilmour Girls", "Friends", "ER", "House Hunters"
Other Random Things I love:
-the sound and smell of rain and thunderstorms at night
-watching "The Pride and Prejudice" mini-series with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy
-sleeping in but also getting up early while most of the kids are still sleeping and having a cup of tea
-my parents. I enjoy when they visit and even some of their advice.
-midwives, home births and breastfeeding but I also support every woman's right to choose what is best for them and their family
Interesting Facts About Me:
-all 3 kids were born with the help of Midwives. 2 were home births
- my husband and I went to high school together (he even played hockey with my brother) but we didn't start dating until 3 years after we graduated. We got engaged 2 months after we started dating.
- I've been living in the U.S.A., since 2004 (Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Michigan and Moscow, Idaho) but our hometown is North Bay, Ontario, Canada.
- I like to swear
- Sometimes I overshare