“I Thought I Could Never Make a Living From Art”

Candice Leyland, watercolour artist and art teacher, never imagined she’d be where she is today: making a living from her art. As a writer, I can empathize. One stereotype that still exists is that of the starving artist (or writer). In this…

Giving Books as Gifts to Voracious Reader

Lori Wolf-Heffner reading one of her books. Her series Between Worlds is free from explicit content.

It can often be difficult giving books as gifts to an avid reader in your family: You have to know their favourite genres, favourite and disliked authors, and what books they’ve read and bought. Which is why trying a new author could…

World Mental Health Day and Me

Profile of a head with a tree trunk in the neck and leaves for the brain. World Mental Health Day.

Today is World Mental Health Day, and it’s a day I’ll admit I’m always conflicted about. I sometimes worry that some of the messaging on mental health and mental illness makes it sound like a meme: “An affirmation a day keeps the shrink…

Writing about Anger While Keeping the Story Uplifting & Real

A pile of old suitcases wtih a pair of pink high-tops at the top. The cover for Between Worlds 1: The Move by Lori Wolf-Heffner

Have you ever read a story or watched a movie only to be disappointed in the ending because the protagonist won too easily? Don’t get me wrong: sometimes I enjoy a little cheese in my entertainment, especially at Christmastime, but I can…

7 Tips to an Enjoyable Journalling Ritual

Journalling can be healing, fun, exciting, or a drag (especially if you set up too many expectations for yourself). If you’re looking to journal, here are a few tips to keep in mind so that your journalling ritual is enjoyable and not…

Journalling for almost 30 Years and Counting: Now What?

A stack of personal journals, two deep.

I’ve been journalling for almost three decades and have just as many journals (30 of them). I travel down memory lane once in awhile, but other than that, they sit in my closet, waiting to be discovered by my kids when they’re…