Today is the first anniversary of The Book being published! (Well, actually yesterday was, but I’ve been sick so that’s a bit of a delay). Most of my life, I’ve dreamed of having a book with my name on it. Not inside the cover, as a mark of ownership. No, the dream was the kind [...]

I’ve known Wren for years. She calls her RA the Dragon and she writes like a dream. Reading her posts on RheumaBlog always makes me feel centered and as if I’ve learned something new. And today, she hosts a Q&A with me about My background, life with RA, depression and oh yeah, a few questions [...]

Greetings from the blog tour trail! I liked it so much the first time that I went on a virtual tour to celebrate the holidays. Several months ago, I met Kim P. Miller, author of Living with Juvenile Arthritis: A Parent’s Guide.. We come at life with inflammatory arthritis from opposite directions. I’ve lived with [...]

Pain is a funny thing. Not just to live with (in which case it’s not always very funny), but in terms of the myths and the silence surrounding it. Talking about pain is uncomfortable, especially for those who don’t have it. Pain is hard to understand. You can’t measure it, it’s difficult to describe and [...]

I often look at my copy of Our Hands Can! and every time, it makes me smile and feel stronger. Every time I see the Show Us Your Hands! community poster in my rheumatologist’s office, it makes me smile and feel part of a community. I want more people to have a chance to feel [...]

Some time ago, I played around with Zazzle for some custom-made products and liked it a lot. The interface is wonderfully easy, making interesting products a snap. I spent part of my vacation time in August making some new stuff. Looking for inspiration? In addition to the Still Standing poster still in the shop, I’ve [...]

This is the second post in a series about publishing my book independently. Once I decided to publish Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis independently, the next task was to figure out exactly how to do it. That meant breaking down the process into separate tasks and to figure out what those were, I did a [...]

When I started writing Your Life with RA, I fully intended to publish the traditional way. Because of the vagaries of my own RA, I didn’t think I could deliver a large manuscript on a deadline, so the idea was to write a book first, then shop it around to an agent or publisher. Decent [...]

It’s a very festive week, what with Canada Day yesterday and Independence Day on Thursday. Clearly, something needed to be done to celebrate. And I know just the thing… A free download! Several years ago, I entered a memoir contest held by Homemakers magazine, a terrific little magazine that I faithfully read every month for [...]

I’d like to introduce you to the paperback edition of Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis. To differentiate this from the ebook edition, we call it the Book Book. In unguarded moments, I call it My Preciousss. It’s got an incredibly beautiful cover by Dan Handler. The man does magic, transitioning an e-book cover into a [...]