Writing is a lonely, solitary process. Working on a novel can take years. At some point the time comes to show your work and test whether or not anything is alive on the page. I first shared my novel at the Sage Hill Writing Experience in Saskatchewan. Steven Galloway (The Cellist of Sarajevo) was the facilitator. There I met Daria Salamon (The Prairie Bridesmaid) and Alice Kuipers (Life on the Refrigerator Door). We were all working on our first manuscripts. I remember the experience as exhilarating and inspiring. It brought us together to celebrate the art and practice of writing. Years later, we occasionally we find each other again in the same town. No small feat in this huge country. Last summer Daria and her family made it to the east coast. There is nothing better than coming together again and staying up late into the night talktalktalking…holding out our fears, our doubts and setting them aside so we can pick up and admire the shine of the new words now growing on the page. Of course, the wine may have made them glow a little brighter.