Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Writer's Passing

Long time followers of this blog may remember me mentioning that I attended a writing workshop led by mystery author, Blaize Clement. A group of us met regularly around her dining room table, nibbling almonds and drinking green tea and we exchanged words, books, ideas, opinions and laughs...and the occasional cookie or two.

I am so sorry to say that our workshops will be no more. Our fearless leader has passed away after a battle with cancer. If you'd like to learn more about Blaize, her life and her books, here's a nice article that appeared in our local paper.

Speaking of learning, I don't have enough space here to list all the things I learned from her and from the others in the group. About writing, yes, but also about living a full and fulfilling life. One of the things that Blaize had said (and that I hope I never forget) was that so many people want to be normal, but normal means average. Who wants to be average?

Not me. Not anymore.


  1. So sorry about your friend. It was a lovely article. She appeared to have lived a full and productive life in spite of the challenges.

  2. Thank you, Sally. I'm not even sure she knew how inspirational she was.

  3. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, Madeline. Big virtual hugs coming your way.