Author Archives: Megan Williams

Launching our Second Children’s Book! I Don’t Want To!

 

We are very excited to share that after three years and more drives and hours spent in the car than we can count, Madison and I are launching our second children’s book, I Don’t Want To! 

Using the same illustrator and characters as Don’t Call The Office, this story reflects the three years in age difference – with a little more adventure and imagination to be enjoyed!

Here is the synopsis:

Cameron Parker and her friends are so excited to go to their first-ever sleep-away camp! However, while there are so many adventures and new experiences to be had, Cameron, Sadie, Kayla, Beckett and Jeremy all have to face their fears and conquer new emotions and feelings, even when they DON’T WANT TO!

In this sequel to the award-winning book, Don’t Call the Office, 12-year-old Madison Reaveley and her stepmom, Megan Williams, are back with yet another imagination-filled story, destined both to make you laugh and remind you of the warm days of summer camp adventures, where possibility and play reveal worlds about who we are.

We are launching our book at Chapters Pinetree in Coquitlam, B.C from 11-1pm, Sunday, August 25th.

If you can’t make it there, you can buy the book on Amazon, here!

I Don't Want To by Madison Reaveley and Megan Williams

 

 

 

The year I heard from Chad, twice.

Hi Chad,

It’s been a long time since I’ve lost my breath thinking about you. Sometimes, I look at photos of you and barely pause before flipping through. But tonight, I paused for longer. I looked at your eyes and I remembered how your love felt. Then my chest sinched like someone squeezed lemon juice on my heart. You still got it.

It’s been an interesting year. A great year. I’ve heard from you twice! At least, I was told it was you.

Those two chance encounters with a psychic were really crazy. For all the obvious reasons, you can understand why I’m skeptical. But for all other obvious reasons, I’m hoping she has a channel on you.

The first time we “spoke”, I wasn’t sure it was you. I don’t know the photo she was referring to when she said, “He hears you when you talk to him.” But even without a photo, I love the idea you can still hear me.

The second time you “stopped in,” I felt you there. I understand the room was busy, and it wasn’t the right place for us to talk directly, but this time, I knew it was you. I knew it was you because of what I asked, and what your answer was.

I think it’s funny you sent Jay to talk to me for you. I don’t know what this is like in the spirit/angel world, but it reminded me of high school when you send your buddy to talk to your crush on your behalf. What cute kindred-spirits you are!

I never met Jay, but I’m so happy the two of you are having a blast. I can imagine how happy you are to have each other up there because I know how happy you were to have him here. When Jay explained how you both spend your time golfing, chillin’ and listening to music – I could totally picture it! But riding horses??? I know you’re a prairie boy, but it still sounds funny. I suspect it’s on a beach – with hot spirit girls.

I know our time to talk (or tune in) was tight, so thank you for reassuring me both times that you’re happy for me. People have expressed similar comforts in the eight years you’ve been gone, but hearing it from you-ish feels better. I guess everything sounds better when it comes from the source.

I’m not sure if or when we’ll next have the chance to…communicate? talk? channel?…but I hope you know what you said has relaxed me. You’re somehow closer now than you have been for years, yet I don’t feel I need to hold on so tight. That is such a gift.

Come chat soon, ok? We’ve got so much to talk about, and I want to hear you again.

Love, Me.

Chad Warren & Megan Williams at Ambleside

Workshop: How to write a kid’s book – with your child!

An ideal workshop for parents with creative, imaginative children who are looking for a fun project to work on together this summer.

In a concise 2 hour session, this workshop will provide parents and their children the structure and practical tools to imagine, draft and create a book together that is good enough for a bookstore!

Date: July 12, 2016
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Highstreet Fraser Valley Community Room

Tickets: $95.00 ($20/extra child)

Ready to write? Click here for tickets! 

Write a Book This Summer (Vancouver)

This intimate, productive workshop has space for five writers.

During this two-hour session, writers will receive one-on-one coaching, diving into the details of their story, mapping out their book’s structure, and take home tools to ensure they can finish their book this summer.

Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Vancouver Public Library
Host: The Self Publishing Agency
Cost: $95.00 (tax included)

Get your tickets here!

Write a book Vancouver

The change.

Hi Chad,

I’m sorry I haven’t written you in so long.

I forgot it was today. I mean, I remembered a few days ago, but forgot again last night. For the past seven years, I have started the 28th off with a run – to chat it out, let a few tears go and start the day with friends. But today, I forgot and slept in.

Part of me feels like I should apologize. I’m sorry I didn’t go to bed thinking of the day you left, and didn’t wake up remembering our last day together.

The other part of me knows an apology isn’t needed. I think I forgot because I’m happy. I didn’t forget you of course, but I did forget to remember to be sad.

It might sound confusing, but forgetting to remember to be sad, actually made me happy.

This is what you wanted for me. This is what I promised you. I am ok. I am living my life and I am happy. We both understand that is not something to appologize for.

I’ve changed this past year. I don’t think of you every day anymore. Most days I do, just not every day. But now, I cry for you more. For years, I could speak about you with such ease. Now, I remember something about you, about us, and I have to pause and collect myself as my voice trails off. I don’t understand the change, but it’s noticeable.

Maybe the change is what Karen Burroughs pointed out after the wedding. “You have all this happiness and love in your life because of Chad. He’s to thank for so much of what you have now.”

It’s true. I’m really happy Chad, and you’re attached to that. I miss you, I’m happy without you, and I’m happy because of you. I can’t explain it further, because I don’t know if I really get it. I just love you and I feel your love in return. Still.

Chad and Megan on the Seawall

Thanks for listening to me ramble. Even with the changes, my rambling remains reliable.

Later dude.

Me. xo

How to Write a Kid’s Book: Coquitlam

Whether you have a good idea for a kid’s book, or you’re looking for a project to work on with your child, this workshop is for you!

In a concise 1 hour session, this workshop will give you three practical tools to get you on your way writing (and finishing) your kid’s book.

Date: November 15, 2016
Time: 6:30-7:45pm
Location: Coquitlam Public Library – City Centre

Tickets: $25.00 (includes GST)

 

How to Write a Kid’s Book: Coquitlam Workshop (Nov. 15, 2016)

Whistler Writers Festival: Writers of non-fiction

A festival favourite, this event showcases the diversity that is non-fiction writing, from memoir to biography, investigative reporting to creative non-fiction. Panel and audience discussion will centre around readings, and the process and approach
to bringing particular subject matter and experiences to
life. Featuring: Craig Davidson, Andrew Nikiforuk, Kevin Patterson, Betsy Warland, Megan Williams and the Non-Fiction winner of the Whistler Independent Book Awards.

Moderator: Leslie Anthony

Date: October 15, 2016
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Where: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Tickets: $15 (link here)

Whistler Writers Festival (Workshop): You Should Write a Book

Megan Williams is an award winning, self-published author.

She doesn’t have a degree in literary-arts, she isn’t a journalism student and three years ago, she didn’t know how to write a book. What Megan did have, was a story to tell. Megan researched, navigated and tested her way through writing and publishing her first book.

Taking the advice of others, and developing her own set of tools, in two years, Megan was a published author.

Knowing the hardest part is figuring out ‘where’ to get started, Megan has developed the ‘You Should Write A Book’ workshop series to help other aspiring authors share their story.

Take away: In this succinct session, aspiring writers will leave with three practical tools and processes to start writing their first book.

Date: October 14, 2016
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Location: Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Tickets: $32 (link here)

Not my flower girl.

During our hours of dress shopping together this year, Madison is asked, “Oh, and are YOU the flower girl?!”

All the women at the dress stores ask so kindly. They often kneel or bend down to be eye-level with her and we both can hear the encouraging enthusiasm in their voices.

Then, my favourite part happens. Madi looks right back at them, “No.” She waits for their surprised reaction and then offers, “I’m the Maid of Honour.”

This is the quick story of how that answer came to be…

Shortly after we got engaged, Brad, Madi and I were out for dinner. Giddy with the new change to our little family, we talked about our ideas for a wedding.

Across the table, Madi dropped her first serious question. “So, am I going to be a flower girl or….”

I looked back at her with an equal amount of seriousness and asked, “That depends, would you like to be a flower girl or bridesmaid?”

“I’d like to be a bridesmaid.”

“Great!” I skipped ahead a year to picture Madi and Adrienne standing beside me.

“Wait.” She cut into my dinner-dream. Her wrists were resting on the table, hands pointed towards me as if to to help articulate her next question. “So who is the one who you will give your flowers to. Like, the one who stands next to you?”

I understand that “Maid of Honour” isn’t in her nine-year-old vocabulary, but I did understand what she was asking. Her nervousness also didn’t go unnoticed, as if she had already pushed her luck by asking to be a bridesmaid.

“Oh I see what you’re asking.” Without pausing to think, I asked her in a way I knew she would understand, “Madison Reaveley, would you be the Liesl to my Fräulein Maria?”

(For those of you know the Sound of Music, you know the significance of this. If you don’t know the Sound of Music, do your life a favour, watch the movie and come back to this post when you’re done.)

Her gorgeous brown eyes tightened as her smile widened. “I will be your Liesl!!!”

And THAT is how nine-year-old Madison, daughter of my fiancé, came to be my Maid of Honour. She is the Liesl to my Maria, and someone I love having by my side.

xo

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p.s. Wondering about Adrienne? She’s my person. That should explain just about everything.

Twelve more days!!

 

‘Getting it done’ – Vancity Business Babes Morning Mingler

VANCITYBUSINESSBABES Is excited to present: Morning Mingle Series!

In addition to our Monthly Nightly Events we will be doing a Morning event as well for those early birds!

Join us bright and early for our very first “Morning Mingle” which will be a new series with Vancity Business Babes to start your morning with Connection, Inspiration, and opportunities for Collaboration.

Morning Mingle: Getting it Done!
Stop procrastinating on your dreams and make the shift to make it happen!

Our Speaker: Megan Williams is a Writing Coach, and Author of “Our Interrupted Fairy Tale” and “Don’t Call the Office”

We will be exploring the art of Productivity and doing what you can with the time that you have.

Enjoy some morning eats & treats, Coffee and of course prizes!

Date: October 7th, 2016
Time: 7:30am-9:30am
Location: Brainstation YVR
Tickets: $30 (click here)

Look forward to seeing your there!

Sponsorships also available upon request.

Tickets: $30