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My name is Candace, I’m a writer, sketch artist, and illustrator, and I’m glad you stopped by. Have a look around, or drop me a line at [email protected] Thank you for reading!

Introducing the Great Affair’s newsletter.

Introducing the Great Affair’s newsletter.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014

It’s on milestones like today, when I can look back and remember how much leaving London felt like a giant leap into the unknown, that I’m filled with so much gratitude that I’ve been able to keep going.

“To hear myself living”: Notes on shifting gears and slowing down in 2014.

“To hear myself living”: Notes on shifting gears and slowing down in 2014.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014

I’m welcoming the space this stillness will bring to my life – the space to dive into the story I’m hoping to share, and to dig deep into the lessons these last few years on the road have taught me.

2013 in review: Decisions are like dominoes, and other lessons.

2013 in review: Decisions are like dominoes, and other lessons.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013

May 2014 be a year of adventure, a year of doing what we love, a year of experiencing things we can’t even begin to fathom right now. That was the final lesson 2013 taught me: Leave room for the unexpected.

TBEX Dublin: On the importance of asking why.

TBEX Dublin: On the importance of asking why.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013

To ask why is to go deeper, to seek the significant and look for connections. It takes time to draw meaning out of an experience, but it’s worth it – for ourselves and for the stories we’re wanting to tell.

Book Passage 2013: On living with an open heart.

Book Passage 2013: On living with an open heart.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013

Carrying me through each step was the gift that Book Passage gave me, and others: assurance that we are on the right path. That every page written, every risk taken, and every dream believed are actually leading somewhere.

Notes on leaving the fruit on the vine.

Notes on leaving the fruit on the vine.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013

As writers often do, I look for meaning in everything, and the lesson I’ll be carrying away from Vashon with me today is this: Leave the berries on the vine til they’re ripe. Be patient. Don’t force them. Give them the time they need to grow.

27 things travel has taught me in 27 years.

27 things travel has taught me in 27 years.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013

One thing I can’t ever seem to stop doing is learning. Travel is pretty cool that way – it keeps you on your toes, teaches you lessons big and small, and ensures you never get too comfortable in what you think you know.

meet my travel memoir: the only courage.

meet my travel memoir: the only courage.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013

One month ago, I was overwhelmed with everything I didn’t have in place with my book; now, I am leaving Goa not just with a completed book proposal, but also with a clear sense of direction.

a do-it-yourself writing retreat: or, how to live on a beach in India for $314 a month.

a do-it-yourself writing retreat: or, how to live on a beach in India for $314 a month.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013

Last week I realized what exactly these last four weeks have been for me – a kind of do-it-yourself writing retreat. I didn’t need to wait for an official fellowship; all it took was me carving out the time to come to Goa and get to work.

Notes on taming the beast that is the non-fiction book proposal.

Notes on taming the beast that is the non-fiction book proposal.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013

Writing a book proposal requires a different part of your brain – not the fun part that concerns itself with creating prose as pretty as poetry. Rather, it’s all about wrangling the many parts of your book into a whole.