Posts By: Deanna Roney

Deanna Roney

I live in a small town in central BC with my husband and my dogs. I love to get outside whether that is hiking, kayaking, taking the dogs for a walk, or spey fishing for steelhead. I have had the privilege to complete several backpacking trips from the historic gold rush Chilkoot trail in the north, the Brazeau Loop, to the West Coast Trail and many in between. I have also made the trip around the Bowron Lakes circuit a couple times and fully intend to go back.

When I am not escaping to the bush I am working as a Literary Intern, bookkeeper, social media advertising, and working on my own creative writing projects. I love learning about the publishing industry and the intricacies that work within it. I love working with agencies and being able to see the publishing world from their perspective. As might be assumed by now I am an avid bookworm and I am always working on building up my own collection. Some of my favourites include Suzanne by Anais Barbeau-Lavelette translated by Rhonda Mullins, Ru by Kim Thuy, The Vegetarian by Han Kang, and I could go on.

Distance Education—Reputation

When I first started with Athabasca University a lot of what I saw in the online groups were questions about the reputation of the university and how that would affect applications to grad schools and getting a job with that degree in hand.  These conversations made me wonder the same thing: was the degree I… Read more »

After the Wildfires

From where we live, the edge of the burn, where the wildfires stopped, was about 50km by road.  Over the weekend, we went for a short drive to see what they’d left behind.  On our way out, we saw a few bears, and I was thrilled to see they had survived.  It was a bit… Read more »

Lessons from my Dog

My dogs are Husky Shepherd crosses.  I have had them since they were old enough to leave their mom, and now they are over 9 years old.  Over the years I have learned a lot from them.  One being no matter how fenced in it seems you are, there is always, always, a way out… Read more »

How Distance Learning Set Me Up as a Freelancer

Earning my degree through distance gave me the tools to find success in working remotely and in working freelance. While the courses themselves did not relate, directly, to the type of work I am doing now, these courses did give me the skill set I needed to be able to cope with multiple projects and… Read more »

Focusing on Options

Being focused is great.  Determination to find your way on a path, also great—and necessary.  But it is important to keep an open mind as you work toward a goal—to allow yourself room to grow and to grant yourself permission to change that goal. This was something I did, for the first time, throughout my… Read more »

Freelance Pros and Cons

Working freelance or as an independent contractor has its benefits.  One of which is working from home.  As AU alumni, the ability to focus and work effectively from home was honed throughout the course of my degree.  It means that some mornings I start work while still in my pj’s, I can eat breakfast at… Read more »


Fall has always been my favourite season, I do enjoy certain aspects of them all, but Fall has always been, and probably always will bel, on top.  It isn’t because I love the changing colours (though I do) but because of the feeling of progress and excitement that it instills in me.  The chilled morning… Read more »

Lessons in Fly Fishing

Last year I threw my first casts with a spey rod, that is, an extra long rod that you use two hands to cast with.  There is a definite technique to fishing this way and I found it enjoyable, fish or no fish.  There was a challenge to learning the rod and the cast.  When… Read more »

Wildfires of Note

Last year wildfires tore through central BC resulting in the evacuation of the city of Williams Lake.  This year, the fire situation has come back.  There are several fires burning in northern BC, many throughout the entirety of BC.  In my area, there are 8 “wildfires of note”: 200 hectares to 68,000 hectares.  One of… Read more »

Get Organized

Staying organized can be tricky.  I have found that, after a busy week, I lose sight of my desk.  I have various piles that made sense at one point scattered around. Moving the piles into their appropriate home (and they do all have one, and, no, it isn’t on my desk) is much easier at… Read more »