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.

Not a New Year’s Resolution

I have written several articles on how to keep organized; this is because I had never found a method that worked for me long term.  As the New Year is upon us I have taken some time to reflect on my current process and if this is going to work moving forward, because this year,… Read more »

New Year, New Start

2018 is just around the corner, and when this article is out it will already be here.  I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions but I do like the idea of a fresh start.  The bookkeeping year is over (almost) and the final exam for that is looming in April.  While, it is… Read more »


It is getting to be that time of year when students nearing the end of their program are trying to decide whether to make the pilgrimage to Athabasca for convocation or not. I decided early that I wanted to make it there, I wanted to walk that stage and be handed the degree I had… Read more »


Sometimes you have to ask for what you want.  When I got my first internship it was through a live chat event that the Literary agency was hosting and I “kiddingly” asked if she wanted an assistant.  She didn’t, but they were going to be looking for readers soon and I was invited to email… Read more »

Re-Finding Balance

Finding that balance point between studies, work, and life is challenging, but important to prevent burning out.  I tend to want to get things done now.  I feel like I should always be working on something or toward something.  What is pleasure reading when there is reading for work or school to be done? In… Read more »

Dogs and Degrees

I got my dogs when they were just puppies, almost nine years ago.  It is hard to believe that much time has passed.  I watched them slow with age, and today had to take one in for a minor surgery as he has developed some lumps on his legs.  We are waiting, anxiously, for the… Read more »

Mail Delivery

I got my first brown box in the mail in a year and a half; it is intimidating and exciting.  By the end of my bachelor’s degree, I had the layout of essays down pat, and formatting became second nature.  But, now I am out of practice and looking at this stack of books has… Read more »

Giller Prize 2017

This will be coming out after the winner of the 2017 Scotia Giller Prize has been announced.  For the record, I am hoping for I am a Truck by Michelle Winters.  I am rooting for her for many reasons, including it being a wonderful read.  But also because it stands for a lot—it is an… Read more »

Getting Back in the Mindset

When I started my Bachelor of Arts degree I did so after being out of school for many years.  This isn’t unusual, especially for students at Athabasca University.  Making the decision came with a round of anxiety, and taking that first step in planning and ordering a course came with a second.  I wasn’t sure… Read more »

Surgery and an MA

A while back I wrote an article that outlined the odd way my educational journeys begin.  When I started kindergarten, I did so with a broken leg. When I made the decision to go back to school for my Bachelor of Arts, I did so while laid up on the couch with a reconstructed ankle… Read more »