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.

Disrupting Your Routine

We can get stuck in routines, even find comfort in their consistencies.  We become comfortable and complacent in these daily routines that seem to be working for us.  And, while there isn’t anything wrong with having a routine, it can help us stay organized and motivated, sometimes we don’t realize just how stuck in it… Read more »

Dodging Christmas Dangers

The holiday season is descending.  The neighbours have their lights up and decorations out.  The stores are getting busier as people are starting to shop for those special someones in their lives.  I like to start shopping and planning early; it is a part of the season that I enjoy.  I like to take the… Read more »

Catching Up with a Break

It can be tempting to take the break around the holidays to “catch up” or “get ahead” on courses and work.  This is something I have done year after year.  It is extra time to get those readings in without the interruptions of regular life.  Though, one could argue that there tend to be more… Read more »

The Best Laid Plans

I am a big believer in planning but leaving room within those plans for change and growth.  I have learned through the years that even if I take the time to plot and plan, say, my courses, or degree path, that this will generally change.  With my degree, I decided early that I would let… Read more »

A Response

I wanted to take a moment to respond to Karl’s editorial of last week.  I think there is something really interesting in there that is worth discussing.  I thought about his stance and not understanding Remembrance Day and part of the thought it is pretty wonderful that we are living in a time when so… Read more »

A Little Perspective

Everything is relative. I started getting organized for the holiday season.  I even finished shopping for one person.  When asked by a salesperson what I was shopping for they responded with “wow, you’re organized.” Except, I don’t feel organized.  Maybe for them, starting to shop and think about it in November is being organized.  But… Read more »

A Milestone in Your Shoes

It can feel like a kick to the gut when you tell someone what you are doing for a job, something you have worked so hard for, something you struggled to make progress in, and have them say something along the lines, of yeah I have thought of trying to do that when I have… Read more »

Self-Care and Perspective

Regardless of where you work or study, it can be too easy to push how much time we spend on our occupation.  There is a feeling pushed on social media that if you want to get anywhere you need to work, be busy, stay busy.  If you take time off or aren’t busy all the… Read more »

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 »