My name is Carmen Pauls Orthner, and I am a journalist who has worked as a reporter for weekly and daily newspapers and an Aboriginal radio station, and owns and operates a freelance business called Pen for Hire. I am also an enthusiastic scrapbooker and budding mixed media/paper craft artist, a doting new mom, a devoted wife, and a lover of stories. I live in a small northern Canadian town on the shores of a vast freshwater lake, surrounded by forest, bedrock and muskeg. And I am happy to welcome you to my blog.
"Oh, if I could only put things into words as I see them! Mr. Carpenter says, 'Strive, strive -- keep on. Words are your medium -- make them your slaves -- until they will say for you what you want them to say.' That is true, and I do try, but it seems to me there is something beyond words -- any words -- all words -- something that always escapes you when you try to grasp it -- yet leaves something in your hand which you wouldn't have had if you hadn't reached for it. ... I have written myself out for tonight, and am going to bed."
- Lucy Maud Montgomery, Emily Climbs
This is my place to "write myself out" -- sharing both my day-by-day thoughts and my artistic output. Thank you for visiting! - Carmen Pauls Orthner