My writing on newstands now …

I was heading towards Home Depot yesterday due to an impromptu construction epiphany (more on that in later weeks) and it occurred to me I had 3 magazine articles out this month.

THREE articles, in three different magazines,  on newstands all at the same time, all written by me.

Upon learning this, my mother got very excited and proclaimed, ONE DAY, (you never know) I might become a real writer!  I’m not sure, but I think real writers write romance novels. Fingers crossed.

That may never happen again, so I pulled into my local bookstore to line them up and take a picture.





And here’s that picture I took of the magazine rack in my local Chapters.  They were sold out of Canadian Gardening so I couldn’t get it in the picture.  I kind of made a fuss over it.  I think the salesperson referred to it as a hissy fit.  Just pretend Martha Stewart’s Halloween issue is Canadian Gardening.  Where people garden with pink tulle and botox.




If you’d like to buy one of these fine magazines, featuring articles written by me, they’re  in stores now.  Right alongside  the other magazines that feature real writers.

I’m pretty sure my mother thinks I’m a real writer. She just really wants me to write a novel that features a man named Sven.

You can buy the online version of the Canadian Gardening issue here.

The Canadian Home Workshop issue is can be purchased here.

And the Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas issue can be bought here.


  1. Marion says:

    Congrats! So awesome to be featured in three magazines at once. And, like so many others, I cannot wait to see what this construction project is…

  2. Dawna Jones says:

    Congrats Karen! You are such an inspiration to so many of us still struggling to get our blogs noticed! Maybe you need to write a whole book on that! I will be the first in line.

  3. Maria G. says:

    It is a big honor to be printed in such famous magazines. I like them because I`m fond of all these décor stuff and I often buy these magazines to look for something fresh and interesting which will help to make my flat more comfortable.

  4. Janet says:

    I am in awe….congrats, Karen. BTW, is Sven the guy on the cover that wears the open shirt and has the super tan, and oiled six pack? When you write that book for your mom, lose his shirt and put him in BOGS.

  5. Shauna says:

    oh, I hope my BH&G subscription comes with the Christmas Ideas magazine (it doesn’t come with the Halloween issue – I always have to buy that separate). But, no worries, I’ll purchase it even if it doesn’t.

  6. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Betty..I think she’s finally done it!!! I am off to buy Christmas Ideas cause it’s the only one I can get here..Congratulations Karen!!!

  7. Niki Dee says:

    Ya, know. The KEY to being a real writer is actually dressing in pink tulle & waving your botox face & wand about. I think you’re better than a real writer. I mean who else DARES to show their filthy potato hands to all their adoring fans? ((Sven knelt down beside me in the potato patch & holding my shaking hands smeared with fresh wetted earth & compost from my chickens…you take it from there))… all the same CONGRATS!!

  8. mimiindublin says:

    Congrats, oh writer one!
    Can’t wait for the novel!

  9. Sandy says:

    Karen that’s Awesome, and they’re three different articles not repeats!!! It just shows how versatile you are. congrats!

  10. zippy says:

    On one aspect I agree with your mom: I too would like to read more about this Sven you mention.

  11. Kelly says:

    I have a funny feeling that Sven by Karen would be a book I’d want to read.

  12. Laura Bee` says:

    Congratulations, I am so proud of you! I think I’ll get 235 Christmas Ideas. I changed my tree last year & need more inspiration to finish everything else. It’s just didn’t come together. I think I need to give away half of it & paint the rest white…

  13. Langela says:

    I’d like to hear more about this Sven of whom you speak. Is he handy too? What exactly does he do with his handy hands?

    Congrats, Karen!

    • Denise Leavens says:

      Karen, I think Langela is on to something here. Contact her when you need someone to write the hook for your Sven book, because I’m already hooked!

      BTW, huzzah! Proud to know the author of works in three internationally known publications. Good on ya!

  14. Anita says:

    Yay You! Congratulations on the hat trick!! So, why don’t you make your mother happy and write that novel about Sven and the beautiful blond who captures his heart when she builds him a chicken coop and opens a bottle of wine with her shoe? Heck, I’d buy that.

  15. Lori Hall says:

    I bought Christmas Ideas last Friday and was thrilled to see your article when I was looking through it. Love it!

  16. SuzyM says:

    Congrats and best wishes for many more.

  17. Ruth says:


  18. Melissa Leach says:

    We all know it, you ROCK!!! Congrats Karen :)

  19. Thera says:

    Woot! Is that a hat trick then?

  20. Helana says:

    Congratulations *smiles* Fun.

  21. Feral Turtle says:

    Awesome. I will buy all three today! Congrats girl!

  22. Ann says:

    I would love to see your articles. Alas, I am one of “those” people who stand at and look at all those cool mags at the store and never buy them. So the 2 Canadian magazine versions won’t be in my stores down here in the states, which means I won’t be able to access them. The only magazine I buy is Mother Earth News. And the rare knitting magazine that has a awesome pattern I want. And even most of them have on line versions which I would rather use. At one point I was buried in magazines. Quilting, knitting, gardening, ect and just swore to never ever be again!!

    But you are a real writer. One of the few that makes me laugh each and every single time I read her blog. One that I can’t wait to read every day. Heck, I didn’t even anticipate the new Harry Potter book releases as much as I now want to read about what you are now going to construct!!

    • Ann says:

      Oh, and I will only buy your first romance novel if it involves vampires!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Ann. I had no idea people would latch onto the construction thing so quickly, LOL, but … I should have known better. I will indeed reveal all in the future. How’s that for vague? ~ karen!

  23. Sandy says:

    Wow..3 at one time. Congratulations!

  24. marilyn says:

    so happy for you karen! good job girl…just another example of where steely resolve will get you.

  25. Maureen Locke says:

    How exciting. I’ll be heading to my local store today in hopes that they carry all three magazines. If not, I’ll get my kids to pick them up in the city for me. :) Congratulations Karen, I really look forward to reading them. You really are the best.:)

  26. Su says:

    you put words together on paper. You get PAID for the effort. You are a writer with a trifecta this month! YOU rock….

  27. Beckie says:

    I wrote for an indie mag for a short time and it gave me a thrill to go into Barnes & Noble and see the issue on the stands (even though I had the very same issue at home!) so I can imagine the kick you are getting from not one but THREE issues out At The Same Time


  28. Di says:

    Grats on the published articles. Just to let you know you can probably call Canadian Gardening and get a comp copy mailed to you. :)

  29. Tigersmom says:

    Congratulations! I do love the way you do Christmas. Can’t wait to read it.

    And looking very forward to the results of your impromptu construction epiphany. Ya big tease!

  30. Phyllis Kraemer says:

    Good for you!! I’m sure Betty is proud too!…Please write a book about a dude named Sven..I like your mom…she is funny..I am so happy for you

  31. Linda J Howes says:


  32. Jan says:

    I think my mother has gotten over it by now, but in my younger years, I often heard from her “you could have been a real doctor” – so I do understand completely :)

  33. Louise says:

    Wow! That is soooo cool! You must be thrilled!

    I’m not sure which one of the Canadian Gardening articles is yours. Is it “Rare and Unique Plants” or “English Manor Flower Border”? Your arrow leaves room for doubt.

  34. Susan Dulley says:

    So happy for you, the girls must be dancing…How very exciting to have so much happiness in your life, all at the same time. Look forward to scouring the magazine racks to find the best. Thanks again for being you.

  35. Keta says:


  36. barbee says:

    Are you kidding? I want to be you! Congrats, Karen!

  37. Pam'a says:


    How very cool. Congratulations, Karen!

  38. Mondo says:

    congrats, my dear. you just tripled yourself!

  39. caryl says:

    Oh-wait a minute–I just had an impromptu construction epiphany and I’m not to be found on any magazine racks. I believe you are a writer-for real-for sure.Tell your Mom I said so.

    • Langela says:

      I want an impromptu construction epiphany! Where’s my impromptu construction epiphany? How come everybody else gets an impromptu construction epiphany but me?

      That was hard to write, but try saying it three times fast! :)

  40. Tina says:

    What a coincidence! Just this evening, I picked up a copy of BG&H. I look forward to reading your article.

    Congrats on the trifecta!

  41. pixie says:

    Are you in the us versions of the handyman and gardening mags? Cause I want to buy

  42. pixie says:

    Omg girl! You ARE a real writer! I can’t think of anything else I would rather read (just don’t tell Jesus) lol

  43. Monica says:

    obviously you ARE a real writer, for like the Velveteen Rabbit you’re too loved by those who read what you write to NOT be real.

  44. Laura says:

    You rock!! Congratulations!

  45. Marti says:

    I think the other commenters are right… except hissy fits are highly underrated. GO KAREN! Very impressive. Are the girls actually shown in the coop shots?

    (Tell your mother that one of those “other writers” said getting published is such piffle these days.)

  46. Jenna says:

    Congrats Karen! I’m trying to do the same thing… Be a “real” writer and am hoping for some luck with magazine submissions. If all else fails, my plan involves a romance novel. Or giving up on real writing to pursue interpret dance story telling… Undecided as of yet :-)

  47. gloria says:

    Congrats!! 3 @ once!!!

  48. gloria says:

    Take it from someone who’s thrown a hissy fit in the magazine racks of the local bookstore while trying to convince total strangers to look at page 47 of a lovely glossy publication, because that’s where my article was. People who write for magazines ARE real writers.

  49. JebberA says:

    That’s pretty smokin’ hot of you to be sporting THREE magazines at once! Wicked awesome. Congratulations!

  50. Alisha says:

    Pseudo-writing is totally underrated.


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