Astra Groskaufmanis
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  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Canada
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Pen Names - do you use them?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julia Hughes Sep 30, 2012. 29 Replies

I'd like to know why and when authors use pen names.  The recent activity on SheWrites about Twitter Handles has me thinking about changing my twitter name from @mydustbunnies (linked to the name of…Continue


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Who I am:
Though I am a 50-some-year old human resources professional, my better work is as a wife and maniacal hockey mom of three (though now only 1 remains playing) I am currently breathing zamboni fumes in Ottawa, Ontario. A dash of sarcasm and and a shot of chardonnay got me through writing a hockey momoir ("Offside by a Mile - Confessions of a Hockey Mom")I am hoping to soon publish.
Read my blog at or follow me on Twitter at @mydustbunnies
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
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twitter = @mydustbunnies
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
I am a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul O Canada - the Wonders of Winter which came out November 5, 2013.
I am a weekly contributor to Hockey Mom Mondays at digital magazine.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
My writing has appeared in The Ottawa Citizen, the Yummy Mummy Club, Minor Hockey News, and The Momoir Project
I am also a weekly contributor to digital magazine (weekly Hockey Mom Mondays posts)
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Memoir, Blog Posts
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I found out about She Writes from:
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At 9:01am on April 29, 2013, Tania Pryputniewicz said…

Astra, read your blog this morning--your bio is hilarious! I share the 3 kid placement, but a bit younger, 7, 10, 12, and we are brand new to water polo, so I feel I'm looking at my future. Survived watching the littlest in his first match without saying much (can't say same for the husband), I was busy hoping my son wouldn't drown. Love your savvy wit...


At 9:06am on March 9, 2012, Deborah Armstrong said…

Hi Astra - I enjoyed your morning blog. I am a retired hockey mom who truly misses the cold arenas and the terrible coffee. I'm not addicted to Tim's - it's okay. I prefer a large Americano. Starbucks is fine but expensive. My best cups of java were served in London, England. I thought the English made tea, but they really know how to make a great cup of tea. 


At 6:59pm on March 7, 2012, Yejide Kilanko said…

Hey Astra :) Came to check out where you live. I'm coming to Ottawa next month too!

At 9:19am on November 21, 2011, Regina Y. Swint said…

I really enjoyed your blog on the noisemakers, especially your husband's "conversation" with the border patrol guys.  Ha!  Best of luck to your teams.  Not much of a sports fan, but I love your enthusiasm.  :)

At 4:23pm on May 29, 2011, Meg Waite Clayton said…
Astra, Belated welcome to She Writes. I hope you're enjoying the site! Look forward to seeing you in Mother Writer.

Meg Waite Clayton
Moderator, Novelist Group
Bestselling Author of The Four Ms. Bradwells and The Wednesday Sisters
At 11:42pm on May 17, 2011, Beth Winegarner said…
Saw your comment. If you have someone I could interview, that would be great! Email me at backwardmessages AT gmail DOT com. Thanks so much!
At 3:41pm on April 28, 2011, Amy Mennot said…

Astra, welcome to the travel writers group! Please jump in and stir the pot with stories of your travels. Would be great to hear from you.





At 8:15pm on April 25, 2011, dianejwright said…
Astra, welcome to Writers in Canada. We're happy to have you with us! Do drop in to our Introductions thread and share a bit about yourself and your work. Care to share with the group where you're from and where you are now? What brings you to us? Links to your work and other well-meant self-promotion efforts are always encouraged as are friends. Invite another writer to join us, will you?

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At 9:14am on April 24, 2011, Kelli Swearingen said…
Welcome to Mother Writer, Astra! If you haven't already, feel free to introduce yourself, browse our threads, or start one of your own. And again, welcome to Mother Writer.
kelli s. rodin
At 3:48pm on April 20, 2011, Julia Barry said…
Hi Astra,

So glad you are here, and welcome to She Writes!

You can check out the Getting Started section to help you find your way around, or a great way to jump in is to get involved with our Groups.

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

Warm best,
Julia Barry
Social Community Manager @ She Writes


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