My goal is to do what I do best: tell stories and help people.

Ditrie Marie Bowie
Hi, I’m Ditrie Marie Bowie. I understand how it feels to be too busy to enjoy life. Finding books to read (or decorate with), finding the perfect gift. All these things require research and time you never have. This is where I come in. From book reviews to gift guides I cut through all the noise so you don’t have to. After all, don’t you have better things to do?

Of course, you do!

You’ve got plans, dreams, and goals. You take pride in your work and/or studies because you believe that, ultimately, it will secure a better future for yourself and your loved ones. But maybe you feel a little worn down right now. All that running around takes a lot of energy, not to mention all the pressure. Deadlines breathe down your shoulder. You feel stressed, frazzled, maybe a little bit on the zombie side. When all you want is to snuggle up with a good book or to see that magical look on your loved one’s face when they open up the perfect gift.


I started this blog in 2015 because I felt compelled to share my ideas. Blogging wasn’t new to me at the time. I’ve had about a dozen personal blogs on and off since 2005. (Livejournal, Tumblr, Wix, Weebly, Zynga, Blogger, and WordPress) However, something about this blog was different. When it first started, I had recently met the love of my life and moved to Canada after teaching music in the United States for 9 years. We got married. And, I went through the complicated and nerve-wracking process of applying for permanent residency.


Understandably, this blog has gone through several transitions through the years. First, it was a humor site. When I published my first Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel, Fillius Glint, the tone of the site changed. The site became more authorly and focused on writing tips and book reviews. Still, something didn’t feel right. It didn’t feel like me. This, compounded with some severe financial and health setbacks affecting several of my family members, pushed me to take a leap of faith. In the middle of 2017, I created my own business: Ditrie Marie Bowie Writing, Editing, Marketing, and Design. (It’s a mouthful, I know.)

My goal is to do what I do best: tell stories and help people.



But don’t take my word for it. Here are some testimonials from some of my English students on italki:

The teacher is very patient and prepared. I really recommend a lesson with her! Thank you Ditrie! =)


She focuses on helping you achieve your goals. She is an excellent tutor.


It was a really good lesson, Ditrie is extremely nice, kind and creative person. It was so interesting to talking [sic] with her.


(By the way, if you’re curious about italki and how to become a successful tutor there- here’s a post that tells you everything you need.)

Reading Woman

If you’re searching for honest book reviews, wacky reading-related and writing-related posts, lists of gorgeous book covers, tips on genuinely doable side hustles, or gift guides for the special person in your life, you’re exactly where you need to be.

So, stop running around like a chicken being chased by a rampant toddler. Take a deep breath and poke around one of my posts. It’ll only take a few minutes, and there are commercial breaks longer than that. You’ll feel more relaxed when you’re done.

Better yet?

Since my gift guides are carefully curated, I filter through all the noise so you don’t have to. This allows you to avoid the overwhelming search for the ultimate gift for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life.

Happy Shopper

And, since I’m an author, books are kind of my thing. (Did I mention I’m also a professional reviewer?) I read through the good, the bad, and the meh so I can tell you what’s what. Maybe one of my posts will lead you right to your next favorite book. You’ll never know until you try.

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26 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hey, I was recommended your blog by @SarahBruso and I just wanted to let you know how awesome I think it is. From the moment I saw that one lonely chair with the balloon I knew this was a party I wanted to be at. The sports are evil post had me in stitches. Looking forward to reading much more from yo.

  2. Thank you for the follow Ditrie. Your resume is impressive and I’m humbled to be followed by someone of your caliber. I give you a warm welcome to my blog and looking forward of getting to know you more.

  3. Was just reading about you…We have a lot in common, I am just finishing my uni course of creative design! And it would seem you have done it. Im on my final assignment now. Great blog and about me page

      1. Yes! One week left and then onto my level 2 course of participation inclusion and equality; how SEN integrate into mainstream schools 🙂 And I totally get you about your post on “do not bend!” How annoying!

  4. Hola Ditrie! I’m so happy we’ve connected. You have a great blog here and I’ve really been enjoying reading your posts. Off to press FOLLOW now! Have a great day!

  5. Hey Ditrie, Sure glad to see your familiar face! Your site is amazing! Really like the clicky clicky to get in the door. Very creative. Love that you love and make a living with music.

Let me know what you think!