Arlene Somerton Smith

Laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

I began my career shooting the rapids of the Ottawa River—with a video camera, that is. As a videographer for Wilderness Tours Whitewater Rafting I laughed a lot and slept little as I worked hard to create video memories of crashing sprays of whitewater for people.

For twelve years I worked as a producer for Rogers Television in Ottawa with some of the brightest and most talented people I have ever met.

I am now a freelance writer and a certified copy editor. I write original video and television scripts, speeches, and promotional materials. (Find links to sample scripts at the bottom of the page.)

“Scripts are always on time and rarely go to second draft, as our clients are always happy.” —Andrés del Castillo, r+d creative inc.

I also write short stories. I have been published in DESCANT magazine and a Writer’s Digest short story collection. 

“This year’s contest attracted close to 19,000 entries. Your success in the face of such formidable competition speaks highly of your writing talent, and should be a source of great pride as you continue in your writing career.” —Kristen D. Godsey, Editor, Writer’s Digest

I was shortlisted in a Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition, and twice I won the Canadian Authors Association National Capital Writing Contest.

I have been married to my always entertaining husband, Don, since 1989. I am the mother of two teenagers who are so amazing I wonder how it is that I happened to create them. I love sports, and my favourite time of year is when I give my television remote a good workout by watching baseball, hockey, tennis, and curling all at the same time.

I have been a member of Trinity United Church in Ottawa for eighteen years. It is my home for inspiration and goosebump moments.


Creative. Competitive. Canada – video script written for use during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver

Industry Perspectives Campaign – Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Lofty Ideas – scripts for seventeen television episodes

Me, My House and I – scripts for five episodes as well as website “how-to” instructions

The Theological Wanderings of a Street Pastor

"I've been looking for a Savior in these dirty streets." -Tori Amos

Can Anybody Hear Me?

Uncovered Myself One Pound at a Time; Still Discovering Myself One Day at a Time



Simmer and Boil

Cooking Light

The Ink Never Runs Out

Writing, literature, literacy and articles about the writing life and life as it happens.

Healing Soul Streams

Healer of my soul ~ Quiet me in Holy Stillness

Healing Your Grief

How to walk through the journey of grief after losing a child

New Earth Paradigm

2015 Affirming Heaven on Earth

Sophia's Children

Reclaiming Ancestral Wisdom. Restoring Our Humanity.

Taking on a World of Words

Homepage for fledgling writer Sam A. Stevens

Ethereal Nature

The interface of the metaphysical, the physical, and the cultural

JUMP FOR JOY! Photo Project

Capturing the beauty of the human spirit -- in mid-air -- around the world

Writing Popular Fiction

Matthew Toffolo's Daily Movie and Sports Summary

Daily summary of the sports/movie world.


Thoughts and Observations from Edward Roads


A place to write about my adventures in writing, art and photography....come join me!


a guidebook of getting happier


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