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Sorry I Dropped the Ball on Blog Posting

September 6, 2019


Apologies everyone, I did not post yesterday! It has been a super busy week (month so far). The items on my list seem to continue to grow.

Firstly, I have been promoting the launching of the sequel to my fantasy romance, Rython Legacy, I have proofed the finished product and ordered printed copies for Words in the Park on 28th September.

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In addition as secretary of the hosting group, of said event, I have been replying and supplying promotional materials for the vendor applications. And contacting new authors to invite them to attend.

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I went on a super four day writing retreat road trip to Lloydminster and discovered a new part of Canada as well as increased the word count on my steampunk novel by 12,440 words – happy author!

The next few weeks will be just as busy:

  1. Board meeting to finalize planning of the event 10th September
  2. Road trip with my daughter 14th & 15th September
  3. Road trip and attendance at Word on the Street, Lethbridge 21st September (another long weekend as I will add the Friday & Monday for writing and exploring).
  4. Preparation and mock ups for my tables at the event to show case all my books (8 in all)
  5. Words in the Park 28th September
  6. This doesn’t include twice weekly aquasize/walking and ‘normal’ life chores etc LOL


How’s your month shaping up?

Are you going to a book event? Why not share the details?

Are You in Fine Fettle..?

September 18, 2013

Fettle – definition: a state or condition of fitness or good health; good state of mind; wholeness of spirits.

To be in fine fettle you must be healthy in mind and body. In this day and age there is a multitude of regimes to choose from to achieve this ‘modern’ goal of healthiness. Many practice yoga of one type or another while others believe the ‘burn’ is the way to go.


Whether you believe inner strength and gentle movement is best or pounding on the pavement or gym machines – using your body ensures it is supple and strong.

Which methods do you use?

A long walk in the fresh air, a refreshing swim or hard work in the garden as also great ways of keeping fit. They are also, in the most part, free!

Do you feel financial investment in your health is a good thing? Are gym fees and accessories a surefire way of keeping you on your path or do they become forgotten in the bottom of the cupboard?

How do you combat the hours of sitting writing? 


Spring Chicken or Couch Potato..?

June 25, 2013

Spry – definition: active; nimble; agile; energetic.

back-pain-imgSpry is certainly not a word you could use for me in the last couple of months! My back problems are almost over but it has been very difficult. Initially, sitting, standing or even lying down were equally painful. There was no position I could place myself in that didn’t hurt. This experience has brought home the swiftness of incapacity. Our health is paramount and something most of us take for granted until we don’t have it.

Without my wonderful daughter’s assistance, I have no idea how I would have coped. She is 17 going on 30! She only received her learner’s licence a few days prior to my back injury so gone was the option of gradually getting used to driving. We had planned for a few weeks of driving in rural areas and then onto the local roads within Sherwood Park. However, she was plunged into the deep end with rush hour traffic and highway driving. You would have thought she was a seasoned driver, taking everything in her stride.

The result of this painful condition and its consequences has brought home the importance of looking after myself. I have always cared for everyone else, forging on through illness’ and tiredness for them. I now realize it is not selfish to take time for one’s own health. At the moment I have no idea what form this new health conscious Mandy will take but it will be interesting. At least I can walk again, albeit short distances but gradually I can build it up again.

Do you keep yourself spry, if so how?

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