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NaNo Race…

November 24, 2012

I’ve an even shorter time to finish my NaNoWriMo this year as I am flying off to Palm Springs to visit a good friend and fellow author, Suzanne Burkett,  on Wednesday 28th November. So I need to have my word count over the 50,000 before then. It is a race as always but just a smidge more stressful with two days less but I am determined to succeed.

An oasis in many ways.

My visit was booked way back in June so its been a long time coming. It will be a time for exploring, connecting and sharing and I’m sure inspiration will follow. Maybe a novel idea will spring up – LOL I know bad joke. Palm Springs has a very creative and artistic culture that I am excited to see for myself. Getting away from the Albertan cold will be a nice bonus too. Of course I have organised meals for the family in my absence and hopefully they will survive.

Do you ‘abandon’ your family for vacations or retreats ? What is or was your favorite one?

Making the most of a long weekend…

August 8, 2012

Image I am sure we all feel excited at the prospect of a long weekend. Plans are made ahead of time to squeeze in as much as possible with the ‘extra’ time afforded us. As you probably know, by now, my mind immediately thinks ‘extra writing time’.  This past weekend I enjoyed the company of an old friend over Friday night…but alas did not get one word written, the Olympics were the focus of the household. Now, it may seem strange to you, but as an expat from England, you would surely think I would be glued to the TV. Actually no and the answer is two-fold, firstly my husband has control of the TV remote 24/7…no its no word of a lie! And secondly, I am not a sporty person so although it is wonderful for the athletes to accomplish their dreams and patriotic pride is in full swing, I am happier lost in my own worlds.

So after a late breakfast I returned home, did a few household chores and then immersed myself into answering a string of emails and notifications. We all have social media ‘commitments’ and the trick is to set aside time to complete them. Not only is this important in formulating connections but it is also fun to comment and tweet.  Saturday evening I experimented with a new recipe – chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and cranberry encrusted goat cheese – it was good!

ImageSunday I attended a local arts event – Arts in the Plaza – with fellow Writers of Strathcona County members. The day was hot and humid and I was glad we at least had canopies to shade us. I contented myself with good conversation and reading a few chapters of a delightful book – The Map of Time by Felix de Palma. I also sold a copy of my children’s book, Rumble’s First Scare and signed it for the new owners.

With my ‘extra’ day I plunged into a full and final edit of my YA fantasy, The Rython Kingdom after receiving some editing from a good and expert friend. Then it was onto the book blurb – short and long versions, which are still in progress. I did however create a bio for my Smashwords page, which I can transfer once I am brave enough to download my fantasy.

What events filled your weekend, either short or long?

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