I’ve Got a Secret

Come closer to the screen…..I don’t want everyone to hear this……I have just discovered audio books.  How absolutely fantastic.  I downloaded my first one a few days ago by Lisa Scottiline called Betrayed.  It wasn’t my choice but my finger pushed the wrong button and there you have it.  Betrayed by my own fingers.  Anyway I started to read it (and yes I have READ a few of her books) but this time she was reading to me.  Not fussy about the book subject but loved the fact that she was reading it to me. Did anyone out there know about this? I knew I was coming up to Clinton, BC to camp for about 10 days and with no television I wanted to download a few more books.  This time I made sure that my fingers were on the right buttons...

Everyone’s Dream Everyone’s Nightmare

I am definitely on a roll and have put my beading away to get back to my writing.  I promised myself I would try and send out one story a month to someplace in the hopes for getting publishing credits along with a little cash and it seems to be working.  In the November/December issue and then again in the January/February issue of the RV Gazette I’ve had a 2-part series published.  I have also sold a story to Caitlin Press for a book called This Place a Stranger about women who travel alone – May 9th is the party for the book’s release at ArtSpeak in downtown Vancouver.  I will doing a reading at that event. Since I have returned from California on March 6th I have sent 3 stories off to Chicken Soup for the Soul and have an idea for another...

How Superstitious are you?

TO READ THE ENTIRE POST CLICK ON THE TITLE.   Being tax season I am collecting all my paperwork and putting them in order, like everyone else. As a travel writer I get to include my travel insurance as one of my expenses and something came to light that brought out my superstitious nature. I always get 2 travel insurance policies.  One policy is for traveling out of the country for 35 days at a time for as many times as I want – of course I’m never out of the country more than 4 or 5 months.  The additional policy was always for my winter snow-birding getaway – in other words it tacked on to my 35 day policy and usually for an additional 70 to 85 days. Everything was in order when I was booked to teach writing classes on a European Cruise...

Slowing Winding Down

To read this in full – please click on the title.   I’m now in my last week of vegging out and looking forward to getting back to work. I have been kicking around some stories and have a few ideas of where to send them so I’m anxious to get back to my computer.  I have also decided that there is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to get an article a month published someplace along with all the other stuff I have on my plate.  It’ll all look good on my resume. I’m hoping that my full-length book Everyone’s Dream Everyone’s Nightmare (currently being edited) will be transformed into my latest e-book shortly after my return. I have also been correcting my four mini reads that I lost when my desktop computer...

February 11, 2015 – My birthday

I think this would be a good time to have a little talk about aging since today I am 71 years old. I think the old expression is that if I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself – but alas – too late. I don’t remember all my birthdays but I do know that some were great, some were okay, most I don’t remember and some were downright awful. In recent years I remember my 50th birthday as being one of those awful ones. A friend in Sarasota, Florida had a party for me and it really was very kind of her and there were many friends there BUT I was celebrating my 50th without my husband. I was 48 when I was widowed and to have to celebrate such a momentous birthday without Paul was as sad a day as I can...

Test Run

To see the entire post please click on the title Test Run Okay…..I’m trying something new.  I have closed down my Etsy account (this is an account for crafters) because I really didn’t get enough traffic to keep it going.  I’m going to see if I can upload a couple of pictures onto my website and see if I can generate some business that way.  I understand I can create an invoice through PayPal.  If this works I’ll put one new creation at the bottom of each post and will keep it going until it’s sold. Each completed pendant is $35.00.  If you wish to purchase you can send me an e-mail at JoeiCarlton.H@gmail.com and I’ll prepare a invoice.  Many thanks....

It Did Not Start With…..

To read the entire story click on the title: It Did Not Start With….. My writing career did not start with a burning desire to write. It did not start in childhood with little stories and poems that I made up myself that my parents gushed over. It did not start with wanting to show off to the world that I could write more than a few sentences that made sense. My writing career started at 50 and 2 days before my 51st birthday my career took a major turn – that travel story – about wandering solo through Turkey, The Greek Islands and Cyprus – that I worked on for a few days was published, with my name spelled correctly, in an award winning (local) newspaper – The Pelican Press. Following the death of my husband, my writing career started...