Best library find

I was browsing through the cheap and cheerful books the library was selling for 25 cents to $1.00 and picked up the 2012 Writer’s Market guide for $1.00. I (thought) I wanted to check the latest magazines that were still in business but I never got that far. I discovered a wealth of information at the front of book. So far I have ignored “finding work” since I have enough of my own to do. I have, so far, ignored “managing work” however, I am in the process of reading every chapter, every page, every paragraph, every line and every word of “promoting work.” I’m reading chapters like Build a Platform – by Jeff Yeager, On the Road Again: 10 Do’s and Don’t for your Book Tour by Susan Wingate, and Book...

There But for the Grace of God

My new e-book is ready and available on my Smashwords site or in all formats from your favorite retailer.  To go directly into that new e-book just click on (if it works) or copy www.smashwords.com/books/view/423235.   In an effort to give back for my good fortune – all author’s proceeds will be donated to charity to help our veterans.  Retail cost of this e-book is $1.00 so check it out.  Many thanks.  Joei Carlton Hossack

Planes and Boats and Trains

I really thought that this year would be my last as a snow-bird RVer. I was ready to give it up because of the long southward hauls and because I really don’t feel safe on the road alone. People are too crazy – driving with a cell phone in one hand and not remembering that they have a car attached to the back of their motorhome as they slowly change into my lane…..way too stressful. I also got the distinct impression that if I had a problem on the road that no one would stop…..and if they did stop I would wonder if they would help or attack.  Like I said – I thought this would be my last long-haul. In September I took my first cruise and although I wished I had gone with a “friend” that I had lots in common with rather...

Coming to an End

Hi Everyone:  Well, my California adventure is coming to an end. I leave Carlsbad on Friday a little before noon and arrive back at YVR around 6:00 in the evening.  I’ll be taking the skytrain from the airport to Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver and will get myself onto the skytrain going to Surrey without even having to go outside. Good thing because I have only a sweatshirt and (thankfully) one pair of long pants to survive the weather.  I understand the rain will be stopping sometime on Friday so I hope I won’t arrive home soaked to the skin. It has been a WONDERFUL trip. I got to spend a month with my sister and I haven’t done that in a VERY long time. I chauffeured her around and I’m hoping she gets her licence back before I...

Oceanside, California

Well, according to my sister, I have arrived in God’s country and now that I’ve been chauffeuring her around for about 10 days I can see what she means. Although the weather has not been up to her standards – warm and sunny – it has been perfect for me. A little cooler and yesterday it even sprinkled for a bit. We have spent a part of almost every day at some ukelele event or another. She wants to teach me a few chords and I can play along but I’m perfectly content just to sit and listen. Playing suits Mona. Sitting and listening suits me. Last night the woman sitting beside me said “this was her second time playing the uke and I had already started writing a story about all the events going on down here in Oceanside/Carlsbad...

2014 – Time to Vent

I’m mad as well and I won’t take it any more. Pardon me while I vent……. 2013 ended with the murder of a hockey mom within a five minute walk from my home and a place I pass every few days. From my sister, I also learned about The Knockout Game…..if you haven’t heard about it – go to YouTube and type in Knockout Game. Let me assure you it will scare the hell out of you. I’m only going to speak about Canada because this is where I live but I’m sure it happens everywhere and this is MY opinion and possible solution. I’m sick to death of our government pissing away millions, probably billions of dollars on the scum of the earth. A couple of years ago I vented about an apartment building for single mothers and their...

CHANGE OF PLANS

I have made my decision about going south for the winter with my truck and camper. I have decided NOT to go this winter.  My decision is not made lightly because this will be my first winter staying home…..and I will have to buy boots……yuk. I understand from the people who stay in lower mainland BC that it’s not too bad if you can get used to rain, dark, dank and joint pain. I am making this decision BEFORE getting the news about my oil leak but I realize I have been wishing that they don’t find it so I’ll have an EXCUSE not to go – after all how can I be scared about the drive if I have been a solo RVer for 21 years…..well you just have to get caught in one snowstorm going over Mount Shasta, California (or any...