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...

Live and Learn

To read the entire article just click on the title – Live and Learn I just finished editing my book Everyone’s Dream Everyone’s Nightmare and delivered it to a writing friend who will give it another reading and (hopefully) another edit. It was published in book form in 1998 and after having printed 3,500 copies I’m down to my last 2 boxes (under 80 books) and it will become my next e-Book as soon as it’s ready. It will not be printed in book form again. When I started this project I told my writing friends that if I just removed the word “wonderful” I would lose about 40 pages – not quite true but there were other words of wisdom that had to be changed or removed as well.  Every time I cooked “in the...

Bullied

To see the entire article just click on the title: Bullied As a travel writer, having seen a huge chunk of the world, I’m frequently asked, “Where is the scariest place you’ve traveled?” and although I’ve had some very unpleasant incidents while camping, the answer to that particular question, after wracking my brain, has surprised me. I’ve been on the road traveling solo in an RV for close to twenty-five years but lately I find that my scariest journey is into old age. After a sixteen year marriage, I was widowed at the age of forty-eight but continued to travel and live the dream that my husband and I started. I worked a summer on three archaeological digs in England, wandered Turkey for months and drove a motorhome from...

Letters – I Get Letters

On the 9th of February, 1995 – 2 days before my 51st birthday – my first travel article was published in an award-winning Sarasota, Florida newspaper called the Pelican Press. I have been writing travel and memoir ever since and, as you can imagine, I’ve had many, many travel questions asked of me and with this latest one from an acquaintance I would rather post the answer on my website than answer her directly.  Marsha wrote:  I would like to hear your feedback on a 65 year old going up north alone for a year or two to work. Obviously no one can tell me what to do but I thought with all the solo travel you’ve done you might think of plusses and minuses I hadn’t considered. Rather than just say yea or nay I would rather tell you...

The Making of an E-Book

TO READ THE ENTIRE POST – CLICK ON THE TITLE. I’m finding it interesting fixing a book that is already 15 or 16 years old and a book that has already sold (and is still selling) well over 3,000 copies.  My first book was called Restless From the Start. I had 1200 copies printed and have 8 copies left in my possession. All the stories in that collection have been published as e-Books within other books or in my own line of books called Mini Reads. Everyone’s Dream Everyone’s Nightmare was my second book and I had 3,500 copies printed and I am now revising it and turning it into an e-Book.  When my last 80 (or so) copies that I have left are sold it will be an e-Book only. I will not be reprinting any of my print books. I was new to...

2014 – it’s almost over.

To read the entire post just click on the title. The year is slowly coming to an end and since I’ve been home for the last 6 weeks recovering from a rather unpleasant incident on a plane trip from Vancouver to Amsterdam I have been editing my book Everyone’s Dream Everyone’s Nightmare so it’ll become my next e-Book.  Had I been working at this rate at the beginning of the year rather than at the end of the year it would have been an e-Book a long time ago, live and learn. I have made a few changes in the organizations I have joined because I found that I just wasn’t staying involved and they were just an expense that I didn’t need or want.  I have eliminated the Surrey Art Center in Newton. I used to belong because they had...

Three Weeks Tomorrow

Well, it’ll be three weeks tomorrow (November 10th)  that I had my mishap on a KLM flight to Amsterdam and as of today I finally feel a wee bit on the mend.  Except for a flight to California last January it has been many, many years since I was on a plane and I must say it has changed so much that if left up to me I would NEVER fly again except perhaps for Air Canada. I was in the economy section which I remember as being adequate for my needs. This one was definitely not adequate for anyone taller than 5 foot nothing. We were herded 4 across and when the person to my left got up to walk around I did the same. The seat in front of mine was slightly reclined, I put my leg (at a somewhat odd angle) into her space and without even having my foot on the...