Back on the Learning Trail

About a year ago my laptop crashed. Everything was removed and I was able to transfer it into my desktop – both were PC’s with Microsoft XP in them so it was relatively easy. After my laptop crashed I replaced it with a MacBook Pro.  I come from a family of Mac users and they all swear by them so I decided to switch. Since I still had my desktop I really do much with my Mac…..well to make a long story short and boring a few weeks ago my desktop crashed – actually crashed and burned. Nothing could be salvaged. Fortunately every story and article in that computer was either published in a magazine someplace or published in one of my own books. I know I lost a few things but not as much as you would suspect. I left the shell of my computer to be...

Tough Week

I am just one of the people who will mourn the great loss of Robin Williams and my heartfelt condolences to his close friends and family. It has brought up many personal thoughts and feelings that I struggle with. On August 25th, 1970 my mother thought life was no longer worth living and took her own life. After so many years I feel I want to write my mother’s story even if it just for myself. Her name was Zelda…….and she is LOVED by her family and in true Robin Williams’ style I will leave you with a very short story.   My mother had a wonderful (new immigrant) friend who was always so excited to see her that the first words out of her mouth were “Zelda – I want to zell you zumzing” and hours of conversation would start.

Weeks in Review

I guess my drought is over and I’m not only back on track but I’m in the fast lane.  In the last couple of weeks I have finished my story for the RV Gazette magazine and this morning I e-mailed them the pictures to go along with it. They liked the story and I’m now waiting to hear back about the pictures. This story started a long time ago and I had very few pictures. I scanned them into my computer and then e-mailed them. Last week I started editing several stories for an anthology being published by Caitlin Press, a BC publishing company. The envelope must be postmarked by August 15th. I printed out 4 stories but after checking over the story about breaking my foot in an Ontario campground I decided against it. Mildly interesting but not good...

A Red Letter Day

Every once in a while I have a red letter day and it always thrills me.  Yesterday July 17, 2014 was just such a day. The first thing that happened was on Facebook. I received a couple of special messages from Ursula Maxwell-Lewis and Shawn Bird, both friends and fellow writers, letting me know that Caitlin Publishing, right here in British Columbia, was looking for stories about women traveling solo. After 22 years as a solo RVer you know that this was right up my alley. I went to my computer and found 3 or 4 stories that I could use. I’ll reedit them, trim them back a bit but the word count on the stories must be between 1000 and 6000 so there’s a lot to play with. For those interested in submitting – the submission must be by regular mail and...

RV Owners Lifestyle Conference

Hard to believe but the 17th annual RV Owners Lifestyle Conference at Okanagan College in Kelowna is over for another year.  For those that missed it……it was the best conference so far and I have been teaching at 9 or 10 of them. I didn’t hear anyone complain about the classes – although there might have been a few. By the second day of the conference everyone’s head was stuffed with new and interesting ideas about RVing. I had 2 classes – Solo RVing which I have done every year and Hobbies for the Road which was new for me so I was a little apprehensive. Had no idea how I was going to start but, in the end, it went well. I wasn’t aware I had so much information stuffed away in my head and had to explain that I have NEVER had a...

Write on the Beach

The date was June 8th, 2014 and the 4th annual Write on the Beach was held in Crescent Beach, British Columbia. I have attended 3 of these events. This 4th annual was, by far, the best and I do not say this lightly. Including myself,  the speakers were agent Carolyn Swayze, best-selling Amazon author Martin Crosbie, a panel discussion with Martin Crosbie, Craig Spence and David Blinkhorn and a presentation titled Bum Glue: A formula for organizing your writing time to get writing to mention just a few.  My presentation was on the alternatives to Amazon, i.e. Smashwords and Draft2Digital. Although Carolyn is a friend and neighbour I’ve never questioned her  work in the business and was fascinated by her presentation. Since I have never worked with an agent...

70th Anniversary of D-Day

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  My late husband Paul lost 2 uncles on the Normandy Beaches and in 1990 we went to France and paid our respects at the Normandy beaches. It is said that more soldiers lost their lives on those beaches in 24 hours then all the losses in Afghanistan since this war began. However any loss in any war is one to many. Thank you to ALL our veterans for their service and in keeping our country free.    THANK YOU.  Joei