Surrey International Writers’ Conference 2014

It’s hard to believe that the SiWC 2014 is over for another year.  I look forward to it each year and it’s over in a heartbeat. For me (and my friend Edith) it started on Thursday evening at the Strawberry Hill Chapters. They host an authors event and I’ve gone every year since I learned about it.  Edith picked me up around 5:00 P.M. even though she wondered why so early but we went out for an A&W burger in the same plaza as the store and by 6:00 we were ready to go to the store.  We were sure it would be like all other years – arrived at 6:00 and check out all the new books, find a seat around 6:45 and the event starts at 7:00…..well…..I guess we shouldn’t have been shocked but by 6:00 all the seats were taken and we were...

In Review – Part 3 – The Broken Tooth

Well….if bad things happen in threes then I should have only good luck until the end of the year.  So part 1 was being thrown out of a camping rally in Williams Lake, B.C..  Not really has bad as it sounds because things worked out super – for me anyway.  Part 2 was the murder in Clinton and you must admit – not nearly as bad for me as it was for Jim Painter – the fellow who was murdered.  Part 3 was my broken tooth and that tooth REALLY didn’t owe me anything.  I had a root canal done when I was around 18 years old and that was 52 years ago.  In my early 30’s I had a cap put over the tooth because it was turning dark. For the past 20 years the tooth felt loose. I could actually move it with my tongue and a couple of years ago...

In Review – Part 2 – the murder

I was delighted to be back in Clinton. I plugged in my  electricity and all the lights came on bright and shiny. I knew that I could turn on my little electric heater and I would be warm and cozy all night. I will repeat – I was delighted to be back in Clinton and that evening I enjoyed another fantastic rib dinner. While I was having dinner a young, Asian man arrived and wanted a camping spot for the night. Michael took his money and he asked if it was okay if he slept in the back of his truck. Michael said it was okay and the young man asked if it was safe. Michael became very animated – of course, it’s safe. Never a problem here and he points to me sitting there and says “this old lady comes here by herself all the time. Tell...

In Review – Part 1

Much too much going on in the last two or three weeks and it has left me a little weak and shaken and somewhat adrift – trying to get back to “now” and to work. I just needed a bit of a change. It started when I drove to Williams Lake (335 MILES north east) for a Good Sam meeting and I stopped at one of my favourite campgrounds (in Clinton) for a couple of days along the way. Like I do at each meeting or rally and with the help of another member I set up a table with my books, bookmarks, spiders and pendants. Business is never really good at these things BUT it gives me a place to sit and talk to people as they came over to see what I have, do some selling and create something new. That’s what happened on the Monday. Did a bit of selling, a...

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...