Tuckahoe Slidebottle

Yes – I know.  What is a Tuckhoe Slidebottle?  Every once in a while I am so conflicted by a book – one that I am reading, not writing –  and that’s where I am right now. The book is a collection of short stories by Neil McKinnon and was one of the finalists for the Stephen Leacock Award for humour when it first came out. I have been reading about town folks of Tuckahoe (Saskatchewan) for several weeks now. Every story is a shiny pearl and I read one story a day because I just didn’t want it to finish. Tomorrow I’ll read the last chapter and I’ll be sorry to see it go. The year that Tuckahoe Slidebottle came out Stuart Mclean had a new book as well and that book won the coveted award. I have read a few of his books and...

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...

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...

A Million Miles from Home

In a few hours, since it was uploaded just a few minutes ago, my third full-length book, A Million Miles from Home, will go “live” and be available for the Amazon Kindle.  My process in converting to an  e-book involves several steps.  I change the format to Word, I do some editing to repair or update and before submitting it I read the book from cover to cover or in this case from top to bottom.  Although I loved doing Alaska Bound and Gagged and Kiss This Florida, I’m Outta Here and all the Mini Reads and short (novella-length) essays this last book has really blown my mind.  I definitely have a new respect for myself. I have been traveling since 1989, traveling solo since 1992 and started writing about my adventures in 1994.  When my...

Time Traveler’s Wife

Just finished reading the book Time Traveler’s Wife this morning – June 11, 2011 and wondered how so much imagination could fit into one book.  I laughed in spots.  I cried in other places in the book but mostly I wondered “if it could really happen.”  The author has one heck of an imagination and I think I lived that life through both Clare and Henry’s eyes.  Bravo.  5-stars

Book Review

Book:  Mozart’s Sister Author:  Nancy Moser Reviewer:  Joei Carlton Hossack In finishing the book this morning I feel as though I am saying goodbye to an old and dear friend.  There are many reasons why I enjoyed the book.  The first and foremost is that I love historical novels. They entertain while teaching your something about the past.  Great job  Nancy Moser  The second reason that I loved this particular book is that I have been to Mozart’s house – the one in Vienna and could visualize each small room. Great job  Nancy Moser.  The third reason I loved this book – I have been to all of the places in Europe where Wolfie and Nannerl entertained royalty. – Great job Nancy Moser. I found it interesting that all the feeling...