Monday, 7 November 2016

The Challenges of NaNoWriMo and Dieting at the Same Time

Because participating in NaNoWriMo isn't crazy AF challenging enough, I've decided in addition, to go back on my restrictive sugar diet. 

How's it going you ask?

Well, let's see......


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

French filmmaker Luc Besson Has an Important Message: Sometimes it's Best to Throw Your Writing in the Garbage

I recently read an article on iO9 that talked about Luc Besson's newest passion project, a movie he has waited his whole life to make, and it's scheduled to come out next summer:  Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets.
One of the reasons he has waited so long to make this film, is because the technology he needed to bring the movie to life, wasn't ready. He said it wasn't until the movie Avatar was released, that he realize he could begin working on Valerian. He also mentioned that James Cameron was very open about the making of Avatar and invited Luc to the set during production, which I think is pretty cool. But that's beside the point. The point I'm trying to make is this-- when Luc Besson watched Avatar his reaction wasn't what you'd expect. 

Here's a quote from the article

 “When I [Luc Besson] saw Avatar for the first time, I took the script for Valerian and I threw it into the garbage and I started again,” he said. “Literally, I was depressed. I was happy for the film and him, because I like [Cameron] a lot, but totally depressed. Threw it away. Wait for a month. And then say, ‘Okay, start again.’ So I start again. And I’m happy because it’s better. I was right to throw it away." 

This is an important reminder that no matter how attached we are to our stories, successful writers know when it's time to let it go and they're not afraid to start over. No matter how painful or depressing, Luc Besson didn't give up. He had a dream. He was patient. He was inspired. Then he rewrote the whole damn thing. And from what fans have said after seeing the first footage from this movie at the San Diego Comic-Con, Valerian sounds very promising. But what's more important is that Luc himself is happier with the new script. 

As writers, we sometimes need that same courage, that same drive to do what's necessary to produce the very best. And sometimes that means throwing it all out and starting over. 

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

IWSG: Getting my Writing Time Back

This week marks the end of our B&B season. I've waved good bye to our last clients, locked the doors, and let out a big sigh. I'm always a bit sad when the season ends, no more meeting and chatting with interesting people. No more getting up at 6:30am to bring them breakfast, no more washing tons of towels and bed sheets. No more ironing duvet covers, pillow covers, and fitted sheets.... or waiting tirelessly for clients to arrive who are almost always late and never call ahead ....

Yeah, did I say sad?

My bad.

I meant....

and maybe a bit of.....

But what this really means is that I'll be doing a lot more of this >>>>


I hope you all manage to find the time to write, sometimes it comes in waves, for me that means high tide every 6 months. The trick is, making the best of the time you do get for writing. 

Happy writing everyone and see you all soon on the blogosphere!

Thank you to everyone in the IWSG. I'm posting away from home and have limited internet connection, but I'll be visiting everyone when I get back tomorrow! 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Finished Not Perfect

I posted this on facebook a few days ago but I thought it'd be perfect for today's IWSG post. It's a short video focused more on art and drawing, but the underlying message can be applied to writing, heck to just about anything in life worth doing. If you want to succeed, you have to stick it out to the end, cross the finish line, complete your project. 

And here's the kicker... it doesn't have to be perfect. 

Let's repeat that again.... It doesn't have to be perfect. That part comes later. 

So, for those of you like me who stress over the imperfections to the point we never really get anywhere, here's a wet slap in the face. 

Finished, not Perfect. 

Enjoy and happy IWSG day!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Why I'm not Writing

I haven't written anything for, well, more than I'd like to admit. I could list a bunch of excuses, work, kids, etc,. But the real reason is this:


Every time I try to write, Ick ( manifestation of my Inner Critic) hops onto the keyboard with open jaws and nips at my fingertips and laughs at my pathetic contribution to the written word. And let me tell you, it hurts typing with this little bastard snapping away at each word, phrase, paragraph, page or idea. Writing this post was particular painful and required several band-aids. I may have passed out once or twice from blood loss......

Anyway, Ick has been bullying me for too long now and frankly, I've had enough. So, instead of avoiding Ick, or pretending he doesn't exist, I've decided to make peace with him, embrace him, and take him with me on vacation. Ick shall travel with me for a few weeks and he will either become my best writing buddy, or get smashed somewhere between Paris and Florence. ;)

I've shut off comments because I can't visit today, but I do thank you for stopping by, wish I could do the same but I'm a terrible blogger during the summer. However, things should get easier for me when our B&B season closes, end of September. So until then, I wish you all a safe, productive, and inspiring summer whether you're on vacation or not.  And if you happen to have an Ick like me who doesn't want to play nice or go on vacation, then try kicking it in the teeth.   ;)

Saturday, 7 May 2016

My Bittersweet Reveal: The Thing That Turned Me - An Anthology

By now I'm sure many of you have seen and heard of this awesome anthology scheduled to be released by the end this month: The Thing That Turned Me. It's an anthology put together by the very talented and super sweet Randi Lee, who blogs over at and

This reveal is especially exciting for me because out of all the wonderful authors contributing to this book, guess who gets to be one of them?! Me! 

But....but.... you wouldn't know it if you looked it up on Goodreads.  

What? Tell me it isn't so!!!!

I know, crazy. Let me explain.

I got on-board early with this anthology, had my story written and accepted, and even though I'm listed on the contributors list on Randi's website, I'm not listed as a contributing author on the Goodreads anthology page. When I noticed the omission about a month ago, I contacted Randi about it who in turn, contacted the folks at Gr. I know she's done her best to get it fixed but to this day, my name still doesn't appear as one of the authors of the book. And to be honest, it's really starting to bug me. *shakes fist at Gr* Goodreads gets a lot of traffic, and having your name on a banner or badge just isn't the same as being listed as an author on Goodreads, hence the bittersweet reveal. I know it'll get fixed--eventually, but it kinda sucked out some of the excitement I had for this reveal. C'est la vie, and I'll just have to pour myself another glass of wine. ;) 

(UPDATE: I just checked GR today 8/3/16, and my name is finally listed! Thank you to whoever got that fixed. :) ) 

Anyway, until things get fixed, I'll just have keep admiring this awesome cover, designed by the very talented Harper L. Jameson.  And you know what's extra cool about the cover? The hourglass. I didn't see the cover until well after my story was finished and accepted for the anthology, that's important because in my story there's a whole section where I talk about hourglasses. Here's a little excerpt from my story, Deadly Encounters:


The Time Dealer  
The old man twitches his nose. The smell hits him first and every time, it makes his mouth water. Desperation. The taste of sweet, uninhibited, mouth watering desperation. But, it’s the sound of the unusual fabric skirting the worn wooden slats in the floor that makes his ageless eyes turn up. “Huh.” The old man leans back in his chair and wipes his bottom lip with a gnarled thumb. He is surrounded by countless hourglasses of all types, sizes, and colors. They hang in suspension from floor to ceiling in a room that has no end. Some hourglasses are large and ornate while others are small and modest, but no two are alike. The only thing they have in common is that they’re all running out of time. “So, the God among mortals has finally graced me with his presence. To what do I owe this unexpected pleasure?”  

Below is the trailer, blurb and complete list of amazing authors and titles of The Thing That Turned Me, taken from the facebook page:

Cover Reveal: May 1, 2016
Book Release: May 31, 2016

A diverse group of authors, bloggers, speakers and editors has come together to bring you a unique collection of writings: “The Thing that Turned Me,” an anthology revolving around the people, places and things in our lives that ‘turn’ us, or cause us to change in some way.

A patchwork quilt of talent collaborates on this new and exciting project, inviting a singular synergy to the anthology that will leave you turning pages without delay. Works within the anthology range from Science Fiction and Fantasy to Creative Non-Fiction, and beyond. Poetry blends with prose in this variegated ensemble of stories, poems and essays.

“The Thing That Turned Me” will be available for paperback and ebook purchase on May 31, 2016.

S. Katherine Anthony (hold)
Imani Allen “Rehema”
Michelle Athy “The Disappearance of Miss Mary Dawkins”
Madalyn Beck “Hard to Love”
Diane Carlisle “The Window”
Alex J. Cavanaugh “CassaDawn”
Crystal Collier “The Shadow King’s Pet”
Cathrina Constantine “Rising Star~Falling Heart”
Michael Di Gesu “Through Shades of Gray”
Tonja Drecker “A Glowworm”
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne “The Journey”
Sherry Ellis “Finding My Voice”
Elise Fallson “Deadly Encounters”
Heather M. Gardner “Before We Break”
Samantha Redstreake Geary “Don’t be Koi”
Misha Gerrick “Ryan”
Krystal Hillsman “To the Last Love of My Life”
Celeste Holloway “Shadows Falling on Rainbows”
Harper L. Jameson “The Blanket”
Randi Lee “Off the Horse”
Terrance Dwayne Mack “When I Went Crazy”
K.D. Martin “Invariant”
Tyrean Martinson “Letting Go: A Siren Song”
Melissa Maygrove “Malice”
Nana Prah “Finding the Light”
Christine Rains “George and the Dragon”
Melanie Schulz “The Reader”
Elizabeth Seckman “Shifting Sands”
Tara Tyler “The Day Dave Broke the Internet”
Michelle Wallace “Shades of Deception”
L. Diane Wolfe “Revelation”
Roland Yeomans “Wednesday’s Child”


Well, that's it for me today. Thanks to everyone who has taken part in putting this anthology together, it's exciting and I can't wait for release day. And, thank YOU all for stopping in. I know I haven't been around much this year blogging wise, it's been a difficult year for me in many ways, just know I'll get through it one way or another--I miss visiting you all terribly! 

Hope everyone is well-- HUGS!!


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

IWSG: This is the time when I go a little looney-toons

After being closed for winter, our B&B has reopened for spring and summer. This is a good thing but also a mega time-suck, of the black hole variety. I try to get some writing done, but it's really hard and I'm finding myself giving into my old demons that have me writing well into the night, which is very, very bad.

Plus, I'm backed up with the laundry, the house is a disaster (though that's not much different than normal), the kids are on vacation, and this is my living room... it's been like this for like the last 4 days. And to be honest it'll probably stay like that for another 6. weeks. *hangs head in shame.

So I'm stuck pondering the following: 

How in the figure-skating Hell am I to find time to write? 



I don't even have time to put some colors on! 

The life of a disorganized, frazzle-brained writer is so ....

Oh look. Dinner is ready.

Happy IWSG day and A-Zing to all participating, I miss you all....
gotta go for now!!!!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

IWSG: Sometimes All You Need Is BIC HOK and a Cat

Developed by author and blogger Alex Cavanaugh, IWSG is a bloghop for writers by writers. To find out more about the IWSG monthly bloghop or the IWSG website, click the links. And many thanks to Alex and the courageous, torch sword wielding ninja co-hosts this month!

Oh, I just can't stand it anymore! I've been trying nap here for almost an hour, but all I can hear is you, mumbling, growling, and barking at your computer. Apparently, you're not satisfied with whatever it is you're typing. Shall I take a look at it? I don't mind. Especially if it can help you write without interrupting my beauty cat nap

Oh. Wow. This does need a bit of work. Excuse me while I cough up a fur ball. This is positively horrendous. Go put on another pot of coffee, this may will take a while. Trust me. 

There. I fixed it. Your character now has motive, is well rounded, and doesn't sound like a drooling pooch. My fee is payable in fancy butt-flavored cat food. You can pay me immediately. All that editing has made me hungry. 

Le meow.


I had a breakthrough yesterday and all I needed was some good old fashioned BIC HOK (butt-in-chair, hands-on-keyboard) time. It feels like I've written over a hundred different variations of this book, but today, I finally have a reasonable outline of the story. It's the best feeling when you've been working on a problem for a while, and all of a sudden, it comes together. I know I still have a super long way to go, but the end feels much more attainable. I can't tell you how excited I am about getting the scenes written down. Hope none of you are stuck on a problem, but if you are, remember sometimes all it takes is some BIC HOK and a smart alec cat (cat optional)

Now, let fun part begin!!!!! 



Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Bad Things Come in 3s : The Daily (sorta) Journal of an Injured Knee - Day 14

Well, it's been 2 weeks and most of the swelling in the left knee has gone down. There's still a puffy area on the right side of the knee that doesn't seem to want to leave. I still can't bend my knee completely, but I went to practice last night, did a few sprints and for the most part it was ok. I just can't drive my left knee up very high when I run, which leaves me with this lopsided gate, but at least it doesn't hurt too much. Most of my bruising has now faded, and thankfully, no new ones have popped up. So I'm guessing another week before I'm 100% and that'll be just in time for the championships. Plus, we had planned a short ski trip right after the tournament during our winter break. Hopefully I'll be ok for that as well, and I also hope the ski stations will get some snow by then. I was outside in a t-shirt on Sunday it was so warm. It felt like late spring, the complete opposite to what's been blanketing the east coast in the States. It's been so warm here, daffodils and other flowers are blooming. The weather is crazy.

Anyway, thank you all for stopping by and checking up on me and my knee. I think I've taken enough pictures of my knee caps to last me and everyone else a lifetime, lol! 

Have a great week everyone and be safe!!!

Monday, 18 January 2016

Bad Things Come in 3s : The Daily (sorta) Journal of an Injured Knee - Day 3-6

I didn't get a chance to post over the weekend because I had fourteen people come over for lunch on Sunday. It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun. Thankfully my knee held up but it reminded me all day (with a dull ache), that things are still not 100%. Walking around in heels probably didn't help either. Today, I'll be convalescing in my slippers and drinking tea. 

Anyway, here's what my knee (or should I say 'leg') has been doing these past few days...

Day 4: The big itch. 

My leg has been itching me all day and not in the 'pass the ointment I have a weird  rash' kind of way. The muscles itch/ache. It's not easy to explain, but I just have this need to stretch my leg muscles and to lock my knee out and run. But I don't of course because, duh, it hurts when I do. But still, despite the pain, I itch to stretch out the muscles. *sigh*

Oh and yes, that is my cat Oska, inspecting my toes....

"Stop that. That tickles!"

^..^   "Meow."  

"What do you mean my feet stink?!" *shoo--*

^..^  *Hisss*


Day 5: Down you go.

Well, it looks like I'm at the green / yellow stage (yeah!) around my knee. Hopefully that means things are almost fixed in there. As for the swelling, it's gone down a lot more too. However, I'm getting some funky dark colors appearing all the way down the inside of my leg. My initial injury was to the side of the knee, but the contusion extends much further. I guess when I got hit, I must have broken enough blood vessels to extravasate ;) blood all the way down my leg. The leg still itches but a little less than yesterday. On the plus side, I can go up the stairs just about normally now. 

Day 6: What the hell is this?!

I've got new bruises popping up on the top of my leg down my shins. 

What the hell? 

When did this happen? I was on my feet all day yesterday and I wonder if that has anything to do with the arrival with these new guests? *sigh*
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