Category Archives: Random Musings

Permanent link to my interview and the results

Whee – finally a good night sleep and I think I’ve acclimatized my poor body to Atlantic time.

The permanent link is up for my interview with CBC Radio. It’s a bit hard to find in the archives, you have to scroll down to Dec. 15th, I’m in the category Saint Johner Away. It’s a RAM file, which I could only get to play by downloading Real Player. A bit weird, but that’s the way it is I guess.

I’ve had great reviews so far and once I was brave enough to listen to the playback, I wasn’t too horrified at my errrs and ahhhs and so’s. We are always our own worst critiques aren’t we?

Today is my first not-completely braindead day so I’m back at it with a vengeance while listening to my new CD of Kevin’s demos (gosh he’s good) and catching up on my holiday to do list including somewhere along the line writing the Facebook part deux follow up short story 🙂

Now on to making some changes to the PaperBox Books website and resizing book cover art – Whee!

A taste of home

There’s something about coming home. In my case, my hometown is across the continent, so when I come home there are certain things I have to do to, places I go and things to eat that I just can’t do in my new location thousands of kilometres away.

Tonight, I crossed another few items off my list.

Sussex Golden Ginger Ale – It’s rich gingery flavour is spicier than any of the other sodas. If you have a sore throat or upset tummy this is the stuff to drink.

Brown Bread – no not whole wheat, but good old fashioned brown molasses bread. You can get it with or without raisins.

Hot Dog Buns – real ones not the mini sub buns you get out west. These hot dog buns are cooked close together so when you pull them apart, they have soft sides.

Bologna in the waxed covering – nothing says fresh like unwrapping the bologna yourself

For fast food, I hit one of my favourite places on Tuesday, Deluxe French Fries. You can watch the staff chop real potatoes right in front of you while you wait for your order. They’re twice the thickness of McDonald’s french fries and twice as crispy. They were so yummy.

Still to come – Greco donair. You can buy the donair kits out west, but they’re just not the same.

Dang, now I’m hungry…

Link to my CBC Radio Interview

Despite the early morning hour, my interview with CBC Radio went really well.

For today, you can access the recorded interview at scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the link to the audio. Tomorrow, the link will change to it’s permanent home in the CBC Archives.

I’ll post that once I get it.

CBC Radio Interview Tomorrow

So it’s official. Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 15th at 8:15am Atlantic time (which is 4:15am Pacific time), I’ll be interviewed during the Information Morning program on CBC Radio 1.

Why you ask?

Well it turns out that one of the weekly segments they do locally is interview people who have moved away from The East Coast to make their fortunes in other parts of the world. I qualify as interesting because of my traveling, writing and e-publishing business.

I’m very excited. The email came out of the blue but the timing is perfect. I’ll post a link to the interview for all you folks out West after the show.

Wish me luck!

Planes and Hot Tubs – Phase one complete

I took the weekend off. Yes me, the always working, over-achiever, took time off to spend with friends.

First up – a blast from the past. The main character from one of my short stories. Sometimes truth is stranger, or in this case much better, than fiction. Kevin and I dated back in high school then on Friday, decades later, he picked me up at the airport for a wonderful evening of reminiscing and talking about our current lives. I think we both turned out well. It was so great to see him again.

Then it was off to Robin’s to hang out in her hot tub even in temperatures well below freezing. I guess the warmer Vancouver weather hasn’t made me as much of a wimp as I thought it had. Even though I was only there a couple of days it was so great. Her kids have grown so much, they were a lot of fun and because I helped wrap all their holiday gifts, I know what they’re getting 🙂 (the ultimate knowledge base of power this time of year)

After a trip to the barn this morning to watch Robin ride and jump her latest horse it was back to the airport for the final leg of my trip home. I was sad to leave Toronto, but excited to come home to see Mom, Dad and my other brother and his family. Oh and have wild New Brunswick blueberries – way better than the cultivated ones out West 🙂

On the plane I worked on some copy to update on websites, revised my to-do list, started fleshing out content for the training seminars I’ll be conducting in the new year and thinking about possible questions that might be asked if a proposed interview with CBC Radio works out. (I’m very excited about this last bit – I’ll keep you posted)

Why is this so hard

Ask me to do anything for someone else and I’m there with bells on – ask me to do something for myself and I stall and procrastinate. I feel guilty – Argh.

I’m at that point, putting the final touches on my babies before sending them out to the world for sale. I’m refering to books that is, not real children, just in case you’re wondering.

This is exciting and I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to publish my novels for years, yes, even decades. So why do I waste my time chatting, singing slong with Christmas tunes and staring off into space when I could be achieving my dream.

The answer is fear is simple. I’ve heard the saying before and it applied doubly for me today. “What we fear most is not failure, what we fear most is success.”

True Eh?

How’d the Holidays get so close?

It’s been on my calendar for months, I booked my ticket weeks ago, yet here I am days before take off wondering where on earth the time has flown.

Sure in that time I’ve written another complete first draft of a novel, decided what I want to be when I grow up, and marketed my butt off for both SNB Consulting Services and PaperBox Books, but still … it’s come so fast. (Totally off topic but check out the stats from – freakin incredible)

Today was the first day I’ve felt in the Holiday Mood. It was cold, that helped. and I’ve spent a wonderful weekend with the best kind of friends ever and I know this is just the beginning. More good times are coming as Christmas approaches.

Time to add in some Christmas tunes to my MP3 player to sing along with on transit, and no, I really don’t care if anyone laughs at me. My voice is out of shape, so instead of giggling at my off-tune-ed-ness, pitch in and help keep me on key.

It’s not looking like much of a vacation for me though, I’ll be working via online while I’m home. I have some editing for PaperBox Books and some stuff to do for SNB Consulting and marketing my butt off even further because two of my books will be on sale before I leave.

YES – two of my novels will be on sale before Christmas – Whee

Purchase Details to follow in the next few days.

Plans of planes and hot tubs

I’m sitting here editing. I have a few short stories buzzing around in my brain, but I’m not allowed to put pen to paper until I finish this project.

Soon, I croon, to my half thought … thoughts. Soon I’ll realease you out onto the world. No worries though, they’re harmless. Romantic little trysts and twists to pique your sappy bone.

Oddly enough, one of my short stories is about to come to life, albeit not quite the way I wrote it.

A summer romance when I was 15 morphs into a facebook friendship a couple of decades later. While we won’t be riding off into the sunset anytime soon, he is picking me up at the airport when I arrive in Toronto next week. We’ll spend an evening reminiscing before he drops me off and finally he’ll have a chance to meet my best friend. The one who stood beside me during all my teenage angst involving him. They’ve known each other for years, yet never met.

I know you’re thinking ‘what if they’…. but she already has her knight in shining armour. Although, that would make one heck of a tale now wouldn’t it. Damn – there goes another new story racing around in my head.

Oh and did I mention she has a hot tub? They do it the proper way. We’ll run out through the cold into the tub, then sprint back into the house when we’re done. Toronto has been unseasonably warm so far, so it might just be a saunter instead.

Upward, Onward and reconnecting with family

Today was busy in a very good way.

I had a meeting about some potential speaking engagements and a chance to engage in storytelling for an instructional video.

If anyone’s interested, I’m putting together training courses for effective use of social media for internet marketing and building your personal brand. I’ll be ready to begin presenting it in the new year.

We’re also beginning to create cirriculum for writing seminars to help other writers avoid some of the pitfalls we’ve already experienced.

After such a busy afternoon, I came home to my computer and chatted to one of my cousins back East. It was great to catch up, we haven’t been online at the same time in a long while. There’s a four hour time difference.

Now I’m going to curl up with a good book and while the night away.


What do you listen to while you write?

Well, actually today I’m wearing my editing hat instead of writing, but ne’ertheless I have this awesome Celtic-ish piece from Final Fantasy (yes, the game) playing in the background. Talk about setting the mood for the medieval romantic fantasy I’m proof-reading.

My tastes have morphed over the years. In the beginning, I wrote at work (my supervisor told me to make myself look busy – he didn’t care what I did, so…) Back then I was limited to the muzak that played through the lobby. When I really got into writing at home, I listened to the City of Angels Soundtrack. It was the one collection that when it came on, it cued my brain to write. (kind of like Pavlov’s dog). I’d listen to it on repeat for hours.

It worked for the longest while, and I’ll still use it if I’m stuck.

Nowadays, the only music I can’t listen to while I write is something that I also like to sing along with. Abba is definitely out as is Evanescence, The Eagles, The Rankins etc. … oh and Christmas Music.

Actually Christmas music and I have a strange relationship.

I used to have to force myself not to start playing holiday tunes until the first of October. Christmas, to me, is a feeling of joy and gathering of family. I don’t much go in for all the commercial stuff so it makes me feel good instead of stressing me out. But then I moved almost 6000km from home.

During November I don’t dare play it on the years I’m heading to the East Coast for the holidays or I’ll become a happy, sappy mess and NaNo will fail horribly. On the years we don’t go home (my youngest brother and I share a house), we tend to ignore the holidays as much as possible. Not going home makes the entire season very painful.

So what do you listen to when you’re writing? Does it change with your mood? Do you switch it to help you create the tone for the scene? Or do you put something on and it fades into the background? Or are you like some I know who prefer to write in silence?

Curious minds want to know.