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Taking Care of Business


I finished cleaning. Broth’s simmering on the stove. A Sunday afternoon breeze is coming through the window. Baseball game on the radio. The Jays are leading the Twins 7-3 in the 7th inning. And I’m waiting for that magical time when I go pickup BabyGirl. She’s been on vacation with her Dad for a week. I’ve missed her. I’m looking forward to our reunion. But I still have a few hours and I better take care of business cause I’ve been remiss.

After a month of daily postings, you’d think I’d have developed a longing for blogging but no. Social media does not evoke much emotion in me, except for Facebook, which if you’ve followed this blog since the beginning, you know I despise. I’ve given up trying to scrub the blood stains from the wall. I’ll have to repaint some time.

So I’m taking stock of what I need to get done to take care of my business:

  • Finish 2nd draft of Stay by July 27.
  • Find an editor and turn manuscript over by July 28.
  • Find a cover for Stay (8-3 Jays)
  • Blog at least twice a week forever.
  • Book Writers Digest Conference West before July 19 to take advantage of early bird pricing.
  • Finish planning my third novel.
  • Practice guitar daily (research for my third novel; I’m taking lessons). (9-3 Jays)
  • Finish planning Western Canada vacay.

(11-3 Jays, still in the 7th inning) I had to stop writing this post to start the next one on online dating. Guess we both know what I’ll be talking about on Tuesday. I don’t know about you, but I’m relieved. Make sure you come back for my kernels of wisdom(?).

What’s on your to-do list? Where are you vacationing this summer? Does all the energy from the sun recharge your batteries?

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Western Canada, Here I Come!


"Cruising Ship" by Rosemary Ratcliff

“Cruising Ship” by Rosemary Ratcliff

I am inspired to travel again. While I have wander lust and a list to of places to see, walking away from a marriage broke and with a toddler meant taking low-budget vacations which translated into going back to Montreal and camping. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing those things but after three consecutive summers of this my soul has been crying (read screaming) for the arid atmosphere of an airplane cabin, for the possibility of wonder, for the discovery of the seen-only-in-pictures, for a vacation that doesn’t involve running around town meeting this friend or that one, sleeping on couches, chopping wood in the rain or monitoring ice levels in the cooler.

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Courtesy of Meetings & Conventions Calgary (MCC) and Calgary Economic Development (CED)

Enough is enough. I’ve made my decision; I’ve been wanting to go out west for a few years. Rain, floods and Mother Nature might deter some, but not us. Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and the Canadian Rockies are waiting for me and BabyGirl to conquer them. We have our dates selected. Our hotel in Vancouver booked. I’m trolling websites for deals on plane tickets. I’m creating our itinerary based on touring company schedules. I’ve started my Must-Do’s Before I Leave list: water plants, pay bills, leave mail key with friend, etc. The next few weeks of planning are going to be so much fun.

I’m delighted. I’m EXCITED!

What are your vacation plans? What’s at the top of your Places To See list? What’s the best vacation you’ve ever had?

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On Vacation


Quick post. I’m on vacation. From work. Which means I get to focus on having fun with my daughter. Which means: Marineland, Royal Ontario Museum, CN Tower, camping, decorating her bedroom and more. Which also means: no Twitter, minimal writing, no blog posts, no e-mail, etc. I’m going to enjoy being with my daughter and falling in to bed exhausted in a good way until July 23. See you then!

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