Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween!



Halloween

In the deep of the night
when the covens are bare
hags on broom sticks
flit through the air

where the depths of the sewers
dismiss their odorous crew
the green slimey ghouls
come out then too

When the other side
can't hold them in
the spirits of the ages
come back again

And all rule the earth
all can be seen
in the light of the full moon
on dark Halloween

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Last Last Night I Had a Dirty Dream; Or Breeze Gets Political






So last night I slept for nine straight hours! After three sleepless nights I needed some rest. My body and my subconscious mind were exhausted and I awoke with the memory of the oddest dream I have ever had.

Now let me start this by saying, I am a card-carrying member of the Liberal Party of Canada. I avoid political discussion on here, this isn't the place for it, but I'm sure my beliefs come through. I'm feeling the need to purge today and since most of the post is based in dream land I'm making an exception.

Here is what happened in the dream.

I was ranting(I can't remember who I was ranting to) about the current Conservative government and the Prime Minister just happened to overhear me(of course?). Now I am not a fan of the policies of Mr. Harper and didn't feel all that upset that he overheard my conversation, and I was quite willing to convince him face to face of how wrong he was but he decided that I was the one who should be convinced and decided to spend the day with me doing so.(Now anyone who is familiar with Mr. Harper knows that he really doesn't care what anyone thinks so this part of the dream is already drifting into the realm of unbelievable, but hey, it's a dream and weird things happen)

So we quickly travel through Ontario where we ended up in a pool hall. Mostly there were teenagers there and they were completely oblivious to the PM. Nobody recognised him at all. I wonder how accurate this part of the dream is. I wonder how many kids have no idea what the Canadian Prime Minister looks like? I'm a little tired of the Tory bull by this time and I am happy to see my cousin, Rodney. I bring him over and introduce him to the PM. He doesn't seem all that surprised to see me with him but Harper is surprised that my cousin is there. Then his brother Dean walks by and I introduce him as well. Harper asks "How many cousins do you have?" and I reply(and this part is pretty much true) "hundreds." It isn't surprising that there are two in my dream. There seems to be at least one in every major Canadian city! My now husband came home from Canadian Tire in Windsor once, excited to have discovered that one of the girls who worked there was my second cousin(that I'd never met) and I told him I would be more surprised if I didn't have a cousin working at the Canadian Tire in Windsor!

OK..back to your regularly scheduled dream. We travel east(of course) and I wish I could remember the conversations. I know Matt Damon's name came up because Damon has expressed disappointment in Harper not following through on Canada's promises on environmental issues and I asked the PM about this. I can't remember his answer but I'm pretty sure it was a lie.

Then we get to Newfoundland and I suggest we stop by and visit good old Danny Williams but the PM refused. I asked him if he was afraid and he didn't answer. So then suddenly we are back in Ontario, because what's the point of staying in Newfoundland if you can't talk to Danny right? And we start to have a few beers and chat. I drink Guinness of course.

Now this is where it gets dirty. Don't let the children read this please. And don't read it yourself if you have a weak stomach or if you are any kind of prude.

We start to relate. We start to get along. I discover he has a sense of humour behind those cold vacant eyes. I start to, gulp, like him. It was my own personal version of Twilight, only it was more of the "Twilight Zone" than the Edward and Bella Version.

Thankfully, before the Tory bloodsucker could inject his venom into my veins turning me into on of the undead, I woke up. I still felt some residual good feelings towards the PM so I quickly meditated, did a smudge and hung some garlic around my neck and now I'm perfectly Liberal again with all my liberal-socialist tendencies intact. Whew!

But what a strange dream. What does it all mean? Why did it happen. How close was to become one of "them"?.

I have no idea. All I know is that they visit your dreams now, they are that insidious!

One thing I know is that the next time I have a dirty dream I'm hoping Matt Damon is the MAIN character and that politics isn't the theme.

And please..if someone catches me doing something strange, like singing along to Ringo Starr songs or promoting corporate tax breaks or endorsing political patronage please sit me in front of my computer, pull up Justin Trudeau's Face Book page so that I can be quickly infused with hope and promise of a Liberal future for Canada.

Please.Seriously.

Please.




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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Messages Kids Receive

As posted in my last entry, my little girls are sick. I'm a worried mom but I'm trying to stay positive.

I've been inundated with advice, questions, negativity (someone emailed me immediately to tell me that someone DIED with H1N1~who does that to someone whose kids have it?) and all sorts of medical advice.

I am not one to run off to the Doctor for every little thing. I don't even run off for fairly big things. I am a strong believer in mind of matter and have, to this date, been able to self heal every health issue I've had to deal with myself including anxiety attacks. I don't take a lot of herbs and vitamins, I don't take over the counter drugs, I simply understand that my body wants to be well, is a self-healing entity and I let things run their natural course.

I'm also a firm believer in super foods and know that my body gets out of balance when I eat the too much of the fun foods and not enough of the super ones.

When it comes to the children though I tend to be a little neurotic. I get concerned about them. I sleep with them to monitor their fevers and trust my instincts on when it's time to go to the Doctor.

And today we're going to the doctor. I couldn't get an appointment until today but I called my very nice doctor and we arranged for my girls to come in to get their lungs listened to and to confirm their illness as H1N1(which is a formality, she says the only influenza around right now is the H1N1 strain and they have an influenza so...and the treatment is the same either way).

Meanwhile I have sick and miserable little girls and I've been very careful to make sure they hear the messages of self healing that I've come to believe in myself. I tell them they have strong, healthy bodies, that they will overwhelm the virus soon and be back to their strong healthy selves. We talk about delicious super foods like the fruit and Kale smoothie I made this morning with vitamin d-3 snuck in there, we talk about the body wanting to be healthy and always working towards that.

We talk about our Doctor as our advisor but that we ourselves are ultimately responsible for our own health. Sometimes we need medical attention but usually we need to simply maintain wellness in our lives by living healthy and thinking healthy. I believe medical care is important and I am ever so grateful to live in a country that provides it to its citizens. I simply believe that we are responsible for our own wellness and need to be the key decision maker in our health and wellbeing.

I hope to raise healthy thinking as well as healthy daughters. They are always watching and if I rushed to pop a pill into their mouths(or mine) at every discomfort I would not only be stuffing chemicals into their bodies but sending them the message that the body needs assistance always to heal and it doesn't.

As an update, my six year old seems to be on the mend, no fever this morning and her sister is still a bit sick, with a low fever but they slept well and hopefully by Halloween they will be able to trick or treat around the neighbourhood healthy and happily.









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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

H1N1 in the House!

I have my two little ones sick with what is likely H1N1. It is definitely an influenza, respiratory infection, cough, body aches, chills, fever, weakness...My six year old Sophia is now on day 3 and Martina started yesterday on her birthday, she turned 4. They are eating, their temperatures are moderate running 99 to 102 farenheit.

Please send all the best healing vibes you have for an uncomplicated case and a speedy recovery for my babies. Mommy is worried as mommies do and doing my best not to let them show. I keep repeating, your bodies are strong and will heal themselves and I mean it.

But extra healing vibes are always welcome!




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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Salt Water Tears



Salt water tears fall into the sea
as she claims her cruel ransom once more
In her briney green depths lie the now broken hearts
of the families who waited ashore

Farewell to those who risked all for her gifts
sacrificing the ultimate prize
demanding respect, demanding a bounty
overwhelming in scope and in size

Never forget she's the queen of the earth
respect the cloak of power she wears
and may you never leave your loved ones behind
crying infinite salt water tears



Once again we are saddened by stories of loss off the shores of Newfoundland. It is as familiar and common yet always a shock. My thoughts go to the families of all who have sacrificed loved ones to those cold atlantic waters.



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Excerpt from Indigo~The Novel



"The concrete walls of the cell held a cold energy that sucked the spirit out a man and made him a shell of anger and despair. The peeling paint only attempted to hide the reality of the starkness. The window with its stainless steel frame and bars held more cruelty than a darkened room would have. It teased him with the flickers of sunshine that taunted and whispered of the life he was missing."


I am supposed to be doing housework, getting ready for my little girl's birthday party tomorrow but I can't stay away from the book, it pulled me in today, helping me avoid the boring and neverending chores that surround me.

I have to edit still a lot of work. This little excerpt above is from a chapter I'm fixing up and I like the way it's going.

Have a fantastic weekend!


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Now What?

Now what? I've written the first draft of a novel! Things are busy and about to get busier with visitors and birthday parties(my oldest daughter turned 19 today, Happy Birthday sweetie!) my baby has a party on Sunday, birthday is Monday and she'll be four, My sister in law arrives from Calgary on Tuesday which is my hubby's birthday and then his parents come a week or so later from Newfoundland! It's exciting, it's all good and it's crazy busy.

And I finished the first draft so that I could take this time and enjoy it and not feel like I was interrupted.

Except I miss it. I miss not writing every morning, not creating, not being in there with my characters, solving their problems, drying their tears. It's addictive, the creative force and I am sort of at a loss without it.

I have been busy with some television interviews lately, I have two stories on the show this week and one for next week but it's not quite the same, it's fun but not as creative, though I love it. And I got recognised from the show last week which was rather odd, we've only been on the air for a short while.

The poetry book has hit a snag as well, but that's OK, I have patience for that and it's written, there isn't anything else for me to do there.

I had considered entering NaNoWriMo again this year, I won it last year but I don't think I will have the time anyway. So technically this is my second novel but the first will likely never be published. I've lost interest in it.

I feel lost. I feel bored, restless, like something is missing. I know what it is and I know it's coming back but it's really odd not writing it!

Writing 92,000 words was a lot of work, it was hard, but it was the kind of work I love. It was also easy because it was such a joy to do! It's the kind of work that isn't work, the kind of work that is rewarding because it feeds the creative soul and it's the work I was meant to do.

But for the time being it's work I can't do and it leaves me wondering now what? What do I do to feed my soul. I don't seem to have the heart for poetry at the present moment. The weather is good, think it's time to suck up some last minute vitamin D, enjoy some food and wine with the visitors and ponder Christmas presents while anxiously waiting to spend a long winter putting the finishing touches on it!

But I still miss it.




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Think! Be Aware and Be Smart!

I've always sort of marched to the beat of my own drummer who, by the way, is extremely off-beat. I have never been the type to follow blindly along doing things that others suggest without thinking it through. It's likely why I don't subscribe to organised religion, don't take any medications without serious consideration first, don't take any supplements without serious consideration first, don't use herbal remedies even, just because it's an alternative way to do things.

I believe that that a person's thoughts are the single most important gift that one has and that they way you think and the thoughts you possess can change your life in any direction. And in the past when I've run into the "blind followers" I have been less then patient. Lately I've been tempted to engage on the issue of the vaccinations particularly the new one for H1N1.

The latest big thing is H1N1 and the vaccine. Particularly the vaccine. I'm not one to go off willy nilly poking a drug into mine or my children's bodies. In fact, one time I did that and I've never recovered.

Back in 2001 I took one shot of the Depo-Provera birth control injection without researching it. It led to some serious complications. I gained 30 pounds in three months, I bled for 18 straight days, I had serious and severe changes in my cycle for 18 months and since that time my cycles have shortened from their 28 days to a regular 25 days. I feel fortunate that it didn't destroy my fertility or I wouldn't have my beautiful youngest daughters. I know others who weren't so fortunate.

My doctor assured me there would be no side effects.

So when someone says "I trust my doctor" I get uptight. I trusted my doctor, still do trust my doctor actually.

I'm sure all of those doctors who prescribed Vioxx were trustworthy. Problem is they were misinformed as well.

I'm sure all the doctors who told parents to pick up the over the counter medicines for their children were trustworthy as well but now they are not advised for children under 6.

And all of those doctors who prescribe prescription drugs for illnesses are likely also trustworthy yet up to 35000 Americans(way more than is expected to die from H1N1 by the way) died from the effects or overuse of prescription drugs last year.

I trust her to tell me exactly what she knows. The problem is, what she knows often isn't correct. Doctors are not experts on medications. A vaccine is a medication. In fact even the drug companies aren't experts. If they were would they ever have to recall any?

When a new vaccine is introduced, like Gardisil a few years ago, I do the research. Now this new vaccine for the H1N1 virus is coming out and I've done the research, as much as can be done considered it's not researched.

Here is what I discovered.

1. It's not fully tested
2. It's probably safe
3. It possibly has grave side affects
4. H1N1 isn't deadly
5. There is a complication that occurs in 1% of healthy people who get H1N1 called acute respiratory distress..this is what can be deadly.

6. ARD can occur as a complication from any influenza.
7. They don't test for H1N1, they test for Influenza A and presume it's H1N1.
8. The risk groups are different for different groups of people.
9. The drug companies stand to make a lot of money from this vaccine and already have!
10. In Canada the drug companies made a deal with the government that basically says they can't be sued by people if this goes bad. In other words, the vaccine has serious side effects they are off the hook.
11. The vaccine is expected to decrease your chances of getting H1N1 by 20-40% like the seasonal vaccine.
12. In 1976 there was a vaccine disaster when a new vaccine was given to people for a virus H1N1 and there were serious debilitating side effects.
13. Many people fear the virus
14. Many people fear the vaccine.
15. Almost every body is making their decisions from the place of fear.



Now that I've written all of this out forget about it. Don't take me at my word, go see for yourself. You might see something out there that I missed. You might be able to find the number of people estimated to have had this virus, I couldn't find it. You might be able to find out what happens if you take the vaccine but already had the virus naturally but didn't realise it. Let me know what you find out.

But please, pretty please do the research. Take some time, read the stuff. The decision is all yours, no one should ever judge you on the decision you make but don't make it blindly especially if you are making it for your children.






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Monday, October 19, 2009

Tuesday Teaser...Excerpt from the Novel Indigo! Now Back to Your Regularly Scheduled Blog!

“May I?” she held out her aching arms, her eyes almost afraid to ask, afraid that maybe she didn’t deserve this.

“Yes, of course” Christianna said and she indicated that Steven should take the baby.

He did and handed him gently to his grandmother who waited. She looked down at the brand new little person in the blue blanket, forgetting to breathe, forgetting everything but the tiny perfect face that looked up at at her

As her eyes met his bright alert ones she inhaled sharply and breathed one whispered word that filled the entire room with mystery

“Indigo.” She said and her voice was full of wonder.

Well..there it is...a teaser from the now complete first draft of the book I am working on, Indigo!

Already my mind is bubbling over with ideas, things to bring it together, things that should go or be altered in some way and always I am searching for descriptions and inspirations and maybe in the next week or two I'll come across some of each of them but now, I'm shifting focus. I have visitors coming in a week and it will be well up in November before they leave again.

So back to regular blogging, some poetry, some writing, an occasional excerpt if something strikes my fancy, but otherwise I'll try to post on something other than my own projects. It feels very exciting. I mean I could die now and I would have left something behind, created completely out of my imagination. I made something! Manuscript will be printed this week! I'm going to edit by hand with pen and red ink. I can't wait to get started!

Thanks for your patience, now back to your regularly scheduled blog!




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Happy Monday!


Just a few things as I sip my coffee this morning(freshly ground beans, delicious) and awaken for the day!

Someone asked before if they were still being entered in the draw for the poetry book and I just thought I should mention that everyone who has commented and continues to comment is entered and all the followers and subscribers as well! There is another delay, the actual date is indefinite but soon, I'm patient, it's all written, it's just a matter of three photos and some layout to be set. Then bam, book!

It's Monday! Most people do not like Monday, particularly if they have a job they don't quite want to go to. I don't but the kids go to school so for me Monday is a great start to the week though I admit I groaned this morning when the alarm went off.

Fall is a beautiful time of year but it's been so cold I haven't particularly enjoyed it however this week looks fantastic, mid to low teen temperatures(celcius for you Americans who think that's really cold!) and the promise of some outdoor time. I have a favourite hiking trail that will get a visit tomorrow I think!

So many blessings these days. Good news that my Aunt Christine continues to win her battle against the cancer she was diagnosed with a few months back. Another excellent report from her doctors! I'm not sure there could be better news for our family. All else seems trivial compared to that!

And visitors are coming! My sister-in-law arrives from Calgary on October 27th for a weeks visit and her parents arrive after that from Newfoundland so that their visits overlap! I have very excited little girls who cannot wait to see their auntie Kim and Grandma and Pop!

This is birthday month for our family as well! My sister in law's birthday is tomorrow, my oldest daughter will be 19 on Wednesday(!?!) and my baby will be 4 on the 26th. On the 27th my dear hubby will turn 44. It's a bit crazy with cake and celebrations.

So on Wednesday I have an assignment for First Local Stratford at 4pm and then I meet my oldest daughter for a birthday drink because here in Ontario, the legal drinking age is 19! She's very excited to finally be able to go to the bar legally! Me? I feel old!

Where did I spend my 19th birthday? I was in University and went to the Strand Lounge at the Avalon Mall in St. John's Newfoundland. They did not ask me for Id, how disappointing! I am trying to remember if my cousin Ellen was there with me, her birthday would have been the day before. Anyway, it was too easy and I did not get asked again until I was in my twenties in Buffalo where the drinking age is 21. I was 25 then.

Enough ramblings! I know my blog posts haven't had a lot of substance lately, the novel steals all of my creative juices for the moment...but I'll post interesting stuff another time!

Happy Monday!















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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Excerpt from Indigo~The Novel.

The blow shattered his face, sending blood across in a splatter, hitting the other tree. The moon drifted from the clouds, illuminating the night with an ambient glow from behind the grove of trees, peeking curiously at the violent display below. Exposed in the light, the attackers looked around nervously to see if they were visible. Then it slipped back behind another cloud, quietly, giving them cover again. This guy wasn’t worth saving.


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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Shifting Ambitions!


The past two weeks have been very productive! I have just reached 87000 words in my novel and I'm getting very close to the first draft being completely finished! I think three chapters will do it although they are difficult chapters, emotionally charged and difficult which is why I couldn't write them until the end.

I worked out a plot twist to give the book a surprise ending and it surprised even me. I wrote it in yesterday added some supporting scenes and yeah, I love it! I don't think you will see it coming though there is a little bit of very subtle foreshadowing.

I've been thinking about ambition and how much mine has shifted over time. Back in the day I worked in business and I was a very ambitious career girl. I earned a diploma in business management, worked for two years for stock brokers, then had my second daughter. After her birth I went to work, selling RESP's, then I worked for two community newspapers, became a massage practitioner and then chose to stay home with my younger children after the caretaker I had for my older children passed away. My husband and I couldn't reconcile to anyone else caring for them and reluctantly I agreed.

So then I made my family my career. I became a member and eventually a moderator for Mothering Magazine's online community MDC and made parenting my full time career. I joined playgroups, read books, birthed at home, nursed for years and finally this year my baby went off to junior kindergarten!

I've always written however suddenly it has exploded and I can't not do it any more. My ambitions have changed. Writing isn't often very financially lucrative but it has so many other rewards not the least of which it is that thing which I feel I was to born to do. I do have a small business that I work at from home but it supplements my writing career greatly, it's called Heritage Makers and it is online storybooking. I'm a consultant for the company.

I used to think that when I retired I would write full time and I'm starting to realise that this was backwards thinking. The thing you want to retire to is the thing you should be doing with your life. You should work at something that you never want to retire from.

I never get sick of it, I never get tired, I could do it all day long and be happy. Reality doesn't allow it but I really could!

True ambition is borne of passion. If you would do it for free it's your passion and it should be a part of your life no matter what.

So if you're feeling a little niggling doubt that your life is on the right path start doing a little more of the thing that gives you joy, make it the priority in your life, something you do first, before all other things.

Be ambitious by all means but be ambitious for that which you are passionate about. Make the work the reward and not the result. It will make all the difference!





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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tuesday Teaser...Excerpt from the Novel Indigo!

The sun dipped lower in the sky and they sat beside the small fire reading together, she read him stories and poetry from his history and he said the word for his last name slowly “ewn├ęk” and it sounded right in his voice, in his heart, in his spirit."



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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Excerpt from Indigo~The Novel.


"The north-east wind blew across the open field. It wasn’t an angry wind. It was a wind that was at home in this place. It simply resided here, had existed forever on these rugged shores. It held no fury, though it had a right to be angry, for this was the home of the nor’easter and she was the intruder."





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Friday, October 9, 2009

Pretty Words; Barack Obama Wins the Nobel Peace Prize.

All day now I have been listening to the media and the people who are "outraged" at the fact that President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize. First of all, what an odd thing to be "outraged" about but somehow the media always manages to find that one, solitary, loud and obnoxious, outraged citizen and use them to back up their story. Most people, including the president himself were simply surprised.

The criticism I've heard over and over again has been about "What has he done? All he does is give speeches and more recently on a face book conversation it was commented that he's done nothing but say a few "pretty words".


I'm a little surprised at all the negativity surrounding this. I was surprise at the choice but when I looked around I wondered "who else?" Who else has mobilised the world like he has, who else has invited the participation of the whole world and reintroduced America in a positive way. The rest of the world looks at America completely differently than America looks at itself. That is a fact. The American reputation in the world was tarnished with a particular stereotype and Barack Obama has changed that.

The Taliban is angry about this...well the Taliban is pretty much always angry. Hamas is angry as well. Enough said.

Me, I was surprised but I can't think who else in this world should have gotten this prize this year, but please, if you have a suggestion, I'm open to it....but remember this prize is for promoting "world" peace and Afghanistan and Iraq are not Obama initiatives, he just has to carry forward the torch he was handed. I think the president has some work cut out for him for sure to live up to this prize but if given a chance maybe he will.

As to the comment about his "pretty words" what did any of them do besides say pretty words. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired the civil rights movement in the US with his pretty words, pretty words make all the difference in the world and in my opinion, it's the pretty words that express the ideals of Emerson and Thoreau. It was pretty words that promoted the ideals of those who signed the declaration of Independence and the American Constitution.
Pretty words freed the slaves, inspiring people to see the wrong in the ownership of humans as chattel. Yes there were people who risked and gave their lives to back up those pretty words but without them, there would have been no civil rights movement.

Pretty words promote the ideals upon which democratic nations were built. Do not ever underestimate the power of speech when they express the ideals that are needed to change the way people think.

I remember, almost a year ago, the world celebrating the election of this man. He brought people together, not just in America, but across the world with the words he spoke and the ideals he espoused. I haven't forgotten that. It was incredible and I cannot think of a single solitary individual who did anything equal to that last year.

My personal opinion is that making change yourself is one thing but the mark of true leadership is the ability to inspire that change in others. This has nothing to do with what he has done as the president of that country, America, this is because of what he has done to inspire and motivate and get the people of this world thinking about in the past two years. He's promoting new ways to approach other countries. He's not speaking of anything new, he's just reaffirming the importance of reaching out, of negotiating, of diplomacy, things that have been forgotten...words not war...the essence of the Nobel Peace Prize in my opinion.

I woke up and heard this news and was as surprised as anybody...then I thought about it...he inspired the entire world(and still does)through those pretty words of his. If you've got a better way to inspire peace than through the words that speak of it, I'd love to hear that. Otherwise I'm going with the pretty words.

Of course, being a writer, I'm a little biased.


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tuesday Teaser...Excerpt from the book!


"Steven skipped stones into the water with skill, one, two, three, four, five, the stones skidded perfectly every time. His brain was bored. His heart was angry. The water was perfectly calm belying the fact that it was a running brook. The mallard swam from beneath an overhang of alders that met at the narrow part of the brook just before it turned and widened. The water ripple around the pretty duck in perfect little peaceful circles and it was completely idyllic in its innocence. He picked up a perfectly round, flat skipping stone that was heavier than the others. He held it between his thumb and forefinger as though to skip it. He stood sideways to the stream and raised his arm to his hip to toss the stone hard. He aimed for the bird. "

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My other blog has been entered in a competition! To vote for it click on the button on the right. For the next two days my blog will be featured at a huge health conference and my posts will be posted on a large screen at the conference as well.

Just click the button to support me. You can visit the blog here!

As well I'm a featured blogger on the Health 2.0 conference. Here is the information about that!


The Health2.0 conference is set to get underway tomorrow (Tuesday), and promises to be an amazing two days of presentations and discussions of the latest in online health and technology by dozens of prominent and influential industry and blogosphere luminaries, plus discussions and interactions among over 1,000 attendees who are involved in the latest developments in online health.

If you signed up to be a featured blogger for the conference, the articles you post to your blog on Tuesday and Wednesday will be displayed on a special giant monitor during the conference. We'll send you email updates with information about topics discussed and events announced during the conference, so you can write posts on the topics of interest to the conference attendees, and have those posts reach the attendees during the conference!


So watch for my posts on the blog tomorrow and vote by clicking on the button! Thank you!



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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Excerpt from Indigo~The Novel.

"With that realisation the pieces of him that travelled at a distance from the core of the man moved to the centre. The indigo flame that was his namesake grew and flickered with the new awakening that she’d given him with his freedom from her and it was hotter and bluer and brighter, strengthened by the knowledge of himself that he’d gained with her words. He suddenly saw himself for the first time and liked who he saw. He liked the man he was becoming, all aspects of him, and he felt, suddenly new. He didn’t feel scattered and out of sync. He felt centred and strong."



Between now and my publication date anyone who comments on a post is automatically entered into a draw to win a copy of my poetry book, Wind Rhymes!. The book should be released somewhere around the end of October! No limit, every comment is an entry! Follow my blog and get an additional entry!



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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thinking of Sassy Scribbles in the Philippines; Be safe Sassy!

All of the news coming out of the Phillipines has me worried about Sassy from Sassy Scribbles. The thing about blogging is that you become very close to your blogger friends and the nature of the venue means we get very personal as well.

Now when I hear of orange clouds of dust in Australia or typhoons in the Phillipines it's different. I can put a face to the disaster. A beautiful face who talks about her love, her husband, her work, her life. She's real and there is a lot of trouble.

I see it on the news and it's horrible. I come on here and see she hasn't posted since the 27th and I worry though I'm hopeful it's just the electricity or timing or something else.

Hope you are safe and sound Sassy, thinking of you and hoping you and all those you love are fine!

Pop over to her ">blog and send her vibes and prayers.





Between now and my publication date anyone who comments on a post is automatically entered into a draw to win a copy of my poetry book, Wind Rhymes!. The book should be released somewhere around the end of October! No limit, every comment is an entry!


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Giveaway! Win a copy of my soon to be released Poetry Book!

Between now and my publication date anyone who comments on a post is automatically entered into a draw to win a copy of my poetry book, Wind Rhymes!. The book should be released somewhere around the end of October! No limit, every comment is an entry! If you want a second chance, become a follower! If you are already a follower let me know in your comment, you will get a second entry as well!

Good Luck everybody!



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