Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Writing the Winter Away!

It has been just over a month since we arrived here in our new home province and it's been an eventful one.  The whirlwind of activity that came from closing on our house sale in Ontario, shopping for Christmas, the holidays themselves and the renovation of our home-to-be(the upper part of our current apartment) has left little time for reflection and writing.  It has, however, given me ample time to appreciate all the good fortune that has come our way since we made this momentous change.

Today was exciting.  It started out pretty normal, kids off to school, a bit of online time, lots of coffee and my Uncle Walt picking up our other helper, Ran so we can all carry on with all of the upstairs renovations.  I worked at sanding the doors for the cabinets and starting the paint on them and the drawers. 

My first exciting event was an email from the editor of the local paper confirming my newest gig as a freelance correspondent for the social notes.  I'll be covering this town(Lewisporte) and my home town(Change Islands) and that could not be more perfect.   A nice part-time paying writing job.  At THE regional paper.  I am thrilled to be a part of that and hope to be able to contribute in some meaningful way to their editorial.

Then I received a call from four of my good friends in St. Marys, ON as they had their weekly lunch.  I was missed and so they called.  We all caught up and it seems Anna will be on the Ron James show on CBC in the next few weeks(she's on hiatus from her recurring role as Mrs. Bell on Heartland on that network),  Nancy(a brilliant artist) has a new grandchild coming and Janice has a new book project that I'm excited to say I'll be a part of and will be promoting the heck of later in the spring.  And Denise(an actor also) didn't tell me anything new but I'm sure it'll be something big when she has something new to share.  Her last project was a musical called Queen for a Day in a principle role with Alan Thicke.  It's in development so I have a feeling once all the bugs are worked out she'll be back on stage singing her heart out.  I loved the call and it made my entire day having those conversations with each one. It was also nice to know I was missed a little.

The third good thing that I am excited about is my upcoming trip to St. John's this weekend.  I love that city and this will be my first chance to visit my sister since I have been back.  I hope I can find a date to go with me to Les Miserable on Saturday. 

That is my little update and I am very excited.   So many wonderful things happening not the least of which is that I am about to sit down to work on my very next novel, the next part of  The Secrets of Rare Moon Tickle. 

I am finding it very difficult to find anything to complain about these days.  All new furniture, a nice new upgraded home in a few weeks, meaningful and enjoyable work and good friends and family all around, in my old town and my new.  And the icing on the cake is that the lockout is over and hockey is back.  Cannot wait for that new high definition television and the beginning of a beautiful winter.  Go Bruins!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy Lucky Two Thousand and Thirteen!

Cheers to you for a very happy 2013!

Well here we are folks!  Two thousand and lucky thirteen!  For the past two months I've seen the number thirteen everywhere I go.  Now for some that might seem like an omen of bad luck but for me it has been a sign!  I know that this coming year will be an incredible one for me and all the folks I drag along in this whirlwind life of mine!

We celebrated with a gourmet meal created by yours truly and champagne at midnight!  I have leftover champagne and mimosas are in my future!

As we wind down from the crazy activities of Christmas and New Year celebrations, it's nice to reflect on the year that was and the one we're in right now.  There were some difficulties for sure including the loss of my sweet Aunt Christine in the fall, but also time of great and positive transition for our family culminating in our move back to our home province.

Was this a positive move?  Yes.  I am absolutely basking in the joy of it. When you pop your head up from sanding down cabinets(we have to do some work before we move into our permanent house) and see the ocean right there from the kitchen window, through the trees and laugh out loud at the joy of it, you know it's the best thing.  I'm prone to excitement but this is like a volcano of it, joyous lava bubbling up and spilling over!

Back to school for the kiddies tomorrow and for me it's back to the gym!  I was gifted a 6 month membership to the local fitness club for Christmas!  It made me well up with joy because my health and wellness is and always will remain my priority and I'm feeling decidedly less physically vital with all the upheaval and lack of exercise.  Now I get back to squats and pumping iron and just being awesome and strong!

Priority two however is my writing.  That is why I moved here, that is what I'm meant to be doing and that is what I shall be focusing on.  I have had so much inspiration, new characters, and I'm ready to jump into it.  January 15th is my start date, a deadline I set to allow myself time to fix up most of the house, get moved upstairs(we are staying in the downstairs basement apartment until it's done) and have my writing space completed.  We are on schedule for that to all happen.

Meanwhile, I continue with the renovations.  That is a surprisingly pleasant job with me learning how to handle some power tools and it's creative in the sense that I get to choose  paint colours and flooring and to rejuvenate an old wooden stairway!

And my wish for you is that you find a spark of light in every dark place, a drink to quench your every thirst, food to feed your every hunger and prosperity to satisfy your every want. I hope all of these wishes are accompanied by more love than you have ever known! Cheers and Happy two thousand and lucky thirteen!