Sunday, August 26, 2007

Steve Irwin

It is nearly a year since we heard the terrible news that Steve Irwin was dead.

I never met the guy but feel this weird connection and maybe that was his special gift, because many people feel the same way.

Please don't forget his message about conserving and fighting for wildlife.

Read a beautiful interview with his best friend Wes nearly a year on--this is exactly how I felt about my granny when she died--that connection, that weight of grief.

And read his

I still think about his family and how they're coping without him. Anniversaries are mixed blessings and I think the first year is the hardest.

I'm away for a couple of weeks to Dinosaur Provincial Park and Banff. Have fun while I'm away and stay safe :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Good News

I have some fabulous news :)

On May 14th I announced on this blog that I was looking for an agent...

"Someone who loves my writing and can bear to work with a frazzled mother who often forgets to eat because she's writing (except cookies, I live on cookies)."

Well I found one :) I have signed with agent Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency. I am so pleased and really looking forward to working with her and all the people at Book Cents. Maybe now I can remember to eat again, although you'd never know I've been skipping breakfast for months LOL!

Here's to a new start. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


This is one of my pet peeves--well I was a fish biologist, right? So here's a chance to have a say about something that is very important to people and the planet.

Make Fishing Fair link

Fish are disappearing from the oceans, and fishers in developing countries are hauling in empty nets--all because of massive overfishing by rich countries, fueled by billions in subsidies every year. It's unfair trade, and it's killing the oceans.

Already, 90% of big fish like tuna and marlin are gone. If nothing change, many fish populations will collapse beyond recovery--destroying ecosystems and harming the one billion humans who rely on fish as their main source of protein.

Next month, the WTO will come forward with a new proposal for global fishing rules. This month, the WTO is talking to finance ministers around the world about what those rules should be. That gives us a critical window to make a stand--to tell our trade ministers to oppose the subsidized overfishing and support fairness and sustainability for generations to come.

Email here... link

Monday, August 20, 2007

High School Musical

DD had a sleepover and watched HSM with her friend (and allowed her little brother to watch too). Would you believe we missed HSM2 on Friday? Unbelievable :)

I love this movie. Sappy and cute and totally predictable, but fun. It is nice to have a musical the kids can watch. I love Grease, but that is kind of sordid and Dirty Dancing has too many topics I don't want to have to deal with yet.

They went to sleep about 11 pm and were all up at 6 am.

I'm totally knackered.

You must go check out Laurie Wood's blog sometime today. She is interviewing my dear friend Judith Rochelle :)

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Middle Name Meme

1. You have to post these rules before you give the facts.

2. Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of their middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.

3. When you are tagged you need to write your own blog post containing your own middle name game facts.

4. At the end of your blog post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

I have the most boring middle name in the western world (sorry mom :) so I thought I'd make it more interesting by using Scots words that best describe me :)

A: aefauld (faithful; sincere; single-minded)
N: nizwise (perceptive)
N: nirb (stunted thing)

I'm going to tag..

Mary F
Tess Harrison

I finished the second draft. Tomorrow I'll go through for passive words and start to check out hooks at the start and end of each section.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Nearly done

Again. Time and children are against me LOL. I'm almost done my second draft of Out of Tears. I have the final scene to write. Eek. This'll be tricky because I'd like this book to be the start of a series, but it must also stand alone. DH and I are both going nuts trying to finish everything that needs to be done before we go away next week. I haven't even begun to organize that yet.

Eek again :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Rocketsmiths

It isn't often you can say you know the lead singer in a band :)

The lead singer of the Rocketsmiths, an Australian indie band getting rave reviews is the son of one of my favorite people on the planet, artist, Noel Miller. Wow, I know an artist and the lead singer of a band. Cool :)

Monday, August 13, 2007

Fate and Balloons

DH and I were supposed to go ballooning two weeks ago. We organized our sitter and headed off. I left instructions JIC of an emergency, but really I didn't expect any trouble. We sat in a park in St. Vital for an hour while this guy released a single red kid's balloon. It took me awhile to figure they were testing the wind. Even though it was only 16 knots they canceled the trip, because it was gusting (I could barely feel it myself). So I've been meaning to call and rebook but I've been crazy busy and never got around to it.

Last night I got a phone call from a friend asking if I was still alive.

Well, yeah...

So she tells me they were driving home from the Whiteshell and hear on the news about a Remax hot air balloon that crashed just north of the city. Two people were seriously hurt in a critical condition and a third went to hospital with burns.

Until I'd looked inside the basket (above) I hadn't realized how much gas they carried (I'm not even sure what gas they use), but those cannisters surround the pilot and obviously at least one of them exploded during the crash.

It was really windy yesterday, maybe it wasn't when they took off, but I'm going to be interested in the Transport Canada investigation.

Not really sure how I feel about going up in one now...

Friday, August 10, 2007

Antoin Gray--Goldeye

Before I say anything I just want it noted I know nothing about baseball, except it is kinda like rounders with hot dogs.

Today I went to the library (I'm surprised they let me in anymore) and my dd had a story time with one of the Goldeye's baseball squad. Now we hadn't taken anything to sign--I mean what exactly would they sign?--but DD came out of the session most upset because she didn't have anything to sign.

Who'd have thunk it?

I did however have my camera in my bag so I suggested a photograph and she cheered up and we went in to queue behind all the other little girls and boys (like a good little Englishwoman). It got to our turn and this very nice, sweet man stood and came around the desk and squatted down so both my kids could go on either side of him. Which was great (because there were groupies and he didn't do this for anyone else), but my son wouldn't go to the other side of the guy.

So I had to say in my stupid accent. "Come and stand over here, next to... I'm terribly sorry, but I don't actually know your name...?"


Antoin. Antoin Gray. Lovely lovely man. He has very very sweet eyes and a nice calm voice. I apologize for not knowing my infielders (not that I even know what a flippin' infielder is!)

And here's a brief and rare glimpse of my crazies (I mean kiddies) with Antoin.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Force of Nature

I got an email this morning saying Force of Nature was winging its way across Canada (my birthday present from Loreth :).

How excited am I? Very very very a trillion times excited.

And I want to say a BIG thank you to Suzanne McMinn because she sent me Suzanne Brockmann's Extra's Booklet for Readers and Writers.

Not that I'm some weird kind of freaky fan-girl or anything :)

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Fame at Last

My hubby is famous :) He's quoted in an article on the Discovery Channel here... link

How cool is that?

What's been happening around here...

We got a new PVR system (TiVo) for FREE!!!! Woohoo :) Been playing with that and rewinding Gordon Ramsey telling everyone to eff off out of his kitchen. Naughty man :)

Been reading and watching the first Harry Potter with the kids--DD finally decided she was brave enough to read it. Not sure DS is up to it though. A bit scary for him. Actually the kids watched so much TV today my beloved husband banned them from watching any tomorrow--Ahem.

Cough cough.

When exactly am I supposed to write? LOL.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The Dream Thief

I'm not big on paranormal romances (duck LOL), but I really loved these two books from Shana Abe.

It is that mysterious quality of voice that draws you in. Takes you inside the characters and into this new altered world. Shana Abe writes beautifully.

I'm wondering if I have any voice left in my current wip. I remember Abby Zidle describing my first romance as almost (film) noir. My current wip seems to have taken this to extreme (not that I'm near finishing even though I'm 3/4 through the second draft).

And then I've had other comments about my stories being too category.

It is very hard to find the balance sometimes. Better off closing your ears and immersing yourself in the writing and hoping (and praying) you can transfer your vision to paper as accurately as possible. And then you keep editing until it is as perfect as you can possibly make it, and then you let it go.

Kind of sad, kind of happy. Like a child growing up and leaving home. You've done everything you can to help it mature and now it has to stand on its own paper-thin legs.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Long Weekend...

Busy enjoying the family... hope you are having a lovely weekend too :)

Friday, August 03, 2007

Hotter than I should be

Aren't these t-shirts gorgeous :) Hmm. I have a feeling whoever I get for secret Santa this year is either getting a recipe book or a t-shirt :)

I blogged at Killer Passion today. Lots going on over there :)

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


Recently I've been thinking about entering contests, trying to get work in front of editors.

It's hard being a supposedly published author, because most contests are for unpublished authors. However I did find...

Romance Junkies.

Gather first chapter romance Comp .

Before I say anything, it is commendable that these places run contests. Good on 'em :)

BUT for me there were problems.

My entries for Romance Junkies got sent back saying I needed to change the tone to that suitable for a twelve year old.

Oh dear.

My romances are not the sweet variety. They involve nakedness, violence, blood and nipples; nothing I'd want a twelve year old to read. And because of the pressure to make the opening scene dramatic these factors would be hard to change. ARGH.

And then I got all excited about the Gather 1st Chapter Romance contest because I read that they weren't counting ebooks as being published in the print world and the prize is a Simon and Schuster contract. Excellent. Then I read the fine print. It is an online contest, but you have to live in the US to enter. Rats :)

So--if you have an appropriate romance go forth and enter these great contests.

I'm writing :)