Friday, June 27, 2008

My Hero

I was back to working on my ICEBREAKER plot and searching for more images of my hero and what do I find... :)

---------------- Now playing: Queen - Body Language via FoxyTunes

Monday, June 23, 2008

Do You Like MyTree?

This is the classroom door I helped the children paint. The kids were awesome at paint application. And they asked great questions, and certainly knew more about Emily Carr than I did :) Yes, my remit was draw a tree ala Emily Carr, LOL. But I wanted it to be a happy tree too. And--between you and me--the thing I most hate to draw are trees (they are so hard to do well).

Nothing much else is happening here. The mozzies are out and holy hell are they hungry. I'll let you know tomorrow whether or not I'm still allergic to the bites. The reaction has gone done every year so maybe my boss in Ontario--who'd wanted to stake me out naked in the bush overnight--was right. Or maybe he was just a perv :)

Just finishing off the kids' activities before the holidays and then I will have more time to catch up with everyone. There is only so much time in the day and between writing, children, dog, fish and plants, I barely have time to eat, let alone think.

Hope you're keeping sane :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Death and Destruction in the Garden

Sounds like a good title for a mystery...hmm :)

Usually we have cankerworms (inchworms) in May, but this year with the late spring (what's an extra month in such a temperate climate--hah!) the worms from hell have only just started dangling from the branches on their sticky threads. The little buggers are everywhere. All over the BBQ, the water barrel, the plants. Every step you take squishes something--ugh. The bike ride to school is like an Indiana Jones movie. We do body checks on each other before we go inside. The dog has green eyebrows that move.

The trees don't like them much either.

We had our trees sprayed today--genocide. What can I say? I'm guilty gov'ner. I'm not sure what the natural predator of the cankerworm is, but come on!!! What is wrong with the animal world?

Everything is late this year. For us it means the cankerworm season will segue neatly into the mosquito season closely followed by the wasp season. I'm pretty sure I'm going to retire to somewhere insectless. Seriously. I'm not sure how I'll combine this ambition with somewhere warm...I'll have to do some exploratory work in the next few years.

The reason I'm so scare is I'm doing edits on Her Sanctuary for The Wild Rose Press. I'm so happy with the editing process there, the writing is so much better now. I'm also deep in plotland for ICEBREAKER, and I did a major edit of OUT OF TEARS which I finished last week. I'm going to send it to my agent next week with all the tweaks (DH is actually reading it--the first time he's read one of my books all the way through--it's a miracle--and he hasn't guessed the killer yet, and he only has 40 pages to go, so...)

I've also painted my daughter's teacher's door at school. I varnished it today (DH laughed because that sort of painting I'm no good at), and it just needs one more coat and I'm done!! We only have this week and next at school so I am on a major countdown to summer holidays. I have so much I want to get done--and so little time. Wish me luck :)

Now playing: Kenny Chesney - Better As a Memory
via FoxyTunes

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

To all dads out there--especially my dad, Pop, Grandad and DH. You're the best.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Poison plants...

The other day I was given a whole bunch of cut flowers and plants for the garden. Then that night I was busy reading this book and realized many of the plants in my garden are highly toxic if eaten. There were my kids picking the flowers off Bleeding Hearts and I read 'all parts are poisonous'. So are the Honeysuckle (berries), sweet pea (all parts--this is a neurotoxin, I knew this--duh), lupins (all parts), Hyacinth (bulbs and fruits), Tiger Lily (Bulbs and fruit), Wild daffodil (Bulb and fruits), tulips (bulbs and fruits), paeony (all parts), columbine (all parts), clematis (all parts), & latana (dangerously poisonous fruits). That's just a quick list in my garden. The book has really good illustrations (pg 107-122)

I just thought I'd pass on the reminder to gardeners, parents, pet owners...JIC. Talk to your children about the potential dangers, and if your pet won't leave something alone, get rid of the plant.

I looked for a good reference website with decent photos but couldn't find anything--this was the best link.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

life and playdays

Life is hectic. I am getting through by making the most of my time and trying not to worry about the small stuff. We had 6 play-dates over the weekend. I was ready to run away by Sunday night :) However, after a lovely evening watching National Treasure, followed by bed for the wee mites, I realized we had actually had a nice time. Now, as it is the maid's day off, I have to vacuum. Ha ha ha!!!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Novel Writer's Toolkit

I just finished this book by Bob Mayer. It is succinct, covers a lot of bases, and is easy to read. If you're a writer keen to understand the business of publishing fiction, or just the practicalities of being a writer, I recommend this book.

Sunday, June 01, 2008


Being English I have a predisposition to talk about the weather. It is a cliched trait for a reason :) We are having lovely weather here. Sunny but not too hot. Lots of rain for the garden, but not too much for the bugs.

Me and the dog walked through a thunderstorm on Saturday. We were dripping wet and the only ones to stop at the church plant sale on the way home. The rain was warm as it dripped off my hair and soaked my jeans, and the dog's tail gave me a nice wet lashing every second and a half as we wandered home. Everyone else was huddled in doorways, but it was really rather nice out.

Aside from editing furiously, and re-exploring the plot of ICEBREAKER, and reading craft books, I have spent every spare moment of the last few weekends planting and weeding. We have about 3 million baby sycamore seedlings sprouting in the garden. I might be all for trees and the environment, but this is ridiculous. I have pulled about 1.5 million. Only another 1.5 million to go...