Sunday, February 28, 2010

Olympics, the Weather, and Day to Day

Way to go CANADA!!

We have shattered the record for the number of Gold Medals won by an Olympic Host country – WhooHOOOOO!! 

I am so proud of our athletes and the winning performances they have turned in. 

I also shared in the joy of the moment for other winners, because without competitors there would be no

There have certainly been some challenges with the weather and technical glitches, but overall, a great success for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. My thoughts still go out to the family of 21-year-old Georgian luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed in a horrific training crash and which cast a pall over the start of the games.

Many other emotional moments will be etched in memories for a long, long time, and I am now waiting with anticipation to take in the Men’s Hockey game later today!  

Team Canada – you have done us proud!

From glory to the everyday – we have finally had a taste of winter that has been pretty much absent these past months – some nasty driving in the Greater Toronto area led to delays and frayed nerves, but even still I’ve experience much worse and if that’s as bad as it gets, I’ll try not to complain over much!  The days are lengthening as we head into March and look forward to the promise of spring.

At work, I’m returning to a position I had over a year ago, and am quite happy about that.  The fact that my new seating arrangement has me perched in the corner of the 6th floor overlooking the busy Highway 401 is a nice bonus; windows on both sides afford me perfect seating for magnificent sunrises!  Yep, there will continue to be stress and challenges, but of a different kind and I think ones I’m more able to handle.

And now back to writing – Body Perfect is moving along and the more I revise the story, the more I am comfortable being in the minds of our main characters.

More irons in the fire for Madelaine as positive feedback continues to come our way from our many fans and supporters – if Canada has Olympic Gold, then may this be the year Jamie Tremain reaches our goal of being published!

Have a great week.



Sunday, February 14, 2010

This and That

It's Saint Valentine's Day and I don't see any roses,chocolates or tickets to a far off vacation from my beloved. But then again I forgot all about it. I will have to put all my love into his dinner tonight!

I did get a present from Peter last week. A 12 hour DVD series of lectures on
" Exploring the Writer's Craft- Building Great sentences. So far so good. Next lecture later today.Is he trying to tell me something?

It is nice to relax today knowing that tomorrow is a holiday. It is family day in Canada. Usually on a Sunday I am scrambling to get ready for the work week.

Liz has been vacationing but she emailed to say she had revised Chapter eight and was working on nine. I am continuing to rewrite the synopsis and source suitable agents for our work.

The winter in Southern Ontario where we both live has been neither here nor there. Not enough snow to get upset about and the snow plows lie idle. I hope this means an early spring. Not that I am a gardener by any stretch of the imagination. In fact I am very good at killing off house plants. My favourite orchid lost its flowers last year. Now , there is nothing so pathetic as an orchid with just those pointy leaves that attract dust. I even forgot to water them. Well maybe that is what you have to do. A little neglect and the little beauty started flowering in my bedroom window.

I can't even remember the name of it but alas it was not to last. Stumbling around in the dark the other morning as I do, I decided to straighten the orchid . It was attached to a long stick . Giving it a yank to get it sort of came away in my hand. Well I just stuck it back in the pot and hope it will graft or whatever you call it. Maybe I could talk to it until it's all healed?

I have just missed an event at the library I wanted to see but I will make sure I don't miss the next one. Linwood Barclay, who I have mention before,will be talking about his new thriller "Never Look away". His latest to be released this month on the 23rd is "Fear the Worst". This event is on march 2nd at Oakville Public library.

Off to do my homework!!

Talk soon,


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