Sunday, January 26, 2014
Bonnie, Dorothy, Linda and Helen - part of the "A Team" reunion at my home yesterday.
Together, we were part of a team making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate as far back as the late 70's. Telephone employees volunteering their time to make a difference in the life of others - with wonderful memories to share each time we meet.
Bonnie continues to spoil us with her homemade treats and she did it again yesterday. Thank you Bonnie. I may finish the buttertarts off for breakfast this morning.
Dorothy treated us all to our dinner - pizza delivery on a cold day was perfect. Dorothy thank you for being so generous with us.
Linda thank you for the lovely candle and dish - I will decorate my balcony in the spring with this added colour of red. Perfect.
In the above photo you will see a red heart peaking up from behind my candles. Helen - thanks for this one of a kind heart decoration. It fits in perfectly with my heart collection and I love it.
We continue to make memories each time we gather - and yesterday we created even more.
Friday, January 24, 2014
I am wondering if any of my friends here on my blog site have experience, or know anyone who has had experience, publishing fiction with either Dorrance Publishing in Pittsburgh or Raider in New York?
In my search for the right publisher for Paradise both of the above have expressed an interest albeit I am not convinced this is the correct route for me.
Please let me know if you can help with my education re the above. Many thanks.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
A friend of mine, Sandy, first ordered Comfort Hearts over 15 years ago when I was speaking in Collingwood. She reached out this week to order more - and that's how we have managed to sell over 270,000 Comfort Hearts to date. Such a humbling experience for me.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
My life-long friend, Phyllis Pedicelli, is celebrating a very big birthday today. Happy Birthday to you!!
Phyllis and I grew up in Wilmot, Nova Scotia. Our homes were literally side by side until other homes were built between us
We played together for years and years and when life put us in different cities and different provinces our friendship remained very strong. And it is the same to this day.
Do you have a life long friend?
Sunday, January 19, 2014
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Sunday, January 12, 2014
When I returned home after spending Christmas with James and family this letter was waiting for me in my mailbox. Damn....
I have six rejections so far - all for my first novel, Paradise. I will keep trying.
Many publishers will not read your covering letter if it is not sent from either a manager or agent.
So for authors, like me, even if you have successfully published in the past, it is not an easy road to find a publisher who will read your work ...
I have learned that publishing fiction is even more difficult than publishing non fiction.
Onward...it's a new year.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Look what I found while in NS recently. ..
A battery operated Zamboni for Lexi's 3rd birthday! She likes watching Jalen play hockey but she loves watching the Zamboni at work between periods even more. (It's a departure from pink and dolls and frilly things but I think that's a good thing as a young girl grows up. She needs to experience everything....and she will.)
Lexi had her very first ski lesson with daddy this past Saturday. This photo was taken on the magic carpet. She loved it.
James posted a video of her first experience skiing down the hill with him skiing backwards to help her. The conversation went something like this...
"Do you like it daddy?"
"I do like it Lexi. Do you like it?"
"Yes I like it. I can do it myself."
Memories are made of this...
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
I flew from Halifax to Toronto yesterday, January 7th and I was one of the lucky ones who actually made it from point A to point B all in the same day. It was a long day but as I walked through the luggage area of Toronto's airport I was so thankful that I never, ever, check luggage. I swear there were thousands of suitcases sitting patiently on the floor waiting for their owner to find them and take them home...what a mess.