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Finding Gratitude

Here we are into Thanksgiving weekend during a pandemic that has left some of us wondering what we have in our lives to be thankful for. Sometimes, when things around us seem bleak it’s difficult to see that silver lining. There’s been a lot of talk about silver linings these past months and it’s a good thing. Hope is the very thing that keeps us going, day in and day out, even when some of those times seem nearly hopeless. Silver linings are all around us, but we need to pay attention and keep our eyes open at all times.

FYI: If you’re interested in reading stories of gratitude, why not check out Janice Landry’s book: Silver Linings: Stories of Gratitude, Resiliency and Growth Through Adversity 

What I began to notice, when the lockdown started was that many people were finding their way to my blog and I started to get hits every day, and continue to get hits, on the Thanksgiving Day post I wrote last year– Another Day to be Thankful.  And, to me, that says something positive about us as humans.

People want to feel hope. It’s a natural thing, even when despair creeps in from time to time. I’m sure we have all been discouraged, especially these past months. I know I have, but I have learned that no one can pick me up out of that despair but me. It comes from within, not from an outside source. We are all a WIP, a term we writers use meaning “a work in progress” but, so too, is it true when it comes to our lives. People who have overcome adversity did not do it through lack of hope. That would be impossible.

I’m encouraged by so many of the uplifting post I see on social media these days. Many people are working hard to help themselves and others through these challenging times. I keep reminding myself that if someone turns their own despair and hopeless outward they are going to seem quite crabby and discontent. They are the ones who are posting much of the negativity we see out there. BUT we have a choice to see the lightness or the darkness in any situation. It is all in how we choose to look at things. We have that power within us to turn things around. We just do.

I’ll leave you with this thanksgiving quote. Have a Happy COVID Thanksgiving Day to my Canadian friends :

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

 

 

Interview with Melanie Mosher

It is my pleasure to welcome Melanie Mosher to my blog to talk about her middle grade novel, Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye.  Not only is the book available in print and ebook, but it is now available in audio. Pretty exciting! Melanie grew up in Amherst, Nova Scotia, and won an essay contest in grade two, sparking her imagination and beginning a lifelong love of stories. Fire Pie Trout received honorable mention in the Atlantic Writing Competition and later became her first published picture book. Melanie now lives in Gaetz Brook and continues to make up stories to share with her granddaughter, Emma.

Can you tell us a bit about your writing journey and when you first
knew that you were a writer?

I’ve been fascinated with the idea of writing for as long as I can remember. In grade two I won an essay writing contest and that gave me the encouragement to continue. I grew up in a house filled with books, so making up stories of my own seemed like the obvious thing to do. I remember imagining someone holding one of my books and reading it before they went to sleep.

Tell us about your book. What is A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye about?

This is a story of loss. Ten-year-old Laney has lost her younger sister in a tragic accident and the reader witnesses her grieving. Laney feels guilty about her part in her sister’s death and cannot talk about it. The reader also sees the rest of her family struggle, each in their own way. There are other characters who have experienced different types of loss.

Laney’s family spends the summer at their cottage on the Northumberland Strait, and here they begin to heal. The story is also one of friendship, hope, and resilience. It’s not all sad. There are bonfires with marshmallows and ghost stories, walks on the beach to find shells and sea glass, hide ‘n’ seek games to play, and plenty of kool-aid and watermelon.

 Why was it important that you write this book?

In 1976, my younger sister was killed in an accident and my family was devastated. My parents, so engulfed in their own grief, were unsure of how to help my siblings and I cope. We fumbled through and life went on.

Today, things have improved. There are grief counsellors in schools and an awareness that people may need help in navigating their emotions.

I wrote this story to offer comfort to a young reader who has suffered a loss or to encourage empathy for those who are near. And to show that talking is always better than not talking.

You mentioned in the acknowledgements that your book went through many drafts and started out as a short story in 1998. What kept you going back to the story and were there times when you felt like giving
up?

I put the story aside many times, but it always lured me back. This happens with my writing. I can write a draft and put it away thinking it’s not good enough. Over time, the idea comes back to me and I pull the story out and reread it. If the idea still appeals to me, I proceed with the next draft.

The original version of A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye, entitled The Diving Stand, was about 1200 words. It explored Laney’s fear of jumping off the platform into the deep water, a tangible fear with a possible physical solution—jumping. As time passed, I realized Laney had another fear, one that was less tangible and harder to deal with, the loss of her sister and discussing her guilt with her mother.

Do you have any words of encouragement for other writers out there
who have yet to see publication?

Tenacity!

Like any skill, writing is a craft that improves over time. Send your work out, but don’t be discouraged by rejection. Every writer gets rejected and it stings. Be willing to brush yourself off and try again. Either by reworking the same story, or creating a new one, or both. Believe it is possible!

Are you working on anything at the moment? If so, can you share it with us?

I usually have more than one thing on the go at a time. When one project isn’t working or needs to rest, I change to the next one. As long as I’m writing in some capacity, I feel like I’m moving forward.

I’m working on an early chapter book about a young boy who loves school but finds himself suspended after a bad decision that was made for a good reason. I’ve never written a male protagonist before, but this character arrived in my brain and had a story to tell.

I also have another picture book in the works, three freelance articles for magazines, and an adult non-fiction book that explores my journey with depression.

As you can see, they vary greatly. For me, it seems to help my creativity if I shift between genres and projects.

Thank you, Melanie for sharing a bit about your writing world with us. Congratulations of the publication of another book! I wish you all the best.

 

What’s it about: Every summer, Laney’s family visits their cottage on Tidnish Beach. Summertime on Nova Scotia’s north shore is slow and sweet: there are long days in the water until fingers turn pruney, bottomless glasses of cherry Kool-Aid, and bonfires with the other families summering along the shore. But this year the baking heat and bright red sand provide cold comfort. This year Laney’s little sister, Jenny, is gone.

Ten-year-old Laney grapples with the loss. She carries immense, secret guilt that she can only work out by writing letters to her sister. Laney’s mother won’t even say Jenny’s name, so writing quickly becomes Laney’s coping mechanism, to the detriment of her social skills. She avoids the other kids until she makes a new friend—one who doesn’t look at her with pity.

It’s a tough lesson for a preteen, but Laney must learn to acknowledge her grief in order to overcome it. When a situation arises and Laney needs to help her new friend, she finally understands that even though she will miss Jenny forever, she can find happiness again. A tender meditation on life and loss through the lens of a childhood summer, A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye will fill readers with warmth and spark important conversations.

 

Melanie’s book is available in print, as an ebook and in audio.

You can find out more about Melanie through the Nimbus Publishing website HERE

Melanie’s book is available through Nimbus Publishing.

                                                          Amazon

                                                          Chapters/Indigo

And don’t forget your local book seller!

2020 Pumpkin People

The Pumpkin People Festival was held this past weekend in Kentville. This year’s theme was Fables, Folklore & Fantasy. We didn’t have time to look them over properly but I grabbed a few shots while driving through.

You can check out their site here to find out more information.  Kentville ‘s Pumpkin People 

Hey Pumpkin People, did you forget there’s a pandemic going on? Where are your masks?

You wouldn’t know by these characters that COVID 19 was even a thing. (Sounds familiar?)  I mean, what about the six-foot rule?  Maybe?  I can’t tell the the people from the pumpkin people!

                                       Okay, maybe they’re sticking to their own bubble.

If you live in the area you can still check them out as they’ll be up for a few more weeks. To everyone out there I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving despite the pandemic.

FYI next time I’ll be posting an interview that I did with author Melanie Mosher who will be talking about her new middle grade novel, A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye.

 

My Take Away

We had beautiful weather for the big book launch and sale outside Open Book Coffee yesterday. Simply gorgeous. Except for a book signing at LaHave River Books last weekend, this was my first public event for my newly published book. Dang pandemic. But it’s good to see that some of these events are beginning to happen.

I finally got to do my first public reading of GOOD MOTHERS DON’T. Look at that beautiful blue sky.

I signed some books with the help of managing editor Whitney Moran. (Sorry Hubby cut your head off, Whitney. He’s not the best photographer but he does come to all my events!) Someone told me they purposely came to the event to get a signed copy of GOOD MOTHERS DON’T. That was music to this author’s ears. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it: I’m so grateful for the support I’ve received over the years.

I also came home with some great books I’m looking forward to reading. If you didn’t make the sale you missed out on some great bargains.

Finally, here’s my take away from the book launch and sale.  I’m taking it as a sign of good things to come!

I hope your Saturday was as fun as mine. Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Reaching out to Readers

Have you read my book and enjoyed it? (Wait…maybe you shouldn’t don’t answer that… Just kidding…I think.) If you have read Good Mothers Don’t and would like to help out here’s something you can do.

I recently received this email from my publisher. 

We’re working really hard to find ways to get your books out in front of readers, and I’m reaching out with something that you can do to help. When you’re talking to friends, family and fans, encourage them to post a reviews of your book on places like Goodreads, Indigo and Amazon.

While reviews are important any time, they are even more so during this pandemic. I’ve got to be honest, this probably isn’t the best time to have a book released. With that said, I am so very grateful that it is finally out there in the world and finding its way into the hands of readers. Tomorrow, August 31st, the kindle edition will be released on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca .

My understanding is that you don’t have to have purchased your book on sites like Amazon in order to rate books and write reviews so long as you have an account there. If you’re reading this and know different, please share. I personally don’t purchase things online. My horrible internet plays a big role in that.

Some of you have already reviewed my book on GoodReads. Awesome! I really appreciate it more than you know. FYI you can also rate books without actually writing reviews, but if you want to write something even a one line review is fine. All these things can help gain attention for any book. Some people pay close attention to these ratings and reviews when deciding what they want to read.

To date, so many of my friends and family have shared the cover of my book with their friends on Facebook and that’s been really, really awesome. It’s put my book in front of people who might not have otherwise been aware of it. Word of mouth is a really powerful selling tool. I can’t say that enough.

So, I wanted to pass this message from publisher along to my family, friends and fans. If you have time and feel so inclined a rating or review on any of these sites would be very much appreciated. 

My Comfort Zone

Welcome to my comfort zone. It’s so cozy and safe here, all the things I’m used to seeing and having around me. My comfort zone doesn’t require a lot from me. It understands me in a way nothing else does. It’s known me since forever and that is such a comforting thought.
My family and friends are here, all the familiar faces I’m used to and places I have already seen, experiences I have already lived through, thoughts I’ve had many times over. Have I already said how comfortable it feels?

Oh yes, I have.

I never have feelings of anxiety or worry as long as I stay in my comfy zone–strange thing, that is.

But as comfy as all that sounds, after awhile it gets to be a bit boring and going through life forever bored seems like such a waste. As one of the characters in Good Mothers Don’t said, “too much worry can kill you, but a little worry at least lets you know you’re alive.” I do believe this is true. Sometime we need some worry in our lives as we begin to look outside that comfort zone of ours. I have a friend who has often reminded me in the past that staying in my comfort zone does not allow me to expand and grow as a human being. She is right of course, not matter how well-fitting that comfort zone of mine has been, there comes times when I need to step outside.

When I first began writing, I imagined a life of solitude as I filled empty pages with prose. Of course, for many years I wrote in private and no one but a few family members knew what I was doing behind closed doors. Slowly, that “secret” began to expand and close friends were let in on it. And then the first book was published, pushing me into unfamiliar territory. While book signings and public appearances are all part of an author’s life, it drew attention to me and my work and I’ll be honest, putting my work out there for the whole world to see was scary, especially the first time. Some people will like what you’ve written and some people won’t. People you know will either support you and your work, or else they’ll ignore you altogether. It’s just the way it is. Everyone is not going to care that you’re an author, nor should they. I’m still me. Some published books hasn’t change that.

What I didn’t know back at the very beginning when I first started writing was that there would be many many times when I’d be called upon the step outside my comfy comfort zone. All I ever wanted to do was write and see my words in print. I knew that would make me happy. I’ll admit that there have been times when I’ve not been able to take those steps and I’ve missed out on opportunities because of it and I’ve been disappointed in myself.

But each new day brings new opportunities to grow and learn. With that said, I have also taken those steps outside my comfort zone and it has been scary and things haven’t necessarily turned out the way I’d hoped, but that’s okay. It wasn’t the end of the world. Nothing terribly drastic has happened because of it and I eventually accepted the consequences of my disappointment. Life has to be that way sometimes. We learn much more though our missteps than when everything goes along smoothly. We are always harder on ourselves that we would ever dream of being on others, but we eventually learn to get over our missteps. We are all human and make mistakes.

I expect that in time to come I’ll become braver and more willing to leave the comforts I’ve come to know in pursuit of new experiences. These experiences might be good, they might be bad, but I’ll take the good with the bad. It’s all any of us can do.

No- Launch- Book- Launch

Welcome to the No- Launch- Book- Launch of Good Mothers Don’t,  brought to you compliments of Covid 19 and Rural Internet Service. I’m so glad you could make it. I know, I know,–it’ just not the same, right? But hey, I’m not about to let the fact that I can’t have a regular book launch at the community centre, or even a virtual launch, get me down. When life gives you lemons you make lemonade, right?

We tried, we really did, to come up with a way to help celebrate the release of my new novel but there was that uncomfortable feeling lurking in the background, that sinister pandemic pointing it’s ugly finger like the grim reaper waiting to catch us off guard. We thought about ways to make it safe and fun like all the other launches we’ve had here at the community centre, but mask-wearing isn’t fun, neither is physical distancing, neither is allowing only a few people in the community centre at one time. And we wouldn’t have been able to offer a lunch. Well, you may as well forget having a gathering in East Dalhousie if there isn’t going to be a lunch. I’m serious; it’s almost mandatory in these parts.

So, I got thinking that if I had a No-Launch-Book-Launch, how could I make it fun and interesting. I thought about all the people I would invite, figuring on how the sky’s the limit when you’re hosting a No- Launch-Book- Launch. So here’s my guest list.:

Patrick Murphy—It was Patrick’s suggestion that I write this novel, so of course I’m going to invite him. I’ll be honest, I might have cursed a time or two in the beginning, I can’t be sure now, but I do remember that I made him promise to tell me if I was writing monkey crap. Yup, monkey crap–those were my exact words to him. Thankfully he didn’t tell me that or I would have stopped working on this novel years ago. I think he just felt sorry for me at that point. Honestly, I ‘m pretty sure neither of us thought I’d be able to pull this thing off—it was THAT bad. But I persevered—I’m small but stubborn. I think the turning point for me came when Elizabeth said, “I am well now. When the pink dawn draws near to my bedroom window I take comfort in those words.” That’s when I really started to “get” her and when I knew that, come hell or high water, I would write this novel.

Whitney Moran—Whitney was the first one to read the book when it was just a bunch of loose pages. She liked it and wanted to publish it and I wanted to give her a big hug, but you can’t really hug over email. Whitney has acquired five of my book (three more to come) and we haven’t once met. I know—how is that possible? I can tell you that she seems pretty down to earth, very kind and patient, so VERY patient. So, I’d definitely add her to my No-Launch-Book-Launch invitation list.

Penelope Jackson—I’ve worked on my last three books with Penelope. She probably knows me, as a writer, better than anyone else, meaning she knows how to bamboozle me into digging deeper and finding a better alternative for all of the awkward sentences I might have written, without her actually telling me how awkward some of my sentences are–see what I mean about awkward sentences? She also knows how I dislike it if I use the same word in too many places and will point that out to me. (Just so you know, I wanted to throw that word “bamboozle” into this post because it’s presently one of my favourite words. I just love the way it rolls off the tongue—bamboozle.)

Since this is my non-existing book launch, and I’m the host, and get to make up the guest list, I thought it would be really great to have Carol Bruneau, Christy-Ann Conlin and Linda Little pop in to say hi. These three wonderful writers blurbed my book–early praise, the publisher called it. (Please check their work out!) They said some pretty amazing things about Good Mothers Don’t which you’ll see when you open the cover. I’d really like to thank them in person. Such a generous thing for these writers to do for little old me—maybe scratch that word “old.”


I’m inviting our Prime Minister this time around–for sure. I think Good Mothers Don’t would make a great gift for Sophie, don’t you? Whether you like him or you don’t, I figure he’d draw a crowd once word got out that he was coming. There’s even a field near the community centre perfect for landing a helicopter, but that’s not even an issue with this No-Launch-Book-Launch. really, he has no excuse for being a no-show. I’m so excited.  If this was a regular Launch, I’m sure he’d want to speak to the audience, however briefly, (not moistly, although he would be wearing a mask I suppose) Just a suggestion here, but he could always pose for a selfie with my book. Bet that would go viral!

Leo Glavine—The Minister of Communitites, Culture and Heritage and our MLA out here in East Dalhousie—yes, that Leo Glavine. Many East Dalhousians know that Leo and I go back a LONG way. He taught me Geography when I was about fourteen at good old West Kings High. He comes to all my launches (which, oddly enough, usually coincide with an election year.) And while he’s there schmoozing with all of you, I hope he has a darn good explanation as to why we don’t have high-speed internet for an author who is trying to launch a new book and how a virtual launch is out of the question because of it. Believe me, I’ve asked him the High-speed question more than once over the years….. But, since this is a celebration of my new book, and not a debate about rural internet, he’s not likely to give an adequate answer. You know what politicians are like. (PS: I hope he’s reading this.)

Maria Panopalis and Jayson Baxter–obviously I’m going to invite the media. This is MY launch after all and that means I get to make up all the rules. These two gifted hosts entertain me over the supper hour. They’re a staple in our household. Can’t miss CTV News Atlantic every evening at 5:00 pm, I just can’t. I love all the heart-warming stories from around the Maritimes, especially during this pandemic. They constantly renew my faith in the human race with the stories they present. That’s exactly what we need during these times. Way to go Maria and Jayson!

Jann Arden–Who wouldn’t want the multi-talented Jann Arden at their book launch? Not only does she sing, she acts and she writes and she’s just so darn funny. I tweeted her book, “Feeding My Mother” after I read it and she even thanked me. That was a thrill! I wonder if her book sales soared after I tweeted it? 😉  I’m not expecting her to perform, that wouldn’t be fair but, if she insisted, she’d be more than welcome to sing “Good Mother” to keep with the theme. I love that song.

In the words of Michelangelo — The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.’ That is why I’m aiming really, really high by inviting my next guest. Please don’t think I’m off my rocker, just think of me as the author who dared to aim high. I’ve given it plenty of thought. And if for some reason I could only have one person at my No-Launch-Book-Launch it would be Ellen.–yup, THAT Ellen, the Ellen who doesn’t need to have her last name uttered because everyone just knows. It seems to me that she’s one of the kindest and most caring people on the planet. She does so much good in the world and right now the world can use as much good as we can get. And who knows, maybe when she’s able to film in front of a live  studio audience, she’ll give everyone in the audience a copy of GOOD MOTHERS DON’T. In fact, I’m pretty sure she will because she’s just THAT nice. Like I said, I’m aiming high, really really high. 😉  What we do know is that I won’t be a guest on the Ellen Show anytime soon, since I don’t have high-speed and she’s filming virtually these days. Guess we’ll just have to wait until this dang pandemic is over. Hope that’s Okay, Ellen.

No No-Launch-Book-Launch would be complete without my family and friends. Of course my family and friends are invited. What’s a celebration without all those important people in my life showing up? Besides, they’re also the ones most likely to come bearing gifts—yes, gifts. I know—they are spectacular.  I’ve receives flowers and potted plants, special mugs, Mars (FYI–the bar, not the planet), homemade jam, cards and one person even gifted me some Arnica at one of my launches. That’s why I love them! My mum will be there with bells on. You can be sure. She was the first person to read the book and she’s been spreading the word. It could be monkey crap, but she’s still talking it up like all good mother do

I’m also inviting the good people of the Forties Settlement where I set much of my novel. I love the people of the Forties, such a friendly bunch. I also have family ties there. And I love the landscape. It’s such a beautiful little community.

I’m inviting all of East Dalhousie, of course I am. East Dalhousie is my heart and soul. It’s where so many of my good friends live. It’s the place I wrote about in the Country Roads anthology many years ago.

So there’s my guest list, and since it’s my No-Launch-Book-Launch I can invite as many people as I want, no worries about crowd control or social distancing. We have plenty of space  on my blog. No mask-wearing at my No-Launch-Book -Launch because I would have had to insist that everyone wear one if this had been your “run of the mill pandemic book launch.” (Bet that’s something that doesn’t get uttered often. )


If you can think of anyone I left off my list or someone you think who’d love to come to my No-Launch-Book-Launch please feel free to add them in the comment section of this blog and remember the words of Michelangelo about aiming high. Invite anyone you’d like, even yourself, especially yourself..

And, because I put a lot of thought into this, I decided that it would be really great to have Margaret Atwood introduce me at my No- Launch- Book -Launch. She does have ties to Nova Scotia so no doubt she’d be anxious to come out to East Dalhousie. I mean, why wouldn’t she? I’ve gone to several of her events over the years and I kind of figure she owes me, not that I’m a tit-for-tat kind of person, because I’m not. Still, it would be really swell if she were to introduce me before I do a reading from the book. We writers need to stick together, right? And just imagine if she actually tweeted my book. $$$$$

After a grand intro by Margaret Atwood, and I’ve thanked all of you for coming, I’ll read an excerpt from my book. I hope you enjoy it. It’s the best I can do with under these circumstances. I hope you can appreciate the hoops I had to jump through to pull this reading off. Just click on the link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv0wkDjZKp8

You can’t have a launch in East Dalhousie, even a No-Launch-Book-Launch, without serving a lunch; you just can’t. Ask anyone here. But then I already explained that.. Someone once told me that when people come to East Dalhousie they expect to be fed well. Here’s a sample from our last launch. Spectacular, right? That’s only half the table and I’m pretty sure the food was replenished a few times. Can’t say enough about the way people in this community come together on launch day. They’re the ones responsible for this spread, and really I couldn’t do any of this without the many helpers I’ve had over the years. 


Since sales are a part of any launch, even a No-Launch-Book-Launch, you can contact me if you’re in my area and we can make arrangements for a safe book sale. Just call or email ahead of time, maybe even stop me on the road. I have books. I can even sign one for you! You do want an author signed book, don’t you?

You can also order a book through your local Indie book store. Good Mothers Don’t is also available at  through Nimbus.ca,  at Coles and Chapters, and can be ordered on line at Chapter.ca and Amazon.ca.

Despite the circumstances surrounding the release of my book, I’m going to think positive thoughts. The book recently made the “Hottest Summer reads” list in the Globe and Mail and that was an absolute thrill to have my book be recognized in that way.

When all is said and done, saying thank you is the most important part of any launch. I thank all for coming to my No-Launch-Book-Launch. It has meant so VERY much to me. I hope you weren’t disappointed that we couldn’t have an in-person event. No one wanted this pandemic to happen but we’re all making the best of it under the circumstances. And think of all the famous people you’ve had the chance to hobnob with. It’s not as if that would have happened at a regular book launch.

If you’d like to leave a comment for me or if you have a suggestion of who else we should invite or if you want to add your name to let me know you’re out there, please do. One tiny thing you can do to help spread the word about my No-Launch-Book-Launch and the publication of GOOD MOTHER DON’T is to share this post on social media: share it, tweet it, shout it from the roof tops because when Margaret Atwood tweets it, and this thing goes viral, I promise, you’re going to want to be a part of that.  😉  

Thanks so much for coming and helping me celebrate today. All jokes aside, I’m making the best of the situation. I’m just so grateful to have my novel in print  and that some of you have already picked up a copy and even told me how much you’ve enjoyed it. I love seeing the pictures my Facebook friends have been posting  to let me know they have the book and helping to spread the word. That means the world; it really does. Thanks so much to all the wonderful people at Nimbus Publishing for believing in me and my  book!

And remember that no matter who you are, or where you’re from, whether you’re famous or just YOU (because I’m just me) you’re always welcome in East Dalhousie, not only on launch day –or No-Launch-Book-Launch Day as the case may be–but any day. Please know how very special you all are!

A Whole New Wall

I recently saw a spot on the evening news drawing our attention to the Aylesford Wall which happens to have been painted by local artist Larry Lee back in 2013. I’ve posted photos of this wall a few times in the past, if you want to check them out they’re Here and Here. There are more photos in each of these posts and you can see more of the details of the artist’s work. FYI the second link had better photos as the first post had photos taken in winter.

 

If something good has come out of this pandemic it might very well be our rediscovery of the beauty in our own part of the world and our appreciation of what already exists in our own backyard. There is so much to see and enjoy. 

Have you had the opportunity to rediscover your world since the pandemic arrived? Please share if you have. I’d love to hear about it.

It’s Not You, it my Internets

You know how when someone says, it’s not you, it’s me they’re really trying to tell you to go take a hike, get lost, leave and never come back. You know that, right?

But I’m not saying that to my readers or anyone even though the title of the blog post might suggest something different. I love it when you all come to visit my blog.

BUT the reality of my online presence is that I struggle on a daily basis with rural internet woes. I’m surprised someone hasn’t written a little ditty about it as apparently 30% of us here in Nova Scotia do not have adequate high-speed. *sigh*

What does that mean someone who’s not in that 30% might ask?

Well, for me, it means that I’m not always present on Facebook or Twitter, and when I am there most times it’s in a limited capacity. Pages only partially load or fail to load altogether. I can’t always “react” to my friends posts or comment. Accessing FB messenger is sometimes impossible for days at a time. I can’t always create posts or upload photos. Just think of all that witty content you’re missing out on. (Okay, that last part is a joke but you know what I mean.) What I miss greatly is that I don’t get to see your photos or videos, do video chats or anything of that sort. Visiting blogs is a challenge some days and leaving a comment can literally take a half hour of attempting over and over only to have to give in and concede defeat. And simply not having the time to wait and wait which is even more frustrating than waiting for an editor to make a decision on a book you’ve submitted for publication. (Yeah, THAT bad!)

What I will say it that so many of you have been simply super at promoting my new book online in my absence, posting photos of the cover and putting the book out there, sharing MY posts to the people on you friend lists. What would I do without you helping me out? I can’t thank you all enough.

Needless to say, I’m beyond frustrated with my Internets situation, but it’s my reality for now.

So, please don’t ever feel that I’m ignoring any of you if I’m sometimes late to the party or don’t show up at all. It’s not you, I promise, it’s my Internets. I enjoy reading what you post on social media and the photos you post that I sometimes get to see, but not all the time because they don’t always load. And I thank you all for your help in promoting my books. It is something I’m forever grateful for.


BUT we’ve been given a small bit of light in this very dark tunnel. I’ve been told by our MLA that our community is on the list to receive high-speed and people in the community have spoken to workers in the are who are out “scouting” the area. Still, as I sit here this morning with my coffee, making several attempts to get into my Facebook messages, I have to wonder if this is all talk, all for show or will the seeming will impossible finally come to pass.

At Long Last–Good Mothers Don’t

After what turned out to be a challenging week, this was waiting for me on my doorstep when I got home from work. I’ve got to be honest, I was starting to wonder if June would actually be the month. Of course back when the world was normal, my book was to be out in time for Mother’s day. It just goes to show how things can change. But I am not complaining. Today, many business in Nova Scotia have opened up. There is a small light at the end of the tunnel and it is so very welcomed.


I am as pleased as can be with the books and so grateful to everyone at Nimbus Publishing. Having a adult fiction novel published has been my dream since forever. The books are absolutely beautiful. Hopefully, you’ll see that for yourself soon enough.

So, to update the update on the update. The books have arrived!!