Coming Back Down to Earth

Launch day has come and gone. I was so pleased to see so many of my friends, family, and even people I didn’t know, come out to support me. It’s very heart-warming to know that others are interested in what I’m writing, and really, launch day wouldn’t be at all possible if it wasn’t for the help of everyone around me. I have a lot of awesome friends! It really does feel like “our” book launch, not just mine. Everything was perfect that day, even the weather that had been really miserable up until then, co-operated. Writing is such a solitary thing, what can amount to years of work eventually ends up in a book, and then all of a sudden it’s out there for everyone to see. Some people will like what you’ve written and others won’t. It’s just the way it is. Either way, some will have an opinion.

The week after the launch was super busy with Miss Charlotte coming to visit for four days. We got in a trip to the Ross Farm and the Parkdale/Maplewood Museum. Both were big hits with her. I got back to work on Thursday and then went to the Atlantic Book Awards at the Halifax Central Library with author Jan Coates. Jan’s wonderful book Sky Pig won the Lillian Shepherd Award for excellence in illustration which is given to an illustrator “residing in or from Atlantic Canada, or who has illustrated a book written by an Atlantic Canadian or a book that is set in the region.” Ontario artist, Suzanne Del Rizzo, brought Jan’s words to life. I think it would be terribly exciting for an artist to be presented with such a brilliant story to illustrate. It must truly be a gift to both the writer and the artist.

I am so looking forward to getting back to writing. I feel as though it’s been forever since I sat down at the computer to hunt and peck my way around the keyboard. I’m expecting there will be some signings coming up in the near future, already there’s talk about my going to Bridgewater if things can be worked out—a special signing for Canada 150.

So life is slowly returning to normal. The big book birthday party is over. Cammie has officially earned her wings, she’s ready to fly, and I’ve got to admit it feels pretty darn good.

Busy, busy, busy

Yesterday was crammed full of activity. The day started with a quick trip to the Ross Farm to watch the re-enactment of The New Ross Freighters taking a load of lumber and barrels to Chester Basin.

It might have been nice had I thought to charge my camera battery the night before. But I did get in a few shots. But there are plenty of photos on the Ross Farm Museum facebook page Just follow the link if you want to take a peek.

Here’s a link to the Ross Farm Museum’s facebook page filled with photos.

I also had a nice luncheon with Syr Ruus at the Wildwood Café on King Street. Great food, and great conversation. We both had a bit to celebrate with Bitter, Sweet`s nomination for the Bilson Award and Syr recently found out that her book, Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart, has made the long list for the ReLit Awards. Congrats, Syr! I`m keeping my fingers crossed for both of us.

You can now find Syr on facebook if you want to joing her fan page.

to keep up on her news.

In the evening it was off to an anniversary party for good friends of ours. More great food, music by the Joyce Seamone band (local) and lots of laughs.

Busy, busy, busy. This morning we`re off to a church service at Christ Church in New Ross which is being followed by a potluck.

Was there ever any doubt that food would be involved again?

I still have to squeeze in some writing time as I’ve just recently realized that I need to write a whole new chapter. See what can happen during the revision process? Not sure why I didn`t see it before, but believe me, writers learn not to question these things but simply do them.

How is your weekend going?

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