three books

three books

Thursday, 19 May 2016


(pro-kras-tin-eh-shun) - the art of replacing important tasks with endless, less important tasks or simply avoiding them altogether.
I am an expert at this!!!
In fact I can guarantee that by the time I finish writing a word about it I will have spent approximately quadruple the amount of time avoiding writing about it than actually writing about it. Not kidding. This morning, determined to tackle the subject as part of my new book project, I walked the dog, checked my emails, had a snack, talked on the phone, watched a TED video, did a French lesson and made a batch of yogurt. That made me think that I should reread my notes from reading "The 7 Secrets of the Prolific" (by Hillary Rettig). Which took up the rest of my morning - done.
So then I walked the dog again, snuck a wee peek at emails while eating lunch, clicked on a link and got sucked into YouTube for a bit. Damn. I tore myself away, made a coffee and here I am at 3:00 p.m. with a stack of notes around me in no particular order and, if I can't make them come together in the next five minutes I will definitely have to consider going to clean my bathtub or vacuum something. Okay, last procrastination, I will post the latest pieces from my 100 book series and then get to work ... or ...
an extraordinary tale of one man's courage
in the manner of her time

a long story about a short life

Monday, 9 May 2016

starting again

I try and I fail. I try again and sometimes I fail again. Oddly, this is a good thing because, aside from enjoying myself immensely, I occasionally come up with something I actually like - something that would never have happened if I had not kept trying. (channeling Pollyanna here)
This latest project is just about trying and failing and exploring the possibilities along the way. I am using the same supports throughout the series (100 old books) and discovering a variety of ways to manipulate them. I've posted a few already and I will post a new one regularly as I finish them but you can see my progress so far if you like by going to my website: and clicking on "novel concepts"
*no viable reading material has given it's life for this research*

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Rhythm beats the Blues

I had a visit from some island friends last week which was terrific fun and just what I needed to perk me up from my January doldrums. That got me thinking about the importance of human connections and a little blip I wrote on the subject a while back. Connections are a lot about family and friends of course but it goes even further than that to recognizing that even brief and casual contacts with complete strangers can have enormous impact either positively or negatively. I can think of a time or two when someone's unreasonable behavior caused me grief but here is a better story.

I was in the paint store one morning pondering this colour over that one for my dining room when suddenly from the next aisle over, a man burst into song. "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine..."When he trailed off after the "please don't take my sunshine away" I couldn't resist countering with, "ain't no sunshine when she's gone..." which got a big chuckle out of the spontaneous crooner and his painting partner who joined in with a hip swing and a hearty, "I know, I know, I know, I know..." and you know I'm still chuckling about that - bet they are too.

And speaking of happy connections, this is in response to Veronica Roth's drawing challenge this week - and it happens to coincide with the weekend promotion of my first book -The Tao of Boo - on Amazon ebooks this weekend. 

Download for free from Friday, January 15 to Sunday, January 17th. It's a light and amusing rant about life, and strife (with cartoons!) Get it here:

My gift to you to help shake off your winter doldrums. Happy New Year!