Book Launches

 

Excitement is in the air for me, and no, it’s not just because spring is just around the corner. It looks like I can start planning the book launch for my women’s fiction novel, A Path to the Lake, for the end of April sometime. (: Can’t wait until I have the details for you. Hope you will be able to join me!

Speaking of book launches, I went to a fun one for author Melodie Campbell’s entertaining and funny book, The B-Team, on Thursday night. If you like crime, (and even if you don’t) you will find yourself highly entertained by the hilarious Ms. Campbell, from the first page to the last.

I found out this week one of my short fiction pieces will be published in the spring edition of Scryptic Magazine, and one of my haiku in the spring edition of The Cicada’s Cry.

I’ll offer two quotes about writing today. One serious, and one that might make you smile.

“If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do.” William Zinsser

“Write drunk, edit sober.” Ernest Hemingway

World Cancer Day

 

As I posted on facebook recently, today is the five year anniversary of the million step walk my son did for cancer (helpmeburycancer) across our province of Ontario, Canada. This is a small free verse poem I wrote about it.

The Gift

My heart is still capable of aching
of leaking parental pride
when I think of my son
my child
the man
trudging a million steps
over hundreds of miles
to fundraise for cancer
through snow and sleet
and freezing winds
for everyone who has ever had cancer
for everyone who will ever get cancer
for my parents
for me

(I’d also like to thank the Asahi Network for publishing one of my haiku on Friday, and Daily Haiga for accepting another of my photo-haiga!)

 

“We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.” Hellen Keller

Happy New Year’s Eve!

New Year’s Eve can bring with it memories of years past. Some of my earliest are my cousin and I, dressed in little girl party dresses, taking coats from the guests at my grandparents large bashes. I hold memories of my children dancing with me, their small feet planted firmly on top of mine, close to my heart.

There have been sad ones, too. I remember the first New Year’s Eve after my first marriage ended, hoping to be fast asleep by midnight. And nostalgic ones, like my mom and dad clasping hands and singing Auld Lang Syne, long after they were gone. Thankfully, there have been many beautiful memories with my husband, the first one dancing at an Inn on the lake, lights sparkling off the water.

Whatever New Year’s memory you’ll be making or reminiscing about tonight, I hope it’s filled with good health and good times…Cheers!

New Books and Holiday Wishes

 

I recently read Melodie Campbell’s latest book, “Worst Date Ever”, published by Orca Books. You may already know her as the author of the award winning Gina Gallo Mystery series. She shares a fun fact with us, that one of the dates in this romantic comedy actually happened to her! I assumed this “rapid read” would be a fun one, as Melodie was previously billed as “The Queen of Comedy” by the Toronto Sun in 2014, and I assumed correctly. “Worst Date Ever” would make a great stocking stuffer!

I downloaded “The Author Blog” by Anne. R. Allen on Kindle this week. It’s available for a limited time for only $2.99. It’s an easy and informative read for anyone interested in secrets from this award winning blogger.

Wishing you a peaceful and joyous holiday season, full of all that you dream of.

 

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” Hamilton Wright Mabie

Jane Reichold Haiga Contest

 

I am honoured to say that my photo haiga entry has been named the winner in the photograph based category of the second annual Jane Reichold Contest. (photo haiga is a combination of two art forms, photography and haiku)

It is featured this month in two online journals, Prune Juice, a Journal of Senryu, Kyoka and Haiga and Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu, who jointly sponsored this worldwide haiga contest.

My sincere thank you to the editors, Steve Hodge and Mike Rehling, and to the judge of the photograph based category, Linda Papanicolaou. I am grateful to all.

Congratulations to all of the winners for their stunning work.

Jennifer Mook Sang

Every writer needs supportive friends. People who will buy their book, take time to leave a review of it online, like their facebook posts, and leave supportive comments. Jennifer Mook Sang is that kind of friend and more. Her picture book, “Captain Monty Takes The Plunge” is launching this month at A Different Drummer Books in Burlington, on October 14th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. People probably thought I was half joking when I commented “counting down the days” on her facebook page. But, I really am. After reading her first book, “Speechless”, I am that sure, that it will be brilliant. And I will be there, trying to give back a drop in the ocean of support, that she has given me.