Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!!

The Grim Reaper and Knight have left the building. I've been visited by ghosts, pirates, Dracula, a bear, two bumblebees, and some other unidentifiable trick-or-treaters.

It's the mildest Halloween I can remember in Winnipeg. We've had years when costumes have been pulled snugly over over snowsuits and winter boots, but this year it is as mild as a UK Halloween. The Grim Reaper doesn't even have a coat. We never did the trick or treat thing in the UK. We were too busy building the Guy to burn on the 5th of November. I'm sure it's all changed now but I used to LOVE firework night with sparklers, huge community bonfires, baked spuds, a penny for the guy, and of course, fireworks!!!

My children are growing up as North Americans. Kind of sad in some ways but fabulous in others.

We spent the day raking leaves and every muscle in my hands ache. I'm getting old :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


It rained today. Whoot. Rain, not snow. This autumn has been awesome.

I'm 3/4 of the way through my current WIP and fast approaching the last few chapters. These are always my favourite chapters to write because in a Romantic Suspense it's where everything comes together in the great big heart wrenching Black Moment and Resolution where things are finally sorted out and my characters get their Happy Ever After. I need my HEA. If I didn't, I'd write horror.

And speaking of horror...the Halloween candy is screaming my name from down in the basement. Muhahaha. I MUST rescue it.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Things to look forward to...

DH has just realized Ireland play France in the Six Nations in Paris on the 13th February, and we'll be close enough to go. And as DD wants to go to Paris for her birthday it might just work out perfectly. Life is good.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I know I'm a pain in the butt :)

But I changed my blogger template again. I tried for ages to switch it without losing widgets but failed. I'm a failure...woe is me... LOL.

Enjoying my 'programs'. I sound like my granny! LIE TO ME. THE GOOD WIFE. CSI NY. NCIS. FLASHPOINT. CASTLE. That's about it actually. And the news. I'm a news junkie.

Writing as usual. Every day. The whole time the kids are at school and when they're home too. Plans are coming along for France--might even have somewhere to live soon. I'll keep you posted :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


It took me ages to decide whether or not to enter the RITA. For those who don't know, the RITAs are like the Oscars of romance writing, the Pulitzer of HEA. And, for once, possibly the only once, I can actually enter.

What held me back? Nora. Every year I look at the lists and see Nora Roberts finaling in the 'romantic suspense' category or the 'novel with romantic elements'. And I was thinking about my little book up there against a Nora.

And I felt very small.



And then I thought, 'But I pay my RWA dues'. And I love my story--the first one I ever wrote. And, what if...?

What if it finaled?
What if it won?


I have heard rumors about authors who are too busy to judge, and who make up the results based on what they expected to read. And I can only hope I don't get one of those. But most judges sweat over their scoring, I know I do, so I decided to give it a go.

In the words of the Irish half of the family, 'You have to be in to win'.

So wish me luck. :)