Monday, August 30, 2010

The End is Nigh...

School office opens today and I've gotta go to school to make sure kids are both fully registered.  There's a thunderstorm and it's as black as Hades outside which I'm hoping isn't a sign :)  Starting to feel a bit giddy with the thought of the kids going back (they've been off since April b/c of our sabbatical) and can't wait to get some writing done (and the day job cough cough).  It'll be interesting adapting to a new schedule (DS starts middle school), but I can't wait.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Story Totems

I was at the zoo last week and I got very excited to visit the resident snow leopard because he (well, the species) is the star of my current WIP. Then I remembered last time I went to the zoo I was desperate to visit the wolverine, who starred in the last WIP, ICEBREAKER.  Most of my stories have some sort of animal theme it seems. So I thought I'd see what I could learn about what these animals mean and how that relates to the books I've written...

The wolverine 'heralds the awakening of passion for life and the ability to absorb all the lessons that come our way. This passion can be a gift or a curse, depending on how it is used.' link. Hmmm, that could represent the way my hero struggles and eventually overcomes PTSD, alcohol and sex addiction. (Gosh, and even though this is the best thing I've ever written I wonder why I haven't sold it yet ;)

HER SANCTUARY is a cowboy story so I guess it is no surprise that the totem is the horse, the characteristics of which are 'Freedom, stamina, mobility, the land, travel, power, and freedom.' link  OMG (insert big grin) if that doesn't sum up the story in HER SANCTUARY I don't know what does :)

SEA OF SUSPICION is a romantic murder mystery and the hero has a dog (faithfulness and protection--Nick Archer is a police officer and this description fits him to a 'T') and the heroine is a biologist who specialises in Octopods (Intelligence and Camoflague--huh, Susie Cooper anyone??). Octopods are also 'related to the spiral of life, it is reflective of the mystic center and the unfolding of creation.' link That could be a central theme of the story (another big grin)

OK--what else...

STORM WARNING (Carina Press Oct 11) has puffins in the story, although we never meet an actual puffin (it's complicated). I didn't think I'd find anything about puffins but...'Those with this medicine would benefit by living near large bodies of water, particularly the ocean.  Without water in their immediate environment they could have difficulty finding their equilibrium in life.  Because water is associated with the intuition and all things hidden those with this medicine make excellent psychics and therapists.'  link This is just getting freaky. 

SO what does the snow leopard mean...well, naturally I found about a billion references (so much for thinking I was onto a good thing for determining my story theme ;), but the one I liked best was 'Snow Leopard Souls are here in part to learn the lesson of Self Reliance.  Like this Totem Spirit that has a mostly solitary life, the Two legged beside whom  Snow Leopard strides, will face many encounters and situations in their current incarnation which develop the ability to rely upon and trust the inner Self.' link

And...Keywords: Cautiousness, snow and mountain wisdom, looking down on others, a sense of superiority to others, beware of elitism and judging others silently, reclusiveness, wariness, the power of holding your tongue, being able to reach great heights of personal achievement over your lifetime, constantly searching for inner and outer balance. link

Getting there.  Maybe :)
Anyone else have totems for their stories?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Keeping memories.

Right now this is probably my favorite picture from France (it changes frequently!!).  I played with it and overexposed the disappearing Eiffel Tower, but there's something about this bleached out, lop-sided scene that really speaks to me.
That steel structure is so instantly recognisable you don't need to see more than a fraction of it to know what you are looking at. I love it.

Currently I'm trying to decide what pictures to print out and frame from our trip.  I've got photographs from England, Scotland, France & Canada to sort through. Family pics and gorgeous landscapes/seascapes.  Too many to choose from but it's a good problem to have.  I've got to make some DVDs too, and also print out some keepers for the kids' albums and maybe even scrapbook our trip with all the ticket stubs etc.  Not like I don't have anything else to do (rolls eyes at self).

So what are you doing and what are you putting off?

I remember years ago in social studies my teacher telling me that the working week was going to get shorter in the future and everyone was going to have more leisure time.  What the heck happened to that, Mr Revel? Huh? Huh?    :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

The World of Books Reviews

Today I'm being interviewed at The World of Book Reviews (link).  Would love to see you there :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Deck update for the in-laws

I promised my in laws some deck pictures.  DH (and pals) put the lower deck in and he rebuilt the raised bed so we can plant some veggies next spring. This weekend is slab leveling, clear up of old timber and demolishing the upper deck--gawd help us!!

Anyone else doing a little DIY?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Trying to become Canadian...

Tomorrow me and my husband have to take our Citizenship exam.  Naturally we have to provide documentation and there is one form I cannot find (just for me ARGH!).  Picture me wildly pulling out hair.  On top of that we are learning the handbook and I expect to know more about Canada than anyone in the country by tomorrow at 10 a.m. (Wish me luck--I'm gonna need it).

On top of that,I'm still trying to give the kids a bit of schooling since they've been off since April, we are guinea pig sitting, need to find a better cricket supplier for geckos, are halfway through deck destruction/construction, one of us is in dragon boat race, ds has started Canadian football which is currently 3 practices a week plus the game, oh--and I'm working full time from home for 6 weeks. I didn't even mention writing.

Life is Crazy.

PLEASE wish me luck for tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Time is a funny thing. Last night it was baking hot and both boys (dad and son) decided to sleep downstairs to avoid the heat. Making up the sofabed this tiny babygrow fell out of the sheet and onto the floor. It was white with blue stars on it, age 18-24 months and it transported us both immediately back to when our kids were babies. I didn't keep much from babyhood. Some booties and hats (which they hardly ever kept on), but no clothes. It was funny to see how we both latched onto that little white vest. How its been coveted and stroked. The baby years seem to last forever and yet when they're gone they are really gone forever.

I'm so lucky to watch my kids grow up, to be a SAHM and be there when they need me. I feel like that dynamic might be changing :( --don't want it to but life doesn't always give us the choices we want.

Must do lottery again this week...we live in hope :) Or write that NYT Bestseller...I keep trying :)

Thursday, August 05, 2010


Feeling a little homesick for Shropshire this week.  You can maybe see why from the pictures I took when I was home in May.  I guess I just need to win the lottery or perhaps have some seriously eccentric, seriously elderly and seriously rich distant relative leave me her millions so I can visit whenever I want :) And no matter the internet and modern technology, there is nothing like a good natter on the phone to make me feel closer to home.  The one person I can't talk to--who I'd love to talk to every single day--is my grandad.  Unfortunately he's as deaf as a post :(

Monday, August 02, 2010

Hello steps...and mud!!

My husband is a genius.  What we really didn't need on this Bank Holiday Monday was the rain last night revealing a leak in the roof.  It literally never rains but it pours!!  What are you up to this week??

Sunday, August 01, 2010