Another Healing

Another Healing

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Back Home

Well, we moved home from camp last weekend, and I'm exhausted from all the packing and unpacking and feeling generally unsettled. This is the moment when it's really hitting me that I'm no longer a teacher and am a full time writer. School actually started almost two months ago, but while I was at camp, I just carried on with my normal summer routine. Now that I'm home, where I've never been all day, every day, except for brief school vacations, I'm not quite sure what to do with myself. There are zillions of projects staring me in the face that I've never had time to do, like organize my files and straighten out the bathroom closet and stuff like that. There is also the ongoing stress of settling my late mother's affairs (joys of being an only child). But I'm going to try to regulate all that to a few hours a day, and try to spend the rest writing, reading, going for walks, and taking lots of photos.

I'm feeling a little displaced -- I miss camp: lake, kayaking, swimming, sunsets, peregrine falcons just down the cliff, spectacular thunderstorms, everything permeated with the sound of waves on the shore. I love being home: warmth, convenience, mountain views, bird feeders, soft silence everywhere. I miss my students and fellow teachers at school. I miss feeling like I'm making a difference in kids's lives. But I like sleeping later and not having to face a long, dark, often icy drive. I'm looking forward to being more of a part of seasons changing, being outside, and putting my energy into my words again. I'm in excellent health, my family is healthy, our two kittens are thriving, and we are first on the list to adopt a puppy next spring. My husband's band is going places. And my friends all still seem to like me.

And so, back to writing.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Full Time Writer!

Happy Winter!

I know, it's summer, but my newest work in progress is called Winter. I'm really excited about it -- I'm about half way through the rough draft and it's heaps of fun to write. It's a paranormal stand alone, and it's about a guy who works in a sex shop and meets a guy in Montreal while he's travelling for business (checking out new product) and, well, he finds out he's part of a very old world he didn't know existed. Winter is his safe word, so infer all you want about what kind of novel this one is.

Stay tuned for more info on Cricket -- it will come out, but not for a while. It will be self published, which is a new journey I will be embarking on shortly. I also want to get my whole Notice Series available again, with a new piece about Josh and Varian's daughter learning how to fly. Imagine that! And while I'm at it, my older pieces will be released again, too...

And yes, I will have time to do all this, because I have officially quit my day job. I am following my dream and I'm now a full time writer. I have a feeling I'll be far busier than I ever was teaching, but I can't express how wonderful it feels to be me, full time, at last.

So wish me luck and stay tuned.

I've been having a wonderful and very busy summer at camp, and I'm finally gotten a lot of stuff taken care of that needed taking care of, and now I'm feeling like I'm back in business. So while the real world out there is dissolving into chaos, I'll be busy creating places of respite with my words, which we all need so badly right now.

Here's a recent sunset to bring a little light into the world.