Take off, eh?

Ahhhhhh … I can feel it now … there’s something about the takeoff of a plane that is both exhilarating and calming for me. I LOVE IT! The whirlwind of the past month will slowly dissipate at I settle into my seat on our flight to Zurich, Switzerland, later this afternoon. I’ve felt a touchContinue reading “Take off, eh?”

The countdown is on …

If it’s Friday, it must be France… Excusez-moi! I’ve been a little off the radar on the blog this past week. There’s been a lot going on in my writing world. How’ve you been? I spent some time processing all the fabulous writing and publishing information generated at the PubSmart Conference, I attended in CharlestonContinue reading “The countdown is on …”

A fond farewell to Canada’s Alistair MacLeod

Tributes are being shared by the literary world, and Canada’s writing community in particular, at the news of the recent passing of Alistair MacLeod, 77. An acclaimed short story writer, MacLeod won the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award  in 2001, as well as the Trillium Book Award, for his only novel, “No Great Mischief”.Continue reading “A fond farewell to Canada’s Alistair MacLeod”

PubSmart Conference and a repeat meander …

Bonjour! I am in Charleston, South Carolina, attending the 3-day PubSmart Conference and I can tell you there has been a lot of excellent information to absorb.   Here’s a quick explanation: “PubSmart is about introducing new models that lead to smart decisions about how to seize opportunities in today’s transformed book marketplace”. The keynote speakers,Continue reading “PubSmart Conference and a repeat meander …”

Spring Flings!

If it’s Friday, it must be France … Friday seems to come around more quickly these days! I think it has something do with Spring, don’t you? The days are getting longer. The sun feels warmer and the air fresher. There’s a kind of a-new-lease-on-life vibe going on in my world and it’s SO energizing!Continue reading “Spring Flings!”

Weekly Photo Challenge: STREET LIFE

If it’s Friday, it must be France …   Yay! It’s another Daily Post weekly photo challenge. This is actually last week’s theme, but I couldn’t resist it for today’s post. Some weeks there just isn’t enough time to dive into my photo albums but, when there is, you know how I love to share myContinue reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: STREET LIFE”

Are you a Suddenly Single Woman?

Helen Wilkie is the vibrant and energizing founder of the new community Suddenly Single Woman.   After 41 years as part of a happily married couple, she is learning to live as a happily single woman after being widowed a few years ago. Helen is quick to express, in her delightful Scottish accent:  “It hasn’t been easy.Continue reading “Are you a Suddenly Single Woman?”

April Fool’s/Poisson d’Avril! (And the winner of My Wish List!)

If it’s Friday, it must be France …  April Fool’s day is almost here. Imagine my surprise the first time I was in France on April 1st and found children sticking paper fish on my back, whispering and giggling and then hollering “Poisson d’Avril”! Excusez-moi? Fish? As Wikipedia explains: “In Italy, France and Belgium, childrenContinue reading “April Fool’s/Poisson d’Avril! (And the winner of My Wish List!)”

Weekly Photo Challenge:REFLECTIONS

It’s the most basic interpretation, but this challenge caused me to instantly recall a day wandering around charming Bruges: a reflection of reflections. In Venice a few years ago, we rented an apartment for a week in a former palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal. I took almost 800 photos and long to return. It wasContinue reading “Weekly Photo Challenge:REFLECTIONS”

France Book Tours – My Wish List

If it’s Friday, it must be France … Oh, this has been SO much fun for me! Once I’m on the homestretch with a manuscript I’m writing, there’s barely enough time to read my own work let alone other books. That’s the case at the moment as I complete the first draft of my nextContinue reading “France Book Tours – My Wish List”