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!”

Taking Root In Provence – France Book Tours

It’s always a pleasure to have friends drop by the blog! The multi-talented Anne-Marie Simons and her husband Oscar, who is … hold your breath, ladies … an expert on Provençal cooking, paid a visit here last June. They  shared their experience of retiring and relocating from the States to Aix-En-Provence in the south of France.Continue reading “Taking Root In Provence – France Book Tours”

Monday … how’s it going for you?

Happy Monday everyone! I returned to Toronto from Atlanta last evening, after a two-hour delay during which the forces of nature presented a spectacular thunder and lightning/son et lumière exhibition, viewed through the massive windows of the airport terminal. The RWA2013 National Conference which I attended for 5 days was a fine experience in everyContinue reading “Monday … how’s it going for you?”

Thanks to the Canadian Authors Association!

From Wednesday evening last week and through the weekend, the Canadian Authors Association hosted CanWrite! 2013. It’s the kind of event every writer should have an opportunity to experience from time to time. Writers attended from across Canada: networking, exchanging ideas, writing together, chatting, debating, empathizing, laughing. All good stuff. As well as challenging andContinue reading “Thanks to the Canadian Authors Association!”

Be a Possibilitarian!

The first time I recall seeing the word was on author Amber West’s fabulous blog “A Day Without Sushi” which I follow regularly. She displayed this poster and the word  possibilitarian struck a chord that has resonated with me ever since.  (We have never been able to figure out where this graphic originated. So if anyone knows,Continue reading “Be a Possibilitarian!”

Ready, set, go!

Get out the fireworks, noisemakers, and pots and pans or just snuggle up on the couch with the tv tuned to the Rockin’ NYE show in Times Square … *a toast to Dick Clark’s memory* … . whatever works for you! Celebrate all the good memories of 2012, move on from the not so goodContinue reading “Ready, set, go!”

Pinch me!

If it’s Friday, it must be France … Ooops – I’m late again  – I know it’s Saturday, but we have company and I’m attempting to sneak this post in while still being a somewhat gracious hostess. Good thing we have understanding friends who realize writing and blogging are  consuming my life  somewhat distracting at times. WhatContinue reading “Pinch me!”

Nicky Wells is rockin’ the blog!

Author Nicky Wells has beamed herself over from the UK to pay a visit to my blog today.  Like the rock stars she writes about, Nicky is on tour! There is much to celebrate with the current release of Sophie’s Turn by her new publisher Sapphire Star. A romantic comedy, this is the first volumeContinue reading “Nicky Wells is rockin’ the blog!”


The word for the new WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE on the Daily Post  is “foreign”.  Here’s how they set up the challenge. “While foreign (rightly so) often brings up images of things outside of your own nation, it can also apply to things outside of or different from your normal environment, or even something which isContinue reading “WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: FOREIGN”