Archive for March, 2008

New Zealand

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

I’ve been in New Zealand for the past few weeks and really enjoying my stay here with my wife Laurie. We traveled from Auckland to the south island and enjoyed the scenery and the weather. My visit here was to find wineries interested in exporting their wine to Alberta and I have found several quality candidates.

I have also had time to write and am currently working on a new short story. The words are flowing rather well and so is the wine. This is a romance story, though I’m not sure how I’ll end it yet. In any case the working title is The Princess of Time.

I also did a bit of reading and just finished a science fiction book called Seeker by Jack McDevitt. Good story telling and I like how to conserves words.

The vacation time ends here soon and I have to decide which wines I want to include in my portfolio back in Alberta. I also have to finish up the short story, edit and send it in.  All this while soaking up the sun and the wine. Cheers!

New Zealand

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

We finally arrived in New Zealand, despite’s Air Canada’s efforts to the contrary.  Incredible how rude some of their personnel can be- absolutely refusing to assist us in some cases.

The weather here is wonderful and it’s nice to go outside without a coat on. I will also be able to do some writing, in fact I’ve started on a new story. I have the title, a vague plot and the first page done. Bethany at Samhain suggested I write a romance story so I’ll give it a go.

I’m reading a book on how to be a better writer and will try apply some of what I’ve learned to the new story. The danger is that I might second guess everything I write and get nothing done. Still, if I want to improve my writing I best think a bit as I write.

I ended up going to a shopping mall with my wife and two of her girlfriends.  Fortunately there was a Borders bookstore and I picked up a good sci/fi book (Seeker by McDevitt) and read while they shopped. By the way the price marked was $8US, $11Can and $21NZ.  Makes you wonder about the difference- the NZ$ is .80 American/Can. – and how they justify it. I shall read the book slowly knowing each word is worth twice as much back home.