Archive for March, 2009

In Calgary

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

I did a bit of a road trip, stopping in Red Deer overnight. Most people drive through the 300km between the cities but I like to stay overnight in Red deer and maybe do a bit of business. I guess I’ve decided to take the slow road more often; it’s safer, more relaxing and gives me a chance to stay in a motel and do some laptop work. I also use the time to do some writing and work on a couple of new story ideas.

But I’m now in Calgary, visiting my oldest son and his family. Benjamin is now 16 months and is running around, exploring anything he can get his hands on. He is a lot of fun to watch. Natalie and David really enjoy playing with him.

I’m also here in Calgary to do a book signing at Chapters in the Chinook Centre. This is my first book signing in Calgary and I’m wondering about the reception I’ll get as a writer from Edmonton. Last night I went to a bar with David to watch the Oilers play and a few patrons made it known they did not like Edmonton at all. Just friendly jabs at our playoff hopes but I’m guessing not the type of person to buy my book.

As far as my writing is concerned I’m working on the third book of the Castle trilogy and doing some work on a new series. I’m waiting for the edits for the first books of the series and depending on the input of the editor, it may change the third book slightly. Maybe a lot.

This past week also saw the return of two people. Wendy-Anna has returned to Midnight Showcase and I was concerned about her as she seemed to just drop of sight. I wasn’t the only one happy to see her reappearance judging by the number of emails welcoming her back. Shannon also returned to Calgary after travelling around the world for several months. I had lunch with her and she has many interesting stories to tell.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. 

Busy month

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

It’s been a busy month. Between my wine business and writing I don’t have much free time. I’m not complaining- it’s been fun. Sales for my wine has been higher than expected. Unfortuately I’ve had fewer samples left over as my customers want a second taste.

Last month a young lady left a note on my car saying she had damaged my bumper. She left her name and number. So I want to say thank you to her and anyone else who have left a note taking responsibility of their mistake. Sara, you’re helping making the world a better place. You can always look in the mirror and feel good about yourself.

I had lunch recently with Nick Lees, who writes for the Edmonton Journal. He has had a fascinating life,and it’s certainly far from over. I told him he should write a book about some of the things he’s done, though a lot of people wouldn’t believe it was true. He is currently planning to do a bike ride over the Rocky Mountains and I’m sure he’ll succeed in that as well.

My wife and I had a great visit with our oldest son David and his family. His son is 15 months old. Smart little guy but his favourite song to dance to is Womanizer. Better keep an eye on him. We left Calgary on Friday and are glad we did. Lots of snow hit today and I’m not much for driving on highways with ice and snow.

Today I’m doing a book signing at Chapters in West Edmonton Mall. It should be fun. I know the staff at the Starbucks located in the bookstore and will have chance to say hello to them- maybe even get a free cup of coffee! (I’ll trade them a fine bookmark for a tall java).

Have a great weekend.