Archive for May, 2010

brain dead

Friday, May 21st, 2010

I’m suffering greatly. I’m doing my year end business tax and slowly I can feel my brain cells die from too much exertion. I’m not used to thinking- haven’t found a need for it in a long time- but now I’m forced back to using my head. I have a question for those businesses that use thermal fax paper for receipts. Have any of you thought how hard it is to read them after they have been stored for a few months? I gave up on a few and just guessed what the numbers were. Uh, please ignor that statement if you work for Revenue Canada.

Writing; Well as you may guess I haven’t done much of that. I have read a couple of book recently, both mysteries. “Dead Man’s Footsteps” by Peter James is an excellent mystery. Well worth the read. “Second Opinion” by Michael Palmer is not bad, but a car crash scene is just not believable. I actually wrote to the author pointing out the problem. His reply was not kind, a bit personal actually. I promise you if you ever write to me about a flaw in my stories I will not be upset with you and will thank you for pointing it out.

My wife Lorrie is coaching dragon boat teams and seems to be enjoying it. I go down to river valley with her and take a walk around the trails. It gives me a chance to relax and think of what I should be writing next, or finding a way to make the plot better in a story. I received a couple of good reviews for my dragon boat story. One was Dragon Boat World International Magazine that concluded “definitely recommends this book to our readers.” I do like the cover of the book. I know you can’t judge a book by it’s cover but I thought the artist did a great job. Even if you don’t like to read, you should buy the book just for its cover  🙂


Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

I was reminded the difference between men and women the other day when I was shopping with my wife. We were looking at greeting cards and looked in different parts of the store. I picked out two cards in 4 minutes and 27 seconds. I checked with Laurie who held five cards in one hand while looking at another. It turns out she found a suitable card but continued to look at cards in case there was a better one. How odd. I find a card I like annd that’s it. End of task. Go to checkout. But not her. I think that’s the problem, if I may say so, with women. They’re never satisfied with what they have, believing there is a better one available. It’s a wonder why she ever married me.

That greeting card incident reminds me to careful in my writing when writing about the actions of someone else. Everyone has different motivations and women do look at the world different then men. When writing about a woman considering course of action I try not to use logic as the next step. Of course men have faults too- darn if I know what they are though. Maybe Laurie will enlighten me.

I had an interview done by Coffee Time. If you want to read more about my devious life, follow the link.

Have a good week