Monday, October 24, 2016

You're How Old?

I spotted this online:
2014 Romance Book Buyer Report | Nielsen and RWARomance buyers have gotten younger, with an average buyer age of nearly 48 in 2010 declining to almost 44 in 2013, and dropping further to 42 in early 2014. 
Not sure what to think about this. Are most of our romance readers over 40?
It got me thinking. How old are my readers?
 Do I see my reader when I'm writing my books?

The last few months for multiple reasons have been a challenge but life appears to be  getting back to normal and I'm focusing on my writing again. Yeah!
I think this is a good time to look at my books and "see" my reader when I plan a book. I'm hoping this will make a better book and more focused for my readers.
What do you think about the age of romance readers? Do you write for a certain age group?

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Gobble, Gobble in Canada

I said I was going to post on the Canadian Thanksgiving. I’m a few days late, but at least I’m back blogging. I missed everyone and your comments.
The Canadian Thanksgiving occurs on the second Monday in October every year. It was officially proclaimed by the Canadian government on Thursday, January 31st, 1957. A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.

It is a statutory holiday in all the Canadian provinces except Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, where it is an optional holiday.
It also coincides with the American Columbus Day and the English and European Harvest festival. And like the Americans we also have football games and parades in some area, on the day. It’s a three-day weekend and family do travel to be together. The standard fare includes turkey or ham, (and sometimes both. The sides usually include dressing, pork sausage cooked in the turkey neck, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts and pumpkin pie for dessert. Not sure how that menu compares to the American thanksgiving dinner.
I am thinking about the day and how much I had to be thankful for. My health, my sweet husband, my friends, my writing, my ability to enjoy a beautiful fall day, taste that wonderful turkey dinner and listen to beautiful music. I'm also thankful to be a Canadian and this year I am thankful to be living in Medicine Hat. My move here brought me close to family so I am cooking the turkey dinner for family this year.  

Anyone want to share what they're thankful for? Or maybe compare menus?
Happy Columbus Day to all my American friends.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Have You Moved Recently?

I apologize to everyone. I didn’t’ drop off the edge of the earth, but it feels like it.

We’ve moved, as I mentioned a while ago. We’ve been in the new house almost 3 weeks.

Since the furniture arrived we’ve had the whole upstairs painted and we’ve replaced the carpet in two bedrooms – one will now be my office. This meant all the furniture had to be in the middle of the room with at least 3 feet around the edge and then the furniture had to be completely out of the rooms. And today I found out that also meant my clothes had to be out of the walk-in closet. Half our stuff is still in boxes and I can’t find anything. And this weekend is our Thanksgiving (and going to blog on that tomorrow) and I’m cooking Thanksgiving dinner in our new house – with an oven I’m not sure how it cooks. But we’ll be with family so that’s the most important thing.

With everything in boxes and continuous interruptions I haven’t been blogging, and I apologize. I haven’t been writing either, which is even more upsetting, and I have a book I want to get published this year.  I think I’m close to getting back on track and back to writing and blogging. Hopefully this is the start of getting back into a routine.

I feel like life has been upside down for the last seven months. And that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Anyone else feel like moving is a story from hell?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Do You Have Unusual Writing Practices?

I love our Round Rhobin and once again Rhobin has chosen an interesting topic.
What writing practices do you have that you think are eccentric or at least never mentioned, but you find helpful?

I’m not sure I have eccentric practices. I do my research wherever the opportunity arises. We were in Puerto Rico once, n a sports bar and the owner joined us and was giving the history of the bar and I immediately grabbed several napkins and started to write notes because it was interesting.
I have the TV on in the background, on mindless programs or sports, while I write. I don’t watch it but I like the company and I can write more that way.

I keep a pen, with a light, beside my bed because some of my best thoughts, ideas, and organizational things come to me in the morning, just before I wake up and I roll over and write the ideas and then go back to sleep. (Most times I can read my notes, but not always. Still it will jog my memory)
I’m looking forward to seeing what weird things other authors do. Check them out with me at:

Skye Taylor
A.J. Maguire
Dr. Bob Rich

Rachael Kosinski
Anne Stenhouse
Connie Vines
Helena Fairfax
Victoria Chatham
Margaret Fieland
Rhobin Courtright

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

On The Road Again

I posted we sold and I can't believe how busy we've been since. Obviously since I haven't been blogging.
I can't believe the stress in all this - as you've heard me whining about.  Even with all the sorting and purging and prepacking and storing stuff in a storage unit we had a lot of packing to do, 3 cars to sell because you don't transfer an older car across provinces. They don't usually pass the inspection stations. Got it all done and cleaned the house - exhausted.
Then we headed to Alberta in our motorhome with our two dogs and lots of boxes. We've just arrived and get our new house keys tomorrow and start to get organized here. I don't have wifi or internet so I have to find places. Hopefully I'll have it soon - and maybe start to get back to normal.

Thanks to everyone for your good wishes on our move.
And I've promised people to send picture of our new house once we get in so I'll post a few here as well.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sold and Moving

As you can see I’m way behind on my blogs.  Since I last blogged and we sold, the conditions were removed and we drove to Medicine Hat where we bought a house, got insurance, checked out a few things and drove home. Now we’re packing and still purging like mad. We have the movers coming in 5 days. We’re selling out vehicles and my writing is limited to a few words a day. The picture is our new house. We’re downsizing and my husband is thrilled with the no maintenance yard.
I‘ve fit in a couple of lunches and dinners with friends I may not see again or not for a long while. And I haven’t heard anything back from the agent I sent my 100 pages to. We are out of our house on the road on the 8th Have a great long weekend.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday Tips and Tweaks: Judy Penz Sheluk

This week author Judy Penz Sheluk joins us with her tip on writing. Judy’s debut mystery novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, was published in July 2015. Skeletons in the Attic, the first book in her Marketville Mystery Series, was published in August 2016.
Judy’s short crime fiction appears in World Enough and Crime, The Whole She-Bang 2, Flash and Bang and Live Free or Tri.
Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, International Thriller Writers and the Short Mystery Fiction Society.
Tips On Writing
Make time to write every day. The writing muscle is like any other muscle; the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes.
If you exercise regularly, you know the truth of this statement. Exercise regularly and you start to feel better. Stronger. Suddenly, you’re making better food choices. You’re parking as far away from the mall entrance as you can, instead of circling around the wheelchair accessible parking, looking for a spot right next to it. You’re in control and proud of it.
You also know that a couple of days off can lead to a week off, which can lead to a month off…and before you know it, you’re sitting on the couch, eating junk food, watching reality TV, and feeling sorry for yourself. What the heck happened to that buff-body-in-progress?
The same thing can happen with writing. As long as you’re writing every day—even if it’s just for thirty minutes—you’ve got a work-in-progress. Maybe it isn’t perfect, maybe it’s not even very good…but as every day goes by, it gets better, easier. It becomes something to look forward to, instead of something to avoid. It becomes part of your daily routine.
You don’t have to start big. Even marathon runners start with that first mile and gradually add more distance every week. Writing is no different. Think of it as a word marathon and don’t forget to enjoy the journey!

Judy’s latest release is Skeletons in the Attic, the first book in the Marketville Mysteries:
What goes on behind closed doors doesn’t always stay there…
Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn’t surprised to learn she’s the sole beneficiary of her late father’s estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville—a house she didn’t know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie’s inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother’s murder.
Callie’s not keen on dredging up a thirty-year-old mystery, but if she doesn’t do it, there’s a scheming psychic named Misty Rivers who is more than happy to expose the Barnstable family secrets. Determined to thwart Misty and fulfill her father’s wishes, Callie accepts the challenge. But is she ready to face the skeletons hidden in the attic?

Leith Hampton placed the will in front of him, smoothing an invisible crease with a well-manicured hand, the nails showing evidence of a vigorous buffing. I wondered what kind of man went in for a mani-pedi—I was surmising on the pedi—and decided it was the kind of man who billed his services out for five hundred dollars an hour.
He cleared his throat and stared at me with those intense blue eyes. “Are you sure you’re ready, Calamity? I know how close you were to your father.”
I flinched at the Calamity. Folks called me Callie or they didn’t call me at all. Only my dad had been allowed to call me Calamity, and even then only when he was seriously annoyed with me, and never in public. It was a deal we’d made back in elementary school. Kids can be cruel enough without the added incentive of a name like Calamity.
As for being ready, I’d been ready for the past ninety-plus minutes. I’d been ready since I first got the call telling me my father had been involved in an unfortunate occupational accident. That’s how the detached voice on the other end of the phone had put it. An unfortunate occupational accident.
I knew at some point I’d have to face the fact that my dad wasn’t coming back, that we’d never again argue over politics or share a laugh while watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory. Knew that one day I’d sit down and have a good long cry, but right now wasn’t the time, and this certainly wasn’t the place. I’d long ago learned to store my feelings into carefully constructed compartments. I leveled Leith with a dry-eyed stare and nodded.
“I’m ready.”

Find Judy on her website/blog at, where she interviews other authors and blogs about the writing life.
Find Skeletons in the Attic:

Thanks Judy for dropping by and sharing that great writing tip.