March 28, 2017: A Quiet Roar manuscript is being proofread today in preparation for going to the printer March 31st. This is very exciting for me.
April 4, 2017: A Quiet Roar is available for pre-order online on the Amazon website. It is listed at just over $20.
April 6, 2017: In the late '90s someone recommended I read Sharon Butala's The Perfection of the Morning. It was a life-changing read. It also turned out to be a #1 National Bestseller. The book not only inspired me to write my own memoir eventually, it opened my eyes to the possibility of writing about Nature as a character and as a profound influence in one's life.
April 10, 2017:
He wrote: I am an Indian Chief and my people are threatened by starvation. The white men have taken all the land and all the fish. A vast country was ours. It is all gone. The noise of the threshing machine and the wagon has frightened the deer and the beaver. We have nothing to eat. My people are sick. All the Indians from Canoe Creek to the headwaters of the Fraser say, “William is an old woman. He sleeps and starves in silence.” I am old and feeble and my authority diminishes every day. I am sorely puzzled. I do not know what I say next week when the chiefs are assembled in a council. A war with the white man will end in our destruction, but death in war is not so bad as death by starvation.”
April 30, 2017: I found this meditation this morning on the Henri Nouwen site online and it really made me think: The great paradox of life is that those who lose their lives will gain them. That is so true of people who suffer from MS. I must remember this as I struggle to get back on my feet after my latest bout with neuralgia, the bout that planted me squarely back in the wheelchair. As I've lost my physical life, ie running and moving freely, I've gained so much more in my mental life. I've written a book, found new friends and learned so much about how rich a quiet life of the mind can be.
May 3, 2017: My awesome publisher is starting to line up a book tour for me for A Quiet Roar. The book is leaving the printers as I type this.
May 10, 2017: I'll be in 100 Mile House at Nuthatch Books on May 24th 11:00am - 2:00pm doing a reading and book-signing for A Quiet Roar. I hope to see many people there. This is a neat bookstore and they carry a lot of great titles.
May 11, 2017: Schedule change: I'll be in 100 Mile House signing books at Nuthatch Bookstore on May 31st from 11 - 2, NOT May 24th.
May 15, 2017: I'll be in Quesnel signing books at Books & Co on June 1st, 10 - 2 and in Prince George signing books at Books & Co on June 2nd 10 - 2. I hope to see lots of new friends there.
May 17, 2017: Early sales of A Quiet Roar are going well. The book is flying off the shelves at Amazon.com and in real-life bookstores.
May 19, 2017: Reading a wonderful book today by Caroline Myss: the Anatomy of Spirit. For anyone interested in holistic therapies and energy healing- I highly recommend this!
May 22, 2017: Tomorrow morning (May 23rd, 9:00) I'll be calling Radio NL in Kamloops for an interview with host Jim about A Quiet Roar.
May 23, 2017: Well, that was a nerve-wracking interview! However, I think it went well. I was able to answer all of Jim's questions about the book and even some about Liberation Therapy. Tomorrow I am at the Open Book in Williams Lake, doing a book launch and signing. Yesterday I did an interview with the 100 Mile Free Press in preparation for next weeks book lauch there at Nuthatch Books.
Change to book tour schedule: June 6th in Kamloops NOT June 8th.
May 25, 2017: That was a great book launch last night at the Open Book in Williams Lake. Thanks so much to all who came out. It was fun!
May 30, 2017: I just answered a bunch of questions for a write-up on the book in MS News Today. This book of mine is getting good coverage in other publications. Tara Sprickerhoff wrote a great article on it in the 100 Mile Free Press, Gaeil Farrar has written wonderful stuff for the Williams Lake Tribune, the MS Newsletter has been promoting the heck out of this book...If you're in 100 Mile House tomorrow between 11 - 2, come see me at Nuthatch Books where I'll be doing a reading and signing books.
September 19, 2017: back home from Victoria, working away on my next book which is tentatively titled The Reluctant Racist and trying not to be distracted by the gorgeous autumn view outside my windows.
September 26, 2017: I received a lovely fan letter today from a reader of A Quiet Roar.
October 3, 2017: my membership application to The Writers' Union of Canada was accepted today. How cool is that?
October 11, 2017: I will be selling books, doing a reading, and book signings at the Tourism Discovery Centre's Made in the Cariboo Craft Fair on November 18th from 10 - 3pm. Come and visit the Fair and do your Christmas Shopping in Williams Lake.
October 14, 2017:
Head down and writing A LOT these days. Working on my newest novel, tentatively titled The Reluctant Racist. And yes, that IS wine in the picture. OK it's 2 bottles but one was for Lexie.
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Williams Lake Book Launch May 24, 2017 at the Open Book.
Book signing at Nuthatch Books in 100 Mile House
Fan Letter = lovely pick-me-up