Showing posts with label Careann's Musings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Careann's Musings. Show all posts

Monday, April 30, 2012


You can't tell unless you look closely, but the ice is so clear it's almost invisible. But it's there. No, it's not going away fast enough. Someone was so anxious to get out on the water yesterday, that they were spotted boating along the edge where the water's open. I'm not that brave. I'd get out there and the wind would come up and shift the ice. There's a lot of power behind its weight. I keep imagining me shoved to the beach, crushed under the ice folding on top of me.

I know. Silly.

I have other fears associated with the ice. Our first few winters here, in the early 90s, I often dreamed about a grandchild caught under the ice. I'd race after them, digging at the surface with my fingernails. The worst part was the look on their face when they realized I was losing the battle.

And then one evening we had neighbours over for dinner. When I confessed my fear to the woman, she suggested something very simple. She said that the next time I was stuck in this nightmare, I should lift the axe I was carrying and break through the ice and save my loved one.

I did. And I never had that nightmare again.

Here's everyone's guesses on when the ice will go:

    April 27 - Carrie Butler
    April 28 - Susanne Drazic, Amanda Borenstadt
    April 29 - Adriana Ryan
    May 1 - Laurel-Rain Snow
    May 3 - Susan H.
    May 5 - Suzanne de Montigny
    May 8 - Alina Niemi
    May 11 - Carol Garvin
    May 12 - Kittie Howard
    May 16 - Stacy Green

Carrie, Susanne, Amanda, and Adriana, honestly, nobody's more surprised than me that the ice hasn't melted yet. In 20 years, I think the latest was May 3rd. 

 The trees are sprouting!
By way of Careann's Musings blog, I stopped by for Catherine Knutsson's guest post on why she writes. Catherine's reasons for writing aren't my reasons, but they did make me stop to question why I choose to write. Because it is a choice, even though most of us feel controlled by the impulse.

So, why do I write?

I'm going to think about it and get back to you.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Broken But Not Dead, book tour highlights, pt 1

I'd like to share my recent book tour with you for two reasons. One, because I want those of you who haven't had one -- yet -- to know what they can be like. And two, because if you have done one, I hope we can compare notes after I've finished the installments.

I spent ten days prior to leaving setting up dates at ever venue available. That meant a lot of phone conversations with some very nice people; although having it on the July long weekend made things more difficult.

After I was packed and the house was semi-clean, I left at 9:30 on Sunday June 26th and drove straight through to Kelowna. Eight and a half hours later, within blocks of my destination, I got lost. I ended up driving over the bridge toward Westbank, spotted the circle, then headed back. I understand now why the locals call it a stupid circle.

The next morning, friends, who used to live in Cluculz Lake, picked me up for breakfast. I hadn't seen Val and Bob for some time, so we had a lot to catch up on. Coming from quiet Cluculz Lake, my first question was how did they cope in the big city of Kelowna? They sold their condo and moved to Keremeos.

I should have taken their photograph. I guess I was more tired than I realized.

I snuck this from Val's facebook

After lunch Carol Garvin and her dear husband Bob stopped by. They'd driven from their son's home in Armstrong just to meet me. Their granddaughter was graduating the next day, so they drove back afterward. Almost three years ago, I'd found the link to Carol's blog on the BC Federation members webpage and have been an active follower ever since. Carol is a lovely, wise, gentle woman. Meeting you, Carol was a honour.

I snuck this photo off Facebook too. I know, I'm bad. But aren't they adorable!

If you haven't checked out Carol's blog, you're missing something. Her photos and her writing are extraordinary. Read a few of her blogs entries, and you'll understand exactly what I mean. Carol is a  gifted writer.

Me & Carol

The next morning, June 28th, my best friend since high school, (10 years ago... okay 45!) Judi Broadhurst Geib took the day off work from Interior Health and went with me to meet my publisher. Lucky for me, Judi lives only an hour away. If asked, she'll tell you her job is to follow me around like a puppy dog, but the truth is, I couldn't do this without her. And frankly, I refuse to.

Have you seen the poster of Lucy and Ethel that reads: Friends Forever..? At the bottom it says: Because you know all my secrets! Haha, that's me and Judi.

While I sat and signed some copies of Broken but not Dead for my publisher, Judi snapped several pictures. 
"Smile, smile!" she ordered. Did I mention she's also bossy?

I know I made light of it at the moment, but holding my novel for the first time made me very happy.

After I was finished signing copies, Ann Doyon took shots of me signing, sitting, standing in the great room at En'owkin, standing in front of the foliage outside. Yes, I felt like a cross between a visiting aunt and a celebrity. Celebrity aunt?  I'd waited a long time for someone to tell me I was a good enough writer to publish. That kind of acknowledgment is hard to beat. 

On our way back to Kelowna, we stopped at Hooked on Books to drop off a poster for my signing in two days. As we were walking out, Judi spotted my books on the top shelf. If you look closely at the photo below, you'll see a copy of Dead Witness (tree) on the left and Broken but not Dead (red binding) on the right. That stunned expression on my face is me trying to digest what's happening. Talk about surreal. It was Judi's who made me pose for a picture. Told you she was bossy.

...Remember the time you went to your aunt's and she made you sit through a two-hour slide-show? That's it for today, folks. Part two should be up in a few days.

--Happy Book Touring

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


I'm honoured to accept the Inspiration Award by a great blogger and all round inspirational guy, Klahanie, A Man Challenging His 'Inner Critic'. Gary. Thank you.

Here are the rules :

1.  Thank and link back to the person who awarded this to you.
2.  Link posts by you and ten fellow bloggers you find inspirational.
3.  Forward the award to those ten fellow bloggers.

If you don't know klahanie's blog, you're missing something quite wonderful. Gary's located far, far away in a distant land of kings and queens, and the soon-to-be-married Will and Kate. Yes, the UK. Gary may be best known as the proud owner of Penny the Jack Russell and modest internet star, but he's also the source of wonderful satire, beautiful photographs, and words to inner peace. In plain English, Gary's blog is topnotch.

I love that I'm not only able to share these 10 inspiring bloggers, but by including a specific link, I get to show you why they're so worthy of this award. 

1. Carol J. Garvin's Careann's Musings is about being a writer, a Christian, a Canadian. Carol is driven to being the best person she can be. Her blog inspires me. Besides posts supporting writers, authors, she connects God's scriptures link to everyday life. She also shares the most breathtaking photos of BC's lower mainland, including  IN THE STILLNESS OF THE NIGHT.

2. In one of her many blogs, Pat Bertram writes about surviving grief. The rest of the time she helps many struggling writers by showing what's important to our craft. Her post ON WRITING: Tell, Don't Show is a must-read for any writer. Pat's love of our craft is inspiring.

3. Amanda Borenstadt, a wife and mommy, inspires my nurturing self. Her post GIVE YOUR CHARACTERS CHARACTER is a knockdown perspective on what so many writers forget to add in their scenes.Way to go, Amanda.

4. One of my favourite writers, Christopher Hoare captures the essence of what it means to be a courageous, honourable woman in his Isklander series. Chris' creates female protagonists that honour women as the heroic and fallible creatures they are. I love that. A generally serious guy, he lightens things up in his post on ODD NAMES.

5. On Anita F. Stewart's blog, you're sure to find the review you've been waiting for. Anita showcases novels from all genres. She never fails to inspire me by her astute take on story, structure and characters.  CONFESSIONS OF A NEWBIE SCI-FI WRITER, is just one of hundreds of her excellent guest spots.

6. Carole Anne Carr, The Adventures of a Children's Author, (introduced me to klahanie) writes the most delightful children stories. Her characters are mavericks, adventurers, characters living extraordinary lives in all era's. Carole is a generous soul. In this post, she offers the services of her editor Neil Fein.

7. PFEIFFER PFILMS AND MEG MOVIES, A Small Cinema in Bellagio is the gem child of Paul S. Paul loves Michelle Pfeiffer and Meg Ryan. There's something very special about Michelle and Meg, and Paul captures their essence in every single post. His enthusiasm for these two amazing women inspires me. Paul understands human nature and nicely illustrates why we are captivated by these two. FRENCH KILL AND A FEW OTHERS... wonderful.

8. You can't check out all these wonderful bloggers without stopping off to see some pirates. Jaxpop, Haunted City Writer promises the latest news of the Jack Rackham Adventures, plus so much more. Dave Ebright writes for kids, simple as that. Every time I read his blog, I reminded how the wonders of childhood. But there's much more than just that. His visit to Key West was awesome. HEMINGWAY'S FAVORITE CATHOUSE.

9. I met Martha Engber on my writer's list. I read one of her unfinished manuscripts. That prompted me to buy her book: Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up. That prompted me to buy her novel: The Wind Thief. Her writing is outstanding. When I'm feeling dry, I open The Wind Thief to a random page, read, then get back to work. Martha Engber, you are inspiring! Here's one of her many great articles:  TO LEARN: READ A BOOK LIKE THE ONE YOU'RE WRITING.

10. I can't say enough about KATT'S KOMMENTS. Kathryn Neff Perry is one of those people you love instantly. She's kind, sweet, honourable, and gifted. I bet her heart shines from space. I bet its sparkle is the size of Texas. Read any of her posts and I'm sure you'll agree. ONLY A MOMENT

ps. I would have listed Vicki's blog if she had one!!! <hint>

Okay, now for the hard part. I'm a mother, author, friend. But really that covers half the writers I know. What sets me apart? I haven't a clue. Except maybe that I'm continuing questioning everything. Apparently I started young and almost drove my parents nuts. At the end, I think this quote will fit me best: The older I got the more I realized there was no much more I had to know.

Here's a tidbit of who I am: SELF-PUBLISHING YOU SAY?

Saturday, April 3, 2010


I'm very pleased to announce that I've been awarded the Beautiful Blog Award by Anita of  A.F. Stewart's Blog. Anita is a talented fantasy writer from one of my favourite places on earth: Nova Scotia. Please stop by and pay her a visit. Thank you, Anita.

The rules are simple, copy the logo, choose those blogs that you find most beautiful, (sometimes that means words alone) and link back to the one who chose you. Here's my list. Please stop by when you can. I struggled to keep it under 10. Those of you who aren't mentioned, I knew you'd be chosen by someone else, if not already.

1. Cafe of Dreams

2. Klahanie

3. Careann's Musings

4. Katt's Komments

5. Carole Anne Carr

6. Lilacs and Dreams

7. Moonbeams and Rainbows

8. Whisper Softly and Cry Aloud.

9. The Point of the Whole Thing

10. Julie's Quest

Please do visit these blogs. You'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


In recognition of BC hosting the Olympics, here's a beautifully narrated video I first saw on Shari's blog. Please do check out Canadian writer Shari Green. She writes teen fiction, dabbles in Teaser Tuesday, and has the grand distinction of being Carol J. Garvin's daughter. Thank you for bringing this video to our attention, Shari. I came away feeling very patriotic. Tom Brokaw's primary reason was to explain Canada to his fellow Americans, but I can't help wondering if our young know all this stuff.

Yay Canada!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010


I've been presented the Sunshine Award for inspiring bloggers by fellow blogger Cher Green. Thank you, Cher. I love awards and being nominated is a surprise and a big treat. I love the chance to thank those bloggers who have come before me and to celebrate a new list with you.

The rules for accepting the Sunshine Award are:
- Put the logo on your blog or within your post.
- Pass the award onto 12 bloggers.
- Link the nominees within your post.
- Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
- Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

These are 12 blog sites that stand out as the altimate place to go for sunshine and knowledge. Thank you, everyone. I hope you enjoy your award as much as I enjoy your blogs.

Careann's Musings - Carol Garvin

JaxPop - Dave Elbright

Katts Komments - Kathryn Neff Perry

Kim Smith

Christopher Hoare

A.F. Stewart

Marta Stephens

Children's Books at the Cake and Custard - Carole Anne Carr

Meg Westley

Christine Hart

Bronzeword Latino Authors - JoAnn Yolanda Hernandez

Pat Brown

Bertram's Blog - Pat Bertram

Thank you for always inspiring me.

--Happy Sunshine