Friday, June 29, 2012

Wanna Buy a House?

We finished the renovations on our home on Cluculz Lake and have finally listed it.

Doing so felt very similar to the first time I sent a manuscript to a publisher. Fingers crossed, sweaty brow, anxiety levels off the charts. As the days pass I'm learning to stay calm. The markets slow, but I have faith that someone somewhere will fall in love with our house. Then grandpa and I can move to New Brunswick and I can smother our little man with kisses every single day. Yes, I'm talking about our beautiful grandson, Blake, who is already an internet sensation. At least his other grandparents and we think so.

I know that seems a huge change to make just to kiss his little cheeks every day. Life is an adventure, and the old guy and me are ready. If you've been to the Maritime Provinces, you understand why. If you're a grandparent, then you totally get it. 

So... if you wanna live on a quiet lake, have I got the place for you. 

Early in our marriage, when we lived in the city, we used to drive around at night and look into people's front windows and imagine what it would be like to live there. I loved doing that. I still do. Maybe you do too? Hey--it's a great way to get decorating ideas.

The link below will take you to the MLS listing with all pertinent information. A glimpse into the lives of .... us.



All this talk about homes and space and atmosphere got me thinking about my new WIP and Pinterest. Alexander Sokoloff uses Pinterest to build emotional and thematic impact in her novels. I'm all for that. And pinning is exactly what I've been doing, finding the house, street, buildings, and faces that best build an image system for my current work in progress titled, (tenatively) ONE WRONG. 

I named my board Visual Aids for my Latest Manuscript.  Original, eh?

For example, here's what my protagonist Jason Sinclair looks like:


 I know! What a coincidence. Jason looks exactly like David Duchovny. Who knew. (Ignore the palm trees; there aren't any in Vancouver)

Here's the house he lives in: (minus the trees, plus there's a whole second floor) remember, the point is to help build an image system.


His office (English Department at University of British Columbia)


The street in Gastown (Vancouver) where his wife died:


The PI who helps Jason hunt her killer:

retired FBI agent Mike Canaday, AKA Davd Cubitt
What Pinterest has done is to reignite my enthusiasm for ONE WRONG. I'm not finished, in fact I'm about to enter the dreaded "middle" of the book, but... I'm excited about where the story is going. I haven't been excited or enthused for a while. Eight months to be exact.

Here's the front of Brigitte's store:


See what I mean? I could go on and on ... and get no writing done.

Which is my cue to get back to work.

Oh all right, just one more...


Jason's beloved wife, Brigitte Voisine Sinclair. She's already dead when the story opens. If they turn the book into a movie, I think Suleka Mathew would make a great Brigitte. That's her above.

Now it really is back to those chapters. Hope Pinterest helps you get over your dreaded "middle".

--happy editing.

38 comments :

  1. That's exactly why I'm afraid to start pinterest. I'm afraid it will suck up my already limited time.

    Good luck selling the house.

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    1. Normally, I'd agree. But this time it actually got me pumped. I'm writing as fast as my fingers can type. Love the feeling.

      Thanks for stopping by, SP.

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  2. Hey Joylene,
    Nice analogy. Renovations, manuscripts, editing. Blake, young dude and modest internet star!
    And hey, good advertising for your home. Speaking of Vancouver, this is a true story. My parents owned a fancy penthouse apartment in downtown Vancouver. They sold their penthouse to Kirk McLean, the goalie for the Canucks. My mother told me that a couple of Swedish guys were with him, but she didn't know their names...
    It seems, now that I have finally realised that "Pinterest" has nothing to do with acupuncture or voodoo dolls, that this has been an inspirational catalyst for you. All the best with your latest writing endeavour.
    Sorry to inform me, but there are a couple of palm trees in Stanley Park near the aquarium and a fair amount indoors at the Oakridge shopping mall :) Ignore me, Joylene.
    And my "dreaded middle" means I either need more exercise or I'd better loosen my belt!
    Your starstruck fan, Gary....

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    1. There are palm trees in Vancouver! Cuz of the rain??? About the middle ... I understand. If we were walking down the street toward each other, sounds like your middle and my middle would meet long before we did. Shish. Hugs to Penny!

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  3. There's nothing better than kissing those baby cheeks. I'd move too if I were you. Good luck on selling your house. It's beautiful and those views are gorgeous. BTW, I still love riding by and looking in people's windows. I like making story boards also. Love Jason....

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  4. Hope you sell your house soon. I'm a grandma, so I totally get it! And yes, I can see why he is an internet sensation. What a cutie! :)

    Thanks for sharing a glimpse at the pics for your WIP. I think it is a wonderful idea; I need to give this a try. Thanks for inspiring me!

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Karen

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  5. As I said on FB, your home and locale are exceptionally beautiful, and I love seeing the photos... but I'm not so sure I like the fact that you'll be moving. NB is a long way from BC! But then again, being long distance from all of my children and grandchildren, I do understand the pull to be closer.

    So glad you're feeling inspired these days and the inspiration is turning into momentum. Hooray for progress on a new story!! I seem to have had too many things on my plate this week and they keep shoving the novel writing into the background. "There's always tomorrow...."

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    1. I knew you'd understand, Carol. I'm going to miss the opportunity to see you at SWC. Darn. But the pull is strong. Thanks!

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  6. Good luck on the sale. We just sold our lake house in north Georgia - wheee!!! still excited after six weeks! - after taking it off the market in 2008 due to the bad economy and waiting a couple of years to try again. We closed a year and two months after we listed it this time. I think homes are selling but at about half what they did five or six years ago.

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    1. Fourteen months! Ouch. But you're right, the economy is slow in N/A right now. It'll pick up again. We sold our last house on the 1st day. I have to stop remembering that. It was 20 years ago. Just before everything started going up, up, up. Patience!

      Thanks, Cheryl, for the comment. I'm very happy for you. I know what you went through!

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  7. Oh, I wish I could buy your house. Living by a lake would be so lovely!

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  8. Once you move we'll be neighbours. Cool!

    I love of creating a board for your novel. Those things really work..

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  9. What an extraordinary use for Pinterest! I have been avoiding It because I know I could get lost on there for hours, but it may provide the inspiration I need. Thanks for sharing your experience. Good luck on selling your beautiful home. Perhaps it will be the setting of a novel one day as well.

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    1. Thanks, Mama! Yes, I can definitely see a novel taking place in this house.

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  10. Oh man, I'm droooooling!! If only you lived in South Carolina. :D I'm sure you'll have no problems selling that beauty, Joylene. The market's slow but not dead! :) (Also, I love David Duchovny!)

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    1. I sure hope so, Adriana. I miss our little man so much. Have a wonderful weekend, eh.

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  11. Oh no. I love the way you use. Pinterest. This may be the post that finally makes me try it. I'm a sucker for a good David Duchovny pic. Good luck with your writing and real estate endeavors.

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    1. Thanks, Leslie. Pinterest helped me choose the colours for our house. It's Pinterest that gave me the courage to paint our laundry room blue.

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  12. Oh my goodness! I ALMOST forgot what a fabulous writer you are! I LOVED this post. I totally understand why you want to move. He's not my grandson, but I want to kiss his precious little cheeks too!
    I've missed you Joy! I'm so glad to be HOME........
    Love you
    Katt

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    1. Hi Katt. Thanks! I know, Blake's just so cute. I can't wait to smother him in kisses.

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  13. Wow! Moving away at last! But can understand why. I know you are always busy but wondered if you would kindly feature my ebook free promotion giveaway, two children's books on your blog? for the 6th to 9th and the 12th to the 13th July please? Don't worry if that is a problem. Kind regards, Carole.

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    1. Of course I can, Carole. Send me the links and bookcovers. I'm excited for you. New ebooks!

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  14. I use Pinterest for my writing too. I have a board called Imagine where I put pics of places that inspire or intrigue me. I haven't put a board together which would be for one specific WIP but I may do that in the future. Nice to meet you! I'm a new follower. http://sherrilackey.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you, Sherri. It's great to meet. I appreciate you following. I've been to your site and am doing the same. Happy 4th!

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  15. Hi Joylene! Best wishes on a speedy sale of the house.

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  16. I have to giggle at folks who sell their homes, but first they have to fix it up for the new owners. Ummm....that means you don't get to enjoy your handiwork! Best wishes on finding the right person for your place. I will miss those gorgeous photos of the lake, but I completely understand wanting to be near your Blake. (Yes, I'm a grandma too.) I love, love, love Pinterest and am almost addicted to it as to FB. I think choosing all the images for your book could be helpful for your CA to design the book cover?

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    1. What an excellent idea, Janet. I never thought that all this pinning would be a big help to the cover artist. Thanks for sharing that! Hey, when I was working out of the house, I used to clean it before the cleaning lady arrived. Haha. I know!

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  17. Hello from IWSG. Nice to meet you. I've started using pinterest for each book I write. I agree that it helps with inspiration and visualization. Happy writing :)

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    1. Really nice to meet you, too, Kaye. Thanks for stopping by.

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  18. Wow. Huge changes in the works. Your house looks great. I'm sure a savvy buyer will snap it up soon. Wonderful to learn you're excited about a new novel. Lots of exciting news from you. WooHoo!

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    1. Thanks, Keith. I hope you're right because my fingers have been crossed so long they're no longer uncrossing. Ha. Best to you and your family, my buddy.

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    2. If I could just sell a few more thigns on EBay, then I might be able to swing buying a home in BC...

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  19. Very Nice blog.Thanks for sharing......

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