Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Stars Align

A busy fun day ahead as my youngest daughter Julia and I prepare to host a wedding shower for my oldest daughter Lisa. We've had our fingers crossed all week for good weather today and the luck is with us - 23 degrees C, sunny and no humidity. We'll be setting up in the backyard and making good use of Ted's new deck. He's been working at this project non-stop for days so a gift really to have it ready for the party.

I've been incredibly busy with writing and writing tasks. I spent several hours drafting a synopsis for the third Stonechild and Rouleau (the manuscript I'm currently working on) and submitted it to Dundurn along with the first chapters on Tuesday, which I also spent time editing.

Thursday was a lunchtime signing at Perfect Books, which is a brisk walk from my office.  Patrick Walton, colleague and friend, came along and shot some photos for me to post. So here are a few:

If you are in downtown Ottawa, be sure to drop in this lovely store (Elgin and Somerset), which has a marvellous selection of books, including a very good mystery section, and a staff that knows its books and can recommend or special order. I'm going to head back to pick up some books, just as soon as I make headway on my current reading pile.

Pat, Grass Roots Press publisher, has asked me to write some chapter questions for adult learners to go with To Keep A Secret, third in the Anna Sweet series and coming out in September. I have until the end of July. A fourth manuscript for this series is due in the fall so my projects are starting to line up.
But today is a beautiful day and it's time to celebrate the summer solstice, the first day of summer and, of course, our daughter's upcoming wedding.
Life is good :-)