BFFs stories

Alright I’m trying another link and hope it works. If not, simply go to the Globe and Mail Life section and read the 8 Cousins article. Their time together sounds just like my Bridge Club reunions (post #3 – The BC in BC) and I’m sure many of you share the same kind of bonds with a group in your life. You may be young moms, school buddies, or a group that has come together through some common denominator. You may be of a certain age with decades of friendship and memories. If you have a good story, please share it with us here.

Happy Wednesday!

I like Wednesdays! Weekend recovery is complete and the pile of “to-do” stuff that was shifted from the previous week has been more or less (we won’t discuss that part) cleared away. Now it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming weekend!

I’m happy to report I’ve recovered from my social media meltdown … but can’t promise it won’t happen again. My gosh there’s SO much to learn and it’s all so time-consuming there’s barely time left for anything else. But I’m getting there … although the problem of the links on this site is still not resolved. I have better tech heads than mine attempting to sort it out.

I’m honoured to have been asked to do a reading at the Courtneypark Library at 6 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 29). If you are in the neighbourhood, do drop by.

Courtneypark Branch Library

Courtneypark Branch Library 730 Courtneypark Drive West
(Northeast corner of Mavis Road and Hwy 401)
Mississauga, ON
L5W 1L9


I have to go meditate … or something …

I mentioned a few posts ago that I might rant about my new experiences in the land of social media. I would do it right now but I can’t … I have to go find a quiet place and meditate or just some place where I can talk out loud to myself and no one will hear me or perhaps a padded room … I’m sure you are getting the picture …

It’s just that I’m feeling Facebooked, Twittered, etc, etc, etc to the point of distraction … really, the list is a mile – well, it feels like it …  it’s loooooooooong and I’m F R U S T R A T E D!!!  I’m sorry the links on my posts aren’t working … I’d really like to know why … and sometime soon I will, I promise. I’ll be able to do it all and I won’t have a meltdown like I am now.

After I finish doing one of the above (or maybe all of them), I’m going to watch the outcome of our beautiful city’s municipal election today and see which of the two terrible choices for mayor won. That should be a calming experience … right?

Really, I’ll be fine and – thankfully – tomorrow is another day. Can’t wait!

Thanks for listening. Namaste.

Canadian Authors Association

Canadian author Elizabeth Abbott was the guest speaker at the meeting of this association on Thursday, October 21. As well as giving the audience interesting background to her published novels, she spoke candidly on her writing process and experiences. Deftly fielding questions after her talk, her knowledge and insights were well-received. The Canadian Authors Association goes to great lengths to provide its members with informative evenings such as this the third Thursday of every month.Check out their website.


Myself and my good friend and fellow author, Patricia Caviglia with Elizabeth Abbott (middle).

Steve! Thanks for the photo!

A new role model

I know I said I was going to rant … er, I mean, write …  about social media on my next post, but this first .  I just read this article and wanted to share it. There are some good suggestions for everyone to put on their “to do” list. Enjoy! (Hope the link works, let me know if it doesn’t. Figuring out stuff like that is messing up my “to do” list at the moment!!!)

100 Candles on Her Next Cake, and Three R’s to Get Her There

Published: October 18, 2010

Wonderful article from the New York Times on some amazing people celebrating their one hundredth birthdays.

Writers and Editors Network (WEN) Toronto

On Saturday I attended my first breakfast meeting with this organization since I joined earlier in the summer. The energy in the room and interaction of the members was impressive as well as friendly and welcoming and a lot of good information was shared. Lucy Waverman, well-known Toronto cookbook author as well as newspaper columnist and food editor of the amazing LCBO Food and Drink magazine, was the guest speaker. As well as providing interesting information about writing cookbooks and testing recipes she spoke at length about the publishing world in general. She has seen a lot of changes in her career and noted how self-publishing appears to be the way of the future as traditional publishers struggle  to keep going. She stressed the importance of social media marketing – like it or not! More on that in my next post.

Check out Lucy’s website and bon appetit!

A very cool stranger

I love it when ‘stuff ‘ like this just happens. During the Bridge Club’s week on Vancouver Island we piled into our vehicles one morning – Bo driving 6 in the van, Barb with 4 in her car – to do the two-hour or so drive to Campbell River for lunch at Dick’s Fish and Chips. Nothing else would do! The first scenic stop was at Qualicum Beach. Gotta have a group photo … and before I know it, a gentlemen relaxing on a nearby bench has been recruited. He continues to smile as he is handed several cameras and proceeds to patiently complete the task. Wondering who we are, several of us chat with him for a few minutes, Barb takes a photo of the rest of us with him, someone hands him a postcard about the novel (the enthusiasm never waned) and off we went. Two days after I returned home, a polite e-mail (address from my website on the postcard) arrives from the Qualicum Beach ‘photographer’ asking if it is ok to contact me. Sure, I say, and thanks again for taking the great photo of us. Two more days pass and an e arrives from him containing a beautiful, lyrical, poem about his encounter with us. I forwarded it to the rest of the gang. We were all blown away. Thank you Qualicum Beach ‘photographer’ for making our brief stop that morning a very special memory forever. So cool!

On the shelf at The Book Mark!

The Book Mark, Toronto’s oldest independent bookseller, 2964 Bloor Street West, has The Bridge Club in their shop. I’ve posted some photos and want to thank them. I’m honoured and delighted.

The BC in BC

Okay, I’ve almost recovered from my ‘real-life’ Bridge Club’s week on Vancouver Island. I got back to Toronto a week ago today after seven days of perfect weather in Parksville, BC with the other nine members of our group.  I know, I know – a bridge club might have 8 members or 12 or any other component of groups of 4 but we’ve always been 10. Never mind! We spent time hiking, visiting local spots, eating, playing bridge, and laughing way too much. We were all very excited about The Bridge Club novel finally being published and postcards were enthusiastically handed out about the book as people kept asking us who were and what we were doing on the island. Somehow we just seem to attract attention. Thanks, ladies, for the wonderful reminder of the great friendship we share no matter how many miles separate us these days!

The Eagle has landed!

Holding my newly-published book in my hands was an incredibly exhilarating experience. In fact, I’m still not over it two weeks after the fact. Every time I look at a copy of the book and pick it up I feel such a rush of emotions I can hardly stand it! So for everyone who is working on something they wish to publish, I can only encourage you to keep at it. When you finally reach the point I am at, you will feel all the angst and hard work were worth it. I guarantee it!

Since The Bridge Club is a POD (print on demand), it will not be seen on store shelves for a while. However it is available online through all the big booksellers and bookstores have assured me that they are able to order it for anyone who requests it. All the information is on my website

Now the new challenge of promoting and marketing The Bridge Club kicks in. As a writer, I really never considered to any great extent what would happen once the book was published. I’m learning quickly that once the author says “Yes, I’ve finished writing this story”, it’s all about business. I know, I know … how else will people other than your family and friends learn about your wonderful story if you don’t spread the word? It’s just that I’m the type of person who would rather give copies away. “No, Patricia,” I’m being told, “that’s not the way it works!” Thus begins the next learning stage of this great adventure.
Social media marketing! I’ll keep you posted as to how I’m doing.

I returned last Wednesday from a week away with my real ‘bridge club’ as we celebrated our collective birthday (every 5 years) on Vancouver Island as some of the women now live there. Good stories will follow!

In the meantime, write on and read on! Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians.