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Vacation Days

Hello. It’s been a while, and I have been busy. I’ve been writing, reading a lot, working even more, and wishing I could win the lottery somehow, just so I could write all the time. 🙂 Alas, bills…

In other news, I just got back from a wonderful vacation, to Havana, Cuba. I’ve shared some pictures, if you’d care to look, and rest assured, I wasn’t a total sloth on the trip. I did write some, and have an entire story plotted out in my mind now, all thanks to the wonderful sights, food, drinks and people that I met while I was there. No, I’m not telling you anything, except that it’ll be a story in a certain spy-adventure-romance story that I write. 😉

Not much else to report. I have also finished a new Ice story, and I will be posting it up on Lit soon. I’ve attached a preview in the Sneak Peeks section. Be sure to check it out, and check back for updates on any other news.

I wish I had something more interesting to share, something about writing, or my struggles with writing, or even anything good I’ve written or experienced lately. Other than vacation – which was incredible, let me tell you! – my life isn’t terribly exciting these days. I’m just trying to work and save and pay some bills. You know, life. UGH.

Rest assured, I’m still hard at work on my next writing project. Sometimes it’s hockey-romance, sometimes it’s my adventures, and sometimes it’s something else entirely. I’ve had a few other files on the go lately that are totally different from other things I’ve done. They’re not ready for sharing but writing them has been fun and new.

So that’s it. That’s all I’ve got. Please check out my pictures below. My holiday was wonderful, and exotic and everything I saw and tasted was brand new, and I loved every minute of it. Even when I fell down and hurt my foot, which led to a lot of swelling and limping for the next several days. 🙂

As always, take care, and happy reading!

 

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Farewell to Summer

As the seasons change, and the nights grow longer, I can feel the change in the air. It’s getting cooler, it feels sharper when I step outside. I won’t be able to get away with my light jacket for much longer. We’ve been very lucky since September to have very little bad weather. Sure, the nights are cold and the temperatures just don’t get as high, but it’s been a really beautiful autumn. And now, with winter and snow on its way, I’d like to take a moment to share some of my warm summer and fall days with you.

I mentioned before how I worked part time this summer again, at the golf course I’ve worked at previously. It’s a beautiful course, with incredible views and this season was unbelieveable as far as the weather went. I think it only rained twice out of all the weekends I worked, and it wasn’t until September that we had some crazy inclement days. Forgive the quality of the photos. I took them on my cell phone and they don’t always come out as well as I hope.

Here’s the view from a tee from some time in August, I believe.

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Another from sometime in July or August.

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Here’s a couple from a rather misty morning. I think it was either early in the season (May) or possibly late in August. 🙂

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Deer!

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And these are my favourites, from my last weekend working. It was beautiful, sunny, and the changing colours are apparent. (No, we don’t get the beautiful maple reds and deep maroons. Mostly it’s yellow and some orange, but still pretty, IMO.)

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Of course, I did mention there was some crazy weather early in September. In fact, the next one was from the Labour Day weekend. Yep. It’s snow! LOL, rest assured, it’s no longer there and we’re back to waiting for the real snow to arrive.

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Anyway, I hope you like these. I enjoyed my time there, even though it was hard work. Now, I can move on and look forward to the coming winter, with all the soft blankets, wam tea and cozy afternoons of reading and writing.

Take care, and happy reading.

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Top 10 Lists – Sports Movies

Well, it’s a new year, new days stretching out before us all and new challenges to be faced. For my part, I could do with fewer challenges but then, we don’t get to choose the times when our patience and peace of mind are tested. I woke up yesterday, just like any other day, and so I suppose that is a good start. 🙂

I watched a movie yesterday, as there’s really not much else to do on New Year’s Day. It was called “When the Game Stands Tall,” about a high school football team who shattered all records, across all sports, for games won. Their winning streak went to 151-games before they were defeated and the movie follows the path of that loss, and what comes after for the team. I liked it very much, but then, I’ve always been a big fan of sports movies. So often, they’re about overcoming odds, facing personal demons and becoming better men and women because of it.

This movie was much the same. A lot of critics called the movie contrived, dull and not true to the facts they were LOOSELY based on. What those people all failed to see, and probably fail to see in other sports themed movies, is that the movies aren’t about sports. They’re not about the games they play or the wins or losses. Like I said, they’re all about overcoming challenges, external and internal. They’re about facing the truth, in all its forms and deciding whether or not to live up to your own expectations of yourself. “When the Game Stands Tall” did this, just as so many other movies have.

So in that spirit, in the spirit of facing a new year, new struggles and deciding what kind of person we’re all going to be by the end of this year, I give you my own favourite list of sports themed movies. They’re only my own top ten, not an opinion on which are the greatest sports movies, as it would be difficult to narrow it down. There are so many!

Anyway, here they are: 😀

10. Rocky – What’s impressive about Rocky is that it’s a story about an ordinary man, just trying to find his place in the world. A bit like the man who wrote and starred in it. I’ve always loved the whole Rocky series, but the first stands out, of course, because it was the beginning. Throughout the movie Rocky goes from being fine with who he is, to wondering if he can do better, to doing better, to wanting only to be near the woman he loves. What’s not to like about that?

9. We Are Marshall – This movie tracks the year following the tragic plane crash that took almost an entire football team. It’s about the school’s struggle to put together a new team and to convince the college sports rule makers to allow freshmen to play football. Meanwhile, the town and community deal with the loss of brothers, sons and friends and it’s a heart wrenching movie, but ultimately, heartwarming as the game helps to heal.

8. The Sandlot – I watched this movie as a kid and loved it for the youthful hi-jinx. I still love it for the same reason but now with a nostalgic twist. It’s a wonderful movie about a young boy moving to a new town, a new school and meeting a ragtag group of kids who play baseball every day in the neighborhood sandlot. Only, he doesn’t know a thing about baseball, or the fact that Babe Ruth is a man. This movie will probably make me laugh for-ev-ER.

7. Gridiron Gang – A fairly recent movie, this one follows the football program at a youth detention center in Los Angeles. The coach refuses to let these kids leave Camp Kilpatrick without even a narrow shot at a better life. Not all the kids who play on the team go on to make something of themselves but some do and those few who face the challenge the coach lays out for them, are better for it.

6. The Longest Yard – You can pick either the old or the new one, though I enjoyed the newer one quite a lot. Yes, it was funny and silly and crude in a lot of moments, but there were moments that made you stand up and cheer for the Mean Machine. Also, who doesn’t love a movie that sees the underdog totally screw over the big man. I admit this movie is less uplifting than it is plain old entertaining.

5. Wimbledon – Now this is definitely a sports movie that is less about sports and more of a rom-com. However, it does focus on the famous tournament of Wimbledon and with that backdrop, it counts as a sports movie. It’s about a man and a woman figuring out what means more to them. The title or the chance at a meaningful relationship. Also, special shout-out to a now wildly famous Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. He was delightful in this movie as the best buddy. And who didn’t love James McAvoy’s character betting against his own brother round-after-round?

4. A League of Their Own – This movie was an instant baseball classic. I loved seeing this in the theaters years ago and still love watching it whenever I catch it on TV. These ladies are all so unique and so far ahead of their time. It’s amazing when you think of how this movie is inspired by actual events.

3. Bend it Like Beckham – A surprise hit from a few years ago, this movie helped launch the careers of Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra. I love the way this movie explores the family dynamic and the two wholly different sisters. I also love how in the end, the parents are traditional, staid and so loving, that they only want to make their daughters happy. It’s a warm, touching movie with some exceptionally funny moments – my fav is when all the older ladies whip out their cell phones at the engagement towards the beginning.

2. Coach Carter – What I like most about this movie is that I recall the way the school made headlines even up here in Canada with the decision to forfeit games until the players got their grades up. I don’t know how accurate the facts of the movie are, but I still love it. It’s a great movie about watching boys start to grow into men and face challenges the likes of which, most of us have never or never will face.

1. Remember the Titans – I had this movie listed as one of my all-time favs for movies, period but it remains my favorite for sports movies. It’s a great movie and if you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I mean. Yes, I’ve heard that it doesn’t follow the facts exactly – what movie “inspired by actual events” does? – but the spirit of the movie, and the message is the same. The game just is, and sport, any sport, doesn’t care what you look like.

Honorable Mentions include (but are not restricted to!): Draft Day, Field of Dreams, The Cutting Edge, Happy Gilmore (Come on!! Who didn’t love seeing Bob Barker kick some ass!), The Replacements, Bad News Bears, Caddyshack, Jerry Maguire, Hoosiers, Moneyball, 42 (another fairly recent one based on the first year Jackie Robinson played in the major league), Leatherheads and The Last Boy Scout. (OK, maybe The Last Boy Scout doesn’t quite count but Damon Wayans plays a former football star so that counts in my mind.)

So there you have it. Once again, these are just my favorites. There are too many to include every single sports movie, and I know I’ve left out many classics, merely because I haven’t seen them all. Perhaps you can share your own favs?

OT: Just for the heck of it, I’m re-watching a Doctor Who episode, called “Journey’s End.” Even though I’ve seen it a dozen times before, and even though I know what’s coming, I always hope against hope that it could be different. In the end, I have my heart ripped out every time when I have to say good-bye to the best companion of all. “But… I was going to be with you forever…” *sigh* 😉

As always, take care and happy reading.

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Publication News!

I have exciting news to share. For the first time, I’ve written something brand new for publication. This story has never been posted on any website or forum before. It’s called “A Crack in the Ice” and is a sequel to “Uncovering the Ice”. See below for the book description.

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“After a year, Sean Bertrand, hockey player, and Vanessa Landon, erotica writer, are still blissfully in love. Things between them seem to be progressing just as they should. Until the unthinkable happens: Sean is traded to another team. Separated by thousands of miles and divided by miscommunication, their relationship starts to crumble. They need to find a way through this or their once serendipitous romance may finally have reached its breaking point.”

It’s currently only available for sale on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords. Hopefully it won’t take too long to be posted up at the iTunes bookstore and the Nook Book store as well, but as soon as I see them there, I’ll let you know.

Anyway, I hope you venture over to the websites to view the free sample downloads and perhaps that’ll be enough to inspire you to buy it. If you do buy it, please, I encourage everyone to leave an honest review on the websites. I have no other means of advertising and reviews mean everything. So please take the time to leave a review. It doesn’t have to be some long diatribe about what you liked or didn’t like, just a few words would be wonderful. Plus, I just like knowing if you enjoyed it or not. 🙂

Thank you again for following along. I have been rather absent of late, and I promise, it’s only because I’m spending all my spare time writing and editing. I hope everyone is doing well and surviving the start of the season of Big Eating. Anyone else od’d on candy and chocolate from Halloween? Me too!

As always, take care and happy reading!

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It’s 2014!

Welcome to a brand new year. OK. So I’m a little late for the Happy New Years but whatever. Better late than never… 😉

My December was rather hectic and busy and so far this week hasn’t felt slow. 🙂 I bet most people’s Decembers are on the busy side. Holiday parties, family and friend get-togethers, and shopping. Mine was much the same. Throw in a journey that involved a nearly missed flight connection and a missing suitcase, and then you get my holiday. It wasn’t too terrible, just tiring.

My Christmas was low-key. I slept in late that morning and lazed around in pajamas most of the day along with my guy and his family. New Years was about the same, except with sparkling grape juice at midnight. And then, before I knew it, the holidays were over and I was back at work.

I’m sure it was the same for a lot of other people. I’ve been trying to catch up on sleep and chores this week, with very little downtime in between. It’s all right though. I did manage a wee bit of writing this week, so it wasn’t a total loss. I think now that 2013 is done, I’ll start to feel like my old self again and maybe write even more!

I just wanted to write a quick little note to say hi and welcome to 2014. 🙂 I hope everyone had a good 2013, or at least, a less troubled year than I did.

Happy New Year! Take care and happy reading.

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Merry Christmas

Hello all.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on here. I thought, with the holiday season upon us, that I would stop by and let you know that I am still around and still writing. Nothing much of note but I do work on it whenever I get the chance.

I’ve spent the past week setting up my place with my Christmas tree and other assorted decorations. I did some baking today – nothing new, and sorry, I won’t have time this month to do my usual baking/sharing for the holidays! – and cleaned up. In my spare moments of extra energy (few and far between, believe me) I am trying to catch up on my reading and writing, as I mentioned.

In between all that, I’ve been shoveling snow and trying not to freeze the moment I step outside. It’s been brutally cold. There was a statistic shared on the news/radio earlier this week that 5 of the coldest places on Earth were in Alberta. A dubious honor, to be sure. 🙂

I really just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season, wherever you are.

As always, take care and happy reading.

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Give Thanks

This weekend is Thanksgiving here and I’ll be leaving shortly to join my family for dinner.    As always, Thanksgiving is literally a time to give thanks for all we have in our lives. I’m thankful for too much to list in a simple blog but I can say for sure that I’m thankful for one little decision someone very special made over two years ago. I suppose his decision to reach out to me was made because of my decision to write and post what I write. Of course, I could go back for years through my life and trace all those decisions that brought me to this point in my life now.

Have you ever done that? Cast your memory back and wondered if this choice or that might have brought you to a different place? It can be maddening at times, especially if you think you made the wrong decision about something major. But what about all those little choices? When you decided not to go to dinner with that friend because you were feeling lazy? Or how about not going to get groceries on Saturday, and doing it Sunday instead? You wouldn’t think about that making such a huge difference. Like I said… One little email changed my life.

So I’m thankful for small choices. I’m thankful for big ones, like choosing to love and always being there for family and friends. I’m thankful for my family and my friends and the love of my life. I’m thankful for writing. 😉

I hope you’re all having a nice weekend, in Canada where it’s Thanksgiving, or elsewhere. Give your loved ones a hug and tell your friends hi.

Take care and happy reading.

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