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    Busy Weekend


    2012 - 01.31

    Between getting Abandoned Towers ready to launch, Robbie Burns Night for the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band (my brother’s band) and the Led Zepplin/Pink Floyd laser show at the Planetarium, we had a crazy busy weekend.  I even managed to get some blog posts cranked out over at Abandoned Towers and on Random Synapses. :)

    I did not, however, manage to get much of my own fiction writing done.  Soon, my pretties.  Once we have the AT site finished, I’ll have a lot more time to get on that. (stop laughing…let me have my delusions.)

    Karin’s Resolutions


    2012 - 01.04

    This year, I’ve actually made some resolutions that aren’t “quit smoking” (I don’t smoke, so haha, I did it…go me…etc.)

    • Eat breakfast.  I’ve been having this nasty crash in the morning when my blood sugar drops. Dizziness and nausea are not fun in the morning.
    • Exercise. I started doing almost daily yoga/Pilates on Boxing Day.  I need to remember how good I feel when I’ve done yoga. I am very bad at remembering things that are difficult but enjoyable.
    • Write. I kind of stalled on the novel again.  I’M SO CLOSE TO FINISHING!!!!  I need to get it down, then start editing.  Also, I have several websites that are collecting dust.  I need to get myself moving on those.
    • Focus. I have things I need to do, things I want to do and things that would be nice to do.  Time to focus and do them…in that order.
    • Not be so hard on myself. I have a LOT of negative self talk, and I tend to spiral myself into fits of anxiety over what someone might be thinking of me.  Time to let some of that go.  Also, just because I make a mistake or mess up on a resolution…doesn’t mean it’s all over.  If I discover in March that I totally forgot to exercise for three months, then it’s just time to start again.

    Happy New Year everyone!

    Haven’t You Always Wanted a MonKEE?


    2011 - 11.11

    Watching a Telus ad tonight (the one with the monkey, in case the title didn’t tip you off) reminded me of my uncle’s store in Calgary.  Pisces Pet Emporium is pretty much the most amazing place EVAR, even according to other people.  Anyway, the Telus ad reminded me that I really wanted to buy a marmoset from them.  Yes, they have marmosets.  I managed to refrain and just took some pictures, especially since I thought I should PROBABLY ask permission before bringing home a pet larger than a gecko.  But if I did buy a marmoset, this is what I would do with it.

    • train him to write rejection letters for me
    • train him to give head scratches
    • give him the bananas that start getting spotty and I don’t like any more
    • share my pizza crusts with him
    • string up a hammock between the posts on my bed for him to sleep on
    • take bajillions of pictures of him
    • not call him Marcel (although according to Wikipedia, the Friends monkey was a capucin)
    • get him a little Canucks jersey to wear (but only if he wanted to)
    • teach him to play disc golf (and help run tournaments)
    • train him to poke me in the back of the head if I start playing Facebook games when I’m supposed to be writing.

    In a strange synergy kinda thing, today I had my first taste of the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream “If I Had A Million Flavours” inspired by the Barenaked Ladies song “If I Had A Million Dollars”, which is where I got the title of this post from.  WOW!! (it’s really tasty…swirl of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, toffee, white chocolate chunks, chocolate covered almonds, peanut butter cups and probably something else I missed…)  I’m sorry that you can’t have any ice cream, and I’m sorrier that you now have “If I Had a Million Dollars” stuck in your head.

    …I’d buy you a green dress…but not a real green dress, that’s cruel….

    Huh, Who Knew?


    2011 - 11.05

    Was getting ready to write a post for today when I got distracted by the fact that we’ve posted 200 posts so far (this is 201).  I was a little surprised by that, but given that we’re only about 3 weeks shy of being here for a year I guess it’s not that surprising.  Well way to go us.

    Spam Comments


    2011 - 09.03

    I guess we’re doing something right at the moment as we’ve started to attract a bunch of SPAM comments to the blog now (50+ a day for the last few days).  Hopefully it’s not something that will continue, but if you haven’t commented before, it may take a while before your comment is approved, and please do your best to make sure it doesn’t look like spam.

    One thing I don’t understand about these spam comments is that most of the links which they are trying to get you to follow are to places like Google, Bing and Yahoo, which doesn’t really make a lot of sense.  I suppose they could be trying to generate enough spam to get those servers blacklisted which would be embarrassing, but also presumably really difficult.

    Hmmm, Photo Blog?


    2011 - 07.28

    Looks as though this might be turning into a bit of a photo blog, and I’m totally ok with that.  Karin and I now both have our own Flickr Pro accounts* now (linked to in this sentence), and no it’s not a commitment issue, it’s because sometimes keeping things separate makes sense.

    I’ve been taking pictures for years, and some of them are even good ;-)  Karin doesn’t have the history of being a photographer, but she didn’t grow up in a family that was so photo-mad!  Is there a single person (with the possible exception of Grandma) on the West side of the family who doesn’t personally own at least one camera (and I don’t mean a camera phone)?  I don’t think so!  I wonder what the oldest age any of the kids got to before they got their first camera, couldn’t have been that old.

    The downside of that photographic tradition is that many of our photos aren’t in an easily shared format, this is less true for Karin, but I know that I took definitely hundreds of rolls of pictures, possibly even into the thousands (anyone else remember the good old days of Kirkland film packs?  Costco for the win!)  I wonder if maybe we should all get together and do a group purchase?  I know there are “cheap” photo/negative scanners out there ($100 or less), but if we pooled our resources we could probably manage to get a really awesome one for only a minimal investment each, and then we could pass it around so that we could all scan our old photos (or at least those worth keeping)… just throwing it out there.

    * If you want to check out pictures though, you should totally check mine out first… if only because it will take a couple of minutes (153 photos uploaded so far), while Karin has 3,779 (and she hasn’t uploaded any pictures from Wednesday yet… the glories of having a 16GB card I guess).

    Email Updates


    2011 - 07.24

    So a long time ago we received a request to allow people to subscribe for email updates when posts happen, so that you don’t have to keep checking and not finding any new content.  So we implemented that.  Today we’ve added a second option powered by Feedburner now part of the Google family.  If anyone has any preference one way or the other let us know, as we’ll likely discontinue one of them in the near future, after we’ve had a chance to evaluate if one is clearly better than the other.

    In case it’s not obvious both options are in the sidebar, the second and third items respectively.

    Once we decide which we like better we’ll also be implementing that option over at K.E. Abel’s official site, so that all her fans can keep up to date about the latest happenings and events.  There’s all sorts of short stories that are making the rounds amongst her beta readers, so whether those appear in anthologies or as ebooks or in some other form who knows, but there soon will not be a lack of supply!

    New Month


    2011 - 06.01

    So it’s the beginning of a new month, I wonder if we’ll be able to post every day this month.  We’re getting better in general, but then we sort of fall off the wagon.  I guess we’ll find out.  Wish us luck.

    Feature Requests?


    2011 - 02.08

    We’ve been a little busy it appears in February, although I suppose you wouldn’t know that by the lack of posts, we’ll work on that.

    The purpose of this post is to see what features people might like that we’re currently lacking, so far I’ve heard 3, but if there’s something else you think is missing let us know about it:

    1. Ability to subscribe (by email) to new post announcements, or complete posts
    2. Ability to subscribe (by email) to new comments
    3. Increased visibility as to who is the author of a post (Karin or David)

    Anything else people would like to see?

    So, I’m just saying…


    2011 - 01.26

    Turns out that a large percentage of my recent posts have begun with the word “so”, needed to change things up, so it’s in the Title now, pretty smart, eh?  Yeah, that’s all I’ve got.