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    Flickr uploads


    2013 - 10.18

    Not something that was on my To Do list while Karin and Nadia are in Edmonton, but it’s been happening anyway.  Catching up on some of the photos that I should have already uploaded to Flickr.  Karin’s much better at keeping Flickr up to date than I am.

    Anyway, as a reminder when we upload photos that include Nadia we restrict them to people who are designated as Friends or Family on Flickr, which means you need to have a free Flickr account, and then get us to add you as a Friend or Family.  So if you’re interested in seeing any of those pictures, let us know.

    And if your Flickr account doesn’t include your real name, send us an email letting us know it’s you.

    On Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/randomsynapses/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcowley/

    The Passenger


    2012 - 10.23

    Karin got so excited about this particular post that she made it somewhere else entirely.  Sometimes managing an online identity can be a lot of work.  Without further ado here’s her post from www.keabel.com (Random Synapses):

    So, Dave and I are expecting a baby in January. :)

    This is kind of a weird post for me to write. I’ve spent the better part of six months not talking about The Passenger online. We’ve only just told people on Facebook and Twitter, although anyone I’ve talked to for more than 30 seconds knows. Beyond the fact that my abdomen has expanded significantly, I tend to have conversations like “Hey, how’s it going?” “Good, I was just heading to the grocery store.” “Oh, yeah, I went to the grocery store the other day to get food BECAUSE I’M PREGNANT.”

    I don’t want to become the person who only talks about pregnancy and babies and so on, so I don’t know how much I’ll post on here, but I’ll preemptively answer the main questions that I’ve been getting. :)

    We don’t know the sex, but the ultrasound tech wrote it down and put it into an envelope for us. We’ve had it for about two and a half months and haven’t really been tempted to look. I think Dave’s got it in his wallet, but I couldn’t actually tell you exactly. :)

    We’ve got a couple names we’re thinking about but haven’t decided on any yet. Dave and I are both really picky about names, so we might have an unnamed child for a while. Does anyone happen to know the time limit for naming a kid? (I’m not entirely joking…)

    Nope, we aren’t getting married right now. Maybe in a while.

    I’ve been feeling surprisingly good. Almost no nausea…just a smidge of queasiness a couple days early on. I’ve mostly been exhausted and wound up sleeping away most of the summer. My worst complaint is some hip/joint/pelvic pain that’s been slowly getting more intense. I’ve got a support belt I wear that seems to help a lot.

    I’m feeling a TON of movement. There’s certain times or things that The Passenger is particularly active around…right when I wake up, around 11 pm, around dinner and when I’m about to go to bed. I didn’t feel much until around 18 weeks, but s/he is making up for it now. The funniest thing is when it seems like The Passenger is jumping on the bed. I’ll be lying on my side and will feel a twitch on the side touching the bed, then another one a split second later on the side that’s toward the ceiling. I’ve heard that regular kick patterns may indicate sleep cycles when the baby is born, so I’m kinda hoping that’s true, since I haven’t felt much at 0300 or anything. :)

    Hopefully I’ll be able to work right up until the winter break. My plan is to go on maternity leave then, so that it’s a nice break point.

    We’re planning to move in the next little while. We aren’t sure exactly when or where, but ideally we want a bigger place that’s cheaper than what we have now, so wish us luck with that…hehe.

    I think that’s about it. :) Now that this big news is out, I think I’ll be able to blog more since I won’t need to watch what I’m writing.

    Surrey Internation Writers’ Conference


    2012 - 10.18

    I don’t know what you’re doing this weekend, but Karin’s going to be at SiWC.  This will be her second time there, and she’s really looking forward to it.  You can expect to see a lot more action from her on Twitter this weekend if you’re interested in knowing what’s going on.

    If your favourite author is there, she might be able to get a signed copy of one of their books for you: list of speakers.

    Running out of Books


    2012 - 02.13

    I have this habit of finding author’s I like and reading everything that they’ve ever written.  At the moment I’m close to running out of books to read, the book that I just picked up from the library was another one that I heard about through the Writing Excuses podcast… so we’ll see whether it leads to another few authors to read (it’s also the first in a series, which I didn’t know in advance).  Failing that I may have to revisit the 100 Book Challenge and pick another couple of books from that list… unless of course someone else has recommendations…

    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!

    Typewriter?


    2011 - 10.08

    Anyone out there got a nice looking typewriter?  Karin’s wanting to do some author pictures, and I thought it might be fun to do also do a photo shoot that used a typewriter.  Just a thought.  If you have other suggestions for authory props, or author photos that you thought were particularly good or effective, please share them.

    Author Page


    2011 - 09.17

    Everyone’s favourite new author, the award winning K.E. Abel has her very own Author Page on Shelfari.  Just saying.  If you plan to read Mirror Shards: Extending the Edges of Augmented Reality (Volume 1) or at least Gift Horses which is included in the anthology, you can add that to your Shelfari shelf now if you so desire.

    Things (blueberry related) I Learned Today


    2011 - 08.20

    Cross posted at Random Synapses.

    1. In under two hours, I can pick ten pounds of blueberries.
    2. One batch of jam needs 1.4 kilos of blueberries (just over 3 lbs…so pretty much 1/3 of my pick)
    3. Giant pots of water take FOREVER to get to a rolling boil.
    4. Despite a) using the right amount of ingredients, b) using more jars than necessary and c) losing some jam in a tragic boil-over incident, there will be more jam than you have jars prepared. (Seriously? WTF? Oh well, an excuse to eat the jar and a half that weren’t sterilized properly. Fridge jam FTW.)
    5. The largest regular sized pot is not big enough for one batch of blueberry jam. Use the stock pot. Tragic jam boil-overs CAN be prevented.
    6. Tragic boil-overs of jam stain washcloths like a mofo. Use dark cloths…unless of course you’re trying to mop up as the jam boils over. Then, grab whatever is handy.
    7. Jam jars that are in the process of sealing hiss, and then POP! Oh my god, it’s actually working! SCIENCE IS AWESOME!!!! (erm…I’ve only heard four pops and I made nine jars that should work. Slight worry ensues…we might be eating a lot of toast in the next couple weeks….OOH! Another one just went!)
    8. Making preserves with food that you picked yourself is awesome and empowering.
    9. Making preserves with food that you picked yourself FOR FREE!!! is even better. Muhahaha…

    Tomorrow, I will finally get to the blackberries that have been hanging out in the fridge…also picked for free by myself.

    Milestone: 13%


    2011 - 07.29

    I’ve spent the last day and a half looking at Karin’s pictures on Flickr, I often see her taking pictures, but I often don’t actually get to see the end result.  I think that’s part of what’s missing with the transition to digital, she doesn’t come home one day with several packages of prints that you then just casually pick up and flip through.  In many cases I find that I’m unaware that she’s taken a picture, especially since it seems as though she’s taken over 2,000 with her iPhone alone, and of course when she first got her Canon Rebel XTi she averaged 100 pictures a day for quite a while, and is probably somewhere in the 30,000 pictures taken range.

    Well I’m currently on page 28 of 211 (although I think she’s about to upload more pictures shortly), which represents all of the 2011 pictures that she has posted and about 13% of the total posted.  Some of them are crazy good, and maybe I’ll convince her to slowly share some of the best ones here, but by all means do go and check them out on Flickr.

    Recalculation: 479/3,794 = 12.625%  Well it’s progress, and eventually I will run into more pictures which I’ve seen before, if not for a while.  Still looking at all the one’s that she’s posted in 2011 feels like an accomplishment and a good excuse to take a break, blog and maybe even have dinner, or some ice cream with raspberry syrup!  But that’s another story.

    P.S.  In theory this is a milestone post for another reason, it’s #100 at Cowbels, Karin didn’t figure we should seek recognition until we got to 1,000… so I didn’t write about that accomplishment ;-)