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    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.

    Hallowe’en Aftermath


    2011 - 11.01

    Scientists say that sugar doesn’t cause hyper children.  As a teacher, I have strong anecdotal evidence that it DOES.  The day after Hallowe’en is a good example.  Granted, there are other reasons: lack of sleep, excitement, lack of breakfast in lieu of candy, caffeine in chocolate etc.  But man, I’m totally blaming the candy.  My first day in a kindergarten/grade one class for my teaching practicum was on November 1st.  I sometimes am amazed that I managed to stay in the profession. :)

    We live in a condo with very few children, and so have never gotten trick or treaters.  That doesn’t stop me from buying a giant Costco box of candy, just in case.  What??  IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN!  No wonder most people gain 5-10 lbs between Hallowe’en and Christmas.

    I love Hallowe’en.  It’s my favourite holiday…even over Christmas.  I love dressing up in costume and I love the smell of burnt pumpkins.  I love seeing Jack o’ Lanterns, and toddlers and babies dressed up.  I love fireworks and crunching leaves (although it’s more like squishing leaves in Vancouver…details, details) and hot chocolate and misty evenings.  I love October in general: my birthday, the Surrey Writer’s Conference, Canadian Thanksgiving, the anticipatory build up to NaNoWriMo, those last few hot days before a Wet Coast winter comes in…yeahhhh…

    Welcome, November.  Welcome to darker skies and the insane buildup to Christmas.  Welcome to the frantic joy of creating a 50,000 word masterpiece in 30 days.  Welcome to hot chocolate and stale marshmallows.  Welcome to the first dustings of snow on the coast mountains (although that actually happened in October…shush.  I’m being all poetical.) and the point at which Christmas chocolate can be purchased for “emergency gifts” and the buyer won’t be looked at funny by her spouse. (Ummm…totally not talking about me…lalala…)

    Welcome to the next month flying around this little old star we call the sun.

    New Business Cards


    2011 - 10.19

    So despite ordering the cards on Friday and having to settle for the 7 day shipping option (no 3 day rush shipping to our postal code), Karin’s new business cards which she needs for the Surrey International Writers’ Conference arrived today.  Which is awesome, because she didn’t need them until tomorrow.  Yay!  It’s nice when things work out.

    Rebuilding a website


    2011 - 10.17

    Karin’s got a new project, or maybe it’s not a project and more of a program as it may not have a real end.  Part of it involves a lot of website updates which I’ve been a little buried under… expect more details in the coming days, but maybe not until after SiWC.

    Last Gift?


    2011 - 10.15

    Today Karin got what I think is her last birthday gift this year.  Some of the other gifts she doesn’t get to enjoy yet (as many people contributed to her Surrey International Writers’ Conference fund), but that’s a different matter.

    Karin is now the proud owner of Mary Robinette Kowal‘s debut novel: Shades of Milk and Honey which she is devouring.  I expect that it will be completed by the end of day, and may sneak it’s way into one of the remaining spots of the 100 book challenge too.  Then next weekend Karin gets to actually meet Mary at the SiWC!  She’s a little excited.

    I don’t know if she’ll get the book autographed or not, but the book is definitely easier to autograph than the 6th season of Writing Excuses which Mary is a co-host of.

    Countdowns…


    2011 - 10.11

    Nine more days until I’m at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference!  SO EXCITED!!

    Thanks to my birthday gifts, I’ve paid for the conference.  I feel so incredibly supported in my writing endeavor…so much love to everyone.  By luck of dates, my birthday lands right near Thanksgiving…some years right on Thanksgiving, like this year.  I am definitely super thankful for all of the support that I received, financial, emotional and physical (I don’t think I’ve cooked anything more complicated than cold cereal for the last month, at least…)