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Susan E.
Mom, wife, girl friend...writer, reader, wine drinker
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They say the hardest part is getting started...read the opening sentence of my new novel...or is it my old rant. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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When did words become so cheap? Paying writers two cents a word - pity the writers...and the readers. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #209 August 21, 2013 This is our new patio, which has made all the difference to our adventures in basement suite living. The suite has direct access to the backyard, which we have never really used before - we have a large deck for outdoor living upstairs and I have been very happy to completely ignore the backyard. It is overgrown and hasn't been looked after for years. It truly needs a complete overhaul and about $10,000 worth of landscaping but that just isn't going to happen. So we cleaned it up, cut all the growth back and had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #207 August 9, 2013 Most people will think I'm crazy but you know what, I'm tired of summer. I live on the west coast of Canada where warm, sunny summer days must be treasured and worshipped and hoarded. If we are really lucky, we might get summer from about the last week of July until the first week of September...but even then, rarely will it be dry and sunny every day. This year has been the exception. Record-breaking sunshine and warm temperatures since the end of June - not a single drop of rain in all of July and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
What will happen to the best friends in J.K. Rowling debacle - can their relationship survive? Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #206 July 30, 2013 I spent my formative teenage years in a very small, newly built suburb and the high school I attended had just finished being constructed the year I started....which meant everyone was new, all the kids and all the teachers. I had a great high school experience and fond memories...as did many other people as demonstrated by a recently formed Facebook group. It started out small but now our little FB group of people who grew up and went to high school in this suburb has grown and there are lots of great old photos posted... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Designer wallpaper - the new obsession. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #204 Feb. 28, 2013 OMG– I feel like all I do on this blog is talk to myself – it’s not that I’m whinging, hoping for feedback, it’s just that all I can hear in my head is my own voice, trying to think of clever things to say…it all feels very forced. I'm a writer – that’s what it says on my business card and my website. That’s what I do all day and get paid for. Yet, I feel like I haven’t written an interesting, publishable word in months. My friend Lorraine, who constantly amazes me, works... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #204 February 27, 2012 I came across this "manifesto" today online – I really like it so I printed it off and taped it to the main bulletin board in our office (where it received absolutely no comment). I then printed a second copy which I have hung up in my cubicle. I feel like I need to keep some of these thoughts top of mind. I generally have a pretty cynical eye for most of these motivational manifestos – Live for today....stop and smell the roses…dance like nobody is watching (I don’t think so and I believe my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #203 February 5, 2013 I have always been a reader - I was one of those people who never went anywhere without a paperback stuffed in my purse. As a kid, I would go to the library and take out 10 books a week (starting with Little House on the Prairie, moving onto Barbara Cartland and then finally getting into bodice rippers at the age of 12). My biggest fear in life is being stuck on a plane without anything to read - no matter how many pages I had left in my book, I always had a back-up.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
I have signed up to walk the Times Colonist 10K at the end of April and I am actually taking a training clinic, walking with a group of Saturday mornings. Yes, I have to learn how to walk all over again - so far, I can only keep up with the older lady who needs a hip replacement. We all know exercise is good for us (and no, apparently wine tasting is not considered physical activity)...but I came across this great youtube video that really spells out the benefits of walking for 30 minutes a day. Time for me to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Bog #201 January 26, 2013 I heard a great radio piece on CBC's DNTO today by Sook Yin Lee (link to follow) and the topic was "are you in or are you out?" talking about being part of the gang ..or group...or club - there were several segments but her personal story really resonated with me. It was about her older sister's fascination with the "popular girls" at her high school and how desperately she wanted to fit in...with a disappointing outcome that had far reaching repercussions for Sook Yin - it was a devastatingly honest story that really resonated... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #199 January 23, 2012 Now, you know I love my TV programs - old, new, network, cable and BBC - I love them all. I hardly ever go to movies these days because as far as I'm concerned, some of the best entertainment is on TV...well, cable TV. From the Sopranos to Six Feet Under to Breaking Bad, television has never been better. I'm on Season 4 of Justified. Based on an Elmore Leonard short story, Justified stars Timothy Olyphant (wearing cowboy hat in photo) as US Marshall Raylon Givens... Raaaaaylon - you have to say it slowly -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
Speaking of writing - Rex Murphy (of CBC fame) wrote an editorial that was published in the National Post - he has very strong feelings about the Oprah/Lance interview - here's the link http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/01/18/rex-murphy-curtains-for-lance-and-oprah/ Whether you agree with him or not, you have to admire his writing - it's not often you see the word "puissant" used in a newspaper article these days. More on my thoughts on Oprah later... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post # 198 January 21, 2013 I've been thinking a lot about writing lately - not necessarily doing it, just thinking about it. I've haven't posted a blog since last April. Busy with work, busy with family, busy writing for living which means writing about stuff that may not be very interesting but does pay the bills. and I've discovered how to watch TV on my laptop so I'm spending WAY too much time tying up my laptop watching obscure British TV shows like Monarch of the Glen (don't ask) or 80's soaps like Dynasty (remember the big wedding in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post # 197 April 5, 2012 The gloves are off in the Canadian decorating magazine wars! Anyone who knows me knows I am a decorating magazine addict - at the height of my addiction I was purchasing a dozen decorating mags a month....and saving them. My first purge came when I moved in with soon-to-be husband. He said he would take me, but not my decorating magazines, my decorator pillows or my Kenny G CD's. I happily got rid of all of them. A few years later I was back at my magazine habit (I do want to confirm that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #196 - March 27, 2012 I was sitting here tonight thinking about and discarding ideas for my blog when I realized that I have fallen into that deadly/deadend trap - worrying about what other people think about what I'm saying on my blog - so I don't say anything at all I would love to write about parenting my teen (let's face it, I could start a blog just about him and post daily without ever running out of things to say) - but I worry about damaging his self-esteem/psyche and possibly his street cred. I would love to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post # 195 March 8, 2012 I am enjoying my new job for the most part REALLY! I like the fact that I have a job... and a place to go and a pay cheque. But as I mentioned, this job is junior to what I have been doing for the past twenty-five years (I haven't had coordinator in my title since 1987) and I have to say, the un-learning curve is steep. Not that the work is hard, just that it's different - I'm mailing stuff instead of writing it, I'm updating lists instead of delegating them and I'm... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2012 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #194 March 2, 2012 - OK so maybe it hasn't been as long as it has been for Melanie Griffiths in Working Girl since I worked in an office, but it's been a while (note the cigarette smoking at her desk, ah... the good old days). Yesterday was my first day in my contract job and I have to say that by the end of the day, I was as tired as I was after giving birth. I was so tired I had to take the bus home (2 bus stops) and once I sat down on my couch... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at Writing Myself Thin
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Blog Post # 193 February 29, 2012 Davy Jones of the Monkees passed away today, apparently of a sudden heart attack. Boy, this news hit me hard. The Monkees were on TV when I was between the ages of 8 and 10, oh such formative years....my friend Wendy liked Peter, but I think she just wanted to be different - let's face it, all the girls LOVED Davy. He still looked good for his age (mid 60's) and was still performing with the Monkees (with Peter and Mickey, no Michael). To tell the truth, I hadn't thought about him for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post # 192 February 22, 2012 Announcement! for those of you following my blog you know I have been looking for a job - well, I'm happy to announce that I have accepted a position that starts March 1st. It is a short-term contract in a junior position but it's work in the industry I want to be in...and it will be a nice transition for me as I adapt to working in an office again. You see, I have worked from a home office for the past seven years. The organization I worked for was based out of Calgary... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at Writing Myself Thin
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Blog # 190 Feb. 20, 2012 Oh the humilation - to be taken in by a photo of a cute dog. Last fall I was shopping around for help to set up a website to promote my freelance writing....I'm on a tight budget so I decided a one-man operation in our small town was the way to go. After much googling I found James Manke of Yellow Dawg Web Design....and after several email exchanges in December, agreed to a price, signed a contract and mailed him a cheque. and guess what - nothing happened. I kept emailing and finally he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #189 February 15, 2012 An observation today. I was at our local shopping centre (my daily visit) when I spotted a very well-dressed woman. She was wearing a stunning suit, very European and well-fitted....with slits in all the right places. Pale hose and kick-ass statement shoes. She looked amazing - and completely out of place. That's when I realized that nobody here dresses up. You never see (at least I don't) well dressed, high fashion here in sleepy Victoria - there is nothing like the glimpse of a good-looking man turned out in a beautifully tailored suit or a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at Writing Myself Thin
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Blog post #188 February 14th Happy Valentines Day - as an old married lady, this holiday goes by without much fuss (although my husband did present me with flowers this morning... and my teen seemed a bit twitchy about the day) ....but for me and the rest of my pals, it's a non-event. I did get a few emails in response to my post yesterday and I wanted to share one - a very different point of view from my friend Peter who prides himself on his realism....here's what he had to say: " NOW you’re talking, Susan! However, don’t... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at Writing Myself Thin
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Blog #186 - February 13, 2012 - I was having lunch with an acquintance last week, a mid-life woman also looking for a job (she's been out of work for a year) and I was trying to be supportive while only half-listening ....too much on my mind these days... so I started spouting off my favourite platitude "Everything happens for a reason" followed by "don't worry, it will all make sense when it all comes together"...yada yada yada. and then I put the whole thing out of my mind. Then on the weekend, I get my daily email from Kabbalah... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at Writing Myself Thin