Memories of Chat Rooms

Hi, I just saw my blog now has different format options for posts. This is apparently “Chat Mode!” Do you remember those chat rooms from back in the day? It was one of the first things I ever did on the internet. There was this website that looked like a house, and you could move room to room chatting with people. I was way too innocent to realize that when people asked “what colour is your hair” it wasn’t just out of curiosity. For me, back then, “chat rooms” and “chatting” was just about saying hello to this new world at my finger tips. Actually, that applies to today as well.

Hello!

Now, how does the actual CHAT work here? No questions about hair, etc, please :)

Hmm, the post preview doesn’t actually look any different from a normal post. I’m going to hit publish anyhow and see what happens.

A Brilliant Review of Claire Never-Ending (I’m happy dancing)

:) I saw this today while riding through grey, grey Ottawa on the bus and shaking the rain off my toque. Full disclosure, I know Kevin from the Ottawa Writing scene and as two newly self-published authors, it’s good to encourage one another. So, with that in mind, after I get through with this post, I urge you to visit his page and writing beyond just this gorgeous review.

There are three exciting things about this review.

Page Turners

Don’t hurt yourself with squinting. Read this post, then click the picture and go to the actual review.

1) It’s so well done! He is seeing things in this novel that I hadn’t realized. Actually, that’s the thrill of putting a novel into the world, other people have a chance to make it their own by interpretation. This is a fantastic example of just that.

2) He’s a guy! I’m totally pleased that Claire Never-Ending, even if “boxed” as women’s fiction, can have appeal to everyone.

3) More buzz around the book! I’ve been chatting with Marie of @JBBC about bringing together my many hats/brand, blog touring, and learning how to promote a novel. It’s honestly rather challenging to tackle promotion on one’s own without a publisher without getting burnt out. The novel was a very healing experience for me to both write and produce. I think it became a saving grace in difficult times. But what is it now? Is it still my journey? Reading a review like Kevin’s helps me realize that The Adventures of Claire Never-Ending needs to be about your stories and connections now. I want to pass it forward, and champion more of these individual experiences with the story – whether it’s the reader, the reviewer, or you folks reading this silly little blog post.

Anyhow, there are challenges and changes. All good things. This review is a great way to kick-off that evolution. So, please do enjoy! I felt like I was reading my book again through fresh eyes in his review.

So, thank you so much Kevin! (Author of The Page Turners)

A Love Between Two Aliens

Last night Zsolt and I were laying in bed and talking. This is what we do, and I reckon it’s what many couples do. I was asking him if he thought we’ve always known one another and could sense each other out across the world before we even met.

He figured that was unlikely. Though he did think it was a miracle we met at all, and quite a remarkable thing if you consider the infinite number of aspects that had to line up for us to meet in that hostel in Nice, and at that time in our lives. The odds are basically even higher than winning the lottery.

I said true enough. It was a miracle that we met, and that we’re together. And I also said that I reckon we did know each other in some sense, even if it wasn’t a past life. Right from the start our energies synced up and I knew he was for me.

He said that maybe we were synced somehow.

You and MeAnd then I came up with the idea that maybe we’re just aliens passing through, and we’re travelling together across the universe – since we enjoy travelling so much – and living a variety of lives and existences as we get to know a place.

He said if that was the case, then we better enjoy our time on earth since we’ll not be stopping here again.

I agreed. I love earth, but if the universe is on offer, how can a alien/person/soul not want to go out there and explore it?

I asked him where he wants to visit next.

He said he didn’t know, but it will be good.

It will be good, I agreed.

Then we talked about Earth, because we’re here now and enjoying ourselves. The people are nice and the scenery is beautiful. Except, of course, not everyone is nice and not everything is beautiful. Certainly not everything is easy. But we like it anyhow. It’s a miracle that it exists, just like it’s a miracle that we are together. And I kinda enjoyed thinking of myself as an alien who is living in a body and passing through.

So, even if he might not believe in past lives, and I might not believe in coincidences, we both certainly believe in miracles. And aliens.

Every day with my husband is a miracle. I couldn’t get more lucky than having him as a companion for travelling the universe, and for talking in bed late at night. So, that is that and I’m very glad for it.

To Zsolt on Valentine’s Day: I love you. : ) Obviously!