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Books, writers & writing

Saturday was an interesting day, and now I get to relive a little of it with you.

Just before noon my husband and I treated his mom to an early Mother’s Day dinner at a restaurant we all like. Sunday would be busy so this was pleasant for all of us.

In response to my invitation to the 2:00 book launch of Laura Best‘s newest middle grade novel, Cammie Takes Flight, we parted company with Mom after dinner and my husband and I set off on the hour-or-so drive to the community hall hosting the event. Laura has tremendous support in her community, so, of course, the hall filled up with people before 2:00. She was busy signing MANY copies of her book before and after she read a chapter from it. The representative from her publisher, Nimbus Publishing, was very impressed. He is fairly new with Nimbus and had been warned he had to be well stocked with her books. I know his load was much lighter when he left.

At the launch I was delighted to be able to talk with Syr Ruus whose books I have reviewed: here, here, and here, and Jan Coates whose books I reviewed here, here, here, here and here. There are more to appear on my blog from both of these authors. I reviewed Laura’s first two books here and here, and I later will be reviewing Cammie Takes Flight.

As an introvert, to go to these things took much effort at first, but it’s getting easier as I’m happy for these authors and delighted to go when I can. 

My own writing is coming along. Although my revisions are less than what I should have so far – only 2 instead of 5 – I can fix that this month. The really good news is that my new drafts stand at 11! I have to “buckle down” and pick one to focus on and get it presentable for critique. It would be wonderful if I can get a few stories ready for submission. 

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. For some reason, this year it was a difficult day for me as I am missing Mum so much lately. I hope you mothers out there had an especially wonderful day.  

Do you go to book launches? Do you support authors’ work in other ways?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

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Mother’s Day, and time away

To all my readers to whom this applies …

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

This day is sometimes bittersweet. Today I visited my mother’s grave, not something I do often since her spirit is not there, but it seemed right to do today. Not sure why.    I miss her so much.  I miss her hugs, her gentle loving touch, her soft voice, her sweetness, her tears when she is touched by kindness.  I miss her.

I have heard from all four of my girls today, which is so nice for this mother’s heart. ♥♥♥♥

Time away…

Remember the trip I mentioned I would be taking this month? It happened this past week. Since it was on my week at Dad’s, my sister took the overnight shift so I could be free to go, and a morning shift was adjusted a little. It all worked out well.

On Tuesday I left Dad’s with my friend at 9:00 AM, went to her house for a few minutes, then on to the bus stop in town. Left there at 9:40 on our way to Moncton, New Brunswick. There were a few brief stops along the way, only one transfer, and we arrived at 4:00 PM. It was very good travelling and I even was able to read in my Kindle and not get motion sick — a huge plus for me! Yay! I’m making my way through a book I will be reviewing soon.

When we arrived in Moncton we walked from the bus stop (grateful for luggage on wheels) to our hotel – The Crown Plaza – where we rested a few minutes, then went down to the restaurant for our delicious evening meal. Back to our room where we got ready for the Steven Curtis Chapman concert, and then a taxi picked us up. The driver was friendly but sneaky, took us the long way around since we were out-of-towners.

The concert was worth the bus trip. It was Steven Curtis Chapman‘s first night of his tour in Canada, and he got off to a good start with loads of audience support. He had with him his good friend Geoff Moore, also a contemporary Christian singer, and the show was opened by Canadian artist Dan Bremnes, who is making great strides in the Christian music scene.  The concert was also to raise more awareness about Compassion and Show Hope through which orphaned children find their forever families through adoption. That part was emotional and well-delivered. 

Of course, I purchased some CD’s before our taxi ride back to our hotel. The ride back was much shorter, and that amiable taxi driver was surprised to receive a sizable tip. He was told it was because he was honest, but he looked a little puzzled at that explanation. 🙂

In the morning we received room service … both of us propped up against pillows on my bed and enjoyed a yummy breakfast. That was worth the trip, too! 🙂  After we checked out we moseyed on downtown and eventually sat at a sidewalk table and talked about the redesign of my kitchen. My friend is skilled in kitchen design, and my outdated kitchen needs it! When we had just enough time for dinner before boarding the 2:00 PM bus home we found a little eatery called Eva’s Restaurant. Oh my! It is just a wee little Japanese restaurant but that was the best meal I enjoyed on the whole trip! If you are ever in Moncton, look for this little place and tell Eva you were sent by the two ladies from Nova Scotia who ate there before catching the bus home. I think she will remember us. 🙂

The ride home was as good as on the way there, I got more reading done, and my friend and I had lots of laughs along the way. I am grateful for the friend He gave me so many years ago. That evening around 8:00 our husbands met us at the bus stop in town and actually seemed pleased to see us. 🙂 I went back to Dad’s for the rest of the week, but I must say, for two days I was wiped out. Even with the Lord’s blessings I find travelling to be exhausting.

I’m glad I went; I really needed the change since I seldom go anywhere. Now I am home for a week and glad to be here – although I have a lot of housework to do, much reading to catch up on, reviews to write, and so on, and so on …

How was Mother’s Day for you? Were you the giver or the recipient?

Do you enjoy travelling? Why or why not?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂