Kicking ass and collecting awards…

October 2, 2015

I love contests. I’ve played the lottery since I was 18. I’m still playing, because I NEVER win. I do enjoy the dreaming part though. I’ve entered Mazie Baby in a few book awards since she was first published in May of 2014. But that feels less like chance, because I have some control. Not […]

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Pinkfuckingtober – you suck!

October 2, 2015

This is the annual posting of my anti-pinktober rant. Time to quit pinkwashing cancer, people! Originally posted in November 2013 under the title “Sink the pink – breast cancer ain’t pretty” – cancer details updated. Rage intact. My systir has stage IV metastatic breast cancer. That’s not news. The original cancer was diagnosed in 2009 […]

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Readers’ Favorite – the review is in!

September 12, 2015

And it’s a gooder… I was going to share the original review for comparison, but they took it down. Click on either of the medals to see the review on their contest site. Eventually the title/manuscript image will be replaced with an actual cover of the book, and a link to the book’s review page. […]

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Bronze medals and top five finalists

September 3, 2015

September 1, 2015 was a good day. I awoke and turned on my computer. Had to check the Kindle Book Awards to see if I made it into the top 5 finalists in my category. I didn’t even have to look it up because an author peep had posted the link with congrats for making […]

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Adventures in Alzheimer’s – stress and non-existent expectations

August 24, 2015

I recently read a Facebook meme that said stress is the gap between expectation and reality. I call bullshit. If that were true, then it would be a simple matter of reducing expectations to eliminate stress. Well, when dealing with a relative with Alzheimer’s, it doesn’t matter how deep in the well you plunge your […]

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Two-bit fiction

August 10, 2015

I’ve been posting a lot about Mom and Alzheimer’s lately. Probably because it seems to be taking over my life. And apparently, it’s contagious (seriously, I can’t remember the simplest things). So for a break, how about back to the writing? I am struggling to find the time to dive into novel number five. So […]

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Adventures in Alzheimer’s – hide and seek edition

August 8, 2015

When your parent has Alzheimer’s, you never know from day to day what you’re going to find. Or not find. Her glasses went missing recently – for four bloody days. We searched everywhere we could, in the sugar canister, the freezer, the oven, in every nook and cranny, every drawer and closet. No damn glasses. […]

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Adventures in Alzheimer’s – Ukranian edition

July 25, 2015

Mom called me at work in tears. Her voice trembled, and I imagined her hands did too. She was scared out of her mind about the people coming to Calgary to raid the streets and kill us all. What people? “It’s on the news, can you come right now?” “I’m at work.” “Can you come […]

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Adventures in Alzheimer’s – no arms and no legs edition

July 10, 2015

What do you call a man with no arms and no legs who sits in the recliner in Mom’s living room? Daddy… Yeah, I know. So bad. The backstory: Mom reminisces a lot lately. For so many years these stories have been repeated ad nauseum – and almost verbatim from telling to telling. Alzheimer’s brings […]

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Adventures in Alzheimer’s – remembering daddy edition

July 7, 2015

One Saturday in April, I had a rather nice visit with Mom. I delivered her meds and she started to reminisce about Daddy. This past March 27 was the 20th anniversary of his death. He died young, just 61, from a disease that took everything from him. A disease I carry with me. A disease […]

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Adventures in Alzheimer’s – inside my mouth edition

July 5, 2015

Mom had jaw pain so Baby girl took her to the walk-in clinic. A dentist appointment was a few days away, and maybe she just had an infection and needed antibiotics. The doc gave her some stupid cream that baby girl was to put inside her grandmothers mouth. With her fingers. Not going to happen. […]

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