Snuggling In – October Begins!

Snuggling In – October Begins!

A rainy Saturday morning this first weekend in October. It’s a good day to snuggle in with a good book and a cup of tea.

I had a busy week, book-wise, although much of it was spent in front of my laptop, editing Blind Date. This is my last go-through so I’m being meticulous about every word, sentence and punctuation mark. I’m also going over the plot timeline to make sure everything aligns. I’m at the point that I reach with every manuscript where I’m finding the story boring, but this is because I’ve read it over and over so many times. I’m itching to get back writing on book two in the series and hope to get there before next Saturday morning when I check in again.

I blogged this week on 7 Criminal Minds blogspot. The topic was tips and tricks for video conferencing, and a few of my points could be of use to you. Here’s the link.

On Wednesday, I put the tips to use on two video calls. The first was to interview Ottawa author Karen Copeland as part of my series interviewing Crime Writers of Canada authors from this region. Karen has led an interesting life, working as a research lead at the Ottawa Hospital and teaching at Ottawa U. She writes the Ottawa Valley Mysteries set in the fictional town of Crainsmore. The video should be up this Monday so be sure to check it out. I’ll be interviewing Robin Timmerman, another CWC author this coming Wednesday and am looking forward to meeting her virtually.

I was interviewed for Cable 22’s Daytime Ottawa following Karen’s interview. Hosted by Derick Page, the show airs at three different times this coming Wednesday, October 6th. It’s the first time the show has been back since the start of the pandemic and the first time all the guests attended through the magic of virtual video. They tried out a program that was very cool behind the scenes although somewhat disconcerting since  what I looked at as I spoke was out of sync with what I was saying. There’ a time delay of some sort. I tried to ignore the image, but wasn’t sure where to look! I’m interested to see how it all comes out 🙂 The entire show felt live with no retakes and the taping timed to the second. The Daytime team is professional and lovely to work with.

Finally, Erik D’Souza edited the interview he led a few weeks back, asking me questions as the CWC Director of Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, and posting it to the CWC YouTube site. You can check it out through this link.

So, back at the editing desk again today as the poor weather all weekend will keep me indoors. Our temps are dipping to the zero level overnight and soon the fall colours will be on full display. Oddly, Blind Date starts out the first week of October, and the weather and setting mirror what is going on now in real time. Life has intersected with art!

Here are a few pics from last autumns to brighten your weekend. They were taken in Hampton Park, a beautiful woods not far from our house. Wishing you a good week ahead, everyone.