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Fall has arrived and our lovely summer is officially in the rear view. My first in-person event is coming up next Saturday at the public library in Almonte, and I'm looking forward to seeing some real live people! Here are the details if you'd like...

We're half-way through September, and I'm sad to say goodbye to summer. However, I don't know if I'd like to live in a place without the changing of the seasons. Just embrace the moment, I say! Hampton Park woods, not far from my house last autumn So...

Another gorgeous September morning - it's been sun and warm temperatures in Ottawa all week and difficult to be indoors. Of great note this week, Queen Elizabeth II died two days ago, ending an era that has stretched my lifetime. I remember singing "God Save the...

This means the kids are back in school and autumn is right around the corner! I hope you've had a good summer, done some socializing and travelling now that Covid restrictions have lifted, and enjoyed reading some good books in your lawn chair. I've managed to...

Good Saturday morning. It's another chilly April day and my last post for this season. I'll be back in September! Blind Date received this lovely review in the Glebe Report, so a good entry in this final post. Here are a couple of quotes: "Chapman has spent...

Good Saturday morning, everyone. It's been a quiet week and I've gotten in quite a bit of time at the keyboard, achieving 76,000 words on this latest manuscript. The Blind Date audiobook is also near completion and will be ready to upload to book sites...

Men's world curling on tv and Tiger Woods back at the Masters -- for a rainy week in April, lots to keep us entertained. I managed to get in some writing, approaching 73,000 words. I'm aiming for 80,000 as I always add when the editing and...

This was a good week. A book club in Orleans hosted a virtual meeting with me as guest author on Tuesday afternoon. About fifteen attended and they had some great questions, having chosen Cold Mourning to read although some had read the entire series. It was...

Isn't March zipping along? On Tuesday, I presented a webinar on writing a mystery short story to the Active Jewish Adults 50+ organization, and it appeared to go very well. It's the first time I ever prepared and gave a virtual Powerpoint presentation and took me...

It's a springy weekend in Ottawa although a rainy one. No matter. The snow is melting and the crocuses can't be long from blooming. Okay, a bit early, but tulips are in our near future! Top thing to note is that I'll be at Perfect Books on...

Good morning, everyone. For those affected, don't forget to spring your clocks forward an hour in the wee hours tonight. Blind Date has a virtual launch this coming Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. EDT on my Facebook page. You do not have to be on Facebook...

So Blind Date, A Hunter and Tate Mystery hit the shelves on March 1st. A year's work now available to readers around the world. That sounds ...

A pretty good week. The trucker convoy left the downtown, the swelling in my wrist subsided, and I got back working on my latest manuscript. The details for my virtual Facebook live launch are firming up and I thank Quinn Carter for making the poster.   I also...

It's a tense week in Ottawa. Watching the police force move in on the protesters at Parliament Hill is surreal and unsettling. the entire city is on edge and has been for nearly three weeks since this protest of truckers and those with other issues...

Good Saturday morning. I got up early to be on CBC Radio's show In Town and Out with host Giacamo Panico and Jane Askin, Dawn McEwen's mom to talk about our daughters representing Canada at the Olympics. You can listen to the segment here. Not a lot...

It's Olympic time! Our daughter Lisa is in Beijing as part of Team Jennifer Jones, getting set to represent Canada in women's curling. Ted and I are cheering  them on. So this week, the Kitchissipi Times article came out, my local paper, which has always been...

Well, it's an exciting weekend in Ottawa with a convoy of truckers taking over the downtown in a protest against Covid mandates, such as the vaccine requirement for truckers and mask requirements for all. They avow that their freedoms are being trampled on. The right...

Good Saturday morning! The days are clear and crisp after we experienced 'snowmaggedon' on Monday. Nearly 50 centimetres of snow fell, mostly during a two-hour period as we were waking up. A once in a hundred year event we were told, although with climate change,...

These Saturdays seem to roll around faster and faster. The Covid lockdown has me losing track of time and I'm constantly having to check what day it is, usually surprised when I find out. Happily, I'm still getting dressed in the morning so haven't completely...

Back in semi-lockdown and barely leaving the house. The first week of January 2022 feels a lot like March 2020 - Covid continues to control our lives. My week has been really busy with not a lot to show for all the hours. I continue to...