Monday, 19 October 2020

 Hi there. Another week has come and gone. The change here has been with the weather. Cold, wind, and snow hit us this week and the winter coat came out of the closet. We were planning on a road trip, but there was enough of a storm that we cancelled until better weather. Hopefully it will warm up in a few days.

On the good new side is that I have started writing again after a several week break. I am working on Bentley which is a spinoff from my Tannion Series and as I took a long enough break, I have had to start at the beginning. It is already almost 50 thousand words in length so I know I am getting near the end, but I have found the best way to get there is to start at the beginning and work my way through it again.

I have also been selling off a little of my collection on EBAY and doing well with some of it, but I was also trying to sell a number of old VHS tapes including several Disney movies including a few of the supposedly more expensive black diamond classic. A quick look on EBAY will show you that some people think they are worth thousands of dollars. Good luck with that as I had them priced from five to twenty dollars and didn't sell one.

Covid-19 is still around and everyone is wearing masks still. My son is in Mexico and he says everyone has one on in the street. At least here we only need to wear it inside public buildings. I have ranted enough on this virus so no more today. Instead I will sign off.

Talk again soon.






Monday, 12 October 2020

 Hi there. It's Monday, but not just any Monday. Here in Canada it's Thanksgiving and in the US, it's Columbus Day. Almost time for our turkey and all the trimmings and I am getting hungry just typing about it.

Another week has gone by without any writing. Makes me wonder why I would think of this as a writing post, but it is on my website dedicated to my books so it makes sense. Just doesn't make any sense not to be writing. Busy with selling things on EBAY still and working through a few old VHS tapes I still have.

Actually there are several VHS tapes and I have a number of them on EBAY for sale. Mostly the old Disney movies, but there were a few tapes of the kids that we want to get digitized so I have been going through them looking to see what we would want to save. For example, there are tapes from our daughter's dance with two hours of dancing where she only shows up for two minutes.

Still a lot of Covid-19 going on and the only thing I will say today is that even if the case numbers are going up the deaths are still low. It comes down to the fact that if a bunch of twenty to forty year olds catch a flu and none of them end up in hospital or dead, why do we care. It's just the flu at that point.

That's all for now. Have a good holiday and talk again soon.


Monday, 5 October 2020

 Hi there. Another week has gone by and as it turns out, this day is my birthday. We are having a big family meal and drinks with friends so it will be a good evening. 

Nothing much else worth talking about. I am still trying to sell stuff on EBAY and having only a little luck. I have signed up for a free trial on Ancestry.ca as genealogy is another hobby of mine. I would like to say that writing was a hobby, but again this last week, it has been completely ignored.

I don't think I have written a word for a month or two. I have been busy as my last posts indicated, but the only reason I haven't been writing is more like writer's block and laziness. We all will find time for that which we enjoy.

Covid-19 is still around and I have ranted enough in the past for anyone to know where I stand and as governments everywhere haven't gotten any smarter, there is nothing I need to say.

Nice short one this week. Keep safe and talk again soon.




Monday, 28 September 2020

 Hi there. Here it is another Monday and this time I didn't miss one. It would have been easy as right now, two of my grandsons ages 2 and 3 are here visiting and they can keep us both very busy. Often too busy to add another post, but I found a couple of minutes to quickly put down a few words.

Today I mostly want to talk about Covid-19. Here in Canada there are a few who are saying that we are into our second wave. There are provinces where the number of cases might indicate that a second wave is upon us, but we also need to look at the number of deaths as well. The death rate now is so low that using that data as the only metric, we are definitely not in a second wave.

Governments however like to keep the people scared and therefore pliable. Saying we are in a second wave makes it sound much worse than what it really is and that will allow further restrictions on the people who voted them into power.

My big question is simple, "What is the end game?" The only thing I can gather from what is happening is a simple continuation of what all elected governments are there for. They are only elected for a short period of time and their number one job is to make sure they get re-elected. They can use the corona virus to make themselves look good and the only way to do that is to scare the people who vote for them and then make it look as if they are doing the best they can to keep us all safe. 

In reality what they are doing is putting restrictions on the very people they are there to help in a situation where they are very questionable. If no one is dying, (almost no one), is there really a pandemic.

Enough rant for now and talk again soon.

Monday, 21 September 2020

 Hi there. Monday morning already and I missed the last one so thought I had better put a few words down even if there isn't much to say today. I have had a busy couple of weeks, but not because of any writing and in this case, I haven't been reading much either. I am just getting started on the book 'Little Women' and I'm finding it a little hard to get into.

What we have been doing is a lot of looking after our 2 year old grandson. He's lots of fun and has so much energy that at the end of a few hours he goes home and leaves us drained. He might even have a nap while he's with us and we are still tired. I wish I had half his energy. I would have my next book written and then some.

We did get one night of camping, or maybe it's better said, one night of sleeping in a tent. It was a cool night but we survived nicely and feel that we can do it more often. Had a nice trip with some good hikes and the tent worked.

Still lots of Covid-19 in the news as the cases seem to be going up here at home and in many places around the world. The government is still talking tough, but they don't seem to be looking at the data. The cases might be going up, but the number of people dying is staying very low. If no one is dying, is it still a pandemic. 

Face masks are becoming the norm everywhere it seems and the cases are still going up. Is there a correlation? Are the masks slowing the spread down or in fact doing nothing or worse, speeding it up? Time might tell.

Okay, that's it for now. Stay safe and talk again soon.



Monday, 7 September 2020

Hi there. Another couple of Mondays have gone by and I just now find time to write a few words. This blog is as inconsistent as hell, but it is what I have.

Not doing much writing these days. Just not in the mood. Still selling a bunch of stuff on EBAY. This time it is my collection of non-sports trading cards. I have 97 auctions up as of this moment, but will have over 150 by the end of the week.  Just getting rid of a bunch of stuff that I no longer want.

I think it might be a long winter this year. with this covid nonsense still going on, it doesn't sound like we will be going anywhere soon. That will make it long in itself, but there is also the fact that for the last 13 years we have missed most of the cold weather makes me not look to forward to spending much of this winter at home.

On the bright side, my oldest son is expecting their second child in November and my younger son will be heading to Mexico soon to stay for a few months. I am envious of him and not necessarily the lack of sleep the other will be getting. Still will be good to meet our fourth grandson.

I still hope to have the fourth book in the Tannion series published this year, but it will probably end up being 2021 before it happens. Not much drive to get it done with no sales. I also have eleven other books I would like to publish including my fantasy trilogy, but they are all on hold. Maybe one day if I live long enough.

That's it for now so stay safe until next time.

Monday, 3 August 2020

Hi there. It's August already and except for the last few days, we haven't had a lot of heat here. You won't ever hear me complaining about the heat as I hate the cold, but it hasn't cooled down much at night and that means, with no air conditioning, it is a little warm in our bedroom. Being in August however only means that winter is that much closer. Bring on more heat.

I have finished another two chapters of 'Bentley' the spin off novel from the Tannion Series. Now almost 50 thousand words and counting. I might actually get it written by the end of the year. I am still hoping to get the fourth book in the Tannion Series published this year, but it is still on hold.

Of course I would like to sell a few more books which would make it easier to spend money on publishing, but that isn't happening. I hope to spend a few advertisement dollars in the near future and see how that goes.

Corona virus still has us all in its grips and much to my dismay, our mayor has decided that wearing a mask in all public places is good for us and will keep us from catching the flu. Again I'm being treated like a ten year old who can't look after himself. The thing I don't understand is how the mask went from being not a good idea because it causes you to touch your face more often, to the only thing that will keep us safe. Time to vote out a mayor, but I'm not sure who holds the majority.

Hope to go for a long bike ride today after a long walk yesterday. Selling a few things on EBAY as well and working a little on my genealogy which means I am keeping busy. Hope this finds you in the same boat.

Talk again soon.