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Posted in Coming Soon

It seemed like a good idea at the time

History is written by the winners. Inspiration is found in success. Perhaps this story should serve as a warning then? Read on if you dare…

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Ikigai – a reason for being

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Ikigai – where are you right now?

Ikigai – your ‘reason for being.’ Of course the Japanese have a word, and an infographic to explain this concept! I would argue that getting yourself into the central segment on here is almost impossible most of the time. Why do the fun things in life never pay the bills? And if they did, would they still be fun? Nevertheless, the Ikigai balance looks like something to aspire to.
It occurs to me that a central theme in my ‘It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time’ book is trying to find the sweet spot balancing working at something I enjoy and following my passions, and actually having to earn a living. That theme is pretty universal for creative types, I feel. Over the years I have swung from the ’empty feeling’ working for other people, to the ‘sense of uncertainty’ (for which I read “crippling self-doubt”) with my own businesses, and now as an aspiring writer, I am definitely in the No Wealth camp. But aren’t we all?! To my mind, ‘happy but broke’ is always a better option than ‘rich but bored.’
What is your Ikigai spot?
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Writes of Spring

Isn’t the sunshine glorious?

Spring has sprung, finally and already people are coming out of the general Saskatchewan hibernation; things are starting to happen again around town.

The library is running lots of programs for writers at the moment:

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My other blog explains why I am determined to support the libraries even more than usual at the moment. I have managed to get to quite a few of their programs recently and all of them have been inspiring and helpful.

I am also doing the Spring markets with Wheelie Good Coffee right now and unfortunately managed to triple-book myself for the Library/Sask Writers’ Guild Publishing Symposium and can’t make it. However, today I attended a talk about publishing children’s books at Connaught branch. I went mainly for publishing tips but I have also been toying with a few ideas for books for kids – not coffee-related! Shock! Horror!

I started scribbling some silly ideas about the Adventures of our Ferrets, long ago when Miranda was a lot smaller. Amazingly, I still have them and I might revisit them at some point. Those require illustrating, though, and that is way beyond my meagre skill set right now.

More seriously, I loveNico Encarnacion(1) the random conversations that I’ve been having with Miranda lately; she asks so many questions! Her train of thought is wonderfully unique too, and trying to explain the abstract concepts or scientific processes to her is actually quite interesting from our point of view because she just doesn’t ask the things you’d expect her to. I started typing up our exchanges.

I don’t know what I’ll do with them yet, but for now, I’ve put a few up on Wattpad. This is something I can add to whenever we discuss something good – a serialised kid’s non-fiction book? That could be a pretty unique concept!

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Working on the new book

My Big Project right now is working on my memoir, It Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time. This is my story of ten years of misadventures in the coffee industry, and what happens to entrepreneurs when everything doesn’t quite work out as well as you’d hoped.

The manuscript is currently complete but rather raw. Many thanks go to Angela who is editing for me, and to those friends who are reading over the preliminary chapters.

I’ve put together my first serious book proposal and I’m on the hunt for a publisher! All very exciting and at the same time, stressful and rather dejecting as always.

The book’s blurb is available below, along with my ideas for its cover (priorities!!).

Watch this space!

Posted in Non-fiction

Ugly Cooking withe Reckless abandon

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A collection of recipes (a loose term, more “creative guidelines”) gathered from around the world and developed into ugly messes, most of which can be cooked at home. UglyCakes, in fact, any sort of Ugly Cooking are dishes that taste fantastic but don’t always look that appealing. Bel does not believe that the first bite is with the eye. This book is a celebration of food in all its forms and of cooking food to eat, not to look at.