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Book Released!

On Saturday 1st September, I found this tweet:


It’s actually out! I am eagerly awaiting a huge box full of them. I’ll have some for sale on my Book and Beans stall at Centennial Market, and they’ll also be available in our local Chapters (“soon”) and of course, on Amazon, here currently only as a pre-order.

There is no cover picture on Amazon just yet – I will be doing an exclusive cover reveal via the Books and Beans mailing list this week and some sneak previews. Sign up here if you haven’t already!

Watch this space for details of the official launch, coming soon!

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Books and Beans combined at last!


Exciting news!! Last week I launched another new little project – a mini bookstore! I’ve taken over a bookstall from friends on Centennial Market as they just didn’t have time for it any more. I’ve combined the book stall with my Wheelie Good Coffee cart, so there is now a very small bookstore-cafe at the market!

My selection is pretty tiny at the moment, but as with everything, it is a work in progress. Suggestions for what to stock are very welcome! Better still, most of my paperbacks are $5, and $6 will get you a new book AND a coffee. The perfect combination!

You can read all about the new Books and Beans stall over at

I will be stocking my own book when ‘It Seemed A Good Idea at the Time’ comes out very shortly. I have had the first round of edits back from my editor, and now the manuscript has gone off for Layout editing. Editing is a very strange process, and it’s taught me an awful lot about how I write, picking up on my annoying writing habits, repetitions and usual typos which I could not see by myself. There’s a lot of “Britishisms” in there too that I am not altogether comfy with having removed! Ah well, it’s all highly exciting, and I can’t wait to see it finished.


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Ikigai – a reason for being


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!