Monday, June 17, 2013

Quote of the Day

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it's just not that good. It's trying to be good, it has potential, but it's not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit.
- Ira Glass

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Happy Tuesday + Book Winner

{visual inspiration: the lab magazine & Disfunkshion}

I meant to post this yesterday, but life got in the way and here we are! I hope you all are refreshed after the weekend. It's been raining for what feels like forever (really, just a few weeks) but Sunday we finally had some sun and if I hadn't been so busy writing I could have spent the entire day lying in the grass with a blanket and a book. I did manage to go for a nice long walk, however.

Friday, was date night at this place called the Horn of Africa where we ate the most delicious Ethiopian food, moving on to my favourite lounge, Social, for drinks and dessert. Then coffee with a new acquaintance on Saturday, followed by writing (and a bit of wine), and Sunday was more writing, getting back in touch with an amazing teacher of mine, and preparing thai coconut cilantro chicken with the sun shining through my window. All in all, a great weekend!

Now it's back to rain and mugginess.

On that note, the winner of J'adore Paris is Pearly T... congrats!! Please e-mail me at emond (dot) c (at) gmail (dot) com with your contact details so I can get the book to you, and thank you so much for checking out my blog!

I'm going get real with you - I was disappointed at the lack of entries, despite my promotion of the contest on social media, but I sometimes have to remind myself that I'm just starting out and that most of what I put out into the world at this point is not much different from when I talk to myself. (or my food, if you listen to my sister-in-law). A friend of mine recently started a blog, and after 2 or 3 posts she said to me, "No one's commenting, and I don't have any followers yet," and I LOL'd pretty hard, I admit. So I gave the best advice I could think of - be patient! I've been working on this blog for a couple of years now, admittedly on and off, and it seems I still need to take my own advice :)

So in the name of patience, and counting my blessings, I want to say that I'm grateful for those who have taken the time to read these thoughts of mine {3,000ish of you - woohoo - and 9 followers, one of which is accidentally myself, hehe) and I'm going to work on being more patient in my life. As Jon Acuff said, "don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle"

Enjoy the rest of your week!

PS the two magazines in the photo above have been so visually inspiring for me while I work on my WIP, and it feels like the vision I have for this book is finally starting to take shape ...

Friday, June 7, 2013

♥ Friday Links

This past week brought cold, rainy days, but I'm dreaming of summer and hard at work on my WIP. Here are a few links and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

This poem by Melissa Mann
Inspiration on following your dreams here
Great Literature or Gibberish? You decide!
♥ Pretty sure I posted this before, but it warrants a repost!
♥ How to get your spark back when you're burned out. Love this!
♥ Info-graphic on publishing paths at Jane Friedman's blog
Advice for writers on how to de-clutter the mind to be more productive

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

On My Bookshelf

Really looking forward to reading this. I've only just discovered Neil Gaiman (I know, I've lived under a rock most of my life) after a friend showed me this amazing commencement speech. Even if I didn't know who he was, the front cover alone would be enough to make me pick it up in a bookstore.

Monday, June 3, 2013

My Weekend + Happy Monday

This was the second year I've participated in Relay for Life, which raises money for the Canadian Cancer Society, and it took place this past Friday (just one of the many relay events being held in Ottawa). It's such a fun event (although I admit I didn't last the entire night this time) and the luminary ceremony, honouring those who have passed on from cancer, is so touching.

I have been growing my hair for a few years now (as well as keeping it natural - no dyes) in order to cut and donate it. It was finally time, and I made it a part of my fundraising efforts for the relay. (The hair is being donated to the Canadian charity Angel Hair for Kids.) What do you think of the new look?

On Saturday we were invited to my grandparents' home for a bbq to welcome/celebrate a new baby in the family. My grandmother baked these delicious and beautiful cakes for the occasion (the little one was gluten-free, just for me! THANKS grandma :)

We had been asked to arrive earlier than usual, and when asked to pick up some pink streamers I assumed my help was needed to decorate before the rest of the family arrived. Little did I know, I was in for an AMAZING surprise ...

My dad (whom I hadn't seen since the wedding last September) had flown across the Country for a surprise, weekend visit!! I gave him the biggest hug, and I may have cried like a baby teared up a bit :p 

I hope you all had a great weekend as well, and have a fabulous week!

p.s. Found this great quote and wanted to share