More Birds, Bugs, and Boats

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There ended up being quite a few pictures I took that did not get inserted into my blog posts about my Kootenay travels so here are a few more of my favourites for your enjoyment. Here are a couple of … Continue reading

Coping With the Loss of Your Written Content

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As many people don’t know, I have been (finally!) working on a new blog post to announce my return to the digital world and talking about where I’ve been hiding these past months.  I was having a really rough time getting the words out and had only written about two hundred within the past four days.  However, today was the day that nearly a thousand of them flooded my screen.  Part I of my return post was complete.  At least for a few short moments it was.  You see, I had thought that I had saved my work when I went to go preview it.  It hadn’t saved properly.  I was in denial when I couldn’t scroll below the two hundred words… that’s when the anger hit and I screamed, nearly throwing my laptop before running out of the room in disbelief and horror.  This is not a normal response from me and I know there are a lot of people who would not fully understand how much of an impact this moment had.  However, I know that somewhere, there are people who totally get it.

It is amazing how much of a difference one second can make to your day and your life.  I had just been smiling with pride moments before, excited about how the format would look finally published.  Then I lost my mind and went to stand in the shower for a while before coming back to search for an article about coping with the loss of written work.  There is no such article that I could find.

I thought that an article like that was sure to exist.  How could it not?  Google is supposed to have all of the answers in’t it?  Actually no, it doesn’t and for the first time in my little life, Google let me down.  I felt so alone, staring at the screen, realizing that maybe it was just me, alone with a blinking text cursor rubbing my fate in my face.

I would like to note that I am still going to rewrite my return post as though this one had never been written and hopefully it can be anywhere near as good as the original… but until then, here are some steps for coping with the loss of your written (or other creative) work.

I. Walk Away and Get Some Air.

II. Do Something Else for a Few Minutes (Hopefully something that makes you feel good… like sex or eating).

III. There Is More Where That Came From.

IV. It Doesn’t Have to be Exactly the Same to be Great.

V. Forget About It and Start Over Fresh.

VI. Rome Wasn’t Built In a Day (And I’m sure they had struggles too).

VII. You Are Not Alone.

VIII. Try Working on a Different Piece and Then Go Back to It.

IX. It’s Not Your Fault (Accidents happen. That’s what life and learning are all about).

X. This Too, Shall Pass.

February at Last!!!

I am so happy that it is finally February!  We have finally made it over the hump and are on our way into Spring (some of us later rather than sooner, but hey, it’s still on it’s way).  The northern winters can be a bit long… or should I say very long? Either way, this winter was one of the best ones in a long time and I am very thankful… especially since hiking season is on it’s way!

I am starting to itch with anticipation because there are only so many snow pictures you can take and most of the inspiration for writing is a little dark with the lack of sun.  However, I am quite happy with the pictures I did take this winter (some of which I have already shared with you in previous posts).  My boyfriend had purchased me a Nikon for our two-year anniversary in December and after seeing how amazing the winter pictures are, I am insanely excited to see what it can do with the beautiful colours of summer.

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I know that I have not been writing as much lately but I am dying to get back on it.  Especially now that months with holidays are here!! So expect some talk of food and some other new categories for this blog.  I think it’s good to shake things up a bit and keep it new.  What do you think?

I would also like to find out if you guys would like some more Yukon posts.  I know in other parts of the world where I live is considered rather interesting and so if you have something you would like to see or hear about let me know and I will do my best to make it happen 🙂

Anyways happy February!! I am definitely excited for this year and what it holds.

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My Latest Novel Purchase

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So I really like books but sadly it has been a really long time since one jumped off the shelf at me.  Until a couple of days ago.  I am pretty sure it was fate.  The book to which I am referring is The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright.

I am 38 pages in and I do not regret my purchase one bit.  The title seemed to have screamed at me from the shelf and when saw the title, I felt that tingle of fate and I knew.  I knew I would be buying this book even though I had yet to read the back and yet to read the first sentence.

I find that the first sentence of a novel, tells you all you need to know.  Maybe that’s a bit harsh but that is how I know it is a good book.  The first sentence gives me the flavour of the author’s writing and the texture in which they like to write their stories.  A book that did this very well, and my very favourite book up to date, was The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson.  It was so good that I could not find any new books to read because they no longer seemed worthy.  So now that I have miraculously found this one, I have hope.  I feel like this novel may possibly give me that same satisfaction that The Gargoyle did, and if not I feel like it will be somewhere close.

I am very excited to enjoy the journey of this novel and even more excited to let everyone know whether or not I end up deeming it worthy.

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