Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Life's like that

I hate moving, but it seems I'm going to be moving to Vancouver, Canada. Ack!

On the plus side, Vancouver is a great city, I spent some time there during the summers when I was a teenager. My folks rented a cabin up in the interior of British Columbia. Beautiful country, if you like a stark, dried out, living-on-the-edge-of-civilization vibe. Which I did, and do. So that's the upside.

The downside is that I'll have to pack everything up, and I've acquired ... well, it feels as though I'll have to rent a moving van the size of a small stadium! I think I'll need to implement a two year rule: If I haven't used it in the past two years, out it goes!

I may not be moving, though, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

My First Post!

This is exciting! My friends have been pestering ... er, I mean kindly reminding ... me that one of my my year's resolutions was to start a blog. And here it is, mid-August! Well, better late than never, right?

My buddies have been trying to get me to publish some of my stories and I keep telling them, "You must be crazy, who'd read it?" But some ideas I just can't shake loose and it began to grow on me (you can just see the idea, can't you, it is huge, hideously misshapen and green drool dribbles from a jagged slit of a mouth).

Heh, I might have gotten just a bit carried away there. Anyway, moving on ...

I've been writing since I was a kid, mostly grizzly-monster-strewn-shoot-em-up kinda stories, so I was surprised when a couple of months ago I sat down and wrote a yarn about cats (Miko and the Puppy)! I thought, well, there's nothing in here that would make innocent young children go screaming into the night, let's call it a children's story!

I put it up a few days ago and 60 or so people have downloaded it, a number I'm thrilled with! For me it's all about sharing stories -- I'm more of a storyteller than a writer (I'll include a link to Kris's article on the difference between the two if I can figure out how to do that!). Like how we did when we were kids sitting around a campfire at night, toasting marshmallows and watching the flames dance and listening to the sound of night as it closed in around us. We told stories to keep the bad things at bay and to have fun. Come to think of it, I guess that's still why I do it.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to leave a comment and say hi. :)