Monday, July 21, 2014


My family are flying home to England late this afternoon. I had a wonderful time playing with my beautiful Great Granddaughter, Caroline. She is smart and working hard on standing up. That's all about that. Family news is only interesting to other members of the family.

I am reading P.D.James, "A Fragment of Autobiography." She had the first book she wrote picked up by a publisher and she acquired an agent. Her talent was that good from the get-go. What is obvious is her use of language. She had a good education and it shows.

One of things she regrets is the change in teaching children. No one has to memorize poetry or scenes from plays. My memory goes way back when and I can recite poetry I learned when I was 12 or 13 years old.

Do you ever have a song running through your head and wonder where it has come from. To-day I was singing to myself, "The Teddy Bear's Picnic."

"If you go down in the woods to-day, you're in for a big surprise.
If you go down in the woods to-day, You'd better go in disguise.etc."

God only knows what's stored inside my head and your head.

I hope you are buying copies of my e-book, THE GHOST WRITER MYSTERY.  $1.99 and making it a best seller.

Remember my romance novels, They are all available in trade paper back and as e-books.



A Very Difficult Man is a  historical novel. Isabelle's Diary is contemporary. Isabelle's  Story is  historical. Ring Around The Moon is a time travel. Too Young To Die is a murder mystery.


Saturday, July 12, 2014


A great flight of gulls has flown overhead. They have pooped all over my front window so it has to be washed again. I was shocked to learn that gulls are a protected species here in Canada! Why? Same as raccoons and they are a huge problem in Toronto where they breed like...raccoons.

Her in Victoria urban deer are a huge problem. They breed happily and there are no predators to eat them up. A cougar roaming might scare them but cougars also eat pet cats and are a danger to we mortals.

I have my grandson, his wife and my great granddaughter Caroline arriving to morrow for a five day visit. I have booked them into a private suite where I live. The weather is perfectly terrific, summer but not too hot. The breeze off the sea keeps us cool at night.

I had a notion to read something written by Charles Dickens so I started reading The Old Curiosity Shop. Dickens creates such evil characters, without any redeeming qualities. I'm enjoying the story and all the characters Nell and her grandfather meet on the road.

I shall write a page or two on my book, Phyllis. Writing is such a pleasure. I have no deadlines. Nobody wants me. I'll see how this book turns out.

My books are out there awaiting to entertain you. All are in e-book format. Easy to buy. Try it.


Monday, July 7, 2014


Sigh. I've given up on the theme, GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY. Some bright old dame has written a book or an article or something called, Growing Old Disgracefully. Can't beat that for a title so I quit. I'm growing old and that is that! Actually I don't want to be Disgraceful. what ever that means.

So where do I stand now? My left foot is still a bit sore so I can't walk as far as I like.

 I'm writing Phyllis. I'm almost at 30,000 words and am not sure what the mystery is that's driving the story. I think that's most peculiar. I should know who is doing what to whom, and when and where and what is the outcome. Haven't a clue. It will reveal itself in good time as I write.

Great article in the Globe and Mail to-day about the importance of reading to children from when they are little. Read every day until they can learn to read. Read and sing and talk to them every day. To reduce illiteracy leave children's books in doctor's offices. Carry a book or two with you when you go out with your kids. Giving your children the gift of literacy is a treasure beyond price.

Back to me and my books. Are you buying my e-book, THE GHOST WRITER MYSTERY? Please push me into the best seller list! Is that possible? Worth a try. It costs $1.99


If I had had any sense when I started writing I should have written a series. Readers love series. But it's too late for me.  My present book, Phyllis, is a stand alone mystery. Whether it will ever find a publisher is moot. We shall see. I write for pleasure.

Enjoy the day. The sun is shining here and there's no wind. Blue sky. Blue sea. The snow on the Olympic mountains is shining white.


Friday, June 27, 2014


I've changed the title of my blog hoping to catch one or two interested people interested in the topic of aging. How is doing it well and who are giving in. I saw a big particle in the newspaper about the death of a woman, aged 95, who was a champion senior athlete well into her eighties. Good for her. She's an inspiration. I'd like to be inspired to go out running or leaping fences or lifting weights but the thought of getting up and hitting the bricks is not what I really want to do.

I love walking as fast as I can for a kilometre or a little less. I walk on a path over looking over the sea. I've had curtail my walking because of a flare up of something on the top of my left foot. Could be arthritis. It's getting better and I'm getting out and about.

It's Canada Day week-end, also known as the July first week-end. We have a little ceremony here when the old flag is lowered and carefully carried away while the new one is raised up the flag pole. There a several residents here at Somerset House who served in W.W. II in the Royal Canadian Navy, The Royal Canadian Air Force, The Canadian Merchant Fleet and served with various Canadian regiments.

I didn't serve but came close to being tossed into the north Atlantic when a German submarine launched a powerful torpedo at a large ship in the convoy and blew it to pieces. I felt it but didn't see the aftermath. The captain of the Ariguani wouldn't allow us out on deck. We felt the second explosion when the ship designated as the hospital ship came to rescue survivors from the Empire Heritage and was torpedoed.

With the horror stories erupting around the world with militants joyfully killing their enemies, actually kindred spirits of the own religion, a different branch, I'm glad to live in Canada.

We can GROW OLD GRACEFULLY without being shot at or having a bomb chucked over our grey heads.

CELEBRATE the July first week-end. There's a new moon tonight.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Want to Grow Old Gracefully? Don't grow old. There's no stopping the march of time. I wake up every morning and I'm still here - where else would I want to be?

Getting old means getting used to the new you, the New You, whose energy level is not what it used to be five years ago. I've been there. Get used to it.

I'm not writing the way I used to. No longer do I sit four or five hours typing like mad with stories blooming on the computer right in front of my eyes. Now I manage a couple of pages a day - unless I've had errands to run and my creative energy has seeped away. 

I saw a funny thing this morning hand printed on a lamp post. "I wish I was more creative ."

Being creative isn't a big problem for me. The story I'm writing is coming along nicely. All kinds of weird  things are happening to my three main characters. I tend to write too many characters into this story. They arrive and I can't turf them out, they are there for a reason.

I'm reading the latest Lee Child book in the Jack Reacher series,  NEVER GO BACK. I had to force myself to close it and go to bed last night. I'm going to pace myself this evening. I had a hard time going to sleep and then I dreamed ...

I was talking to a neighbour while standing on the back porch of a house. The big back yard was untidy. It seemed familiar to me. I think I remember it from my childhood in London, Ontario. An owl flew over head. That's all!

So Grow Old Gracefully. Accept the changes in your energy level. Enjoy using your brain every day. Do puzzles, read, converse with friends. I don't do puzzles. I don't do crossword puzzles. I certainly don't do Sudokos. My brain has limitations. There you have it. Are  you  puzzle person?

Have your purchased a copy of THE GHOST WRITER MYSTERY? $1.99 - it's an e-published book. Can't beat the price.


Monday, June 23, 2014


I am not GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY.  I am made as hell. I just wrote a brilliant blog, touched something and lost the damned thing.

Buy my books. Make me smile. Buy my romance novels in trade paperback or as e-books. Buy, THE GHOST WRITER MYSTERY, it's published as an e-book. $1.99. You can't beat the price.

My romance novels. A VERY DIFFICULT MAN, Historical, England 1858.
ISABELLE'S DIARY, contemporary with many a twist and possibly a ghost.

ISABELLE'S STORY, historical. The storY of Isabelle who wrote the diary! 1895-1900 England.

RING AROUND THE MOON - set in magical Cornwall. He comes from two hundred years in the past to the present time and finds a new love.

TOO  YOUNG TO DIE - threatened with death by vicious thugs my heroine escapes in the middle of the night with a three month old baby in her arms. She stumbles through a forest until dawn. To tired to go on she awaits her fate when a man with two large dogs finds her. Who is he?

I'm away now. I might make a cup of tea to calm my frazzled nerves. Loosing my brilliant blog!!! Boo Hoo. That hurt.

Anita  (I'm trying to find out how to add news to my web site but the instructions given to me didn't work.)

Monday, June 16, 2014


GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY will take a one minute break while I do some book promotion.

My e-book, THE GHOST WRITER MYSTERY, is available from Smashwords, my publisher and if you are MAC user from ibooks.

The cost is $l.99. Imagine a 85,000 words mystery for $1.99. You can't beat the price and the story is fascinating, one of the protagonists is Ghost who teams up with a writer to solve the criminal activities taking place in a retirement residence.

So make me happy. Buy my book and enjoy a really good read.

I've been out and about all morning and am pooped. Discovered that strange things were happening on my MasterCard. The powers that be had the last four digits of my card wrong! Charges relating to another card turned up on my statements.

GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY means not getting overtired which I have done. So I shall return tomorrow with brilliant comments.

In the meantime keep buying my romance novels. A VERY DIFFICULT MAN  is selling well in the UK. Not in the hundreds but doing okay.