Life in progress


What Day Is It Anyway? Tuesday, February 8th, 2022

I’m writing this WDIIA post in hopes I’ll remember it’s Tuesday and therefore, tomorrow is Wednesday and I have to write a One-Liner Wednesday post before I go to bed tonight.

I could be writing and scheduling that post now, I guess…

But then where would I be? Probably confused again.

Let’s face it: it doesn’t take much.

Oh, hey! Did you vote for my book and my series yet? I’d really appreciate it if you would. 😀 I stand to win the Paranormal Romance Guild’s Reviewers Choice Award Here’s the link: Thank you! *throws you cookies*

I was supposed to have taken Alex to a dentist appointment today in Ottawa, but I postponed it to March. First, because the clinic is in a hospital and I don’t want to go into a hospital right now unless I can’t help it, and second because I don’t want to have to stop anywhere on the way there and the way back. The drive is three hours one way. That’s if there aren’t any convoys slowing things down.

And don’t get me started on the convoys.

I used to work in the area they’re currently occupying. My bus stop was right outside the parliament buildings. It’s usually a nice place to visit …

Yeah, don’t get me started.

I need coffee.

Do you know what day it is?


183. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Note: Strong language

Friday, March 2nd, 7:00pm
Ethyl (and Jade)


Ethyl sits at the window. Jade takes the seat beside her.

Ethyl: (under her breath) Pfft.

Jade turns and smiles tentatively.

Ethyl: (under her breath) Slut.

Jade: I beg your pardon?

Ethyl: (under her breath) Tart.

Jade: If you’ve got something to say, say it.

Ethyl: You look like a whore.

Jade: How … dare you!

Ethyl: You’re off to get paid for a man’s pleasure, aren’t you? Look at the way you’re dressed.

Jade: It’s a skirt and blouse! I’m going to visit my mom.

Ethyl: Liar!

Jade: (stands) Lady, you need to keep your thoughts to yourself.

Ethyl: (smiles sweetly) Just kidding.

Jade: (sits and crosses her arms) Hmph.

Ethyl: (under her breath) Cocksucker.


Next stop: Saturday, March 3rd, 6:00pm

Click here to learn all about this series, how it works, and where to find your favourite characters.


A Rant

I am officially ashamed of my job. The organization that prints and distributes the local newspaper that I deliver–that people pay good money for–needs to take a good, close look at itself and its practices. It’s no wonder subscriptions are on the decline. I’ve gone from having twenty-three customers to thirteen in the three years I’ve been doing the job.

Today, however, takes the proverbial cake.

The article in question (no, I won’t cite it for the following reasons:  a) I don’t want to advertise publicly where I live; b) the article is conspicuously absent from their website anyway; and c) I still work for them. For now.) is about a recent awareness-raising campaign entitled “Slut Walk.”

The annual Slut Walk, if you haven’t heard about it, is a tool to teach people (men mostly) that dressing like a slut isn’t an invitation for sexual assault. This, in and of itself, is a reasonable lesson to learn. You can read more about it here: if you’re interested.

But it’s not the Walk itself that I have a problem with – it’s the article.

Apart from numerous grammatical errors, (“you’re” instead of “your”? Come on!) which point blatantly at the fact that if an editor even read through the article he needs to be fired clean out of the editorial cannon, there are the questionable quotes from the event’s organizer, in which she states that the word ‘slut’ need not be a bad word, and that, “It just describes someone that is sexually promiscuous, someone who is maybe for work or for personal reasons and that is not a bad thing.”

Then she goes on to say people are complaining that the Walk isn’t child-friendly, but that, “…there is not a whole lot of scantily clad people…” this directly below a picture of a woman with the middle of her t-shirt cut out, revealing her bare breasts (and no, it’s not edited) and then, “…I think there is only one sign with profanity…there is nothing here that you wouldn’t see on TV or hear on the radio.”

Where is anything child-friendly about this scenario? On one hand you have a legitimate message – clothes don’t invite rape – and then on the other hand you have a newspaper quoting an organizer saying it’s okay for girls to be sexually promiscuous for work or personal reasons or whatever. Not only that, she’s blind!

And so is the editor of my damned paper!!!

Aside from finding a way to get a note to the author of the article to ask him if he grammars much, I’ve a good mind to write a letter to the editor.

I just don’t know where to start.


New Theme, New Colours, Have a Look!

I found the theme I’m going to stick with, finally.

So what do you think? Easy enough to read? Have I made everyone happy with my background colour? How about the text colour and size?

I’m wondering if it’s too busy, with the header and the background.

I’d love to know what everyone thinks. 🙂