Dirty Laundry

Life After Moving

You may have noticed that I have a new website design. I haven’t officially announced the new site as I have been absolutely crazed with moving from Toronto back to British Columbia and it still needs some tweaking. I am not going to go into the details of how insane this move was but if any of you have seen American Horror Story: Asylum, well, then you have a good idea of where my head was at this past summer. Not only did we move across the country at the height of moving season, not only was I in the middle of edits on the new book, not only did my wife have a movie to shoot and a book tour to do, but we also had non-stop houseguests for the past three months.

Now, you might be saying to yourself, “Don, come on, non-stop houseguests for three months? Aren’t you exaggerating just a little bit?” And to that I would say, “No. I am not.”

We love having guests, don’t get me wrong. But when you are literally dropping one person off at the airport in the morning only to pick two more up at the airport that very afternoon you know that you have overbooked your summer. To add to the stress, our furniture and bazillion boxes arrived a week late and so we only had a day and a half to unpack before our FOURTH set of guests arrived.

Of course, I know we are lucky and blessed to even own furniture and everything inside those bazillion boxes. Don’t get me wrong, I count my blessings every day. It’s just these days I am counting them a little more, shall we say, wearily.

The good news is that we are all moved in and the guests are all moved out and I can start writing a new book soon. My fourth novel, Dan Versus Nature will be out in the spring and I am just waiting for the go ahead from my publisher to show you the cover and the book trailer. I received the Advance Reader Copies in the mail last week and I have to say, I’m really excited about this one.

That’s all for now.

Well, except for this…

What’s going on?

Been a busy time for me lately. Beyond my rehab for my separated bicep I have been working on putting the finishing touches on my new book (due out next spring), designing a new website (looks pretty cool, very excited), filming a new book trailer (had tons of fun with this one and it’s turned out well thanks to my wife’s input), putting together my Facebook page (in the infancy stages here), moving from the east coast back to west coast (slowly but surely), working on a few new writing projects and trying to shed the pounds I layered on during all this time (some days my willpower is so strong other days… not so much).

Add this to my must-see-TV (Stanley Cup Playoffs and World Championships Hockey) and I am finding it a challenge to stay sane.

But regardless, I’m dropping in to give a quick update on anything and everything.

1) Excited Canada won the World Championships. Been years since I was interested in this tournament but Sidney Crosby was involved for the first time since 2006 and so I watched and enjoyed! Like an All Star Game where something is really on the line.

2) Not sure who I am rooting for to win the Stanley Cup. I vacillate between the Rangers and the Lightening. I like players on both teams. Of course, there’s also the Blackhawks and the Ducks, both teams are stacked with talent as well. The nice thing about not having a horse in the race is there is waaaaaaaaay less stress and palm sweats.

3) Saw Avengers: Age of Ultron. First viewing I was a little disappointed but on a second viewing I liked it better. There is so much going on in this film that it bears a second viewing for sure. I wonder, though, if Joss Whedon’s original 3.5 hour cut won’t be even more entertaining and maybe fill in some of the gaping plot holes.

4) Summer is coming and so are a plethora of visitors. I find it a challenge to balance the real want of seeing friends and family with the pull of being a hermit. I know that the wise people say that the most important thing in life is to keep contact with those you love, and I agree completely, but there is the loner part of me that just wants to barricade myself in my room and write a new project and see no one. Still, I am looking forward to everyone who is planning on visiting us - just need to make sure I give myself a few hours each day to be alone.

5) My reading has really suffered over the last few months. There are so many books that are in my reading pile that I am feeling overwhelmed. I need to get more organized or maybe I need to unplug a bit. Although there is a real desire to make a big social media/internet push with my next book. I don’t know how everyone else does it. I think I might need to split myself in two or there or four or five. There are times I look at other authors who manage to keep up there internet presence with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Blogs, etc. etc. and I feel sorely deficient.

6) Apple Watch, yes or no?

7) Finally, I am playing in the sandbox of new ideas. This is the most fun part of creating. The what’s next part. The jotting down of ideas. The infinite possibilities. So, there’s that, too.

I feel like I want to leave you with a picture so here is a random shot of our dog Anna.


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Final edits and ruptured biceps

This blog is going to be very different for me. I’ve never used dictation on my computer before. It may read the same to you however I am not typing any of this. I’m speaking into my computer’s microphone.

I’ll get this right out of the way and let you know why I’m dictating this rather than typing it. I was very excited to be finished with my final edits on the new novel. And to celebrate, I signed up at the local recreation center to play drop in hockey. This was not a competitive league, we were not keeping score, our goalie was a 70-year-old woman named Shirley who could barely shuffle from post-to post. This should give you a sense of the speed and tempo of the game. However, I was having fun just skating around when the puck was passed to me. I reached out for it with my right arm and I felt a snap. I didn’t think anything of it. I thought I just strained a muscle. I continued to play in a little bit of pain. Figured I would put some ice on it when I got home.

When I got the locker room and I took off my equipment I looked down at my arm and saw that my bicep was not where it was supposed to be. It was floating up around my shoulder like a flabby piece of beef tenderloin. My initial thought was “that does not look right.” My next thought was “I need to get out of here before anyone else sees this.”

I returned home, showed my wife, and she too thought that there was a problem. I called my doctor, he had me send pictures, he told me I was probably going to need surgery.

And so here I am, post operation, trying to blog by dictating into my computer because I don’t have the use of my right arm. And while the itching under the bandage is driving me insane, and everything I have to do feels like an effort, I’m still grateful that it was just a ruptured bicep tendon and not something worse, something terminal. Because, there’s nothing that will make you feel more grateful for the life you have been sitting for six hours in an emergency room.

I am going to stop here because I keep having to go back and fix the mistakes my dictation software is making. It does seem a miracle that I can just speak and the words are typed on the screen. However when words like “felt like a snap” are typed as ASAP and the word puck is typed out as something far more offensive, one can get a little frustrated. It also doesn’t help that my dog keeps barking at the neighbors in the hall and my dictation software starts typing out Anna Anna Anna quiet Anna quiet Anna.

Until next time this is me signing out.