I’m in my 60s now, in retirement, and the older I get, the riskier life appears to be. I need not mention the higher risk of diseases, of injuries from failing bodies not as adept to navigate our busy world. Driving a car is one of the riskiest functions I perform and I’m more aware … More For this Retired Author, Life is Risky
It’s a process. But I’m still going to enjoy the journey! Today, (yesterday really, or maybe Monday?) Hey, early March, 2020. My second book, a sister companion to my first, Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story by Michele Sabad, is PUBLISHED. On Amazon, only in ebook format for the moment (I said, it’s a process), … More First We Eat : Publication News
It’s that time again – another calendar year is ending. 2019. 2020 on the way. It sounds futuristic, like a date from one of the sci-fi novels I loved in my youth, and still like to read, although I’ve been on quite the historical fiction kick lately. Here’s the list this year: Worthy Brown’s Daughter … More Reading List 2019
Publication Notice : “A Two-four of Tales” Twenty-four Stories from Ottawa Independent Writers, published by OTTAWA INDEPENDENT WRITERS 2019 Followers and friends of these posts know a few things about me. After all, as my real life persona of Michele Sabad, I’ve written a memoir, “Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story”, which pretty much laid … More Story Published by Stevie
So just returned from my first ever “Writer’s Retreat”, organized by the ottawaindependentwriters.com. What is a writer’s retreat? I didn’t know, but assumed it was a quiet place away from home where a writer could write. Well, yes, it was. First, it was away from home. In quaint little Westport, Ontario, nestled on a lake … More Writer’s Retreat : Westport
I’m starting with number 2 because of course the first retirement myth is that you have unlimited free time in retirement, and I’ve already blown away that misconception a couple of blog posts ago. Number 2 is closely related : You can do whatever you want. Of course, I’ve discovered that life is not like … More Retirement Myth #2
My memoir Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story by Michele Sabad, continues to be a success. But what does that mean? I defined my first book a success by these criteria: I recouped my self-publishing costs, and continue to generate enough sales to pay for ongoing costs. Plus about a bottle of wine a month. … More Writing Success. Fear.
This time of year, I see many posts on social media of favourite quotes, advice, words of wisdom. Maybe I’m naturally contrarian, but I always think of a smart-alec snarky response! Here’s some New Year’s resolutions and advice translated Stevie-style. Caution, to be read with a sense of humour as it was written with tongue-in-cheek. … More New Year Resolutions – Debunked
I entered Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story in the prestigious Writer’s Digest Book awards. Boldly. Contests can be intimidating, but this one promised a review for the entry fee, so taking a deep breath, I submitted. Below, in its entirety, is the judge’s commentary. I admit I disagreed with 2 points. Read on and … More Camp Follower : Writer’s Digest Review
I wrote this post some time ago. My son is safely returned from his deployment to Africa. But the sentiments are still appropriate and I invite a read while we observe our November 11 Remembrance day here in our lucky country of Canada. Last Sunday we marked the 100th anniversary since the end of the … More Your Military. They Serve and Protect.