This morning, I was up at 6:25 a.m. so that I could almost drop my mother off at the train station.  I say “almost” because, as we were backing down the driveway, my mother noticed her neighbor across the street getting into her car.  As it turned out, she was also headed to the train station so, in the end, I didn’t have to bother – although, in truth, dropping mom off at the station ranks nowhere near as bothersome as having to wake up at 6:25 a.m.

Still, I made the most of the early start, tackling that script, revising the tease and then hammering out the first and second acts, hitting the top of  page 32, well over the halfway mark.  In addition, I got in a 45 minute work-out, 4 dog walks, a Japanese lesson, and even managed to squeeze in one 30 minute nap.  I’m on fire!  And I owe it all to an absence of internet.

Well, technically, almost an absence of internet because, while mom doesn’t have internet, my sister does and I am over her house twice a day to feed the cat…and update this blog.

Although I’m missing the gang back in Toronto, I am hanging with a new pack while in Montreal…

May 1, 2018: Montreal Update!

Felix – the love of mom’s life.  The spoiled one.

May 1, 2018: Montreal Update!

Caramel – the male dog with the female dog’s name.  The cranky one.

May 1, 2018: Montreal Update!

Ralph – high-strung.  The jumpy one.

May 1, 2018: Montreal Update!

Fernando – blind in both eyes.  The gentle one.

May 1, 2018: Montreal Update!

Kona – my new best friend.  The crazy one.

I fee like I’m putting a gang together for a heist.  It’s like Ocean’s Eleven, but good and with dogs.

Oh yeah, finished another book yesterday which puts me at 129 for the year to date – but, in all fairness, about a third of those were graphic novels so, if you’re a purist, it’s a mere 85 or so titles.  I quite liked A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window, a contemporary riff on Rear Window.  Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible was an emotionally exhausting but incredibly rewarding read about a missionary family’s experience in late 1950’s Congo.  Both Sue Burke’s Semiosis and Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time approach a similar premise from different angles – human colonists’ otherworldly encounters with alien life forms – but they both deliver a brilliant hard SF exploration of extraterrestrial biological and sociological evolution.  All highly recommended.

12 thoughts on “May 1, 2018: Montreal update!

  1. What an adorable pack you’ve joined! So glad you are able to get your daily dose of puppy love while missing yours!

  2. Felix is so cute! No wonder he’s the spoiled one. And can you blame poor Caramel for being cranky when he has the girly name?

    Those two sci-fi books sound rather good.

    I’m in PEI for a couple of days visiting my friends over here. There might be lobster in the forecast for tomorrow!

  3. Cool. Sounds like you’re having a much better day than yesterday. Hope you get to hang with Le monkey while you are there.
    Well I didn’t get in many naps this past week when I had down time,
    but I did get to catch the season opener of Handmaids Tale and the first few eps of the new season of 3% and a couple of episodes of Imposters.

    Not as impressed with the new seasons of 3% or Imposters but definitely still
    hooked on handmaids Tale.
    Oh, and I also discovered an awesome young guitar prodigy, courtesy of a video Anne Wheaton posted, who has since joined our open access Arts & Sciences learning community.
    His name is Yayo. Check out his debut release
    He’s at @yayosanchez333 if anyone wants to follow and support his journey to rock legend dom.

    Well I’m off to go do laundry and catch up on composing and replying to personal emails while I enjoy a tasty irish coffee and a hot pastrami on rye with mustard with homemade seasoned curly fries. ( I;m just in that kinda mood.
    I even got me self some pistachio almond icecream for desert)

    Mothership by Yayo

    1. PS: The vid is kinda amateurish (his first attempt at making vids) and you shouldn’t stare directly at it if you are prone to photo sensitive triggered seizures. Albeit, the music and guitar playing is definitely beyond awesome!!

  4. When I read your descriptions of the pups, I was hearing the “Mission Impossible” theme in my head. 😀 They are adorable!

  5. You know, it’s really depressing to hear you crank out 30 odd pages a day. I’m struggling to keep my average above 600 words a day. Of course, I have a full-time job, and a family, and the bloody internet…

    Getting there though.

  6. Darling dawgs! What a pack! Caramel might cheer up if he goes by Mel. A little old fashioned but tough in a school of hard knocks way. Woof!

  7. Ralph, Fernando, and Kona I’m sure are glad to see their Uncle Joe again. Felix and Caramel I bet are happy to see their brother again. (I think that’s right) Be nice to your little bro Felix. He can’t help it mom likes him best.

  8. G’day

    All cute doggies. Mum looks good.
    🙁 I’m sad, where is the photo of the puddy tat?? I love me some kitty cats. I do have four. Sooooooooooooo…

  9. Think it’s about time to make a t.v. series out of Heinliens Methuselahs Children??? We have many of the elements present,,,rampant silly religion, possible life extension(including the youthful blood transfusions) and space ships…

  10. Is the weather fabulous? I’m loving this delicious spring weather.

    So much pup cuteness! I’m missing my bro’s cute shih tzu, a nibbly five month old who loves to go on walks but saves up her poops like they were precious jewels that she deposits at one particular church lawn. It may be the Church of Squirrels, something about it calls her to defile their grass.

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