Eileen Cook Author, Writing Consultant, Editor


Things I learned by having my wisdom teeth out

I have survived the removal of my wisdom teeth. Some things I learned:

- I am a totally wussy about dental procedures. (Technically I already knew this, but this did serve as a reminder.)

- Dentists have access to some great drugs. I don’t know what she slipped me before the procedure, but if I had access to that all the time I would never get a thing done.

- You know who really loves you by the people who bring you tea, ice cream and make you homemade mac and cheese. I really do have the best friends and husband.

- You should not try and have deep discussions while on pain killers.

- Swilling your mouth with salt water is unpleasant. Especially if you have open wounds inside.

- Clear chicken broth for lunch and dinner is not a satisfying meal.

All in all if I had any wisdom teeth left I would not be keen to have them removed. On the upside it went way better than I had been led to believe so that is possible. Now onto the good things to come this fall.


Fall is here….

The weather in Vancouver has stayed summer-like so far (although I can tell the non-stop rain will arrive soon), but it’s easy to tell fall is here. Halloween candy is for sale in the stores (if you are buying Halloween candy in September, admit it: you have no intent of passing it out). Pumpkin flavoured everything is available and there are a million things on my to-do list.

This fall is extra busy. DH has a big robotics event in Seattle later this month. I’ll speaking at RWA Vancouver on October 18, for the North Shore Writer’s Association on October 20th, at the Surrey Conference Oct 23-26 and headed on a trip to Italy that has been in the planning stages for a long time.

Alas, before any of these good things I’ve got plans to have my wisdom teeth out later this week. I am not sure what it is about having impending dental surgery, but a remarkable number of people have shared their dental horror stories with me. Here’s hoping I don’t gag on my own bloody gauze (one of the less traumatic stories shared with me).

Hope your fall plans are shaping up!

Did you know you can now pre-order my new book?

You can! What are you waiting for?

A thrilling tale about what a girl will do to get back a memory she lost…or remove what she wants to forget.

Harper is used to her family being hounded by protestors. Her father runs the company that trademarked the “Memtex” procedure to wipe away sad memories, and plenty of people think it shouldn’t be legal. Then a new demonstrator crosses her path, Neil, who’s as persistent as he is hot. Not that Harper’s noticing, since she already has a boyfriend.

When Harper suffers a loss, she’s shocked her father won’t allow her to get the treatment, so she finds a way to get it without his approval. Soon afterward, she’s plagued with strange symptoms, including hallucinations of a woman who is somehow both a stranger, yet incredibly familiar. Harper begins to wonder if she is delusional, or if these are somehow memories.

Together with Neil, who insists he has his own reasons for needing answers about the real dangers of Memtex, Harper begins her search for the truth. What she finds could uproot all she’s ever believed about her life…


Happy labor day

1314906714871_6594357Here’s to long weekends, the last few days of summer and one more excuse for a BBQ on the deck.

We had a good weekend here at Chez Cook. I heard that my cousin spent part of her labor day weekend labouring and is now a proud mommy for the second time. Yay expanding family!

We took a cooking class this past week. It included a section on wine pairing. We learned all sorts of interesting things on acidity, weight, and tannins. The odds of sounding pretentious and snooty while ordering wine has just increased significantly.

Lastly we went to a Whitecaps soccer game. Alas, we lost, but a good time was had by all.

Now it’s a new week with writing to be done!


Random Monday

Construction update. We have windows! There are rumours we will soon even have complete walls. Nothing against our construction guys, but I will be glad to not see them on a daily basis.

The box set I’m a part of, SASSY SEVEN. is now available on Amazon, Kobo, iTunes AND on Barnes and Noble. I will be really honest with you. We’re hoping to hit a list. Which means we need to sell a lot of copies. This means you need to buy a lot of copies. The upside is that is only a dollar. Surely you love me a dollar’s worth. Especially because you also get six other books.

In other news, I have started a new book so I’ve spent the last two weeks wandering around the house mumbling to myself and leaving cryptic notes on tiny sheets of paper.

Here’s to enjoying the last few days of summer before the fall crazy period begins.


Random Monday- the boxed set edition

Did you know that I’m a part of a box set coming out in September? Well, get ready to get giddy. My book, DO OR DI, is a part of the Sassy Seven. You get seven full length novels for 99 cents. Do yourself a favour and pre-order a copy for yourself on Amazon, or iTunes Books, or very soon on Barnes and Noble. Do me a favour and tell your friends to order it too.

In other non-selling you things news- we have hope that our window is finally in and they will be able to fix the giant hole in our house. I look forward to the day when my dining room isn’t separated from the outdoors by mere plywood. This desire is not just based on how it looks, but also because there have been bears spotted in our neighbourhood and I am not keen for one of them to smell something tasty in our house and discover that we’re just a piece of flimsy wood away.

That’s pretty much the only excitement around here. I’m working on a new book so that means the majority of my time is spent with my imaginary friends.

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