Eileen Cook Author, Writing Consultant, Editor

The Surrey Conference!

One of my favourite events of the year is almost here! I’ll be at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference this week. If you are there be sure to stop me and say hello. Here’s to a week filled with good books, lots of writing talk and good friends (old and new.)

Is there anything better than talking books? I think not.

Here’s to taking time for gratitude


GCC Monday- welcome Denise Jaden


Denise Jaden’s new young adult novel, FOREIGN EXCHANGE, is officially
available to the world today! It is an Editor’s Pick and for a limited time,
it is available on the Evernight Teen website for only $4.49!

Here’s a little more about the book:

Jamie Monroe
has always played it safe. That is, until her live-for-the-moment best
friend, Tristan, jets off to Italy on a student exchange program. Left alone
with her part-time mother and her disabled brother, Jamie discovers that she
is quite capable of taking her own risks, starting with her best friend’s
hotter-than-hot older brother, Sawyer. Sawyer and Tristan have been
neighbors for years, but as Jamie grows closer to the family she thought she
knew, she discovers some pretty big secrets.

As she sinks
deeper into their web of pretense, she suspects that her best friend may not
be on a safe exchange program at all. Jamie sets off to Europe on a class
trip with plans to meet up with Tristan, but when Tristan stops all
communication, suddenly no one seems trustworthy, least of all the one
person she was starting to trust-Sawyer.  

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Random Monday

This past weekend was busy here at Chez Cook. Friday night DH and I went for dinner and then to see GONE GIRL. I loved that book with a white hot passion so I was excited to see the movie. Loved it. You will too assuming you enjoy twisted people. I also wouldn’t see it right before getting married. It’s not a great endorsement for the marital state. On the upside if you are married you are left thinking “hey, we’re doing pretty good in comparison.”

Saturday was Knit City. A huge yarn/knitting event here in Vancouver. Lots of yarn venders, classes etc. Tons of people wandering around stroking skeins of wool (and other fibers including yak). One woman looked at me wide eyed and a bit giddy and declared: This is like Disney World only softer.”

Saturday night was hockey and Sunday was filled with friends and board games.

I need a weekend to recover from my weekend. Alas, that isn’t going to happen.


People are weird

I imagine by now people have heard that the story of the woman who had a third boob surgically added is likely a hoax.

This doesn’t surprise me at all because finding a bra that fits is enough of a hassle without needing them custom designed. Besides I can fathom no reason why anyone would want an extra boob hanging about. However, I don’t understand humanity in general. Why someone would want to be in the media for pretending that they had a third boob added is also a mystery to me.

It may get a bit quiet around here…

I’ve got a lot on my plate so you might not see me around here for the next bit. Carry on. Keep yourselves busy and out of trouble. keep-calm-and-keep-working


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.

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