Eileen Cook Author, Writing Consultant, Editor

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.


Random Monday

How is it possible that it is already the middle of August? What happened to all the time I planned to have to get random things done? I haven’t even made a dent in my to-be-read pile. (Although this may be slightly my own fault as I keep adding to it.)

I’ve been busy with unexpected home repairs (yes, our place is still sporting what we call Detroit chic), edits, conferences and work. In case you are feeling too sorry for me it has also included lots of time with friends, wine on the patio and long walks with the dog. Cairo likes to think of these walks as “patrols” and himself as the unofficial sheriff of our neighbourhood. I think he wishes for spurs and a white hat. Never fear we will not arm him.



Spent last weekend in Portland for the Willamette Writer’s Conference. There are few things better than large groups of a writers in one space. So much book talk it made my heart grow three sizes.

However, I could have done without the getting there. Someone really needs to develop a transporter. DH and I decided to ride the rails on the way down. With the train no one had the hassle of driving, there was free wifi, a bar car, beautiful scenery- what could go wrong? Everything. It took HOURS longer both going and returning. DH declared that Big Bang Theory and Sheldon had led him to believe trains were cool, but they clearly lied.

In addition to all the writer fun I also snuck away to spend time with family. We found a restaurant- Swank- and had one of the best meals ever. If you are in Portland you should eat there.

Now to attack my mile high to-do list……

And for those of you still wondering- we still don’t have a new window so the house still looks “Detroit chic.”

The importance of being humble


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