Wednesday 30 April 2014

Day 3 of 7: My Day Photos

April 30, 2014

Prompt: Share a photo from your life for each day in a typical week.

And here we go with Wednesday April 30

Today I'm going to go ahead and focus on bright and early in the morning.

This is the first thing I do every morning:

I press go on the coffee pot. It's usually set up the night before. So I get out of bed and press go on my way to the shower. I fill myself up a travel mug to go, and bring C his first cup of coffee as well. (cause I'm sweet). This is a necessity.

Also, around the same time as filling coffee cups (after I'm done making my face and hair pretty), I do this:

Fill the crockpot with the food I plan to eat when I get home. Sometimes I'm running late and C takes over the cooking. Tonight will be spaghetti squash with garlic and grilled bacon and vegetables mixed in. It's going to be good.

Then I leave the house. Off the usual pic posts: this is what the outside looked yesterday morning in one shot, and this morning in the next. Needless to say, I was happier today:

Then I drive around and try to find free parking across from downtown. It was harder today because they're blocking off streets for pot hole fixen'. Which is needed. I get to see this on my walk across the bridge everyday:

I get to work, and start my day. If it's noisy, I sometimes listen to my music. I was having a bit of a stressful morning, turned on Songza, and cheered up instantly. Why? Because this was the first song:

That's my Wednesday Morning.  I've now covered mornings and lunches.

May 1st already tomorrow. I may end up doing two posts in one.

More about my 'weekly/daily' routine tomorrow.

Most of my ideas are coming from It's leads to another blog where I found the ideas. My April onward details start with that post.

And as always:

©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Day 2 of 7: My day photos

April 29, 2014

Prompt: Share a photo from your life for each day in a typical week.

And here we go with Tuesday April 29

 I went to the post office for part of my lunch and mailed a cheque to the government. That's not typical, and I am not a fan of parting with money. I stopped for coffee to cheer myself up, and then I ate my leftovers at work. I have my 'work book' there as well. It's my lunchtime book. (I am sounding a bit anti-social. Ah well.) Soon, summer will be here, and I'll spend most lunches outside.

I found a new coffee place. I like a change from Starbucks every once in a while. This place was quiet and low key and I could imagine writing there someday if my lunchtimes are rainy. I will be back, so it's definitely 'typical' now. I had a tea latte. It was delicious.

I also read a blog entry about rejection from publishers. It was good, and made me appreciate Twitter and all the resources and people I find on it, as well as blogs. The blog entry is linked below.

The Levels of Rejection: click here

Finally, I read my horoscope. I don't always, but I took a Metro from a guy downtown. I feel bad for them because they don't seem to have a lot of people taking the free paper. So I took one, and found out somebody is going to yell at me in the next 24 hours, but it's all good cause I'm funny. (That's what I'm taking from it).

So... that's my typical weekly lunchtime. Until it gets nice out. Then it all changes.

More about my 'weekly/daily' routine tomorrow.

Most of my ideas are coming from It's leads to another blog where I found the ideas. My April onward details start with that post.

And as always:

©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.

Monday 28 April 2014

Day 1of 7: My Day Photos.

April 28

I already did my Monday Writing update blog on Saturday. Here. I am feeling better about things since I wrote it. I have never been good at patience, and this is quite the test. Like I said in my 'Villains' post Here.: I am grateful to have written one at all, and to have the support I've had with it.

So I'm just going to go ahead and do a writing prompt today because I don't have much of an update other than it's now been two weeks since I mailed it in. (TWO WEEKS).

Prompt: Share a photo from your life for each day in a typical week.

Okay, so I'm just guessing here, but it seems like it wants seven days of photos. That's seven blog entries right there. Convenient. Also convenient that I am starting on a Monday.

Here we go.

Monday April 28th: I will focus on just the morning of my typical Monday of the week, and leave afternoon and more typical daily stuff for the week in other days.

Looks like Christmas this morning. I drove to work in this wet and thick snow, and than after parking, walked over the bridge that gets me to work at 8am (give or take about ten minutes). Is the snow typical? Maybe, but that doesn't stop me from hating it today. Oh, and Google Awesome added the snow falling, although that's basically exactly what it looks like.

As for the rest of my morning?

This is where I work. I'm one of 4 cubicles. It's where the Creative Writers sit. My desk is ALWAYS a mess. Even after I clean it. I spend my day writing scripts for three local radio stations. The radio stations are also in this building. 

This is what I see to my right. It's the news department. If something exciting happens in news, I usually hear about it quickly.

I also drink coffee, eat breakfast (yogurt today) and blog when I have time. With May coming, it's getting pretty busy, so it will be work work work. Lunchtime blogging is the thing.  

More about my 'weekly/daily' routine tomorrow.

Most of my ideas are coming from It's leads to another blog where I found the ideas. My April onward details start with that post.

And as always:

©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


April 27

I'm taking a break from stressing out today. Rest and relaxation and feeling grateful that I had a chance to write a book at all.

So it's back to the prompts. I like this one.

Who is your favourite villain?

I'm going to go ahead and split this up into three categories: books, television and movies. I don't think it can be all one thing. I'm skipping real life because villains aren't cool in real life. Ever.

The way I pick my favourite villain is basically whether or not they make me laugh.

  • Books:
    • Sadly, I'm having the most trouble with this category out of all three. Possibly because all of my books are packed up and I'm having a brain freeze. 
    • I keep thinking about Iris Johansen books. She has some great villains. People you want to hate, but still want them to be good. Or, as I said because they still have humour. This is not true for all of her evil characters. Some are evil. I don't have any specific names, but her name was the first that came to my mind. The Eve Duncan novels are a good example. There are many reoccurring characters that are a fine line between good and bad.
    • Game of Thrones is another good example. There are truly crap characters that I still enjoy. I can fully admit, I like the queen (Cersei). I don't like her son (Joffrey), and I never will. I like her brother as well (Jaime). I find him funny even though I know he's a really bad dude. I don't like his taste in woman... I think Tyrion is a great character. He's not a true villain in my eyes, but gets close at times. I realise I reference Game of Thrones more than I need to, but it definitely has some interesting characters.
  • Television shows
    • This one is easy. Possibly because television shows last quite a while which gives me a lot of time to love to hate them.
    • Dan Scott from One Tree Hill. Judge me all you want, but even though Dan Scott was a terrible person and evil at times, he also made me laugh. When he was a true villain, he did it well. 

    • Dexter. I know he's not really a villain, but he kills people. He chops them up, and he throws them off his boat. Yes, he only kills bad guys, but he still is a murderer. A heroic villain maybe. 
    • Every villain ever on soaps I watch or keep track of. I know more than I care to admit about soap operas. Although I no longer watch, I still keep track of what my favourite characters are doing. The best thing about soap villains is they're all pretty much able to do bad things. They usually get away with them. If you don't like soaps or violence, don't worry about watching the below video.

  • Movies
    • I'm having trouble with this one as well. Turns out I remember villains from television shows mostly.

Despicable Me

I LOVED Megamind

    • There are so many, but again, my mind is blank. Maybe I'll add things as I remember.
Clearly, this post was not as much fun as I had hoped. It does once again get me thinking about my novel. I don't have a villain, but I have a bad character. I hope I wrote the character in a way that does still have some redeemable qualities. It depends who you ask though.
Until tomorrow. (Actually, until today because I wrote this last night but didn't post it.)

Most of my ideas are coming from It's leads to another blog where I found the ideas. My April onward details start with that post.

And as always:

©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.

Saturday 26 April 2014

Writing Workshop

April 26

Well, yesterday's post was basically a writing post and a prompt post. Today, is another writing post. I guess I'm doing more than one writing themed post a week lately.

I'm trying to be upbeat and excited about what's to come, but the truth is I'm scared and I'm nervous. 

I went to a writing workshop today. Wes Funk was the one doing the workshop. He's a Saskatoon writer. He self-published his first book. (Dead Rock Stars Post about the book right here. (click me))

The workshop was about writing sex scenes in novels. My novel has a more sensitive storyline so it's in no way a steamy or romance novel. It does have romance though, and it does have one sexual scene. I did not love writing that part. I wrote two versions: one that was WAY too racy (and terrible), and one that was more a 'less is more' type scene. I went with the second. I still don't love it. That's why I took the workshop. It was a free two hour workshop, and it was fun. It was with other 'newbie' writers (I think they were anyway). We strayed off the topic of sex scenes a few times, and talked about publishing as well. All in all, I'm glad I went. I would love to hang out with Wes Funk and talk to him one and one about his writing and my own writing.

I also spoke to him a bit before the workshop started about my book. I told him where I had sent it, and he warned me that the publishing group I chose tends to stick to authors they've already worked with.

I have been trying to tell myself the first publisher won't publish my book. I want to be optimistic, but I want to be realistic. Believe it or not, the two do not always go hand in hand. This helped me. It made me see things more clearly. The fact that I WILL most likely have to try -- try again. I guess I'm feeling a little bit less optimistic than I was this morning. The workshop itself was fabulous, but the thought of what may or may not come next is very daunting. I'm trying not to get down, it is damn hard to always be optimistic. I'd love to be, but my life is in such a 'what comes next' phase, that I'm getting a little less confident about the future.

At least I have C. He's so calm and prepared to face whatever comes our way. I can stress out and have my freak outs, and he will stay calm and collected, and help keep me calm. I love that guy.

In other writing news, we were in Coles today and journals were on sale. I bought one to carry in my purse for writing ideas. I have another journal, but I use it strictly for home and personal writing.

Love it and the old time look of it.

Tomorrow, I will write more. I will be optimistic and happy and I will do nothing but look forward to the future. That's the good thing about writing about my writing in this blog. I can complain, get my worries out, and then go back to my writing and move on from my fears.

And as always:

©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Friday 25 April 2014


April 25

Write a post with a “cliffhanger” that you’ll resolve in a later post.

I might be slightly grumpy today, so this won't be a long post or a creative one.

My cliffhanger to resolve later: It's already been posted... the waiting game.

The book that's may or may not be published. That's the cliffhanger. Will it be published?

Here's another one: Where will I be living in a month?

My life is all about standstills/cliffhangers/not knowing what's coming next these days.

To be perfectly honest, I don't like them. That's why I watch Netflix. No cliffhangers unless I'm really tired and have to wait until the next day. I used to like not having a plan, and now I'm the exact opposite. I WANT to know where I'll be next month. It won't matter where it is, I just want to know. Same with the impatient book cliffhanger. I just want to know. Obviously this lesson in patience has come at exactly the right time.

Stay Tuned for the next in Erin's Cliffhanger Adventures, when the cliffhanger is solved. Hopefully soon, but doubtful. 
Most of my ideas are coming from It's leads to another blog where I found the ideas. My April onward details start with that post.

And as always:

©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.

Thursday 24 April 2014

Photo post

April 24

Create a photo post

I have something important to admit. I don't know what a photo post is supposed to look like. I just picked a bunch of photos from where I could find them, and I'm going to talk about them.

These are my parents. They shaped and raised me into the person I am now. I owe them everything, and am extremely lucky to be raised by Awesome and Awesome.

Food trucks are relatively new to Saskatoon. We always have them out for the Fringe Festival and things like that, but last summer the rules changed, and the trucks are out for lunches and nights. These are two of them. A Pineapple Express truck. As far as I can tell, everything they serve is just the best ever. Also the Disco Dogs Truck. Makes hot dogs, but in Naan Bread with delicious toppings. We also have the Double Decker Bus (always), and lots of hot dog stands, but I only found these two pictures in my random picture search.


Time for a confession. Judge if you'd like. I hate birds. They scare me and I don't trust them. So I took this picture from far away because it was just too much to handle. My walking past that was brave (in my head).

My friend and I went to The Offspring last summer at the Ex in Saskatoon. My friend (mother of two beautiful boys) LOVES getting into the crowd. I, however, get slightly panicked when in the crowd or close to the mosh pit. She jumped right in, and I stood outside of the crazy crowd. I'm okay with that! She crowd surfed. One might say her life was WAY more exciting than mine. They would be right. I was too scared. I'm okay with that.

 We went to fireworks on a lake last summer on Candle Lake. It was pretty cool. Below is a picture of the same lake during the day. Beautiful weekend.

There's a chance I took this picture by accident. My eyes are blue. And I have some sort of cord across my neck? No idea. Not sure if I took that or if C did.

This guy used to be my cat. Rolo has a personality just like mine. My sister is his 'person' now. She stepped in when I was unable to keep him. I miss being a pet owner.

This was the very first picture I took with my brand new phone (Nexus 4). I love my phone, and if they're available I will upgrade but still choose Nexus. If there is no Nexus available, I'd keep this phone. That's how much I like it. I hope you enjoy the picture of the sidewalk. Some of my best photographic ability right there.
This was the first house I lived in when I moved back to Saskatoon. It's no longer there. We had to move because they were tearing it down to build a new one. The funny thing about this picture is I found it a while ago, and I had NO idea what house this was or why I had taken the picture. Now I remember. I lived there.
This is me. We were at a Festival in Korea. They posed me with the sword, but were annoyed because I couldn't put myself in the correct pose. Finally they just took the picture. This was in 2005. I think it was a Martial Arts Festival.

More posing in Whitecourt.
Pretty Saskatoon.

This picture was taken in our backyard when I lived in Whitecourt. I think it's interesting and unflattering. I gained a lot of weight while in Whitecourt, and in my first year back in Saskatoon. I was at an all time high in weight gain in December of 2011. I started losing weight in January. However, all the while gaining the weight, I didn't really notice. I just find it strange that I never really considered my weight a problem or noticed a big difference. Until I tried on all my dresses for a Christmas Party, and realised I didn't fit into any of them. Bad eating habits... That's all I have to say about that. Even my face got big, and I was clueless. This picture doesn't really show it, but it still makes me think about that. Also I think this was a first snow fall.
This picture is pretty.

And this is what I'm most proud of in my life.
That's it for the pictures. I pretty much do picture prompts all the time so this isn't really anything new, but what the heck, right? Maybe you learned something new about me.

Most of my ideas are coming from It's leads to another blog where I found the ideas. My April onward details start with that post.

And as always:

©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.

Witnessing History

April 23 Although not posted until April 24th

If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would you want to have seen?

I'm narrowing down the whole ONE event thing to one event in Canada. I'm not the history buff I'd like to be, so I googled historical happenings to narrow things down. I found this site. It seems good. Also it talks of dinosaurs and stuff, so that's a pretty good Canadian history lesson... Ha.

My answer without thinking or researching would be to witness women's rights come into play. To see Nellie McClung. She was a part of the social and moral reform movements in Western Canada. In 1927, McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Emily Murphy, Louise McKinney and Irene Parlby fought to have women be "qualified persons" eligible to sit in the Senate. Also, Nellie McClung was a writer. ALSO she was my Grandfather's cousin.


I would like to be a fly on the wall for much of the CRAZY history I'm looking at. This site ( is kind of funny. I'm starting in the 1900s because I do not have the time for the 1800s or earlier. (So, dinosaurs are out). Also, while women's rights is top of the list, obviously, I've NEVER been able to pick just one event. I don't like choices. I want it all. These are all from the above website. So here are some more:

"1900 Reginald Fessenden transmits the world's first wireless spoken message via radio, and six years later the two-way voice transmission. His credited with the discovery of the super-heterodyne principle, the basis of all modern broadcasting." Obviously this one is pretty cool to me because I'm in the broadcasting industry.

"1903 The first nude demonstrations of the Doukhobours take place near Yorkton, Saskatchewan, to protest governmental policy regarding individual ownership." This one would be worth being there if only for the looks on people's faces.

"1907 Canada Dry Ginger Ale is first bottled" I like ginger ale. Is there any other reason? This commercial is from the 60s I think, so not really relevant to the history.

"1908 Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, is published. In the next ninety years the book sells more than a million copies, is made into a television movie, and becomes a popular musical." 1908 this came out! That's crazy! So long ago, but still so many people love her.

"1915 Lt-Col John McCrae of the Canadian Expeditionary Force composed the well-known poem In Flanders Fields." I skipped the war stuff for the most part because I don't know that my emotions could handle being a witness to the sadness and grief. However, watching him write out and create his art would be a nice process to see.

"1917 The first Federal Income Tax is introduced. The Income Tax Act was presented as a "temporary" measure to help finance World War I, but, unsurprisingly, proved too good for the government to give up, even though the war ended in November 11, 1918." I'm in the process of sending a cheque to the government right now. So I did find this interesting because the thought process going into it would have been interesting.

"1918 Women win the right to vote in federal elections." YEP. THAT'S RIGHT! It only took until 1918 for us to be allowed to vote.

"1921 Agnes Macphail becomes the first woman elected to Parliament, then representing the Progressive Party (which came in second and held the balance of power despite refusals to form an official opposition)." One more slow step for woman.

"1950 Park Royal Shopping Centre opens in West Vancouver, British Columbia, as the first suburban shopping mall in Canada. Today the mall has both a north side, the original, and the south side, which construction started in 1960s." I like malls.

"1962 Saskatchewan is the first province to have medical insurance covering doctor's bills. In 1966, Parliament passes a legislation to establish a national Medicare program. By 1972, all provinces and territories have joined the program." GO SASKATCHEWAN!!!!!

"1969 Abortion laws are liberalized." Important day in history. I do think I'd like to have witnessed the fight to get the laws liberalised. Especially considering people are still fighting it. 

"1976 The death penalty is abolished" That's CRAZY! Just four years before I was born, the death penalty was still a thing in Canada?! I had no idea!

"1980 Terry Fox begins his cross-country run, the "Marathon of Hope". On September 1, he is forced to stop the run when his cancer returns." Terry Fox has a day. Meeting him would have been a pretty inspirational moment.

1980 Erin Leah McCrea is born on September 11th. I was actually here for this, but have no memories of it. This picture is a year after I was born. I was a little more aware, but not really.

I was going to stop the history lesson, but just one more important detail to talk about. One that should have been legal WAY before it was.

"On July 20, 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world, and the first country outside Europe, to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act which provided a gender-neutral marriage definition. Court decisions, starting in 2003, had already legalized same-sex marriage in eight out of ten provinces and one of three territories, whose residents comprised about 90% of Canada's population." This quote came from here:

This video isn't specific to the history of gay rights. Or Canada.

That's it. Lots of history, and I just focused on Canada, and I skipped the war details because like I said, I wouldn't really want to be there for the war.

Until Tomorrow. Actually. Until later today because this is a day late.

Most of my ideas are coming from It's leads to another blog where I found the ideas. My April onward details start with that post.

And as always:

©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please return the favour and Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.

Tuesday 22 April 2014

Dinner Party with Novel Characters

April 22
Which five characters from novels would you have dinner with?

My Literary Fiction Character Dinner Party!!


  1. Anne of Green Gables: I already said she was my favourite literary character so obviously she gets the first invite. Also, if there is ever a lull in conversation, she'll make up for it.
  2. Jessica and Elizabeth from Sweet Valley High. Judge me all you want. I grew up with these girls, and frankly, I'd love to have a chat with both of them. I'm also counting them as one person. Cause, you know, identical twins and stuff. I'd kind of like to tell Jessica off as well for some of her past snobbiness.
  3. Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones. FYI I'm going to finish the third book just as soon as I'm finished the unrelated one I'm currently reading, so if he's not still alive, I DON'T WANT TO KNOW. Either way, it would be a toss up between Tyrion and Jon Snow, but I think Tyrion would make me laugh. I'd stay on his good side, but I'm not so sure about Jessica.
  4. Mickey Bolitar: He appears in more than one Harlan Coben novels. I think he needs a hug. I also want to hear more stories from him and learn more about his life. Also, I think he and Tyrion would get along quite well even though they're from two different worlds, and I needed another male at the table.
  5. Idgie from Fried Green Tomatoes. Not only would she have great stories, but she seems pretty good at telling them as well!
I wish I read more Jane Austin. I could invite some of her characters. (It's on my bookshelf, waiting). If I had more room at the table, I'd invite some of the gals in Little Woman, Katniss from the Hunger Games, and Aibileen Clark from The Help.

OH OH! And Curious George!

That's my list. I could probably revisit this question in a few years and have a completely different answer. Although, Anne will ALWAYS be top of the list. Jessica and Elizabeth will probably not make the cut twice.

As I said before, fun! I just wish I had more books in my head to answer with. I'm happy with my choices for now.

ALSO: I'd invite Lucy and Kristy once my novel gets published! More about that here!

Till tomorrow.


Most of my ideas are coming from It's leads to another blog where I found the ideas. My April onward details start with that post.

And as always:

©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please return the favour and Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.

Monday 21 April 2014

A New Novel?!

April 21

I'm hoping to do a post once a week about my actual writing. I want to take at least one day as a break from the prompts, and focus on the reason I started this blog to begin with: my writing. Don't get me wrong, I quite enjoy the prompts, and it keeps me going and at times gets me thinking. I just think it's also important to remind myself why I am doing this: My writing/novel.

So on #mondayblogs I will try to write an update every week about my writing and where I'm at with it. Although, if I get any correspondence from the publishers, I'll be blogging about it as soon as I can (and not wait until Monday). Good or bad news, it will be pretty exciting. 

So: an update on the waiting game:

Still waiting. Watching the time go by, counting the days. (By the way, got a new watch). It's been EXACTLY a week since I sent it. It takes them 3-6 months for them to go through the manuscripts (partial manuscripts) people send them, and it's probably only JUST got to them. So although it's been the LONGEST week ever, it probably doesn't even count as a week of waiting yet. (although, I count it). 

So while waiting I will start on a new novel. 

I was having the hardest time thinking of an idea for a new novel. The one I just wrote has been hanging out in my brain for so long. It was easy to write because the idea had always been there, waiting for me to write it. This time though, I haven't had a story idea. I haven't had years of not writing a story, but thinking about it to get me going like the last one.

I finally started thinking about my new 'created' family, in my book, "You Stand by Family". I miss them, and I started to feel like I wasn't done with them. 

So my next book will be about the youngest daughter, Kristy. She'll be about 19 in this new book. The main character in the first novel was Lucy, the eldest sister. I'm giving her a break and starting the story off about a year later. It will be different themes, but the same family. 

There it is. 'Kristy'. I guarantee that won't be the title.

I know I haven't been very forthcoming about the plot of the last novel, and I still am not going to. I guess I kind of want to hear good news about its future before I share the plot. It's also not an easy one to explain. I mean - it's easy. I just haven't figured out how to sell it yet. I'll probably copy and paste the description from my query letter. That was the best I'd done at explaining it. 

I won't be sharing a lot about this one either. Except one thing, it's going to start after she's had a year away from her family in Australia. I chose to start it when she came back to Canada because I'm still waiting for my travel experience in Australia, and don't have  a lot of details I can share. It will be harder writing from her perspective. Lucy was my age, and quite like me, as I'm sure many first main characters are. Kristy is about 10 years younger (OR MORE *SIGH*), so I'll have to try to remember that. 

Anyway, that's what I'm doing while waiting. (five days... it's been five days!)


And as always:

©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please return the favour and Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.