ISWG – August 2021 – Canada here I come…

I’m leaving for British Columbia, Canada in a few days and will stay until mid-October when it gets cold. Cluculz Lake is where my husband and I built a log-stick house in 1992. Of course we had help, but we were hands-on. If you’ve read my bio, you’ll know we sold that house and moved to our property across the road in 2017. We planned on building a tiny house but then Covid came and life changed.

In June Westjet finally resumed their flights from Puerto Vallarta to Canada, and my husband flew back to arrange for our RV to be transported from New Brunswick to Manitoba. Then he and a buddy drove to Manitoba and pulled the trailer back to Cluculz Lake. All so that I would have a place to live when I arrived for the summer.

I love my trailer. I spent the summer of 2018 and 2019 living in it while camping in New Brunswick. I love camping. And at my age, the RV is a perfect size. One bedroom, open concept, shower, oven, AC and a heater.

I did a lot of writing sitting at the table, especially on those days when it was too hot to go outside.

Chipman Waterfront Campground is a lovely spot on Salmon River. I spent time with my grandchildren, made lasting friends, and I travelled the Maritimes. Maritimers are very special people.

Chipman and Cluculz Lake are a stark contrast to my Bucerias neighbourhood.

Bucerias is a busy little town with the Tepic 200 running through it. Everywhere you look there is expansion. How the infrastructure will manage such growth is anyone’s guess. But changes happen, whether I want them to or not.

Most everyone names their home.

If you have a mind to visit Bahia de Banderas, there are many lovely pueblos to see.

 

Cluculz Lake is 2 kilometres off Trans-Canadian Highway 16 West that runs north to Alaska. It couldn’t be more different than Bucerias. While there, I won’t hear Mariachi bands playing in the streets, a Quinceañera parade, a horse or a donkey clopping past my door for no apparent reason, or car loudspeakers announcing in Spanish the best cakes, pastries, or fresh fruit for sale in town. I won’t hear any Spanish at all.

I will hear loons cry.

Cluculz Lake

The air is thick with smoke.

There’ll be running water and electricity on the property by the time I get there.  And because dear husband is making certain the trailer is set up properly, I won’t have to live in a c-can.

I left Canada in October 2019 never expecting it would be 21 months before I returned. It’s been a long time coming. We tried 3x in 2020 to return, and each time Westjet cancelled our flight. The red tape required so I could be on the plane next week has been exhausting and stressful. Many times I thought it would never happen. Even now I’m concerned. I can’t speak for the rest of the continent, but bureaucracy is alive and well in Mexico and Canada.

I am continuously reading books on my craft. My favourite is Mr. King’s On Writing because he shares about being a writer. For obvious reasons, his life story inspires me. However, having said that, I truly believe you can learn to write well by studying well-written novels in your favourite genres. And I mean really studying.

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August 4 question – What is your favourite writing craft book? Think of a book that every time you read it you learn something or you are inspired to write or try the new technique. And why?
IWSG co-hosts for the August 4 posting of the IWSG are PK Hrezo, Cathrina Constantine, PJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi, and Sandra Cox!
–namaste
joylene

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  1. I hope all went well with your trip, and you were able to make it home. I’m so jealous of your mobile life! I’m entering a new chapter of my life now that my son is an adult, and my big focus (besides writing) is becoming more free. We’re getting rid of stuff and trying to simplify. Retirement is still a decade away, but I want fewer responsibilities right now.

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  2. Bon Voyage. Wow, Joylene, this is going to be a wonderful trip!
    Every writer needs to get away from the big smoke for a while. It recharges the creative batteries. Enjoy!

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  3. I bet that it will be wonderful to get out of the heat and enjoy cooler British Columbia, Joylene. At least I hope it’s cooler ~ This summer has been very challenging in BC. Terry and I are watching Season 8 of “Alone” which is set on Chilko Lake. I was very excited because I thought that was your lake. But no, yours is Cluculz ~ equally beautiful I’m sure. Your husband is a sweetheart, and I’m sure you will be comfortable. Thanks for sharing you photos. And the loon! So quintessentially home, whether in BC, NFLD, or anywhere in between. Travel safe, and hugs to you!

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  4. Fingers crossed and a prayer going up that you will have a safe and uneventful trip home! There’s a lot of smoke around BC — especially in the Cariboo — but so far, everyone we know has been okay. What a summer!

    As for my favourite book on the craft of writing, I have shelves of them, but hands down my favourites aren’t craft ones but two inspirational, motivational ones. TAKE JOY by Jane Yolen (2006) and ROOM TO WRITE by Bonni Goldberg (1996). I’ve obviously had them for many years, but they are my go-to books whenever I need a dose of encouragement.

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  5. I think Stephen King’s was the first book I read on the writing craft. It was one year during Lent when I decided to give up reading fiction. I’ll never do it again. I gave up reading fiction but I didn’t give up on reading ABOUT fiction. One of the books I picked up was *On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft*. I borrowed it from the library then but now I own a copy.

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  6. Welcome back to Canada! I was suppose to be in Kamloops this week, but the smoke was too heavy for flights to land. It is better now though now and I am sure will continue to be as long as temperatures drop. The BC lake is a stark contrast to the Mexico streets, however both have their charms for sure! Do you also see deer along with the loons?

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  7. You look like you’ll be very comfortable in the Canadian woods. Will you do year-round or seal up for winter and go south? My parents had a trailer (not anywhere near as nice but it worked for what they wanted) in the Wisconsin woods. I spent several summers there on school breaks (teaching) and it was where, with a push from my mother, I started writing seriously. Not sure about using the word ‘seriously’ but I did start. lol

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      I only stay in Canada for a few months because we don’t have a house any longer. And the trailer can’t be winterized enough for the climate. I love Wisconsin. It’s much like Canada. I know you also get rough winters.

  8. HI,
    I feel so sorry for the birds on the water and the papa having to cry because the planes are flying too low. Let’s ban all planes from flying too low over nature areas with animals. I do love your trailer. It looks comfy and even though it is an open area it has a speck of privacy.
    I am happy to see you finally getting back home. It’s going to be great. If it is any comfort to you, bureaucracy is everywhere these days. In Europe too.
    Take care and have a nice flight.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  9. As our friend Pat says, “Everything must change.”
    So much has happened since 2017. You show us the importance of flexibility and positive attitude when faced with life’s challenges.

    Every time we drive through Bucerias, I look up to Casa JoJo and think of you and Ralph.

    Loved the contrast between Bucerias and Canada. Beautiful pictures.

    We wish you safe travels and we’ll welcome you back in October.

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