Seth Rogen is my Twitter Friend

Seth Rogen followed me on Twitter. Seriously, just a few minutes ago. I have 49 followers and apparently Seth is now one of them. 


Yesterday, I tweeted out an ad for my coffee table book, AnABCdery of Muskoka’s Historyin the hopes that it would spread some good shopping karma to the Twittersphere and I would be inundated with Christmas orders. Today, no orders, but a follow by Seth.


Now, in order to be truly transparent, I must admit that I’m not 100 % sure it is the real Seth. In this world of fake lips, fake boobs and fake news, I believe I may have become Twitter friends with a fake Seth. According to that official space under your Twitter name, which I’m sure has a term, but of which I lack the knowledge, my Seth is indeed an actor, although he lives in Canada and just joined Twitter last month. He is following 4,999 people but only has 97 followers himself. I sent him a private message to thank him for the great honour of following losttogetherbks and he had the gracious manners to issue a prompt reply:


Hello fan welcome to my private page please don’t be confusing because I only have two profiles..The first profile is my official page which has the blue mark and the second one is this particular one that I’m sending you message from so therefore any other page u see apart from these pages is a fake page


So, not only is my little Twitter account part of Seth Rogen’s universe, I have access to his private page. I wonder if he will buy my book and turn it in to a Netflix series. I was really hoping to sell my new, as of yet unrepresented and unpublished novel to Reese Witherspoon and have her build a Netflix series around it, but Seth, as Alexander P. Cockburn, founder of the Muskoka Navigation Company could be even more exciting.  To quote himself, “Good comedy doesn't have to be a comedy idea.”Clear pronunciation is key for the theatrical development of this coffee table book. I hope Seth can master the elocution necessary for all of the alphabetical alliteration. 


I’m not sure which Seth is my new bosom friend, movie actor with 97 followers or “I….Tweet!!!!!!!!!” afficionado with 7.7 million followers, but I’m happy with both. Aside from both hailing from Canada, one of them painted and donated a paddle to Camp Oochigeas for the paddle auction - a cause very dear to my heart – and the other one totally made my day.

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My Little Babies

My wonderful support at Fulcrum CC, the people who bring you this funky website, recently had a baby. A gorgeous baby boy. She has left me to tend to him, which leaves me a bit bereft, but thanks to Facebook, I can see both of them regularly. He is scrumptious!

Having a baby is not dissimilar to writing and publishing a book. Especially if you do the baby part the way I did and it takes much longer and much more support than the nuns warned you about in high school. The conception of our daughter required hours upon hours of research, and months upon months of baby-making opportunities, doctors, clinics, and more baby-making opportunities. Then we had the over-the-moon joyful excitement of discovering that all our hard work and commitment had taken shape and there was definitely a little someone growing inside me. I nurtured and cared for the little gaffer and myself until she arrived and monumentally changed our lives in the best possible way.

Writing a book requires hours upon hours upon days upon months of research, typing, editing, writing and re-writing. There is a moment when the book actually begins to take shape and then it grows with constant nurturing and attention. When An ABCdery of Muskoka’s History came off the press, I felt like I was holding another child in my arms. This baby was born in my brain, came to life through my hard work and dedication and, under the guidance of a supreme group of specialists, was dispatched into the world and again changed my life.

Now, Lost Together Publications is about to launch another book into the reading world. The stunningly beautiful collaboration of author Leslie Zemla, illustrator Mia Savage and art director Jenny Armour will be out at the end of the month, when Leslie’s children’s picture book, *My Home is My Castle* comes off the McLaren presses.

A version of the childbirth analogy holds true for this aspect of publishing as well. The baby in our family is adopted. I did not give birth to him. We filled out reams of paper work, met with social workers, doctors and lawyers and travelled to exotic locales in order to complete our family with our beautiful son. Publishing a book by another author involved many of the same processes albeit substituting literary specialists for adoption workers. I did not conceive this book in my brain, but I could not be more honoured than to be trusted by Leslie to help her bring her baby into the world. I’m so proud of this new addition to the Lost Together family and cannot wait to share it with all of you at the end of the month.

In The Company of Great Women

I don’t tend to think things through. I feel like I give my ideas careful consideration and due forethought, but I usually discover during the implementation process, that I have not considered many of the obstacles, angles and concerns expressed by those around me. This naïve approach to life has served me well. If I had really done my homework and delved into serious investigations, I doubt I would have married a man with three children who had not yet entered adolescence, gotten pregnant with a compromised uterus, adopted a baby from Ethiopia or written and published a book about Muskoka.

But, I did do all of these and the results thus far fall pretty close to the miraculous. I have three amazing adult stepchildren whose importance and value in my life far outweighs our tempestuous times. I have an almost 12-year-old daughter who rocks my world daily – in all the best ways. I’d love to introduce her to the doctors who were certain I’d never conceive. And then there is my son, the sparkling cherry on top of the sundae of our family. His charm and charisma light our family from the inside out.

As for Lost Together Publications, this baby has brought me more unanticipated rewards than I could have dreamed. One of the greatest fringe benefits has been the opportunity to spend time with some fascinating women. In the self-publishing world, books don’t just jump out of the trunk of one’s car and into bookstores near and far, although I have been very lucky in that regard. One of the greatest avenues for sales and self-promotion has been through a local network of mompreneurs. I’ve had the great good fortune of being invited to trunk-like home sales by Snapdragon Designs founder, Pam Willcocks and Cocolelly co-founders, Courtenay O’Hea and Lesley Chisholm.

It’s been a privilege to spend a day or two in the company of these great women and the other vendors, such as Helene Clarkson Designs, Lucie Bergeron-Johnson from Richard Johnson Photography, Martha Fell from Jaxx and Marbles, Yvonne Robertson at Sahara Tea, Sue Henderson, founder of Suetables, Beth Godfrey Jewelry and Christine from By the Bunch. These women are smart, fascinating, hard-working mothers who develop, discover, design their own products and bring them to the market. They set up in each other’s welcoming homes and invite each other’s clients and customers to come and shop in comfortable living rooms. In between sales, they generously share development tips, marketing ideas, and e-commerce platform challenges. Business stories are inter-changed with parenting tales and texts from children with missing gym shoes and unsigned permission forms. We cover booths for one another, as someone has to go home and feed lunch while another has to run a child to an appointment. There is a sense of camaraderie and support that pervades the room full of entrepreneurs all hoping for sales from the same shoppers.

There were many reasons not to start this publishing company: inexperience, expense, lack of distribution system and marketing machine to name the first few that come to mind. And all of these are true. But an introduction to and inclusion of this cadre of women who begin the day with hot coffee and banana bread and end it with a glass of sparkling wine and red licorice while facilitating support for their customers was an unanticipated perquisite for which I am grateful. To get up in the morning and spend the day with a talented and friendly group of women in a relaxed, comfortable setting may not be something I thought through, but I do have the good sense to treasure it.


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