Archive for March 2012
Revising my free verse novel. Is there life after free verse novels? Will I still be revising this book when I’m 99? Stayed tuned. Or not.
After flying from Comox to Calgary, I took the Airporter to Banff. Again, I stayed with friends, one of whom had made a huge dish of tiramisu in my honour. Whipping cream. Chocolate. I had to walk every day to work it off.
It snowed there on a daily basis, the Bow River was frozen, people and elk were crossing on the ice, and not a cherry blossom in sight. The mountains really are spectacular, although for me – Maritimer to the core – the lack of horizon would, in the long term, bother me. Mountains just sit there. Looking majestic, unapproachable and yep, hostile, especially in March.
The elk were impressive. Keep three bus lengths away from an elk, so goes the local wisdom. Out with the zoom lens again.
In the Comox Valley, trumpeter swans were still over-wintering, although some of the flock had already flown north. What huge and stately birds. When I was a kid in England, we used to take boats on the River Thames, where the mute swans were extremely cranky. So I kept my distance from the trumpeters – the zoom lens is a great invention.
I drove “up-island” on Vancouver Island on the bus, stopping in Cobble Hill to visit a small private school where the daughter of a good friend teaches. Most fun of all was reading the books each student had written and illustrated; and then, when I was home again, receiving letters from all of them, also illustrated.
I spent four days in Victoria BC, visiting a friend and enjoying a taste of spring. Early cherry trees and camellias in bloom. Nova Scotia was cold and grey and dirty brown when I left.
Far too many wonderful bookstores, new and used, in Victoria, probably just as well I don’t live there. Twice I had to send boxes of books to Nova Scotia because you’re only allowed one checked bag on the airlines.
Every time I travel, I think, “I must get a Kobo.”
This book is the completion of the Newfoundland trilogy which started with The Nine Lives of Travis Keating, followed by The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy.
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- White Ravens Selection 2014 – Nix Minus One October 8, 2014
- Atlantic Book Awards – Ann Connor Brimer Award for Nix Minus One! May 26, 2014
- Festival of Trees May 26, 2014
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