E-biking

Today, in the Books We Love Insider Blog I write about my new activity for the pandemic – e-biking.

Fish Creek Park ridge

Into the Homestretch

Today I wrap up my five-part blog series about my drive across Canada during the pandemic.

Our most reliable restaurant chain for restrooms

Our favourite chain restaurant for takeout lunches

In the Centre of Canada

At the midpoint of our drive across Canada, Will and I  tackled the Dryden moose and the Manitoba border patrol

Dryden, Ontario

Across Canada During the Pandemic

Terry Fox Memorial, Thunder Bay

Today is the second installment of my blog post about my five day drive last week from Ottawa to Calgary. I’ve done this route four times before. COVID-19 made it different.

Lake Superior

Music Soothes Me in Troubled Times

I was on the road when my monthly blog post on my publisher’s website went live and missed posting this link. I write about how my choir manages to connect during this time of social distancing.  (I had to scroll up to see the post)

Shout Sister, Ottawa

“Pandemic,” my short story

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) got me thinking about my short story, “Pandemic.” I wrote the 12,000 word story 10 years ago, but it was never published.  COVID-19 has inspired me to revise “Pandemic.” I find the process helps me put our current crisis into perspective. I write about this in today’s BWL author blog.

Swine flu (H1N1/09) laboratory confirmed cases and deathsVenice, a setting in my short story "Pandemic"

Winterlude

Beavertails mascot at dragon boat races

Today I write about my visit to Ottawa’s Winterlude this year on the BWL Author BlogSpot.

Dragon boat race on Dow's LakeBeavertails mascot at dragon boat races

Winterlude Ice Carving Competition

Dow's Lake ice ready for skating in Ottawa

Print(ed) Word Documentary

On Friday, the Calgary central library launched the Print(ed) Word documentary to a celebratory audience. In the film, the twelve artist/writer partners talked about their experiences with this collaborative project. I’m proud to be part of it. My partner, Sylvia Arthur, did a great job of turning my short story, When a Warm Wind Blows Off the Mountains, into an art book. All twelve books are on permanent display in the central library, housed in an alcove off the 4th floor Great Reading Room. For a taste of the works, have a look at the documentary movie trailer.

Library alcove display

Thumbnail video image from the movie trailer

My End of Decade List

The publication of (A) Deadly Fall started and ended the past decade of my writing career

For January on the BWL Author Blog. I talk about five changes in my writing life during the past decade, from January 2010 to January 2020.

Happy New Year

New year’s is a time of wrap-ups for the year we’re leaving. It’s also the season for the best-of-the-year  competitions. My publisher suggested we enter our 2019 novels in the 22nd Annual Critters’ Readers Poll. As winners of the People’s Choice TV awards always say, it means the most to be chosen by the people rather than the critics or those with a vested interest in who wins.

People's Choice Awards 2019

I entered To Catch a Fox in the Critters’ Novels (All other genres) published in 2019 category. Voting is easy. Click the circle for your favourite book, then fill in the next few boxes and submit. I’d love it you want to help my book find new readers.

My very best to you for a happy and healthy 2020, sprinkled with new adventures.

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