Lest We Forget

Me with my son Matt at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Today, one day after this year’s special Remembrance Day, I write about my visit to Canada’s WWI battlefields in northern France on the BWL Author BlogSpot.

Opening Weekend at Calgary’s New Central Library

Looking down from the top to the bottom floor. The library has lots of interesting and attractive architecture.

Alcove off The Great Reading Rooom, featuring my short story and 11 others as art books.

Looking down to the first floor entertainment for this family day on opening weekend.

The sun came out as we were leaving.

I loved visiting Calgary’s new Central Library today, along with the estimated crowd of 20,000 – 25, 000 people. The building is fabulous. The guided tour helped me appreciate many of the library’s features. I can’t wait to go back, when it’s less crowded and quieter.

New Central Library

My short story "When a Warm Wind Blows Off the Mountain" fills the cabinet in the left rear.

The Great Reading Room, Calgary Central Library

I look forward to visiting Calgary’s new Central Library tomorrow. A host of events will take place during the day, with free public transit to downtown from 7:00 am to 7 p.m.  I’ll be sure to check out my story in art form featured with 12 other artist books on the 4th floor in the NW Vestibule entrance to the Great Reading Room.

To support this exhibition, there will be a year’s worth of programming the second Tuesday of every month in the BMO Room from 7-8pm beginning January 15, 2019 with Kate Baillies and Weyman Chan. My artist Sylvia Arthur and I will be there on August 13th to talk about our collaborative project.

Walking with Wordsworth

Today I write about my trip to England’s Lake District, home of William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and their fellow Romantic Poets, on the Books We Love author blog.

Busts of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth in the Dove Cottage Museum


Advice to sip with my morning coffee

I’m back from a week in Ontario visiting family and celebrating Thanksgiving in the countryside. Now I’m back to editing my novel-in-progress, To Catch a Fox. Before the trip, I left off at a spot where a character quoted television personality and psychologist, Dr. Phil. Since I don’t often watch the TV program, I searched for Dr. Phil sayings on Pinterest and found one that fits my story. It’s included in these five gems of wisdom.


Deadly Fall & Company

A friend spotted Deadly Fall in the yellow section of Shelf Life Books. My novel is in good company at a great store for Calgary readers and writers.

Paul McCartney’s Home

Today on my publisher BWL’s website I blog about my trip to Liverpool and tour of Beatle Paul McCartney’s home, where he lived as a teenager.

John Lennon’s Boyhood Home

BWL table in the WWC Merchants' Room.

Me and John across the street from Liverpool’s Cavern Club, which launched The Beatles to fame.

Today, on my publisher’s website, I blog about my visit to the boyhood home of a famous song writer, John Lennon.

Meanwhile, today I’m off to When Words Collide Festival For Readers and Writers.  At noon I’ll be on a panel discussion on Creating Tension.

Summer Projects

Rummel Lake hike in Kananaskis with friends

My goal for June and July was to finish the revision of my next novel, To Catch a Fox, while enjoying our summer weather. This was a challenge, as my self-editing has to be done on computer and I can’t work on my laptop outside due to the glare on the screen. I managed to reach my goal largely by getting up early some mornings to work and plowing through chapters on our occasional days of bad weather. Last week I completed my revision and sent the manuscript to my editor. Yay! But now my goal for the rest of the summer is to catch up on a multitude of computer tasks I’ve set aside — and continue to spend time outside biking, hiking, hanging out with friends and reading on my back patio.

Shakespeare & Ten Days in Summer

Today on my publisher’s website I blog about my recent visit to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

Also, good news for Ten Days in Summer. My publisher, BWL Ltd., participated in a special Kobo sale that ran over the Canada Day long weekend.  Kobo advised us that three BWL titles made the top 5 best sellers in the promotion:

Ten Days in Summer (9781772994056): 56 Units
Brides of Banff Springs (9781772992717): 36 Units
The Deepest Dark ( 781771452090): 22 Units

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