Wild Ride arrives at my door and online

You can all relax now. My long wait is over: the first copies of Wild Ride arrived at my door yesterday and . . . they look fantastic. It’s great to see Mike Deas’ beautiful art in its final glossy-paged form and so nice to be able to flip through the...

The literacy value in empire building

We’ve been a bit Rome crazy around here for the last few weeks, due to watching entire second season of Rome, the HBO series, in four days. We’re not wearing togas or anything (as Andrew-who’s-been-swallowed-by-Facebook suggested), but I am marching...

Wild Ride hot off the presses

The big day is getting close! Wild Ride will be in bookstores very soon. The first printings have arrived at the Orca offices in beautiful Victoria, BC. And illustrator Mike Deas, lucky west coaster that he is, has the photo evidence to prove it. Mike lives in...

Having a blast at book camp

As usual, I’m a bit late with my post about last week’s Brantford & Burlington Book Camps, but you can stop fretting: the wait it over! It was an early start to get the train to Brantford from Toronto, but I arrived just in time to find all the campers...

Sounds of Algonquin at my door

While I know I’ll never be a professional wildlife photographer, like Michael Runtz, I am very happy that I managed to snap this shot of a black capped chickadee on the feeder outside my office window. For the last month or so, there’s been a pair of these...