February 2008


Desperately Seeking Signs of Spring

This winter I’ve seen far too much of this:

So it was almost like this unknown thing had appeared in the sky yesterday, and the day before, when it was actually sunny for a change. But just to make sure I wasn’t going to get all completely happy or anything it was also cold as …well, you know.

Seems I wasn’t the only creature seeking sunshine. I noticed quite a few tracks to tell me that other animals had been about.

Here is the sign of the rabbit:

Note that it is beside the track of the automobilus domesticus of the Honda family, species “Odyssey”. And, below, the rabbit is perhaps late, late, late for a very important date.

Triple tracks below! The right hand track is the domestic feline “Marshmallow” while the left track is perhaps a fox, and the track crossing horizontally is a small rodent, I think.

And then I got all happy when I saw signs that the beavers had been out. Perhaps they’d been sunning themselves on top of their lodge whilst I was out forraging at the supermarket.

See their trails up to and on top of that bump? It’s a snow covered lodge, trust me. And then it looks like they went on some sort of frolick!?!? Check out this trail:

Wish I could’ve seen what made them do this:

Or maybe it wasn’t the beavers at all. Maybe it’s like those crop circles…we were visited by aliens and it’s, like, a message:
(Translation: “We. Were. Here. Nah. Nyah. Nah. Nah. Nah. Nah.”)

Obviously you can see what lack of sunlight can do to a person. ZA!

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Ship Sighting

This past weekend I found myself in Owen Sound. (Minor hockey. ’nuff said.) Historically the city was quite the important shipping hub since it’s on Georgian Bay in Lake Huron. I got all excited when I saw this ship at the warf.

It was huge. The size is difficult to convey in a photo.

It was getting dark so the light isn’t great. I zoomed in a little which made for a slightly better pic.

Then I felt the need to get all artistic. I call this next one “Massive Transportation Device as seen from Personal Transportation Device.”

Okay, so it could use some work on a lot of levels.

Too bad I didn’t have the courage to photograph the guy just to the left of my vehicle here, the guy who attempted to drive up the driveway to the ship and got stuck. (Yeah, what driveway? There was a path through the snow, not visible to the human eye in this photo, up to the ship. Apparently someone had used it, but I wasn’t gonna try.). So anyway, this man got stuck at the very start of this supposed path and was gunning his engine and spinning his wheels as I took this shot. Ahh, the sound of Canada in the winter.

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Cybils Award Winners Announced

Today’s the day the Cybils Award winners were announced. Congratulations to all the winners!

In the nonfiction picture book category, where my book was shortlisted, Lightship written and illustrated by Brian Floca, published by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books was the winner. Congratulations! It is an honor to be on the shortlist with this excellent book.

Check out the full list of winners here on the Cybils blog.

Happy Valentine’s Day! And while you’re celebrating, why not read a book to someone you love? There’s nothing like the gift of a love of reading.

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Mega-Book Launch

It was a great opportunity to launch my book with other talented authors and illustrators at the Cancaip Mega-Book Launch at the OLA Superconference on Friday February 1st. Check out all the terrific book creators (in alphabetical order) with whom I shared the podium:

James Bow
Fathom Five, Dundurn Press

Veronika Martenova Charles
Don’t Walk Alone At Night!, Tundra Books
Don’t Go In There!, Tundra Books

Marina Cohen
Shadow of the Moon, Vanwell Publishing

Lois Donovan
Winds of L’Acadie, Ronsdale Press Inc.

Rachna Gilmore
Making Grizzle Grow, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Holly Tsun Haggarty
Summer Dragons, Napoleon Publishing

Emily Hearn
Our New Home, Second Story Press

Ben Hodson
Jeffrey and Sloth, Orca Book Publishers

Jennifer Lanthier
The Mystery of the Martello Tower: A Hazel Frump Adventure, HarperCollins Canada

Peggy Leavey
Treasure at Turtle Lake, Napoleon Publishing

Loris Lesynski
Shoe Shakes: Poems for Preschoolers, Annick Press

Elizabeth MacLeod
Alexander Graham Bell, Kids Can Press
Helen Keller, Kids Can Press
George Washington Carver: An Innovative Life, Kids Can Press

Sylvia McNicoll
Last Chance for Paris, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Beth Pollock
Harley’s Gift, James Lorimer and Company

Virginia Frances Schwartz
4 Kids in 5E & 1 Crazy Year, Scholastic Canada

Marsha Skrypuch
Prisoners in the Promised Land: The Ukrainian Internment Diary of Anya Soloniuk, Spirit Lake Quebec, 1914, Scholastic Canada

Patricia Storms
13 Ghosts of Halloween, Scholastic Canada

So get prepared: there’s your March Break reading list if I ever saw one!!

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