February 2010

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No, Thank YOU

My publisher sent me some wonderful thank you letters from a school in Kingston that Scot Ritchie and I visited during Canadian Children’s Book Week.

They’re awesome! What author doesn’t love to get letters like this?!

And I’ve got to say, having these letters to look through on cold winter days, or days when inspiration has dried up, or days when I’m sure no one will care what I write ever again,  makes me say:

No, thank *YOU*!

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Point of View, Sunset and the Soo

Sunset over the Soo

Yes, Sault Ste. Marie. Beautiful, no? This was the view from my hotel room last Saturday. For real. Breathtaking.

But so is this too
the view
from my hotel room 
in the Soo. 

In its unedited form, a bowling alley and parking lot that were really not so nice to look at. (I took this one first so it’s not as orange.)

Just goes to show you: Point of View is all in how you look at it.

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Boats and Bushplanes

It was a seven-hour road trip to The Soo last weekend. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. (That’s one of those names you just had to memorize in geography class, isn’t it?)

Why was I there? Kid. Competitive sports. But I kept to my resolve to embrace the madness and find something interesting in the odd corners of the province I find myself in. This time it was the Bushplane Heritage Centre.

I’d become aware of this museum while researching for the bushplane stage of Let’s Go! We used the Norseman as a good model for the visual in the book. They have one there! Visitors can actually climb inside one. So I did. Very cool.

Once inside I realized that I’m not so sure I’d want to actually fly in this or any bushplane, though. I’m a chicken flyer. Getting up close to all the bushplanes really gave me an appreciation for the planes and their pilots. And the props inside the Norseman gave me a chuckle: empty beer cases.Very Canadian.

We even saw a couple ships at the waterfront, but it really was the wrong time of year to see much activity there. 

Too bad too because I really would have liked to see the Great Lakes shipwreck museum, and maybe look at the locks. Lots of transportation technology there.

So I can now say I’ve been to the Soo. Woo-hoo! 

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Of Ice and Ink

Cold nights + Sunny days = Fabulous natural ice sculptures.

I came upon this fabulous wall of ice while out driving on an errand yesterday. These photos aren’t the best because I only had my phone with me, not my camera. I wish I could have captured the colour of the ice better.

The furthest ice chunk, on the left in both photos, was a beautiful shade of peacock blue.

The blue ice immediately reminded me of my favourite shade of Sheaffer ink: Peacock blue. I put that ink in the fountain pen I always used in high school. I wrote many an essay and short story in that ink.

Let’s see: Ice…ink…pen…writing….  I would’ve rather been writing than out driving, do ya think?

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