Tuesday, September 06, 2011


Random Act of Publicity

Not sure how it can be "random", when it's planned in advance, but here goes...

I'm Not Her by Janet Gurtler. Read it!

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

I will be at the Calgary Children's Book Fair and Conference on November 27. I'll be selling books, doing a reading, and presenting a talk on critiques.


Come on down!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Around the interwebs:


Friends, colleagues and recent photos.

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Friday, September 24, 2010


Guest Blogging at Teens Read Too

I'll be guest blogging at the Teens Read Too Book Club blog on October 3rd, 2010. Stop by for a visit! http://trtbookclub.blogspot.com/
TRT Book Club

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Writing With Style

Ah, Banff, I miss you already. Having just spent a week with Tim Wynne-Jones and seven other students in the Writing for Children session, workshopping, critiquing and absorbing information, I am exhausted, but focussed. We were all working on novels, none of them even remotely similar. Three historicals (set in entirely different times and places), an sf adventure, a fantasy, a pirate book, a road trip, and a story of being lost in a strange land made for a fascinating mix.

Personally, I feel like I might have been better off if I had been making more advanced mistakes, but then I realized that since I don't have a lot of time to work on my current novel, I'm having to relearn how to write them every time I get back to it. I've been working on it for 3 years, but subjectively, it's more like 6 months, if that.

Tim is a wonderful instructor, and I only hope I can retain all of this knowledge!

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Saturday, May 29, 2010


Guest blogging

I'm guest blogging at The Bookshelf Muse today. http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/ This is a great blog, useful to writers for the setting thesaurus and lots of other writing advice.


Monday, May 24, 2010


Prix Aurora Awards, part two

The winner for Best Novel in English went to Robert J Sawyer, for Wake. (which means I didn't get the award, darn). But I'm certainly not annoyed by that -- Rob's book is terrific; and all the other books were strong contenders, too.

I didn't have any appearances on panels -- though, to be fair, when I looked at the programming grid, I felt I didn't have anything useful to contribute to the talks, except maybe Worldbuilding. The panellists that were already on it had more than enough competence to speak about that topic, so I didn't want to intrude. Since the theme of the convention was Egyptian, that would have been a nice tie-in to The Amulet of Amon-Ra.

Hayden Trenholm invited Ed Willett and me to join him in a couple of his panels, both about science. Since I'm primarily a fantasy writer, I elected to moderate (I later ducked out of the second one, because it was up against something I wanted to attend).

Things I enjoyed: meeting other writers; the Friday night Aurora Novel Nominee party; the Masquerade (lotsa energy!); listening to Sheila Gilbert's stories about being an editor for DAW Books; spending time with my room-mate, Susan Forest; being happy for friends who won awards; seeing Brian Hades in a tux; attending Michelle Cook's talk on her recreation costume of Queen Elizabeth I.

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