Bella’s Reading List

Nearly forgot to mention, for all you Twilight fans, that Pyre was on the table of Bella’s reading list at the Chapters in Kelowna! So, while you are waiting for Breaking Dawn to come out, why not check out another vampire novel. It’s just the right length to tide you over…

Gladstone Secondary

Yesterday I had a visit to Gladstone Secondary, where I met with two classes. One was a class of grade tens, and the other was a class of grade eights. I went through the usual – how to tell stories from maps. This time around, I added a bit on how else I find inspiration.

I have props – though some are not appropriate to bring into a classroom, such as my Spartan’s short sword that I would wield as though I were Kane while writing Dawn. But I do have one very cool prop that I brought with me, one that I am going to keep secret for now. Want to know what it is? You’ll have to come to its unveiling at CWILL’s Spring Book Hatching!

For now, I am going to leave you with these photos taken of some of the maps made at Gladstone Secondary, and one very creative story written by Manvir. (Sorry Manvir, but privacy laws forbid me from using your last name.)

The Amazing Penguin Journey.
Created by Manvir

Hi my name is Pengy, I am a Penguin from Musowalo. I have been captured by enemy hostiles, and got dumped into this forbidden continent with no civilizations. Well, that’s what I thought; this Forbidden land had mountains, desserts, cities, villages, and an igloo with an evil Eskimo. My goal was to live the rest of my life at ease, so I wanted to take over the Eskimo’s Igloo.

First thing I saw when I awoke from my unconsciousness was a lion that wanted to be my friend. But since he’s a lion and cannot be trusted I ran away. I soon encountered a desert, and personally I couldn’t handle the heat, because I am a penguin. But on the corner of my eye, I could see a “No Trespassing” sign. I immediately thought, I need to tear it down, and use it as a boat to get down the river. So I grabbed a rock, and broke the sign, I busted out laughing, because it was easier than I thought.

As I was flowing down the River, smoothly and swiftly, I see cats that want to eat me, so I pretend nothing is wrong, and I keep floating down the river, and nothing is wrong, but fortunately, cats are afraid of water.

I’m getting closer to my destination, and as I get off the sign, and land ashore, the sign keeps going down the river, as there is no stopping for it. I look up; I am in the Village of Onslaught, the home of the famous Polar bear. I could see the Polar bear in pain, people, looking at it, while it’s in a cage, and Polar bears and Penguins have connections, with Animal speak. He is saying. “rooor rooor roooooor rooor” Which in English means, “I want to be free, please help me.”

I am thinking of a plan, and it hit me, literally, a stick hit me, I used it to open the polar bear cage, and he is free, and the people ran away, Horrified. He thanks me, and I say, do you know how to get to the Eskimos, house from here? He says, follow the trail, and when in doubt always take right turns. I thanked him, and hurried along.

I was almost there, I could smell, the rotten tar, and fish the Eskimo was eating, and I was outside his igloo, thinking of diversions to use to get him out, and as I am talking to myself he screams, “GET OUT OF HERE, OR ELSE I’LL KILL YOU MUHAHAHAH” I think to myself, what a loser.

I said, “LOOK, a tray of FREE FISH!!” He comes out with no breath, as I am hiding behind the door, “Where?!?!” I quickly sneak in and shut the door, and I sit down in his chair, and start watching Happy Feet on his 60 inch HD TV.

The end.

Just Life In General

Some of you who frequent my blog may recall back in April when I was treated rather poorly by an upscale clothier simply because I had chosen to shop while looking rather shabby. My choice not to shave that morning prompted some overzealous employee to suggest I shop somewhere else. I sent them an email yesterday, and, should they choose to respond, I will let you know how they reacted to my complaint.

As well, as of late, I’ve started having my produce delivered. This is courtesy of SPUD, a local Vancouver company. Today I got my bin, everything intact and in order. Now my fridge is filled with fresh carrots, green onions, fruits, and milk. My cupboards are brimming with oatmeal cookies, bran muffins, waffle mix (can’t wait for breakfast!) and breakfast oatmeal. The only thing I forgot was potatoes, as I polished off the last of the sweet potatoes yesterday at lunch.

I should also mention that I’ve just arrived home from a midnight screening of the new Indiana Jones movie. (No worries – I’m not about to give anything away!)

There were people dressed up in fedoras, and, sadly, I hadn’t brought mine. Regretted not doing so immediately. As well, when Indiana stepped out on the screen there were many cheers. The movie while fun and worth seeing, did disappoint me in the end. That’s all I’ll say.

Norma Charles and Lillian Boraks Nemetz Launch Their 2008 Books!

Ronsdale Press cordially invites you to the launch
of a new young adult novel by Norma Charles,
The Girl in the Backseat,
and the new edition of Lillian Boraks Nemetz’s
The Old Brown Suitcase


Victoria Day, Monday, May 19th, 2–4 p.m.
1844 Acadia Road, Vancouver

Refreshments will be served

RSVP to Norma: normacharles@telus.net

Just One More Book

One of my favourite places to visit when I need a literary fix is Just One More Book. It’s a daily podcast of interviews with various authors, and sometimes a reader submitted review. I must admit to having a secret desire to one day be one of those reader submitted review … but not until I get the podcasting thing down pat. (In other words, when I can go 15 seconds without saying, “Uhmmmmm…”)

Just recently JOMB was the subject of an interview in the Ottawa Citizen. I’d like to invite you all to check out the interview, and then suggest that you head on over to visit Mark Blevis and Andrea Ross at their podcast site. If you love kid lit, you are guaranteed to find a favourite author.

Just click on the bookmark above.

BC Book Prize Soiree

Last night I went to the annual BC Book prize Soiree, which is a free gathering for the literary community to honor this year’s nominees. I’m very proud of two of my friends who have been nominated, Meg Tilly and Kari Winters. Both of these fine writers are getting a lot of attention with their new books, and this is attention that is well-deserved. They are talented, driven, and, best of all, two of the nicest people a person could hope to meet.

You can even follow them along on their BC Book Prize tour here.

Or, check out their books and treat yourself to a fantastic read! Meg Tilly is the author of Porcupine, and Kari Winters is the author of Jeffrey and Sloth.

I was also there with two up and coming graphic designers, Trisha and Andrea. (Andrea, on the right, designed my Pyre poster that can be seen here.)

Rancour Hard to Find?

Having trouble finding Rancour?

Rancour has nearly sold out of its first print run! This is extremely good news, and I’d like to take a moment to thank all my readers for making this happen.

The bad news: new copies of Rancour won’t be available until the fall. Just so you know, you can read Pyre without having read Rancour and not be lost in the story. They stand on their own.

The good news: this isn’t official yet, but the publisher is considering a new edition of Rancour with some story/plot changes. Over the years as I’ve finished the series, I’ve wanted to make some tweaks to Rancour – and now I may have my chance. I’ll keep you posted!