It’s been a good long while…

November 29th, 2012 § Comments Off on It’s been a good long while… § permalink

I have been very lax, dear readers, and I apologize. For the last seven months I’ve had my head buried in the revision of my new teen novel. It didn’t come easily: every step of the way was uphill. But it was worth the journey. And the sun is very pleasant at the top of the mountain.

I’m waiting for edits to come back, though I’m not drumming my fingers on my desk. I took the time to draw a picture of one of my favourite characters from the novel. Her name is Kestrel. Her friend’s name is Sebbie.  She would love to meet you. 😀

Mucke, Knochen und Pieps!

June 22nd, 2012 § Comments Off on Mucke, Knochen und Pieps! § permalink

I was completely stunned yesterday when my mailperson showed up carrying a huge box with my name on it. I had no idea what it could be or where it was from.

After paying the $18.50 COD, I threw the box on the couch, then saw the Taschenbuch logo on the side and realized what it was: my author copies of the German translation of The Odds Get Even. I’d completely forgotten about it.

I opened the box and was gobsmacked to discover that the book is a hardcover. I stood there, staring at it in wonder for several minutes before I even picked it up.

I turned the book in my hands. What a beautiful thing it is. Then I opened it and found the illustrations: bona fide flip animation comics. I was beside myself with glee! So many years I’ve dreamed of having such a thing in one of my novels, and here it was, right in my hands – and I didn’t even have to ask.

And better still, when I looked at the back cover, there is an illustration of The Fart King ripping a big one. I couldn’t believe it! How was this possible??

When I wrote the story all those years ago, my editor was uncomfortable with the name “Fart King.” She thought kids would find it offensive. I tried to convince her otherwise but to no avail. So we came to a compromise: I could call Larry Harry the Fart King three or four times, then I had to find something else to call him. Hmmmm.

To meet these parameters, I devised a convoluted storyline to allow the kids to change “Fart King” to “Prisoner 95.” Those of you who have read the book know what I’m talking about here.

After all this, I get the German version, and the farts are front row center. The Germans get the humour. What fun!

Staring at this book, (I have a copy beside me on my desk), I can honestly say it is the culmination of a lifelong dream: that a publisher would take my work, advance me adequately, and realize the finished product with such faith, such passion and pride, that I myself couldn’t have done a better job.

My new hope is that the children of Germany enjoy this story and that it makes its way into the hands of many. And I hope the faith that DTV has in this book returns to them ten-fold. Now, all I have to do is figure out how to type an umlaut in my blogs!

Welcome to the world, Mucke, Knochen und Pieps!

Been so long…

April 20th, 2012 § Comments Off on Been so long… § permalink

It’s been far too long since I posted last, Dear Reader. But I can assure you I’ve been busy. I’m not procrastinating. No. I’ve had my nose so close to the grind I didn’t realize how swiftly time was passing. And here we are.

One of the things that kept me cloistered in my office is my new novel. Having missed two years of deadlines I thought I’d better pony up. So I chained myself to my desk for the last six months and ground out a readable draft.

The truth is, it wasn’t the missed deadlines that set me to purpose. It’s the fact that my editor at Random House is soon to depart on maternity leave. The idea of waiting six to twelve months for the book to be read was unthinkable.

As my mother used to say, “an imminent hanging focuses the mind.” So I harnessed my best horses to this book-draft wagon and set to driving. I am proud to say the draft is in my editor’s hands as I write this.

But that’s not all that occupied me. There were taxes and weddings and birthdays and designing an album cover for a new band, and all the things that crop up in spring. And did I mention my new-new writing project…?

Far and away

December 7th, 2011 § Comments Off on Far and away § permalink

At the cabin it’s hard to be angry or overly concerned about the things that occupy us in the city. The sound of coyotes yipping at the stars, or owls hooting through the forest at night is just about all we need to feel satisfied. That, and water for our hot tub. We don’t have a well so water is always on our minds.

We have a large pond system on our land but we leave that to the frogs and ducks in the summer and the lemon-sized tadpoles in the winter. It’s silty and deliciously dark, but not suitable for bathing. Instead, we go to the lake down the road and rustle water in big blue jugs. It takes about four trips to secure enough water to fill the hot tub. Brian braves the ice and freezing water temperature while I ferry jugs back and forth in the car. It’s not an easy task but so worth the effort. Especially at night when the stars and moon grace us with a show. Sometimes it’s hard to see through the steam off the water in the tub, or find your glass of wine in the dark, but we do our best. 

What have I been up to…?

July 24th, 2011 § Comments Off on What have I been up to…? § permalink

I know, dear reader, I have been horribly absent this summer. It’s just that there’s so much going on. But I won’t bore you with excuses. I’ll just cut to the chase. I’ve been doing things other than writing.

What? Yes. Many things. Like building a website for my new writing project which I can’t tell you about right now. (How’s that for suspense?) And musing over my work in progress. And thinking about the comic strip I want to write. And building a shed (two walls currently stand). And planning some wonderful confection for my friend Cathy’s wedding in September. And gardening. Oh, the gardening.

Needless to say, none of this is moving me closer to meeting my current deadline. I just have to put all these things aside and keep my nose to the proverbial grind until that first draft is done. Because I’m running out of time, dear reader. That much is evident.

The truth is, this WIP of mine is tricksy and petulant. It’s mad at me, and as a result, refuses to talk. Really, it’s just responding to my own ability for distraction. It is summer, after all.

But again, no excuses. I WILL, I MUST tend to my WIP. Because saying it makes it so, no? 🙂

Something lost, something found

June 14th, 2011 § Comments Off on Something lost, something found § permalink

After much deliberation, I decided to create another “official” author page on facebook after I accidentally erased my old one. It was a shock, having carefully built my page and enjoyed hundreds of “likes” and fan photos. The idea of starting over was disappointing and a little bit daunting.

But here I am: starting another official page. So far, 31 likes. I have a big hill to climb to get back to where I was. 😛

They’re heeeeere!

May 8th, 2011 § Comments Off on They’re heeeeere! § permalink

It’s really real! Against All Odds is in my hands. It’s so beautiful. 🙂
The alien is big and it glows-in-the-dark. The cover is shiny and the book has heft. I love it. 🙂

Against All Odds

April 24th, 2011 § Comments Off on Against All Odds § permalink

I’ve learned that Against All Odds has been chosen as a Girl Guides pick and will be featured in THE magazine. Very exciting. Also, we’re mere days away from actually seeing the book in all its glory. It should be back from the printer soon. *fingers crossed*

It’s almost real

March 29th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

I just received word that Against All Odds has gone to the printer. I feel sick with nerves! But to calm myself, I stare at the cover. I love it. I’m so thrilled to see my alien staring back at me.  And he glows in the dark. Ooooooo…

Diamond Willow Award

March 11th, 2011 § Comments Off on Diamond Willow Award § permalink

Just learned that The Odds Get Even has been nominated for the Diamond Willow Award. Yay! The award is out of Saskatchewan, my father’s birthplace, so I’m extra-specially excited about it. The award ceremony will take place in April of 2012.