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Launch Day

Yesterday was the official launch day of my book. It felt incredibly anti-climactic. Not a whole lot new happened, other than my awareness that the book could now be easily ordered – rather than pre-ordered – online or even outright purchased in the bookstores that carry it. But mostly I spent the day typing out […]

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Out of the Woods

Last week J. and I drove up past the 55th parallel, climbed in our canoe, and paddled part of the Grass River. We put in at Pisew Falls and meandered downstream to Kwasitchewan Falls, on a route used for thousands of years by aboriginal people and fur traders who came in the 1700s in search […]

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Home from Former Haunts

J. and I came back to The Pas from Ontario a few days ago after being away for nearly a month. With two animals in the car – our senior, asthmatic cat and our 11-month-old puppy – we traveled over 2,500 kilometers both there and back, driving through Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, the edge of North […]

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Birds, bugs, and ticks… Oh my!

I did a trek in the Amazon River basin in Ecuador in 2000. I bring that up because I’ve been thinking about it lately, in particular one moment when we made camp at the mosquito-netted banana wood platforms in the jungle, and I kicked off my shoes only to be chastised by the guide. Put […]

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Food Woes

Lately I’ve been a bit obsessed with food. I think it’s because of the fact that I can’t have a craving for stuffed grape leaves and go buy the canned version or pick up fresh lobster on a whim. And forget about goat’s milk, which we used to drink all the time. It’s soy or […]

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Wild, Wild West

I heard the wolves this morning. At 5 a.m., the sky studded with quartz flakes of stars, the snow creaking into the cold night. I’d just come in from letting Mowat out and heard them when I climbed back into bed. An eerie far-off howling that accentuated the silence. It seemed fitting. I’ve been thinking […]

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Trapper Daze…

Picture this: 6 p.m. Friday evening at a table in the Legion (Fort-La-Party-It-Up) doing a shot of something red and treacly-sweet to celebrate the 29th birthday of a teacher I just met… Add to that one or two shared pitchers of Rickard’s Red and you end up with a lot of enthusiastic jigging with a […]

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Trapper Days!

I finished another big edit of Swarm yesterday, this one in conjunction with an editor at Brindle & Glass. A little bit more of that and then we’ll be on to cover art and it’ll be spring and our Saskatoon berries will bud and then, galleys! Lots to look forward to! But last night I […]

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Icecapades

Went out to Clearwater Lake this afternoon, a half-hour drive north. In the summer, people tell us, you can see through its 40-some feet of water to the very bottom. These days it’s solid and white. We met up with a few co-workers of J.’s and let our dogs run loose on the snow-packed trails. […]

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Learning the Land of Water

Last night I went to a book event in the cafeteria at UCN (the University College of the North). There weren’t a lot of people there – which didn’t really surprise me, as I remember doing the northern Ontario tour for Lichen Bright and sometimes we’d have, oh, about five people out for readings. I’m […]

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