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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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Bound for Flin Flon

I’m ridiculously excited about J.’s and my road trip to Flin Flon this weekend. We’re going to buy Mowat a larger crate (he’s growing so fast!) and to use up our Christmas Canadian Tire gift-cards but to me, home-bound by book edits and regular life, it feels a bit like “coming out” after an extended […]

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Green Leaves, Blue River

Pineapple’s on sale at Extra Foods and I keep hearing people talking about taking vacations to hot places. One woman I skate with on Wednesdays went to Las Vegas to see Lady Gaga; someone else came into the downtown coffee shop/tanning salon/boutique I was in today to buy fancy flip-flops with glittering fake diamonds on […]

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Cabin Fever

It’s pretty quiet up here. The usually sunny and blue skies are disguised by snow: a fine mist that lays like a fog over the river. January crawls on and I realize I have a bit of cabin fever. I’ve been doing stuff: yesterday I went skating. The day before, I stopped by the Sam […]

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Red Ink

I’ve been working on edits of Swarm this week. Chapter 10, in particular. There’s a lot going on in this chapter, a lot of important stuff, but also, I’ve realized, several bits of prose that I’d fallen in love with but that aren’t actually all that necessary. It’s called ‘killing your darlings’ – trimming those […]

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And Puppy Makes Four…

J. started work at his school this past Monday and so we are back in the routine of him heading off in the (dark) morning and me staying home to… well, clean up pee, play ball, and try to do some writing training. Because, yes, we got a puppy. Since about a year after Oliver, […]

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High noon in The Pas - ice-fishermen on the Sask River across the road from our house.

Northern Light

  The first couple nights J. and I slept in our new house, we left the bedroom curtains open. We are out in the country, after all (although only five minutes out of town). But a blazing spotlight woke us in the middle of the night. Or so we thought. It was actually 7:30 in […]

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