As a writer, I’ve enjoyed February so far, even though the early weeks brought some disappointment. It was a rough winter by Pacific Coast standards. We normally get little snow, but this year the big snow dumps did some damage. We were lucky though to get away with just a few broken branches and a bent-over global cedar that may straighten up with time. Now the snow in town is mostly gone and our crocuses are budding.
A WRITER’S DISAPPOINTMENTS
Tough winter conditions also meant that I had to miss two book events: one in North Vancouver, the other, in Canmore, Alberta.
I was scheduled to give a novel writing workshop at the main branch of the North Vancouver Library; I had 46 writers sign up, but we had to cancel due to a red alert storm warning.
And the next day, Rob and I were going to drive from West Vancouver, where we have an apartment, to Canmore, Alberta for our good friends’ son’s wedding. This time we got highway alerts. The road out of the city was icy, therefore hazardous. Of the two main highways to Alberta, one was an ice-covered mountain highway with steep ascents, and the other, also mountainous (crossing the Rockies), was closed due to an avalanche. So we had to cancel our plans, which included a book signing at Café Ltd, a cute bookstore/coffee shop in Canmore.
A FEW BRIGHT LIGHTS
But going forward, life looks brighter.
There were three other lovely authors, who also read from their works: Betty Annand, author of THE GIRL FROM OLD NICHOL, Katherine Gibson, author of TED HARRISON: PAINTING PARADISE, and Florence Kaeffer, author of BACK TO THE RED ROAD-A Story of Redemption and Love.
The other authors were so inspiring, especially Betty Annand, who turns 90 soon. THE GIRL FROM OLD NICHOL is her first novel, beautifully written. She’s also planning on another this October. I figure if she can do it, then I have quite a few books left in me.
ON STORE BOOKSHELVES
I got my books into two Chapters Indigo locations. My novels are online nationally in that Canadian bookstore chain, but it’s a challenge for any indie writer to get their works onto bookshelves. Now Coles (part of Chapters Indigo) in the Driftwood Mall in Courtenay and the one in Park Royal, West Vancouver have my signed books in their stores.
I’m back to writing again after a long break. Working on some short stories and will soon tackle the next chapter in ALONG CAME A GARDENER. If you haven’t signed up to get your FREE chapter, you can sign up here.
And I’ve polished up Lukia, the true life fictional story about my grandmother in the years 1915-1929, set in what is now western Ukraine. I’m currently pitching it to agents in the U.K. and Canada. We’ll see if there’s a good match and if not, I’ll publish it under my own imprint, Island House Publishing.
Hope you’re all having a great month. Would love to hear how your February is shaping up.
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