Monday, November 26, 2007

My Happy Place...

Love this picture my brother took when we visited a lighthouse in New Brunswick. The view was spectacular and the foghorn really loud.
This moment is etched in my memory in so many ways.

Tomorrow is another day.

I'm sitting here thinking if I can get away with procrastinating, researching, answering "important mail" and getting ready for tomorrow, while at the back of my mind is a voice that won't stop've got to write.

Finished the second draft of my current manuscript yesterday; 45 pages in 2 days. It felt good. And so I rewarded myself with a day off today...but that just won't shut-up.

Tomorrow I start on the sequel of The Third Eye. Well, I can't really say "start" because it's already half-written. But I stopped and lost momentum. And so tomorrow I will read through what I've written to date and then start my 1000 words-a-day quota again. I still cannot figure out what I like better, to pour my heart out through my fingertips or agonize over each word, each comma, each paragraph as the story takes on layers, meaning and shape.

As Scarlett said in Gone With the Wind, "Tomorrow is another day."

In the meantime there is some serious research I have to complete. On youtube.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Launch of Prisoners in The Promised Land on Nov 21, 2007

I attended Marsha's book launch for "Prisoners in the Promised Land" in the cosy library of the Royal Canadian Military Academy. It was a well attended affair in spite of the wicked weather.

Marsha gave a touching introduction to the book, how it came about and why it was a personal triumph for her to see it in print. For many of us who did not know about the Ukranian Internment in Canada, it was an eye-opener. I could not wait to start reading it and actually did, on my way home on the subway.

I also got a chance to present a copy of the Third Eye, to the person who helped it come into existence. It was a memorable moment.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The hosts of my fabulous launch party...

Duncan, Kevin and Cheryl.

Thank you!

The Best Launch Party Ever...

It all started as always, a regular Mother-Son book club meeting. And then came the surprises...
a) First all the spouses appeared, including mine, who'd said he had to meet a client,
b) Then all the boys trooped in, wearing t-shirts printed with "The Third Eye" cover,
c) And then came the bubbly and a wonderful formal dinner.

A memorable evening that ended with me having to "read" for my supper and sign a load of books.

Dear Anne, Anne-Louise, Cheryl and Cindy,

Thank you all for the best launch party ever!

The Bedford Bookclub Boys....

In the dim light I saw....could it be...was it...a third eye?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

CLICK: A smorgasbord of literary styles!


Just finished Click. I cannot decide whether I am absolutely floored by the way its come together or simply baffled at the "jumps" this story has taken and yet seems to be whole. It definitely warrants a second read.


Linda Sue Park starts the story perfectly with so many threads, that one can only marvel at how much she's given the authors who follow, to work with .

The story takes off as each author selects a thread and then weaves it along in their own inimitable style.

I had not read much of David Almond but was entranced by his chapter "Annie" that had a dreamlike quality, you almost had to look at it sideways.

Loved the character development of "Jason" by Eoin Colfer.

"Lev", by Deborah Ellis explains the mystery of the box that contained the shells.

A thought-provoking chapter called "Maggie" by Nick Hornby, followed by Roddy Doyle's "Vincent"- poignant with a touch of levity.

And then a chapter called "Min" by Tim Wynne-Jones. His superb use of the metaphor was evident at the end of the chapter.

Ruth Ozeki 's "Jiro" brought home a few truths about war. "

Margo" with her chapter Afela had me re-reading the chapter just to absorb her literary style.

And finally Gregory Maguire ended Maggie's journey in a totally unexpected way. Reading

CLICK was like sampling the best in children's literature, a tiny little mouthful at a time.