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Blustery Sunday

Blustery Sunday

It’s been stormy on the island lately, but the sun broke through the clouds on Sunday afternoon, which gave us just enough time to visit Goose Spit and run through the surf, filming the blue sky and the white waves. Goose Spit is a flexible sand spit, which means it shifts and changes as nearby Willemar Bluffs sheds its sandy interior. The spit is long and narrow like a crooked finger, and together with Gartley Point, marks the boundary of…

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Cumberland Mines

Cumberland Mines

“The main foyer of the mine was a long, broad hall carved from the seam. Thick timbers supported the roof, each one as big as my waist, but all around me I sensed the impending crush of weight – tons and tons of stone pressing down upon us. The hot, moist, dusty air smelt like sweat and vinegar, a pungent fragrance that caught in the back of my throat and made me strain for breath. Broken lamps hung from hooks…

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Queen Victoria’s Scarf

Queen Victoria’s Scarf

Sometimes, research takes you into new and unforeseen subjects, and when I started investigating the role of crochet in Victorian society, I was certainly NOT expecting stories of valour and heroism in the theatre of war. So the story goes, Queen Victoria was a great proponent of crochet. She was originally introduced to crochet by way of a gift of Irish crochet lace, and took up the hobby in the 1840s. As a fashion icon*, her interest in Irish lace…

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Immerse yourself in words!

Immerse yourself in words!

Do you love writing? Or reading? Or enjoying a creative afternoon where everyone is sharing and being inspired by new ideas? OF COURSE YOU DO! Come and join us at the 2018 North Island Writers Conference on Saturday, January 27 at NIC’s Comox Valley campus. Discuss storytelling, editing, play-writing, fiction, non-fiction… it’ll be lots of fun! ┬áSessions are $25 each, and students can attend free by contacting the organizers. For more information, have a look at the poster below, or…

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North Island Writers’ Conference

North Island Writers’ Conference

I’m excited to be a part of this year’s NI Writers Conference, held at the Courtenay campus of North Island College on January 27th! I’m part of a panel that will be discussing creative non-fiction*, and I look forward to sharing some researching tips, talking about adventures in museums, and reading from my historical mystery novels. For more information and to register, visit the CV Writers Society website. I look forward to seeing you there, and we can chat history,…

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Where to Find Agony of St. Alice

Where to Find Agony of St. Alice

I’ve had a few questions about where people can find copies of ‘The Agony of St. Alice’, and I’ll be honest, there aren’t many left. But fear not, there’s still hope! Last time I checked, there were a few copies at the Cumberland Museum, one copy at Rare Bird Books in Cumberland, and they’re available online if you follow THIS LINK RIGHT HERE. I hope that helps! I’ve been assured that it will be available through Amazon and Barnes &…

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Twenty-Eighteen

Twenty-Eighteen

Here we are, on the last day of November, and I find myself in need of a 2018 calendar because BOY HOWDY things are filling up. ┬áThe calendar on our fridge is the central point of a vast Venn diagram that includes the circles “Filming Schedules”, “Writing Engagements”, “Kids Appointments”, “Birthdays for all Branches of the Family”, and “Holiday Madness”, so that tiny central overlap gets jam packed at this time of year. The thing is, I don’t want to…

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Hey, It’s My Own Place!

Hey, It’s My Own Place!

Long, long ago, when the internet was shiny new, I had a Blogspot page. It was a good place to learn blogging and I made a lot of connections that turned into friendships, but eventually I wanted something new, so I migrated over to WordPress, which somehow seemed more sophisticated and grown-up. That was my virtual home for almost a decade. But now it’s time to move again, and I figure it’s probably time for me to strike out on…

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