It has been a VERY busy summer and I have lots of things to share, but you may not be interested in all of these things, so I shall put helpful tags above each. Ease of browsing!
1. Bikes, Community, Happiness
We made a video for Y.A.N.A. and (to quote my friend’s charming exclamation) HOLY HANNAH it was fun!
2. Books, Murder, Party
My novel ‘Bucket of Blood’ came out in 2011, and the sequel, ‘Mark of the Magpie’, will be launched in the Comox Valley on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Come and join us! I’ll have more details closer to the event.
3. Museum, Acting, Exhibition
We also did an interactive exhibition with the Cumberland Museum this summer, which involved actors and costumes and a heck of a lot of research. It was fun to create, and the response from visitors has been great. You can check out the trailer for the exhibition here:
4. Apocalypse, Storytelling, Kick Ass Women
Oh, yeah! Both volumes of the ‘Girl at the End of the World Anthology’ are now out and available to buy, and my copy is somewhere in the great mail system between London and British Columbia. I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on the copy, because I’m so thrilled to bits to have been part of this amazing book. My story takes place in the post-apocalyptic Volume 2. HELL YEAH!
5. Podcast, Storytelling, What the Hell am I Thinking?
I’m considering pulling together a series of podcasts, but this requires that I learn how to do audio editing, which I’m discovering is no small feat. This always happens. I become extremely busy with projects, and as I’m working, the mental facilities begin to churn, and suddenly I find myself with a plethora of ideas but no time to implement them. A mind at rest tends to stay at rest, while a mind on fire just burns, burns, BURNS ever higher. Do you listen to podcasts? I mean, I know I do, but maybe I’m the only one?
6. Halloween, Arithmetic, Children
Because, given their parentage, they are genetically pre-disposed to love all things creepy, my children are buzzing with the concept of hosting a Halloween Party – you would not believe the schematics they’ve drawn to show how the house will be decorated, how many tombstones we’ll erect on the front lawn, where the smoke machine will sit, et cetera. They keep asking how long it is until Halloween, and while I could tell them, I suppose, instead I see this as a fantastic opportunity to practice math. For example: x weeks = y days = length until ghosty holiday. “No, I will not give you the answer, you have to work it out yourself.” The moaning and wails and whinging that this creates are positively spooky!