New Look, New Story

So here we are. A complete site redesign and rebranding (of sorts).

This year, I am finally working on my own mystery series, set on the picturesque coast of British Columbia. This idea has been growing and developing for the past few years, and whispering in the back of my mind for longer than that. The characters, the town, the circumstances, and plans for multiple books that can stand alone, but also link together has seen about the largest prep folder I think I have ever created.

It was daunting at first, but it’s also been a lot of fun. Instead of a handful of people centred around one event, I get to create an entire town with its own history and struggles. The process reminded me of world building for fantasy stories, while being a little bit more manageable — the laws of physics and the history of the world we live in still apply.

I am hoping to post more here this year than I have previously. I’ve spent much of the pandemic getting used to being a full time educator on top of everything else. Homeschooling is hard, and I have tremendous respect for people who choose to raise their kids that way. I’m sure that having some manner of training in education would probably have made this whole process easier, but we were all sort of tossed into the deep end, weren’t we?

Spring has finally arrived in the wilds of Calgary, and I will soon be back to working outside — one of my most favourite things. Working outside in nature is a fantastic way to get the creative juices flowing. I just can’t wait to get my picnic blanket out and hunker down under the tree in my front yard. I may even do that today.

After about a week of late season snow, the weather has turned warm and sunny again. Spring is a fickle thing here in the foothills, and while I am happy the deep freeze and slushy seasons are over, I will also be happy to see the ups and downs of a season that can’t make up its mind settle into a nice warm early summer.

My plan is to find a balance between writing and reading, as I want to dive deep into stories this year. If there is one bit of advice that I keep coming back to from just about every author that I have ever admired, it is ‘If you write, you must read’. In one form or another, every writer knows this to be a fundamental truth. And while we wait for normal life to slowly emerge from its pandemic hibernation, what better time is there to regain one’s love of books?

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