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Driving Range

I’ve recently taken up golf… recent being a relative term since it was actually over a year ago that I bought a beginner set of clubs and headed to the driving range with Peter. My motivation was simple: I’d been talked into participating in a charity tournament, and though I ultimately had to cancel on the […]

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Dragons release date

The date has been set: Dragons, the final installment of the Champions of 1941, will launch Tuesday, September 24, 2013. As usual, an excerpt will be available online in the coming weeks, but for now we have a teaser: Chaos has dominated 1941, but help is finally at hand: the war hero Sass, ambassador of […]

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Roses – Part 2

The last long weekend of the North American summer is now behind us, so it’s back to a regular schedule of Author Notes for the Iceberg Publishing website. For my first of the fall season, I decided I should pick up where I left off in Roses–One Red. One White. In that post I talked […]

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From the Journals – Dance

This time of year in North America, the TV program So You Think You Can Dance airs on Tuesday nights. Week after week I am amazed by the stories woven by young dancers across the stage… in awe of their talent and precision… inspired by their willingness to share their hearts and souls. If I […]

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Characters You Envy

On the last day of my most recent visit to Gros Morne National Park, I went to Trout River. This is turning into something of a tradition; I love the ocean, and after ten days in the paradise of western Newfoundland, it’s important to spend a little time at the shore, collecting my thoughts and […]

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What Do You Think?

This morning I changed my Facebook cover and profile pictures in recognition of the fact that it is my father’s birthday. The images are of us trouting on a pond about 45 minutes outside St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1979. I am crouched on a rock looking towards my father who is wearing hip rubbers and […]

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Painting Her Nails

We’re just a week away from the release of Mandarins, and an excerpt from the novella is now online. On the eve of a dangerous mission to Hong Kong, we join our indefatigable hero Stephanie Shylock as she prepares for battle… by painting her nails. No, seriously. Nails are important. She moisturizes too. At last, […]

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Location Scout – Victoria

When plans for the Champions of 1941 were first being developed, the year’s fourth novella was supposed to see Alex, Stephanie and Strong travel to Turkey, where they would explore the ailing Ottoman Empire. From the point of view of a historian, this would have been quite an interesting adventure; in our real history, the […]

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Champions in Hong Kong

The release date for the penultimate installment of the Champions of 1941 has been confirmed: Mandarins launches on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Here’s the teaser: Three months have passed since chaos descended over Scotland, and a clue has finally emerged which might lead to the villains behind the attacks. While Jimmy Devlin is trapped in […]

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Paying Attention

I am, at this very moment, undertaking a writing exercise. It’s nearing 7 p.m., and I’m sitting on the front veranda of our home. The sun is beginning its slow descent, and the temperature is still in the mid-30s Celsius. While there’s a breeze today, the air is quite still where I sit because the […]

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Shooting To Live

This month we’ll be launching the fourth installment of the Champions of 1941, Mandarins. Teasers and excerpts for that novella are still to come, but for now I want to highlight one element vital to the story: we’re going to spend extra time with Stephanie Shylock, and learn more about her particular skills. By now […]

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Best Friends

When it comes to author notes, I’ve been silent for the past couple of weeks. I caught a cold coming back from the awards ceremony in New York, which took me off my feet for a while, and have since been focused on editing and drafting –– two duties which, this year, have been particularly […]

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Bellevue

Over the past few weeks it has felt like I’ve been home less than I’ve been away, traveling on a combination of Iceberg and non-Iceberg business. The week before last I was in New York City to accept the 2013 IPPY Award silver medal for A Daughter’s Gift –– a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable adventure […]

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From the Journals – Believe

It’s the start of the month and so I’ve popped open my journals again. This time, however, I didn’t limit myself to the traditional date match. Instead I decided to do some random dives. The first led me to a brief passage written way back in February 2000, at the point when I was just […]

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Summer Schedule

Starting today, we’ll be switching to our summer schedule for author notes. Jacqui mentioned this on Friday, after talking about our trip to New York for her IPPY Award presentation, but I wanted to pause here to elaborate a bit more on what we mean. The months June, July and August are surprisingly busy ones […]

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New York City

If you’re a regular reader of these posts, you know I’ve been in New York with Kenneth since Wednesday –– we arrived mid-afternoon on May 29th, checked into the Hudson (a charming boutique hotel on 58th Street) and after changing from travel to event-appropriate clothes, headed for the IPPY Awards venue. Kenneth has already reported on […]

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Standing Tall

When we were passing through customs on our way out of Toronto today, the officer at the desk asked whether my mother and I were traveling for business, or pleasure. The answer was both; we said business first. Then I explained that my mother was going to Manhattan, to receive an IPPY silver medal. It […]

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A Medal For My Father

So today we travel to New York City to attend the IPPY Awards ceremony where I’ll be presented with a silver medal for A Daughter’s Gift. In an interview earlier this week, I was asked what this award means to me. I don’t think I answered it very well; I’m not sure I can ever […]

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Creative Award Wins

This week at Iceberg, it’s all about awards. Jacqui Tam and I are bound for New York tomorrow, so that she can receive her IPPY Silver Medal for the Tenth Anniversary Edition of A Daughter’s Gift. Expect me to gush rather extensively about that occasion in my note on Thursday… and expect my mother to […]

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Roses –– One Red. One White.

One of the things I’ve learned from my son Kenneth is that you have to be prepared for the possibility that some writing projects won’t work… that sometimes the best thing you can do is set aside twenty or thirty thousand words and begin anew, or put those words on a shelf for a while […]

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