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More Than Polygons

Earlier this week, Iceberg author and longtime freelance CGI artist Wesley Prewer decided to make his services available not just to Iceberg, but to the wider world of independent authors and publishers. This, I must say, is partly my fault; since Defense Command wrapped up last summer, I haven’t kept him nearly as busy as […]

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A Girl, Her Dad and a Land Rover

Ten years ago today, I brought Kal –– my 2002 Land Rover Discovery Special Edition Kalahari –– home from the dealership. Those of you who have read A Daughter’s Gift would know how much my father loved his Land Rovers, and how much it meant to me to be his fellow adventurer in them. You’d […]

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Meet Lord Duncan

Next week sees the launch of Elspeth, and yesterday the excerpt from that novella went online. Now’s your chance to meet Lord Duncan, the Champion of Edinburgh, with whom Alex, Stephanie and Strong must work as they attempt to find the missing Champion of London, Lady Elspeth Cornish. But where our three protagonists seem to […]

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Blank Page

When I started writing this note yesterday, I was planning to talk about the endless possibility of the blank page. The proprietors of a favorite shop of mine – Phidon Pens in Cambridge, Ontario – are currently in New York City at the National Stationery Show. I’d just seen a Facebook post of Mano standing in […]

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Ministry of Agriculture Nuptials

It’s widely known that a number of characters from Defense Command are based on real-life people whose souls I’ve stolen who’ve allowed me to borrow aspects of their personality. These people are some of the best I know, and it’s a privilege to have them join the Belt Squadron on its adventures. Now, some of […]

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Friday Favorite – Space Man

Last Friday I had the opportunity to tour the River Building at Carleton University in Ottawa, which houses the Journalism and Communication school. It’s an incredible facility, with state-of-the-art classrooms, editing suites and broadcast studios –– things we quite frankly couldn’t have imagined when I did my Masters in Journalism at Western University in the […]

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Validation – Part 2

A number of fast-moving small craft are approaching your ship, and frankly, you don’t know what they’re up to. Your squadron has never really operated in this zone before, so distinguishing between civilian traders and a swarm of attackers is difficult. If you overreact in defense of your force, you might end up firing on […]

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Something Borrowed

People who love to sew know the allure of a bolt of beautiful fabric, and most of us have a fabric stash to prove it. Someone once explained it this way: when we look at the fabric and rub it between our fingers to feel its weight and texture, we can already see the finished […]

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Validation – Part 1

I was having beers with lunch. For me, you must understand, this was a very rare thing –– as I’ve previously stated, I only drink beer on special occasions, and to do so with lunch was literally unheard of. More shocking still: I was the only one drinking. Two other people were in the room, […]

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Black Band

One of the questions I’ve been asked many times over the years is how I remembered the things I wrote about in A Daughter’s Gift. Part of the answer is context related –– as my father increasingly forgot things, I became more and more determined to remember them. It was my way of preserving and […]

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Friday Favorite – Scotch

A quick confession: since getting back from Halifax this week, I’ve been suffering with some sort of inner ear difficulty. The result isn’t quite vertigo –– the room isn’t spinning, I’m not nauseated –– but I do feel… unstable. Put it this way: when I was aboard Sackville last week, the little corvette had a […]

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Rabbit’s Teeth

Kenneth’s May 8th post about the food adventures and brilliant improvisation aboard HMCS Sackville this past weekend sparked more than a few chuckles and family food stories in our house. Since this is a week in which we’re celebrating the recent IPPY award for my father’s story… and since we’re coming up on Mother’s Day, […]

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Corvette Mischief

Yesterday we were at last able to announce that my mother, Jacqui Tam, has been awarded an IPPY Silver Medal for the Tenth Anniversary Edition of her masterful work, A Daughter’s Gift. It only took a decade for the world to recognize what I’ve been saying since 2002: that hers is Iceberg’s finest book. It is […]

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Silver

In lieu of a standard Author Note today, I’m copying and pasting from a news release issued by Iceberg earlier this morning. Times like these I’m reminded how much I miss being able to pick up the phone and call my mother and father at 709-576-4020 to share some good news. But then I remind myself […]

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IPPY Silver for A Daughter’s Gift

Ten years after its original release, the powerful story of a father-daughter relationship that defies the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease has won an international award. The special tenth anniversary edition of A Daughter’s Gift, by Canadian author Jacqui Tam, has won an Independent Publisher Book Awards –– or ‘IPPY’ –– silver medal. “This book is […]

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DCN to RCN

Last week I was in Halifax, to join in the commemoration of the Battle of Atlantic. As my note last Thursday probably conveyed, I hugely enjoyed this visit –– it was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken, and considering some of the things we’ve been able to do at Iceberg, that’s saying a […]

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How Cool is This?

This time last year we were getting ready for a photo shoot for the Champions alternative history series. The exact date was Sunday, May 6th on location at the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society venue in St. Jacob’s, Ontario. The number of people involved, including models, photographer and assistant, make-up and hair, props, Iceberg team, […]

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Seeing A Lady In Halifax

It’s an exciting couple of weeks for Iceberg Publishing. I can’t get into all the details of why –– certain announcements won’t be official until next week –– but by way of a hint, the beginning of May is usually when certain book awards are announced. It’s a time for publishers like us to crowd […]

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From the Journals, Mind to Mind

It seems I’m developing something of a habit. At or near the start of the month, I find myself browsing through old journals in search of postings from the same day or date in years gone by. It’s an enlightening practice. On the one hand, the exercise can reveal some simple facts. For instance, on […]

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Elspeth Release Date

The date is now set: Elspeth, the third Champions novella for 1941, will be released exclusively as an ebook on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 (print edition to follow next November, as part of the omnibus War Footing). Look for an excerpt in the weeks ahead; for now, just a teaser: The trail should have been cold […]

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