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Big Snow No Snow

This past weekend most of eastern Canada was treated to some more snow. Now, the general feeling seems to be that “We’ve had enough, thank you very much.” It’s therefore entirely possible that I’m setting myself up for some unpleasant emails by admitting this, but I was actually quite happy to see another 10 or […]

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Lost Tonnage

Earlier this week, I saw a confusing tweet from my good friend Mik; a battle had occurred in the massively multilayer online game EVE Online, which had resulted in an estimated $300,000 in damages. Now, I haven’t really played mulitplayer online games since Starcraft, so I wasn’t sure how such a battle could have a […]

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That’s The Why

When I was quite young, I apparently had a habit of emphasizing my explanations with an emphatic: That’s the why. I don’t remember this at all, of course, but my mother, who loved my unique little phrase, talked about it often. She also admitted that she didn’t correct me for the longest time because she […]

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Up Against It

May of 2005 was the single busiest month I’ve ever had when it comes to book events. Coming off two Chapters tours the previous year, and sitting on invitations to travel for book events and to hold writing workshops, we stacked up a schedule that crossed four provinces in as many weeks –– not much […]

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Snapdragons In The Snow

Today marks both the release of Iceberg’s first ebook of 2014 and the first Champions novella set in 1942… in one enjoyable 37,500-word package called Snapdragon. The cover features the awkward Lady Alex Smith and the ever-charming Mike Strong shading their eyes as they look upwards in a snowstorm, so I guess me saying that […]

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Building A Snapdragon

Since the first chapter of Whitecoat, we’ve known about Snapdragon. The first human-built aircraft to incorporate Saa technology into its design, the plane is meant to give Britain and the United States an unprecedented advantage over the rest of the world… though to be fair, the riches of the new world seem to have already […]

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Friday Favorite – Magic

Earlier this week, Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism released its first new television ad of the year – Magic. I remember my reaction the first time I saw one of these ads on TV  a number of years ago –– after I’d moved to Ontario. Finally, I thought, someone has captured not just how I’ve always […]

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Zulu

Fifty years ago yesterday, movie-going audiences in Great Britain were first introduced to actor Michael Caine, who starred as a rather posh infantry Lieutenant named Bromhead in a film called Zulu. The picture was a massive success. Effectively a British answer to American westerns, Zulu was released on the 85th anniversary of the engagement it […]

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Some Rough Out

We’ve been having a real winter in Waterloo, Ontario this year. I say real because there’s been snow on the ground since well before Christmas, which I love. Also, the temperatures have generally been well below seasonal, which I love less. A couple of weeks ago, for instance, we had a couple of –40˚ Celsius […]

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Lunch With The Admiral

Yesterday I had lunch with none other than First Lord John Fiora –– or as we call him here at Iceberg, award-winning author John Fioravanti. It was a working lunch, as important things are afoot, but I can’t elaborate on those just now. Instead, I want to talk about John, and how he earned such […]

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A Funny Thing Happened

Based on the time of day my Author Notes are posted, most readers have probably figured out that I usually don’t draft them same day. I get up early, generally between 5 and 5:30 a.m. so I can exercise, then check my Iceberg email and regular websites before the workday starts. But there isn’t quite […]

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Friday Favorite – Bricks

It was Monday, and I was running errands. There wasn’t a whole lot of time for this particular store; I was due back in the office for a meeting, so I was hurrying from department to department, to grab what I needed… then I stopped. In a sale display in the middle of the aisle […]

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Find The Memories

For as long as I can remember, my father called me ‘duck’. When he stopped calling me that… stopped calling me anything, really… I knew he no longer recognized me as his daughter. He perceived me as someone familiar and safe for quite some time. Indeed, in the final months I was one of the […]

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Black Man and Dragon?

Originally I was going to introduce this note by talking about weather, because coincidentally (but not surprisingly) my friends and family home in Newfoundland have recently dealt with quite a blizzard. I changed those plans (if not the picture) when I realized one of the partnerships we follow in Snapdragon, the first Champions installment of 1942, might […]

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From the Journals –– After The Fact

A question I’ve been asked from time to time is whether or not writing helped me cope while my father was ill. My answer usually surprises people, because the reality is I didn’t do a great deal of my own writing during those years. My words were mainly for others –– news releases, speeches, articles, […]

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Girl Fights

I’ve written my share of fights between female characters. The most celebrated (or infamous) is perhaps the scrap between Commodore Karen McMaster and Josie, the leader of the Pions, back in The Canary Wars. There are no excerpts online from that particular encounter, but here’s a quick overview: Karen was one of the heroes of […]

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More To Hold On To

In Wednesday’s Author Note I wrote about the start of Alzheimer Awareness Month, and the theme “There’s So Much To Hold On To”. I wasn’t thinking I would write another Alzheimer’s-related post so soon, but perhaps unsurprisingly, I’ve been thinking about some of the things that I hold onto still. In Standing Tall: A Daughter’s […]

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No Aliens Required

How about a story idea? A team of climate scientists charter a Russian ice-strengthened research ship and cruise to the mysterious continent of Antarctica. Their goal is simple: repeat a battery of tests first carried out by explorers 100 years prior, to determine the true environmental impacts of a century of human industrialization. But when […]

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Much To Hold On To

On January 7th, the Alzheimer Society of Canada launched it annual Alzheimer Awareness Month campaign. In 2013 the focus was on seeing the person, not just the disease.  It was a message I was intimately familiar with, and one I’ve been sharing for more than a decade. The theme on the Alzheimer Awareness Month website […]

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Snapdragon Release Date

The 1942 season for Champions begins later this month, with the launch of Snapdragon, Iceberg’s first new release of the year. Readers of the series will be familiar with that title –– since 1940, British and American scientists have been developing a new fighter plane called Snapdragon, which makes use of Saa technology. Will that […]

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