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Playing with Numbers

A fine pen and paper shop in Cambridge, Ontario –– Phidon Pens –– started tweeting just a couple of days ago. Their fourth tweet, at 4:00 p.m. on February 2nd, announced that they were starting a haiku marathon, with the goal of at least one haiku a week for as long as possible. With a […]

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Virtual Inspiration

A common piece of advice for writers is to pay close attention to the physical world around them. Everything from snippets of conversations heard in a coffee shop line-up, to the fabric of the jacket being worn by someone in a meeting, to the feel of a small beach rock in your hand, to the […]

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12:01 a.m.

At 12:01 this morning –– January 29th, 2013 –– Iceberg released Firebox, the second installment in the Champions series. It’s an exciting milestone for our company. It marks the first release of a title in ebook-only format –– Firebox is not scheduled to be a stand-alone print book. It’s also our first stand-alone novella release, […]

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Thank you to the Caregiver

My mother was a nurse –– a white-uniform, white-stockings, white-leather-duty-shoes, white-cap-with-black-band, and navy-blue-cape-with-red-lining nurse. She loved to work in Emergency, or “Emerg” as she called it. But after a gastric hemorrhage when I was five, she moved into nursing education at the same hospital where she’d received her training, before eventually finishing her career as […]

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Lessons My Father Taught Me

During Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in 2003, more than 100 people braved a cold and windy winter night to visit the Land Rover Newfoundland dealership for that province’s launch of the first edition of Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift. On the 10th anniversary of that memorable evening, it seems fitting to share some of the lessons my father […]

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Behind Cover

I am sometimes asked about book covers… where they come from. The details of my answer vary depending on the context and the person asking the question, but the essence is very simple: they come from the book. The current edition of Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift, for instance, features an image of the ‘old […]

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Friday Favorite – Richard Bode

It’s Friday, and we’ve decided it’s a good time to launch a recurring ‘Favorites’ theme in our Author Notes (we prefer the alliteration of Friday Favorites to the less poetic Tuesday Favorites). We won’t post a Friday Favorite every week, but you can expect them a couple of times a month. One of the first […]

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“Beam me up, Scotty”

I recently received two emails that reminded me just how much things have changed in the book industry since Iceberg started a decade ago. The first was from Kindle, announcing that its Canadian store was online and providing instructions on how to transfer my account from the .com to the .ca store. Delivery time for any […]

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Button Box Inspiration

Packing up the Christmas decorations is, for me, like taking a trip down memory lane. Each ornament is part of a story that has been unfolding for more that 30 years, and I find memories and inspiration as I pause over various items during the annual packing-repacking process. Objects that are used on special occasions […]

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Writing to Music

Earlier this week I talked about writing as a tactile experience –– about how switching from keyboard to pen and paper can, among other things, help the words flow. It can also be an experience that is enhanced by sound… more specifically music. I wrote Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift while listening to tracks from […]

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Putting Pen to Paper

Writing isn’t generally thought to be a tactile experience, but there is a tactile element –– whether it’s the touch of your fingers on a keyboard or the feel of your pen moving across the page –– and over the years, I’ve found that switching from the keyboard to pen and paper can help the […]

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Alzheimer Awareness Month – See the Person

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month in Canada, and the Alzheimer Society has just launched a new campaign: “See me, not my disease. Let’s talk about dementia.” According to the Society’s website, the goals of the campaign include increasing knowledge about Alzheimer’s, decreasing the stigma associated with it, and helping people remember to see the person […]

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New Year’s Eve Tradition

Later today the Iceberg partners will have what I regard as the company’s annual meeting. It has become our New Year’s Eve tradition to review the past year and lay out the key priorities for the next over sushi at our favorite Japanese restaurant (Yummyaki’s in Waterloo). The meeting runs for around two hours, after […]

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Why ebooks are Awesome (A Reader’s Perspective)

The first book I read in ebook format was Hamlet’s Blackberry by William Powers. If you’re familiar with that book, you’ll understand why it seemed fitting (and maybe just a little ironic) to purchase it for my iPad and begin reading it while sitting and having some lunch in a food court in the middle […]

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“Writing Down the Bones”

One of my favorite writing-related books is called Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg. As the title suggests, it’s not a book that provides step-by-step guidance on how to create works of fiction or non-fiction. It doesn’t include fill-in-the-blank outlines for your projects. And it does, as some Amazon reviewers […]

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The Christmas Fence

In A Daughter’s Gift, I shared a terribly sad memory of the Christmas my father no longer remembered how to sign ‘Love Dick’ on the card we had picked out for him to give my mother. With a few noted exceptions during his later years, though, Christmas was a magical time in my childhood home, […]

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24 Words

A couple of days ago I wrote about a Young Writer’s Workshop I attended when I was in high school… Grade 10 to be precise. It was held in what had formerly been Belvedere Central High School which, coincidentally, had in years previous been the orphanage where my father’s mother (Nan Barron) had resided after […]

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Early Inspiration

I came across my decades-old copy of Death on the Ice by Newfoundland writer Cassie Brown a few weekends ago while organizing some of our bookshelves. The pages are yellowed, the cover is slightly faded, and the spine is lined and cracked. The book tells the tragic story of the death of 78 Newfoundland sealers […]

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