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Friday Favorite: The Gift of Maya Angelou

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a new Author Note, and I offer an apology to my regular readers for that. I’ve actually been writing a lot in the last couple of months –– a project that had been idling for quite some time is back in full swing, and that’s occupied any […]

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Special Guest Star

It’s been a quiet season for author notes, but with good reason. New projects are waiting in the wings (one of which I’ll be blathering about soon) but in the meantime, the regular schedule for Champions continues: Tuesday, July 29, will see the launch of Outports. And it’ll feature a special guest star. One of […]

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Oh Shoot

After a couple of novellas on the sidelines, Stephanie Shylock got thrown back into the deep end with last month’s Scourge. Without spoiling too much, let me just say that if I’m ever trapped in the mountains, being chased by alien space monsters, there’s a very short list of humans I’d want to be stuck […]

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Happy Birthday

In my twenty-nine years, there’s been only one May 27th upon which I forgot to wish my mother a happy birthday. The ironic thing is that this wasn’t because I was away and it slipped my mind; the year was 2005, and she and I were on an Iceberg book tour in Lethbridge, Alberta. We […]

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Honour Guard

This past Sunday marked the end of National Nursing Week. This coming Sunday marks the eighth anniversary of my mother’s death. For me, the connection between the two is, and always will be, profound. Most people who know me know my mother was a nurse. She loved working in the Emergency Department, but moved from […]

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Comerford & Keating

Yesterday, former Iceberg Publishing author John Fioravanti released the 2014 edition of his 2007 award-winning personal reflection on the ‘heart of teaching’. It was a big day for his new company — there’s nothing quite like that first title release — and we couldn’t be more excited for entire Fiora Books team. John taught Kenneth […]

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There She Blows?

There are a few beaches in Newfoundland that I hold in especially high esteem. Bellevue obviously comes first and foremost –– it is the place, after all, where my mother retrieved the piece of an iceberg that ultimately inspired our company name. Near St. John’s, there’s also the small beach at Middle Cove, which is […]

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Closet Treasures

I have taken a day off today to extend the Easter weekend and get a start on what I’m calling spring cleaning. Mind you, this isn’t the traditional spring cleaning that my mother did at 22 Penetanguishene in St. John’s when I was growing up. In reality, my task today mainly involves tackling the closet […]

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Just Call Him Evelyn

When our Royal Newfoundland Regiment set off on its ill-advised cross-country drive towards an unknown Hubrin base in 1920, the one most responsible was a Major General named Evelyn Hughes. Son of forceful Canadian politician Sam Hughes, Evelyn used his influence to compel Sir Julian Byng and Arthur Currie to launch the motorized mission, even […]

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99

Like many people, I’ve had the opportunity to take various personality and aptitude tests over the years. I found one from high school recently that said I should be a writer. OK, I thought when I saw it, that was a good call. Generally, though, they’ve been offered by the organization I’m working for as […]

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Historians

When you study history, one thing you quickly realize is that there are as many stories about our past as there were people. Granted, most of us get the same highlights from our textbooks (if we read them), and from popular culture (if we care), but the reality is that history includes just about everything […]

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Friday Favorite – Einstein’s Dreams

It has been quite a while since I’ve posted a Friday favorite, and I hadn’t really intended to do one today either. But I opened one of my journals from 2006 to see if any of the passages sparked an idea, and came across one about time that had been written in April. When I […]

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Black In Newfoundland

The year was 2008, and two excellent historians, one from Ontario and the other from South Africa, were questioning me about my thesis on the Caribou Hut –– the club for servicemen in St. John’s during the Second World War. The Hut was established by everyday Newfoundlanders, because the government had been so bankrupt by […]

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Full Slips And Stockings

I wore a dress to work yesterday, which was a fairly unusual occurrence since my office wardrobe tends to be built around skirts and trousers. The wearing of a dress required a full slip –– for those not familiar, that’s the slip that hangs from the shoulders, usually by the means of narrow straps –– […]

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Heading To The Club

Let’s start with a game. How many times in my life do you think someone’s asked me what I was doing tonight, and my answer was: “I’m heading to the club!” If you answered zero (0) times, then you can feel pretty good about yourself… and perhaps feel a bit sad for me. Whatever. This […]

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Big Day For Iceberg Alumnus

Today is a big day for Iceberg Publishing’s first award-winning author, John Fioravanti. He and his wife Anne are officially announcing their new publishing house –– Fiora Books –– and are setting out on their own. But they’re not going far. John was one of Kenneth’s very best high school teachers. When we first imagined […]

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No Feet Left

As it’s been more than a month since the launch of Snapdragon, I can finally address one of the parts of the story about which I was most excited. Naturally, this means spoilers, so govern yourself accordingly… I’ve written before about Douglas Bader –– the very real, very British flyer who lost both his legs […]

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I Remember

I am currently reading Old Friend From Far Away, Natalie Goldberg’s 2007 book on memoir writing. It’s been sitting on my iBook shelf since 2010 –– one of my first ebook purchases after I got an iPad, which, for the record, is the best 50th birthday present ever. Writing Down the Bones sits on the […]

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Family At Sea

Frightening times for our Royal Canadian Navy in the Pacific last week; HMCS Protecteur, one of the fleet’s two logistical support ships, was stricken by a fire in her engine room. The crew successfully put out the blaze, but not before it disabled Protecteur’s propulsion, and left her adrift in heavy seas. Fortunately, no one […]

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The Call

Earlier this week the Alzheimer Society of Canada shared a link to a short film via Facebook and Twitter. Produced by a young British filmmaker, David Cooper, whose grandmother was diagnosed when he was 14, The Call is “being used to spearhead a global campaign supporting dementia charities throughout the world.” The four-minute film is […]

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