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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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What Would Mike Strong Do?

It is a question for the ages, and one upon which the fate of lives, nations, and planets might hinge. It is the unofficial slogan of Champions, the fun quip that adorns swag, and an inside joke that keeps on giving. It is… the result of sleep depravation, and good spirits, and friendship. What would […]

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Resolutions

January –– the month when fitness clubs see an influx of new members and people tuck away their credit cards as they resolve to exercise more and spend less. A quick Google search reveals that no matter which list you look at, there are approximately 10 common New Year’s resolutions: exercise more, eat less/healthier/better, lose […]

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The Greater Gifts

I’ve never denied being a sentimentalist. I suppose readers know this by now –– Defense Command was secretly a love story, Smith and Waller shared a name, and if you think the Earthers don’t have heart, or that Alex and Stephanie are not truly the closest of friends, you’re mistaken. Last year, the Iceberg team […]

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A Story Tree

This is the first Christmas in a long time that I haven’t heard people debating the merits of ‘real’ versus ‘artificial’ trees or vice versa. Why that is, I’m not entirely sure. I have listened to people –– mostly cat owners –– wondering aloud whether to have a tree at all. I’ve also been told […]

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Christmas Movies

With Christmas coming next week, holiday movies rule quite a few TV channels. There are great classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street, romantic newcomers like The Holiday and Love Actually, and comedic diversions ranging from the wholesome (the Muppets’ Christmas Carol) to the not-at-all-wholesome (Bad Santa). Naturally, there’s also that Grinch […]

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My Mother’s Hands

This past Saturday morning Peter and I were at the grocery choosing a package of bacon when, at the other end of the cooler, I saw my mother’s hands reach in. They weren’t my mother’s of course, but the shape of the fingers and knuckles were so similar to the image etched in my memory […]

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Mandela

I was at a Christmas party yesterday when the news reached my phone: Nelson Mandela had died. Such news is invariably memorable –– perhaps not since Ghandi has someone passed away who was so widely celebrated, not for celebrity, power, or religion, but for wisdom and selfless deeds. I am not any sort of expert […]

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Friday Favorite –– Three Pink Roses

Anniversaries seem to have been a recurring theme in our Author Notes this past year –– weddings, first meetings, last breaths, and book launches have all made an appearance at one time or another. Today is another anniversary, a particularly defining one I’ve always believed. Because it was on November 29, 1974 that three pink […]

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The Historical Line

When you plant a story in historical times, you must recognize that your audience might find the setting to be something of a barrier. This is not a criticism of either the setting or the readers, it’s just a fact: when so many good stories are already based in the present day, asking people to […]

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Back By Popular Demand

The Author Note section of Iceberg’s website launched almost one year ago on December 1, 2012. In the 12 months since, Kenneth and I have posted what has to be well over 100,000 words between us. I’d give you the exact number, but the number-obsessed person who has been known to share his writing-blitz word […]

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Welcome 1941

Last week I had the chance to catch up with an old friend and Jacqui’s former colleague, Kendall Mallory. It was a celebratory occasion –– after years of work, Mallory released her first ebook, Keigan’s Story: Hylana back in September. Following a young magus called Erana Flynn through some gripping sword-and-sorcery-espionage, it’s a very fine read… […]

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Blank Page

It’s late on a Sunday evening when I finally have time to sit down and pull up a blank page on my laptop screen, ready to begin today’s Author Note. I’m feeling a certain irony as I do this. My last post was about the importance of stillness, but the only stillness in my weekend […]

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From the Journals – Stillness

I was reminded by a regular reader yesterday that I haven’t done a traditional From the Journals post in quite a while. I don’t think I was being chastised exactly, but I did get the sense one would be appreciated. That in mind, I removed just one journal from the leather box I keep them […]

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Free Rewrites

I spent last weekend rewriting the first Champions novella for 1942, Snapdragon. As I’ve mentioned before, doing rewrites can be frustrating, especially when you went into a first draft with a reasonably clear idea of what you wanted, and then the story either didn’t work out as planned, or you failed to stay on beat. […]

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The Right Material

Last week in my post about knitting (or more precisely, about not knitting), I mentioned that I was trying to decide between red or gray fabric for a new winter coat. I ultimately settled on both –– red for one style, gray for another. The red was on a ‘buy one-meter-get-two-free’ sale; the gray was half […]

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See The Sun Rise

Frequent readers of these notes might be aware that my favorite place in the world is Gros Morne National Park, in western Newfoundland. I’ve seen plenty of spectacular sights over the years, but none compare to this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is as beautiful as it is magical, and while that might sound […]

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