Monday, January 24, 2011

Rapt faces - a Holiday Wrap up Post

I mentioned in my last post that I'd received a picture showing some kids enjoying Porcupine in a Pine Tree with their grandpa. I've been kindly given permission to post the picture, with no identifying names or locations, of course.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Porcupine got a great review in Quill and Quire - I just read it today for the first time, though it was in the December print issue.

It's online here. The review also includes a thumbs up review for Sharon Jenning's A Chanukah Noel. It's great to be in such esteemed company!

Friday, January 21, 2011

She Shoots, She Scores!

I had two lovely surprises today. The first was a "Highly Recommended" review for The Hilarious History of Hockey from CM magazine.

The second was a piece of fan mail from a grandmother in New Brunswick, who sent me a picture of her husband reading A Porcupine in a Pine Tree to her seven grandchildren. The looks on these kids' faces is absolutely priceless! It made me smile, and smile.... heck, I'm still smiling. I've asked for her permission to post the picture here. Fingers crossed, so you loyal readers (Hi, Mom!) can get the smiles out too.

People often ask me if I'm working on anything... I have to giggle. You know I'm very, very busy when my blogging, tweeting and facebooking goes quiet, which it has been for the last while. Here's what I'm working on now, twitch twitch:

  • A non-fiction book covering everything you ever might possibly think you want to know about puberty - and lots you wish you never personally had to experience. I've found some incredible research, so this book will be a lot more eye-opening than your typical, "Celebrate your changing body" book.
  • Another  non-fiction book about the ocean, the critters in it, and the multitudinous ways we are screwing it up. Also what brilliant and talented people are doing to protect it. Yes, there is hope.
  • A second season of Dr. Greeny's Mad Lab, for APTN TV.
  • The second draft of my adventure/suspense/thriller for Fitzhenry and Whiteside. It will be out this coming September, if my revisions are any good. Ack!
  • And of course I'm always pitching ideas for new projects, in all genres, like a mad fool. So I'm always working on something...usually six or eight things at once.

    No wonder the laundry never seems to get done around here. :)

Because: Science!