Saturday, January 23, 2010

Greetings From the Pacific

We are now somewhere about 800 nautical miles SW of San Diego, sailing toward Hawaii. We've just had three days of really rough seas and lots of people were quite sick (even the crew!) I call it all 'research' for some new story down the road. There are certainly lots of sensory experiences that go along with your ship pitching and rolling like the town drunk. We almost didn't make the ship on time; our airbus was trying to land at San Diego through a storm, and just a few hundred feet over the runway the pilot detected serious wind-shear so he diverted to Las Angeles and we landed there. From there we had to take a bus to San Diego, at a remarkable speed, to catch the ship on time. It's all been very entertaining. I am finishing a proof-read on the mining novel. My son Adrian read it, liked it, but also suggested some changes. Fine. It is great to proof-read on a ship.
More from Hawaii.

Monday, January 4, 2010

The New Year

Happy New Year to all friends and family. We had a great Christmas and now it's back to work - so to speak - fixing up the house and writing.
In three weeks my 85-year-old mother is treating me, my wife and my brother Erik to a cruise to Hawaii!!! We could never afford such a thing on our own. I will be bringing my camera and memory stick, plus they have computers on board for me to give a running account of the trip.

I am looking forward to doing a SKYPE presentation with Stirling Senior Public School in Belleville in February and a presentation at the IDEAS Conference in Kingston the two days following. Greetings to all Red Maple Readers & I hope you enjoy Leaving Fletchville.

The mining story is coming along well. One day I worked ten hours on it and barely noticed the time go by. Although it is a fiction novel the characters are based on real people, like my old friend George (at left, on the right) and my son Adrian. (on the right)