It’s always fun to be paired with an illustrator. You never know how the story will come to life through their work, and I particularly love the way this piece looks on the page and how the information about lakes in spring is carefully considered in the illustrations.
I had a call this week with Todd Hunter, birder extraordinaire. He was telling me about the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, which has plans to monitor all the plants and critters on a 20km by 20km grid that covers the entire province. Todd’s job is to identify birds. Instead of going into the field, like…
I’m used to life on the road, but not like this. I’m traveling, not as a wandering naturalist with wild hair and binoculars around my neck, but as an author. I’m happy to report that there are three very simple things you can do to make a difference for the authors you love, and they really make a difference. I list them in this post.
Leonard Lee of Lee Valley Tools has many informal consultants from around the Ottawa Valley who offer product ideas. Some of these ideas end up in the Lee Valley catalogue. Meet some of Mr. Lee’s creative inspirations in this story for CBC Ottawa’s In Town and Out.
Fulton’s had their first Backyard Sugar Makers’ Workshop this past weekend, and I went ahead to meet to owners for a crash course on DIY maple syrup making. My story aired on CBC’s In Town and Out on Saturday, February 15, 2013. Click through to the full post for an audio link.
Beekeeping isn’t all honey and sunshine, oh no. There are parts of the experience beekeepers don’t often share. Like when you have to kill the bees and burn them. Our bees got sick, and this story of our attempts to kill them aired on CBC’s Living Out Loud, February 1, 2013.