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Berlin June 2014

The good news is I've been so busy I haven't been checking in here. Right now I'm working on 3 books which will be coming-out early next year (2015). These are tentative titles but keep an eye open for The Salmon Ceremony, What's Behind the Walls and Look Where We Live. 
 As for new projects I've come to Berlin to  write a story about a little girl who loves nature so much she wants to bring some home with her.  It's based on my dear friend's little girl so being in the same city has been a real inspiration. It could take place anywhere but I really feel being here has helped create a certain feel for the characters.  I'm being a bit elusive with the details right now until I find out if the story will be accepted by a publisher.  Hopefully next time I write I'll have good news on that front. 
Aside from that I'm having a great time here riding around town on my borrowed bike.  I tell anybody who wants to visit Berlin - get a bike! The transit system is great but so much of the city is bike friendly that it's a good way to get around. It's also mostly flat so not a big challenge. 
 A word of advice, Berliners are not shy on their bikes so you're going to be kept moving pretty fast.  I get the feeling everybody grew up riding. The other strange thing (for a visitor from Vancouver, where bike rules are a bit too strict) is seeing everybody without helmets.  I think it's a great way to go - sure it's a bit more dangerous but people actually ride everywhere. Let the debate begin!  

Posted on 25 Jun 2014 02:27 -  Category: update
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Judge and Peer and GG Awards

   The cat's out of the bag!  I can finally tell a secret that I've had to keep for the last 2 months.  The toughest time being while I was hanging out with publishing friends in Toronto.
    I was very honored to be asked to be a judge for the Governor General's awards in the category of children's illustration 2013.  The finalists have just been announced.
    The biggest reward for me was being sent over 100 children's books to review.  I got  such a great overview of the amazing talent we have in Canada.   And judging comes very naturally to me - being a virgo we're quite happy to criticize.
    The follow up to this is going to be interesting. As an illustrator I have mostly kept to myself - believing, as a creative person, it's best to keep your head down and focus on your own work rather than looking at too much else.  But I have to say this has been so enjoyable to see how other illustrators handle certain subjects or choose to fill up a page. I wouldn't be surprised if it shows up in my work.
    To see the wonderful finalists check out
    Having said how enjoyable it was I also have to say it was a tough gig - deciding which book is better than another is a very arbitrary thing when styles, subjects and moods vary so much. But it is the nature of awards and I am grateful to have been asked to take part. 

Posted on 03 Oct 2013 01:13 -  Category: update
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If you haven't been to Toronto, come visit!  The city is growing so fast and there is a great energy here.  I lived here for 20 years and it's so interesting to come back and see what's changed.
I had a secret mission before coming to Toronto which I can't talk about now but will be sure to ramble on about as soon as I'm able. It sure was fun and a real education.
It's been great catching up with a lot of publisher/friends here in Toronto.  Nothing like meeting for coffee or lunch - face to face.  When you can list 3 different moves that one publishers has made over the years you know you're an old timer.  
Word on the Street is coming up fast and I expect that will be a lot of fun seeing people I've not been able to meet with.
Ok, time to get back to drawing.   All the best,

Posted on 20 Sep 2013 10:07 -  Category: update
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Back Home

    Well lots to catch up on now that I'm back home. Athens was amazing - it's the kind of place most people race through on their way to the islands but it definitely has a lot to offer. I was saying it doesn't reveal it's charms easily - which is a poetic way of saying some of the city isn't too attractive - but when you do find a square or outdoor taverna it's well worth it.  The closer it got to leaving the more I dug in my heels.  I'd go back for sure.
     The Bologna book fair was great too - first time I've visited without having a long list of appointments so I was able to enjoy it and run into people I have come to know over the years. Great hanging out with some good friends from Canadian publishing and of course wonderful to see cafes and restaurants in Bologna.
     Spring is in full bloom in Vancouver and I'm looking forward to a full summer here.
     A couple of books are underway now and I'm looking forward to those.
     Another project with the Sts'Ailes people of Harrison River area is coming to a close.  Look for signs posted along a trail in that area that I designed.  It was great fun to do, not only because I got to work with my talented nephew but I learned so much about history in that area.

Posted on 29 May 2013 10:41 -  Category: update
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Off to Athens

   Having a bit of a slowdown after Xmas. I'm hoping it's because all the wonderful art directors, editors and publisher I know are gathering steam to get going on the new year and I will soon be inundated with new jobs.
   My agent is working on a possible book deal with Chronicle so I will keep my fingers crossed for that.
   Biggest news right now is that I'll be taking off to Athens for a couple of months.  I was a bit nervous to book this because things are so rough over in Greece but, at the very least, I can spend a bit of money there and help things out. 
   Reading about Athens makes it sound pretty awful but I realize news outlets aren't going to write a story and say how calm Athens is.  Thank goodness for blogs and real accounts.  If nothing else this trip could be a bit more real than my usual getaways.
    Hope everybody's 2013 is full of joy and success and discovery.

Posted on 07 Jan 2013 09:52 -  Category: update
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