born Dec. 18, 2009
to Holly and Brad Johnston, Nanaimo, BC.
A typical suq scene
'Iraq Loved & Lost' - my essay in Maclean's magazine 2002 here.
But as many good pics do, this one has become embedded in my mind (and is now on the desktop of my new mini laptop), and has gradually prompted the idea of a story that links a (fictional) young evacuee child from London (Vera Prentice) with the (real) eccentric Rowena Cade who built the Minack Theatre, which sits on the cliffs high above Porthcurno Beach where Vera is billeted in this house with (fictional) brother and sister Billy and Morva Carne.
I do know that a (fictional) mute seagull also features in this story somehow. But other than that, it's just the ghost of a story distracting me from other projects currently on the go.
Speaking of ghosts... now there's a possibility...
Which might mean that this picture is worth many more than one thousand words.
(This image came from browsing the Francis Frith collection which says it contains "120,000 old photos, maps and books from every village and town in the UK - a GREAT resource for ideas and research. And nostalgia. )
Purposely placing this further down the post than it might otherwise appear - on Tuesday I heard that my second children's novel has been accepted for publication Spring 2010. The contract should arrive any day at which time I'll post full news, complete with celebratory exclamation marks.
That has now got me over the Was-the-first book-just-a-fluke anxiety, which was promptly replaced by the Will-I ever-sell-another-one syndrome?
Meanwhile I'll be reading and writing, working on a voluntary project for CWILL BC (Children's Writers and Illustrators of BC) and counting sleeps until I head to the UK for a visit with family and old friends - and hoping the weather warms up there before I get there in early March.
So that's it. Only 340,000 more to go before Decemnber 31. AM I OUT OF MY MIND?
(I'll be updating the tally each time I add a post here at my blog.)Meanwhile, a happy and productive year to all.