It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

There are days as a freelancer, where it’s nothing but an uphill slog in a whiteout.

And then there are days when the snow lifts, the sun breaks free and snow-draped evergreens punctuate picture-perfect powder. Today’s one of those days – just saw the covers for two of my latest Capstone kid’s books.

I feel like a kid catching Santa before he scoots up the chimney. It didn’t matter that I knew these projects were in the works.  It didn’t help that I’ve received a paycheque already.  But when I saw the pictures of the covers, it was like the sun breaking out and everything looks beautiful – and I don’t even really like snakes.

Coming out soon!

Spring 2011 from Capstone

May the sun come out for you today – and magically turn snakes into sunshine!

Writing Projects

It never rains, but it pours!

That saying has never been more true. Since September, I’ve completed four magazine articles and five work-for-hire, non-fiction children’s books. I’m in the process of finishing up a sixth book due December 24th.

In November, B-R Dispatch went live. Last week it morphed into five days a week of outdoor-related posts. Also in November, I prepped for and taught my bi-annual travel writing course at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

Among all of this, I took an eye-opening four-day trip along Alberta’s Cowboy Trail and headed to the southern States for five weeks of hiking and exploration. Loaded with article ideas, I’ve been steadily plugging away sending out queries to potential markets.

So, if you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting as often as I’d like on this site, there are my excuses!

Travel Photography

Sometimes it’s all a matter of perspective.

I took a walk around Henderson Lake in Lethbridge with my college girl. Early December, the sun set early. We trudged through drifted parking lot snowbanks to the cleared lakeside path just as the sky turned golden. Glorious warm light bathed trees to the east; perfect silhouettes looking west.

Golden glow at Henderson Lake

Winter sunset in Lethbridge