Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wear your snowshoes to work today?

Ecology North, along with the NWT Recreation and Parks Association and the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority, have declared today "Snowshoe to Work Day." This morning CBC ran a clip of some hardy souls tramping across Back Bay, so someone took up the challenge.

I did walk to work today, albeit sans snowshoes. There are times when they'd be useful going up the Franklin Avenue hill, but (mercifully) the sidewalks have been ploughed for the past few weeks.

My brand new high-tech snowshoes are down in the garage, waiting for me to give them a try. I, however, am waiting for the temperature to go above -30 and for the wind to die down before I venture out. We'll see what the weekend brings.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Book deal signed!

Good news on the writing front – Borealis Press of Ottawa will be publishing my short story collection, The Ugly Truck and Dog Contest and Other Tales of Northern Life, later on this spring.

Not only has the deal been signed, the editor and I have been busy doing our thing with the manuscript. Editing and revisions are done, and the manuscript has been laid out – page proofs should be winging their way to me even as we speak.

You can take a peek at the cover image and read a blurb about the book on my website.