My Happy Heart

Cover Democracy

Two things to make a children’s writer happy–seeing a new book for the first time and spending time with children who write. I got to do both of those things recently. A few days ago my editor handed me the advance reading copy of So Much for Democracy, my juvenile novel set in Ghana in 1979, which is coming out in the spring, and today, I spent the morning listening to grade 6 and 7 students at Central Middle School read their stories. These kids have been working on their stories all term, and now have a whole series of great characters, settings and plots they’re working with. I was so impressed and inspired to hear their words and see their hard work and dedication. Way to go Central kids!

Summer Fun

West coast merman washed up on the beach at Sombrio.
West coast merman washed up on the beach at Sombrio.

My son and I spent a lovely day at Sombrio beach on Monday. We came across this merman. He seemed to be sleeping, but his breath was strong, and his heart pulsed on his chest. I’d like to write a story about him some day. Thanks Rowan, for pointing him out to me.

Usher and Akon

I went to an Usher concert the other day. Let me set the stage for you. Vancouver and it’s pouring rain and my son, our friend and I and, oh about 20 thousand other people stream onto Rogers stadium. We all find our seats ( yes we were sitting apart-who wants embarrassing old mum sitting next to them after all) and the concert started. At first two men and a turntable came on and I thought did we come all the way to Vancouver for this? But then Akon came on and the crowd exploded and all was good. Favourite moments? When Akon put on a Canucks jersey and the crowd exploded. When Usher rode a platform across the arena in a space man’s suit and watching my boys have the time of their lives. Worse moment? When Usher dripped sweat all over the girl he brought up on stage. Is Usher sweat worth more than most people’s. She seemed to think so, but oh yuck.