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Where Should Magda Go Next?


Where should Magda go next?
I’d like to take her to another island. Perhaps she can go by ferry to another Gulf Island, or perhaps she’ll go to Haida Gwai and solve a mystery there.Then again, she could travel across Canada and visit Prince Edward Island and learn about Anne of Green Gables. What about the Greek Islands? That’s a journey I’d love to share with her. There are so many choices among the hundreds of thousands of large and tiny islands on our amazing planet. Where do you think I should take her? Please let me know what you think.

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Creative Gifts


Every time a birthday, anniversary, or any other gift giving occasion looms on the calendar, I get sweaty, dash in and out of gift shops, wake in the night and scratch ideas on scraps of paper, and in general, lose my mind for a while. Why? Because I want to give meaningful gifts, useful gifts, memorable gifts. Everyone understands this. We all want to give the best gift we can.

Well, yesterday I received a wonderful gift. It was meaningful, useful and memorable. My friend Crystal Favel created a banner for my latest book. She asked me a few questions, asked for my cover and a blurb, and where the book would be sold, and the next day I had this magnificent banner delivered to my inbox.

Over the years I’ve received colourful hand-knitted socks that were just right, baked goods that satisfied my sweet tooth, a booklet written just for me, a water-colour painting made for me, a pair of one-of-a kind earrings that were designed for me, a lamp that was carved out of a piece of wood for my enjoyment, iron candlesticks welded into graceful curves for me, a lampshade in my favourite colours …. and on and on, so many lovely and personal gifts created by talented friends. I remember receiving each of these gifts with happiness, and continue to enjoy those that had more permanence.

I want to be a more creative gift giver. I’ve used my talents as a writer, crocheter, gardener, to create the right gift for some of my friends in the past. I know I can do it again.

I want to stop shopping for gifts and start creating them again. Crystal’s gift reminded me of how special I feel when a friend takes the time to make me a wonderful gift.

What do you think? Have you ever received a gift created just for you? Have you created gifts that were so right for someone else? Please let me know.

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Getting a Kick out of Reading


Getting a Kick out of Reading.

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Mounties on Mayne


Mounties on Mayne.

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Mounties on Mayne


Today I was in the RCMP Station on Mayne Island. Don’t worry. It was a friendly visit. I had an important question for the constable. Let’s call him Constable Troy Silver, not his real name. He was very welcoming, and as soon as he heard why I was there, he invited me in. Simply, I wanted him to read my book, or at least the parts where the RCMP are mentioned. Happily for me, he agreed at once.

A few years ago, when I was writing my first book, Magda’s Mayne Island Mystery, I went to see the constable who was then living on Mayne Island, let’s call him Mick Lodge. He, too, was very supportive, read my book, and told me where I had made procedural errors. His children were the models for the book cover. I tried to simulate moonlight of their silhouettes by putting a light behind them. Self-publishing takes you in many exciting directions, like photography.

I think a mystery writer should be on good terms with the local constabulary. I’m glad to say that I am.

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