Laura Takes Flight (The Best Version)

As some of you already know the Festival of Trees, big award ceremony for the Silver Birch, is held every year at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Last week I ventured into the big scary city for the event. Needless to say, Toronto is a bit bigger than East Dalhousie which has a population of a few hundred.

The day was busy and the ceremony lots of fun. While there were different categories: Sliver Birch Express, Silver Birch non-fiction, etc, I’ll just mention that the winner in my category was Alex Lyttle for his book From Ant to Eagle—a big congratulations to him.

Of course for the rest of us getting the nomination really did make us all winners. Yay! It really was an honour and a privilege to be nominated.

Here we all are up on stage. It was a little chilly with the cool breeze at the water front but we were warned ahead of time to be prepared for the weather. It was fun to meet some of the other authors nominated in my category. I’ve already read many of the books.

But  hold on a moment: there’s a version to the festival, the “Best” version that I wanted to share with you, the unedited verion. So while I was of doing my author thing for the week I shared a few highlights with the son who came up with his version of what REALLY happened at the ceremony. Now this he posted in our family chat on FB so no one else got to see it.

So what you should know is that I took a little tumble in the underground parking after the ceremony was all over. I blame the new glasses as they’ve made me feel a bit off all week. Not to worry though, I skinned my knee a bit but other than that I was ok.
However, when I signed into Facebook a few days later I was met with the Son’s version of events as he related them to his sisters.

Mom didn’t win the award and to top it off she walked out on stage, fell and skinned her knee. Knew there would have to be a racket!

Omg. Did she really? It’s those new glasses!

That’s what she said, the new glasses. Rolled around on stage, knocked over the microphone, pulled a tablecloth on her way down and ripped all the books off the table. Can’t wait to get all the juicy details

Stormed off in a rage, I suppose.

Now I don’t know what to believe! lol Did she really fall?!

Oh yeah, skun her knee up like a little kid on a playground

Okay, so there you have it, the BEST version of my adventures in Toronto at the Festival of Trees. Needless to say I got quite a chuckle out of it as my writer’s mind pictured the Son’s version while reading it. But of course the celebration wasn’t that eventful. Thank goodness. Leave it to the son to spice up the events for his sisters and his dear old mom!

I wanted to make this post short as it was a long week, we got home late, and I’m plenty tired at the moment. But just wanted to sign in to let you know I made it to Toronto and back. Now it’s time to go back to the real world and off to work tomorrow.

I hope you had a great week!

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Mail System Error

Since having a book nominated for the Silver Birch Award I’ve been receiving emails and even letters from young readers. I have to admit it’s kind of nice. I enjoy answering their questions. This weekend I received an email from a young girl, Nichole. And after spending some time crafting an appropriate response to her questions, and feeling kind of good about it, I hit *send.* But wait! My email came back. Those nasty Mail System Error emails… Seems as though there must have been a mistake in the email address. So Nichole, if you’re reading this try sending me your email address again. Ok. I figure this is a long shot but what’s an author to do? I hope the young reader is not disappointed. When any reader reaches out to me I always respond. I think it’s the least an author can do. And Nichole had some very nice things to say about Cammie.

The Festival of Trees is a week away. The winners in each category will be announced. As you can imagine it’s an exciting time for all the nominees! But truthfully, we’re all winners. Having this nomination has been absolutely amazing.

I think I’m safe in saying that spring is here. Flowers are blooming, the grass is green. A few nights ago we had a visit from some four-legged beings that gobbled down Miss Charlotte’s tulips. We were quite disappointed as Miss Charlotte was only one when she helped plant them and it’s something we look forward to seeing each spring. Nasty deer. Last week we were in an area with so many mayflowers you could smell their delicious aroma in the air. We picked a few to bring home. Such beautiful deep pink colours.

The ticks are here! The ticks are here! Or rather, the ticks have landed.. which is kind of the way we talk around here. No explanation needed to those of us who understand the local jargon. While I’m well used to what we here call wood ticks, I’m not much of a fan the deer ticks, namely the ones that could carry lyme disease. Five hours waiting to see a doctor at the walk-in- clinic the other week and I’ve kind of had my fill. I normally wouldn’t have gone in but when I tried to remove it , it didn’t all come out. I certainly didn’t want a nasty infection resulting from it. I’ve got things to do! The doctor also gave me an antibiotic pill (One dose) and asked me if I knew what to watch out for. Sure do doc. I’m happy to report, so far so good.

I found this tree to be a bit strange and so I snapped a photo last week. I decided to share it with you all just for the heck of it. While you might look at it and see an old stump, I see what once was a tree with character. It is now an amputee.  I’m sure it was quite something in its day. Lots of limbs that I’m trying to imagine being cut off, wondering exactly how they did it. I would have liked to have climbed up and had a photo of myself, tree-hugger that I am, with my head sticking out of the top. But alas, there was no dang way I was going to try and climb that on my own. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have made it.

I’m trying to get used to my first pair of progressive lenses. It’s challenging. While they assured me I’d get used to them, I’ve talked to some people who didn’t. Time will tell. I’m trying to remain optimistic.

With all this great weather coming our way, it’ll soon be time to plant. Will the Bests grow any giant pumpkins this year? Guess you’ll have to keep checking my blog to find out. Please don’t lose sleep over it, though.

Now that spring has arrived I’ve started a few new writing projects. It’s what happens when spring arrives I guess. Granted, it’s not always easy to keep your butt in the chair when the sun is shining and nature is begging you to come out and play. But progress can be made even by writing a paragraph or two a day.

How about you, are you working on anything special this spring? I’d like to hear about it.

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