A profile I just wrote of a fellow children's author: https://cwillbc.wordpress.com/…/silvana-goldemberg-playing…/
An article I wrote on author Kallie George: https://cwillbc.wordpress.com/…/a-writer-from-a-tender-age…/
Where do I do my best plotting? I write adventure novels for teens, so naturally, I have to get outdoors sometimes, even if it requires wearing a mosquito jacket or balancing on logs. Anyway, I'm too busy writing this week to post a real blog, so I'll just offer up pictures of me doing what I love most. Sierras and northern British Columbia this fall.
High-wage jobs traditionally snapped up by men with lackluster grades and/or no college degree are disappearing. “Most men are capable of swift and important change when they understand and see their course clearly.” —Anthony J. Ipsaro, Ph.D., Psy.D. The good news is that boys who struggle in high school or college often thrive in the workplace. Why? Either because the workplace suits their skills and approach to life better than the school system—it offers a more natural fit—or because they experience a spurt of maturity and responsibility (in part a result of the brain completing its development). [ 1,979 more word ]
“Reads like a memoir…The canyon becomes a metaphor for the difficulty of Tristan's life, as the grieving process proves to be arduous, with little family support to guide him.” Another review of my young-adult adventure novel, Tracker's Canyon. Reviewed by Zachary Chauvin for Resource Links: Connecting Classrooms, Libraries and Canadian Learning Resources TRACKER'S CANYON, Dundurn Press, 2017, grades 7 and up. [ 413 more words ]
When artists need to rework a detail, they can paint right over it. When writers need to rework something, maybe it's not so different. I've been musing about that since an artist friend invited me into her studio last week. It was a tiny cabin in the woods, complete with skylight, fireplace and easels scattered around in every corner. Oil paints, brushes, and art pieces in varying states of progress. [ 322 more words ]
My young-adult adventure novel has clinched yet another enthusiastic review, most recently from Emmie Zeelie on NetGalley: "Tracker's Canyon is nail-biting from the start. From the beginning the reader is kept in suspense and wondering who it is who wants to harm Tristan. All the characters are suspect and every situation is viewed with suspicion. It is a white-knuckle ride as the group descends into the canyon, and the reader is left wondering if anybody will make it out alive. Highly recommended to everyone who loves a fast-paced action thriller."
Can a novel cure what ails you? Absolutely: It’s called bibliotherapy, which means reading as a type of therapy. I was sitting in the library one day, having a small bout of writer’s block while trying to start a new novel, when I looked up and saw a book titled The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin. Hoping it might offer a cure for my novel-not-yet-in-progress, I started paging through it. [ 133 more words ]
I've barely started writing my new novel, but it's all outlined and going smoothly. There will be bears in it , and since I recently returned from the Great Bear Rainforest where I was researching it, I thought I'd add a few more photos to my earlier posts on the region:
The joy of being an author is the research for my young-adult adventure novels that sometimes involves fun trips. I just returned from several days in Bella Coola, British Columbia, 267 miles (429 kilometers) northwest of Vancouver in the Great Bear Rainforest. With my traveling companion Deb, I hiked waterfall trails and saw grizzly bears, ancient petroglyphs and giant old-growth cedars. [ 199 more words ]
From Netgalley and educator Martha Lawton comes yet another five-star review of my young-adult adventure novel Tracker's Canyon (Dundurn Press): Rating: 5 out of 5 stars "Tracker’s Canyon was a great adventure story for many students. The book is well written and keeps the reader’s attention as the stakes become higher for Tristan. The book is based on a sport called canyoneering; something I have never heard about. [ 171 more words ]
My back-to-school adventure this fall is in Bella Coola, British Columbia, Canada: population 2,000 and 450km/270 miles northwest of Vancouver. It’s in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, the setting of my next novel, and I’m speaking at the high school there while conducting research for my book. I’m excited, because I’ve never been to Bella Coola before! The… [ 214 more words ]
Parents can suggest the following to their son’s teacher, or encourage their son to do so: 1) Read aloud to the class more; assign less silent reading. 2) Let boys dramatize their reading and writing more. 3) Give them more breaks to physically move around. 4) Do less nagging about squirming and talking. 5) Set up more buddy projects such as reading or writing with a partner, even though this may require more supervision. [ 527 more words ]
To all adventure lovers: Here's the latest review for my new young-adult novel Tracker's Canyon Rating: 5 out of 5 stars by educator Martha Lawton for NetGalley "Tracker’s Canyon was a great adventure story for many students. The book is well written and keeps the reader’s attention as the stakes become higher for Tristan. The book is based on a sport called canyoneering; something I have never heard about. [ 166 more words ]
by Cynthia Gill (Pam's older sister and co-author with her of Jump-Starting Boys*) I always said that I’d rather home-school my boys because I thought the school system discriminated against young boys. This was long before I learned anything about brain development. It was sheer observation: The teachers in lower elementary school demand that boys sit still and write neatly, and that just isn’t a strength most boys have. [ 257 more words ]
He rose early, cared little about his clothes, his customary ensemble a rumpled three-piece civilian suit, stiff detachable collar, black tie with stickpin. His main pleasures were food – virtually anything set before him – horseback riding, a glass of beer, conversation, and books, his reading being done according to a lifetime routine. He always kept three books at hand – one scientific, one of classical literature or history, one light fiction – which he took up in turn, giving each exactly twenty minutes according to a pocket watch placed on the table beside his chair. [ 74 more words ]