Huge apologies! I last wrote about having so much neat stuff on the go, and, well — hush-hush — and all that. Then I did a long disappearing act and didn’t blog for months. Sorry. Really.
I landed a one-year, full-time contract at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in October. It’s very exciting and I’m working with great people. Everyone there is incredibly smart and cool and there are chalkboards EVERYWHERE! I really do mean everywhere. In fact, only the washrooms don’t have chalkboards.
So, yeah, the rumours are true; I have a bunch of books coming out. (It feels so great to say that!) Exploring Caves was published in December with Nelson Cengage Learning in Australia. It’s part of a literacy series and meant for students in grade 5. This is a book I wrote last winter, so it’s really fun to see it now. I was delighted to pass on copies to my nephews and hope they like it. Also with Cengage, and available to schools soon, is The Power of Wind, which I wrote last spring. My third title with the same publishing house — written six months ago — is called Exploding Volcanoes. And these last two should be coming out imminently. I’m told these titles are being advertised in their catalogue so it’s OK to blab about them. (See Hush-Hush blog.) The neat thing about these literacy program books — from my view — is that my contracts are royalty-based. That means the more books schools buy, the better it is for me. Most contracts for educational books are flat-fee arrangements, so this seems extra sweet. I will cross my fingers that schools check them out. As always, it is heartwarming to imagine kids curled up in their favourite reading chair, learning about these neat topics. And, even more important, becoming better readers!
It was a lot of fun writing these books. I learned a whole lot and I tried my hand at a short fictional piece in The Power of Wind. It’s from the point of view of a boy whose family experiences Hurricane Juan. This hurricane hit Halifax in 2003 when I lived there and so I experienced it first-hand. In fact, lots of details in the fictionalized account were real things that happened, including the water dripping through the windows in my house. Scary stuff.Read More »
I am happy to announce that I’ve accepted the position of Managing Editor at KNOW: The Science Magazine for Curious Kids. Based in Victoria, B.C., this magazine is geared for children aged 6 to 9. I’ve been writing articles for KNOW for the past five years, and I’ve always been a big fan. I’m flying to Victoria soon to meet the team and learn more about the job, but I’ll be able to work from home in Ontario. After working as a Developmental Editor on many science textbooks and teacher’s guides, working for this high-quality Canadian magazine is going to be a real treat. I will continue to be able to write articles for KNOW, but I’ll also be assigning topics to nonfiction writers, editing stories, fact checking, corresponding and talking with scientists, generating story ideas, and communicating with artists.
One of the things I really admire about KNOW is the fact that they have experts in various scientific fields who check that the science is correct. Tracking down experts while they are on a high-Arctic expedition or camping out at a remote Himalayan research station could present a challenge–but it’s an exciting sort of challenge and one that I very much look forward to! Yay!!!!!!!!
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