Happy Victoria Day! For all of you non-British Columbia people, today is a holiday here. Let’s hear it for Queen Victoria. Sure, she was often photographed with an expression that is best described as “sucking on a lemon,” but she had her fun side. Some facts you might not have known:
- She became Queen at eighteen.
- She wore a white wedding dress and was one of the first to do so- thus kicking off the tradition of brides wearing white
- She was very interested in technology, I have no doubt she would have had a twitter feed if she were around now
- She was the first monarch to travel by train
- The desk in the US White House Oval Office (the Resolute desk) was a gift from Queen Victoria.
I’m also quite fond of her because we get a three day weekend out remembering her. Go Vicky!
I’ve got a lot planned for this summer and early fall. I’m speaking this coming weekend at the Shuswap Writing on the Lake Conference up in Salmon Arm BC.
There’s still time to register for the Willamette Writer’s Conference in early August. I’m going to be there with good writing friend Joelle Anthony so I am quite certain a good time will be had by all- hope to see you there.
I’m always excited about the Surrey International Writer’s Conference held in October. Registration for this conference opens up in June. Mark your calendars! I’ll be teaching a master class for them and also doing a few panel workshops. I may also spend some time with my divine agent, Rachel Coyne, in the bar as we plot worldwide literary domination. When in doubt, look for me there.
I’m teaching this fall too! A class with Simon Fraser University on writing a YA novel and my class on character creation for Capilano University. Be sure to sign up for these classes so I look popular. I’ll post registration links when they become available.
The summer is going to be busy so there may be a bit more sporadic posting around here. You can always find me on Twitter (usually procrastinating when I should be writing.) Hope everyone has a great summer planned!