New – Accidental Discoveries: From Laughing Gas to Dynamite (3rd edtion)
Some discoveries come about by logic and reasoning. Others happen because of blunders, fumbles and freaky circumstances with headlines like these:
- Blast of Water in Bathroom Yields Billion-Dollar Invention
- Spill Creates Explosive More Powerful Than Dynamite
- Flash Flood Turns Disappointment Into Wondrous Discovery
- Stumble in Laboratory Changes Smoking Habits Worldwide
- Disturbing Dream Helps Allies Turn Defeat Into Victory
- Scientist Dreams Answer to Problematic Question
- Invention Inspired by Folding Chairs Changes Shopping Habits Everywhere
- Dog Slobber Yields Scientist a Nobel Prize
- Freak Explosion Reveals Truth About Digestion
Over 80 stories about the stumbles, goofs, and strange twists that have resulted in amazing breakthroughs from laughing gas to dynamite - and everything in between.
A Few of My Favorites from 2016
With one year ending and a new one beginning, it's a good time to take a look back at some special moments from 2016. With thanks and gratitude to friends, readers, publishers and fellow writers, here are a few highlights:
FebruaryViewing the new cover for Accidental Discoveries (right). After months of revising, updating and adding new material, seeing the cover design signified that the end was near. I wanted something colorful & different. I got my wish. I love it!
AprilSharing tables at the Millennium Library in Winnipeg with fellow writers and Anita Factor members Melinda Friesen, Suzanne Costigan & Gabrielle Goldstone
MayPassing this Little Library outside Royal School in Winnipeg. I am a huge fan of Little Libraries. Each one is unique, but they all say the same thing - stop, check me out, read something...
MayShuttling Ontario YA author Allison van Diepen to schools during Canadian Children's Book Week. It was fun commuting with another author, and Allison kept me entertained the entire way.
MaySpotting the beautiful mural that lines the hallway leading to the library of Powerview School in Powerview, Manitoba. Like other quotes on the wall, this one inspires and says much about what the school values.
JuneWatching 'Dinosaurs' of the Deep roll off the presses at Friesen Press in Altona, Manitoba. The whole operation was mind-boggling.
JuneLaunching "Dinosaurs' of the Deep at McNally Robinson Booksellers. To my left are Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre's paleontologist, Victoria Markstrom,, and director, Peter Cantelon. Radio personality, Terry McLeod, moderated the panel discussion. Wonderful evening. Lovely crowd. Interesting questions.
JulyStuffing Suzy, the mosasaur, into the trunk after signing at Assiniboine Park. Suzy's head, on loan from the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, appeared at several events. Fortunately, it dismantles easily for transport. Still, fitting all the pieces in my trunk took some planning.
JulyDriving home from the launch in Morden accompanied by this spectacular sunset. A great end to a wonderful day.
AugustTouring Amazon's first brick-and-mortar store while visiting Seattle. The store is quite unique in both its setup and operation. For more details, check The Footloose Writer for my post: Visiting Amazon's One & Only Bookstore.
AugustSpotting for the first time, Morden's new welcome sign featuring - you guessed it - Bruce, the mighty mosasaur.
AugustCatching this spectacular sunrise just moments after leaving for my local coffee spot aka my morning writing studio.
OctoberSigning 'Dinosaurs' of the Deep at Chapters, St. Vital Centre, one a number of signings this year.
NovemberMy gear. Getting ready for school visits requires a suitcase and a bit of muscle.
The Story Emporium
A new book fair initiative for schools from Rebelight Publishing. With The Story Emporium (elementary/middle grades) and The Emporium (high school), Rebelight offers a convenient way for schools to showcase books and media created by local publishers, illustrators, musicians and authors (yours truly included) while at the same time earning cashback for the school. Rebelight provides catalogues for students, posters to hang on the wall, then on the day of the event swoops in to set up, track sales, and pack up at the end.
For more information, visit Rebelight's Story Emporium.