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My mom just found my Dad’s Cree Flashcards! (The package arrived last week)

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Which means that I can begin warbling Cree while I try to learn the language! Very slowly because I can’t dedicate myself as much as my dad did.
With his flashcards, I feel like he is teaching me himself.

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I am trying to balance projects right now. I have some unrelated things that I have to get done. In addition to that I will be doing more research for the novel, Ryn’s turn. I sometimes feel like all I’m doing is research, but I want to give a sense of realism to the book. So the next thing that I am researching is dirigibles, airships, and other flying machines, along with military strategy (I’ve also ordered more Lego to do this)

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I’ll be splitting duties between personal projects, Ryn’s Turn, and Who Would Destroy the Gods?

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In May I’ll be focussing on getting a vague first draft completed of Ryn’s Turn. I’ll be working on other projects as well, but this will be my main focus. There will also be pictures as I depict contraptions and armies.

Next month I’ll be heading out to Calgary for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, I’ll be at table K10 and peddling many wares including Railroad Rising! So if you want to, stop by and say hello!

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Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion is now available on all platforms for eBook! Join me from the 21st to the 25th as we celebrate this along with other authours from Edge Publications!

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Book Safari

This is me on the way to the book safari.

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It’s cold outside so I am dressing up warmly.

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Going to library, Macleod’s, Kingsway book store and some other random bookstore.

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Stopped in to fuel up before heading out. Just grabbing some coffee for now but after I finish at Macleod’s, I’ll grab some juice and more coffee. I’m doing a quick second hand bookstore search before I head out so that I have a rough plan of attack.

The two books that I’m hoping to get today are Dante and the Sword of Shanara. There will likely be a few more books purchased before the day is out.
One of the things to always remember when going used book shopping is to bring cash and bring a bag. Some used bookstores still operate on a cash only system and some bookstores either give you used bags or bags that can’t support the weight of your purchase. So it’s best to come prepared!

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I arrive at Macleod’s and head straight for the classics where I last saw a copy of Dante’s combined copy of inferno, purgatory and paradise. Unfortunately, when you wait for two or three years, you may not find that same book on the shelf. Alas Dante, the specific book I was looking for, was no where to be found. They were also sold out of Terry Brooks. However I was able to find this:

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I would like to leave Macleod’s with at least one book so here I go.

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I was referred to Albion books just up the street, so I figure that I’ll just pop in there quick before I go.
Going into Albion I am immediately confronted by two Sanskrit English Dictionaries and the only reason why I don’t buy them both right away is that I’m not sure if I already own them or not. After searching around and not finding the books I wanted, the bookstore owner, a patron and I gave a brief nod to the downfall of the used bookstore. The other patron and I reaffirmed to the owner how much his store, and stores like his means to us and why we can’t replace shopping in person for a good book.
The owner then regaled us with a tale of marginalisation, the act of writing in the margins of books. Where one of his customers was given a Lewis Carrol book for a special occasion by her boyfriend when they later broke up, she scrawled all sorts of things in the margin and then sold it to the bookstore owner who, not knowing what had happened, put it directly out on the shelves in the kids’ section. He found out that she had written about his inadequacies as a lover. The bookstore owner promptly removed the book.

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After we all share a laugh, I make an impulse purchase of an Alfred Hitchcock paperback. Then I head back out, grab myself a cup of tea and get into the car so I can drive out to Wayfarer Books.

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I head out to Wayfarer Books. I don’t normally head over to the North shore so I am a bit spellbound by Lionsgate Bridge and quickly enjoy the view as I leave Stanley Park and head over to North Vancouver.

I am using Google Maps to direct me because I have no direction sense. But even so, I soon realise that Wayfarer Books is no longer there.

Desperate to find another bookstore I plug in a general used bookstore search into Google Maps. I am rewarded. A mere three blocks away from my current location, there is another bookstore, Booklovers.

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I enter the bookstore and begin to look around. By this point I’ve given up on finding any of the books that I am looking for, but then the owner approaches.
She is friendly and leads me to the section where the authour that I am looking for is. I not only find the book that I am looking for, I find the. Whole series! (Plus a few extra books of course!)

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After getting all of the books I wanted….well what I could afford for the day, I headed home.

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Here is my haul from the book safari for January 2016.

Stay tuned to this blog for more of these jaunts throughout the year!

Nanowrimo – The Halfway Point

Nanowrimo is probably a bad descriptor for what I am doing here. When November is over, I will not have a novel completed. I won’t even have a first draft complete. I *will*, however, have a solid notes and part of the first draft written.

Spent Saturday at the library gathering books for background research on the book. My take on it is that while even though it is a fantasy book, I want to give as much plausibility to the story as possible. Which means that tonight I’ll likely be doing some research in addition to some writing.

For those of you who are looking for JP Wagner’s work, keep checking the website. Updates on his work will be coming soon.