An Office Of One’s Own: Saying Goodbye to 2017

In my early twenties, I was a Music and Drama counsellor for a day camp.  I had worked there every summer since I was fifteen and loved my summers there–preferring to be a counsellor than a camper. That particular summer, though, the camp director had decided to move the Music and Drama department to a new building. I cannot remember if we had been in a barn and then moved to a two-room building, or it was reverse, but I do recall my big complaint that summer was the lack of an office. In fact, Read More

Stepping into the Tardis: Maud’s Launch on the Island in May

Join me as we go back in time to the beginning of May… Exactly two months ago, where I embarked on a journey to the Island to celebrate MAUD at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.   Bookmark PEI created this beautiful window display and were incredible! If you are going to the Island this summer (or any summer, be sure to check them out!)   And the CBC invited me to talk on their program, Mainstreet with Angela Walker, who took one of my favourite photos, ever:   Later, I was joined by my companion, Read More

Happy 150th Birthday, Bess!

  I have known Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was seven years old when my parents purchased the entire set for me for my birthday. It was in a big brown box and I remember opening it around the old fireplace in the dining room with the large swordfish my dad and caught and hung on the wall and the needlepoint of a woman sewing that my mom maid handing over the fireplace. (I wonder what happened to both of these things.) At first I didn’t know what it was and my mother had to explain Read More

Writing in Motion

Monday I sent the proofs of MAUD to my editor. Today I cut many inches off my hair. For over two years I’ve kept it long because it helped me get into the body of Maud’s character. As I explained it to my hairdresser (who nodded like she understood, but I  suspect she was a little concerned for me), I needed to be able to put it up in a bun or some other concoction. The same thing happened when I was writing Oy! and  I cut my hair short, (by my last hairdresser. I’m loyal to my new Read More

Only Six Weeks Late: Mel’s List of 9 2016 Goals

How is it the end of February? I had such plans to write some kind of philosophical forward-looking blog post about my goals for 2016 and now it is practically the end of winter so it seems quite silly to write them now. But I’ve always been one to thwart convention in some way, so why not. Besides there’s too much pressure on January 1st to get it all done. February 24th is certainly much better date, don’t you think? And, besides,  Spring is less than a month away and it’s near the  Full Moon, so an Read More

An Interview with Karen Krossing, Punch Like a Girl

Over the past year I have had the pleasure of getting to know Karen Krossing. A compassionate writer, she is committed to understanding and helping other writers — including me. I have read a few of her books this year, including Bog, which won the 2015 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award in the Canada division, and is a 2014 OLA Best Bets selection. Karen isn’t afraid to use story as a way to delve into difficult subjects and her latest novel, Punch Like a Girl, certainly demonstrates this. (Warning this might trigger some readers.) There has been Read More

Happy Birthday, Bess!

  I have known Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was seven years old when my parents purchased the entire set for me for my birthday. At first I didn’t know what it was and my mother had to explain to me the connection to the TV show. Then I got very excited, for I often imagined to be like Melissa Gilbert as Laura.                 What began was a life long interest in historical fiction, women’s history, social history, and a fascination with adaptations. Because of the Little House series I Read More

Reflections on a Fabulous Night

Last night, Laura Robinson, Benjamin Lefebvre and I gave a talk at the North York Central Library in Toronto, Ontario, The Canadian Home Front: L.M. Montgomery’s Reflections of War. I hadn’t been back to that branch in quite sometime and it was fun to speak at a library I had used so often when I was in High School.           The turn out was fabulous. We had over 75 people in attendance, which also means that they had to add two more rows of chairs! Sharon Andic, Senior Department Head for Children’s Books, Read More

Special Event at the Toronto Public Library: Tuesday January, 27 2015

I was thrilled when Laura Robinson asked me to take part in this special event at the North York Central Library as part of their Book Club’s reading of my favourite L.M. Montgomery novel, Rilla of Ingleside.  Laura has curated a thought provoking exhibit on L.M. Montgomery’s reflections on World War I, combining artifacts from the period, excerpts from Rilla and Montgomery’s journals. The exhibit has been shown around Ontario, in Charlottetown, P.E.I., and France. The event will also feature Benjamin Lefebvre, who I believe will be reading out some of his findings of perspectives on Read More

Renewal and Opportunities and the Latest on Mel’s Journey with Maud

A friend and I always talk about how things feel fresh in September. Perhaps it is the “Back to School” vibe in the air, perhaps it is the changing  seasons, perhaps it was because the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, always landed in September bringing in an opportunity for renewal. This Fall marks a couple of interesting shifts in my life, because I’m learning how to balance certain opportunities–opportunities that I’m so excited and grateful for–with my daily writing practice.  Much of the summer I worked within my own schedule,  allowing time to relax while also making Read More