Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Butterfly eclipse ...

Eclipse butterfly shadows in the universal gloom.

When butterflies cast shadows, and a strange little solar eclipse story ...

I spent my solar eclipse day yesterday (August 21/2017) at Scadding Cabin at the CNE, which is Toronto's oldest house, built in 1794. It's next to Fort Rouille, which is Toronto's first European settlement (1750-1759). I was on the site, talking to kids about my book, Carter and the Curious Maze, which is a time-travel story, partly set there.

It was a fascinating afternoon, although there were more butterflies than people. Still, as the sky darkened, the temperature dropped, the shadows deepened, and the peak of eclipsy things were happening, a young woman walked across the field toward me, with purpose. 

She stopped in front of me, at my desk of books, and asked how I was. She was dressed in what I can only describe as vintage goth, black parasol, black high heeled boots, black boustier, gorgeous black silk skirt. 

I was a little dumbfounded. I answered, "Fine, just fine thanks. I like your parasol." She smiled and pointed at my books. "Horror writer?" She asked. I nodded. "Yeah, for kids." I swear her eyes lit up, and she giggled, then she said 'bye and vanished. 

Who was this girl? Did anyone else have a weird human moment yesterday? Was it a thing? I've got a new character brewing, and her name's gonna be Eclipse...


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A child's visit to Fort Rouille during the CNE...


Tree pose with the York Pioneers (not easy in a skirt);
photo courtesy InsideToronto.com
Yoga, monarch tagging, and a child's visit to Fort Rouille! Come to Scadding Cabin during the CNE, and go back to a simpler time in Toronto. 

Join me on August 21 and 28th, 1-3 p.m., I'll be reading from my time-travel/historical fantasy children's novel, Carter and the Curious Maze, which is set in 3 different time periods on the CNE grounds: 1903, 1813 and the Grand Magazine Explosion, and 1750 trading day at Fort Rouille.

Fort Rouille, Toronto @1750
Here's an InsideToronto.com article about Scadding Cabin events during the CNE (yes, that's me in the hat, trying to do tree pose in a long skirt, or laughing like a maniac in the third picture):
Scadding Cabin During the CNE

Thanks to the York Pioneer and Historical Society for inviting me to read to kids during the CNE!