Archive for January, 2010

44000 stories, The WarBrides

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

A few weeks ago I travelled down to Calgary with my wife and my mother. Our destination was the Glenbow Museum and the reason for going there was the exhibit of the Warbrides. The warbrides were ladies that met and later married soldiers during the second world war.  These ladies gave up their homeland to move to Canada and elsewhere. The exhibit was put together by Bev Tosh, and she did an extremely good job of explaining what the warbrides went through. Of particular interest for myself was the portrait done of my mother in her wedding dress painted on a wood board, done by Bev. In all she has painted about a hundred portraits, catching the personality of different warbrides.

As I looked through the exhibit I realized that each of these brave women had a story to tell. There were hardships of leaving friends and family to travel to a new country, not knowing what they would find there. In all about 44,000 ladies made the difficult decision to go, and each has a story to tell.

My mother also donated her wedding dress to Bev’s collection and it was a special moment to see it on display in the museum. It was a truly a moment to step back in time and get a glimpse of what was then. I doubt one can truly appreciate what was going through their minds at that time, but it is worth to try. If you have opportunity to see this fine exhibit, please take the time to do so.

Back to writing

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas and New Year’s. Our household was busy, and a bit tiring. In December we started some renovations downstairs to convert an unused room to a bedroom for some guests. Laurie and I worked late at night to complete the room in time. Our son in Vnacouver brought his girlfriend and her mother (she was visiting from New Zealand) to stay with us for a few days. Another son from Calgary brought his wife and two year old to stay with us. It was busy and fun. Lots of people, lots of food, and not enough hours to do everything.

My writing took a beating. In fact it came to a virtual standstill, as it was impossible to find the energy and enough quiet to concentrate. That doesn’t mean progress wasn’t made as far as writing stories is concerned. One area was my editors who were working on material I have submitted. I am happy to announce that Dragons in the Water will be released in March. I will give you more details on the story in another blog. I also was able to spend some time thinking about stories I am working on. Castle, part 3, The New King was stalled during the Christmas rush but in my mind I worked out some of plot problems and now have a clear vision where to take the story.

I have a few more stories that formed in my mind that I will work into a plot at a later date. So while the keyboard was idle it doesn’t mean nothing was being accomplished.

More blogs to follow soon!