Ant sac, or disturbing my nest again…


You probably have seen what happens when you kick over an anthill and all of the ants panic and run all over the place, carrying the egg sacs, looking for safety? Back in the days pre-divorce, the ex and I used to call our regular sorting and rearranging of stuff “ant sac” activity - we’d…

First entry, #NYCMidnightflashchallenge, a.k.a. “The Grand Derangement”


It had to be historical fiction, in a secret bunker, and involve a bag of coins. So here goes: The Grand Derangement Synopsis: In 1758, the British expelled thousands of French Acadiens from their farmlands in Nova Scotia to places all over the eastern coastline, separating families and allowing many to die. Anastasie, her daughter…

Land, Scarlett, it’s the only thing that matters…


I'm having a little fantasy about buying some property. It has something to do with the impermanence of renting, about the feeling of disconnection in an apartment building, about the dismal performance of mutual funds, etc., etc. But I keep seeing Mr. O'Hara slopping that mud into Scarlett's hands and telling her that she should…

Gordon Belsher, PEI, and seizing the day


I'm having a serious problem with delight. PEI is figuring prominently and it's odd because though I love PEI in its own way, it is far too tame for a wild soul like me. Give me the windswept shores of NS anytime, with their rocky beaches and spitting waves and preferably fog rolling in in…

On the HUNT!!! Mystery authors needed…


I am thrilled to have been made the chair of the 2015 Bloody Words Mystery Conference to be held here in gorgeous Halifax, NS. I think EVERYONE should come. Halifax is a glorious city, the conference is full of surprisingly nice people who have vented their anger at red lights and cell phones and traffic…

I will go and not ask why…


Way back about 15 years ago, when I lived in Annapolis Royal, NS, I had two CD's in the van that I would play as I drove the kids here, there and everywhere. One was Rawlins Cross, a celtic rock band that provides the definitive answer to the question of whether bagpipes can rock. They…