Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Time--it's all relative

My current project is to put together a presentation for the Western Front Association, Pacific Coast Branch conference and AGM in Victoria, March 4th to 6th. My topic is "The Canadian Cavalry Brigade in World War I". To do so I have done a historical summary and collected images to tie in with the editorial copy. One photo takes me back: my father and me, standing on the front steps of our house, in approximately 1962. I am in the uniform of an RCN midshipman. A much earlier photo shows Dad, c 1914-15, in cavalry uniform, with his father and grandfather.
When the photo of Dad and me was taken, he would have been 68 or 69 years old, my current age. When I was a young man the days of my father's youth, and the Great War, seemed an impossibly long time before. But in the Second World War, when I was born, WW I must have seemed like the day before to Dad.

Now that I have entered the world of 1914 via writing "Soldier of the Horse", it is starting to feel like yesterday, even to me, ninety-seven years later.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Launch is coming for "Soldier of the Horse"

Working hard toward the upcoming launch in the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 6, 17567-57th Ave, Cloverdale on March 2nd at 7 pm. I have sent out 300 emails today, according to hotmail, as they have now shut me down for 24 hours! "Only" about 250 of those were invitations to the launch, so lots more to do tomorrow if the system lets me continue.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"Soldier of the Horse" Arrives

Here I am with "Soldier of the Horse"--the first copy out of the box. It has been an exciting trip, especially as the publication date approached. What with the launch set for March 2nd, in the Cloverdale Legion, and the book in distribution at this time, I am anxiously awaiting reaction from readers. It is 93 years since the cataclysmic events that inspired this story; I hope I have done it justice.

Here are the memers of the first readers' editorial board, without whom the project would not have happened. Thanks, Ross, Pat and Scott.