Okay, to set the scene, on the recent Adventure Canada cruise to Greenland, I found that the onboard bookstore had sold out of copies of my books, while copies of some Margaret Atwood's titles were still on the shelves. I mentioned this in passing at the ship's evening gathering - possibly offering my commiserations (ahem) - and was skewered at the the following evening's poetry event by a limerick from Margaret;
There once was a codger named Steve
Who had lots of tricks up his sleeve;
He pissed off Saint Margaret
A dangerous target
And now he's a toad in Belize
To which I replied (eventually)
To my lasting regret
I insulted Margaret
And now I must pay for my joke
I’m a sub-human toad
In a forest abode
Still, Belize is a nice place to croak.
So beware and take heed
Should you once feel the need
To take on the queen of Can Lit
A life of despair
Awaits you out there
But boy, it surely was worth it
I await a response with trepidation!
Between July 4 and July 25, I was honoured to join Adventure Canada on their cruises circumnavigating Iceland, and then travelling from Iceland to Greenland In the Wake of the Vikings as onboard naturalist and author. I encourage you to check out this organization and their partnerships with Birdlife International and the
Graeme Gibson Fellowship.
GLOBE SHORT STORY GOLDFINCHES ARE BROWN
Goldfinches Are Brown, the short story I was commissioned to write for the Globe & Mail, appeared in the Diversions section of the holiday edition, published December 24th.
For those unable to access the newspaper version, the online version of the story can be found here.
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