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Familyhistorian's Year of History and Mystery part 9

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Little Free Library

Acquisitions

Number culled in February - 6

Number culled in March - 10

Number culled in April - 3

Number culled in May - 4

Number culled in June - 5

Number culled in July - 1

Number culled in August - 5

Number culled in September - 5

Number culled in October - 4

Number culled in November - 1

Total 2017 culls


4Familyhistorian
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My name is Meg and I love reading, especially histories and mysteries. This is my fifth year as one of the 75ers. It is great to find out what other people are reading but very dangerous, beware of flying book bullets! I keep myself busy with research and writing and hope to uncover more mysteries in family history this year.

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6Familyhistorian
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Challenges I will do my best to partake of in 2017

American Author Challenge


January- Octavia Butler - Wild Seed - DONE
February- Stewart O' Nan - A Prayer for the Dying - DONE
March- William Styron - The Confessions of Nat Turner - DONE
April- Poetry Month - The Silence Now by May Sarton - DONE
May- Zora Neale Hurston - Dust Tracks on a Road - DONE
June- Sherman Alexie - Flight - DONE
July- James McBride - Song Yet Sung - DONE
August- Patricia Highsmith - A Game for the Living - DONE
September- Short Story Month - The Last Drive and other stories by Rex Stout - DONE
October- Ann Patchett - State of Wonder - DONE
November- Russell Banks
December- Ernest Hemingway

British Author Challenge

January: Irish Britons – Elizabeth Bowen & Brian Moore - A World of Love by Elizabeth Bowen - DONE
February: Science Fiction & Fantasy – Mary Stewart & Terry Pratchett - The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart - DONE
March: A Decade of British Novels: The 1960s - 10 Novels by Men; 10 Novels by Women - The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks - DONE
April: South Yorkshire Authors: As Byatt & Bruce Chatwin - The Biographer's Tale by A.S. Byatt - DONE
May: Before Queen Vic: 10 Novels written prior to 1837
June: The Historians: Georgette Heyer & Simon Schama - Beauvallet by Georgette Heyer - DONE
July: Scottish Authors: D.E. Stevenson & R.L. Stevenson - Miss Buncle Married by D.E. Stevenson - DONE
August: Britain Between the Wars: Winifred Holtby & Robert Graves - South Riding by Winifred Holtby DONE
September: The New Millennium: A novel chosen from each year of the new century
October: Welsh Authors: Jo Walton & Roald Dahl - James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl -DONE
November: Poet Laureates: British laureates, children's laureate, National Poets
December: Wildcard: Elizabeth Gaskell & Neil Gaiman

Canadian Author Challenge
January : Anne Michaels & Robertson Davies - Fugitive Pieces - by Anne Michaels - DONE
February : Madeleine Thien & Rohinton Mistry
March : Anne Hebert & Alistair McLeod - No Great Mischief by Alistair Macleod - DONE
April : Magaret Atwood & Guy Vanderhaeghe - The Englishman's Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe -DONE
May : Louise Penny & Leonard Cohen - The Murder Stone by Louise Penny - DONE
June : Heather O'Neill & Dan Vyleta - Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill - DONE
July : Carol Shields & Wayson Choy - Jade Peony by Wayson Choy - DONE
August : Ruth Ozeki & Douglas Coupland - Souvenir of Canada by Douglas Coupland - DONE
September : Lori Lansens & Steven Galloway - The Girls by Lori Lansens - DONE
October : Alice Munro & Arthur Slade
November : Gil Adamson & Guy Gavriel Kay
December : Donna Morrisey & Wayne Johnston

7Familyhistorian
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More Challenges

The 2017 Non-fiction Reading Challenge


January: Prizewinners - Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World by Maya Jasanoff - DONE
February: Voyages of Exploration - Road to the Isles: Travellers in the Hebrides 1770-1914 by Derek Cooper - DONE
March: Heroes and Villains - The Jack the Ripper: Whitechapel Murders by Kevin O'Donnell - DONE
April: Hobbies, Pastimes and Passions - Family Matters: A History of Genealogy by Michael Sharpe - DONE
May: History - A History of Scotland: A look behind the mist and myth of Scottish History by Neil Oliver - DONE
June: The Natural World - Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death by Jessica Snyder Sachs - DONE
July: Creators and Creativity - Falling Backwards by Jann Arden - DONE
August: I’ve Always Been Curious About…. - The King's Grave: The Discovery of Richard III's Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds by Philippa Langley & Michael Jones
September: Gods, Demons and Spirits
October: The World We Live In: Current Affairs
November: Science and Technology
December: Out of Your Comfort Zone

Reading Through Time

Quarterly


January-March 2017 - Renaissance/16th century - Beauvallet by Georgette Heyer DONE
April-June 2017 - 17th century - Trapped at the Altar by Jane Feather DONE
July-September 2017 - 18th century - The Silent Boy by Andrew Taylor DONE
October-December 2017 - Napoleonic Era

Monthly

January 2017: First Encounters - Scotland Farewell: The People of the Hector by Donald MacKay - DONE
February 2017: Storico Italia - The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich - DONE
March 2017: Meeting Madness - Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie by Anne Martinetti, Guillaume Lebeau & Alexandre Franc - DONE
April 2017: It's a Family Affair - My Dark Places by James Ellroy - DONE
May 2017: Oh What a State of Affairs - A History of Scotland: A look behind the mist and myth of Scottish History by Neil Oliver - DONE
June 2017: Fight for your Rights - Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by David Von Drehle - DONE
July 2017: Viva La Revolución! - America Goes to War: A Social History of the Continental Army by Charles Patrick Neimeyer - DONE
August 2017: Art: Making it, Preserving it, Collecting it, Stealing it - Tom Thomson: Trees by Joan Murray - DONE
September 2017: Historically Significant Event The Contexts of Acadian History 1686-1784 by Naomi E.S. Griffiths
October 2017: Gothic
November 2017: Noir or Darkness
December 2017: Twisted Fairytales

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Total 2017 acquisitions


9Familyhistorian
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Clan Donald Centre, Skye

Right now I am blogging about getting ready for a research trip/genealogy conference. Check out my blog at A Genealogist's Path to History

10Familyhistorian
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Books read in 2017

September

Bell, Book and Scandal by Jill Churchill
South Riding by Winifred Holtby
The Black Tower by P.D. James
A Very Unusual Wife by Barbara Cartland
Sick of Shadows by M.C. Beaton
The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill
In a Gilded Cage by Rhys Bowen
The Last Drive and other stories by Rex Stout
The Contexts of Acadian History 1686 - 1784 by Naomi E.S. Griffiths
A Short History of Halifax by Dan Soucoup
The Silent Boy by Andrew Taylor
The Girls by Lori Lansens

11Familyhistorian
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Books acquired in 2017

September

Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer
Family Life: An Inspector Starrett Mystery by Paul Charles
Babes in the Wood by Ruth Rendell
War Plan Red by Kevin Lippert
A Murder in Music City by Michael Bishop
Really the Blues by Joseph Koenig
Lincoln's Greatest Case by Brian McGinty
The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson
Strangers at Our Gates by Valerie Knowles
Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas
The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
The Moonstone by Wilie Collins
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart
The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life by Richard Dawkins & Yan Wong
Empire of Sin by Gary Krist
Atlantic Canada's Irish Immigrants by Lucille H. Campey
The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg
Home by Nightfall by Charles Finch
A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn
Glass Houses by Louise Penny

12Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 2:33am Top

It only seemed right to start a new thread since it is a new month and a new life adventure has started for me.

13SandDune
Oct 2, 2017, 2:39am Top

>1 Familyhistorian: Is your first picture Skye as well? It looks vaguely familiar.

14Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 3:00am Top

>13 SandDune: Ooh, first visitor and right guess, Rhian. Yes, it is Portree, the main square. You would probably be more sure if there were the usual buses around it.

15jessibud2
Oct 2, 2017, 6:23am Top

Happy new thread, Meg! Lovely toppers!

16msf59
Oct 2, 2017, 6:32am Top

Happy New Thread, you lovely retiree! Love those toppers too. Hope your week is off to a good start.

17karenmarie
Oct 2, 2017, 7:10am Top

Hi Meg! Happy new thread and happy New Adventure.

One thing I learned early on in retirement was to try to schedule appointments after 10 a.m. or so. Normally I wake up between 7 and 8 NOT to an alarm and only have one set for 9 if I sleep late.

That is one of the joys of retirement to me, still, after a year and 8 months - not having to get up to an alarm.

18jessibud2
Oct 2, 2017, 7:41am Top

>17 karenmarie: - Ditto! :-) Of course, I have 2 feline alarm clocks. After all, *they* haven't retired and still expect breakfast on time...

19thornton37814
Oct 2, 2017, 8:35am Top

Enjoy retirement and that genealogy research trip (and the ones to come)!

20jnwelch
Oct 2, 2017, 8:44am Top

Happy New Thread, and Happy Retirement, Meg!

How's it feel? It's that dratted first day of the week and . . . you can just enjoy it?

21Berly
Oct 2, 2017, 10:49am Top

Happy second Sunday!! And new thread. ; ) I like the idea of appt after 10 and no alarm. Someday....

22weird_O
Oct 2, 2017, 11:30am Top

A little late, perhaps, but welcome to the Retirees' Tribe, Meg. Nice to be among like-minded folks.

23Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 1:59pm Top

>15 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley. I was thinking about my Scottish research so I hunted out some photos from when I went to Skye. I need to go back and spend more time there - hey I can do that!

24Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 2:00pm Top

>16 msf59: I didn't have to get up before first light on a Monday morning! So yes, my week is off to a good start, Mark.

25Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 2:03pm Top

>17 karenmarie: I try to schedule later appointments too, Karen, but as I travel by transit and they are quite far away I know there will be early mornings in my future. *sigh* Not that I will be able to sleep very late during the school year anyway - my bedroom over looks a schoolyard. I am looking forward to the Adventure part!

26Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 2:07pm Top

>19 thornton37814: I am looking forward to the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit and a revisit to the NS archives. I'm still trying to get my stuff in order. I am already booked on a group trip to Salt Lake City so I think there will be lots of genealogy travel in my future.

27Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 2:09pm Top

>20 jnwelch: Hi Joe, well it is nice for a Monday but not that relaxing because I am just going over in my mind all that I have to do before I leave mid-week. I think I will get to those just enjoyable days sometime in November when I don't have my days already planned out.

28Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 2:14pm Top

>21 Berly: I can't believe that I made it, Kim, but it does eventually happen. Yep, no alarm this morning, not that I need one as it is not quiet around here in the morning with the middle school kids going to school and things happening around the complex.

29Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 2:16pm Top

>22 weird_O: Is it you or me who is a little late Bill? I must admit that I hoped to retire before now but circumstances dictated otherwise. Fortunately, I was finally able to join the Retiree's Tribe.

30drneutron
Oct 2, 2017, 2:57pm Top

Happy new thread!

31johnsimpson
Oct 2, 2017, 3:31pm Top

Hi Meg, Happy new thread my dear and what great photos to top your thread and post three. Hope you had a really good weekend and a nice start to your retirement dear friend, sending love and hugs.

32Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 4:32pm Top

>30 drneutron: Thanks Jim!

33Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 4:35pm Top

>31 johnsimpson: The weekend started off with my retirement dinner on Friday so it was all good, John. Retirement seems pretty good so far with not having to go to work on Monday though trying to figure out my new vacuum took a while. LOL

34Ameise1
Oct 2, 2017, 4:36pm Top

Congrats on your shiny new thread, Meg. Enjoy the new chapter of your life.

35Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 5:02pm Top

>34 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara. This is a chapter that I am really looking forward to!

36Familyhistorian
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92. The Leavers by Lisa Ko

I can see why The Leavers is getting a lot of buzz. It was a heart wrenching look at the modern immigrant experience as well as a coming of age story for both son and mother when all is said and done.

It was hard enough for the son, Deming, for his mother to disappear but then to have to adapt to a whole new life in a new middle class culture where he was a visible minority would have been mind wrenching for the most well adapted child. It was interesting to see how he reacted.

The book also pointed out to me how different places can be. I live in a middle class neighbourhood and can't imagine someone Asian sticking out.

37Familyhistorian
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93. Gallows View by Peter Robinson

After seeing Peter Robinson last year at the Vancouver Writer's Festival, I wanted to read some of his books. I read one of his stand alones last year but decided to start his DCI Banks series from the beginning. I was told that the books get better as they go but I thought The Gallows View was good. It had mystery and personal life intermixed so that I wanted to read more and find out if the culprits would be caught and if Banks' personal life would come to a crisis or not. Good stuff. I will have to look for the next book in the series.

38PaulCranswick
Oct 2, 2017, 7:15pm Top

Wow Meg, your latest thread has gotten off to a flyer!

>37 Familyhistorian: I like the DCI Banks series and have read the first 21 books in the series.

39Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 7:53pm Top

>38 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul, the thread is moving along at a fair clip, isn't it?

21 books eh, sounds like the DCI Banks series will keep me going for a while.

40thornton37814
Oct 2, 2017, 8:05pm Top

>26 Familyhistorian: I'm officially envious of your Salt Lake trip. I'll make it out there again some day. With the FHC microfilm situation, I probably ought to schedule one next summer. I'm not sure that will happen, but it's a thought.

41Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 8:10pm Top

>40 thornton37814: A group or two from the BC Genealogy Society goes to Salt Lake City every year, Lori. It has been a few years, maybe 4, since I was there because it usually conflicts with another event that I want to attend. They changed the dates and I don't have to wait for vacation time so I decided to go. Now I just have to find the time to do some pre-trip planning.

42ronincats
Oct 2, 2017, 8:17pm Top

Happy New Thread, Meg!

43msf59
Oct 2, 2017, 9:33pm Top

>36 Familyhistorian: So glad you enjoyed The Leavers, Meg. I am a big fan too and would like to see the novel get more LT attention.

44Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 10:48pm Top

>42 ronincats: Thanks Roni!

45Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 2017, 11:11pm Top

>43 msf59: I have seen some warbling about The Leavers on other threads, Mark, so I think it is getting some buzz.

46FAMeulstee
Oct 3, 2017, 8:02am Top

Happy New thread, Meg!

>37 Familyhistorian: I started the DCI Banks series in January, and immediately liked the first one.

47Familyhistorian
Oct 3, 2017, 1:08pm Top

>46 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita. The first DCI Banks was good. How were the next ones?

48FAMeulstee
Oct 3, 2017, 1:18pm Top

>48 FAMeulstee: Equally good, Meg.
I rated all 4 stars, except Past Reason Hated (book 5) and Playing with Fire (book 14, the last I have read), both 3 1/2 stars. I didn't read book 8 & 9 as for some strange reason there is no Dutch translation of those.

49DeltaQueen50
Oct 3, 2017, 4:20pm Top

Hi Meg and Happy Retirement! I love the DCI Alan Banks series and, like Paul, have read 21 of them. I see from the list of his book that I am now behind in the series by 3 or 4 books - he's definitely prolific!

50Familyhistorian
Oct 3, 2017, 6:10pm Top

>48 FAMeulstee: It sounds like a good series to pursue then. I'm sure it will take me a lot longer than it took you to read them! Strange that they didn't translate books 8 & 9.

51Familyhistorian
Oct 3, 2017, 6:14pm Top

>49 DeltaQueen50: Thanks Judy. It sounds like he puts out a few a year, then. He struck me as someone who has his writing life well organized. I guess you would have to be well organized to realize that kind of output. Some writers really excel at that. Nora Roberts springs to mind.

52karenmarie
Oct 5, 2017, 6:06am Top

Hi Meg! Just a quick hello to say I hope you're doing well.

The only good reason to get up to an alarm is to go to a book sale, which is what I'm doing today!

53Crazymamie
Oct 5, 2017, 12:17pm Top

Happy new thread, Meg, and Happy Retirement! I am excited for you. And congrats on claiming the top of the leaderboard last month!!

54Familyhistorian
Oct 5, 2017, 6:09pm Top

>52 karenmarie: Have fun at the book sale, Karen. There is another good reason to set the alarm. I did it yesterday to catch a flight and I am visiting with family today. I am currently in London, Ontario.

55Familyhistorian
Oct 5, 2017, 6:15pm Top

>53 Crazymamie: Thanks Mamie. I am loving retirement so far. I am visiting family which I seldom get to do as we are spread across Canada.

Last month was a close run race. I was surprised to see that I ended on top. With all that I have planned I don't think it will happen this month. I hope your stats improve with your new Fitbit. It would be so annoying to have one that dumps your hard earned steps!

56Familyhistorian
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94. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

If someone had recommended a novel to me set in the Amazonian rainforest whose main characters were researchers developing pharmaceuticals, I probably wouldn't have picked it up. It is a good thing that I didn't read a summary of the plot before I dove in to Ann Patchett's State of Wonder.

I really enjoyed the story of Marina's search for the truth of what happened to her coworker in the rainforest. Her character grew in strength and ability to think for herself as she overcame hardships and fought her way through obstacles thrown in her way. I really admired the person she became by the end of the book.

57msf59
Oct 6, 2017, 10:09pm Top

>56 Familyhistorian: This is great, Meg. I have wanted to read State of Wonder forever. Maybe I can bookhorn it in, before year's end. I finished Truth & Beauty today and loved it.

58Familyhistorian
Oct 6, 2017, 10:48pm Top

>57 msf59: It was good, Mark. I finished it fast because I only read one book at a time when I travel and long flights = lots of reading time.

59RebaRelishesReading
Oct 7, 2017, 9:49am Top

We're planning to visit Ann Patchett's bookstore next week. I may have to see if they have a signed copy of State of Wonder :)

60Familyhistorian
Oct 7, 2017, 10:02am Top

>59 RebaRelishesReading: That sounds like a fun expedition, Reba.

61Familyhistorian
Oct 8, 2017, 5:52pm Top



Fanshaw Pioneer Village

62Familyhistorian
Oct 8, 2017, 5:55pm Top

I am enjoying my time in London, Ontario but posting to my thread is a big challenge - getting used to a new netbook, forgot my mouse, can only post pictures from my phone, etc. Will try to post when I can and much more when I get home.

63PaulCranswick
Oct 8, 2017, 6:14pm Top

>61 Familyhistorian: Looks cosy!

Hope your Sunday is going well, Meg.

64EBT1002
Edited: Oct 8, 2017, 7:16pm Top

Hi Meg. I am finally visiting your new thread. I also enjoyed State of Wonder, which I read on the Alaska State Ferry ride from Bellingham, WA, to Petersburg, AK, in August 2016.

I have visited Patchett's bookshop in Nashville a time or two. It's a nice space but its inventory is necessarily limited by small size of the space.

I hope you have a great week!

65msf59
Oct 8, 2017, 7:36pm Top

>62 Familyhistorian: Have a great time in London, Ontario, Meg. I like the rural setting. What are your plans here?

66jnwelch
Oct 8, 2017, 8:31pm Top

What Mark said, Meg. I hope you're getting a chance to decompress and relax.

67Familyhistorian
Oct 8, 2017, 11:39pm Top

>63 PaulCranswick: Very cozy, Paul. They kept their fires going all night. The historical interpreter told us that their beds were short because they had to sleep propped up in bed so that they could breath.

68Familyhistorian
Oct 8, 2017, 11:47pm Top

>64 EBT1002: Hi Ellen, State of Wonder works well as a travel book, doesn't it? I read most of it while travelling from Vancouver to London, Ontario. The week is going well so far, off to Halifax tomorrow.

69Familyhistorian
Oct 8, 2017, 11:55pm Top

>65 msf59: My computer is driving me crazy. This post has been wiped out about 4 times now!

70Familyhistorian
Oct 8, 2017, 11:59pm Top

>65 msf59: The area I am staying in is not very rural, Mark. The photo is of an historic village. My brother and sister-in-law know I am in to history. Having a great visit.

71Familyhistorian
Oct 9, 2017, 12:00am Top

>66 jnwelch: It's relaxing but I am moving on tomorrow, Joe, off to Halifax.

72jessibud2
Oct 9, 2017, 6:46am Top

Happy travels, Meg, and Happy Thanksgiving

73karenmarie
Oct 10, 2017, 8:54am Top

Hi Meg! Happy Thanksgiving a day late!

It sounds like a wonderful trip, visiting family all over Canada.

74charl08
Oct 10, 2017, 9:48am Top

Glad you are having a good break - hope retirement continues in s similar fashion!

75Crazymamie
Oct 10, 2017, 9:49am Top

Wishing you safe travels, Meg, and hoping that your computer starts behaving itself.

76Familyhistorian
Oct 10, 2017, 4:40pm Top

>72 jessibud2: Thanks Shelley. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Mine was good.

77Familyhistorian
Oct 10, 2017, 4:42pm Top

>73 karenmarie: It was a good Thanksgiving, Karen. I am now at my friend's place in Dartmouth so the travels continue.

78jessibud2
Oct 10, 2017, 4:44pm Top

>77 Familyhistorian: - I have a good friend in Dartmouth! :-)

79Familyhistorian
Oct 10, 2017, 4:47pm Top

>74 charl08: I could get used to this retirement thing, Charlotte. It is wonderful to travel and see friends and family. I'll have to do more of this now that I have less restrictions on time.

80johnsimpson
Oct 10, 2017, 4:50pm Top

Hi Meg, sorry to have missed your Thanksgiving but hope you had a good one, I will have to make a note so I don't miss it next year my dear. Hope you are having a really good week dear friend and send love and hugs.

81Familyhistorian
Oct 10, 2017, 4:51pm Top

>75 Crazymamie: The computer is still driving me crazy, Mamie, so my responses are short. My steps are suffering with all the travelling and visiting. Are you keeping your Fitbit busy?

82Crazymamie
Oct 10, 2017, 6:42pm Top

Yesterday, not so much, but today I have over 15,000.

83mdoris
Oct 10, 2017, 10:26pm Top

HI Meg, very happy for you with your new retirement life. You will LOVE it. Enjoy!

84msf59
Oct 11, 2017, 6:40am Top

Hi, Meg! Just checking in. Are you back home?

85EBT1002
Oct 11, 2017, 4:46pm Top

Sorry to hear about the computer woes but I hope the remainder of the trip was good. Once you are home safe and sound you can share more stories. :-)

86Familyhistorian
Oct 11, 2017, 9:43pm Top

>82 Crazymamie: Way to go, Mamie. Keep it up!

87Familyhistorian
Oct 11, 2017, 9:47pm Top

>83 mdoris: It's very enjoyable so far but that is because it feels more like a vacation! Thanks for the good wishes, Mary. I feel like I have joined a new cohort with all the greetings I get from people who are are already retired.

88Familyhistorian
Oct 11, 2017, 9:49pm Top

>84 msf59: I am in Halifax now, Mark. See, when you are retired you can take longer vacations LOL.

89Familyhistorian
Oct 11, 2017, 9:54pm Top

>85 EBT1002: I forgot my mouse, Ellen. The touchpad is very touchy and keeps going back and erasing my posts (this is the second time that I posted this). There will be more stories to post when I get home for sure!

90Familyhistorian
Edited: Nov 6, 2017, 9:51pm Top

95. Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill

I read Heather O’Neill’s Lullabies for Little Criminals for the CAC. I think I have over committed myself to challenges this year. It is hard to keep up and difficult to fit in some preferred reads. But, I really do enjoy reading new authors that I wouldn’t have tried otherwise.

One of the better writers that I read this year is Heather O’Neill. Her Lullibies for Little Criminals depicts a childhood far from the middleclass norm. It is the childhood of a young girl who lived on the streets of Montreal, just next to homeless. Her only parent is her father, a junkie with only a tentative grasp on reality. The story is sometimes harrowing and sometime humourous but always close to the edge.

91Familyhistorian
Oct 13, 2017, 7:04am Top



I am in Halifax, NS. Yesterday I went to the immigration museum at Pier 21. It was interesting and I found out about when my grandfather came to this country which brings some of my previous research into question.

92thornton37814
Oct 13, 2017, 9:38am Top

>91 Familyhistorian: Oops! I think we all occasionally find something that challenges research. Sometimes it can be resolved, and we find out conclusions stand up. Other times, we reassemble the jigsaw puzzle.

93Familyhistorian
Oct 13, 2017, 3:31pm Top

>92 thornton37814: I am glad that I went in to have them look up my grandfather's time of entry. They came up with two possibilities for the same year and had more information to access them. Turns out that I picked the less likely one before. Not like that isn't something I have done before a time or ten. It won't involve a big rewrite or anything, Lori.

94thornton37814
Oct 14, 2017, 9:17am Top

>93 Familyhistorian: Glad it won't be a major change. I found one a few years ago that gave me additional ancestors. I'm still trying to resolve some remaining questions for which answers are lacking, but even DNA confirms mine is the correct Elizabeth now. I guess I'm just trying to figure out what happened to the other Elizabeth (who is also related) and her husband of similar name. I believe the only difference is the middle name. I also want to know how the two men might be related. This is a case where the men are hiding.

95RebaRelishesReading
Oct 14, 2017, 8:43pm Top

>91 Familyhistorian: Did I miss something? Are you on a cruise? Which HAL ship? (or was it just in the harbor while you were in Halifax?)

96PaulCranswick
Oct 14, 2017, 8:56pm Top

97Familyhistorian
Oct 14, 2017, 9:07pm Top

>94 thornton37814: It is difficult to figure out who is who with those repeated first names in families. Good luck finding out what happened to the other Elizabeth, Lori.

98Familyhistorian
Oct 14, 2017, 9:10pm Top

>95 RebaRelishesReading: HAL ship? I didn't know that there was such a cruise line, Reba. I am visiting Halifax and attending a conference. I flew from one end of the country to the other.

99Familyhistorian
Oct 14, 2017, 9:16pm Top

>96 PaulCranswick: It is pretty interesting, Paul. Too bad that my grandfather didn't come in through Pier 21 but it wouldn't have been in operation in 1911 when he came to Canada.

The museum was interesting but not as interesting as what my brother remembered about when we immigrated. We came in by air to Dorval airport and they didn't know what to do with us because they hadn't had immigrants coming in by air before. That immigrant story wasn't in the museum either.

100charl08
Oct 15, 2017, 1:52pm Top

Intriguing to hear about the family history info and your brother's memories.

I am staying with my aunt and she has pulled out some family pictures I have never seen before. Funny to see the similarities, and I love the 50s fashions.

101RebaRelishesReading
Oct 15, 2017, 7:01pm Top

>98 Familyhistorian: Sorry for the shorthand. HAL=Holland America Line. The ship in your photo is one of theirs and I just wondered which one since we've been on many of them.

102Familyhistorian
Oct 16, 2017, 8:10am Top

>100 charl08: Old family photos are great especially when you get to see unexpected ones. It nice to catch up with family, isn't it, Charlotte? Catching up with people has been one of the best parts of my trip.

103Familyhistorian
Oct 16, 2017, 8:13am Top

>101 RebaRelishesReading: LOL Reba. That photo was the closest one that I had to Pier 21 on my phone which is the only thing I can use to get photos from on LT with my travel computer. I have never been on a cruise but they sound interesting. There are genealogy cruises that I might check out.

104Familyhistorian
Edited: Nov 6, 2017, 9:51pm Top

96. The Englishman's Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe

My reading has changed a lot since I joined LT especially since I have been trying to keep up with the challenges. This year it has been difficult to keep up so I took some of the books for the CAC on my travels. This time I read The Englishman’s Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe.

I enjoy reading about history and a book about early Hollywood seemed like it would be right up my alley. It turned out to be a different read. I really enjoyed the part about Hollywood. In the part about the old West I found it hard to care about who lived or died – well at least when it came to the white guys.

The book kept my interest but didn’t leave me with a good feeling when it was done.

105Familyhistorian
Oct 19, 2017, 2:07pm Top

I am back home and reunited with my mouse or should I say mice. All my computers were here to welcome me - yay! I had a fantastic time in Nova Scotia and got to see most of the friends and family that I wanted to. I enjoy combining travel, genealogy and history but the people always seem to make it extra special. I will be posting about my history and genealogy finds on my blog over the next while. If you want to check it out it is at A Genealogist's Path to History.

Halifax has changed a lot since I was last there. There is a building boom going on.



This is a view taken from the patio on the roof of the new Halifax Library.



Here is a more traditional view of Halifax.



Some street art for Joe.

106Familyhistorian
Oct 19, 2017, 2:17pm Top

The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit was interesting. There were some great sessions and some that feel a bit short of the mark. I was surprised that there wasn't more stuff planned in the evening. My understanding is that there usually is for the people that are staying in the host hotel. I missed having something like that. But the Saturday night when I was left to my own devises was actual Halifax Nocturne where the arts are celebrated with installations at various places in the city.



This is one of the art exhibits. It was more effective in the dark but I didn't bring a camera that was able to capture it. This exhibit was at the Public Gardens.

107RebaRelishesReading
Oct 19, 2017, 2:59pm Top

Love the art photos :)

108Familyhistorian
Edited: Oct 19, 2017, 3:19pm Top

>107 RebaRelishesReading: It was getting dark when I took the photo in #105, Reba. The colours would be much more vibrant in sunlight. Coloured light was shone through the balloons in #106 when it was dark. It attracted quite a crowd.

109johnsimpson
Oct 19, 2017, 3:28pm Top

Hi Meg, glad you had a really good trip my dear, it sounds like heaven but it is always nice to get back home. Sending love and hugs dear friend.

110Familyhistorian
Oct 19, 2017, 3:34pm Top

>109 johnsimpson: There is something about sleeping in your own bed and having your own stuff around you, isn't there? It is great to be home. I hope that things are going well on your patch, John.

111Familyhistorian
Edited: Nov 6, 2017, 9:52pm Top

97. The Lost Island by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Every once in a while I read thrillers. I prefer ones with substance and action and The Lost Island delivered. It seems to be one of a series as the cover says that it is a Gideon Crew novel. I haven't read anything more in the series.

The premise is fantasy science based. Gideon and a young intelligent woman are sent off to find a plant that has great promise to heal people. Of course Gideon is interested, maybe if the drug is developed it may cure his fatal condition.

Inevitably the plans for their voyage go awry as they run into treasure hunters. It is up to Gideon and his partner, Amy, to thwart the attacks of the treasure hunters while looking for the island where the plant grows.

It was a well paced yarn and sufficiently interesting for this reader to suspend belief and buy into the premise of the book.

112johnsimpson
Oct 19, 2017, 3:41pm Top

We are both well my dear, Karen is getting better by the day, she had to go into work yesterday so her section boss could see how she was getting on and what they could do when she returns to work. They listened to Karen and she told them she sees the doctor next week and she expects to be off a further week before returning at the beginning of November.

The weather has turned more Autumnal the last couple of days and yesterday we had Hannah. We are going to go to Halifax tomorrow to have a look around and see the re-vamped Peace Hall and then we are having Hannah for a sleepover on Saturday so Rob and Louise can go to the Cricket Dinner.

I love to go away but always like to get back to my own bed and able to get my hands on my things. Sending love and hugs dear friend.

113Familyhistorian
Oct 19, 2017, 3:46pm Top

>112 johnsimpson: It's good to hear that Karen's recovery is going so well. As to weather, the weather most of the time I was on my travels was wonderful although I did see rain on the night that I flew into Halifax - the other bigger Halifax LOL.

Yesterday I was in Vancouver for the Vancouver Writers Fest. It was raining so hard that the sewers were spewing water down the streets. When I crossed at one intersection there was water up to my calf. I think the rain was trying to make up for all the dry weather we had in the summer.

114johnsimpson
Oct 19, 2017, 3:56pm Top

>113 Familyhistorian:, Sounds like it was a heavy downpour in Vancouver my dear and probably was making up for the dry summer, sadly we had a mixed summer with rainy days mixed with dry sunny days. Since we got back from our jaunt at the beginning of September it has been quite dry and warm especially into October and only now are we getting the weather we would expect. Unlike you we will probably see very little snow although we are overdue a harsh winter which would be good for us.

115Familyhistorian
Oct 19, 2017, 4:13pm Top

>114 johnsimpson: Unlike you we will probably see very little snow although we are overdue a harsh winter which would be good for us. Vancouver usually sees little or no snow in the winter, John. (Actually, I think that is why a lot of people live here). It was quite a shock when we had four months of snow last year - that hadn't happened for decades. I hope that kind of weather doesn't hit us again for a few more decades.

116johnsimpson
Oct 19, 2017, 4:24pm Top

>115 Familyhistorian:, Four months of snow is not good really but we are lucky if we get four inches all winter although in the Mountain areas they get a reasonable amount and Scotland does get quite a bit but not compared to other Northern Countries. The last time we had more than two consecutive weeks of snow was at the beginning of the 1980's and then you have to go back to the winter of 1962/3 when we had four months of snow and the country was brought to a virtual standstill, my poor mother was in the early months of pregnancy with me at the time.

Whenever we are supposed to be due heavy snow they mention 1962/3 and the infamous winter of 1947 but I don't think snow of those magnitudes will ever happen again over here. You watch, now that I have said that we will be deluged with snow, lol.

117Familyhistorian
Oct 19, 2017, 5:42pm Top

>116 johnsimpson: Well, we usually have one or two snowfalls in January or early February, John, but some years there is just a dusting of snow. That was what we were expecting again last year which is why the cities blew their snow clearing budgets in a few weeks last year and there was a run on salt. So never say never.

118msf59
Oct 19, 2017, 9:36pm Top

Loving the Halifax photos, Meg. Looks like a beautiful place. Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

119Familyhistorian
Oct 20, 2017, 9:31am Top

>118 msf59: Thanks Mark. My vacation was great but it is over now. The last couple of days I attended the Vancouver Writers Fest. This morning I am up early getting ready to go to the Surrey International Writers Conference. When I get a moment I will write some posts about the writers conference. The talks were all excellent.

120Oberon
Oct 20, 2017, 11:41am Top

>105 Familyhistorian: Love the street art photo. Very cool.

121RebaRelishesReading
Oct 20, 2017, 12:39pm Top

>108 Familyhistorian: Colored light through the balloons sounds beautiful. Reminds me of the evening Chihuly exhibits.

122jnwelch
Oct 20, 2017, 3:43pm Top

>105 Familyhistorian: Ha! Thanks, Meg. Someone put a lot of detailed work in on that street art!

Looks like you're having quite the excellent time. I love it when a city celebrates with art installations.

123Familyhistorian
Oct 20, 2017, 4:24pm Top

>120 Oberon: I love the colours. Just wish I had been able to take the photo in sunlight.

124Familyhistorian
Oct 20, 2017, 4:27pm Top

>121 RebaRelishesReading: Chihuly sounds interesting, a really artistic experience, Reba.

125Familyhistorian
Oct 20, 2017, 4:32pm Top

>122 jnwelch: I thought that street art would catch your attention, Joe. The trip was great but I waited until I got home to post those photos. I have been busy since I got home. Will post about who I saw at the Vancouver Writers Festival later. Today I am at the Surrey International Writers Conference and attended sessions with Elizabeth Boyle and Rhys Bowen this morning. More later.

126karenmarie
Oct 21, 2017, 9:44am Top

Hi Meg! Just a quick hello. It sounds as though you're happily busy.

127jessibud2
Oct 21, 2017, 9:51am Top

Hi Meg,
Good to be home, I bet! I also love street art. In addition to Canada's 150th, Montreal is also celebrating 375 years young this year and when I was there in August, there was a ton of street art, both for the celebration, as well as just because it's Montreal, and that's what they do. I posted some pics of some of it, on my gallery (since you know my issues of attempting unsuccessfully at including pics in my posts). I am going back again in November and am hoping to take in a new art exhibit on Leonard Cohen that begins the day I arrive (Nov 9).

128Crazymamie
Oct 21, 2017, 10:23am Top

Welcome home, Meg! Loved seeing the photos, and you and Reba's mix up about the HAL ship cracked me up.

129Familyhistorian
Oct 21, 2017, 11:46pm Top

>126 karenmarie: Happily busy but tiring myself out, Karen. It would help if the weather were better as the cold, wind and pouring rain are sapping my energy. I hope all is good where you are.

130Familyhistorian
Oct 21, 2017, 11:52pm Top

>127 jessibud2: Hi Shelley, it is good to be home but I am on the road again soon. I will like to have a big block of unscheduled time. I didn't realize that Montreal was celebrating a big anniversary this year. Enjoy the Leonard Cohen exhibit when you go back. Halifax will be celebrating, well more like commemorating another anniversary this year as well, that of the Halifax Explosion. I asked people when I was there what was being done to commemorate the event but no one seemed to know.

131Familyhistorian
Oct 21, 2017, 11:54pm Top

>128 Crazymamie: It's good to be home, Mamie, but I will be on the road again soon. Downtime will be much appreciated once I finally get to it sometime in November.

132Familyhistorian
Oct 22, 2017, 1:54am Top

October is a very literary month in BC's Lower Mainland and I do my best to partake of it all. Unfortunately, the Vancouver Writer's Festival and the Surrey International Writers Conference are held in the same week. The writers fest started on Tuesday. I missed the sessions that day because that was the night that I came in from Halifax. I made up for lost time by attending 3 sessions on Wednesday.



The first session was about given by two authors of YA graphic novels and the graphic artist of one of the books. Irene N. Watts and Kathryn E. Shoemaker were co-creators of Seeking Refuge, a story about a young girl who left Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport. I didn't realize how much time and energy goes in to making a graphic novel until Ms. Shoemaker described the process. The other author in this session was Mary Beth Leatherdale who talked about the creation of her GN, Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees. The young refugees in her book came from different areas and time periods. The pages were illustrated by a collage artist.

I also attended a session about thrillers which featured Ruth Ware, the author of The Woman in Cabin 10, Hart Hanson, who usually works in TV but who has written his first novel, The Driver, and Ausma Zehanet Khan, who has written Among the Ruins. The difference in their backgrounds and the settings of their novels made for an interesting discussion.

The last session for me on Wednesday was about screen writing which a very different process than writing novels. The panel for this talk included Hart Hanson, Tom Perrota and Esta Spalding. It was interesting but I was starting to fade by that point and I had more sessions booked for Thursday.

133charl08
Oct 22, 2017, 2:31am Top

>132 Familyhistorian: Sounds great. I've read Seeking Refuge and would like to read their previous collaboration too. It's a dark story - some of the Welsh attitudes to the evacuees/ refugees were pretty appalling, at the point when the heroine was supposedly 'safe'.

134jessibud2
Oct 22, 2017, 7:35am Top

>132 Familyhistorian: - I am currently reading a graphic novel by an author based in Vancouver, Sarah Leavitt. It's called Tangles and she does describe in her intro something of the process of how it came to be created. Quite a process, as you say! I got to *see* and hear her a bit in the dvd I recently watched, called Northwords, which I described on my thread the other day. It was lovely and quite a treat, about a trip she took with 4 other Canadian authors and Shelagh Rogers to Torngat Mountain National Park in northern Labrador, a few years ago.

135msf59
Oct 22, 2017, 8:45am Top

Hooray for literary events! All of these sound really good and it looks like I need to request Seeking Refuge.

Happy Sunday, Meg.

136Familyhistorian
Oct 22, 2017, 9:13am Top

>133 charl08: It is a very dark story. Irene outlined it in simple terms as most of the audience were school kids. She based it on her own life as she was on the Kindertransport although at a younger age than the heroine. A conscious decision was made to illustrate it in black and white to emphasis the darkness of the tale.

137Familyhistorian
Oct 22, 2017, 9:18am Top

>134 jessibud2: I have Tangles in my library, Shelley. I bought it after seeing a presentation by Sarah Leavitt about how the graphic novel came about. Did you know that the book was her dissertation? I'll have to check out your thread to see the story about the trip to Torngat Mountain. I am woefully behind on catching up on the threads.

138Familyhistorian
Oct 22, 2017, 9:28am Top

>135 msf59: I hope you are having a great day with the books, Mark. Seeking Refuge looks like an interesting one but it is not the only GN that Watts and Shoemaker have created together. I was good and only bought one book that day but that was because I knew I would be back the next day and there would be a trip to the festival bookstore involved. I will post about Thursday's sessions once I am back from the last day (half day really) of the Surrey Writer's Conference.

139jessibud2
Oct 22, 2017, 9:33am Top

I just checked my library catalogue and they don't appear to have a copy of Seeking Refuge in the system. I may ask if they would order it

140johnsimpson
Oct 22, 2017, 4:38pm Top

Hi Meg, hope you are having a restful weekend my dear after your trip, it sounds like you are having the same weather as us, cold, windy and wet. We have made a start on the Christmas Cake baking and have done well with seven large cakes made and a small loaf tin one.

Hope you have a lovely week ahead dear friend and send love and hugs from both of us.

141Familyhistorian
Edited: Oct 22, 2017, 10:38pm Top

>139 jessibud2: Seeking Refuge is published in Canada as well as the UK, Shelley. It may not be all across Canada, however, as it is published by Tradewind Books in Canada and you know how difficult it is to cross those mountains. LOL.

142Familyhistorian
Oct 22, 2017, 6:20pm Top

>140 johnsimpson: Hi John, not a restful weekend for me at all but I am not as industrious as you and Karen. The weekend was taken up with the writers conference so I was up early every day to catch transit Surrey, the city across the bridge from where I live.

143jessibud2
Oct 22, 2017, 6:21pm Top

>141 Familyhistorian: - LOL indeed. I will talk to my library people in the next few days. I am nearly finished my curret audiobook and when I return it, I will ask about it.

PS - your touchstone is not the correct one

144Familyhistorian
Oct 22, 2017, 10:39pm Top

>143 jessibud2: Thanks for pointing out that it was the wrong touchstone, Shelley. I guess I overlooked the change that time.

145Familyhistorian
Oct 22, 2017, 11:01pm Top



Thursday was my second day at the Vancouver Writer's Festival. This time I attended two of the evening events. The first session dealt with autobiography and biography, both of the authors were dealing with uncooperative subjects. Andrew O'Hagan was commissioned to ghostwrite the autobiography of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks fame. Things did not go well and, in an effort to recoup some of their investment the principles decided to bring out The Secret Life. The other writer was Diego Enrique Osorno who, through an interpreter, talked about his efforts to write his biography of Carlos Slim, the world's second richest men who lives in the poor country of Mexico. There were points of similarity between the writers' endeavours and a vast amount of difference caused mostly because of the different cultures in which they live. At one point Osorno ran an animated clip which illustrated the clip of an interview of Slim, the subtitles were too fast to catch everything but it was a very effective aid to the audience's understanding.

The second evening session was a change of pace. Five short story writers read one of their own stories after explaining the inspiration which brought the stories about. The authors reading their work were Carol Bruneau, Cynthia Flood, Bill Gaston, Jessica Westhead and Deborah Willis. The last two were the most memorable as they used humour very well.

146Familyhistorian
Oct 22, 2017, 11:11pm Top

The writers festival always has a bookshop to sell the authors' wares. The books I brought home from the festival are:

Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves (I tried to get tickets to one of her talks but they were all sold out by the time the tickets went on sale to the general public.)
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
Seeking Refuge by Irene N. Watts with illustrations by Kathryn E. Shoemaker

147karenmarie
Oct 23, 2017, 8:33am Top

Hi Meg!

>129 Familyhistorian: Things are good. I've been doing some very good reading, have read 79 of the 100-book goal I've set for this year. We're finally getting some fall weather and I hope no more nasty summer weather.

My biggest project for today, besides reading of course, will be to either get our new mortgage payment autodrafted or write a check for November and work on the autodraft for December. I might go into town to fetch the Friends of the Library mail in case there are membership dues that need to get deposited and the membership forms forwarded to the Membership Chair so she can acknowledge the dues and update our records. Then again, I might wait until tomorrow because last week was exceptionally busy, and reward myself with a day at home alone. *smile*

The Vancouver Writer's Festival sounds like great fun.

148Crazymamie
Oct 23, 2017, 9:47am Top

The writers festival sounds fun, Meg. And I loved Cold Earth, so good choice. Have you read the other books in that series? If not, I strongly recommend starting with the first one and reading in order.

149Familyhistorian
Oct 23, 2017, 11:12am Top

>147 karenmarie: I try to take in some of the Vancouver Writer's Festival every year, Karen. There is always something different to take in as the writers come from a wide array of genres. I am stuck at home today waiting for workmen to do something with my attic. The strata arranged for this. It was originally supposed to happen on Friday but that was the first day of the Surrey International Writers Conference, there was no way I was going to forego that. I miss being able to schedule work around my own life. It's one problem about living in a strata. I also hate having to wait around. I will try and be good and get my writing deadlines met by using this stay at home time. I have an article about the genealogy summit to write for the BCGS newsletter as well as my blog post for tomorrow.

It is so much different when you get to choose to stay home if you wish. Have a great day.

150Familyhistorian
Oct 23, 2017, 11:33am Top

>148 Crazymamie: Thanks for the advice to start the Shetland series at the beginning, Mamie. This is one series that I did start at the beginning, shockingly enough. I read Raven Black back in 2013. I have Red Bones on the shelves so I need to fill in the second in the series White Nights. I am not sure why I didn't follow up with the series - too many book, too little time?

151Familyhistorian
Oct 23, 2017, 11:54am Top

Today I am home waiting for someone to show up to work on my attic. The whole strata is being done, all 58 units and I am not perfectly sure what they are doing. I do know that I had to make my attic accessible which was a bit of work because it is in my walk in closet. Not only were there clothes, suitcases and an ironing board on the side of the closet where the hatch to the attic is but there are also two shelves and you know what happens with shelf space.



The books are double stacked. The curve in the top shelf is actually not noticeable to the naked eye but a change in what is stored up there is in order, I think. Those are basically fiction shelves and it looks like I need to concentrate on reading some of those tomes and sending them on their way.

152jessibud2
Oct 23, 2017, 1:44pm Top

>151 Familyhistorian: - LOL, Meg! The same thing happened to me when they came to upgrade roof insulation a few years ago. Sometimes, ya just need a good excuse to re-organize or it doesn't get done! That's my motto... ;-)

153Familyhistorian
Oct 23, 2017, 1:59pm Top

>152 jessibud2: I am glad of the reorganizational nudge, Shelley, but it could have come at a better time. This week I have to do the prep work for my research trip to Salt Lake City. I think I have the folder which contains the prep work I did the last trip I took there. Major organizational work needs to be done so that I can find it.

Right now the guys are in the attic, the stew is in the slow cooker and I am running out of excuses to get down to writing.

154Familyhistorian
Oct 23, 2017, 3:15pm Top

Friday was the first day of the Surrey International Writer's Conference. It started with mc Carol up to her usually hijinx. This year she was rocking silver for the 25th year.



I didn't catch the name of the morning keynote speaker

I am sure she gave us encouraging words about being a writer but, for me, that was overshadowed by one remark she made which was, "Never send away your DNA." That is not something a family historian wants to hear. We want as many people to share their DNA as possible so we can find those missing cousins.

There were four sessions to attend throughout the day. Choosing was hard!
In the morning, I attended sessions on "Building a romance" with Elizabeth Boyle and "Historical Novels: Reality and Relatability" with Rhys Bowen.

In the afternoon, I attended "Writing Fiction from Real Life and Not Getting Sued" by Micheal Slade. In a nutshell, use your own stories because you can't sue yourself and people who are dead because they can't sue either and only the person written about can sue. In the final session of the day, "Novel Writing Secrets from the Writers' Room", Liza Palmer contrasted writing series for TV with novel writing, one a collaboration and the other a solitary endeavour. She showed how the tips she learned in TV series writing helped her to write a novel.

It was all great info but I think the highlights for me were the sessions with Rhys Bowen because of my interest in writing history and with Micheal Slade because I have so many personal stories in my own life and my ancestors' lives that are just crying out to be included in a book.

155thornton37814
Oct 23, 2017, 9:31pm Top

A genealogy conference and a writing conference! You have been busy.

156Familyhistorian
Oct 24, 2017, 12:48am Top

>155 thornton37814: Don't forget the writer's festival in between, Lori. LOL. Then there is the trip to Salt Lake City. I'm having fun but downtime does sound tempting.

157Berly
Oct 24, 2017, 1:49am Top

Wow! You have been attending some fun conferences! Good luck with your closet shelves...!

158jnwelch
Oct 24, 2017, 11:27am Top

What Kim said, Meg. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the conferences.

159karenmarie
Oct 24, 2017, 11:43am Top

I hope the attic work got done yesterday, Meg. I love the picture of those shelves! Yay books.

I have missed feelings about sending away my DNA - Ancestry and something-23 or 23-something both will do analyses for you but retain rights. So far I haven't done it, but I'm seriously tempted. Would it be able to link me to any particular branch of a family, or is it just % of this, % of that?

160Familyhistorian
Oct 24, 2017, 1:40pm Top



Saturday, the second day of SIWC started with a keynote by literary agent, Dong Won Song. The gist of his talk was that the majority of people in the audience would not succeed as writers, that would only happen for a select few. Since the writer/presenters in the audience were by definition already successful that meant that only a handful of the other writers in the audience would succeed. Hmm, I guess that would depend on how you define success.

I attended a session by Hallie Ephron. She always gives good advice on how to write. Then it was on to sessions on "Writing the Body" by Jennifer Sookfong Lee and "Chemistry" by Sherry Thomas. It is a challenge to write about sexual tension and these ladies explained their methods for incorporating it into their novels. I finished up the day with an interesting session about "Plot Twists and Secrets" given by Kim Foster. Don't we love those when they take us by surprise?

161Familyhistorian
Oct 24, 2017, 1:46pm Top

>157 Berly: >158 jnwelch: The conferences have been wonderful. I could keep going to them forever but sometimes you just have to buckle down to work *sigh*. I originally decided to retire around the time of the SIWC so that I would finally have time to put the stuff I learnt in the sessions into practice. That will have to wait a bit as I prepare for my trip to Salt Lake City next week. So I am starting in a small way by doing writing about all that I have taken in the last few weeks.

162DeltaQueen50
Oct 24, 2017, 1:57pm Top

Hi Meg, I am finally taking some time to catch up with what's going on with you, and my goodness, you have been busy. I lived in Halifax when I was very young and have great memories of The Pubic Gardens, Citadel Hill (which apparently I called Sillydilly Hill), Peggy's Cove etc. My Dad was in the Navy and we lived in a small row of naval housing that was practically under the bridge that goes over to Dartmouth. The bridge was actually being built while we lived there. Our front windows looked out over the Halifax Harbourl

Today is a beautiful sunny day and I am hoping to get out for a walk later and then pick up a book for a nice long read.

163Familyhistorian
Oct 24, 2017, 1:57pm Top

>159 karenmarie: DNA tests are only another tool in the genealogist's tool box, Karen. The major US companies are Ancestry, 23 and Me and Family Tree DNA. I have only tested with FtDNA. Their client base is mainly in the US. After they test your DNA you are given results of potential matches in their FamilyFinder (autosomal) DNA tests. These are possible cousins. I have only confirmed one cousin so far who is a third or forth cousin match. We are talking 7 generations back to our common ancestor. We only knew how we match because we had already followed the paper trail back in our common line.

There are probably other matches hiding in there, in fact I am pretty sure that there are from the names and related places that people have put in their information. I haven't been able to confirm anything so far. Ancestry is supposed to have the most non-US DNA participants so I might test there but currently I have a test to send in for Living DNA. They don't do matches yet but can pinpoint where in the UK your family lines come from. I hope that test will give me some idea of where to look to break down some of my brick walls.

164Familyhistorian
Oct 24, 2017, 2:03pm Top

>162 DeltaQueen50: I got to spend a lot of time in the Public Gardens this trip, Judy. The Lord Nelson Hotel is right next to them. I used to live in the North End just off Robie Street close to the Angus L. MacDonald Bridge. Was that near the area in which you lived? I lived there in the '80s.

I am going out to join some ex co-workers for their lunchtime walk to enjoy the sunshine for a change. Have a great read and walk.

165DeltaQueen50
Oct 24, 2017, 2:14pm Top

>164 Familyhistorian: Yes, it was the Angus MacDonald Bridge that we were right next to. We lived just outside of H.M.S. Stadacona, not far from one of the entrances, in fact, one of our neighbours was a gatekeeper for the base. I lived there from 1953 - 1956 and have visited twice since once in the 1970's and once in the 1990's. Enjoy your lunch and walk!

166charl08
Oct 24, 2017, 2:55pm Top

Your conferences sound really fascinating. I was intrigued why the speaker might not want you to send off the DNA. Is there a concern about the ownership of the rights to your data? Or was there other reasons?

167Familyhistorian
Oct 24, 2017, 10:44pm Top

>165 DeltaQueen50: The walk was good, Judy. I enjoyed the warmth. There was no lunch involved though.

168Familyhistorian
Oct 24, 2017, 10:57pm Top

>166 charl08: The conferences have been very interesting, Charlotte. I think that the remark about not sending off DNA was about insurance issues. Some people are paranoid about being denied insurance if it is know that you have a tendency to get some disease.

169mdoris
Oct 24, 2017, 11:55pm Top

I can see that you are greatly enjoying retirement. That is wonderful!

170Familyhistorian
Oct 25, 2017, 1:01am Top

>169 mdoris: Retirement is really enjoyable so far, Mary. I feel like I am on vacation.

171jnwelch
Oct 25, 2017, 2:08pm Top

>170 Familyhistorian: Yes! Glad to hear it, Meg.

172Familyhistorian
Oct 25, 2017, 11:50pm Top

>171 jnwelch: It is good so far, Joe, but I don't know how I will feel once there are no more trips in the immediate future.

173Familyhistorian
Oct 26, 2017, 12:25am Top

Sunday was the last day of the Surrey International Writers' Conference so there were only two sessions that morning. I attended a panel of women authors which featured Elizabeth Boyle, Susanna Kearsley, Mary Robinette Kowal and Nephele Tempest. They discussed how they came up with writing ideas, characters etc. To end the day I took in a session about what to do once the conference is done to get your writing on the road. I hope that I am suitably inspired and will get down to work soon. I think that the highlight of the last day was actually the beginning keynote speech delivered by a puppet.



That is Mary Robinette Kowal standing there beside the puppet.

174Familyhistorian
Edited: Nov 6, 2017, 9:55pm Top

So I am supposed to be prepping for my research trip. It almost feels like studying for exams because I am finding other stuff to do instead. I was inspired by Susan's thread to look more closely at my reading stats to date.

Total books read 98

Fiction 67
Non-fiction 31

Female authors 63
Male authors 35

175Familyhistorian
Oct 26, 2017, 12:34am Top

Oh, and one final post related to SIWC



This looks like it would be interesting but pricey. Wish I was a woman of independent means *sigh*

176msf59
Oct 26, 2017, 7:51am Top

Sweet Thursday, Meg. Thanks for filling us in, on the Writers' Conference events. Sounds really interesting.

Hope you are having a good week.

177karenmarie
Oct 26, 2017, 9:33am Top

Hi Meg!

>172 Familyhistorian: but I don't know how I will feel once there are no more trips in the immediate future.

You'll do great. Whether that means scheduling trips all the time or hibernating, or both, the joy is the freedom.

178Familyhistorian
Oct 26, 2017, 2:01pm Top

>176 msf59: The week is going well, Mark, except I should be prepping for my next trip instead of being on LT. I hope you are having a good visit with your sister.

179Familyhistorian
Oct 26, 2017, 2:03pm Top

>177 karenmarie: Thanks for the encouraging words, Karen. I am sure I will find my way but not sure how free I will find it with all of the thing that I want to get done LOL.

180Familyhistorian
Edited: Nov 6, 2017, 9:57pm Top

98. Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick

I love Regency Romances and it is always nice to return to them between reading the more challenging books that I have been introduced to by LT. Amanda Quick's books deliver the romance, mystery and unconvential couples that I enjoy. Otherwise Engaged was an enjoyable breath of fresh air.

181Familyhistorian
Edited: Nov 6, 2017, 9:58pm Top

99. On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle

I started a mystery series at the beginning! That's not something I always do. I must have picked On What Grounds up at the Little Free Library because I can't see myself picking out a coffeeshop related mystery series. The mystery was interesting and the characters well drawn but I could have done with less coffee related descriptions and directions on how to make coffee the right way. That's probably because I am not a coffee drinker, a coffee lover would probably have taken it in stride. Good mystery though.

182jnwelch
Oct 26, 2017, 4:29pm Top

If you need tips on goofing off in retirement, Meg, you know where to find me. I've become really good at it.

183DeltaQueen50
Oct 26, 2017, 10:13pm Top

My husband is newly retired and is learning the art of making one chore last for a full day so that he doesn't run out of things to do! I mostly like having him around but he does drive me crazy as I try to keep coming up with books for him to read. He reads a lot but relys on me to choose his reading material so I am constantly on the lookout for westerns, mysteries and war stories!

184Familyhistorian
Oct 27, 2017, 1:47pm Top

>182 jnwelch: Hmm, weren't you the one who just went on a trip for work, Joe? Goofing off tips would come in handy!

185Familyhistorian
Oct 27, 2017, 1:50pm Top

>183 DeltaQueen50: Your husband is lucky to have you to choose his reading material, Judy. I can't imagine making one chore last a whole day! There is way too much to do.

186Storeetllr
Oct 28, 2017, 6:08pm Top

Hi, Meg! I lost you for awhile but now you're found (sounds like a song somehow). Thanks for stopping by my thread!

Wow! You've sure been busy lately! All those writers' events, and a genealogical conference! I'm impressed and a bit envious. We don't have anything like it down here in Southern Colorado. And you're getting ready to go to Salt Lake City on a research trip? Can't wait to hear how that went!

>168 Familyhistorian: I was conflicted for awhile about sending off my DNA too, but anyone my age who DOESN'T have a preexisting condition would have to be a supernatural being. :) I haven't done it yet but intend to, maybe in 2018. It better be soon or it might never get done.

187Familyhistorian
Oct 29, 2017, 1:53am Top

>186 Storeetllr: It took me a while to get caught up with you, Mary. I am really far behind with the threads this year. Maybe it has something to do with those writers' events and stuff. I predict there will be posts about my trip to Salt Lake City. It should be fun.

I have to find out more about DNA. I tested with one company and am about to test with another. Hopefully, it will give me more information of use in my family search.

188msf59
Oct 29, 2017, 7:53am Top

Happy Sunday, Meg. Hope you are enjoying the weekend and getting plenty of reading in.

189Familyhistorian
Oct 29, 2017, 10:43am Top

>188 msf59: Morning Mark. It's a travel day for me. I hope you are enjoying a relaxing Sunday with the books.

190jessibud2
Oct 29, 2017, 12:54pm Top

Meg, I meant to post this for you earlier and forgot. This event is happening here in Toronto later in November and I don't think I can go that day but even though I have never done *official* geneology, it sure looks interesting:

http://boxoffice.hotdocs.ca/WebSales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=67994~fff311b7-cdad...;

191Familyhistorian
Oct 29, 2017, 6:33pm Top

>190 jessibud2: That does look interesting, Shelley. I will have to keep my eyes open for that book. I have been hanging around the Vancouver airport all day. My flight to Salt Lake has been delayed *sigh*

192Familyhistorian
Oct 30, 2017, 10:10pm Top



It took a long time to get to Salt Lake City. My flight was delayed for 4 hours. It is good to be here.

193Familyhistorian
Edited: Nov 6, 2017, 9:59pm Top

100. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

I read my first Roald Dahl book for the BAC. I chose the classic James and the Giant Peach as I was looking for a quick read and all the adult books by Dahl were out of the library when I went looking. Looks like he has great staying power.

Now that I have read James and the Giant Peach, I can understand the appeal of his work. What an imaginative and positive story he tells about young James and his strange friends.

194Berly
Nov 1, 2017, 1:43am Top

Love Dahl! Good choice. : )

195Familyhistorian
Nov 1, 2017, 8:09am Top

>194 Berly: I had a feeling that Dahl would be special from everything I read on the threads, Kim. I wanted my 100th book to be a good one and it was! I hope you had a great Halloween.

196Familyhistorian
Nov 1, 2017, 9:11am Top



I am fascinated by the hills around Salt Lake City. Nothing like the forested mountains at home. I am off to see more sights today. Then more research. The research library is open late tonight.

197Berly
Nov 1, 2017, 10:34am Top

Oh! And I completely missed that it was your 100th!! Congratulations. : ) Happy sight seeing today.

198Crazymamie
Nov 1, 2017, 1:47pm Top

Congrats on reading 100 books, Meg! I am hoping to get that many in by the end of the year.

Hoping you have fun in Salt Lake City!

199johnsimpson
Nov 1, 2017, 5:06pm Top

Hi Meg, Congrats on reaching 100 books read for the year my dear, don't think I will get to one hundred this year but aim to get to ninety. Sending love and hugs.

200Familyhistorian
Nov 2, 2017, 8:27am Top

>197 Berly: Thanks Kim, it was great seeing the sights.

>198 Crazymamie: Thanks Mamie. Looks like you are well on your way to reaching 100. I am enjoying Salt Lake City but it will be nice to be home for a while.

>199 johnsimpson: Good luck on reaching 90, John, and thanks. I hope everything is going well for you and Karen.

201karenmarie
Nov 2, 2017, 10:06am Top

Hi Meg and congratulations on reaching 100!

It sounds like your trip to SLC is going well. Nice photo - I didn't realize there are hills there. I just imagined flat and arid, frankly. Now I know. Looks like hilly and arid..... *smile*

202RebaRelishesReading
Nov 2, 2017, 10:59am Top

Adding congrats on 100. It's such a nice round number :)

203Familyhistorian
Nov 3, 2017, 12:32am Top

>201 karenmarie: Hilly and arid is about right, Karen. But it does snow here which is where the water comes from because they can't use the water in the Salt Lake. There will be more photos to come because I did more sight seeing today - just can't spend all of my time at a computer!

204Familyhistorian
Nov 3, 2017, 12:32am Top

>202 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks Reba. I like round numbers!

205PaulCranswick
Nov 3, 2017, 1:49am Top

Congratulations on spiking the 100 book membrane, Meg. With a BAC book too!

206msf59
Edited: Nov 3, 2017, 6:35am Top



^Congrats on triple digits, Meg. Hope you are having a fine time in Salt Lake City. I have always wanted to visit that fine city.

207jessibud2
Nov 3, 2017, 7:09am Top

Wow, Meg! Quite a number!! Big congrats!

208Crazymamie
Nov 3, 2017, 12:46pm Top

Happy Friday, Meg!

209Familyhistorian
Nov 4, 2017, 6:42pm Top

>205 PaulCranswick: Ha, thought you would like that BAC for the 100th, Paul.

210Familyhistorian
Nov 4, 2017, 6:44pm Top

>206 msf59: My time in Salt Lake City is drawing to a close, Mark. I have seen a lot more of the sights this time than on the other 3 or 4 occasions that I visited. It is an interesting place.

211Familyhistorian
Nov 4, 2017, 6:46pm Top

>207 jessibud2: Thanks Shelley. I usually get just beyond 100 every year but this year I am aiming for more than 115 and maybe I will have the time to do it. Not that I have been reading many books this week, lots of other reading, just not books.

212Familyhistorian
Nov 4, 2017, 6:48pm Top

>208 Crazymamie: Happy Friday to you too, Mamie. Why not make it a Happy Weekend! At least the weather here isn't freezing like it is at home - there was snow in November in Vancouver - first time in 29 years, I think.

213Familyhistorian
Nov 4, 2017, 6:55pm Top

101. Who Do You Think You Are? You're My Henry Allbones by G B Hope

I really enjoy genealogical mysteries which seems to be a whole sub-genre. It took a while for me to read my latest. Who Do You Think You Are? You’re My Henry Allbones was not your typical book of this type. It was full of people sleeping around and ending up with different people. There was also a subplot involving criminals with fires and other destructive acts.

Maybe the author was trying to illustrate how messy things could have been in the past or are now. It just didn’t quite work for me. It was interesting but there was not as much genealogy as there were other plots and sub-plots with various factions working towards their own ends. It was readable but not one of my preferred books in the genre.

214Familyhistorian
Nov 4, 2017, 11:45pm Top

Last night in Salt Lake City, I'm off to chilly Vancouver tomorrow. I just had a look at all the threads I have starred on LT. It is going to take me a long while to get caught up. While I was spending all of my computer time looking at historical records you were all chatting up a storm. I don't have any more trips planned so now the real test of retirement begins.

215Crazymamie
Nov 5, 2017, 8:43am Top

Wishing you safe travels home, Meg.

216johnsimpson
Nov 5, 2017, 4:14pm Top

Hi Meg, safe travels home my dear and hope you have had a good weekend, sending love and hugs dear friend.

217Familyhistorian
Nov 6, 2017, 12:00am Top

>213 Familyhistorian: Thanks Mamie, I made it safe and sound and no delay this time. There was a four hour delay on the way down to Salt Lake City but everything was on time on the way back.

218Familyhistorian
Nov 6, 2017, 12:01am Top

>216 johnsimpson: The weekend and trip away were great, John, but it is nice to be home for a while this time. I have been spending most of my time on the go since the end of September. I hope that you and Karen had a wonderful weekend.

219thornton37814
Nov 6, 2017, 9:19am Top

>213 Familyhistorian: I think I'll avoid that one. In spite of the genealogical angle, it doesn't sound like my type of book. Have you read Death Finds a Way by Lorine McGinnis Schulze (a Canadian genealogist)? I've got it downloaded, but I haven't gotten around to it. She's my Facebook friend. We connected several years ago when there were fewer genealogists online, through the blogging community, I believe.

220johnsimpson
Nov 6, 2017, 3:26pm Top

>218 Familyhistorian:, Hi Meg, you have been a busy bee travelling about my dear, hope you get to spend some time at home before your next jaunt dear friend. We had a nice weekend in between me having a short poorly spell that lasted about 18 hours, I am ok now but it was weird.

Have a lovely week ahead.

221EBT1002
Nov 6, 2017, 8:35pm Top

Congrats on reaching the century mark, Meg! I'm currently reading my 100th book but it's a chunkster that will take a while....

I also loved Lullabies for Little Criminals.

>151 Familyhistorian: "you know what happens with shelf space...." Indeed I do!

The Surrey International Writers' Conference sounds really interesting.

I have a dear friend who lives in SLC and I have visited her twice. I need to schedule another trip as both of those visits were primarily work-focused so there was less time for just sitting with her, sharing a bottle of wine, and talking until the wee hours. I long for that.

222ronincats
Nov 7, 2017, 12:44am Top

Hurrah for hitting the century mark, Meg! Glad you made it back home with no undue delays. Relax and enjoy being retired now.

223Familyhistorian
Nov 7, 2017, 1:27am Top

>219 thornton37814: I don't blame you for not picking that one up, Lori. It wasn't what I was expecting, that's for sure. I hadn't heard of Lorine McGinnis Schulze. I'll be interested to see what you think of her foray into fiction.

224Familyhistorian
Nov 7, 2017, 1:29am Top

>220 johnsimpson: The gadding about has stopped now, John. I don't have any further trips planned at this point. Good thing that your spell of feeling poorly was over quickly. I hope you are back to your usual self now.

225Familyhistorian
Nov 7, 2017, 1:36am Top

>221 EBT1002: Good luck with your 100th, Ellen. I chose a short classic for that one. Made getting to the 100 mark easier and I actually finished a BAC book in the right month to boot!

The Surrey International Writers Conference is just great. Now I have to put some of that advise on writing into practice. Well, now that I have actually come home to roost for a while.

Ha, finding wine in SLC is a challenge so I guess it makes it even more precious. Making time to connect with friends is one of the best things and I am glad that I took the time to do it right after I retired. You should schedule that in soon.

226Familyhistorian
Nov 7, 2017, 1:39am Top

>222 ronincats: Thanks Roni, we were glad of no delays on the return trip as well. There were about 10 of us in the group that were delayed in the way to Salt Lake City.

I am not sure about the relaxing bit. There is so much to do around here since I have basically been gone for over a month and things had been piling up before that as well.

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