Summer is flying by. We’ve devoured The Magician’s Nephew and are well into The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. We brought both on a little road trip, taking in Brockville, Otter Lake, my hometown of Deep River, and Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park. It was a wonderful trip, N with the dogs in back. We had to remember to use the master lock each time, because our puppy Polly never fails to stand on the button that makes the window go whirring down.
We took lots of side roads, searching for bears and moose and deer — N is crazy for animals — and while we never spotted such high-ticket items, we saw blue herons, loons, wild turkeys, turkey vultures, partridge, swooping bats, bunnies, and a lone treefrog that lives in my sister’s back yard. It was great to get out of the city and be surrounded by green — like the Wood Between the Worlds in The Chronicles of Narnia.
When we were getting close to the end of The Magician’s Nephew, N started flipping through The Lion, reading the back cover, the first page and so on, in anticipation. Much to my surprise, she was soon in tears, distraught over the realization that Polly and Digory seemed to be absent from the second book. “What kind of series is that?” she asked, choking and spluttering.
The despair went on and on, as it tends to on summer days with loosey-goosey bedtimes. It eventually passed, but was a surprisingly melodramatic response — so perhaps it’s fitting that she’s been at a musical theatre camp at her school this week and last. I’ve been at my computer again, trying to make things compute. But the work comes in fits and starts, and I find the most enjoyable part of my day is the long walk to take her to school and the long walk home.
N’s school is one of the lovely old ones, built a century or so ago on top of a hill that looks south on the city. There are lots of big leafy trees, so it’s shady and breezy even on the hottest days. Inside it’s a pretty magical place too. Recently my husband shot some footage there, and used it to make this book trailer for my novel, The Girl Giant. I hope you’ll watch and enjoy. Thank you Husband, and thanks also to Spencer Barclay and Alex Kingsmill for all their help in putting this together.