July 2019 Update: World Friendship Day

Did you know that July 30th is the International Day of Friendship? Celebrated by the United Nations, this day reminds us of all the special people who have helped us learn and grow throughout our lives.

BEFRIENDING NATURE

The International Day of Friendship is important not only for humans, but also for our relationships with our wild cousins! By treating flora and fauna with respect, I find that we can celebrate nature in a way that both protects it and allows us to understand it better.

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June 2019 Update: Let’s go to the beach!

It is officially summer, and with it comes warm breezes, glittering sunlight, and the sound and smell of the ocean as it hits the surf.

SUMMER READING

It is hard for me to believe that nine months have passed since The Oyster Thief was released back in October 2018! As summer arrives and the beach calls, I find myself starting to create a summer reading list. It is so much fun to get lost in a new story, whether it be fact or fiction, fantasy or true crime. I believe we should all take the time to experience the stories of others.

(Photo credits: Pegasus Books @pegasus_books; Sonia Faruqi @sonia_faruqi; Amy @tale.at.a.time)

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May 2019 Update: Merpeople, Science, and A Pudding

May is one of those in-between months; the cold weather still lingers, and because it’s not quite as warm or dry as we would like, it can become difficult to get up and out of the house. I don’t know about you, but spring always makes me want to declutter and try new things! That’s why, this month I’ll be sharing some of the research that went into The Oyster Thief – so we can learn something new together!

(Photo credits to Stacey @prose_and_palate; Anna @thecityofdarkclockwork; Nur @cg_nurbayah)

MY WRITING PROCESS

Earlier this month I chatted with Josh Cane of “Working Title” Podcast. We talked about my writing process on The Oyster Thief, beta reader feedback, and the importance of real-world research to create an imaginative universe. Learning how to scuba dive while writing the book helped me to get to know the ocean as a living entity, and form a connection between myself, merpeople, and the environment. This hands-on research helped me to create the living community of merpeople and animals you can find in The Oyster Thief! Listen to the full podcast here.

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April 2019 Update: Earth Day and Creatures Big and Small

With the weather warming up it feels like summer is just around the corner at last! As summer looms and we flock to the green spaces and blue lakes and oceans, it’s important to remember that these spaces aren’t just here for us to enjoy; they’re home to creatures big and small. It’s our duty as humans to take care of them, and allow them to grow and thrive in their natural habitats by respecting the spaces these creatures call home.

(Photo credits to Nicole @fearyourex; Melissa @thereaderandthechef; Sara @novel.novice)

EARTH DAY

This Earth Day, let’s all do our best to help protect this planet and its natural spaces. We can follow the example of Copenhagen, whose city officials are striving to make it the first city in the world to generate more renewable energy than dirty energy by 2025! This would reduce carbon emissions that contribute to greenhouse gases. Learn more here.

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March 2019 Update: World Water Day

Spring is a season of youth. It is a time of budding leaves and blossoming flowers, and of young animals who experience the beauty of the planet for the first time. As such, perhaps it’s fitting that last week has been a time of young adults taking center stage among us.

Read on below for more on the student climate strike, Meatless Mondays, and sustainable living tips curated specifically for you.

Also, in celebration and support of World Water Day this Friday, The Oyster Thief e-book will be on sale for $1.99. If you haven’t had a chance to go on spring break or if you’ve just returned from spring break, I believe you’ll enjoy diving in to the deep blue waters of The Oyster Thief! You can get the book on Amazon US here and Amazon Canada here.

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February 2019 Update: A Sizzling New Excerpt from The Oyster Thief to Spruce Up Your Winter

These cold winter days, I am reminded of why I decided to write The Oyster Thief in the first place. It was the winter of 2015, and I wanted a winter escape. I dreamt of a vast beautiful underwater world. I didn’t quite know how to reach it, so I decided to create it myself.

The world I envisioned brimmed with not only brightly colored fish and algae, but also merpeople. In my imagination, merpeople lived deep below the waves. They lived in rounded homes made of stone, which looked like swellings rising off the seabed. Merpeople lived among coral reefs and gardens of algae. (Given that the majority of algae are red, their gardens were more red in color than green.)

In my imagination, merpeople used sea-shells as currency (as some human tribes have in the past, hence the expression “shelling out money”). Their lives were similar to human lives in some respects—for instance, they danced and they ate dessert—but their lives were also different—for instance, their dances had names like the Seahorse Sprance and the Undulating Jellyfish, and a popular dessert for them was devil’s apron, a kind of sugar kelp.

(Photo credits to: Alexis @hooked_to_books; Ali @the_bandar_blog; Chelsea @the_bookish_runner)

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January 2019 Update: An Ocean of Possibility

I am excited about the journey 2019 has to offer for The Oyster Thief and the oceans.

OCEAN UPDATE

Good news! More than three-quarters of marine mammal and sea turtle populations have significantly increased after their species were listed in the U.S. Endangered Species Act, according to a study released this month.

On the other hand, the oceans are getting louder, according to a New York Times article. Increasing ship traffic and seismic exploration for offshore drilling are disrupting the lives and chatter of sea creatures large and small, from whales to zooplankton. (Imagine that there was construction happening outside your window every day, so loud that you couldn’t hear the person sitting next to you.)

Though the din in the oceans is greater, steps are being taken to reduce plastic pollution. On January 1st, Washington D.C. began a ban on single-use plastic straws in restaurants and other service businesses, becoming the first major U.S. city to do so.

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