Shawn L. Bird

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poem- pondering October 12, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:26 pm
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I wonder why

you can defrost everything in the freezer

if you leave it slightly open for an hour,

but a turkey left to thaw for days in the fridge

stays frozen solid?


poem- quiet on the internet November 28, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 4:52 pm
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The Americans

are gone.

The internet

is quiet.



really is about

face time.

How wonderful

to be thankful.



poem- thankful October 11, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:19 pm
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Warm home

Great job

Good friends

Cute shoes

Rewarding avocation

Healthy kids

Dependable partner

Old dogs

All parents

Your visits



Happy Thanksgiving, Canada.

Drive safely.


Four years ago… October 9, 2012

The week before Thanksgiving in 2008, I was given Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga to read by one of my English students.  That Thanksgiving weekend I bought my own copies of the books, read through the series again, and then poured over Stephenie Meyer’s website, reading everything I could about the genesis of the story, the process of writing, what she’d done to find an agent, and the adventure her life had become.

I was completely, totally, thoroughly inspired.  An idea sparked.  I’d had a story floating in my head for decades.  I’d written it down in a couple of versions before, but it wasn’t right.  I had known I needed a hook, but I just couldn’t figure out what it could be.  Stephenie gave me the solution: mythology.  Just as she had used vampires and werewolves, Greek mythology could be melded into the experience I wanted to share in order to provide the depth and conflict that had been missing in previous drafts.

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving (that is, this very day four years ago) I began writing Grace Awakening.  That first day, I wrote about five double spaced pages.  The second day I did the same.  Then the third.  By the end of three weeks I had 75 pages of writing.  I set the goal to keep writing 25 pages a week. I met or exceeded that goal each subsequent week.  Twenty three weeks later, the first draft was complete.  It was the week before Easter, and I had 155,000 words.

A couple of weeks after Thanksgiving in 2009, I went to the Surrey International Writers Conference.  I pitched the book to a small Vancouver publisher.  She was interested and asked to see more.

A week before Thanksgiving in 2010 I signed the contracts with Gumboot Books.

In 2011, Gumboot Books went out of business, but Grace Awakening Dreams was released anyway through Lintusen Press in July.  By Thanksgiving 2011, it had been in the list of  Top iTunes Fantasy books in Canada over a hundred times.

In 10 days, I’ll be back to the Surrey International Writers’ Conference to pitch Grace Awakening Myth, a companion novel that tells  Ben’s version of  his battle for Grace.

It’s a lot to be thankful for: four years of creativity, empowerment, challenge, excitement, growth, and adventure.  It’s been an amazing ride!

Four years ago, when I started typing, I would not have been brave enough to imagine that I’d be in this place today.  But here I am.   My friend Heather observed, “Where will you be in another 4 years? Do you not love the “wait and see”‘ of life?”   The thought of it hit me in the gut.  Where will I be? I can only dream where Grace will be, keep writing, and hope I’m holding tightly to her coat tails as she explores the world!



Happy Thanksgiving from a turkey with SOUL! October 7, 2012

Filed under: fun — Shawn L. Bird @ 3:22 pm
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For my fellow Canadians, enjoy! 🙂



Thanksgiving invocation

Filed under: Rotary invocations — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:48 am
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May we each be thankful for the friends that surround us, the trials that strengthen us, the work of our hands, and the joy in our lives.

(c) Shawn L Bird.  Free use within Rotary, but please give credit, and identify in the comments below, the name of your club and the date  you used it.


thankful October 10, 2011

Filed under: Commentary — Shawn L. Bird @ 7:24 pm
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What a year I’ve had.

On this Thanksgiving Day, I’m thankful for the people this year who have offered challenges and those who helped me overcome them.

  • I’m thankful that Grace is out meeting people and making her own friends.
  • I’m thankful for my students, old and new
  • I’m thankful for my most amazing husband, the most gracious, patient, and long-suffering man! He’s a knight in shining armour.
  • I’m thankful for my parents. So many of my friends have lost one or both of their parents, I am reminded of the blessing to have them still well and healthy, just around the block.
  • I’m thankful for my children, and the skills they are learning as they grow and find their places
  • I’m thankful for the unconditional love of the canine children, whose happy tails make me smile
  • I’m thankful for my friends in Rotary, who are changing the world.
  • I’m thankful for my brother and sister-in-law who made an awesome turkey dinner this year!

Canadian Thanksgiving December 13, 2010

Filed under: Commentary — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:09 am
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I was just reading a children’s novel about polio and came across the snippet that Thanksgiving was celebrated in Canada by Martin Frobisher and his crew in Newfoundland a couple of decades before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock.  That Thanksgiving had nothing to do with a good harvest. They were celebrating their thanks that they had survived a journey through the treacherous North West Passage of the Arctic Ocean: a journey that had killed two previous expeditions. 

Who knew?  We Canadians have bought into the American propaganda about “The First Thanksgiving” and some of our schools even decorate with pilgrim themes.  (I went as a pilgrim for Hallowe’en when I was 11.  Apparently I  was quite Puritanical in my youth!)  Time for a shift of perception!  Here is an interesting article from the Globe and Mail. (I wonder if it is the very one that prompted the author to include the fact in the novel?)  

Next year, decorate for Thanksgiving  with icebergs, Polar bears, sailing ships, and salt cod.  Be a Canadian original!


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