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The land and water where my story takes place.

The land and water where my story takes place.

I am happy to announce that my middle grade adventure novel set in the wilds of Alaska, my home state, will be published by Move Books, a house dedicated to publishing books for boys, in the Fall of 2014.

A big Thank You to my agent Amy Tipton who introduced me and my writing to Eileen Robinson at Move. I’m totally excited to be working with Eileen.

From Publisher’s Marketplace:  Paul Greci’s untitled novel, pitched in the spirit of adventure/wilderness survival stories like Hatchet and Far North, about a sea kayaking trip gone wrong; at the beginning of the trip, a boy had a tent, a sleeping bag, plenty of food, and a traveling companion and guide, his father — but that was all before the accident that left him alone, cold, and soaked, with only the clothes on his back and the small survival kit in his raincoat pocket, to Eileen Robinson at Move Books, by Amy Tipton at Signature Literary Agency.

 Thanks for stopping by!!

A little good news

I just learned that my YA novel, Sacrifice Area, took second place in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s Annual contest in the young adult/middle grade category.

Last year my MG novel, Stranded, took second place.

Thanks for stopping by.

A couple shots of the full moon before it slipped below the horizon this morning.

When the Owl Calls

Last night I heard a Boreal Owl calling—the first of the season around our place.

Every year, when I hear the first owl call I wonder if one will nest close by. Several years ago a female nested in an old birch snag behind our house. We’d see her poking her head out of a round hole in the dead tree—an opening made by a woodpecker.

One day–sometime after the trees leafed out—I heard a crash on our deck and went out to investigate. Here’s what I found.

A just-fledged Boreal Owl snug up against the house.

It stayed there for at least 30 minutes. I didn’t know if it was hurt so I gently touched it with a stick and it moved. Horray!!

Finally, after several more minutes, it flapped it wings and landed on the railing.

A few minutes later, it flew off.

So yeah, every year when I hear the first owl I wonder if we’ll have new neighbors for a little while in the Spring. I hope so!!

Do you have any animals making their homes by your house? Or, have you in the past?

moon

Moon

Moon!

MOON!!

Semester break in the Red Rock Country.

It was mostly T-shirt weather.

Back home and it’s supposed to be fifty below this weekend.

I hope your new year is off to a good start. I’m teaching American Lit. and Newcomer English, taking a class, shoveling tons of snow, and am hoping to start writing a new book soon.

What are you up to?

Solstice

On the darkest day of the year we had

Fox tracks on the deck.

Moose tracks on the driveway.

Rabbit tracks by the compost.

Chickadees at the feeder.

Ravens above the birches.

Happy Solstice.

See you After the New Year.

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