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From the vaults: Opening of Land Surveying in Saskatchewan

Commissioned by the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association, Land Surveying in Saskatchewan: Laying the Groundwork for Property Rights and Development talks about the work of surveyors past, present and future in the province. And here's a good long chunk of Chapter 1, which (you should pardon the expression) lays the groundwork for the rest of the book: Land Surveying in Saskatchewan: Laying the Groundwork for Property Rights and Development By Edward Willett Nobody knows who the first surveyor was; he’s lost in the mists of time. That’s not too surprising, considering surveying dates back to the beginning of recorded history, some five millennia ago (which is why it’s often called “the world’s ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:09, December 2nd, 2012 under Blog, Books, The Vaults | 1 Comment »

Saturday Special: Dave Rodney – From Yorkton to the Top of the World

(I wrote this feature during my recent short-lived stint as an editor for Fine Lifestyles magazines. It was supposed to be the cover story for Fine Lifestyles Yorkton, but I can't see any sign Fine Lifestyles Yorkton made it off the ground. It did run in Business Saskatoon.) By Edward Willett Dave Rodney has twice stood atop Mt. Everest, the first Canadian to do so more than once.  International keynote speaker, documentary producer, author, adventure guide, educator and humanitarian, he was recently re-elected for a third term as MLA for the constituency of Calgary-Lougheed, and named Associate Minister of Health for the province of Alberta. And it all started in Yorkton. Born in ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:51, August 25th, 2012 under Blog, The Vaults | Comment now »

Saturday Special: Careers in Outer Space

Careers in Outer Space is woefully out of date now, having come out ten years ago, but it's notable in that it's the first of several books I did for Rosen Publishers (I haven't done one for a while, but I hope to do more in the future). Also, of course, it was on a topic near and dear to my science-fictiony heart: space travel. Another interesting side note: the reason I ended up doing this book was because I had read that Josepha Sherman was editing at Rosen. I contacted her because I kind of knew her: she had been editing at Walker & Co. back in ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:41, August 18th, 2012 under Blog, The Vaults | Comment now »

Saturday (er, Sunday) Special: J.R.R. Tolkien, Master of Imaginary Worlds

I think I've now posted the introductions to all of the biographies I wrote for Enslow Publishers except this one: J.R.R. Tolkien, Master of Imaginary Worlds. Like my book on Orson Scott Card, it was part of their Authors Teens Love series. Why, yes, I did really really enjoy writing this one. How did you guess?       *** J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary Worlds By Edward Willett Introduction The world might never have heard of J.R.R. Tolkien, or The Lord of the Rings, if not for two young people. One was an anonymous student. The other was the son of an English publisher. The anonymous student delighted ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:38, July 29th, 2012 under Blog, Books, The Vaults | Comment now »

Saturday Special from the Vaults: The Shelter

I missed a couple of Saturdays of posting bits from my vaults, and I may even be running a bit short on material, but here's something that might be of interest. This play was written a long, long time ago, in the 1980s, when I was working at the Weyburn Review. Someone (the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, maybe?) held a playwriting contest. I entered this, and I was one of the finalists...honorable mention, maybe? I remember an awards ceremony of some sort in the old theatre department at the University of Regina, in what is now the movie soundstage. It's never been produced. (I'm open to offers!) I haven't touched it ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:52, July 14th, 2012 under Blog, The Vaults | Comment now »

Saturday Special from the Vaults: Orson Scott Card

I wrote two author biographies for Enslow Publishers' Authors Teen Love series. One was on J.R.R. Tolkien, and the other on noted SF/fantasy writer Orson Scott Card. The former was easy because he was long dead and had been written about a great deal, the latter harder because he's very much alive and hasn't been biographied (is that a word?) nearly as much. On the other hand, that meant I had to get information directly from him, which was cool. He was very cooperative. Below is the first chapter of Orson Scott Card: Architect of Alternate Worlds, entitled "The Beginnings of Ender." And here's an Amazon link to the book, where you ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:44, June 16th, 2012 under Blog, Books, The Vaults | Comment now »

Saturday Special from the Vaults: Three Writers in Search of a Character

For two or three years, several years ago now, Globe Theatre ran something called "On the Line: A Freefall Through New Work." Authors submitted scripts, which were given a staged reading. Below is the first script I ever submitted. It was a blast seeing it given life by the actors! Oh: the following contains scenes of coarse language. Reader discretion is advised. *** THREE WRITERS IN SEARCH OF A CHARACTER By Edward Willett (A MAN, FILTHY, DRESSED IN RAGS, LIES IN THE GUTTER OF AN URBAN STREET, ALIVE OR DEAD, WE CAN'T TELL.)...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:54, June 10th, 2012 under Blog, The Vaults | Comment now »

Saturday Special from the Vaults: A History of Cumberland House

I've done quite a bit of writing for various historical sites around the province. Here's something I wrote for Cumberland House a few years ago. I've never been there to see how it was use! Oh, and in case anyone is wondering...yes, the science column will return. It's been on hiatus while I experimented with being an editor for Fine Lifestyles magazines again (it didn't work out—I couldn't support their editorial policies) and wrapped up my term as writer-in-residence at the Regina Public Library (it ended last Wednesday). My main focus now is on writing Masks, my next novel (coming out under the pseudonym E.C. Blake) but I'm definitely going to resume the column: look for it to be back Monday. Now, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:27, June 2nd, 2012 under Blog, The Vaults | Comment now »

Saturday…oh, all right, Tuesday…Special from the Vaults: Introduction to Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw

My 2007 book Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw, published by Red Deer Press, is just what it says: a collection of 10 walking tours (eight in Regina, two in Moose Jaw) that take you past a number of homes and commercial buildings of historical or architectural interest, with a brief description of each. It wouldn't have been possible if not for the work of Heritage Regina, which created and researched the Regina walking tours long before I came on the scene. I adapted their tours and added additional information from various sources. I also walked all of the tours and took a photo ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:04, May 29th, 2012 under Blog, Books, The Vaults | Comment now »

Saturday…er, Monday…Special from the Vaults: An interview with Persephone Theatre artistic director Del Surjik

I know, I know, I call these things "Saturday Specials" and here it is Monday. But I have a good excuse: I spent the weekend in Saskatoon at Dance Power, the dance competition in which my daughter and her studiomates from Class Act Performing Arts Studio were competing (they did extremely well!). The competition was at the Remai Arts Centre, home to Persephone Theatre, a theatre I have fond memories of because I was in the very first production to grace its stage, Beauty and the Beast, in 2007, just before it officially opened (and before it was quite finished, actually, but that's another story). While ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:17, May 21st, 2012 under Blog, The Vaults | Comment now »