Thursday, December 31, 2009

Time with Tannia

This month, I am the featured author on
Please link on the above link. This will take you to Tannia's homepage. Once there, please scroll down to the bottom of the page. There you will find an underlined title: This Month's Featured Author. Clicking on this title will take you to Tannia's interview with me. It was a pleasure working with Tannia on this piece.
Happy reading...

Thank you to the old year -- happy new year

For my writing career, 2009 was a banner year. It was the year that I saw me fulfill many dreams...
-I finished writing a mystery. My largest writing project to date.
-Kind bookstore owners placed Maynely A Mystery on their bookshelves.
-I held a book launch on Mayne Island and people came. : )
-I travelled home to Eriksdale, Manitoba to give a book reading. I was welcomed home. The support I received overwhelmed me.
-One of my stories (Because She Believed In Me) was included in the Island Writer Magazine.
-I gave a spoken word performance on Vancouver Island.
2009 was a delightful year. I am thrilled that I was able to accomplish as much as I did.
I have many dreams for 2010 -- I am working hard to transform them from fantasies into reality.
I wish you, my friends, a happy, healthy 2010

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

McNally Robinson files for bankruptcy

I received news last night that McNally Robinson booksellers is filing for bankruptcy. They will be closing their bookstore located in Polo Park. As you may be aware, this is one of the locations where Maynely A Mystery is currently being sold. I have contacted McNally Robinson. I am hopeful that Maynely A Mystery will continue to be sold through McNally Robinson. The best thing that you can do is continue to support McNally Robinson through this troubling time.
Keep reading -- I'll keep writing

Saturday, December 26, 2009


This Christmas, for me, wasn't about running to the mall for the millionth time to buy something that no one needed but I just had to buy.
This Christmas, for me, wasn't about trying to out do, out purchase, out busy, or out... (fill in the blank). This island has taught me to be who I am. Take pride in that and others will accept me.
This Christmas, for me, wasn't about unwrapping an enormously expensive gift.

This Christmas taught me that there are more important thing than what is under the tree.
This Christmas I was blessed to be surrounded by friends, chatter, laughter, fun.
This Christmas I am thankful to be well feed, well loved, and well kept on a idyllic island in the Pacific.
I wish for you, my friend, a home, a head, a heart that's full.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I'm sure you will find...

that the more you write
the more you will have to write

I have news. Maynely A Mystery is now sold at this delightful bookstore...

Fables is on Salt Spring Island. Salt Spring Island is one of the southern gulf islands. The gulf islands are located between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland.
My pen is being kept very busy these days. I am writing what I think is a novella but which very well might become a novel. You know how these things go. I will keep you posted as I progress.
Happy Holidays
I hope to write more before and during 2010.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Church bells will ring on Mayne Island

at 3pm today.
Nothing's on fire
Churches all over the world will ring their bells in support of action taken against climate control.

Google to find out more, like I did.
Ring those bells.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I'm in Aqua

I was recently featured in Aqua magazine. The magazine reports on the culture of the Southern Gulf Islands. The article skillfully written by Cherie Thiessen starts on page 9. My smiling face beams at you thanks to my friend and talented photographer Toby Snelgrove. I was attempting to post a link to the ezine...but sadly this feat seems to be beyond my abilities. Please google "Aqua - gulf islands" and I have faith that you will find it. I have read the ezine. Flipping pages online is so cool. Check it out.
Stay cool - dress warm

Monday, December 7, 2009


I have been writing all day. Now I'm having trouble focusing and so I think its time for a break. I know I promised to catch you up on my news. I will keep that promise. Hopefully tomorrow.

Brief report: As you know, I read on Vancouver Island. From where I stood, the place looked packed. Everyone was so nice and supportive. Now I'm hooked.
Will I do it again?
In a heart beat.

The Island Writer Magazine (with my creative non-fiction story: Because She Believed In Me) is available at your local bookstore. Check the Victoria Writer's Society web site. I will post a link...soon.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Look in your mailbox and other news

Okay, let's start with the other news first.
Tomorrow I will be giving a reading. Here's what the poster says...

You're invited

Join the Victoria Writers' Society in
celebrating the launch of

Island.writer Magazine

When: Saturday, Dec 5, 2009
7:00 - 10:30 pm

Where: The Orange Hall
1620 Fernwood Road

What: Readings
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Admission is free

I would add that I am scheduled to be the 7th or 8th reader. Hey, I'm flexible. I can adjust. Especially if you're there to support me. I hope you can attend.

My non-fiction creative story is titled Because She Believed in Me. It is a tribute to my grandmother.

island.writer magazine will be available for sale during this event. It is seven dollars.

For those of you on the Southern Gulf Islands, look in your mailbox. I will be there. For those of you elsewhere, I will explain in my next post. I am hoping to post that post next week -- possibly on Monday.

There will be more news...please come visit with me again.

Stay cool - keep warm

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Maynely A Mystery at McNally Robinson

I am so excited! A friend of mine (thank you Linda) just delivered a armload of books to McNally Robinson in Winnipeg. Please go to Grant Park / Polo Park and look for Maynely A Mystery on their shelves. It should be in the mystery section. Happy shopping.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

We Will Remember Them

found on a building while on my book tour in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Friday, October 23, 2009

Interlake Spectator interview

Have you ever felt like a celebratory in your hometown?
Just recently, for too short a period, I did. And I highly recommend it.
While in Eriksdale, Manitoba my interview with reporter Heather Robbins appeared in the Interlake Spectator. (Hubby just said that, "People need to know that the Interlake Spactator is the local paper." It is distributed through out the interlake. 'The Interlake' is the area in Manitoba between Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg. Eriksdale is located between Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg. 92 k north of Winnipeg.) She did such an excellent job. With pride, I would like to share the article with you. Please log on to...

The weather on Mayne Island: rainy.
Good weather for a duck. : )

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Good-bye Manitoba, Hello BC

Manitoba is kissing me good-bye with bright blue skies and golden rays of sun.
What awaits in BC?
That remains to be seen.
So much has happened while in Manitoba. I can't wait to share the photos and my news.
Unfortunately, however, I will have to wait. least until I'm home and have had enough rest to make some kind of sense.
Please remain logged on.
All the best

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Book reading at the Eriksdale Public Library

Last night at 7 pm I read to a crowd of 20 kind, supportive readers at the Eriksdale Public Library during my book reading. The evening ended with buying of books. I didn't bring sufficient books so I now have a waiting list (Hey, hubby please send me 11 books).
Stay cool -- dress warm
Weather wise, they tell me another dump of snow is on the way. : )

Friday, October 9, 2009


It came last night. And I think it will be staying for a while.
Today I was to move on to my next holiday home.
Will I move?
Tomorrow hubby's plane is to arrive.
Will it land?
For this and other answers please stay logged on...

On book news, I have sold 85 books.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Weather or not...

Manitoba is one exciting place.
When I arrived in September it was hot.
How hot was it?
It was so hot that I had to go shopping for shorts.
And now...and now...hold on to your hats. Now it is snowing.
Yes, it is true boys and girls. As I write, the white stuff is streaming down from the sky. It isn't staying yet.
Now if it was snowing on Mayne Island my heart would not be filled with glee. But I'm not on Mayne Island. I'm in Manitoba. I'm in Eriksdale. And I'm witnessing the first snow. And my heart is filled with the glee of a kindergartner.
Stay cool...dress warm

PS I found a recipe that I've been playing with. The following is a extreme alteration of the recipe. I have yet to go this far. But maybe (hopefully) you're braver.

2/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (why not add strawberry jam)
4 C rice cereal (why not use garnola)
raisins (why not use chocolate chips)

In large saucepan over medium heat, toss in the syrup and the peanut butter. Stir in cereal. Remove from heat and stir in raisins.
Spread mixture in non-stick 8-inch square baking dish. Place in fridge for an hour or more. When firm cut into squares.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Alone in the universe

The house were I'm staying is a lone beacon on a deserted back road. Yesterday I went for a walk. I walked north.
How far?
Until the road ended.
How far was that?
I didn't know. Today I asked and was told, "In total you walked six miles. I use to dream of doing something that stupid."
Today I went for another walk. This time I walked south.
How far?
Until I came to a stand of trees.
I counted my distance in time not miles. I walked for half a hour.
During my walk I saw no houses and no vehicles. I did see a herd of cattle grazing in the distance -- putting on winter fat.
Fifteen minutes into my walk I stood in the middle of that road. I was overcome by the beauty of the place.
Did I see a mountain?
Did I see the ocean?
Did I see a garden?
Did I see architecture?
I saw bald prairie and wondered how I could of possibly stayed away for an entire decade.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Here in Eriksdale

Well I made it to Eriksdale and yes I do have Internet access. This weekend was full of family and fun. However, today I have rolled up my sleeves and am working: knitting and writing. So no more delay back at it.
Weather here: overcast and zero degrees.
Stay cool - dress warm
I went for a walk a little while ago. I walked all the way to the end of number 417 road. And actually I found the more I moved the warmer it got. I had to replace my wool toque with earmuffs. The weather has risen five degrees and I did see the sun today.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Bye, bye Winnipeg

The game plan: I will leave Winnipeg at 5 pm today. I will be headed north -- 92 k -- to my old hometown. Last time I visited I discovered -- to my dismay -- that they had named the streets. Who needs street names? What's wrong with directions like: you know the house beside the one where old man Brown lived.
There's nothing wrong with them.
I really hope I don't find numbers on the houses.
It was nice visiting the golden boy.
I would like to thank all those people who gave directions to this lost island gal. Thank you to the mail carrier. Thank you to the lady walking the dog. Thank you to the clerks behind the counter.
A special thanks to the lady who gave me bus tickets. I just may use them someday.
Yesterday it rained. Today the city is bathed in golden light. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.
Focusing on this second...I'm listening to the Weakerthans song "I hate Winnipeg". Why aren't you?
Simply log on to Youtube...

PS I'm not sure what my Internet connection will be like when I'm in Eriksdale (my hometown). So it may be a while until you hear from me again. Although I will try. If I fail please remember my book reading at the Eriksdale Public Library Tuesday, October 13th 7 p.m. Please help spread the word. Thank you.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

What you can do

Good morning. Last night was a blast. I went with friends to an Elliott Brood concert ( The opening band was The Wooden Sky. The whole evening was awesome.


Yesterday I delivered a copy of Maynely a Mystery to McNally Robinson in Polo Park. This brings me to a favour. I would really like to get my book in that bookstore -- obviously. So if you could go to McNally Robinson in Polo Park and ask for Maynely a Mystery by Leanne Dyck I would greatly appreciate it.

Weather here is overcast. It could rain. I hope it doesn't snow.
Stay cool -- dress warm

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Now available in Manitoba

I'm very pleased to say that Maynely a Mystery is now available in Manitoba.
Yesterday I paid a visit to Prairie Sky Books. It is an interesting shop full of imported crafts and special books: books that you may not find anywhere else. I explored every corner of the store. Don't miss their children's book section. It is delightful.
After a pleasant discussion with Francine Maynely a Mystery was added to their shelves.
I would like to invite you to shop at Prairie Sky Books. Please support me by supporting them.

Please visit their web site:

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Well, I made it to sunny Manitoba. I packed for fall and I arrived in the dog days of summer.

Was it hot? You ask.

Oh, yeah, I answer.

Nothing to do but buy more clothes. I lucked into a great sale. Two pair of shorts, a shirt, a belt for under $40

Manitoba had even more fun in store. I caught the tail end of the Thin Air writers' festival. On Saturday a children's author - Tim Wynne-Jones - spoken in the morning and a mystery writer - Terry Griggs - read in the afternoon. After her reading Ms. Griggs answered questions. Both authors shared so much and I learnt so much. I am very glad I went.

I've connected with friends and family here in Winnipeg. It has been so nice to see everyone. However, city life is not for me. I planned to stay two weeks but I have decided to cut my visit short and flee to rural Manitoba early than expected.

Am I bushed?

Some have speculated so.

If so it is a happy state.

I will try to write as often as I can but I'm not sure about Internet access. Know I'm thinking of you and having a wonderful time.

All the best

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Magic is alive on Salt Spring Island

I'm back on Mayne Island after a two day stay with my aunt on Salt Spring Island. It was a fun stay full of surprises.
Monday I help tidy up Mahon Hall. ArtCraft is over for another year. I collected my unsold inventory. Not much left. Although there were seven books. I wondered what I would do with those seven books.
I needn't have worried long.
Next day I went to the bookstores that are currently carrying my books. I only found one book left. It was on display at Sabine's. Volume II Bookstore and Salt Spring Books had run out of books. All had found homes with readers. Well, out came those seven books. Now if you want a copy of Maynely a Mystery and you live on Salt Spring Island all you need do is walk on down to Volumne II Bookstore or over to Salt Spring Books, lay down your cash and walk home with your new book.
That same day -- Tuesday -- at 2 pm, I tried something new and fun. I visited CFSI (the new Salt Spring Island radio station). I had a nice tour and then began work. That's right I read a piece of my work for the radio station. I will let you know when it will be aired as soon as I know.
I had a wonderful time on Salt Spring but it is good to be home.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

a good tongue wag

Yesterday I phoned some of the people I plan to visit while in Manitoba. Usually when I hang up I am caught with the overwhelming feeling that there are too many miles separating us. However, this time when I hung up I realized that in sixteen days I will conquer those miles. That soon I will sit across the table with a teacup full of herb tea and chat with them face to face. How soon can I start packing? : )
Last night I watched the entire video - two hours - of my book launch. And I realized that , although I exposed a roomful of people to it, I really can't sing or dance. Oh, well, no one ran for the door so I guess they forgave me.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Book Launch: how it began

With help from a friend, I did take a video of the evening. My plan is to post a little slice of the video on YouTube. However, unfortunately, we will all have to wait patiently for that addition. So I thought while you were waiting you may be interested in reading my opening dialogue. I began the evening by saying...

In many respects Maynely a Mystery was and is an enjoyable adventure. It virtually wrote itself. I sat down at my writing desk and the words flowed.
However, sitting down to write, learning to trust the process took a leap of faith.
Maynely a Mystery is my first novel -- my largest writing project. As a teen I wrote rims and rims, unending stories that never found a last chapter. When I grew older, fearful of unfinished stories, I sought to contain my writing in brief articles, poems and short stories.
Here's an example...
One sunny day a worm went for a wiggle. He met a robin.
I even wrote a short joke. Would you like to hear it?
What did the military drummer say to the tone deaf bulgier?
Sound off.
Anyway, the point is everything I wrote was short. The thought of writing something larger overwhelmed me.
Still the need to write a tribute to Mayne Island in novel form bubbled up inside me. I had to tell the world about the special place I'd found.
So I sat down at my writing desk with a head full of doubt and questions. Oh, so many questions...
Will I ever finish writing it? Will anyone care if I do?
I promised myself if this day did come. If I did finish it. I would throw a big party and invite all of you. Well, I did and here we are -- celebrating...
Tonight will be a gentle blend of music and spoken word.
I will treat you to some excerpts from Maynely a Mystery. These will be sandwiched between music: live music from lively Mayne Island musicians -- my family and friends.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The book launch

was a blast! I read, I sang, we ate, we partied. I'll write more soon.
Have a happy weekend

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Book launch/by-donation concert/party

Oh, my heavens, this week the event I have been planning for/dreaming about/worrying over for, what seems like, a very long time, will finally be a reality. A party...I'm throwing a party at the Ag Hall. The Ag Hall was built in the 1900s. It features wooden floors, a kitchen and a stage. It is simple in structure but in my mind it holds the memories of Mayne Island's past. The hall echoes with the applause of audiences...neighbours... who attended events: ten days ago, ten months ago, a decade ago, a century ago. Applause will fill the hall once again, the night of September 4th, as I cheer for my family and friends who have come to help me celebrate Maynely a Mystery.
As a friend recently said, in response to my invitation, "Be there or be square."
If you are unable to attend, I will report words, pictures, possibly even a new YouTube video.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Summer friends

As vivid coloured leaves begin to decorate the ground and the there is a crispness to the breeze, I bid my friend Phil a fond farewell until next summer. However, I am thankful that I can visit him at his blog. Please down to the previous posting for the address.

Yesterday was full of laughter, chatter and song as my friends and I continue to prepare for my book launch/by-donation concert. It will be a fun night I hope you can attend: Friday, September 4th at 7:30 pm at the Agricultural Society Hall.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


by Phil Hindmarch

If you love verse with rhythm, rhyme,

Verse that scans (most of the time!),

See this blog; its cost is nil.

It’s there for all who have the skill

To type a simple Web address,

And then the Enter key depress.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Maynely a Mystery's by-donation concert/book launch

There are some real special people on Mayne Island. I know because I am lucky enough to be related to and friends with some of them. They are helping with (and will appear during) my big night. I'm getting so a child looking forward to Christmas. September 4th is the big day...only 16 days away. I'm hoping that I won't forget to do anything. The big thing right now is to get the word out. If you can help with that I would be so grateful. My reoccurring nightmare is that no one will come. I know even if this happens I will still have a great time because of the a fore mentioned people. That said, it would be so nice if the Ag Hall was full. I'm going to be mailing out invites tomorrow and hanging posters. I plan to hang a large 'CONCERT' sign on the Ag Hall at lunchtime on the 4th. Your positive thoughts are most appreciated.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Maynely a Mystery news

The Islands Independent recently ran this interesting brief article...

Congratulations to Mayne Island's Leanne Dyck on the self-publication of her first work Maynely a Mystery.
The small novella is a fun summer read with an interesting depiction of Gulf Island life and characters juxtaposed with those from a more urban setting. Dyck does a nice job of interweaving humour into her mystery as she takes the reader back to Mayne on her lead character's journey to deliver her grandmother's ashes and discover her own truth while her stereotype cousin tags along.
For information on where Maynely a Mystery is available, kindly view

Much thanks to Laurie and the crew at Islands Independent for the review.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Mother, May I

This is what I read during the opening night of the Mom Show.

I offer this a poem, a chant, a prayer...

Mother, May I
Mother Mary
Mother Goddess
Mother may you
Create me, hold me, transform me
From virgin to mother to crone
Blessed Mother
Mother Creator
Mother may I
Create, hold, transform
From virgin to mother to crone
The divine love
The power of three

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Honouring Mother

This year, on Mayne Island, Mother will be honoured with an art show. Our local art council is planning, organizing and presenting this multi-discipline show. Visual art will be on display in the Mayne Island reading centre (library) during the entire month of August. Opening night will be celebrated in Miners Bay Park. The park will be alive with music and spoken word. I will be presenting my poem -- Mother, May I. Please join me in the park on Friday, August 7th from 7 to 10 pm. The live performance will be from 8 to 9 pm.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Call Her Anytime by Phil Hindmarch

She walks in beauty down the aisle,
The world encompassed by her smile,
Firmly clung to father's arm,
She effervesces joy and charm,
Bridesmaids aglow as summer days,
Guests brush joyful tears away,
When suddenly a sound rings out!
Could it be? There is no doubt!
A cell-phone call has interrupted,
This holy rite rudely disrupted.
The guests all turn to find the dink
Who to such boorish depths could sink.
At last the truth hits with a shock,
And all in total wonder gawk.
The unblushing bride has boldly plucked
The cell-phone in her bodice tucked.
Then is heard her voice so coy
Above Beethoven's Ode to Joy:
'Hi! I'm glad to hear from you!
Show tonight? I'd really love to!
'But for a while my schedule's tight.
Call again, say Friday night?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Our visit with Phil continues

I am so grateful that Phil has decided to continue his visit with here on the Maynely a Mystery blog. Without another word from me, here is another treasure from Phil Hindmarch's pen...

Canada has got it all,
Eden's plenty 'ere the Fall.
Mountains, forests, lakes and streams,
Ocean shores and land that seems
To stretch forever east and west,
Scenic wonders Heaven blessed,
Beaver, moose, and polar bear,
Silver, gold and oil to spare.
We assume this treasure chest
Is due to holy righteousness.
In previous life we were so good,
God gave us his best neighborhood.
He threw in a health-care plan,
UI, welfare, Petrocan
And to top our legacy,
He awarded us the CBC!
Still we carp and moan and whine,
Ungrateful for our gifts divine.
We can't even summon thanks
For our friend and neighbour Yanks.
We scorn their taste and wild excess,
While envy drips for their success.
We can't even let them be
For instead of 'zed' saying 'zee'!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Gifted verse combined with a grand sense of humour

It is a treat to encounter a writer who amuses and inspires. It is a special treat when he attends your writers' group. Phil Hindmarch is such a person. Phil summers on Mayne Island and while on island he attends our writers' group. He always leaves us begging him to share more of his wonderful work. It is my great pleasure to share one of his poems with you.


Among its bright gals and fellers,
Mayne Island has bold storytellers.
But twice-gifted Leanne
Outdoes woman and man,
Knitting while writing best sellers!

Thank you so much Phil. I am delighted and honoured.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Saturday, August 1st 7:30 pm on Mayne Island

This Saturday I will read again. This time at the Mayne Island reading centre "library". I will read from Maynely a Mystery. We will chat about being a Mayne Islander: how we got here and what special challenges we face. This is the second of three events I have scheduled during the summer holidays. Stay tuned for exciting news about the Book Launch. Please try to attend this Saturday. It will be nice to see you.
Take care

Monday, July 20, 2009

This coming Saturday on Mayne Island

I will read form Maynely a Mystery at Miners Bay Books at 4 pm. I hope to see you there.
Here is a sample of what I will be reading:

Monday, July 13, 2009

About my video

My hubby introduced me to YouTube. I have enjoyed frequenting it. However, I never dreamed of appearing on it. Then I published a book -- then I bought a video camera and one thing led to another.

Being a new YouTube member, there was a learning curve. On the whole, I did enjoy the experience. I'm sure it will greatly help improve my presentation technique. I plan to add more videos. I hope it won't be too hard to find a camera person. Please stay tuned.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Please watch my video

I have just added a video to YouTube: Maynely a Mystery author book reading:

Friday, July 10, 2009

Also on Saturday, July 11th

at Miners Bay Books at 2:30 and 4 pm my friend Amber Harvey will have a book launch for the latest book in her children's mystery series: Mayne Island Aliens.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

This Saturday (July 11th) on Mayne Island

From the Mayneliner page 5

"St. Mary Magdalene Church News
This year's Church Fair is a Medieval theme, on Saturday, July 11, from 10:30 am to 3 pm, with 2:30 being the cut-off time to get your Silent Auction bids recorded. Our Official Bell Ringer of the Day will ring the bells to announce the closing of the bids. The family Church Fair has been going every summer since 1989, complete with games for kids and adults, prizes, baking, parish pies, ice cream, and soft drinks, hamburgers and hot dogs, book sales, Treasure Table, Bottle Booth, horseshoes, Joyce's Petting Zoo, Garden Club with plants for sale, craft table, face painting, fish pond and popcorn. Join us for lunch at Church House, "Hall of Goode Foode". Combined with music by Nan, ...Community Choir, Carol's harp playing, and a performance of Medieval-styled dancing organized by Brian Crumblehume -- it'll be a fine day for all! [My brother-in-law T.D. Christopher will also be performing at the Fayre.]

The Church Fayre is one of our most important fundraising events for the whole year -- one that we heavily depend upon to maintain the operation of the Church and one that our friends and families look forward to every year. FUN 'n GAMES for young and old, alike."

Win this copy of Maynely a Mystery. Bid on it at the Silent Auction.
See you at the Fayre.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Meet a "Mayner"

From the preface...
'My characters may bear a resemblance to people you know. You may even see yourself in someone. I was influenced by the people who surround and inspire me. However, all characters are fictional. They only speak, move and breathe within the pages of this book.'

One of the Mayne Island residents who has inspired me is Terrill Welch.

I met Terrill Welch at an event she organized to celebrate International Women’s Day. After our short chat, I had a feeling that I had met a dynamic woman, who is engaged in a mission of empowerment.

I am pleased to introduce Terrill

Me: Where did you live before coming to Mayne Island?

Terrill: Naming the string of places I have called home would make a fairy ring around Mayne Island. We most recently lived in Pedder Bay on the far side of the district of Metchosin outside of Victoria. I was born in the farming community of Vanderhoof, British Columbia in the year 1958.

Me: Why did you come to Mayne Island?

Terrill: My partner and I could live anywhere in the world. David is retired and my business is flexible and international in scope. We quickly decided that we wanted to stay in Canada. Prince Edward Island was a strong contender on our list of choices. Fortunately, we found our home first before deciding on any particular geographic location and it just happened to be on Mayne Island. We moved to Mayne Island in May 2007. We now live in a beautiful eco-friendly strawbale timberframe home that was built by Tracy Calvert. To the relief of our collection of eight grown children, we have settled on the south west coast instead of across the country!

Me: Why do you stay?

Terrill: We are comfortable with the semi-rural life-style and feel like a valued part of the small community here on the island.

Me: What do you like best about living and working here?

Terrill: …that I can!

Me: What do you do for fun on the island?

Terrill: My most favourite island activity is to hike around exploring cliffs and seashores with a heavy digital cannon camera slung over my shoulder. My second most favourite thing is to have friends and family over to visit.

Me: What do you like the least?

Terrill: Long-term what is least controllable about living on an island is reliable and affordable ferry service.

Me: Why would you leave?

Terrill: We are staying.

Me: Please tell us about your business.

Terrill: I am a woman living a life of simple abundance. My vision for the world is that we are walking in the sunshine of our soul; embracing difference, joy, colour and transformation as opportunities present themselves. I can be counted on to hold space for actualizing diversity, harmony and greatness in our being.
My life's work is focused on changing the social fabric of society through action which enhances the quality of life for women and children. I trust that if this work is successful, the world will be a better place for everyone. Using a unique by-donation service delivery approach I am dedicated to helping women and women leaders live vibrant and purposeful lives. To learn more about my work go to Terrill Welch - A Woman behind Women at or buy my book Leading Raspberry Jam Visions: Women’s Way.

Me: Please share any words of advice, comments, concerns, hints or tips or...with our island community?

Terrill: A vision not lived remains only a dream – may you be living your vision!

Thank you, Terrill

Monday, July 6, 2009

Mayne Island waits

When on Mayne Island, please enjoy but remain aware of the fragile microcosm.

Do your part to maintain and sustain it.

-Recycle, reduce and reuse...
Before you leave please take your recycling to our recycling depot. Please take your garbage with you. There is no landfill site on our island. We must pay to have garbage hauled off the island. And, please don't litter.

-Keep your dog on a leash...
Dogs that run loose have and will attack and kill.

-Conserve water

-Beware of the fire hazards...
Signs are posted for your edification. When the fire hazard is extreme please don't light fires (outside or in).

-Support our island economy by purchasing island grown and manufactured items.

-Obey traffic safety rules.... Drive cautiously. Bikers please ride single file down the side of the road.

-Enjoy your stay and come back often.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

A Maynely a Mystery spotting

at the Mayne Island Farmers' Market.

Maynely a Mystery will be there until Thanksgiving (Saturday, October 10th). The market is held every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm on the Agricultural Society grounds on beautiful Mayne Island.
What are those knitted items on the table?
Book socks
Learn how to knit them next week on Designers' Note (

Thursday, July 2, 2009

At Mayne Island's Farmers' Market

Maynely a Mystery will be there (at the Farmers' Market) this Saturday.
Where is the Farmers' Market?
On the Agricultural Society Hall.
What time does the Farmers' Market start?
10 am
I look forward to seeing you there.
Maynely a Mystery has just been added here:

Actually I just tried to find Maynely a Mystery. I couldn't. However, I could find it when I did a search for authors. I entered my name: Leanne Dyck
I hope you can find it that way too.
Please let me know if you encounter problems.
Thank you

Monday, June 29, 2009

Write! the Mayne Island writing retreat

On Saturday, June 27th I spent an enjoyable day at the writers' retreat.

Guest speaker: S. Fuller

Retreat organizer: Terrill Welch

I am currently working on my next novel. I write that with the full knowledge that I am stretching the truth. More to the point I should write, I have been attempting to work on my next novel. In reality I have been actively pursuing excuses to prevent me from returning to the writing desk. I have been writing. Sure I have. I have been writing ads, presentations, and other marketing material for Maynely a Mystery. I have been jotting notes for my next novel. ...but writing in earnest, I must confess I have avoided.

I know I needed a wake up call.

And this weekend I did receive one.

What did I learn? What would I like to share with you...

-schedule a regular writing time -- daily.
-to write well you must be well read.


Friday, June 26, 2009

A Mayne Island writer

I have joined a group of esteemed writers.
I am delighted that my name has been added to this list:

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Book Tour in October

In October, I am planning a book tour. I will be traveling to Manitoba. While there I hope to network with some Winnipeg bookstores.

The highlight of the trip, for me, will be a book reading here:

Eriksdale is a rural community with a population of about 991 . The community offers a school, a credit union and senior residences.

Although, the soil is rocky beef and dairy farms abound.

Why am I traveling there?

Eriksdale is a special place to me. I was born and raised there. As well, seventeen years ago in August, I was married there.

It has been ten years since I have been back. It is time to return. I hope to take you with me. Pack your sweaters -- we may get snow.

Learn more about Eriksdale:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Where did all the books go?

Scroll back to June 15th (What I did last weekend). You will find an account of the arrival of these. I picked them up from Island Blue Print on Saturday, June 13th.

A box full of 50 copies of my mystery novel - Maynely a Mystery. Humble beginnings. I picked up the box as I would a box full of puppies. I knew my mission was to find a good home for each and every one of them.

Well, I'm pleased to write that this is what is left.

Of these nine copies three are sold. I'm simply holding them for their off-island readers. It took me ten days to find good homes for my little puppies. I am thrilled by this success. And, yes, most importantly, I have placed another order with Island Blue Print.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Maynely a Mystery is now available on Salt Spring Island

from ArtCraft in Mahon Hall

( Summer student employee, Scott holds Maynely a Mystery. Thank you Scott.)
from Sabine's Bookshop

(Barnaby, the new owner of Sabine's, reads one of his latest additions to his fine collection of rare and used books. You will find Maynely a Mystery resting comfortably on the front counter).

from Salt Spring Books

from Volume II Bookshop

Ask for Maynely a Mystery at your local bookstore.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Hanging signs on Salt Spring Island

I will be hanging these signs at various places on Salt Spring Island.

There will be four in total. Why not see if you can find them all?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Maynely a Mystery events

July book signing at Miners Bay Books on Mayne Island. Date and time to be announced

Saturday, August 1st @ 7:30 pm book reading at the Mayne Island reading centre

Friday, September 4th @ 7:30 pm book launch featuring Mayne Island musicians to be held at the Ag Hall.

I will provide you with additional information as each event draws nearer. And of course, after the event I will report back.
Happy reading,

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

the mystery on the front cover

April 4th dawned sunny and warm. I packed my camera thinking that inspiration might strike. As it was Monday, I went to Tia Chi class. After class, inspiration did strike and I toured the island on my bright yellow electric bike taking photos.

Surely one of this pictures will be perfect for the front cover of my novel, I thought.

I clicked happily photos of views of the ocean from Felix Jack road, from Village Bay road and finally I decided to try taking some pictures at Miners Bay Park. You know the park by the reading centre.

After my adventure in photography, I was eager to get home and view my yield.

Well, the picture that I took at Miners Bay Park immediately stood out for me. I smiled contentedly. I had the picture for the front cover.

Now three months later I am still very pleased.

Recently, I was looking at my book with my hubby.

He casually said, "Oh, yes, I was meaning to ask you. Whose boat is that?"

"I don't know," I said.

He looked puzzled, "What do you mean, you don't know? Didn't you ask permission before you took the photo?"

"No," I confessed. "Do you think that will be a problem?"

"I don't know it could be," he said.

Well, that was enough to make me worry. ...but what could I do the book had been published.

On Monday, I made a Post Office run. While mailing my book to bookstores and libraries I explained to the Meredith (Mayne Island's Post Mistress) that I had my new book.

"Do you want to see it I asked?"

She did. I showed it to her. She was intrigued. She asked, "Who's boat is that?"

I paused. I didn't know how to answer that question.

"You know that might be our boat," she said.

"Really," I said hopeful. "If it was your boat would it be okay if it was on the front cover?"

"Of course," she said.

Oh, please be Meredith's boat, I thought.

"When did you take the picture?" She asked.

"In April," I said.

"Where was the picture taken?" She asked.

I told her the location.

"No, it isn't our boat," she said. "I think its Mark's boat."

How would Mark feel about his boat being on the front cover, I worried.

This morning I went to the Mayne Island reading centre. It was my volunteer day. Outside the library three dead trees were being removed. Mark is a tree trimmer. He is well skilled at his job. Watching him remove the trees was an event. An audience soon assembled. It was a tricky feat. The trees could have caused a lot of damage. Telephone lines could have been cut. Vehicles damaged. Well, we need not have worried -- Mark safely fell the trees.

My shift at the reading centre ended. As I left the centre I noticed that Mark was packing to leave as well.

Now is the time, I told myself.

What will his reaction be, I worried.

I explained. He smiled.

"A picture of my boat is on your novel," he said.

"Yes," I confessed.

"Well, well," he seemed pleased.

"Is that okay?" I asked.

"Of course," he said. "You know that boat is an antique. It was built at New Westminster in the 1920s."

Another piece of Mayne Island history preserved for all time. Preserved on the cover of Maynely a Mystery. Another Mayne Island mystery solved. Thank you so much Mark for being so understanding.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Maynely a Mystery sighting

Jennifer O'Shaughnessy holds the latest addition to her extensive collection of books - Maynely a Mystery.