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Two Publications

2017 has been a busy year, both on the (backyard) farm and at the writer's desk. I've had two (ok, really 3) publications this year, starting with my short story, "Salmon Upstream," which appeared this summer in Taddle Creek's Canada Issue. The issue features writers from every corner of Canada, and I was asked to represent Nova Scotia <3 <3 <3. "Salmon Upstream," about skateboarders in New Waterford, is available online for your reading pleasure.

I also published my first ever farm-related writing in Rural Delivery--a profile on Blue Pearl Farm, an organic blueberry farm in Strathlorne, Cape Breton, and a short feature on the Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-operative. The articles are only available in print (in the November issue of RD), but it's very much worth subscribing to RD, an Atlantic Canadian magazine with a focus on farming, rural life, and communities.

My Essay about Dawson, Art, and Permaculture Now Online

You can now read my essay, "Permaculture on the Permafrost," which first appreared in Canadian Notes and Queries 96, here on my website

Photo, below, was taken on the trail leading to the Midnight Dome, a small-ish mountain in Dawson City, Yukon.

 

Polar Opposites

At Berton House last winter, Julien shot timelapses of the Northern Lights from the kitchen window. Back home in Cape Breton, we decided to take those timelapses, add a soundscape, and pitch it to Lumière, Sydney's art-at-night-festival. The result was Polar Opposites, a multimedia video installation we projected onto the side of the Royal Hotel in downtown Sydney.

Polar Opposites has been making the rounds--it was part of New Glasgow's Art at Night Festival, as well as Dawson's City's (s)hiver. The photos, below, were taken by Blair Douglas during this year's (s)hiver. The video was projected onto the front of Bill Big's Blacksmith Shop.

Collaborating with Julien on Polar Opposites, in part, inspired me to write my essay, "Permaculture on the Permafrost," which is forthcoming now available from Canadian Notes and Queries. The essay is about a bunch of things, but, particularly, the benefits of arts collaborations and building communities using permaculture design techniques.

As part of Lumière, Julien and I were asked to give a talk about art and community. So we talked about how Polar Opposites came about, and I highlighted some points from my CNQ essay. The talk is now on YouTube (and embedded, below).

Yukon Readings

I'm all set to read at both the Dawson City and Whitehorse libraries this month. Leaving Dawson is going to be quite bittersweet--it'll be hard to give up all this writing and thinking time, but I'm really looking forward to being back on Cape Breton Island, enjoying the woodstove and saying "hi" to the ocean. Still, being in the north has been wonderful. I love the Yukon and can't wait to come back. Here are my reading dates!

Dawson City

Thursday, March 19, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Dawson City Community Library

Whitehorse

Thursday, March 26, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Whitehorse Public Library

Photo of Northern Lights over Robert Service's cabin by yours truly.

Two Weeks till the Berton House

I'm dreaming of a White(horse) Christmas.


Photo from Wikipedia.

 

Making a Difference on Cape Breton Island

Cape Breton's CBC Mainstreet has a series called "Making a Difference," about Cape Bretoners who are doing positive things in their communities on the island. Alyce MacLean, CBC's freelance reporter, interviewed me for the series. We talked about writing in New Waterford, east coast stories, working (as a woman) in technology, and revitalizing the economy of the island by supporting local businesses. Here's the link to the interview! http://www.cbc.ca/mainstreetcb/making-a-difference/2014/09/23/making-a-difference-nicole-dixon/

CBC Interview about Alistair MacLeod

I was asked to share a couple of stories about Alistair MacLeod for CBC Cape Breton's Information Morning. The segment aired this morning (April 25) and I remembered to record it. Yup. I had a scotch with Alistair MacLeod. Here's the story!

The M Word Launches in Toronto

I have an essay in The M Word: Conversations about Motherhood called "Babies in a Dangerous Time: On Choosing to Be Child-Free." It's a non-mom essay in an anthology that's very mom-oriented--kinda like non-moms in a very mom-oriented world. Anyway, I'm heading to Toronto for the launch on Tues., April 15, 6 p.m., at Ben McNally Bookstore, 366 Bay St. I'll be reading with other contributors and there'll be a discussion. Gonna represent for the child-free! Woot!

After this I hope I never ever have to explain why I'm not having kids. I know I probably will, but, hey--wouldn't it be nice if I never ever had to ever again? Dreams...

Berton House Writers' Retreat

It's official: I'll be heading to Dawson City, Yukon, next January-March, to be the writer-in-resident at the Pierre Berton House. The promise of 3 months to write and only write would tempt any writer to the Yukon in January...right? For more info about the program, you can read the Writers' Trust's official press release.

High-Water Mark is sexy

So says The 49th Shelf, who've "put together this list of Canada's sexiest books with input from some of the nation's best readers".

The stories in Dixon's collection are incredibly diverse, but sex is what most of them have in common. Everybody's doing it (well, except the married people), and they're having revenge sex, gay sex, threesomes and more. Even in Sarnia, shockingly.

Some lovely company, including Douglas Glover's amazing Elle.

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