Perched on a Mountain in B.C.

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Perched on a Mountain in B.C.

Posted on April 12 by Kim Thompson
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Kim Thompson, author of Eldritch Manor, recently moved to British Columbia, and today she tells us about her experience so far in the beautiful province. Kim is a filmmaker and television writer who has written scripts for many well-known children’s cartoons. Eldritch Manor is her first novel. She lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.

Kim:

Eight months ago I lived in the west end of Toronto in an old brick house with a yard so small I could cut the grass with scissors. Today I’m in a wood frame cottage surrounded by mossy trees, perched on the side of a mountain on Saltspring Island, B.C.

A bit of a change.

I haven’t been here very long but I’ve noticed a few basic things about British Columbia:

1.      It’s green. Freakishly green.

2.     And damp. If you stand still for too long moss will grow on you.

3.     Ravens’ wings make a loud whooshing sound.

4.     This is the only place where I have ever been asked in casual conversation if I own a chainsaw.

5.      Everyone backs into parking lot spots.

6.      Raccoons in the wild are only half the size of their cheezie-bloated Toronto cousins.

7.      Everyone’s got a bear story.

8.      Santa Claus travels by float plane.

Saltspring Island is a weird, unique little place, but in many ways it lives up to every B.C. cliché. Nobody is on time for anything. Nobody locks their cars, and many actually leave their keys in the ignition. The guy at the next table in the coffee shop could be a millionaire, or he could live in a cave. When you meet someone new here, you have absolutely no idea what outfield world-view they’re about to throw at you.

As for writing in B.C., I now stare out my office window at trees instead of buildings, and my concentration is shattered by ravens flapping around instead of sirens. My brain is still settling into the new rhythm. For a long time I found the energy of the city invigorating. The buzz and hum of people doing things – working, hustling, rushing about, and talking talking talking – carried me along for many years, but lately I realized that the city was just making me resentful, stressed and antsy.

I needed to find a quiet, green, bird-twittery hideaway and this place fits the bill. I don’t know much about the writing community in B.C. yet, though they tell me you can’t throw a rock on this island without hitting a writer. And I haven’t been here long enough to have a full B.C.-inspired novel in my head, but my next book will probably include at least one character covered in moss.

Kim Thompson

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Kim Thompson

Kim Thompson is a filmmaker and television writer who has written scripts for many well-known children’s cartoons. She lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.