This comes several days late, but I would like to say a million and one thank yous to the musicians, actors, and writers (and family members!) who showed such generosity in making a novel draft come alive in Goderich, Ontario on December 17, 2012. I was moved by the kindness of the 40 people who took the time to come, some travelling from a considerable distance, and give of themselves and their valuable time during a season when time is so scarce and conflicting demands are so taxing. I do not know what will happen when climatechangenovel.com / Heartland Village Incorporated comes out next year (2013), but I do know you gave me an early Christmas gift by coming out to the Candlelight Tavern (thanks, Gus, for hosting!) and laughing (at the right times!) and asking questions about the story, and providing constructive criticism, and giving a standing ovation to the talented musicians (thanks, Kate, thanks, Sharon!) and talented readers (Duncan, Rick, Rob, Dean, Dave, Gary, Shelley, Peter, Nick, Shelleen, Karen, and my beautiful Judith) who made my words sound better than I had written them. I can't predict the future of this project but I can say you have already humbled me by your faith in me and your friendship and your commitment to the creative process and your belief that we must do more to mitigate and adapt to the changes in our weather and climate if we are to avoid a walk down a treacherous path.
Tim Cumming is a professional communicator and former journalist and teacher. He has taught in Canada and Mexico. He is author of The Tiger's Lion, a play about Scottish novelist John Galt. His articles and columns have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The London Free Press, The Record, and The News and The Mexico City Times in Mexico City.