Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Alberta - An Introduction

My contemporary stories are set in fictitious towns and cities in Alberta, Canada.  

Here I am!
(along the David Thompson
Highway in the
Rocky Mountains)
April 2012
I've considered shifting my stories to similarly fictitious towns and cities south of border (maybe Montana? Colorado?) to make the stories potentially more appealing to a US audience, but I've resisted so far. Although Canada and the US are similar, they are not the same.  There are so many ways I could make a mistake... besides, I really like my stories set where they are.

So, Alberta stays - at least for now.

In light of that, I've decided to highlight Alberta on my blog in a regular post.

For a few years, I lived in Ontario (central Canada).  During that time, whenever I heard Paul Brandt's Alberta Bound, my skin would tingle and I'd get a little choked up. 

So, to kick things off, I'm sharing that video by this country music singer.

I hope you enjoy it.


Have you ever felt there was a place you were meant to live? 

For me, right now, that is Alberta.  I've lived here for most of my life, and I still love it!


Anonymous said...

Hi, Lorraine. First off, I have to say I love the new look of your blog. Really nice! And yes, I can relate to a setting that you know. I set most of my stories in the U.S. in Pennsylvania, because I know it well. I'll also use the eastern seaboard because it's like a second home. If I venture west, it's usually to a state/city that I've visited.

Great song and vid. I have a few writer friends on the Canadian side of the boarder :)

Anonymous said...

Duh! please excuse my spelling mistakes. Too much on my plate today I guess! :)

patonlorraine said...

Hi, Mae!

Thanks! I had a lot of fun playing with the look on my blog!

It is interesting, isn't it? What seems "common" to us might be exotic to someone else, right? For example, Pennsylvania sounds fascinating. :)