The History of My Writing

While I’ve written a memoir and am about to publish a novel, my first venture into writing was curriculum related. I had spent many years developing courses of study for other people but, believing my ideas could help new teachers everywhere, I decided to market a collection of tried-and-true activities under my business name, Gibson Associates.

Curriculum Style Materials for Gibson Associates: Image by James Gibson

I ventured into print in 2010 with the publication of ‘A Father’s Message’ in the summer edition of Renaissance, the trade magazine of RTO. The article focused on one of my interests, staying healthy after retirement. But, I have never wanted to be pigeon-holed as a writer.

My Philosophy of Health in Renaissance Magazine: Image by James Gibson

In 2011 The Monograph, the journal of the Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental Education published  my lesson plan on Predicting Settlement Patterns.

Monograph Doc 1

To broaden my writing scope, in 2011 I also sought out and found an online writing and later editing opportunity with suite101.com. It allowed me to write about anything that interested me; and In February of that year I wrote my first online essay, a personal look at the wineries of Lake Erie’s North Shore, particularly Essex County ON Canada.

Wineries of Essex County. Image by James Gibson

In their wisdom, Suite 101.com operated a writers’ forum and I found it invaluable. I found many of the writers very accomplished and widely published. They motivated me to attempt other forms of writing, including a non-fiction family memoir and a fictional murder mystery.

I had read Chatham-born Lori Lansens’ book, The Girls and liked her technique of switching viewpoints about the same topic. It led me to do the same in  A Brother and Four Sisters,  a coming of age novel set in Galt (Cambridge) ON Canada. It is currently available in paperback, but also in eBook form at Smashwords and  Kobo.

My attempt at a full-length murder mystery, Bang Bang, was begun and is now in the editing stage. Set in the Windsor-Detroit border area, it begins just before the year 2001 and the 9/11 attacks. Finished is The Geographer’s Toolbox available at Teachers pay Teachers, an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

When Suite101.com closed, archived its content, and decided to go in a different direction I began writing Geoscience articles for Decoded Science. It is an editorially-vetted online magazine that focuses on science stories in the news. One of my articles, for instance, was on the geography in aerialist Nik Wallenda’s Skywire Tightrope Gorge Crossings.

Nik Wallenda and Geography. Image by James Gibson

For a short period of time I contributed to a column in Windsor Square. Entitled ‘Conversations’  it involves one-on-one conversations with interesting people (entrepreneurs, writers, etc.), some ordinary and some not, some through standard interviews and some off-the-cuff vignettes.

Introduction of James Gibson to Windsor Square Audience.


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