Monthly Archives November 2008

Happy Anniversary!

“Music can sound like the wind and the rain, and like thunder! It can make you happy or sad, or remind you of things, like bumblebees, or birds, or.. casual dating norge. or… yellow!”  - Trixie Spider This week being the anniversary of the eight-show run of A Spider’s Tale, I invite you, Dear Reader, to inspect the Spider page on my website. But before you spend too much time there,
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Four Hats, Four Pages

“I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.” - Steven Wright Winter has firmly asserted itself with a thick blanket of snow that recently had Halifax socked in for half a day. While the Business Guy toiled with the neighbour’s snow blower (“No, honey, really. You just stay warm while I dig us out. Really.”), I knitted my fourth hat in four days, reasoning with
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The Yarn-Whisperer

“I don’t believe in writing every day though I’m at my desk every day dating i norge. So much of the writing is thinking before you write, reading, or simply brooding.” - Stanley Kunitz There’s snow drifting down. Earlier it was rain, then as the mercury headed towards zero, it turned into thick rain, and now it’s that wet, sloppy variety of snow – snowdrops, really. It
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No Lipstick Required

“The natural writer hopes to communicate – to present somebody else his interpretation of life.” - Booth Tarkington “What do you get out of writing your blog?” It’s a good question, raised by someone near-and-dear who has been following my blog since the very first post. Herewith, my answers, for there are a few: 1. Marketing: Emerging writers need to make themselves seen/heard/read, and to do so, they
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High Anxiety

“Though an angel should write, still ’tis devils must print.” - Thomas Moore You would not believe the dreams flying around inside my sleeping head lately. When I’m hot on the trail of a story, my subconscious flits about in a lively manner, bringing the strangest things to the surface.  Of late there have been a couple of dreams involving tragic little girls in ordinary situations made
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Courage

I come from a family of storytellers, and I regard their stories as gifts to be cherished. The following, told to me by my father, is one of those I cherish most. I think of it every year on Remembrance Day: Courage by Geoffrey Payzant In summer and autumn of 1944 I was wearing the uniform of a humble sailor and was stationed at H.M.S. Daedalus,  a Royal Navy Station at
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First Draft

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” - Scott Adams As I’ve said in the past, writing is rewriting. For me, rewriting has evolved from being an arduous chore to becoming an exercise in the thrill of discovery and striving for perfection. In short, rewriting is a joy; I love nearly everything about it. And then there’s the first draft.
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A World Within

“I discovered a world within myself that I had not known was there.” So MG Vassanji began his reading at the IFOA last Friday night in Toronto. He was talking about his process of discovery while travelling in India and researching his ancestral homeland for his latest book, A Place Within. His words apply to all forms of storytelling: fiction, poetry, non-fiction and everything in-between. I hung on to every word as the reading
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