Monthly Archives December 2008

Inspiration

“Don’t ask who’s influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he’s digested, and I’ve been reading all my life.” - Giorgos Seferis Not much writing happening these days, but there never is at this time of year – there are too many happy distractions. For example, as I type, the Non-Resident-Non-Teenager (NRNT) is flopped on my bed (my Writer’s Garret stuff having been relegated to the
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Answers to a few ‘Butterfly’ questions.

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” - Robert Frost    1. Where did you find the idea for your short story, ‘Butterfly’? In the newspaper, which is a great source of story ideas. Every day, millions of little plots unfold in the world, and some of them find their way to the paper. I’ve found inspiration by this means a few times. 2. What made you choose this
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Jammin’ for Jimmy

“What comes from the heart goes to the heart.” - Samuel Taylor Coleridge “This could only happen here,” declared a bassoonist friend, with no small amount of emotion showing on his face. “Only in Halifax would the entire arts community turn out to support one of our own. This should have national coverage.” One of our own is sick. The other day, on short notice, several hundred
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Butterfly

My good friend and colleague J.D. can be very persuasive. When she hinted that she’d like to see one of my recent stories posted on my website, I could think of no reason not to do so. J.D. has also hinted broadly about a hat. While she’s reading this, I’ll go dig around the yarn stash and see what I can come up with.     Butterfly by
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Back on Track

“Tell me a story, Pew. What kind of story, child? A story with a happy ending. There’s no such thing in all the world. As a happy ending? As an ending.” - Jeanette Winterson My Bill Bryson kick seems to have run its course. As part of my getting-unstuck therapy, recently I turned to Bryson for a bit of non-fiction relief, and reread three of his books,
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POV

“The truth is not distorted here, but rather a certain distortion is used to get at the truth.” - Flannery O’Connor Frankly, I’m stuck. My 100-page novel manuscript has sat quietly for a few weeks now, as I’ve pondered and knitted hats and fretted and written a couple of short stories and fussed and knitted some more. A friend who keeps a journal recently told me how
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R-e-s-p-e-c-t

“Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.” - Edward Albee I knitted a few more hats this week, and the fruits of my labour included one blog-beanie commission (yay, I can buy more yarn!) and another Christmas present. And once again, with surprisingly little effort, I wrote
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