Monthly Archives June 2009

Subtle

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” - Groucho Marx Editor J tells me some of my changes to Harbour View are a tad subtle. Who, me? Subtle? That sound you hear is the thud of heads dropping, as, one by one, my writers’ group members laugh them off. In the four, nearly five years we’ve been together, the women
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Bach. Sweet.

“I was made to work. If you are equally industrious, you will be equally successful.” - Johann Sebastian Bach I’ve been playing some Bach, old favourites from his collection of Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. A reader might wonder what the heck a violist is doing playing a cello suite, but as any violist will tell you, JS Bach had the viola in mind all along when he was writing
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Stet

Stet: (usu. as an instruction written on a proof-sheet, etc) Let the original form stand.   Perfidy:  A deliberate breach of faith; calculated violation of trust; treachery. I love it when friends give me new words; there is no more thoughtful gift. Arrived recently by email perfidy, a word I have vague recollections of reading in Shakespeare, but have never, ever used. It was like receiving a posie, something to put
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Short & Sweet

“Do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in few.” - Pythagoras I can’t seem to get comfortable with the novel I’m writing. I think partly it’s the scope of it, at least the possibilities that reside within the draft. In recent years I’ve written about fifteen short stories, most of them in the 2,000 – 5,000-word range, some of which are the basis of
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Stories, Stories, Everywhere

“I think of a writer as a river: you reflect what passes before you.” - Natalia Ginzburg I’ve been wondering what I’ll talk about at my book launch in October. Actually, I’ve mostly been wondering how I’ll keep my supper down before the book launch, but that’s another matter for another blog post… Anyway, I had a glimmer of an idea this morning while chatting electronically with a friend who lives in
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Tacky to the Rescue

“HOW MANY TOES DOES A FISH HAVE? AND HOW MANY WINGS ON A COW?” - Helen Lester We had a bit of drama on election day. My small neighbour, C., accidentally locked herself and her little sister, S., in the house while their mother was readying the stroller for their walk to the school to vote. C. is big enough to push the door closed, but not big enough to unlock it,
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What Are Poets Thinking?

“The only war that matters is the war against imagination.” - from Diane di Prima’s beat poem, “Rant”* Recently I attended a gathering of writers. Thirty of us sat on chairs and couches and spots on the floor in a home with many windows overlooking the Northwest Arm, a beautiful body of water, which, on this day, was covered in a fine maritime mist. But the view was
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Sabbatical Update

“A writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.” - John Steinbeck Oh my, an embarrassment of riches, enough to make the most seasoned Reluctant Blogger blush! The Business Guy has threatened to write about it if I don’t, so here goes. Deep breath.
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Two Books

“When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.” - Erasmus Well, the warm weather lasted about five minutes before I scurried back under three layers of clothes and the poor souls in shorts and flip-flops started shivering all over again. You’d think they might pull on toe-socks or something, but no. It’s spring in Halifax. Time for shorts and
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