Monthly Archives July 2009

Excerpt

“First sentences are doors to worlds.” - Ursula K. Le Guin I’ve been asked by a Very Polite Person if I’d mind posting the excerpt I read a couple of weeks ago at Writing Camp. “Blow in my ear,” as my mother would say; and besides being flattered beyond reason, I can’t think why not. Herewith, the opening of Chapter 3 from my novella, Harbour View:   Chapter
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A Moment of Grace

“With words, all that matters is to express the truth.” - Confucious Wayson Choy has a calm and direct stare from which the wisdom of the ages seems to emerge. It’s fitting, given the direct and lyrical approach he takes with his writing, both in his novels (The Jade Peony and All That Matters) and his memoirs (Paper Shadows and Not Yet). When I met Wayson at last week’s Writing Camp, I was in
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Little Short Pants

“Writing makes important.” - Henry James The Business Guy and the Resident Teenager are patiently waiting for me to come back down to earth. I’ve been abducted by aliens, and haven’t quite found my way home yet. Where to begin? My week at Writing Camp was fantastic. For seven days, from dawn to dusk, I was immersed in the art and craft of writing, surrounded by other writers equally keen.
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Wingding

“Remember, it is no sign of weakness or defeat that your manuscript ends up in need of major surgery. This is a common occurrence in all writing, and among the best writers.” - E.B. White, The Elements of Style Phew, what a couple of weeks it’s been. I feel I am now officially overly-acquainted with the Harbour View galleys, just a tad too involved with every last comma, semi-colon, italicized
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Off-season

“To pay attention: this is our endless and proper work.” - Mary Oliver The house is dancing with visions of sugarplums. Well, sort of. It being July, I suppose this needs explaining. My writing sabbatical began officially on September 22, 2008. For the first time in many years, I embarked on a year without playing the viola for a living. Since 1989 I have called Halifax my
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