Monthly Archives August 2009

On its Way…

“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” - Arabian proverb Yesterday arrived an email that competes with the “We are pleased to inform you”variety in terms of thrill factor. Editor J sent the following: “Hi Binnie, The books are on their way…” Which was all I needed to produce the operatic holler that usually follows “We are pleased to inform you…” The Resident Canine was as excited as I was, and
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Character Sketch

“But the best thing about my art is this, that it can test in every way whether the mind… is bringing forth a mere image, an imposture, or a real and genuine offspring.” - Plato Recently I had occasion to drop off a package at the receptionist’s desk in a spiffy new office building. The walls were a soothing shade of green, plants sat in tasteful arrangements,
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Lemons Update

“Do you know the land where the lemon trees flower?” -Goethe Phew, it’s HOT. We east-coast types aren’t used to this kind of heat. After a solid month of rain and grey skies, long sleeves and socks, I’d forgotten what the sun looked like. The cats are now sprawling, flattened by the heat, and the Resident Canine lies about with her paws in the air, trying to
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Review

“You can taste a word.” - Pearl Bailey It’s not often I read a book review and am so utterly enthralled by the possibilities lying within that I cannot WAIT to read the book. Such was the case, recently, with a review written by Steven Galloway about Michael Crummey’s latest novel,Galore. It’s not just the book that caught my attention, it’s the review itself. There is nothing
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Book Jacket

“The envisioned final product, smelling of glue and freshly sliced paper, hangs as a shining mirage luring me through many a gray writing day.” - John Updike Much excitement around here the other day. An email arrived from Editor J with the biggest attachment my computer has ever accepted, albeit grudgingly, and well it might: it was the full jacket of my novella. There it was in teal splendor, the Quattro Books logo
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Writing Fuel

“I do not teach creative writing; I teach stubborn-ness and persistence.” - Richard Bausch, faculty member, The Humber School for Writers Much of my writing time these days is spent on novella-related matters, as the release date for Harbour View looms. There are blurbs to write and distribute, reviews and readings to organize, and a couple of book launches to think about. But every now and then I do manage to
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Fun with Lemons

“I use the proportions of a very dry martini, since you can always add more lemon but you can’t take it out.” - Julia Child’s Basic Vinaigrette recipe (Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom)  The Business Guy has been having some fun with the opening line to the excerpt I posted last week. At unexpected moments he’ll turn to me with a scholarly, yet dreamy look, and hit me with a guerilla opening
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Take Note

“All the charm of all the muses often flowering in a lonely word.” - Alfred Lord Tennyson The sun has made a few brief appearances on Canada’s east coast, so recently I hied myself out to the garden to scritch the cat and take a few quiet moments to read through my Writing Camp notes. As is my habit, while at camp I took reams and reams of notes, jotting down anything
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