Monthly Archives September 2009

Reading

“Actual human beings are always more complex than one can possibly imagine in fiction.”  - May Sarton I’ve been attending Word on the Street (WOTS) for over a decade, pawing the books, listening to readings, wondering if I would ever have a turn at giving a reading. Well, this year I did it. I read from Harbour View. What a thrill! For the last week or two I’ve fretted while deciding
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Surreal

“We work in the dark. We do what we can. We give what we have.” - Henry James A recent stop at the gym yielded more than just a passing moment of perceived fitness. While I was toiling away, picking something heavy up and putting it down again to the thud-thud-thud of AM radio, my eye travelled around the gym to ease the boredom. The usual characters
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Like Riding a Bike

“Great things are not something accidental, but most certainly be willed.” - Vincent Van Gogh The floor had barely dried from cleaning up the Resident Feline’s opinion on the matter of my returning to work, when an email popped onto the screen, a gentle nudge from a writer friend hinting that I should have titled the last blog post “Back to a Different Form of Work.” Of course,
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Back to Work

“Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.” - Garrison Keillor It was my first day back to work after a year’s leave-of-absence, a year in which I wrote like a fury: three short stories, two pieces of flash fiction, a large chunk of novel manuscript, and a few publications including some short stories and a novella. It’s been a great year. But recently I’ve spent
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Old Friends

“The great books exist, not to hem us in, but to help us break our bonds.” - Albert Guerar The Garret is thick with the combined scents of cleaning powder and zucchini bread. It’s the last week of my sabbatical, so I’m cleaning and baking. By the time I post my next blog, I’ll have started back to work. This is my favourite time of year, with the air crisp,
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Big, Quiet Moments

“For several days after my book was published I carried it about in my pocket, and took surreptitious peeps at it to make sure the ink had not faded.” - JM Barrie A writer’s life is filled with quiet moments of all sorts, mainly of the reading, thinking-while-washing-the-dishes, and writing variety. Very occasionally, there are Big Quiet Moments. I’ve had a few of them this past year,
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Three Things Noticed

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted. You should live several lives while reading it.” - William Styron 1. That the moon and Jupiter have been up to all sorts of mischief. Impossible not to notice when the light of a new moon is cutting through the darkness at night, and a shining planet dances nearby. 2. Under This Unbroken Sky, a new
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Laptop

“It’s not that everyone with a laptop thinks they can write a book. The problem is that everyone with a laptop does write a book.” - Robert Fisk Recently I had computer troubles involving a series of bizarre and confounding symptoms that sent me running to my neighbourhood computer doctor. So frazzled was I, my breath came in little short pants. Even the Resident Canine was concerned. What,
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A Tale of Two Lemons

“People seldom read a book which is given to them. The way to spread a work is to sell it at a low price.” - Samuel Johnson Once upon a time, authors wrote books. Period. They wrote and wrote and wrote, and then they handed over the pages to Someone Else, and while the authors got back to writing, Someone Else took care of the details that
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