Monthly Archives August 2010

Mountains, Harbours, and Conversations

“One big ‘Aha!’ for geologists was that an entire mountain could collapse.” - Peter Frenzen It’s been a thrilling time, of late. The Business Guy and I took a much-needed and -appreciated vacation to places south and west, where we visited new sights and old friends. One highlight involved a twenty-minute ferry trip to Vashon Island, Washington where we saw the Bicycle Tree, which became famous after someone chucked
Continue

Shameless Plug

“I always start a book for money. If you’ve been married five times you have to.” - Norman Mailer Seen recently on my facebook page: “The Chapters-Indigo flyer arrived today. They forgot to mention my novella, Harbour View, for those who are still looking for a great summer read. Harbour View is on the longlist for a ReLit Award, and was a finalist for a 2010 Atlantic Book
Continue

Dog Days*

*Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time “when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies” according to Brady’s Clavis Calendarium. It’s another in a long and unusual line of relentlessly beautiful summer days in Halifax. The sun has burst forth from a Perseids-showered night, the leaves and the grass are an eye-popping
Continue

Things Noticed

“A writer is someone on whom nothing is lost.” - Henry James I’ve just returned from Prince Edward Island, a lovely place where there is never a shortage of things to catch the eye: 1. When the sun graced a red currant picked from the bush behind my great-grandmother’s woodshed, the berry gleamed in my palm like a glass bead, a jewel. 2. A photograph taken in 1917 of my grandfather, who
Continue

Mid-Summer

“Swift as a shadow, short as any dream; Brief as the lightning in the collied night.” - William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1:1) It’s time to pause and reflect on the riches this summer has presented. I’ve enjoyed time spent in the country, in a posh club, in the woods, and by the sea, all of it related to literary endeavours: 1. It all started with my writing retreat
Continue