Monthly Archives October 2010

Letting Go

“The happiest writer is a writer not writing.”  - E.B gratis norsk. White The fall colours have blazed their way onto the trees; branches are crackling with flame-coloured leaves against the most brilliant skies I can recall. The colours are about three weeks late by my estimation, but worth the wait. A new friend, visiting from balmy Australia, asks me, “Binnie, do you have a furnace?” I am charmed,
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Quest(ions)

“I suppose you come to know yourself as much by what you throw away as what you keep and at times it is appalling.” - Flannery O’Connor I spend a few days playing Schubert’s “Great” Symphony, enjoying the rehearsals, the discoveries of new ways to play it – phrasing, tempo, dynamics, articulation - but always at the side of my mind lurks my nearly-finished short story. The rehearsals end; I pack up
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Three Cheers

1. “I’m a fan of the short story. I don’t see it as a warmup act for the great novel-writing career. People say that you have to escape the limitations of the short story to move on to the broader canvas of the novel, but there are possibilities in short stories that are not there in the novel.” - Alexander MacLeod Anyone else hoot and holler at the Giller
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Revisions

“This morning I took out a comma, and this afternoon I put it back again.” - Oscar Wilde An email has arrived. M, who lives far away, has sent much-needed feedback on a new short story. I’d trust M with my life, which is why I’ve asked her to look at my story. She is an elegant writer who is making her way professionally; once upon a time when we lived
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