Monthly Archives November 2010

This & That

“I find that one story a year is a good average, for me, anyway. You can’t put one out right after another. Just write every day, whether you know what you’re doing or not.” - Flannery O’Connor My mind is blank. I can’t think of a single interesting thing to write about for today’s blog, so I will give an account of the day’s accomplishments: 1. Ambled
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Focus, A Bestseller & Some Shopping Tips

“Every day you do a little bit and you hope it’ll all come into focus. - Alex Colville 1. Trying to find the quiet time in a busy day, in a series of busy days, is the challenge. Some days it doesn’t happen at all; others, the words slip out onto the page with relative ease. I’ll take what I can get. 2. Meanwhile, many thanks to
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YouTube

“Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away.” - Clarence Darrow “You need to be on YouTube.” “No, I don’t.” “Yes, you do.” “No, I don’t.” “Yes, you do. You need to record yourself reading and put it on YouTube.” So began a recent supper conversation with the Business Guy. We’d had this chat before. I’d resisted.
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Remembrance

(This is my third Remembrance Day blog. In 2008 while I was thinking of what to write for Remembrance Day, I realized that nothing of mine would ever have the force of my father’s piece, “Courage.” I was proud to post it (with my mother’s blessing), and pleasantly surprised by the response to it by readers. In 2009 I had requests to post it again for Remembrance Day; it was my most-read
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Flannery’s Advice

“(Writing is like) pushing a stone uphill with my nose.” - Flannery O’Connor One of my great pleasures after a long day is to spend an hour or two reading during the evening. On my book table there sits a pile of books, some put aside for later and several of them ongoing: Light Lifting, Alexander MacLeod; The Winter Vault, Anne Michaels; Elizabeth Bishop’s collected works, Bishop: Prose, Poems, and Letters; and a
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Caption

“What happened to punctuation? Why is it so disregarded when it is self-evidently so useful in preventing enormous mix-ups?” - Lynne Truss (Eats, Shoots & Leaves) Recently seen on a photo caption: “Our oldest painting with potatoes.” I expected to see an old painting with potatoes either as the subject, or perhaps an old painting with some potatoes nearby. Imagine my surprise at the sight of a little
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