Category Archives: the writing process

The Spaces in Between

This weekend I was on a panel at the breathtaking new Halifax Central Library (pictured here), with acclaimed journalist and fellow Fierce Shorts author, Chris Benjamin, talking about writing from life (although isn’t all writing from life? Even if it … Continue reading

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The Delight in the Words

So, I’m reading The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson ( the last book she wrote before she died) to my kids. My youngest is old enough now to appreciate the same book as my oldest which makes things even more cuddly … Continue reading

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Tending the Garden

This morning I looked at my backyard–naked again now that the blanket of snow has melted, and oh so terribly forlorn– and I saw nothing but piles of dog poo. I couldn’t call to mind the summer garden that I … Continue reading

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A Life in Art

Sometimes I wish I had more talent in drawing or sculpting or even in knitting. I am terrible at following patterns and even after many attempts, I am hopeless at socks. Turning heels? I just don’t get it. And worse … Continue reading

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When it goes so right…

Currently I am revising a manuscript for the fourth time. I mean, fourth as in major revisions. I’m not counting all the other revisions I do in the course of hammering out a story. But this time each revision has … Continue reading

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Writing with children

I think these are true memories. But after all I am a writer, and I tend to embellish or rewrite. (Always revisioning!) However, it is such a strong recollection, visual and visceral, that I am sure it is real. I … Continue reading

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Giving Up Control

No man is an island. No one does it all on their own. I fear I am a freak. A control freak. I like to have all ten of my fingers in the pie. For me, this is the hardest … Continue reading

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The Waiting Place

Do you know the book, Oh The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss? I picked it up at a garage sale years ago with a bunch of other kid lit classics- The Cat in the Hat, Goodnight Moon, The Snowy … Continue reading

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On Being a Writer and Identity

I am a writer. (This is an attempt to claim it for my own. Or reclaim it). Nope. I don’t think I have fully embraced it as a job description. Not even now, with three books published. When, besides looking … Continue reading

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Getting Paid

The headline should in fact read: Equating getting paid sporadically for doing something you love which leaves you no time to go out and get a ‘real’ job which would pay you regularly. I’ve struggled with this for years and … Continue reading

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