Short Story Study: A Round-Up

These days, I’m tuned into the All-Short-Stories-All-The-Time channel in my brain as I work on a collection. Here are a few of the things I’ve been reading, watching, and considering: The Journey Prize Stories: the annual collection of excellent stories nominated by Canadian literary journals for consideration for a $10,000 prize (the ones in the […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Deanna Young

Who are you? I am a poet and mother of three who has tried over the last 20 years to write and have a family while working at various other jobs (teaching and editing mainly), volunteering, being a friend, daughter, sister, etc. I’m from Middlesex County in southwestern Ontario, and though I haven’t lived in […]

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Kinship

My mom recommended a book to me last week. It sounded interesting so I jotted down the title because I’ve been in the midst of a dry spell since I turned the final page on All My Puny Sorrows and wiped the tears off my cheeks. You know how it is: that abrupt end of  […]

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Showing Up to Deep Write

I can be a bit of a suck. I don’t mind admitting this, because anyone who knows me, pretty much knows it’s true. Partly this is due to the fact that I’m the baby of the family, and as such, my older siblings often ended up having to put aside their own needs for the […]

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My Heart’s in San Francisco

This morning, it’s raining for the first time since arriving last Saturday in unseasonably warm weather for San Francisco. The whole state is in a drought but personally, I’ll take the warmth since the weather back home is in the minus double-digits right now, the Internet tells me. Every morning I get up and walk […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Tanis Rideout

Who are you? I’m an author who’s written poetry and fiction and the occasional piece about water and the environment. I’ve written one novel – Above All Things, based on George Mallory’s final expedition to Mt. Everest, and most recently a collection of poetry called Arguments with the Lake, based around Marilyn Bell’s swim across […]

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Shining a Light

A couple days ago, at 12 noon, I looked out the back windows of our house, the ones that face south, showing the silver strip of Grace Lake through the bald diamond poplars, and noticed how low the sun was. I squinted and pinched out a distance of only about 13 centimeters, and realized, like […]

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Beauty and Truth

The sky today is grey,  toneless, a single hue of cement and shoreline stone. I’m sick, up in the night lurching to the bathroom to toss my cookies, and should be back in bed, ensconced with a good book, a fat pillow, and my electric heating pad. This sudden illness seems to fit my mood, […]

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Island Clearances: Behind the Poem

Last spring, I had the great privilege of being mentored by the poet Jan Zwicky at the Sage Hill Writing Experience, along with seven other extraordinary writers. For those two weeks, I sifted through a manuscript-in-process about my great-great-grandparents’ 19th-century migration from present-day St. Catharines, up the Niagara escarpment, to Manitoulin Island. Along the way, […]

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10,000 Hours

Yesterday, I drove north to the butcher’s to buy marrow bones for Mowat. They keep him busy in the wire cage he’s been living in since June, unable to roam freely around the house, until his right knee has fully healed from his second leg surgery. On the way back into town, past the casino […]

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