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Holding Fast for Nineteen Years

I looked up the etymology of tenacity this morning, and discovered that it comes from the Latin tenax which means ‘holding fast’ (the original meaning of fast being ‘to hold firmly’). I like this. I like the idea of holding one’s dreams and intentions and desires firmly in one’s heart. Because that’s what I’ve been doing, […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Julie Paul

This month’s Firelight Interview is with author Julie Paul. Her second collection of short stories, The Pull of the Moon, was chosen by the Globe and Mail as one of the best 100 books of 2014. “This is writing of emotional veracity with an edge, of humour alongside gravity, of darkness tempered with blithe optimism,” wrote Rover […]

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Character Study

These days, I’ve been working on my new novel, narrated by a young woman called Melonie Barnett (unless, of course, I decide to change her name). The story grew out of three linked short stories – Empty Nest, which you can read in the latest issue of The New Quarterly; Rhubarb, which will be in Oberon Press‘s 15: […]

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Read Places Like These

It’s not Thursday (tomorrow on the site: a Firelight Interview with poet Laurie D. Graham), but I wanted to let you all know that my story, Places Like These, which I blogged about last week, is up today on Little Fiction. Enjoy!

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Places Like These

Last fall, I wrote a story. It was early morning, and I had the itch, and it was one of those great days when the thing just poured out of me. The draft I ended up with hardly needed any work. A few changes, a bit of shifting around, tweaks here and there, and I […]

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Writing (Reading) with Soul

At the beginning of this year, I had a transcendent experience. Dark night, reading into it, I finished The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri and rolled over in bed, my arm around the book, holding it close. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt such a strong connection to a novel, this feeling like I […]

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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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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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Strawberry & Lavender

All week I’ve been one day behind. It wasn’t until early this morning, unable to sleep in our hot house, that I realized it was actually Thursday, not Wednesday. It’s been a bit of an exciting week – with the arrival in the mail of the latest issue of Prairie Fire that contains my winning […]

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Dream Analysis

Last week I had a dream that I was looking after a needy six-year-old who smoked. At a new age bar, I made her wait in the lobby while I went inside to find a famous social worker who could give me some tips. She wanted to play with the toys in a chest but […]

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