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Exposure of Another Kind

Two days ago I finished the last edit of Swarm. A friend of mine asked me what exactly that means, because it seems like over the past few years I’ve several times said, I’m done!, only to dive back in again… But this time is different. For the past month and a half I’ve been […]

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On Finding the Real in Realism

I love Ian McEwan. Among other works, his short novel On Chesil Beach absolutely blew my mind with its delicious description, compassion, and nearly telepathic internal narrative of a young couple engaged in the young-couple drama and anxiety of their wedding night. He schools me, does Mr. McEwan. So I was pleased to come across […]

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Trapper Days!

I finished another big edit of Swarm yesterday, this one in conjunction with an editor at Brindle & Glass. A little bit more of that and then we’ll be on to cover art and it’ll be spring and our Saskatoon berries will bud and then, galleys! Lots to look forward to! But last night I […]

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Learning the Land of Water

Last night I went to a book event in the cafeteria at UCN (the University College of the North). There weren’t a lot of people there – which didn’t really surprise me, as I remember doing the northern Ontario tour for Lichen Bright and sometimes we’d have, oh, about five people out for readings. I’m […]

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Bound for Flin Flon

I’m ridiculously excited about J.’s and my road trip to Flin Flon this weekend. We’re going to buy Mowat a larger crate (he’s growing so fast!) and to use up our Christmas Canadian Tire gift-cards but to me, home-bound by book edits and regular life, it feels a bit like “coming out” after an extended […]

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Cabin Fever

It’s pretty quiet up here. The usually sunny and blue skies are disguised by snow: a fine mist that lays like a fog over the river. January crawls on and I realize I have a bit of cabin fever. I’ve been doing stuff: yesterday I went skating. The day before, I stopped by the Sam […]

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Red Ink

I’ve been working on edits of Swarm this week. Chapter 10, in particular. There’s a lot going on in this chapter, a lot of important stuff, but also, I’ve realized, several bits of prose that I’d fallen in love with but that aren’t actually all that necessary. It’s called ‘killing your darlings’ – trimming those […]

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The Next Big Thing

On Friday, one of my colleagues at Georgian College asked me what was going on with my book. Since I started working there, after completing my MFA in Creative Writing, I’ve been talking about the progress: rewriting, getting an agent, more rewriting, interest!, rejection, more rewriting…. It’s been so long that the elusive Book I […]

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Black Creek Pioneer Village

Travel Back In Time

This weekend, weather permitting, J. and I are heading to Black Creek Pioneer Village on the north end of Toronto. I’ve been meaning to go for awhile – mainly because my love of history and genealogy has started me on a writing project (my second book of poetry) that tells the tale of my great-great-grandparents. […]

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at the holocaust museum

When my brother was living in Baltimore a few years back, I went south to see him. He took my husband and I to the Holocaust Museum in nearby D.C. I remember the exhibit on eugenics and the excellent display about the rise of Nazi power. But what I remember most of all was that […]

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