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Ordinary Life

Coffee in a blue and orange pottery mug. The indigo sky pushing at the cold window glass. J. emptying the dishwasher. The dog dozing at the top of the stairs, waiting for his first walk. A dream drifting on the morning peripheral: a goat pestering me, persistently biting and tugging the sand-coloured wool sweater I’m […]

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On Showing Up

The other day, I was talking with a friend about showing up. Just past blue Monday, in a frigid winter that’s kept us inside for days, some mornings the best that you can do is stumble over to your desk, sit there, and wait. Not for the green thrust of spring. Not even for epiphanies. […]

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Finishing

There’s a moment that often comes back to me. Early autumn of 2010, at a bed-and-breakfast in Ontario’s Muskokas. I was there on a solitary writing retreat and in the afternoon, at the desk, after a few days of hard work, I typed the last words and finished Swarm. I stood up, walked outside, and […]

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Night Blooming

Last night, I learned a lesson. Again. Early yesterday morning, I’d sat in the chair in my office, coffee on a nearby coaster, staring at the blank page of my notebook. I was stuck. In particular, on a chapter that seemed contrived, where something happens but I didn’t like how it happened. It was too […]

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Free Gift for Subscribers

In November, with the gift-giving spirit gurgling up in me, I had an idea. I thought I’d write down a few of my thoughts about writing, about what to first focus on in order to make a convincing world out of words. I’d write this down for you, I thought: my readers and my potential […]

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The Neuroscience of a Paper Bag Day

Yesterday I had what I call a “paper bag day.” This is the experience of entering the world and interacting with other humans while feeling like you’d like to slip a paper bag over your head. Hide; withdraw; return to introversion. Over the years I’ve realized that I have these days more often when I’m […]

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