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Languishing

Languishing

I’ve been using my phone timer a lot lately. Twenty minutes to load the dishwasher. Twenty minutes to work on editing my printed out manuscript. Twenty minutes to walk the cat around the yard. Twenty minutes to learn some French. Answer e-mails. Go on Twitter. Repeat....

Raising the Stakes

Raising the Stakes

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com J. read through the latest draft of my new novel last week. He gave me a lot of notes. My favourite scrawl in the margin: “next couple of chapters don’t feel right – WTF feeling – not in a good way.” This note is my favourite because...

Patience

Patience

Early this week, I finished the latest draft of a new novel. When I reached the end, after days and days (and days) of slow, plodding progress, I felt surprised. It was like thinking you've got a couple of hours left to drive then spotting the sign marking the city...

On Tree Climbing and Constraints

On Tree Climbing and Constraints

Yesterday morning, my cat climbed a tree. He’s an indoor cat who has regular guided outdoor adventures, and he’s developed a deep love of tree-climbing. This tree, however, was one he had never climbed before so, of course, he got stuck. There I stood, in my pyjama...

The Laurence Prize and Lineage

The Laurence Prize and Lineage

As a young woman living in Peterborough, Ontario, I never would have thought that one day I’d move to Margaret Laurence’s home province of Manitoba. If a fortune teller had also muttered in my ear that I’d win a prize named after her for my second novel, I might have...

Poetry and PPE

Poetry and PPE

I've been writing a lot lately - that's what happens when you commit to pick up the pen pretty much every day, for at least twenty minutes. Some fiction (one of the prompts that I gave in one of my live-streaming sessions through my Write Ramble Facebook group was to...

Introducing… the Pandemic Response Reading Series

Introducing… the Pandemic Response Reading Series

This slow morning, the cat gets us up with his insistent meowing to be fed. J. and I take care of the animals, then recline on the couch for coffee. We watch the snow slanting out of a purple-grey sky and talk about narrow-boating in Yorkshire canals (reminiscing over...

One Day At A Time

One Day At A Time

One of my mantras when I'm working on long-term writing projects is a single word. Patience.  I mutter this to myself often as I'm writing through a first draft and, once that's completed, when I have to type up whole novels written in longhand in notebooks. It's easy...

Writing Through the Pandemic

Writing Through the Pandemic

So... how are you? I mean it. How are you? In my quiet household, where the animals don't seem to be aware that anything's wrong (except for Mowat's amped-up need for evening cuddles as I watch The National), we are muddling along. Talking every day with my mom,...

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