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Posted on April 1, 2012 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (1)

You know what I love? Panel discussions. Is that weird? It's just so satisfying to put five or six smart people together and let them talk about something. And then there's audience questions! And (usually) laughs! What's not to like?


In fact, the only thing I like better than going to a panel is being on a panel. And of course, the best possible situation is moderating a panel. 


You know where this is going, don't you? On April 21...

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Intrepid Adventures

Posted on January 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Writing is a lonely business. January is a bleak month. Add in the post-holiday doldrums, and you’ve got a recipe for a crabby, dejected writer.


So yesterday was a real bright spot. I went and spent a few hours with the gals at Intrepid Pens, and emerged feeling better about my work than I had in weeks. Intrepid Pens, for those of you who do...

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Oh, COME ON, Courier!

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (48)

NEW! UPDATED OCTOBER 18:


Had a lovely chat with Barry Link over at the Courier yesterday, and here's what he told me. Because the Courier is now owned by Toronto-based newspaper giant Postmedia, they were required to add a bunch of legal whatnots to a contest that had quite happily run for years with a set of rules about "five sentences long."


We can probably chalk this up to a series of unfortunate ev...

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Wistful at the Window

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Today is Tuesday. I pull up stakes for St. John’s on Friday. How can this be? My father always said, of our two-week summer vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, “The first week, you think you’ve got all the time in the world. And the second week goes by so fast you’re packing up the car before you even know what happened.” Truer words were never spoken, Dad.

 

 

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Solitary (Wo)man

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (2)

It will probably surprise exactly none of you to hear that I’m not much known as a “rugged adventurer.” I’m the kind of gal who loves NOT camping, and whose idea of roughing it is staying in a hotel where the ice machine is on a different floor. So just being out at Landfall is a big deal. Being alone is, as goofy as it might sound, a huge act of bravery for me. As Ron, the cottage caretaker and all-around swell guy, said to me when he dropped me off, “If youR...

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Greetings from Newfoundland!

Posted on September 21, 2011 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I’m currently in the town of Brigus, on day three of my residency at Landfall Cottage (or Kent Cottage, as it used to be called.) This place is amazing. It’s so beautiful and peaceful here, and I hope to get lots of work done. I’ve found the public library, which is the only internet access I have, so I hope to post a couple of things during the next two weeks.




The cottage is about ...

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Reading and Residencin'

Posted on August 9, 2011 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Probably not the best time to be writing this, as I’m in the grip of pre-travel anxieties, but I’m hitting the road and doing some readings in Ontario and Newfoundland this September.


First up, I’ll be on the bill for the first LitLive reading of the fall season in Hamilton. I had such a great time at GritLit a couple years back, and I’m...

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Big Review Roundup

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 12:24 AM Comments comments (2)

There’s nothing better than a book with good legs. Nearly a year after its publication, The Devil You Know is still being talked about, reviewed, and presumably, even read on occasion. That makes me sigh with delight. After all, you work on something for a few years, and then this weird thing happens where the “official” book press is only allowed to talk about it for a few weeks before and after its release. So, thanks, readers and reviewers!


Fi...

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31 Flavours

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 3:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey, you should totally go bookmark That Shakespearean Rag. It's a damn good blog, and Steven W. Beattie is my new best friend, because he chose "Soft Limits", one of the stories in The Devil You Know, as a selection for his  "31 Days of Stories" series. Very cool! Don't just read mine, though, cos every entry is great and will most defin...

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NEW! Style & Substance Writing Class

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 6:37 PM Comments comments (0)

Tuesdays, June 7 to July 26, 7:00 to 9:30 pm at the Alliance for Arts and Culture office: #100 - 938 Howe St., Vancouver


$275 for 8 weeks (Register before May 31 for $250 --save $25!)



Writing and revising can sometimes feel like assembling a jigsaw puzzle in the dark. Style and Substance, an eight-week cour...

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