Category Archives: Doing the Work

One step forward, two steps back

Maybe that’s not precisely what has happened to me lately, but I sure felt like it yesterday. I’d had a bit of a rough week in the editing department, and that combined with my naturally serotonin-sucking brain meant that I … Continue reading

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Fingers crossed

Almost four months ago I submitted an application to the Northern Works-in-Progress grant competition. The grants are awarded about four months after the deadline date. In fact, the last time I won a grant, the notification arrived promptly on April … Continue reading

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Back to the drawing board

Having a resident geek is a mixed blessing. David has walked me through most of what I’ve learned about computer animation, and also coached me on how to use the more up-to-date and – he says – versatile image manipulation … Continue reading

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Finding out what I know

Last night at the monthly meeting of To The Point, the writers’ group, we held a little workshop on revising poetry. I was leader/facilitator/major domo/Grand High Poobah, pick one. I daresay it went well – everybody there seemed to feel … Continue reading

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The thingness of things

I think about art all the time. I can’t remember a time in my life when I couldn’t draw, or when I didn’t love making things. When I made my living as a printmaker, my bread and butter was my … Continue reading

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Turnaround

In June Stories in the North hosted Gail Anderson-Dargatz for  two workshops and an evening reading (with music by local duo the Crossroads Magdalenes). During the afternoon workshop, Gail announced that she was going to give us the un-sugar-coated truth: … Continue reading

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A “why bother” moment

…and I’m looking forward to a productive year of writing. I have stories to tell, and I need to get on with it. I had a short spell of despair recently. A friend sent me a murder mystery by an … Continue reading

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