Category Archives: Who are these people?

Bring on the unicorns

I intended to post this earlier, but my outrage over the cuts to literature funding in the Ontario Arts Council sidetracked me. We now return to your regularly scheduled rant. I’ve had three reminders this week that it is the … Continue reading

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Please make it stop!

I was having tea at my sister’s house the other day when she showed me an article about the Vinyl Cafe classic, “Dave Cooks the Turkey”. Apparently an animal rights group has successfully intimidated the CBC into cutting a couple … Continue reading

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Hyphen-ventilation

There it is again: “The girl was ten-years-old.” I want to scream and stomp and tear my hair. All right, I’m overreacting, and perhaps even exaggerating my reaction, but only perhaps. Why can’t people learn where to use – or … Continue reading

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Talk to the animals

A few days ago someone asked me if The Swan Harp and my other novel ideas contained talking animals. I said no, but I was surprised at the strength of my own negative inner response to that. What, after all, … Continue reading

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A world of small

I mentioned in the last post that I like writing a column in part because a column is usually in the word-count range I’m most comfortable with. It’s a bit of a surprise to me that there are people who … Continue reading

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Why care about the writing?

Recently on a forum that I’m part of, someone wrote, “I don’t care about the writing – I just care about the information.” All right, I suppose that’s one way to deal with things. He’s a writer himself, which I … Continue reading

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The “so-called” quote

There are drawbacks to being the person with good writing skills, and one of them is that when you see bad writing in print, you want to beat your head against the wall. Or at least, I want to beat … Continue reading

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