Tag Archives: David

All grist to the mill

Happy New Year, all. I hope 2014 is full of good times and satisfying work, not to mention frequent dates with the Muse, and random inspiration. I’ve had a round of random inspiration already. On January 2nd my sister Carla … Continue reading

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DONE!

I am done. The sixth draft of The Swan Harp was completed between six and seven o’clock last night, just in time to open the bubbly before supper. This has been an incredible two-day writing binge. On the first day … Continue reading

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Hein and da Vinci and me

Have you ever heard of Piet Hein? He was a Danish engineer, inventor, scientist and poet who lived from 1905 to 1996. He wrote about seven thousand little epigrammatic poems he called “grooks”. (He once said in an interview, “If … Continue reading

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My Weekend Off

Those of us who grew up in the sixties and seventies remember Superwoman. I’m not talking about the female counterpart to Superman (who was always called “Supergirl” anyway – and that’s a whole other rant). No, I’m talking about the … Continue reading

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Salvage

I like big chunks of time for writing. I loved being home all day to write from March 2010 to October 2011. I love the approximately-quarterly writing binges that the Thessalon writers’ group holds. It gives me time to get … Continue reading

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Don’t scare the computer!

Kurt Vonnegut never succumbed to the word processor and the internet. To the end of his days he wrote longhand and mailed his submissions by dropping them into the corner postbox instead of his email server. Well, not all of … Continue reading

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The toolkit

On Wednesday I hit a wall with The Swan Harp; the whole task seemed insurmountable. The novel has changed drastically from the way I first conceived it, even from its second draft. I’ve been working on and thinking about this … Continue reading

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That’s not funny – yet

I’ve written humour for years; the first piece I was ever paid for was called “A Loom with a Zoo”, and made the back page humour section of “Threads” magazine. (For anyone who really wants to find it, it was … Continue reading

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The other social network

I had a lovely conversation the other night with my friend Jennifer, who is a writer and a consultant. Jennifer, like me, is freelancing at something she’s good at, and we face some of the same situations and, yes, problems. … Continue reading

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Wild Ginger

A couple of you have asked me to talk a little bit about Wild Ginger Witch Camp. It’s my only big trip for the year, keeps me out of my routine for most of two weeks, and so I suppose … Continue reading

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