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Search and destroy

I’ve been plugging away at The Swan Harp this week and doing nothing much else in the way of writing. I did take a couple of days to go to Sticks, Strings and Stewardship, the annual knitters’ retreat in Sudbury, … Continue reading

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Juggling act

I’ve now officially passed three self-imposed deadlines for the current draft of The Swan Harp. In one way I”m not particularly happy about that, because I hate to feel like I’m behind in my work. In another, I realize that … Continue reading

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What Editors Want

Among my writing friends I have several who have a lot of experience as journalists, writing for newspapers and magazines. I’ve learned a lot from them about writing non-fiction for periodicals. The most valuable thing I’ve learned is what editors … 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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Wilting in the heat

There’s an old play on words that goes like this: “Wilt thou?” he asked, and she wilted. Well, nobody’s asked me if I wilt, but I’m definitely wilting. Even the dog is wilting; she’s not nearly as keen on chasing … Continue reading

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Suddenly it all makes sense…

I’ve been reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers. I like Gladwell’s writing, and I like the way he thinks; I’ve read Blink and What the Dog Saw and now I’m about halfway through this one. When I look at the analysis … Continue reading

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Another step

I’ve just spent about a week away from home – I’m very happy to be back, and if you could see Spook doing his impression of a shoulder fungus, you’d know he was happy to have me back, too. At … Continue reading

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