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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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Slave of the Muses

I’m down to my last two weeks of day job before my summer of writing. Almost every day someone at work asks me when my last shift is, or if I’m excited about the whole thing, or what I’m writing. … Continue reading

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A happy day

Today I planned to do some baking, because the chickens are producing way more eggs than we can eat. I figured an angel food cake, banana loaf and honey-egg bread would get me through a dozen eggs. Actually, because of … Continue reading

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The inevitable anxiety and disappointment

After the big push to get The Swan Harp done I’ve been taking a week – more or less – away from writing. I’ve heard people say that a writer should take at least six weeks away from the manuscript … 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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Bingeing again

This weekend is To the Point’s quarterly writing binge – a weekend of eating, sleeping and writing. Each of us prepares and cleans up after one meal a day, and the rest of the time is devoted to whatever project … Continue reading

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Rigged to fail

We’re closing in on the end of 2010. I’ve made two hundred fifty-seven submissions and had twenty-three paid acceptances, plus one that pays in copies. Oh, yes, and two non-fiction paid sales, and a couple of grants. I’ve also had … Continue reading

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And now I wait

A few minutes ago I gave my synopsis and pitch letter another going-over. I don’t know if it’s perfect, but I believe it’s as perfect as I can make it. I sent it in. So now I wait. While I … Continue reading

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That was a week!

It’s been an incredible week. My cheque arrived, and I got all shaky and fluttery all over again. The feeling that I don’t have to worry about living expenses while I complete this novel is unfamiliar to me. I’m having … Continue reading

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