Tag Archives: Margaret Atwood

I’m such a liar!

I have been forced to lie, prevaricate and otherwise conceal the truth for the last three weeks or so, ever since I found out that I had, indeed, won the award I was shortlisted for. Just in case you’ve forgotten, … Continue reading

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Learning curve

On my drive down to Ottawa last Friday I stopped in at the library in Blind River to give them a poster for the upcoming Open Mike at Stories in the North. They were having a book sale. I swear … Continue reading

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The new story progresses

I’ve been making steady progress on the second book in the Swan Harp trilogy. It’s going much more slowly than the first one, in large part because I thought about the first story, in various forms, for nearly twenty years … Continue reading

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Why you aren’t getting published – part three

Pick an author, any author. Margaret Atwood to Emil Zola, they were all once – gasp! – unpublished. They all had rejection slips or, worse, resounding silence after a submission, and they all had it more than once. Trust me … Continue reading

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Get out the beltsander

The last couple of days I’ve realized that my work on The Swan Harp has taken on a different quality. I’m no longer writing large new pieces of text. Instead I’m working my way through the manuscript and – well, … Continue reading

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Sticks in your mouth, and your mind

What is it about poetry? It’s bad enough that so many people think they can write good prose without practice, like the brain surgeon who remarked to Margaret Atwood that he’d like to write when he retired. (Her rejoinder? “I’d … Continue reading

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