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Two kinds of stories

I was thinking about story the other day, partly because I’m working on assembling a collection of my own short stories. I have one favourite, The Archaeology of Snow, which I wrote in 2008. It’s never been accepted anywhere. I … Continue reading

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Potential

“Potential” is a double-edged word. Whenever I say to someone that a story has potential, I can almost see them wilt, hear that little internal “Oh!” of disappointment. It wasn’t what they wanted to hear, and it sounds like – … Continue reading

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The other side of the desk

  For some months now I’ve been looking at the submission of stories from both sides of the desk. I’m managing editor at Aurora Wolf and one of two submissions editors at Pressboard Shanty. “Editor” in this case is synonymous … Continue reading

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Gossip

In March I began writing stories for the Sault Star, as a district correspondent for Algoma. What this means is that I can’t cover stories inside Sault Ste Marie – not even if they involve David and Animalia – but … 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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Messing with story

Every year – give or take a few – I go to Wild Ginger Witch Camp. At camp we do ritual and study around a central story, often a folktale, fairy tale or myth. Often we bend the story a … Continue reading

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The myth of the lonely writer

At 1:22 this morning – but who was checking? – I finished the second draft of The Swan Harp. Thanks to the feedback from my readers I added another subplot, which added another forty pages, and the story is much … Continue reading

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