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Shortlisted!

Today I got an email from my publisher, Laurence Steven of Scrivener Press. I quote: “Hi Elizabeth, “Shepherd in Residence has just been short-listed for the Ontario Library Services-North Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Award for non-fiction! Congratulations!” This is way … Continue reading

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Today I am a novelist!

In this passage from Tom Robbins’ wonderful book “Skinny Legs and All”, a book rife with quotable passages, Ellen Cherry Charles is looking at her painting. “She awoke at dawn, toasted some pita bread, washed it down with milk and … Continue reading

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Closing in on the end

I believe I’ll be done the first draft of “The Last Black Swan” in about a week. Lately it’s been going more slowly than I like. Part of it was that this week I had two days away from writing … Continue reading

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Writing contest!

Stories in the North is holding a short story contest! Today they revealed the theme – summer outdoors. The theme has to be a part of the story, but doesn’t need to be the central thing about the story. Genre … Continue reading

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A week away

For the first time in a couple of years I made it to Wild Ginger, the Ontario witch camp. I drove down on Wednesday, attended the four days of camp and came back on Monday. I believed that I would … Continue reading

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World-building, world-destroying

Destroying a world can be as complex as building one. While I’m still deep in the world of “The Swan Harp”, lately I’ve been reading for research for two more YA novels. My most recent research reading was (“Flu: A … Continue reading

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The timelines of fiction

It’s been a hectic week. I went into Sault Ste Marie on Sunday and chatted by Skype with some friends who gave me much-needed feedback on The Swan Harp. It’s still a huge job, but it’s now beginning to look … Continue reading

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