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May.11.2011
May is short story month. I'm about to head to the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival tomorrow - I cannot wait - where I never fail to get reinvigorated creatively. The ideas fly, the faces-to-names effect is wonderful, and the tips and tricks get shared. In a master class I went to where...
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May.10.2011
May is short story month. I hope I'm not sounding like "knowledge-man" this month. I'm not by any means an expert (nor do I play one on T.V.), but I do love talking about writing, and I love the conversations that result - I've already had a few great tips and tricks pop up in...
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May.09.2011
May is short story month. You know that phrase "write what you know?" Here's the thing: I don't know very much. That is to say, I know what it's like to be me, to have lived where I've lived, and to have had the life and education I've had. I've never been a personal trainer and I've...
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May.08.2011
May is short story month. I don't think I'm overstating if I were to say that your family has a massive impact on almost every facet of your personality.  For most of us, it's the single most long-term relationship we'll have in our lives. Mothers, fathers, and siblings are a major part of who we...
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May.07.2011
May is short story month. Admit it, you've had that moment where the perfectly snappy thing to say to someone who had you at a disadvantage occurs to you - hours later. You replay the moment in your head, but deliver the remark with perfect timing and just the right hint of acidic malice....
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May.06.2011
May is short story month. Let me start by saying I have no illusions of the work to profit ratio of the writing life. I work retail for a living, and am pretty eyes-open about how many jobs out there pay you for the effort you're putting forth. People in the service industry work freaking hard...
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May.05.2011
May is short story month. Oh how I hate titles. Seriously - I loathe them.  I will often have a file marked "untitled" for a story from the point of it being a nascent idea with bullet-points and a few lines of dialog until the draft I'm ready to submit is complete. It's almost always the...
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May.05.2011
May is short story month. In Bruin Fisher's "Work Experience" (which appeared in I DO TWO), you meet a young boy on the cusp of the realization that he is gay, through entries he is writing in a journal designated for a school project. I was pulled in by this young almost-man, and...
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May.03.2011
May is short story month. I apologize for how much of a tease the next few statements might be. I'm blessed enough that I sometimes get to sneak a peek at the upcoming works of authors - and doubly blessed that I have people willing to do the same for me. In fact, I've been having a blast today...
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May.02.2011
May is short story month. Back when I first started working at a bookstore, I got to meet some quite a few authors. Ottawa isn't as much the centre of all things literary as, say, Toronto, but it does boast quite a few awesome authors. One of the first author signings we had was with a woman who...
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May.01.2011
May is short story month. When I was having lunch at the Random House author event earlier this week with Elizabeth Hay (who is as lovely a woman as you are ever likely to meet), she asked me a few questions about the Kobo and e-readers in general, and one of the points that came up was how I...
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Apr.13.2011
When I first started dating Dan - who would later become my husband - he surprised me only a couple of weeks into our dating life by asking me over to dinner with some of his family: Kate and Jan, his sister and his sister's girlfriend.  When I arrived, I was a nervous wreck, but I figured I was...
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Apr.02.2011
I may have mentioned this before, but I love the revelation of the Cover. Today, I got to see the cover for WINGS: SUBVERSIVE GAY ANGEL EROTICA when I got home from work.  Just the lift I needed - sorry, bad pun.  Regardless of my lackluster puns, the cover is anything but lackluster - hello, angel...
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Mar.16.2011
I've said this many a time before, but I've been really lucky.   For one, have you met my husband?  Egad, I'm not sure how I ever earned the windfall that is my fella, but just waking up with my husband is enough to remind me every morning that I live one heck of a charmed life. Lately, I've also...
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Mar.04.2011
I was born a Yorkshire lad.  By the time I graduated to stammering and crooked speech, I had the appalling luck to have been raised in varying places in England that left me with a Geordie accent.   Why, aye. The accent has since been obliterated by time spent living in Canada, some speech therapy...
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