Um …

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 in Blog

Not to sound uppity or anything, but a section of the following article has me seeing red.  Check out No. 5: http://ca.shine.yahoo.com/new-year/10-resolutions-you-should-never-make-blog-15-marie-claire.html And I quote, “[You Should Never Make a NY Resolution to Stop Using Facebook] Facebook is a part of every aspect of modern life, from shopping, to reconnecting with old friends and stalking […]

Black Friday, bring it on

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 in Blog

Even though it is Thursday.  Still feeling pretty black. In a nutshell — everyone said no.  Seven rejections!  Seven rejections in the span of approximately four days — man, that has to be about as bad for the soul as the KFC Double Down is for the arteries.  I would say that I am incoherently […]

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 in Blog

Last night I dreamt that I put my pen away and took up a retail job.  As my career.  Now — I have nothing against retail.  Or, more accurately, I have nothing against people who WORK in retail.  But I worked in retail for ten years, and it’s not high on my list of Favoured […]

And … we're off!

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 in Blog

Half an hour ago Sam sent me an email to say that she thinks the novel is ready to go.She wants to submit it this week.   The closing date for publisher submissions/responses will be December 8th. She called it “a terrific debut”. I almost can’t breathe, I’m so excited. If THAT’S not a good […]

Posted on Nov 14, 2010 in Blog

Do other writers out there in the universe ever get to feeling like they’ve used up all of their creative karma?  Like you’ve spent all of your ideas on one book, or article, or essay, and now have nothing left to say? For me, it’s always the same cycle.  I’ll start something — be it […]

Another writer … on not writing.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 in Blog

For someone who calls herself a writer, I seem to spend an awful lot of time doing anything but.  Some of the reasons for this are legitimate.  I do, for example, have a full time, ‘regular’ day job.  I also have two part time jobs in addition to the regular daytime gig.  None of these […]

On writing and The Great Outdoors

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 in Blog

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to view the premiere of In the Wake of the Flood, Ron Mann’s documentary that followed Margaret Atwood over the course of her tour to promote her latest novel.  It was tremendously entertaining, and tremendously insightful (though I suppose that goes without saying — how can anything […]

On puritans and dashing writer men.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 in Blog

Took in another event at the Book Festival this morning.  A discussion by authors Maggie Humm & Lesley McDowell around, among other things, iconic female writers and their often tumultuous relationships with their male counterparts.  It was, to say the least, an interesting talk.  I wondered at first at McDowell’s focus on heterosexual relationships, as […]

An inaugural festival for an inaugural post.

Posted on Aug 21, 2010 in Blog

So I thought it would be appropriate to centre my first post to this blog around another first — in this case, the first appearance of Unbound, a new mini-festival hosted within the larger Edinburgh International Book Festival.  (Well, that plus the fact that, while I’ve been hankering to start this blog for some time, […]