Celebrity bookselling and other random things

Posted on May 28, 2014 in Blog
Celebrity bookselling and other random things

I am doing duty at a bookstore in downtown Hamilton today. Bookselling at the lovely JH Gordon Books, y’all. After a few scary moments at the beginning of the day when I was unable to find the store keys and then forgot to flip over the OPEN sign, things are now peachy. If you’re in […]

What happens when you show up.

Posted on May 17, 2014 in Blog

  I saw this video a couple of years ago, right at the zenith of my Eat, Pray, Love fascination. (If you don’t already know, I am a big fan–all the love and all that jazz–of Elizabeth Gilbert. She’s up there with Cheryl Strayed. Go here for some more ramblings on my love for both […]

Sometimes I’m surprised at how things all work out.

Posted on May 13, 2014 in Blog

These are the times when I think: maybe there is something to it, after all. The universe. Some kind of guiding hand, someone who watches over you, maybe, who knows. At any rate it feels divine, sometimes, the little moments of joy and contentment that can come to you unbidden, smack in the middle of […]

And then there are the days when you get letters.

Posted on May 13, 2014 in Blog

An email from someone who reads your blog and likes your tweets and has just written you to say “you’re appreciated”. A little bit of warmth with which to start the day. Then another email from a fellow writer friend, one who has read your new novel and loves it and phew, because for a […]

Random thoughts on new careers

Posted on May 10, 2014 in Blog

Lately I’ve been thinking about what I would do if I wasn’t a writer. What might I have studied, if I hadn’t decided all those years ago (six-year-old Amanda with pencil in hand, writing about Wes Vanderlinden — swoon — in Grade One) that AN AUTHOR was what I wanted to be? I don’t really […]

On Restlessness (again), and loving George Saunders unabashedly…

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 in Blog

Despite all of my talk earlier this year about detaching and not worrying about my “brand” (whatever that means) and not worrying about keeping up with things on Twitter and not worrying about feeling the need to blog and participate and be involved in the writing community (posting this! essay that! short story here, short […]

Last night I dreamt about the Duchess of Cambridge

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 in Blog

She wrote me a letter, stuffed into the lining of a hat. She was happy but also lonely, beautiful and also tired, afraid to be looking for friends. Her handwriting was terrible. I don’t remember what the letter actually said–no one remembers that kind of detail in dreams, especially not me–but in the dream I […]

Feeling a little Bookmarkish?

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 in Blog
Feeling a little Bookmarkish?

I’m a PageTurner for Project Bookmark Canada today. Three cheers! PB’s mandate is the creation and installation of “bookmarks” at various physical sites across the country — marks that reference scenes from novels or particular poems that call to a certain place. It’s a great charity and a great campaign, and you should consider donating! […]

On Public Freaking, and other things

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 in Blog

Next month, on May 7th, I’ll be reading at the Brockton Writers Series in Toronto. It’s a great series that happens every other month, curated by the fabulous Farzana Doctor (aka Ms. March!) and hosted by the equally fabulous Daniel Perry. I’m excited to be a part of it. I’ll be reading from MIRACLES and […]

Blogging, this thing I used to do.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 in Blog

I’ve been mostly silent on here for the past little while because of several reasons. Some reasons are bookish, or book-related. Some reasons have to do with being tired. Still. (I am so over and done with the cold weather.) Still other reasons have to do with increasingly being worried or afraid of what to […]