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Film Festivals and the Heidi Effect

I have seen the paparazzi and heard the screams of fans. It was my annual TIFF treat with my friend Heidi. Years ago, she introduced me to the delights of the Toronto International Film Festival and while I can ever only manage to join her for one movie each year, it has always been a… Continue reading Film Festivals and the Heidi Effect

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On Duck Patrol

Background: The worst flooding in over a century hit the Haliburton Highlands where our cottage is located on the Drag River. In late April and early May, the Drag was a raging torrent and up 5 feet above normal height. Fortunately, all we lost was an old dock which, compared to people whose basements became… Continue reading On Duck Patrol

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Lights, Camera, Action…The Making of a Book Trailer

When my novel was heading for a second printing, I was excited and nervous. Excited to know that sales had been good enough to warrant another run 3 months after the book’s debut, yet nervous: what if the first run was the limit of sales?¬† Just before Living Underground was published, my editor George Down… Continue reading Lights, Camera, Action…The Making of a Book Trailer

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Seeing The World — and Socks — with Fresh Eyes

I am at my keyboard but something is missing. My eyeglasses. I’ve worn them ever since my Grade 3 teacher noticed me squinting and my mom took me to get my eyes tested. All through the years — at least 50 of them — I’ve continued to wear glasses. Vanity rarely kept them from my… Continue reading Seeing The World — and Socks — with Fresh Eyes

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The Next Big Thing

Thanks Michael Bryson¬†for tagging me on this chain. To be honest, I have been tagged by other wonderful writerly types but wasn’t in the right space to participate. I am now, so apologies Phil Dwyer, Deepam Wadds and others who might have asked me to do this before. I recommend it as a wonderful opportunity… Continue reading The Next Big Thing

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The Art and Craft of Listening

Late September and the campfire was crackling at the cabin. Our wee haven in Haliburton is glorious: nestled between two little rivers, surrounded by fir, spruce and pine, it is two hours from home and a million miles from what keeps me from listening otherwise. Our world is noisy and often noisome in the disagreeable… Continue reading The Art and Craft of Listening

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Strolling and the Magic of Being Receptive

At a recent meeting of The Writers’ Community of Durham Region, I listened to author Alissa York talk about receptivity. She took us through some of the characters and plot developments in her acclaimed novel, “Fauna” and shared how being receptive helped her find and then refine those characters and the story line. Receptivity. Being… Continue reading Strolling and the Magic of Being Receptive