So what does a writer do when her rough draft is in limbo and she’s waiting through its four-week resting period before attacking it again? To some extent this is my dilemma just now. I’ve been working on a list of things. Things that have sat waiting for over a year, some of them, while […]
(Did you enter the giveaway for The Loyalist’s Wife yet? Click here and do it!) Do you hear the people sing? Singing the song of angry men happy writers? My most favorite musical of all time is, up to now, Les Miserables, and this song just came into my head as I thought about my […]
A writing friend of mine wrote a lovely blog about how her family connections were often wrought through handcrafts full of painful yet loving stitches. Then Gwen Tuinman linked those moments to her writing. Beautiful, I thought, and wrote a comment. From that exchange between friends comes the idea for this post. How fitting to […]
Are you an organized writer? Or do you just hope that article gets done, that blog gets written, those edits do themselves? My creative process is often at odds with my organizing angel who sprawls on my right shoulder prodding me to make a list. Sometimes I do. Other times I just know what the […]
In my former life I taught high school French and English but one year my timetable included Introductory Marketing. Now I had no background, no training, and–truth be told–no interest in marketing. But I could read and research and that course became a delight for me as I devised ways to make the whole thing […]
This week I had one of my very good friends and my favorite pre-reader for my novels pose a question in one of her emails to me. She talked about the treasures from her rich rural Quebec past, both physical and storied, which are in danger of being lost to younger generations. She said, “first, […]
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot Every morning I put my glass of water on a stone coaster imprinted with Eliot’s quote. This coaster has been a talisman for me for over eight years and each time I read it, I’m refreshed and ready to push on with my writing.