Who Am I? Why Am I Here? (for Blogging U 101 – not existential crisis!)

I’m a writer who teaches and a teacher who writes. And I’m a twin from Newfoundland who has lived in a lot of different places. Toronto, Tokyo, Texas, and Newfoundland… to name just a few. I’m an alum of The Banff Centre, The Humber School for Writers, The Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking, andContinue reading “Who Am I? Why Am I Here? (for Blogging U 101 – not existential crisis!)”

Writerly Outreach

In an effort to stay focused on the writing drive generated this summer and push forward, despite it being September, and June such a long way away, I have been reaching out and connecting with other writers and friends from the Humber School for Writers 2012. It’s hard to believe that it took place moreContinue reading “Writerly Outreach”

Weeding Through the Weeds – Dirt in the Mouth

My initial alarm at homecoming to the sight of weeds approaching my waist (and sadly this is not a first for me) has abated as I contemplate the parallels between my current editing efforts – and in every respect – I still have plenty of weeding to do. This is what happens when you are:Continue reading “Weeding Through the Weeds – Dirt in the Mouth”

Timely Reckoning

I have big plans of writing in detail about the 3 Incredible Writing Conferences/Workshops/Retreats I attended this summer, but right now, it seems appropriate to show you what I was just served…very fitting, considering I was editing p. 430 of 474, and I’ve been at this manuscript since Time Immemorial. Thanks, Becks Beer for acknowledgingContinue reading “Timely Reckoning”

My Desk at Damariscotta Lake Writers Conference – at the Kennedy Learning Center in Maine

This is my writing surface for the week. A polished board room table that could sit 16 – all to myself! Take a closer look at the view below. This is my view for the week. Can hardly believe my luck. It’s turning into a wonderful week – great company among smart interesting people andContinue reading “My Desk at Damariscotta Lake Writers Conference – at the Kennedy Learning Center in Maine”

From Wordsmithing to Number Crunching – Whatever Happened to Whatever??

My ‘Whatever Clock‘ is a prized possession – the gift of a former mentee, who gave it to me just as I was embarking on a year off in September 2008, an unpaid sabbatical, where I would have to answer to no clock for 12 glorious months. It is still mounted in Texas, where IContinue reading “From Wordsmithing to Number Crunching – Whatever Happened to Whatever??”

My Netbook/Knitbook Cover

In all it’s handknit glory. Try as I might, I could not find a store-bought cover in the right miniature size for this teensy computer. So now I’ve created the well matched combination of my very own knitting cradling my writing machine in cushioned safety. I often think of my novel-in-progress as I do myContinue reading “My Netbook/Knitbook Cover”

Re-entering Writing on a Friday Night

How do you re-enter your writing? Something so organic, after a pause? This question was posed to me during the Writer’s Retreat at Bard College’s Institute for Writing and Thinking. It was the third time I attended, and the instructor this time was Celia Bland. It was an excellent question for someone who has overContinue reading “Re-entering Writing on a Friday Night”