Monthly Archives: November 2010

A Romance: How a place gets into novels…


Venice is filled with canals and Squares surrounded by ancient palazzos—perfect places to linger and reflect. Narrow fog-ridden calles run like silken spider-webs connecting the Squares and taking me ever onward in exploration of the city and myself. I am a writer and a photographer and I am in love with Venice. Continue reading

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Things to Think About Before Leaving—Still in Toronto…


As you know, I’m a great fan of the writer and thinker Alain De Botton, and particularly of his book The Art of Travel. In that book, he makes an excellent point which is relevant to my musings. Why is … Continue reading

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The Art of Travel and the Art of Writing…


I’m always delighted to read anything by the philosopher, Alain de Botton. In his engaging book, The Art of Travel, he distinguishes between the anticipation and recollection of travel versus the reality of actually traveling. When we anticipate, we study … Continue reading

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Up in the Air or Not…


It’s time for me to speak up. Usually, I’m tied up in worlds of my own creation—writing and reading, but every so often an event occurs which is so blatantly offensive and frightening that I have to speak up. What … Continue reading

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Writing to weave the spell…


One of my favorite authors is the Canadian writer, Robertson Davies. So, when I’m looking for inspiration and ideas, I turn to his articles on writing. One is entitled simply Writing, the other Reading. What makes a novel good or … Continue reading

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Where do characters come from?


I’ve been talking about The Drawing Lesson, but I’m now thinking back to my very first novel, Conduct in Question, the first in The Osgoode Trilogy, where I worked hard to produce my very first evil character. Have you ever … Continue reading

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A Chat with Edward Nawotka of Publishing Perspectives…


Feeling lost and confused? Swamped by the tidal waves of change in the writing and publishing world? Me too. And so, I decided to look for some answers. Today, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Edward Nawotka, the … Continue reading

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