Monthly Archives: December 2010

Music as Inspiration…


I wish I knew far more about music than I do. I love to listen, but cannot play. I love to hear all kinds, but like everyone, I have my favourites. Music speaks directly to the soul without the need … 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 and those of other authors on writing. Davies asks: What makes a novel good or even … Continue reading

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Inspiration from People…


Where do we get our inspiration? Certainly, we don’t live in a vacuum—at least hopefully not. It’s the people who surround us who can provide the spark for a character. But wait! There’s a danger here, surely. Have you read … Continue reading

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Short Story “Dinner is Served”


Ever gotten interested in what might be called the occult, ghosts or speculation about an after-life? I wrote a short story inspired by an experience I had in an old hotel in San Francisco. Ive read this story to quite … Continue reading

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Looking Skyward for Inspiration…


How can a painting inspire a trilogy of novels? Have you ever been in an art gallery, or leafed through an art book and been riveted? Something in the artist’s work, in his vision reaches out and “grabs” you, saying … Continue reading

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Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time


Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time. I’ve been writing a lot about Edward Hopper. Have a look at what’s on at the Whitney in New York. I can’t wait to get down there in the new year to see … Continue reading

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Edward Hopper: Capturing Private, Solitary Moments…


AUTOMAT, by Edward Hopper Can painting be an inspiration to a novelist? I certainly hope so. I have a fascination with the paintings of the American artist, Edward Hopper. Somehow—whether by technique, imagination or subject matter—he is able to create … Continue reading

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