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Reading Break…Or Writing Break?

This week is reading break for most colleges and universities in BC. It's also the first year UFV has had a whole week, instead of the typical two-day break, and I am very thankful for the change. I really enjoy teaching, seeing new work from students, talking about...

The New Way I Write

The New Way I Write

We got a kitten, Chloe or Smush, as she is sometimes affectionately known for obvious reasons, for Christmas. She's very sweet, and likes to be around me when I am working from home. So..... Need I say more?

How To Depress a Canadian Author

The Calgary Herald announced one of the most depressing stats I've seen in a long time [even in this economic swirl of depression] -- apparently, '50 per cent of Canadians surveyed do not know the name of any Canadian authors, and of those who do, only four were...

Favourite Books of 2008

These lists are everywhere -- from Papercuts to Amazon to Quill & Quire and The Atlantic -- so it seemed only natural to throw my two cents in. After all, I read a lot. A lot. But then I started thinking about it, and I've mostly read my students' work for 2008, and...

Honestly, I Really Do Like to Laugh. A Lot.

I've mentioned before that I've been called a melancholy writer, which, for the most part, I can't argue with. I don't tend to write sprawling, hilarious, tongue-in-cheek sagas including a quirky narrator's voice and unlikely scenarios. And here is the rub, though,...

Thoughts on Writing

This has been an interesting few weeks for me: first, the inevitable shock and awe at my computer crashing, and facing the possibility of books and collections lost; then, the joy of saving the work, and getting a new computer [MacBook Pro - still adjusting]; then a...

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