What I read at the cottage, September 2021

September 25th, 2021 · No Comments

Sadly, there was no pretty picture this year, though I did read a few physical books. But here’s what I read and enjoyed on my vacation. FIction: The Last True Gentleman on the Planet Earth by David Keyes. I’m not objective about this one, as David is a dear friend. But this is a wonderful […]

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What I read in January & February 2021

February 27th, 2021 · No Comments

In the absence of anything exciting to write about (yes, I’m writing, no, it’s not going well), here are some of the things I read and enjoyed over the last two months. Plain Bad Heroines by Emily Danforth. A cursed book (maybe), a haunted school (maybe), three young women trying to get ahead, a movie […]

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Beautiful Books

November 16th, 2020 · No Comments

My good friends at The House of Pomegranates Press have started to produce amazing editions of classic titles with the feel of old books. As it says on their website: “Whenever we would find ourselves wandering in book shops, dusty antique or junk shops we are always drawn to the back where the stacks of […]

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In the Doldrums..

August 18th, 2020 · No Comments

Despite the fact that there’s finally a breeze, literal in the fact that it’s not appalling hot and metaphorical in the sense that I’m doing a ‘250 words a day’ project right now. I’m on target but…. but…. There’s always a but. I’m working on both the Witch Novel and the completely reimagined Glass! Art! […]

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We drink a bit. The heat makes us inelegant.

July 19th, 2020 · No Comments

One of my favourite quotes from Jane Austen is: “What dreadful weather we have! It keeps one in a constant state of inelegance.” Engraved on a tile, it made the perfect gift for my friend in Houston. I’ve applied it a number of times to the sauna that is Toronto this summer. I imagine it […]

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We decide this is now the world and we need to stop drinking. Happy Canada Day!

July 1st, 2020 · No Comments

The days keep passing and outside things change, at least somewhat. In the last month I’ve had a massage, acupuncture, and an MRI. I’ve taken the subway (four times), the streetcar, and an Uber. I wore a mask. I sanitized my hands. I’ve met a friend for iced coffees and sat in a park on […]

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Things we did at the cottage

September 18th, 2018 · No Comments

Back from two gorgeous weeks in Haliburton, Ontario.  The weather was almost perfect and even the cool days were considered a relief from this sweltering summer.  We were swimming right up until the last day. However, the glorious weather meant I did not accomplish as much as I might have hoped on the writing front (sure, blame […]

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A Grandmaster without whom…

September 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

I’m talking about Andre Norton and the fact that I might not be the writer I am without her influence.  Probably any number of writers would say the same thing, especially female ones, especially female ones of my generation. Oddly enough, I read none of her YA fiction growing up.  The first book of hers […]

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August is the perfect month for …

August 12th, 2013 · No Comments

Stocking up on horror and dark fantasy books, of course. The good people at ChiZine are having a sale, so now’s your chance to get books by Michael Rowe, David Nickle and more at 40% off. What are you waiting for?  Buy something!    

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What I read in 2012 (ish)

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Ok, I admit it. I did not keep a record of what I read and my memory is … um…. not what it used to be, so this is more a note about the best things I think I read in 2012 (or perhaps late 2011). Deathless Catherynne Valente I’d previously read The Girl Who […]

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