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Shook Hands with a Pulitzer Prize Winner Yesterday…

I shook hands yesterday with Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of the book “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”. It was during my day job — I heard him talk in the afternoon and then … Continue reading

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OTF – Picture This…

Fellow Thunder Bay-area writer Marion Agnew had an interesting take on the writing process, comparing it to composing a photograph. Like making sure the right light is shining on your characters, keeping them in sharp focus, and considering point of … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesdays: Duncan Weller Book Signing

Duncan Weller’s gallery opening and book launch for Rocket Fish. (I already have my signed first edition…)

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OTF: Johanna Skibsrud

Getting All Sentimentalist: It has been a great week for writing (or at least writers) in Thunder Bay! As part of the International Festival of Authors, Johanna Skibsrud visited Lakehead University to give a “Masters Class” — an hour-long workshop … Continue reading

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WIP, One Year On – Day 366

It was exactly a year ago today I started this novel-writing adventure. I feel a little mixed about the whole thing actually. I mean, ultimately it’s cause for celebration (which is why I hunted down this birthday-tiramisu-with-one-candle pic…) But it … Continue reading

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They Say You Shouldn’t Meet Your Heroes, But Can You Email Them?

I don’t think I’m telling tales outside of school when I say that Thunder Bay is not the literary hub of the world. It’s a fact that isn’t lost on me as I write (and ponder selling) my novel. We’re … Continue reading

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What Should You Be Studying While Writing a Novel? – Day 181

There’s an interesting story about U2 I heard. While they were writing/making one of their albums, a collection of Beatles songs came out – lost songs, remastered titles, I can’t remember. The point is that Bono talked about the fact … Continue reading

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Day 16 – The Unbearable Lightness of Bee-ing

100% convinced now to do this as a “non-fiction” book, kickin’ it old school with the New Journalism. But in reverse.

I’ll explain… Continue reading

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Day 13 – Cannonball

I got my hour in early today – well, relatively early. Before evening. I’m feeling great — I actually want to keep writing, even after the buzzer has gone. I take that to be a good sign.

I’m still trying to play with the style a bit — I’m leaning towards a bit of a more journalistic style, kind of like The New Journalism style in Tom Wolfe’s book that Duncan Weller was telling me about. I haven’t actually read the book yet, but I feel that I have a sense of that style already, having read some of Wolfe’s stuff as well as Hunter S. Thompson. The Great Gatsby, I think, could be put into that genre as well, at least as a forerunner. After all, who is Nick Carraway but a narrator reporting on someone else’s story? I’m certain it wasn’t Fitzgerald’s intention to invent The New Journalism, but echoes are there nonetheless. Continue reading

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Day 6 – On the Road Again

Very introspective little scene today. I think that most books are at their best when it is two or more characters sort of bumping heads. One wants this thing, and the other wants another thing, and somehow they have to jostle by each other to get what they want. Today though, it was like the jostling came from two same-pole magnets. My two main characters didn’t so much bump into each other as get driven apart from each other. That might be interesting on its own — what happens when two people can’t, for some reason, work out their differences together in a scene, even though that tension is there…? Continue reading

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