Writing Life Blog

Settling in for the long haul

I’ve just returned home from my fifth and final trip to New Brunswick this summer (well, since the last week in May).  I feel fortunate to have been able to spend so much time with my family – my niece in particular as her being in NB was a large

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Controversy – is it an art?

I’ve often wondered why, in our society, controversial so often means ‘good’. You see it in visual art . . . now call me snobby, or call me uneducated, or call me whatever you want, but from my perspective a lot of modern art is ‘art’ because it has, in

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Pushing Through Mental Fogginess

Today has been one of those days when my brain feels like it has a filter over it, a dusty, dirty, headache inducing filter.  I’ve tried a few topics to write about and felt as if they all would be forced if I carried on.  I spent the day in

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Being a writer and being a hermit – you can be one without the other . . .

. . . although it may be difficult.  I remember back in my teen angst years when I spent hours and hours . . . and hours alone in my room writing.  Now some of this was ridiculously horrible, angst infused poetry but some of it wasn’t.  Some of it

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Conquering Giants

We all have our fears.  Those things that make us squirm or quiver, act in irrational ways, or that cripple us.  Some of those fears are very valid and understandable – the fear of death for example.  Even if that’s not a fear of yours you probably would never scoff

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Editor’s Block?

You hear all this talk about writer’s block.  It’s a common phenomenon that seems to plague pretty much every writer at some point in their lives – for most writers, at a lot of points in their lives.  I don’t hear so much about editor’s block though . . .

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Who says the “law of attraction” is law?

Over the past several years I’ve been hearing a lot about the law of attraction…I imagine you have too.  And I’ve got to say, I’m skeptical of it.  Extremely skeptical.  I mean sure – it’s a great concept, I’d like it to be true, I’d like to believe it’s true.  But at

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Perspective

Prompted again by some readings in Peck‘s book I was thinking this morning about perspective and worldviews.  In general our worldview probably lines up quite a bit with the dominant views of the culture we grew up in.  A person from New Delhi is most likely going to have a worldview

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Missing Nomadism

I’ve spent about five years of my life living more as a nomad than most people ever have the opportunity to. I’ve lived in 6 provinces, 4 countries, and travelled (sometimes extensively) through 10 others. Before I started these travels I always felt that until I had the chance to

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An Honest Living

This past week the Halifax International Buskers Festival has been going on.  After the past couple years of being at times awed, enthralled, engaged – but mostly bored and somewhat annoyed at the cause of my boredom, I had decided I would give myself a year off from it.  With my niece

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