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Misplacing People by Modifiers

Normally when I am reading articles, especially those on a topic outside my field of study, I often gloss over errors or problems with the prose. Sometimes I am halted in midsentence by an utterance that is troubling in terms … Continue reading

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Working on the Birth and Death of Planeville

I have spent the last few months—when I can spare a moment from teaching and marking—working on my novel about the now extinct village of Planeville. In some ways this project has been more difficult than others, perhaps because although … Continue reading

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The Origin of Planeville

The settlers of Planeville pulled a living from the south facing slope by planting apples trees on the bank, floated spruce and fir down the river to Jewet’s mill so the lumber could be sold in town, and scraped gardens … Continue reading

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Writing is a Poor Person’s Art

Writing is the poor person’s art, just like soccer is the poor person’s sport. All you need to play soccer is a will, for a ball can be made out of torn nylon stockings, my friends from Chile tell me, … Continue reading

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An Authorial Dream of Wealth and Success

Perhaps because my latest book, Not Quite Dark: A Post-Apocalyptic Adoption Story is doing well in terms of sales, I had a strange dream about being a popular writer the other night. I dreamed that Obama had unwittingly endorsed my … Continue reading

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Writing in the Cabin

I came back today after ordering my textbooks last night and finishing the Monkey Fear work. On the way, I went to Millville and Miriam and I changed my tires for next week’s inspection. It was nice to see her … Continue reading

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Moose Curiosity and Alice

I woke early this morning and lay for a long time wishing for sleep. Finally I got up and set the computer on charge with the inverter even before the sun supplied any more than twenty watts. Then I went … Continue reading

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Breaking out the Teeth

I was awake early today, perhaps, although without a watch I don’t know. I ate a leisurely breakfast while listening to the Saturday radio programs and then tackled the tree I found yesterday that had fallen last year. I cut … Continue reading

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Plans and Rumors of Plans

My trip out of the bush didn’t work entirely to my expectations. We always think our lives will go well and then we are confronted by the grim and even sometimes sad reality. I went to Fredericton in the afternoon … Continue reading

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Construction and Writing Stories

I knew today was going to be busy, since it is supposedly going to rain tomorrow, but I woke to two dreams this morning, and one of them, at least, was so vivid, that I wanted to get it down … Continue reading

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