Monthly Archives: April 2010

A Mobile Phone Misfit

I find myself an oddity in this new mobile phone obsessed world.  A kind of misfit.  You see, I am the one with the audacity not to own a cell phone.  A lone ranger in a world where the device … Continue reading

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My Favourite Equatorial Things

A song was playing in my head and I was reminded of a familiar list.  1. Raindrops on roses –  I dream of pink ones.  2. Whiskers on kittens – I’m not a cat person but who can resist kittens. … Continue reading

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To Me a Book is a Thing of Beauty

There are some women who squeal with delight at a blue satin heeled Louboutin or a Valentino silk dress that accentuates all the right curves and cloaks your flaws.  In that aspect I am what you would call a nerd … Continue reading

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Writing Style

I find it easy to write in a melodramatic diary style.  I feel extremely self conscious about what I produce.  I yearn to write with a touch of humour that will make the writing less ponderous and more accessible. That … Continue reading

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Yann Martel’s Writing Habits

I am a great admirer of Yann Martel and his mastery of words.  He has a way of making his stories light and accessible.  His stories seem to me like deceptively child-like fables which most effectively contain powerful messages about … Continue reading

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Baby Wants to See the Fish

I see the long cradle that could rock from side to side. Sitting up in it, I couldn’t fall asleep. I kept asking to see the fish.  I could only say “fish” and point.  I stretched my arms out into … Continue reading

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Seeing Snow for the First Time

I had one day to pack my bags.  B had a last minute business trip to Boston and wanted me to come.  There was the tiny possibility of snow.  It was the middle of March in Boston, and getting warmer. … Continue reading

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Advice from Haruki Murakami

Whenever I don’t feel confident about my writing I think I should read this extract from Murakami. It’s comforting to know that even the most popular writer in Japan has his insecurities. What he says strikes a chord with me. … Continue reading

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Life at the Equator

The ringing of the phone grated on my nerves.  “Hello are you Miss…..”  I hung up the phone.  Yet another telemarketer going through the directory, mispronouncing my name. I was sticky and uncomfortable.  How I longed for rain.  On days … Continue reading

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Advice from Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut’s books are so easy to read.  He has been generous with advice to aspiring writers.  The one that stuck with me most was ‘pity the readers’.  I am guilty of writing for myself and often forgetting the audience.  I … Continue reading

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