Monthly Archives: December 2010

An Old Lesson for a New Year

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I like to think that, no matter how old I may get, each year lived has taught me a new lesson.  More and more, though, it seems like the lessons learned are really lessons relearned — lessons learned once, then …

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Happy/Merry

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And so it is Christmas, nearly. I’m off in a couple of days on my hols; looking forward to having all my boys under one roof for a change, and to the annual Guiney family extravaganza.  As I look out …

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Menage a Trois

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Did that get your attention? A while ago, I began a three way conversation with two other writers I admire greatly, Tania Hershman and Lauri Kubuitsile.  Actually, it was Tania’s idea.  She began to ask us all sorts of questions …

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The Student Life

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It was a strange couple of days.  I came back from my beloved Anam Cara Writing Retreat where for over a week I was blissfully unaware of anything except my work, the work of my friends, and the incredible cold.  …

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To Snowflake or Not To Snowflake

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A while back I promised to write a blog about this one particular methodology for writing a novel called “The Snowflake Method.” After my last post about different writing processes, I thought this would be a good time for such …

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No One Way…..

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Friday night in Anam Cara saw Vanessa Gebbie, Tania Hershman and I reading from our work to a small though enthusiastic crowd. The roads were incredibly icy on the peninsula so we were chuffed that anyone risked coming out at …

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Tim’s Tiny Acorns

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I’m up here in the frigid Northwest (that’s Ireland’s Beara Peninsula to you) at my beloved Anam Cara Writers Retreat.  I knew I wanted to post a blog today, but rather than discuss what I had in mind — I’ll …

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