Monthly Archives: October 2012

How to Finish a Novel

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How do you know when a novel is finished? People often ask me that, and the true answer, I guess, is when it’s on the bookshelf. As a writer, the most you can do is write it over and over, …

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Music, Medicine and Me

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When I was a little girl, and even into my early teens, I wanted to be a doctor. My interest in medicine coincided with my interest in music and the beginning of my lifelong learning to play the violin. I …

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Googling a Title

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Here’s a bit of a conundrum. A short while ago I became virtual and then real friends with a writer who shares my passion for Cambodia.  She contacted me after reading my first Cambodian novel, A Clash of Innocents, which …

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Coming Back to Earth

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This past weekend the news was full of space-related events. I must admit, over the years I have had a conflicted view of the various space programs, NASA in particular, and the obsession with all things extra-terristrial. The social activist …

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Don’t Give That Child A Dollar

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As tourists, it is hard not to be touched by the big eyes and outstretched hands of impoverished children forced to beg on the streets.  It is very easy for we who have so much to want to help those …

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Translating Poetry

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My interest and work in Cambodia has led me to many unimagined places. Most recently, I found myself at the International Translation Day conference which was organised by English PEN and Free Word. This day-long event was full of panel …

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A Planet Full of Poets for Change

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…and musicians, I should add. A Californian (of course) had the idea to hold a simultaneous global event where poets (and musicians — they were organized separately, I think) would all come together on the same day to share their …

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