desk is a hamster’s nest. Books sit in heaps
on either side of the writing space (ever shrinking), and on the chair next to
the desk, as well as on a bureau.
This small room doubles as a guest bedroom with a bed and two large
bookcases, my desk, two chairs and lamps, and the bureau. Cozy?
Yes, if you’re into books. My
husband warns if the stacks aren’t balanced, they could topple, injuring
guests as they sleep. My worry is I’ll
lose the bookmarks and sticky notes marking important “stuff”, if the piles
fall. C minus for hostess attitude.
do? I will return the borrowed books to
friends or to the public library and tidy the towering dangers and squeeze a
few more into the book cases around the house.
Perhaps I’ll write book reviews on those which have been helpful to me,
teaching me about poetry and writing; then pack those away. Somewhere … under the bed, in a closet; there
has to be a space somewhere.
the author of Cumberland County Facts and
Folklore (2009) and Haunted
Girl: Esther Cox and the Great Amherst
Mystery (2012) both through Nimbus Publishing.
Haunted Girl was shortlisted
for the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards – Democracy 250 Award for Historical Writing.
provided an introduction to book and visual arts reviewing. Laurie shared how to research and write
reviews for fiction and non-fiction books, and for museum and art gallery
exhibitions. She offered supportive
information about current markets and how to pitch reviews to potential markets. Following the workshop, Laurie sent her
power point presentation (35 slides) to each participant by email.
One slide gave
general guideline questions, though there were many others with detailed
instructions about how to write the reviews.
What do my readers want to know?
What do I want my readers to know?
What are the theme,
purpose and scope of the book?
What were the book’s strengths and weaknesses?
encouraged me to think of my mounds of books, not as mess but as potential information
to be shared, information which might help others and might help me to be more
focused on what I have learned. I was
grateful to Laurie Glenn Norris for her efficient presentation, her expertise and her
If I lived
in Fredericton, I’d be able to afford to attend the whole week of Maritime
Writers’ Workshops each July, as there would no extra costs for travel and accommodations. But I don't, so I can't. What I can do is attend those which are possible
for me, each summer. What I can do is
begin reviewing some of my volumes, sharing what’s been instructive to me.
else? Well, I can stop typing this blog entry and organize the nest of clutter on the desk, the chair, the
bureau. Oh my … but there is a book on
hold at the library for me right now.
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