This Blog is Moving…

I’ve decided to start posting on my professional site, You see, I’ve been posting some excerpts from my professional writing there already, so it makes sense to post updates on my novel’s progress, and related thoughts, there, too.It’s just easier to post everything at once from one platform.

And yes, that means I’m going to blog regularly over there as well (or I hope so, anyway). In fact, check back there today for a few thoughts on Seth Godin’s recent interview on Q.

Thanks again to those of you who have been following, and be sure to check my other site for updates!

– Lisa

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Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Uncategorized


The Gap

I’ve been editing my novel lately. I took a part-time summer job which allows me to work on my novel, or any other writing I have. I’ve been joking that it may be the most I ever get paid for my creative writing.

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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Revising and Editing, Writing


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The Forest Horses

I recently finished The Forest Horses, by Saskatchewan author Byrna Barclay. Barclay is a well-established author, and tends to mention my neighbourhood (Livelong, Saskatchewan), which is part of the attraction for me. But she is also a tremendous writer.

The Forest Horses was published in 2010. For some reason, it didn’t receive a lot of media attention, which is a shame. I can’t quite figure out why it was overlooked, especially since it won the John V. Hicks Award before it was published. However, it is well worth a read.

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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Books


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Going indie?

Last Saturday I attended the “Get Publishing” conference in Edmonton. The conference is geared towards writers who, of course, want to publish. Much of the conference focused on self-publishing versus traditional publishers.

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Are you a natural novel or short story writer?

I’m listening to an interview with Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean. Annabel mentions that she considers herself more of a natural short story writer, rather than a novelist. She compares it to running – either you’re a natural sprinter or marathon runner.

What do you think? Do you have a strong preference for one or the other?

You can listen to the interview on CKUA’s Bookmark page.


Posted by on April 5, 2011 in Books


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Thoughts on handling bad reviews

You may have heard of writer Jacqueline Howett’s big blow-up over a negative review. You may have even read the comment thread and laughed your arse off (seriously, you must read it). Judging by the excerpts and Jacqueline’s comments,Big Al seemed very restrained and diplomatic in his review.

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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Publication and Beyond


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Thinking about characters and negative space

I like to cross-country ski in the winter. I usually go three or four times a week, when I have time. I figure that since it’s usually winter in Saskatchewan, I might as well enjoy it.

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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Character, Inspiration, Writing


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