It’s a Hat Day…

This is me in my red knit hat…My DH, my children, and my dog all know what it means when I declare it a “hat day”. (I’m grumpy about something, I need a little time to stew, and to go into deep, dark thought.) Here’s what’s on my mind.During the early 1900’s a great effort was made by many “obstetrical doctors” to eliminate midwifery. They spread word to women’s clubs (like the WI and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union)all across North America that midwife assisted births were dangerous, unclean, and inefficient. Quotes like the following were not uncommon. The midwife

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Reveiwapoloosa

In the past week or so there’s been a steady stream of interviews and reviews of The Birth House. Here are some that can be found on the web: A Bundle of JoyAn excellent (*blush*) review from the February 26th edition of The Ottawa Citizen by writer, Robert J. Wiersema. (His novel, Before I Wake is due out in the fall.) Birth of a NovelAndrea Curtis of the CBC.ca Arts web site ran a great behind-the-scenes profile, February 20. (It’s especially nice if you like a good love story!) A Sweet Debut with a MessageThe Toronto Star ran Patricia Robertson’s

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thank-you, Wolfville!

(Hmmm…I originally posted this on the 18th, but it seems to have dissappeared. Weird. I’m re-posting it today and will post a play-by-play of my trip to Toronto in the next couple of days!) This past week is a bit of a blur, but one thing I can say for certain is that I feel loved. After a two day media run in Halifax that included radio, TV and print interviews as well as a couple of drop-in signing sessions at local bookstores, I came back to the Annapolis Valley for the launch of The Birth House at the old

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Be My Valentine

This essay first appeared in The Grapevine, Adam Barnett’s wonderful community newsletter that goes out twice a month to Wolfville, NS and the surrounding communities. (Thanks Adam!)Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day as well as the pub. date for the birth house, I thought I’d post it here as a writer’s Valentine – From: me To: you.Thanks so much for reading! story-linesSeven…a prime number, a lucky number, a magical number, and also the number of times I completed drafts of my first novel and proclaimed that it was ‘finished.’ Seven…the number of times per hour that I used to shout, “how

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The Love for Three Bloggers

(in honour of Cupid and all things hearts and flowers) It’s Cloud Illusions…That’s a word cloud made from a random sampling of words from this blog. SO cool…thanks to Nienke Hinton for posting a comment so I could visit her nifty blog which led me to discover word clouds at Snapshirts.com. Book Tour Tool Kit LoveThe amazing advice keeps rolling forth from MJ Rose and Co. at Buzz Balls and Hype (and will continue into this next week!)This past week featured bestselling author Lisa Tucker with advice and a quote from the diary of Virginia Woolf. I always carry a

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Book Tour First Aid Kit

A couple of weeks ago I sent the following email to book-buzz goddess M.J.Rose. Dear M.J.,I’m a novelist about to go on my first book tour (February). Since you’re currently on the road promoting The Delilah Complex, I thought I’d ask you for some advice.What’s in your “Book Tour First Aid Kit”?What do you pack for the road…(physically and emotionally)?I’m looking for all the advice I can get…what clothes to wear/what not to wear, essential items for a reading/signing, essential items to keep myself together, what’s the best sedative to take, (and should I chase it with scotch, vodka, rum?),

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