so you want to write a novel…

Margaret Atwood’s contribution to the 2005 Canadian edition of The Book of Lists, is titled, Margaret Atwood’s 10 Annoying Things to say to Writers, each entry having an a) What to say and a b) What the writer hears. # 5 Reads: a)”I’m going to write a book too, when I can find the time.”b)What you do is trivial, and can be done by any idiot. Well, for those of you who think you have a novel lurking around in your brain, here’s your chance…and if you’re lucky, you might get to do it on TV! If NaNoWriMo (National Novel

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Quote of the Day!!!!

“We are committed to offering all women the choice of how and where they give birth.” – Department of Health in the UK Beautiful! From a BBC News article dated May 15, 2006 … Women will be given every encouragement to give birth at home if that is their preferred option. The Department of Health says it wants to end assumptions that a hospital is always the best place to have a baby. Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has commissioned work into how to make home births more available. The National Childbirth Trust welcomed the move, saying currently women were often

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the best things in life are…

Or so went the 1927 tune from the DeSylva, Brown and Henderson musical, Good News. I can remember being a kid and watching my brother fill out over 100 index cards for a “chance to win”…something (I can’t even remember what the big prize was) in a contest sponsored by Coke. As a five-year-old, witnessing his dedication and hopefulness was exciting, and a bit confusing. It’s an innocent thrill to root for the little guy to win, to wish that he’d tap into something bigger than what he had before. There’s no doubt that the wide-eyed girl in me still

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Fine Print Interview Today!

My interview with Carolyn Weaver of Fine Print airs today on Book Television.11:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m EST. I had such a great time chatting with Carolyn. She truly cares about Can-Lit and her passion for literature shows in her work. We taped the interview at her home in Toronto, the atmosphere was cozy and relaxed. I felt like I was sitting, having a talk with one of my friends! (The interveiw first ran on Rogers cable stations a couple of weeks ago and will appear in re-runs on Book Television, CLT, and Rogers TV.) For more information about Carolyn

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Happy International Day of the Midwife!

Introducing the UK cover of The Birth House!(To be published August 7, 2006…but available for preorder now from Blackwell’s and Amazon UK, or your local UK bookseller!) Today is the International Day of the Midwife So, I thought I’d post a few links and thoughts in celebration and support of midwifery. Did you know that recently they celebrated Home Birth Week in Wales? What a cool thing to happen! The All Wales Home Birth Group spokesperson for this event, Lorna Tinsley, National Officer for the RCM, said “We are delighted to present the minister with a thank you card for

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