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A Writer's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Thoughts on the Moon

Many years ago, I decided to write a story that deliberately incorporated archetypes. It was called, “Woman Menstruating on the Moon,” and it was my first story to be accepted into a literary magazine…in fact, to my shock, it was accepted at two. The experiment worked, and here I am many years later, thinking about . . . → Read More: A Writer’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Thoughts on the Moon

A Novelist's Eye: Lilian Nattel Online: Cat’s Eyes or Owl’s

Winter night

It was pitch black to my human eyes, but this is the way an owl sees or a cat, I thought. The camera was on a tripod, the lens wide open for six seconds. The world was light.

Filed under: Beautiful, Interesting Tagged: night photography

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A Novelist's Eye: Lilian Nattel Online: Camera Parable

Recently, I bought a new lens. It was a cloudy day with intermittent rain, but I couldn’t wait for better conditions. So as soon as I left the shop, I took my camera out of my purse, removed the jerry-rigged camera bag (a pink sweatshirt sleeve), and checked the light levels. With the aperture open . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Eye: Lilian Nattel Online: Camera Parable

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Grammarly vs Word

I used Grammarly to grammar check this post because summer is nearly at an end and I’d rather spend my time outside than proofreading…especially after putting Grammarly through all its paces.

I evaluated Grammarly using two pieces, a project description of my own, and a 300 word assignment of my middle-school daughter’s. The result: Grammarly . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Grammarly vs Word

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Spring?

Filed under: Interesting Tagged: odd weather

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Two Views of a Telephone Post

Shape and colour and reflected light. You have to imagine the smell of muddy grass, the sound of the camera clicking, which is itself an artifact, an imitation of shutter and film, since digital cameras don’t need to click. I saw a toddler with an IPad the other day. She was tapping and sliding . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Two Views of a Telephone Post

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Alice Munro’s Brilliance

I am reading Alice Munro because she is brilliant. In the mid 1990s, I studied her stories for “weather,” ie the external details that make a story come alive. In the margins of a book of her short stories, I wrote “clothing,” “smell”, “rain.” Then I added weather to the next draft of The River . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Alice Munro’s Brilliance

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Looking Deeper

I was walking and saw a slight indentation in the sidewalk. It was the shape of an inverted V. I stood over it with my camera and took a series of pictures. As I bent closer, I noticed a crevice at the tip. Bending closer still, I crouched over it. With my nose practically inside . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Looking Deeper

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Wheat Sheaf Tavern

wheat sheaf tavern, est 1849 King St W, Toronto (click to enlarge)

Inside the upper window is a wide bottomed jar with yellow paint or yellow peppers, also a blue-green mural with a giant eye, which might be the reflection of something across the street, or a black and white lamp in front . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Wheat Sheaf Tavern

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Handy Words That Don’t Exist In English

Arigata-meiwaku (Japanese): An act someone does for you that you didn’t want to have them do and tried to avoid having them do, but they went ahead anyway, determined to do you a favor, and then things went wrong and caused you a lot of trouble, yet in the end social conventions required you to . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Handy Words That Don’t Exist In English

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Perspective

winter flowers, click to enlarge

I held the camera under the flowers and pointed up, surprising myself in the frame.

Filed under: Fun, Interesting Tagged: urban photography

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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Albert Nobbs

Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs and Janet McTeer as Hubert Page

via Gallery for Albert Nobbs

Throughout history, there have been women who have lived as men either because of gender identification and/or for safety and opportunity as soldiers, pirates and doctors, for example. (This includes James Barry, an 18th century surgeon . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Albert Nobbs

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Princess Shoes

These were custom made for Princess Lilian of Belgium, designed by Roger Vivier, whom I gather from my visit to the Bata Shoe Museum, was the shoe to M. Dior’s dress. You notice that she’s my namesake.

But these, made for nobody with a crown, are more to my taste. They were sewn and . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Princess Shoes

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Multiple Personalities: We on the Inside; We on the Outside

I’ve been intensely living with the Power of We for about 8 years, so it is karmic that today is Blog Action Day and the theme is The Power of We.

Children survive the unimaginable by developing a multiple, instead of a singular identity. As “we”, they can live, function, control the effects . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Multiple Personalities: We on the Inside; We on the Outside

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: More on Walmart

I dashed off yesterday’s post in haste and want to add a few thoughts. I’m not in favour of an economic model in which cheap prices depress wages (and working conditions), which require cheap prices, reinforcing the cycle. But what I am heartened by is that a subject which only the Canadian publishers, as yet, . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: More on Walmart

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Canada Tilts Leftward

The Canadian public is on a distinct tilt to the left, says a new national public opinion poll, suggesting concern over wealth distribution has traction beyond the Occupy tents and protest parades.

The nationwide poll suggests the New Democratic Party would form a minority federal government if this were election day and a strong majority . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Canada Tilts Leftward

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Department of Amazing Life

Amazing animals – Mudskipper – YouTube.

Filed under: Fun, Interesting Tagged: mudskipper

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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Simply Reading: Web of Angels | Bookstack

“That must be a heckuva book,” the elderly man said. He stood before me, hand in hand with his lady friend, as they walked the boardwalk on an afternoon constitutional.

“It definitely is,” I answered, emerging from my reverie.

“I bet it’s a love story,” he said with a smile.

“Well, not exactly – not . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Simply Reading: Web of Angels | Bookstack

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Saving The Children | Tales from the Reading Room

Inside our minds great forces rage and collide and strange convoluted processes are developed in order to avoid internal obstacles and keep the status quo. Former versions of ourselves wander through the inner labyrinth, exerting terrific pressure on our decision making and often dictating reactions in illogical ways. We have this charming, quaint idea that . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Saving The Children | Tales from the Reading Room

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: A Different Drummer

I just finished The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones, and found it delightful, which spurred me to tell you about how I came to it.

I met Sadie Jones at the author series hosted by A Different Drummer Books. She and I and Liza (pronounced Lisa) Marklund were on the bill the same morning. . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: A Different Drummer

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Fiction for Good Living

For a long time literary critics and philosophers have argued, along with the novelist George Eliot, that one of fiction’s main jobs is to “enlarge men’s sympathies.” Recent lab work suggests they are right. The psychologists Mar and Keith Oatley tested the idea that entering fiction’s simulated social worlds enhances our ability to connect with . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Fiction for Good Living

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Sunday Ramble

I never did post all the photos I wanted from my last Sunday Ramble and there’s been another ramble since! (Click on any photo to enlarge.)

This old Hi-Fi cabinet reminded me of my childhood though I think it pre-dates it with about 4 settings for different radio stations imprinted on the cabinet.

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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: No Translation Needed

Fabulous images in different media from Russian artists in LiveJournal. This one is my favourite because it transcends alphabets:

Тоже люди.

But a close second, vivid thumbnails bursting with life on sheet music, are here.

Filed under: Beautiful, Interesting Tagged: paper art

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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Does Facebook Make You Lonelier?

It might. According to Moira Burke, interviewed by Stephen Marche for The Atlantic, her studies show that people who compose comments on their “friends’” walls are less lonely than people who just “like” a post or who just read their friends’ status. Stephen speculates that’s because everybody is glossing up their lives, re-touching them like . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Does Facebook Make You Lonelier?

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Winnipeg Web of Angels

It’s taken me all week to recover from my week of travels, and I’m off again tomorrow. Winnipeg was a whirl of media, a live TV interview early morning, and four back to back in the afternoon (print, radio, TV, radio). But I managed to get a walk in right after I landed at the . . . → Read More: A Novelist’s Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Winnipeg Web of Angels