View from the Depths: a Mermaid's ode to a book club

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 27 July 2017 | 10 Comments

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We are warmly welcomed into a room lined with books – on shelves, tucked under the coffee table, footing the window seat, surrounded by a view of water glinting defiantly under clouds leaden with the last of a rare summer rain. High on an island hilltop, it was a space by and for book lovers but at first glance no place for a mermaid.

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The Gift of Saying Goodbye

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 5 December 2016 | 1 Comments

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It is in the throes of grief today that I am grateful: for the presence of a dear friend, and for finding the words.

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A journey to authenticity: 72 months and counting

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 25 November 2016 | 0 Comments

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It's been 72 months and counting, and Finding Maria may not have launched a thousand ships, but it did inspire a series, publishing company, and a journey that continues to unfold. Nov. 24, 2016 was the sixth anniversary of the launch of our first book. So fitting that our anniversary fell on American Thanksgiving this year, because there are so many people to thank for this. An author may write a book, but it's a global village that helps polish, produce, market and appreciate the effort involved. All of that investment, however, is paid forward in the ability to write more books, and in our case, publish books by other authors, helping them realize some reward for their dreams and hard work in the process. 

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The Path Less Travelled

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 1 November 2016 | 2 Comments

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  I looked down over a cliff and with only a belief, a calling and a trusty pair of flipflops, I started down. This was the beach calling me, not one with tidy boardwalks and crowded with tourists, but shards of sandstone around me and underfoot, and not a soul around.
  It is not unlike the writing life, this trail less travelled. Our ability to spot paths few others can see, then craft a map of words to follow draws us into a life much craved by those watching, but lonely in its midst. It requires us to spend vast amounts of time in places no one else sees, imagines, or wants to be. Loneliness is not just a side effect, it is a catalyst to dive in, discover, finish, and connect. In this moment, however, I didn't recognized any of this. I only knew I felt inside as awash and submerged as the rocks below, a day beautiful above but churning within. 

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W-Day: A Fresh Start

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 19 October 2011 | 21 Comments

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In cyber-time, I haven't posted a new blog since I-Pad 1s ruled the Apple store, so this is long overdue. I'm easing in slowly, committing one day a week. Wednesday. W-day, for cool women I've met or hope to meet.

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Mommy, Where Do Novels Come From?

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 20 February 2011 | 0 Comments

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Writing a novel has often been compared to childbirth. Having birthed three children and written one novel, I think the comparison is a bit of a stretch - no pun intended :)
However, as Finding Maria finds her way onto shelves, into stores, and in the hands and discussions of readers, I have to admit that I am considering a sibling. Perhaps it is the thrill of seeing a book come off the press, or maybe it's the great excuse a book launch provides to have a good party. More likely, it is that the characters in Finding Maria have just begun to feel the sun on their faces, and are bursting with more stories to tell.
Whatever the reason, I am excited about the prospect of writing again, but a little timid of entering into the solitary writer's lair that can be the creative process. This time, I I'm going to try writing with the office door open, just a little, in case you'd like to chat, get a glimpse of a work in progress or learn a bit about this process that gets a novel to paper. Snippets of new creation, reflections, or whatever the day brings will be posted here. I invite you to share as well.

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The new journey

Posted by Jennifer on 26 November 2010 | 3 Comments

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We are officially launched! Finding Maria had its coming-out day on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. Supportive crowds at both the NSCC Pictou Campus Library and Museum of Industry in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Jack, Rose, Aunt Georgie and Gwen have been introduced, their lives springing to life as folks begin reading the book. Be sure to post your thoughts! The best answers in life are found at the bottom of a good cup of coffee, and amid good discussion.

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Finding Maria first blog post

Posted by Jennifer on 22 October 2010 | 13 Comments

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Welcome! This is an event of firsts for me.

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