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

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 27 July 2017 | 11 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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Writing Rose, the character I didn't want to know

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 21 November 2014 | 1 Comments

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Writers control the story. So why choose a main character I didn’t like? Simple answer: he did, my male lead Jack, years ago, when I wrote my first book, Finding Maria. Rose was his love, his choice, and ultimately, his source of heartbreak when suddenly she was gone. To love Jack, which I do, hence the series of books to explore his life, I had to at least acknowledge the woman who made him a husband and father, and over two decades evolved to be the centre of his world. His heart had made its choice. To do justice to his story, I had to share hers, and that meant getting past the prickly habits and annoying weaknesses to the heart and soul of this woman. I didn’t have to like her, but I did have to understand her.

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From the gardening trowel of babes

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 10 June 2013 | 7 Comments

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I spent a lovely evening with my son at a gardening class a few nights ago. It would have been cheaper to take him out drinking. We'd at least have payback from the empties, unlike what I'll get when these plants follow the proud tradition of those who have been potted before them, which is up and die.

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The Need to Get Dirty

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 30 May 2013 | 8 Comments

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When one does not know what to write, it is a time to get dirty. 

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Think, Work, Stop. Honouring your Creative Cycle.

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 15 April 2013 | 0 Comments

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   I heard this weekend that playwright Neil Simon wrote for seven months of the year, rested for five. Why? He was honouring his Cycle of Creativity.

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The warmth of a good giveaway

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 8 February 2013 | 1 Comments

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We are to honour our ancestors, but it's bloody difficult when mine didn't have the sense to a board a ship headed south. They didn't end up in the Arctic, at least, but the Canadian East Coast in the grip of a February freeze is a few mitts short of a full house in the game of flesh versus frostbite. As a writer I can let my creative juices freeze where they sit, stay wine-soaked until April, or engage in some creative ways to reach the world without leaving the warmth of my flannel cocoon. As it turns out. there is nothing like a good giveaway to keep the thoughts and brand moving through the darkness of winter, and it is my great honour to announce some recent contests that have brightened my winter and hopefully the winners' days as well.

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Longest night: Day of Doritos and Gratitude

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 18 December 2012 | 18 Comments

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Longest Night. For winter-loving folk it sings a chorus of skis and hockey. For me, it is Shortest Day, SADS on a stick, jabbing me with icy spears of dread while growling threats of carb cravings and cabin fever that even the writer's cure-all - wine - can't silence. But this year it may be different. And I have my muse to thank.

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For whom the jingle bells ring

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 9 November 2011 | 38 Comments

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Our Christmas craft show season begins with the first whiff of Thanksgiving turkey (October in Canada, eh?), but seasoned pros spend the entire year stockpiling inventory, planning displays, and banking vacation time from their 'real' jobs to enter the frenzied lottery that is the craft fair market.

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Trick or Treat: What this writer is really afraid of

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 31 October 2011 | 0 Comments

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It's the season of scare and I've already had my fill. Goosebumps erupted with a vengeance at the sight of snow on my deck during Sunday's nor-easter. My hands gnarled in torturous anticipation of having to turn my demanding 10 year old into a watermelon superhero using nothing more than a shirt, a pillowcase, and an obscure prayer to the Patron Saint of Costumes.

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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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