Adventures with Lulu Dog & The Writing Life

~~ Element Post 2 of 5 — Metal ~~ Metal correlates with autumn. Its power is balance and its virtue is justice. Metal is heavy, condensed, downward drawing and projects a stillness and slowness not found anywhere else in nature.
This element is also associated with the coming and going of life, the rhythms of the breath & the magic of what holds us together.
Metal and autumn are about transformation; life is always changing. Metal is the most malleable substance because it can be transformed and re-transformed many times over without ever losing its integrity.
We make our way beneath the earth’s surface & contemplate what is valuable to us at this moment, to recognize the brilliance in all those we meet, and to see the diamonds in the trash.

#Observe #Write #Metal #Element #Telescope #Connection #Autumn #FiveElementHealing
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~~ Element Post 1 of 5 — Water ~~ My heart is not afraid of deep water.
It is wearing its life vest,
that invisible garment of love
and trust, and it tells you this story.
— Nancy Willard, “Swimming Lessons”

#WisdomOfWater #Spirit #Elements #Guardian #Swim #Fluidity #LifeDog #LaterGram [taken early September on Gabriola Island with @gabe_gal_ ]
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Literary festival, late nights, day four — home to my heart-settling soul dog #Homegirl #SoulDog #Lulu #RescueDogsOfInstagram #🖤 ...

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“In stories, successful stories anyway, endings always feel right, satisfying, even when they’re sad. But in real life, endings — the big-choo kind of endings — uniformly feel awful. They’re the incidents from which we must recover, the cascade of events that feel unexpected even when they’re not and divide our lives into the innocent, oblivious before and the annihilated after.” — From Watching You Without Me by Lynn Coady
Thank you Ashley-Rae Carter-Wells for this photo taken during my @wordfest interview with @supertoque on Thursday 📷 = @wordfest
#LynnCoady #AuthorsOfInstagram #ImaginAIRium #Interview #TheWritingLife #CanadaReads
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Two of my favourite authors will be featured @wordfest showcase tonight — @anoshirani_writer and @na.oh.mee with Emma Donoghue — 6:30 at the Central Public Library, Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall #AuthorsOfInstagram #Books #LuluApproved #ImaginAIRium #Read ...

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Little guy loves to be carried 🖤#Walk #BraggCreek #ElbowRiver #Forest #Dogs #TinyWolves #InJackets ...

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I’ve always loved & admired Lynn Coady’s ability to write engrossing characters; the intimate first person narrative of this novel is unforgettable. The cast of characters, tension, dialogue & psychological depth are—as always—unstoppably absorbing.

@wordfest is on — & tomorrow I’ll have the opportunity to speak 1-on-1 with Lynn @supertoque about her suspenseful new book, her experiences writing for TV, how these creative processes are different/similar and the writing life in general 🙌

Thursday, October 17 @ noon, Memorial Park Library — top floor

#Lynn Coady #WatchingYouWithoutMe #Read #CanadaReads #CanLit #Anansi #ImaginAIRium #GillerPrize #Winner #AuthorsOfInstagram #LiterarySuspence
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Guess who’s here for the weekend! Little man has come a longgg way thanks to fellow fosters @sshheellbbyy___ and @candid_spence #TheBoy #LittlePrince #CoParenting #Grateful #ChihuahuaLove #Chihuahua #ChihuahuaRescue #BookstorePups #LiteraryLulu #Thanksgiving ...

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Weekends Coffee Dogs... AND Watching You Without Me by Lynn Coady! @supertoque — our 1-on-1 interview is next Thursday, Oct 17 @ noon at Memorial Park Library, top floor @wordfest — thanks for the photo & #WeekendHair @alanabeauty.yyc #ImaginAIRium #Wordfest #LynnCoady #Novel #Read #LulusPicks #LuluApproved ...

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“What are we, if not two solitudes that protect and border and greet each other?” — Rainer Maria Rilke, as referenced in The Friend by Sigrid Nunez — a sharp & moving novel #Rilke #OnLove #TwoSolitudes #TheFriend #SigridNunez 🍂🍂 🍂 🍂 📸 = @maniakat ...

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Wine oohhh’ CLOCK!!#WritingWeekend #Break #WhistleBlower #BossDog #Wine #Wolf 📸 = @maniakat ...

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Writing weekend with @maniakat #Retreat #BraggCreek #CabinLife #Writing ...

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“As a writer, I’m constantly trying to remember. As a human being, I’m trying to forget. Sleep is that in-between state, between remembering and forgetting, where water, the eternal truth-teller of which we are made, swims around with us, nudges our organs, and tells our bodies exactly what to remember and what to forget—so that my remembrances become fictions, and my forgetfulness makes me human, brings me peace. But I remember everything.”— Anosh Irani, Translated from the Gibberish
By turns heart shredding and surprising, distressing and witty, poignant and amusing—this is arguably the most moving collection I’ve read in years. The characters haunt you weeks after finishing the last page & the writing is exquisite. Congratulations @anoshirani_writer
#AnoshIrani #AuthorsOfInstagram #Canada #Mumbai #Literature #KnopfCanada #ShortFiction #Read #LiteraryLulu
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First leadership award since I started working in the non-profit arts field in 2005! Thank you @frontiercollege for selecting me to receive this award for leadership & commitment to literacy in Canada; for building the profile & success of our annual Giller Light Bash in Calgary. I am shocked and honoured — and would not be able to execute these GLB events without the support of our intrepid committee & event volunteers @kelseyat @freehandbooks @willlawrence7922 @annelogan16 @shelflifebooks @flowerfallon @stephenmichaela Janet McMahen + Dave de Vlieger — and ALLL the amazing authors who’ve agreed to defend books over the past 8 years! I’m forever grateful for the support of Meredith Roberts who oversees & assists six Giller Bash committees across the country. The @gillerlightyyc supports literacy programs while promoting local authors & contributing to #CalgaryCulture #YYC #Cause #GillerLightBash #SupportLiteracy #Read #Reading #Books #BookParty #Support #FrontierCollege #LiteracyLulu ...

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Frontier College AGM in Toronto 🌸Low literacy skills are directly related to poverty, poor health & high unemployment. The aim of this amazing organization is to improve literacy rates across Canada. The goal of Calgary’s @gillerlightyyc — alongside ALL the GLB’s scheduled for Nov 18 — is to celebrate Canadian literature while raising funds for literacy programs from coast to coast, including inner city schools, public housing sites, community centres, women’s shelters & reading camps for indigenous youth & wherever there is need #FrontierCollege #Literacy #LearningForLife #Reading #Read #GillerLightBash ...

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So excited for my brilliant friend @westheadjessica — she is launching her incredible second novel (fourth book) WORRY @gladstonehotel on Monday! #Author #JessicaWesthead #Psychological #PageTurner #Fiction2019 #Bookstagram #LiteraryLulu ...

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Off to Toronto for @frontiercollege AGM + missing incoming snowmageddon. Bye! ✌️ #FrontierCollege #Literacy #Advocacy #ReadingMatters #CanadaReads #LiteracyLulu ...

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Lynn Coady's new novel ‘Watching You Without Me’ is officially out in the world today! I will have the opportunity to interview Lynn [ @supertoque ] + David Bezmozgis on the craft of storytelling & writing for TV on Oct 17 (noon-1) at the Memorial Park Library, top floor. Both David B & Lynn C contributed to the fifth and final season of #OrphanBlack — an incredible show starring @tatianamaslany #Congratulations #LynnCoady #ImaginAirium2019 @wordfest 📸 = a couple of years ago at the pub! ...

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Gorgeous @dog.eyes.magazine — where @natgeo meets @harpersmagazine — thrilled & honoured to have a short story (A/stray) & feature poem (Sun Dogs, Rising) forthcoming in Issue N8, scheduled to hit shelves across Canada & U.S. this November — warmest thanks to founding editor Erin Haydn O’Neill #DogEyesMagazine #AmWriting #Fiction #SocialCommentary #Poetry #Dogs #🖤 ...

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Couple more sunny days to bring work (and dogs!) to @roseandcrownyyc dog-friendly patio #FallStartsMonday #Dogs #☀ ...

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