Paul S. Graham: Revolutionary Fecklessness

Have you ever noticed that the people who are the most vociferous proponents of radical social change are often the least competent in providing for the everyday needs of the people around them? By everyday needs, I’m talking about the goods and services that glue a society together, like building a house, growing food, fixing ...

Lilian Nattel's Blog: On Embarrassment

Being bipedal animals with consciousness, humans have this propensity for remembering and obsessing, but other animals get embarrassed, too. I had a housemate, once, with a mean cat. At the start of every summer, she’d have her cat shaved so he wouldn’t overheat. I always had to watch out for Rocky, her cat. He had ...

Lilian Nattel's Old Blog: Moving!

I am now self-hosting my blog! If you’re following me here, please subscribe there! At one time, believe it or not, I had half a dozen different blogs. Life is too short, simplification is my new by-word. (PS Eventually, for example when I am DONE writing my new book and it’s in my agent’s hands, ...

A Writer's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Buried Giant is a different book from Ishiguro’s previous ones, and that’s something I admired before I read it. But it was an interview I saw with him that made me pick it up. By that time, I’d already forgotten what The ...

A Writer's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Buried Giant is a different book from Ishiguro’s previous ones, and that’s something I admired before I read it. But it was an interview I saw with him that made me pick it up. By that time, I’d already forgotten what The ...

A Writer's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Welcome!

I’d love to hear from you. Contact me here! Filed under: Miscellany

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Review: A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War: Russia, 1941-1944

A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War: Russia, 1941-1944 by Willy Peter Reese My rating: 5 of 5 stars The powerful memoir of a German infantry soldier during WW2, A Stranger to Myself was written in 1944 a few months before the author died, drawn from his detailed journals written at the Front. Because ...

A Novelist's Eye: Lilian Nattel Online: Toronto Ice Storm: Birch Tree

Mercifully we have power. So I can appreciate the beauty of this: (click to enlarge) That’s the birch tree leaning over our back balcony. Across the street the limb of a tree fell down on a power line. A neighbour set up orange pylons around it. I pray for the trees. Filed under: Miscellany

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Words on Wednesday

Passover is here, which means eating matzah, also chocolate and more eggs than usual. This year during the seder one line struck me from our (radically abridged) reading of the Hagaddah: “Today we are slaves; next year may we be free.” It contradicts a note I have taped to my wall as a reminder: “you ...

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Leaves in January

That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. – Sonnet 73, W.Shakespeare click to enlarge There was a cute resident at the fracture clinic where H had the ...

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: The Sun Keeps Rising

click to enlarge The world ain’t ending folks. View from my kitchen while getting kids their breakfast. Filed under: Miscellany

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Coopers Hawk

Coopers Hawk 3, originally uploaded by colographicalchemy. I didn’t take this photo but I saw its match today. There is a family of Coopers Hawks nesting in the park a block from my house. This morning when I was out for a walk in the early morning, a young one was sitting on the fence ...

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

I’m in a whirlwind of travel. Thousands of KM west, 3 provinces, then back home. In an hour my taxi arrives to take me west again. So I’ll just leave you, my friends, with these pictures of Calgary, Alberta! (Click any pic to enlarge). Filed under: Miscellany

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany…

… in like a lion edition… I have, so far, stayed away from saying a lot about the ongoing car accident going by the name of Robo-gate, phonescam, etc. Final determinations of blame and guilt have yet to happen. Here is what we do know. Something did happen in Guelph. The RCMP and Elections Canada ...

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Scrivener Review

Well, folks, Scrivener for Windows is out of beta and version 1 is available for purchase or free trial. It’s fabulous. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Finally PC=Mac in the writing world. An aside…I know people rave about Mac, but I’ve always been a PC devotee, mainly because of the cost. Before I ordered ...

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Evening Light

view from my window, click to enlarge   Filed under: Miscellany

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: changes…

changes…, originally uploaded by vdaaccord06. First draft, page 12. This is what it’s like to begin: with hope and trepidation. Filed under: Miscellany

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Showing Girls Strength and Grace

At the end of last week, we had 2 special dinner guests. My daughters were star-struck. One could barely speak; the other requested signatures on a notebook, origami birds, and a length of fabric. This is the way it came about. I was ordering tickets for Canadian Women’s Hockey day, and got to chatting with ...

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Esi Edugyan for Half-Blood blues shortli

Esi Edugyan for Half-Blood blues shortlisted for GG prize. I have HBB, look forward to reading it. http://ow.ly/6UdMS Filed under: Miscellany

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: I love the pig!

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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: car ads on the Colosseum?

Rome is looking for “sponsors” soon to show their wares on tickets & exterior http://ow.ly/6EM8M Filed under: Miscellany

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: stuffies proves evolution is a myth

However the illiteracy of the Jewish fundamentalists belies their point. http://ow.ly/6Eai3 Filed under: Miscellany

Leaky nose, poundy head, chesty cough

Yep, that would be me.  A thousand pardons for the lack of blogging — my brain is sore. On a semi-related note, if you haven’t already done so then go read about Dr. Dawg’s experience with our horrible health care system.  Compare and contrast.

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: boy with balloons in India photo of the day

via photography.nationalgeographic.com Filed under: Miscellany

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: making the most of difference

people with Aspergers excel in company that tests software http://ow.ly/6D3KU Filed under: Miscellany