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Signing an autograph

April 14, 2008

Kari-Lynn Signing at Seal Cove Elementary


Kari-Lynn signs a card for Kelsey Brown and Delaney MacDonald at Seal Cove Elementary

Writing is quilt-making.

April 14, 2008

Yesterday Mary, Theresa, Nan, and I presented at the Terrace Public Library, in a gorgeous art-gallery.  On the walls were some incredible quilts, created by Betty Doering, Jan Goodwill, and others. Theresa Kishkan’s presentation included a reading from her book, Phatom Limb.  This essay was about quilt-making.  I couldn’t help but feel completely engaged.  As she read, I studied the quilts around me and I came to the conclusion that writing is quiltmaking.Here are some similarities between quiltmaking and writing (for reference—anything in quotes is Theresa’s writing, pp. 18-21)

– “A quilt takes months.“
– A story takes months.

– “You choose a pattern, something formal or an idea to cobble together.
– You choose a theme, ideas that you will piece together.

– “You try to think how much fabric you will need…“
– You try to think how much material you will need and how long your story will be.

– “Cut out fabric into required pieces…“
– Write out the material into required blocks of text.  You can fill in the gaps later.

– “Fit these [blocks of fabric] together in an agreeable way…“
– Fit these blocks of text together in an agreeable way.

– “Baste together with big stitches…“
– Baste your writing together with rough transitions.

– “Then you can quilt.“
– Then you can draft and re-draft.

– “Make the tiny stitches which draw the layers together and create texture.“
– Make tiny edits which draw the layers together and create texture.
Then be sure to share your creation with others.  Hang up your writing, share it with everyone who will listen.

Twas the Night Before the Tour

April 13, 2008

Twas the night before the tour, when through the apartment
Kari Winters was stirring, wondering what to represent.
The luggage was set by the front door with care,
In hopes that the tour van soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in my bed,
They knew I was leaving soon, choosing my bed instead.
And I in my PJs, and Jonah in his shirt,
Had revved up our brains for a how-to-blog spurt.

When outside my door there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Slid open the curtains and threw up the sash.

The moon on the water of English Bay.
Made me start to wonder about the following day.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a homeless couple, and a twelve-pack of beer.

With their own little party, so lively and loud,
I knew in a moment, they would draw a crowd.
More rapid than eagles, my husband he came.
And he whistled, and waved, and called them by name!

“Now Hayley! Now, Adam! Come away from the door!
You know that they’ll hear you on the pent-house floor!
To the end of the drive! To the end of the street!
Now quiet down. Quiet down! And try to be neat.”

As things always happen before the airplane would fly,
We meet with a new obstacle—Oh me, oh my!
So back to my lap-top, Jonah and I flew,
Why wasn’t it working? My computer? Askew?

And now you know why I couldn’t blog any further tonight….


April 12, 2008

It’s been a crazy week with the Writer in Residence Program at Caufeild Elementary School, two CWILL meetings, the last days of writing and of ethnography class, homework assignments, dissertation work, and 3 presentations at Kitchener Elementary School.

I keep hoping that my voice will hold out throughout the upcoming tours. Any suggestions?

By the end of today I should be packed and ready to go. BC Book Tour here I come!

BC Book Tour

April 8, 2008

Jeffrey and Sloth is a finalist for the 2008 BC Book Prize and sponsored tour. Posts here will also appear on the BC Book Tour Blog.

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