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Work-from-Home Tips from the Porcupette

I sometimes feel a little guilty that my day-to-day life has changed so little in the Age of Covid. Unlike some of my friends and family, who have had something of a crash course in working from home over the last several months, I’ve had years to hone my best practices … and probably get into some bad habits! Given my experience, I thought I’d share some of the strategies that work for me when it comes to staying sane while working from home. Continue reading

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Denial Ain’t Just a River in Egypt, and Other News for October at PQL

I’d like to deny that the Crazy Book Season That Was Foretold has arrived. People triple-booked with virtual launches? No way. I don’t believe a word. Reading lists expanding at an exponential rate? I’m not having a bit of it. Likewise, I categorically refuse to believe that Spring 2021 deadlines are approaching, and that the editorial projects that keep getting pushed back are coming up due very soon. And nuh uh, no way is it time to start thinking of next fall. Continue reading

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Well Worth the Wait, or, News for August at the Porcupine’s Quill

There is a feeling of satisfaction in finally achieving a goal that doesn’t come easily. But some things–like books–are worth the wait. Continue reading

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The Thrill of the Hunt: An Ode to Literary Browsing

We’ve given up a lot over the course of this pandemic. By now we’re all, to some degree, shaggy-haired, raggedy-fingernailed, sweatpants-wearing, hug-starved home bakers whose sole social interactions have been virtual, grocery related, or predicated on how many neighbours can be talked into allowing their dogs to be petted at the end of a two-metre leash. (Or … just me? You know what? Don’t tell me.) One of the things I most look forward to doing as the country starts to open back up is visiting the bookstores and browsing for new literary treasures to add to my shelves. Continue reading

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Punching through the Existential Dread with the Power of Poetry, or, News for April at the Porcupine’s Quill

If I’m going to be homebound for the foreseeable future, I might as well be productive, and what better way to be productive during a pandemic than to self-isolate with a book or ten? I’m mildly surprised that I haven’t … Continue reading

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Literary Tater Tots and Other Happy Accidents, or, News for March at the Porcupine’s Quill

I accidentally bought cheese-flavoured tater tots last week. I won’t bore you with the details of how this accident came about, but suffice it to say that it happened and I need to talk about it. This accidental purchase is … Continue reading

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