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Tricia McCallum

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Born
Glasgow, The United Kingdom
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January 2011


Tricia McCallum is a Glasgow-born Canadian writer and poet and a Huffington Post Blogger.

Her newest poetry collection entitled "The Music of Leaving"
has just been released by Toronto's Demeter Press in September 2014.

McCallum’s unrivalled passion is poetry. Her poem “Thirst” won the goodreads.com poetry competition in December 2011. In May 2012 she again won the goodreads contest with her poem “There’s Always the Guy.”

An insatiable traveler all of her life, her various, seemingly endless incarnations have included stints as a bartender, flight attendant, shrimp de-veiner, speechwriter, writer of personalized wedding vows, chambermaid, house painter, au pair, TV product pitch artist, short order cook, corporate editor, legal courier and per
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Tricia McCallum Very good question! When I'm struggling, I make a point of getting the most basic of drafts for a poem or story down on paper, or keyboard, no matter…moreVery good question! When I'm struggling, I make a point of getting the most basic of drafts for a poem or story down on paper, or keyboard, no matter how rudimentary. Sketches, really, no matter how vague. This helps in a number of ways.
-- It lets me sit with the original version for a while. (We work on things subconsciously, I have no doubt.)
-- I don't lose the original spirit of the thing, as ideas can vaporize so easily.
-- When I go back to it, it is always immediately clear what needs fixing, tweaked.
-- If the idea is still fermenting, I note on my desktop calendar when to return to it.

I am very systematic about it. I always do at least two drafts of every poem or story. I have two folders on my desktop; one marked First Drafts, along with the date created, the other, Second Drafts. I move between them, and once completed I move the pieces to my blog and/or to a folder marked Finished Work.

I hope this helps in some way. Don`t give up. Even if writing doesn't succeed in conventionally commercial ways it is always worth doing.

Best regards, Tricia. (less)
Tricia McCallum I wish my honest answer was something more romantic or inspiring but what I've loved most about my 35 years as a writer is the luxury of working into…moreI wish my honest answer was something more romantic or inspiring but what I've loved most about my 35 years as a writer is the luxury of working into the wee hours - when I function best - and sleeping in. I hate mornings. Love writing. Equally.(less)
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The Music of Leaving

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Welcome to my latest story on Huffington Post, this one about the night when I was nine years old I rode alongside my father in his 18-wheeler.

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To A Friend on Leaving Eleuthera. (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:31PM
Description: The title says it all.
There's always the guy. (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Apr 30, 2012 02:08PM
Description: Winner of the Goodreads Poetry Contest, May 2012
Thirst. (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Dec 02, 2011 02:28PM
Description: Winner of the Goodreads Poetry Contest, December 2011
Pawns. (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Jan 19, 2011 02:35PM
Description: A poem from an island under a full moon.
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How can you care not
For this earthly life
Even with its vagaries,
Its ragtag beginnings,
Unspeakable endings.

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" The Deceptively Simple

Forget everything you’ll never know about
Quantum physics
And oil futures.
What constitutes prime.
Leave string theory
For the commit
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There she remains,
In the folds of her nightgown
Tucked deeply in her bedside drawer,
Releasing the scent of her Chantilly.
In he
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" Poster Boy

Meeting you
I’m face to face with
All
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I wanted.
But you pose
Unacceptable risk.
You’d sap me.
Drain my reservoirs dry.
Bleach my
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Swan by Mary Oliver
“On the beach, at dawn:
Four small stones clearly
Hugging each other.

How many kinds of love
Might there be in the world,
And how many formations might they make

And who am I ever
To imagine I could know
Such a marvelous business?

When the sun broke
It poured willingly its light
Over the stones

That did not move, not at all,
Just as, to its always generous term,
It shed its light on me,

My own body that loves,
Equally, to hug another body.”
Mary Oliver
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“There will be always be people stronger and not as strong, smarter, and not quite as smart. It's best not to get into the race at all: Just run your own.”
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“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I dwell in possibility…”
Emily Dickinson

“We look before and after,
And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell
Of saddest thought.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Complete Poems

“Eternal life is great if you have the clothes for it.”
Woody Allen
tags: humor

“It was a delightful visit;-perfect, in being much too short.”
Jane Austen, Emma

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Christine Hatfield I was wondering if you can donate to my team please

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message 11: by Christine (last edited Sep 03, 2014 05:35AM)

Christine Hatfield I did review it and I followed you on facebook but add me as a friend


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Tricia McCallum Did you review it Christine?

I don't know this site that well (it is humungous and rather daunting) and don't want to miss it... will you send me a link when you do, in case?

Many thanks, Christine!

Best, tricia.


Christine Hatfield Your welcome and I loved reading your book


Tricia McCallum Terrific! Thank you for the heads up.


Christine Hatfield I got your book in the mail already


Christine Hatfield Aww thanks and I can't wait to read your book


Tricia McCallum I just sent you my book in the post yesterday. Let me know when you receive it please.

My home address is P.O. Box 505, Markham, ON Canada L3P 3R1. My favorite color is butterscotch, like the color of light toffee. Now I am intrigued!

I do hope my work touches you, Christine.
Warm regards, Tricia

Christine wrote: "Send me two of your books in the mail please and here's my home address

406 greenwood ave
Riverside
NJ
08075

What's your favorite color and what's your home address?"



Christine Hatfield Send me two of your books in the mail please and here's my home address

406 greenwood ave
Riverside
NJ
08075

What's your favorite color and what's your home address?


Tricia McCallum Hi Christine!

That's wonderful! I am happy to send you my book for review. "Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Mother and Father Remembered." I'll post it to you early this week.

If you'd like to review my second book, "The Music of Leaving" just let me know your e-mail and I'll send you the pdf. It's being published in October.

Warm regards, Tricia (McCallum)


Christine Hatfield I would love for you to send me that book and here's my home address

406 greenwood ave
Riverside
NJ
08075


Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend


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