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Susan M. Toy

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I have been a bookseller, an award-winning publishing sales representative, a literacy teacher, and a promoter of fellow authors and their books through my company, Alberta Books Canada. I have written and published one novel (print and eBook) and a novella (eBook) and I am a publisher, under my imprints, IslandCatEditions and IslandShorts. Through Alberta Books Canada, I represented authors directly, helping them find promotion for themselves and their books, sought out new readers, and assisted them in making wise career decisions. I created the writing contest, Coffee Shop Author, have sat on the Board of Directors of the Fernie Writers’ Conference, served as a member of the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program steering committee, and w ...more

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Susan M. Toy Read as much as you can. Read in all genres, fiction and non-fiction and children's books too. Read well-written books and poorly written books, so yo…moreRead as much as you can. Read in all genres, fiction and non-fiction and children's books too. Read well-written books and poorly written books, so you can tell the difference. Then have it clear in your own mind why you want to write, why you want to tell stories. If it's only for your own enjoyment, that's fine. If you want what you write read by others then you owe it to future readers to learn how to write, hone your craft, and seek the advice of professional authors and editors. They will be able to tell you when you are ready to move on to the next step.(less)
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I bought this eBook when Kevin first released it in Jan., and I have read it and thought about it ever since … I won’t lie. This is not an easy read – very difficult in parts to relive this past year, in fact … but it is definitely a very important book. Kevin Brennan is like the Daniel Defoe/ Samuel Pepys of our time, documenting day-by-day the shitshow of a year 2020 that just happened to all

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This story is about a lot of things, but mostly about idiots. So it needs saying from the outset that it’s always very easy to declare that other people are idiots, but only if you forget how idiotically difficult being human is.
I think this is one of those lines that I, once the book is finished, think of as "anthems" for the theme of the novel. Without really telling you anything about the plot of the novel they let you know what it's really about, to me. They don't set the stage, but they'll set an emotion. It's small phrases that just lets you know what I'm feeling and thinking, and why I'm telling you all this, and hopefully also gives you a sense of where we're going. These anthems also work as reminders for myself of why I wanted to do this in the first place, what emotion I started with when I got the first ...more
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“I wear a helmet when I write, because if you’re doing it right, writing is dangerous.”
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“Only when you are dangerous are you truly equal to the world.”
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Pema Chödrön
“We don't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts.”
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Pema Chödrön
“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.”
Pema Chödrön, The Wisdom of No Escape: How to Love Yourself and Your World

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message 3: by Sally

Sally Happy birthday! :)

message 2: by E.

E. Graziani Hi Susan - glad we found each other on Goodreads, too! E.

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Pablo Padilla Thanks for adding me, will be a pleasure to follow your reviews.

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