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My interview with Canadian Gothic novelist Becca Babcock

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Award-winning writer Becca Babcock’s first novel, One Who Has Been Here Before, was released only a few weeks ago, and it’s already gaining nationwide attention. The Globe and Mail, for instance, included it on a list of “Five gripping thriller novels to help you beat lockdown blues”.

Set in rural Nova Scotia, the novel follows a young grad student in her quest to uncover the truth about an old and infamous South Shore family. It is loosely based on rural legends of the historical Golers who sequestered themselves in the Annapolis Valley woods.

I had the pleasure this weekend of…

Thank you so much for sharing, Aimée! I had never quite realized how complicated my feelings were until I started writing. I so love when self-reflection becomes self-discovery!

How do we choose which legacies to carry forward? Which ones do we leave behind?

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Hiding under my bed gathering dust is my grandfather’s typewriter. I used to keep it in pride of place on a shelf, but we’re short on space and I’m worried that my toddler will pinch her fingers or break the fragile antique mechanisms.

The avocado-green dinosaur is rusted and cranky, but it still works. The keystrokes are long; the mechanical keys need to be pressed with a decisiveness of effort that is enviable. When I open the lid, the powerful smell of oil and old metal rolls out and catches me in a wave of nostalgia.

Occasionally I’ve tried to…

Spot on! Love it. Thanks so much for sharing your heart and your thoughts.

Because comics aren’t just about superheroes anymore

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The explosion of comics-to-film these days is a clear sign that they’re no longer simply the purview of teenage boys. Turn on Netflix, and you’re sure to find one of the shows they have adapted in the past couple of years: Umbrella Academy, Locke & Key, and the upcoming Sweet Tooth (June 4) to name a few of my favorites.

They’re also easy-to-find at any of the larger bookstores. In fact, there are so many shelves that to the uninitiated it might be overwhelming. If you’re not into the major superheroes . . . where do you start? …

Breastfeeding (or not) is rarely a choice

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Breastfeeding remains one of the hot-button topics of early parenting. It also happens to be one of the ways that women remain widely policed, judged, and scrutinized — no matter what side of the debate you fall on.

In the first few months with her newborn, my friend sent me a short video message. She was sobbing. Her child had first expressed a strong preference for one boob, so the other had become engorged and painful.

Then her milk ejection reflex had become so strong that he would pop off his latch, howling in frustration. …

#8 — Whenever you get a gift that isn’t a book, you’re a little disappointed, no matter how thoughtful it is

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We can be a secretive and solitary bunch, we bookworms. We like to live inside our books — at times more than we bother to live outside of them. But many things connect us, even when we are off reading separately.

Here are a few of the most enduring (and endearing) so we can better know ourselves, laugh at our selves, and love our selves.

1. The Clothes in Your Closet

are in various stages of disrepair, but your TBR pile has now extended out onto a second (or third, or fourth) bookshelf. …

Move over Skyrim — these worlds are more exciting, original, terrifying, and inclusive

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While intuitive gameplay and a riveting storyline are absolutely essential to a truly great game — tabletop or electronic — we all know how much the world itself can make or break a game experience.

A well-imagined world feels like it has depth, even though nothing really does “exist” outside of what we read or see. It’s easy to tell when a world is fleshed out because it often sparks some form of fan fiction — people want to continue to live and create within it.

I’ll never forget my first brush with this fan fiction co-creating. In the mid-nineties…

Food, Shelter, Safety, Love, Migration.

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For the first time this week in my toddler’s 2 & 1/2 years, we visited the zoo with another family. The weather was miserable so the park was empty, and we got to enjoy watching the animals also willing to brave the sleet mostly by ourselves.

There was something surprisingly satisfying about the whole adventure. I know we’re all busy reflecting these days on what we miss and what we’re looking forward to reclaiming as life expands once again from its recent confines.

Perhaps it’s a good time, then, to think hard about what we really need moving forward. …

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