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Brunch & chat: a writer’s role in dangerous times

Brunch & chat: a writer’s role in dangerous times

Amidst the madness of the impossible-to-ignore NOW, I had the pleasure of sitting down with DejeunEH.com, the East Coast’s premier brunch blog for thinking people, to chat over breakfast about the current American political climate, the complications of political action, and the benefits of turmeric;)

Check out the full post here: www.dejeuneh.com

Here’s a snippet:

CM: What’s interesting about it is there’s basically nothing you can read from any era in literature that doesn’t apply to right now. Because most literature is formed around the tension—class struggles, political conflict, or something. It’s what is required for every great piece of literature to happen.

D: As a writer, what do you feel your role is now?

CM: I think it was Emerson who talks about writers being people who do this unhonoured work of observing. I’ve always thought of that as a really key thing. As a writer, you observe, you filter through yourself and you write it down. And then whatever the world makes of it is out of your control. And not everyone can do that. But it’s really important that we write stuff down either to remember later or to protest or to just say, “I’m here and I’ve had this experience” and for somebody else to read it and say “I’ve had that too”.

 

Evergreen Theatre & Full Circle Festival

Evergreen Theatre & Full Circle Festival

Finally: spring. Find me and the band at three shows in Nova Scotia this month. We can’t wait to play for you. We’re feeling awake and alive.

Friday June 3rd
Feature performer – Avon Spirit Coffeehouse
Open mic hosted by Full Circle Festival
Avon River Heritage Museum
17 Belmont Road, Newport Landing, NS
evensi.ca

Saturday June 11th
Evergreen Theatre
Full Band show – double bill with Gabrielle Papillon
1941 Stronach Mountain Road, Margarestville, NS)
evergreentheatre.ca

Friday June 17 – Sunday June 19th
Ful Circle Festival 2016
Full Band and special guests
Avon River Heritage Museum
17 Belmont Road, Newport Landing, NS
fullcirclefestival.ca

New Short Story Published: Breton Books

New Short Story Published: Breton Books

My first professionally published short-story appears in a new collection from Breton Books, and I’m terrified/excited/honoured to share it with you.

You can pick up the book in stores around Cape Breton or online HERE.

The book officially launches November 24th 4pm-6pm at Sydney’s McConnell Library. The event is open to the public and will be broadcast on CBC Mainstreet Cape Breton.

Here’s a small excerpt from the story to get you started…

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From And Then I Can See by Carmel Mikol

I follow behind the ambulance in my Jeep, the absurd red emergency lights smashing the trees and my windshield and the wide darkness of the rural road. We pass no other cars. It’s quiet except for when they pull over to the side of the road and I pull over too waiting to find out why and assuming it means it’s all over already and then I start crying in loud, ugly bursts that echo strangely in the car. No siren. Just the red lights.

We keep on after that though. Must have been hard getting the IV in, all the frost heaves and turns. Had to pull over to hit the vein. 

I’m not sure I remember it right.

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Find the complete story HERE

Nova Scotia Music Week Showcases

Nova Scotia Music Week Showcases

The music industry takes over Yarmouth, Nova Scotia again this year for a week of music, business, and celebration. Sorry, Yarmouth.

Catch my full band showcase (it’s open to the public):
Saturday, Nov 7th @ 9:30pm-10:00pm
Rudders at 96 Water Street

5-minute Pitch (industry only)
Saturday, Nov 7th @ 9:05am
Hayley’s Lounge at the Rodd Grand

Germany: with Gabrielle Papillon Band

Germany: with Gabrielle Papillon Band

I’ve had the grand good luck to tour as a member of the Gabrielle Papillon band for the last year or so. It’s a great crew of good friends making darn good music together and I’m so proud of all the hard work and talent Gabrielle is putting into the world.

Last spring we played festivals in England and spent a week playing shows in London. That was no fun at all (ha ha). This month we return to the UK and hit Reeperbahn Festival in Germany. If you can read in German, here’s all the info: https://www.reeperbahnfestival.com/de/festival/gabrielle-papillon

Follow our adventures abroad on my Instagram feed. And find Gabrielle’s music HERE.

Gabrielle Papillon Band

 

Writing and Pushups

Writing and Pushups

This time of year, the weight of the “last third” comes down on me. It hits me in September every year: two thirds disappeared already. I get an urgent need to write, more than usual.

All big things are built from a collection of small habits. The craft, the skill of songwriting comes in strong like a muscle when it’s used often. So every morning, I do pushups. And then I write.

I’ve also been doing a lot of collaborative sessions lately, stretching my writing muscles with the help of other artists I admire. We sit in dark rooms, around kitchen tables, in little studios, and we work away at the craft. It’s just my favourite thing…

Check out clip of a brand new song called “100 Acres” with the lovely Norma MacDonald singing harmonies on my Facebook Page HERE

xo
CM

co writes 2 co writes

Summer Festivals

Summer Festivals

The summer passed in a rush of sun and heat and long weekends tethered by a line of lovely shows. I’m sending a big thanks to the Festivals that presented my show this summer including the New Glasgow Riverfront Music Jubilee and the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society.

And to the sweet people who came out to see us play, my heart is in my hand, as always. Thank you for listening and giving back so very much.

xo
CM