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October Events…

October 27, 2012
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This has been a very busy week one way or another so forgive me if I have been absent for a while. My day job had me supporting and instructing new management, my daughter required homework help and my usual weekly commitments had to be fit in. I did however manage to attend two wonderful events. The first was an author reading at a local coffee shop hosted by my publisher –Dream Write Publishing. My nerves were in check, for once, and I read the entire first chapter of my fantasy novella – The Rython Kingdom. (www.smashwords.com/books/view/214247) It received loud applause and lots of nice comments. Other authors from Dream Write read their work and the whole evening was enjoyable and fun. I would recommend reciting your work in public to any author – it is a great way to share your work and actually see your audience’s reaction.

My next event was the annual Words in the Park, held at my local community center. We are extremely lucky to have a very supportive literary community in my home town so this event is now in its fifth year. Local authors get together to share, communicate and sell their words. The feeling of fellowship is wonderful and it is great to see the numerous genres spread out for all to see. You certainly cannot tell what sort of books a person writes by looking at them! I took Rumble with me and he charmed the children as always – he’s such a cute monster.

 The winner of the Rumble coloring competition came by to collect her book and hand puppet too. It’s such a thrill to see children interacting with your creation. The photos will be posted at a later date.

So how was your week? Did the words flow – were you able to share them?

NaNoWriMo…

October 17, 2012
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Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum

Photo by kawwsu29 taken in Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum

I hereby confirm my participation in the National Novel Writing Competition 2012

Buddies welcome – MandyB, Edmonton

Come & join in the fun…! Words linking the world for a whole month.

Newest article for Strathcona Connect…

October 13, 2012
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Family

As the old saying goes ‘nothing stays the same’ – children grow up and leave home, relationships alter or falter, younger children may have issues with peer groups or school and the elderly have to adjust to new circumstances and lessened abilities. Life can throw us curve balls at any time and how we cope depends on our personality and family situation. Each event affects us in many ways, emotionally, physically or financially and it is our ability to deal with the transformation these events bring that can make us stronger with help. Our capability to adjust has many variants – it might be our age or how we relate to others or how well we know ourselves. No matter what life throws at us we can seek help – there is no stigma in using professionals to help clarify, support or assist us in coping or adjusting. We do not have to struggle alone and it is certainly not a sign of weakness to reach out.

One look at the demographics of Sherwood Park gives us a real insight into our fellow residents – married couples hold 60% and single persons 27% of the population, leaving 9% for divorced and 5% for widowed.  Within these figures the age groups are fairly evenly spread – 0 – 4yrs 20%, 15 – 24 yrs 14%, 25 – 34 yrs 11%, 35 – 44 yrs 16%, 45 – 54 yrs 17%, 55 – 64 yrs 13% and 64 plus yrs 10%.  (www.zoocasa.com) Within these groups there is the potential for a diverse range of difficulties, which can be influenced by the ethnicities of the population. The top ethnicities are 42% British, 17% Canadian, 14% Ukrainian and 11% French (www.zoocasa.com) This makes Sherwood a real melting pot of diversity giving its inhabitants a uniqueness all its own, which makes for a interesting range of problems to overcome.

There are a multitude of resources we can access through the Internet, our own practitioner or the local library as well as community services. Whatever your situation and cultural background there is a local community service that can help with any circumstances we find ourselves facing. That one local resource is Family & Community Services (http://www.strathcona.ca/departments/family-community-services.aspx) This Strathcona County service covers a variety of social programs for a wide range of family problems from teens to the elderly and everything in-between, giving answers and support to best effect. You may be surprised how diverse the service is once you browse their web site and there is always a friendly voice on the other end of the phone.

In times of strife the ‘virtual’ options for social connections are not enough – face to face conversations and understanding means so much more and in the end leads to better resolution. So don’t feel isolated, there is help available within a stone’s throw.

Changes…

October 10, 2012
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As the old saying goes ‘nothing stays the same’ and the last few weeks have made that quite apparent in my life. Each event has made an impact on me both emotionally and physically. My oldest child flew the nest and is making a new life with his girlfriend in a very nice apartment.  As a natural worrier, I am tending to bounce back and forth between being happy that he has made this transition so successfully to being anxious that he will struggle. Is it only mothers that do this? His girlfriend is a delightful young woman and it is obvious they are very happy together…but that mother/ child bond is never truly broken. I know I will have to curb my contact and ‘interference’ – thank goodness for texts!

Another event has seen my daughter change schools due to conflicts at the previous one. Again I have bounced between anger and frustration to swelling with pride that she made a decision that was slightly unpopular but has proven to be positive.  In fact she has the option of finishing school faster with her option, which is an added bonus. Within moments of my son’s departure, my daughter commandeered the basement suite as her own space and has started planning the redecorating already.  We were washing walls and cleaning carpets the very next day.

Whatever challenges and changes life throws at us, we know in our hearts it is for the best in the long run but when we are in the midst of them, they sure are hard on the heart and body.

Are you facing changes at the moment?

Guest Blog – Writing space feature…

October 7, 2012
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Good morning everyone,

I have been featured on Elizabeth Barone’s blog  http://elizabethbarone.net/  today for her writing space feature. Pop over and take a look.

http://elizabethbarone.net/2012/10/07/writers-work-spaces-mandy-eve-barnett/

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