Monthly Archives: August 2017

Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…


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Writing:

I succeeded in increasing the word count on my new YA story – Bubble the Gruggle to 17,715. It is a fun story set on another planet. The message within the tale is to care for your environment no matter which planet you live on.

I’m impatiently waiting on the go-ahead from my publisher to begin my cover reveal and teasers for The Twesome Loop. The official launch is set for 30th September at Words in the Park. Although I have two tables for this event I’m having to plan how to set them up to showcase the new novel but also give my other books, fair representation as well. This newest novel is number five in my published works!

Rumble’s First Scare, The Rython Kingdom, Ockleberries to the Rescue, Clickety Click.

It is amazing that I have this number of books when I only began writing when I immigrated to Canada and joined my writing group in 2009. (8 years 14 weeks to be precise). I am making up for lost time.

I have been asked where I get my titles and character names. Well mostly it is a word that pops into my head or a combination of a title/word/name I have heard or seen. Some, like Rumble, just seemed right for the character and the mischief he performed and for my magical woodland sprites, Crispin and Tansy were reflections of their personalities. (Ockleberries to the Rescue). Clickety Click was easy as it is the sound Alice hears in the story. Rython was a made up word for the griffon within the tale Guillem relays to the King’s court. As for the ‘Twesome Loop’ I wanted something mystical/intriguing as the loop is the means by which a link is made.

I try not to have a ‘common’ novel title to avoid confusion for my readers when buying my books. The internet gives us an easy way to check we are not duplicating a title.

How long have you been writing?

When was your first book published?

How many books do you have published to date?

How do you choose your titles and character names?

Books:  Beautifully engaging characters and a mystery that propels me to continue reading.

Mind of the Phoenix

Next on my TBR pile are:

A Desperate Fortune by Susanne Kearsely and 11/22/63 by Stephen King

What are you reading at the moment?

How many books are on your TBR pile?

Writing Tips:

Don’t judge the first draft.

No matter what you’re writing, the first draft should be about getting the ideas on the page—never let your inner editor hold you down at this stage. That’s what revisions are for.

How do you approach your first draft?

Upcoming (& Past) Writing Events- Add Yours for your Location…


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This past weekend, I joined other local authors for a reading. The title was ‘Back to School Author Reading’ and the stories were fall/autumn or child related.I relayed a chapter from my children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue, about a beaver with a split tooth. http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/products/ockleberries-rescue

It was a good afternoon, with spellbinding tales and great companionship. Our generous hosts, Social Grounds Coffeehouse as always had delicious treats to enjoy. The beautiful equine pictures are from a local artist.

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I am also attending this event tomorrow with a dear friend, Marilyn – should be entertaining and enlightening.

Spillious (the Ridiculous One)

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Spillious (the Ridiculous One) is a Trans-feminine poetic creature from Vancouver Canada. They are sometimes loud, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always brutally honest. They touch on what it is to be queer, Trans femme, a father and an educator all at the same time. Spillious is also a musician, father, high school music teacher, workshop facilitator and academic. They have been performing spoken word for over a decade and have been featured in venues all over Canada and in the US.

When was your last author reading? How did it go?

Other Events:

Wade Sorochan “Fastest Tone Arm in the West” Book Launch

29th August  19:00–21:00 Audreys Books Ltd.

10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3J5

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Loren Olson “Finally Out” Book Launch

30th August Wednesday at 19:00–21:00

Audreys Books Ltd.

10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3J5

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Dale Leckie “Rocks, Ridges and Rivers” Book signing

31st August  Thursday at 12:00–13:00

Audreys Books Ltd.

10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3J5

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Care to share your local events?

Jot them down in the comments.

 

Friday Fun for Writers, Authors & Readers…


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What do you do if your pet starts eating your book? Take the words right out of his mouth!

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I was just diagnosed with IBS- Impulsive Book-Reading Syndrome

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Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” ― Diane Duane

 

 

Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…


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Writing:

Although I did escape with my friend, Linda for a mini break over the weekend, I did not get around to writing for me. We spent time organizing for our Words in the Park event and the launch of our writing group’s Canada 150 book project. Working together is easy and productive, we work well as a team.

Words in the Park – Saturday 30th September 10:00 am – 4:00 pm- Spark Gallery, Sherwood Park. 

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We did, however enjoy an afternoon of history at the Fort Normandeau, where we were taught some Cree words around a fire pit. Then a wander through the fort itself and conversed with the chickens! Then onto the Kerry Wood Nature Center and a 1 km walk to the viewing/duck hide. Ducks, mostly bottoms up and two greater yellow-legs. A tour of the center – bookstore, gallery and nature discovery. 

 

 It was good to recharge the batteries, so to speak and I returned home refreshed.

 

Books:  My review: 

Santa writes with eloquent descriptions giving the reader a perfect tapestry of place and character. Her characters are well structured, engaging and keep the reader intrigued until the end. Woven between England and Italy this novel gives a taste of life in these two places and the struggle of their inhabitants. I highly recommend this book, it was a joy to read.

The Mermaid Garden

Already enjoying the intricacies of this story! And have just found out there is a sequel launching.

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Writing Tips:

I wrote about how stress can have a profound effect on your writing here: https://mandyevebarnett.com/2015/11/16/stress-blocks-creativity/

https://goinswriter.com/how-to-overcome-writers-block/

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/7-ways-to-overcome-writers-block

What do you do to overcome the ‘block’?

Upcoming Writing Events- Add Yours for your Location…


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This week I will be preparing for an author reading on Saturday. With the theme ‘Back to School’ I will probably read from my children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue. As each chapter revolves around a particular animal, I will more than likely choose one chapter that has a fall/autumn related theme.

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http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/products/ockleberries-rescue

What events have you got coming up?

Are you attending any events this week in your area?

Other events:

AUG 22  12:00 – 16:00

Fantasy and Horror Book Signing

Chapters Strathcona
10504 82 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 2A4

Konn will actually be attending our Words in the Park event on 30th September, so if you miss this opportunity, you can find him there!

Web site banner WitP 2017_0Spark Gallery, 2257 Premier Way, #116, Sherwood Park. T8H 2M8   10:00 am – 4:00 pm  Free admission.

 

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Public Art Picnic – Borden Park
24 August at 17:30–20:00

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Borden-Park/216893458341432

Author Reading

Social Grounds Coffeehouse, 975 Broadmoor Blvd #36, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 5W9

2:00 – 4:00 pm – Everyone welcome.  I will be reading at this event.

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Please feel free to add your own events in the comments, regardless of the location.