Firstly, a nice surprise for me this morning!
After such a busy weekend, with two author readings and helping my daughter move, I’m grateful for a quieter week. Mainly I will be pushing forward with my freelance project. There will be prep for next week’s sharing meeting too.
How does your week look? What projects do you have on the go?
The Words Aloud Festival celebrates spoken word in Durham, ON, (near Owen Sound) from November 3–5, with artists including Kate Cayley, Janet Rogers, Angeline Schellenberg, Sue Sinclair, Carolyn Smart, and more.
And don’t miss the Wild Writers Festival in Waterloo, ON, from November 3–5, with Alison Pick, Kathleen Winter, Evelyn Lau, Robert Rotenberg, Alicia Elliott, Trevor Corkum, Stacey May Fowles, Helen Humphreys, Wayne Johnson, Karen Connelly, and more!
Care to share your local events?
A little light relief for Friday – we made it. Enjoy your weekend whatever you are doing!
Share a joke!
My main concentration over the past week and into this week has been my ghost writing project. Fueled with ‘technical jargon’ from my client, I have been incorporating it into the story. The characters are taking shape and after this evening, I will send the revisions ready for our meeting on Thursday. With all narrative’s, be they creative or non-fiction, there has to be a ‘voice’ present. My main character is clear to me and the supporting characters interactions with them is ensuring an engaging story.
I will get back to my YA story in time but need to focus on freelance work for now. I am still undecided on which ‘pending’ novel to tackle next. Each one has its own unique qualities. The Giving Thief – a suspense/coming of age, Willow Tree Tears – a western romance and Life in Slake Patch – a speculative fiction. Logically I should complete Slake Patch, as it is the oldest manuscript and has been rewritten and edited too many times to mention. But with the success of The Twesome Loop – romance with a reincarnation twist – should I follow up with another romance?
What are your thoughts? Which one would you tackle?
Believable and well formed characters, a great plot with lots of tension even after the criminal is revealed and beyond. A real page turner with a climax that keeps you reading in trepidation.
If you like detective stories this is one for you.
Currently reading and enjoying this:
Get your characters talking
Writers are observers and listeners. This trait is essential for creating fictional characters. The use of accents, verbal habits and choice of words will enhance the exchange of dialogue within the narrative thus bringing the characters to life. The reader should be able to identify the particular character through their ‘voice’.
How do you create a characters voice?
I have a couple of events coming up this Saturday – one in a local book store – Star Wars themed and then an author reading later in the afternoon – Halloween themed. I have not decided which story I will relay quite yet. It depends on the audience. If there are a number of young children I will most likely read Rumble’s First Scare but if it is mainly an adult audience then I will choose a scarier story. Maybe the true story of my first encounter with ‘predictive death’ or a true ghost story. We will see.
What events do you have coming up this week?
Oct 24 7:00 pm – 21.00 pm
The Nook Cafe, 10153-97 Street, Edmonton T5J 0L4
OCT 28 STAR WARS READS 11:00 – 15:00
The Sherwood Park Bookworm
62 Athabasca Avenue, Sherwood Park, Alberta T8A 4E3
And my next reading will be here:
From October 25 to November 5, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival puts readers up where they belong, in Banff, AB.
What are the local events you will be attending?
What is the difference between a cat and a comma? One has a pause at the end of its clause and the other has claws at the end of its paws!
What do you get when you cross Neil Gaiman with A.A. Milne?
Share a literary joke of your own!