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Writing:

I enjoyed the fellowship of writing friends at a special supper for a member who moved to Newfoundland but continues to be a ‘virtual’ member. We talked up a storm, enjoyed a delicious meal and then attended the monthly writers meeting. It was a packed house! Sharing words, enjoying the fellowship and receiving great feedback. Our group always amazes me how supportive of each other they are. No matter what style, stage of writing or genre, we learn from each other.

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What benefits have you found from your writing group?

My personal writing has stalled due to the major event on Sunday 11th June requiring a lot of attention. After many months of organizing it has become a day full of artisans, cultural groups, musicians, food delights and so much more.

However, once it is done I can plunge back into The Giving Thief revisions. I did managed to submit The Twesome Loop to my publisher so at least I have achieved one of my many goals.

Books:

Evidence of Life by Barbara Taylor Sisselwell written and has me turning the pages.

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Writing Tips:

Start a blog. Use it to talk about your own writing process, share your ideas and experiences, or publish your work to a reading audience.
Subscribe to writing blogs on the Internet. Read them, participate, learn, share, and enjoy!

I have found my blog has not only covered multiple topics but has also allowed me to connect with writers from all around the globe.

Right click on a word to use the thesaurus. Do it again on the new word and make the best use of your vocabulary.

Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…


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Writing:

The Twesome Loop

I managed to hide away in my local library last night prior to my writers meeting and work on revisions for my reincarnation romance, The Twesome Loop. With twenty-two pages revised, 510 words added (I don’t count deleted ones!) I felt satisfied at it’s progress. Now I have found a superb cover designer I’m already thinking of a cover for this novel, the illustrated one was the NaNoWriMo proof copy. This novel is one I will be finalizing (hopefully) at the writers retreat later this month. Countdown is on to 18th May…

Our meeting was fun and I shared a part chapter of Twesome, which was well received. It always bolsters an author’s confidence when their words are liked.

My ghost writing project will have several changes made this week, although as I am accompanying my daughter to her reptile show all weekend I doubt I will get any writing done until the evenings.

Books:

The Other Life

The Other Life by Ellen Meister- I finished this book, thoroughly enjoyed it. Here is my review on Goodreads.

Love the struggle Quinn has in this story, whether to stay with her current family life or switch to a more glamorous one, she once had. There are many factors for and against in both lives and this narrative beautifully demonstrates that.
Mothering has its challenges and Quinn has to make some hard choices, so even if you are not into ‘alternative or parallel worlds’ this story will capture you.

Her Fearful Symmentry by Audrey Niffenegger. I am now absorbed by this tale, which is set in London, England on the outskirts of Highgate Cemetery of all places. Obviously this appeals to my warped sense of drama.

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While I was at Authors for Indies on Saturday at the Sherwood Park Bookworm, I requested a book with a reincarnation theme. Luckily for me, Leanne the owner found it so it is now on my TBR pile.

Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn      

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How many books do you read in connection with or research for, your current work in progress?

Writing Tips:

Keep a journal or notebook handy at all times so you can jot down all of your brilliant ideas. If you’ve got a smartphone, make sure it’s loaded with a note-taking app. A voice-recording app also comes in handy for recording notes and ideas.

Personally I keep a notebook beside my bed and one in my handbag/purse all the time – when an idea strikes it is best to write it down – later it will allude you!

Make sure you have a dictionary and thesaurus available whenever you are writing.

Do you have a favorite writing tip you would like to share?

Upcoming Writing Events- Add Yours for your Location…


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My main event for this week is on Saturday, which is my writing group’s 8th annual conference. It is always a incredible day of words, writers, writing, networking and meeting new authors.

This year to celebrate Canada’s 150 – we have made the theme Canada – no surprise there! The sessions will be all things Canadian and a fun interactive workshop will be the first session to set the mood. It is a full day (separate sessions can be booked if preferred) testing your writing skills, learning and embracing the written word.

I am presenting one of three short workshops in the first hour but my main presentation is later in the day. My workshop will be creating a Canadian character. I have worked hard to make the session interesting, informative but also fun! Wish me luck.

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If you can come on Saturday there is still time to register – here is the link: http://wfscsherwoodpark.com/node/3090

Other events:

Edmonton Poetry Festival- April 16–23. Here is the schedule link: http://www.edmontonpoetryfestival.com/schedule/

In Picton, ON, and the surrounding area, the Prince Edward County Writers Festival takes place April 20–22, featuring Steve Burrows, Joy Fielding, Wallace Edwards, Merilyn Simonds, Zoe Whittall, and others.

Frye Festival, Greater Moncton, NB –  April 22 to 29 Authors including Riel Nason, Jennifer McGrath, and this is the link: http://www.frye.ca/index.php/en/festival-frye/auteurs-2017

Remember to add your local events

Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…


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Writing:

Since my mini writing retreat last weekend, I have not had any time to immerse myself in the revisions for The Twesome Loop, until last night. I took advantage of a couple of hours of peace & quiet in the library prior to my writing meeting. Word count increased by 892 and a couple of scenes were ‘fleshed out’ (actually erotic scenes so literally – pardon the pun!)

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I have a meeting with my client whose book I am ghost writing this evening as I requested ‘personal experience’ pieces from her on several topics within the book. These I will include thus ensuring it is her voice.

My book cover proof is still pending for The Rython Kingdom so I have to be patient – although having the new cover available for my readers is paramount. So excited for it to go ‘live’ on the various websites.

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Through a facebook page I found a submissions requirement where I can send my steampunk story – The Toymaker. Fingers crossed it gets accepted, it’s only 7790 words.

Books:

I am thoroughly enjoying this book – The Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney – sister’s growing up, finding themselves, drama, love, rejection and a mystery. Set in Tasmania and Ireland it becomes international as each sister flies the coop in search of her path.

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My TBR pile includes a book I found in a lovely bookstore while on my weekend escape. The Other Life by Ellen Meister This is the blurb:

If you could return to the road not taken…would you?

Quinn Braverman has a perfect life, with a loving husband, an adorable son, and another baby on the way.

Quinn also has an ominous secret: she knows that another version of her life exists…one in which she made totally different life choices. But she’s never been tempted to switch lives-until a shocking turn of events pushes her to cross over, and she discovers the one person she thought she’d lost forever: Her mother.

But Quinn can’t have both lives. Soon, she must decide which she really wants-the one she has…or the other life…

The Other Life

Doesn’t it sound fascinating? Of course as I love reincarnation, spirits, afterlife and parallel universes it is just up my street, so to speak.

If you have a recommendation for this kind of story, please let me know.

Writing Tips:

Stop procrastinating. Turn off the TV, disconnect from the Internet, tune out the rest of the world, sit down, and write.

Create a space in your home especially for writing.

Why not share your writing space? Here’s mine:

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The opposite wall is my inspirational wall.Inspire wall

Happy writing.

 

 

Thank you to my blog followers – you humble me…


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Your blog, Mandy Eve-Barnett’s Official Blog, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 90 hourly views – 1 hourly views on average
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A huge thank you to my 3206 followers for making my blog the writing community I so wanted to create.

I will continue to investigate, share and help writers near and far with an ever changing blog covering different aspects of the writing life. I love to inspire, support and encourage.

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Write On…

Blog Wrap Up for 2016…


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Firstly a huge thank you to all my followers for dropping by to comment, read and share my musings. You are from all points of the globe, in fact  179 different countries have visited this site.  242 flags collected – that is amazing.

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In 2016 for the first time, I split the themes of each day into two six month slots – firstly  Lost Words kindly approved by the http://phrontistery.info/ were on Mondays from January until June and then I invited author interviews, writing tips, stories etc for the second half Mondays. I also shared my road trip adventures around Alberta.

Wednesdays began with a look at alternative lifestyles in deference to my speculative fiction novel I was working on entitled, Life in Slake Patch. The second half was reincarnation/life after death, which tied into my reincarnation romance, The Twesome Loop but also because this subject has always fascinated me. I was fortunate to have some special guests involved in these posts.

On Saturday’s I posed writing prompts and the added incentive of prizes for whomever responded.

As 2016 becomes 2017 – I wish you all a healthy, loving, and exciting year.

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Past Life ‘Scarring’ In Current Life…


Some marks, such as birthmarks or discoloration on our skin can be evidence of ‘scarring’ in our previous life.

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Here is a list of different types of birthmarks and their probable past life causes:

Unhealed Burn Mark: This deep red birth-mark is the body’s way of remembering being burned by fire. The darker the mark, the less the wound has healed karmically. Usually this is because the past life is recent and the related trauma has not been processed.

Healed Burn Mark: This ultra white birth-mark is the body’s way of remembering being burned by fire. The lighter the mark, the more the wound has healed karmically. Although it is somewhat healed, there are still lessons to be learned from this old wound.

Single Bullet Wound: This birth-mark was caused by a bullet that entered on the left (notice the perfectly round pattern on the left compared to the right side). The uneven pattern on the right is a remnant of a related powder burn. This wound tends to be brown.

Embedded Bullet Wound: This birth-mark was caused by a bullet that became embedded in the body (and part of it). Notice the perfectly round shape of an antique bullet as well as the “burn” ring around this birth-mark. This wound tends to be black.

Sunken Bullet Wound: This birth-mark was caused by a bullet that became embedded in the body (and part of it). Notice the rounded shape of a blasted antique bullet as well as the deep indentation of this birth-mark. This wound tends to be red.

Scattered Shots: This pattern of marks was produced by sprayed shots (a bunch of bullets shot all at once) by an antique gun. The pellets of varying sizes all struck the skin at the same time in a tight pattern. This very common pattern can exist anywhere on the body.

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Cannon Shots: This birth-mark is becoming increasingly rare as time passes because cannons are no longer used as weapons. This wound tends to be black as the cannon shot deeply scorched the skin. With each new life, the size of the cannon birth-mark shrinks.

Stab Wound: The slightly curved birth-mark is indicative of a fatal stab wound inflicted by a knife, dagger, or sword. When these appear on the side of the face (as in this case), it was most likely from a sneak attack while sleeping and was undoubtedly fatal.

Speared Through: Spots on the eye are almost always from being directly punctured there. This was a favorite form of assassination in past lives. It was usually done when the individual slept. It always proved to be fatal because a stab in the eye was a stab to the brain.

Scalped: The birth-mark features a patch of the scalp where hair cannot grow and a “bloody looking” patch appears in its place. This is how the scalp would look after the patch of hair was forcibly removed. It is how the body remembers being scalped in past lives.

Poisoned Arrow: The birth-mark features a central mole with a discolored ring around it and usually comes from past lives. This is how a poisoned arrow wound looked. If the arrow did not kill the person, the poison it was dipped in would do so.

Botched Surgery: In past lives, often the cure for a disorder was worse than the cause. This was especially true of surgeries which were done without anesthesia and often without a clear idea of how to do it. More often than not, past life surgery proved to be fatal.

Branding Mark: In past lives, those who had committed crimes were often branded with a hot iron. This mark is a faded dragon brand which was placed on the back of the neck of Chinese activists and dissidents to mark them as enemies of the state.

Slave Chains: In past lives, those who were in chains had their skin rubbed raw where it was constantly chafing against them. This damage was often so deep that the body would layer the area with callouses as a form of protection that often carries forward as cancer.

Remnants of Torture: In the past, one of the ancient torture techniques was to place a band or rope around the head and tighten it until the individual “confessed” or died. Often this torture proved to be fatal as well as leaving a birth-mark.

Suicide Wound: This birth-mark is the kind left when an person commits suicide by shooting a gun into their head. This birth-mark is unusual is that it features a red mark which looks like a trail of blood dripping from the point of bullet entry at the top of the head.

Plague Bubo: This birth-mark looks like a wart but is not one. It is the body’s way of remembering a bubo from a lifetime during the Black Death (also known as Bubonic Plague). Living through a pandemic is super stressful and often takes many lives to heal.

Harsh Hairs: This birth-mark is known as a “Morgellons Fiber” which mimics the stages of Syphilis: canker-like open sores (Stage 1 Syphilis), raised or mucous like skin patches (Stage 2 Syphilis), and infiltrative, destructive lesions of skin (Stage 3 Syphilis).

Leprosy Patch: This birth-mark looks like a wart patch but is not one. It is the body’s way of remembering the initial spread of leprosy as the patch always forms on the spot of the first outbreak. Like the plague, leprosy often takes many lives to heal.

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Other karmic marks include:

Freckles-Albinos: Freckles (dark spots) and albinos (white spots) are often located where you have been burned by fire in past lives. Those who suffer from burns will tell you that fire leaves its mark on the skin permanently. Freckles and albinos are usually signs that you need to heal fire karma from past lives.

Skin Depressions: Skin depressions (where the skin is pitted, grooved, and rough) whether caused by injury or diseases (like smallpox, chicken pox, and syphilis) are often where you have been wounded in past lives. They are reminders of the issues from past lives that you have come to heal in the present lifetime.

Moles-Warts: Moles and warts are often located at the site of non-fatal disease lesions from past lives. Even though moles and warts have present life origins, they tend to gather around sites of past life trauma. Especially if you are having trouble in healing them, moles and warts may signal the need for past life healing.

Cysts-Lumps: Cysts and lumps are often located at the site of fatal disease lesions from past lives. For example, hard cysts-lumps in the hands, feet, and lymph nodes can be reminders of a traumatic death by plague in past lives. Especially those cysts and lumps which “grow back” may signal the need for past life healing.

Tumors: Tumors are often located at the site of fatal wounds inflicted by weapons in past lives. Tumors are the ultimate indicator that a past life is screaming out for healing in the present. Tumors usually demand a person’s attention, forcing them to take action to save their life now, even if it means healing their past lives.

There are a couple of reasons why ‘scars’ are present:

1. the body has not had enough time between its incarnations to heal properly.

2. the mind needs to reconnect with the past life trauma so it can be healed and released. So a birth mark is formed at the site of the past life damage when the individual chooses to reincarnate into a new life.

Do you have a physical mark from a previous life?

Original article here – http://www.healpastlives.com/future/rule/ruremark.htm

 

Emotions Affect Your Writing..


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Our emotions and physical condition certainly influence our moods and in turn our writing. Strong emotions, such as anger or depression subdue our creativity while feelings of love and happiness enhance it. If we are suffering an illness, our mind is filled with pain, discomfort or tiredness. Our concentration is in short supply or our focus limited. To pour out these feelings in words can dispel some of them.

As writers, we learn to use these emotional insights to the benefit of our craft. It gives us an idea how our characters may react to a certain situation and thus breathes life into our stories. Of course when we are in the midst of these feelings they are possibly too raw to even contemplate using but as with all things time heals. Jot down how it felt to be angry, shocked, sad, joyful or happy.

Did your body feel different?

Was your mind erratic or focused?

When the feeling passed, what changes did you notice?

When you can look back at that emotion and look deeply into it, it is there we find inspiration – it will strengthen our writing – and also (hopefully) help resolve barriers in character development.For example, after feeling angry does your ‘action’ scene have more impact? Did you channel the forceful nature of your feelings into your characters? Or when relaxed and comfortable can you imagine a characters reflection on a certain subject better?

How do you find your emotional state affects your writing?

Have you used a personal emotion to good effect in your writing?

Did an emotion inspire a story?

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WordPress – 6 Year Anniversary…


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Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com

You registered with WordPress.com 6 years ago.

Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging

Wow I didn’t realize I had been blogging that long!

Thank you to all my lovely followers for sharing this writing journey with me. I appreciate every one of you.

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My escape to the Mountains…


My dear friend, Linda and I escaped for three days into the Rocky mountains. These are some of the images of our trip. Included were a lake cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island, discovery of a wildlife area called Beaver Boardwalk, Hinton, visiting Jasper and driving through the National Park and encountering wildlife as well as driving on highway 40 (unpaved) and exploring small hamlets such as Cadomin, Robb, Entwhistle and Evansburg. Enjoying the breeze off the lakes, Maligne and Isle and being at peace with nature.

Good company, ease of spirit and relaxation what more can a person need?