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Writing:

As I have said before most of my writing is focused on my freelance ‘ghost writing’ project at the moment so my YA novella has fell by the wayside for the moment. I will be utilizing several hours prior to tonight’s Arts & Culture Council Board meeting to write in my local library this evening.

What writing projects are you working on this week?

Books:

chronicles

Review: What a great pirate story with a twist! A female pirate, whose mission is revenge but she finds something else along the way. Great tension, surprises and engaging characters.
You will love Shelly and her crew and be propelled to turn another page.
I loved this book.

Pawn of the Phoenix

I have become quickly immersed in the second novel by Jaime McLachlan, Pawn of the Phoenix. It continues the story of Moira and Keenan and their quest to find the phoenix. The characters, world building and plot are totally tantalizing and real.

What are you reading at the moment?

Writing Tips:

Allow your story to end.

This may sound trivial, but in fact it’s crucial, and a stumbling block for many writers. You need to find an ending to your story, and let go of it. You need to decide to end the writing and declare your novel finished at some point.

Let Go of Your Fear of Failure, or Success.

When that moment comes, when you decide to start writing, don’t think about publishing, about royalty checks, about reviews in the New York Times, or if your novel will it the bestseller lists. Trust me; it’s a very, very long road. Just, you know, write.

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Writing:

My week and weekend were a mixed bag of chores, bed assembly, time with my daughter and working on the freelance project of ghost writing a business ebook but I have not really touched my newest YA story, apart from a couple of short paragraphs. It will come but a paying gig has to a priority – right? Although at over 24K words I am tantalizing close to completing the YA novella, so it might be a ‘sit down & write’ weekend.

Last night’s writing meeting was lively and we welcomed three new faces as well. It is always a delight to have new people find our group. Prior to the meeting I used two hours to create the beginnings of a chapter for the ebook – so time well spent.

What are you working on at the moment?

Books:

I’ve nearly finished this swashbuckling adventure and am thoroughly enjoying it. The chapter I read last night was intense!

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I am unsure which book to read nest as 11/22/63 by Stephen King is a mammoth novel and I think it would be a great read over Christmas. So that leaves me with a choice of these two. I found the first edition, Mind of the Phoenix, fascinating and became seriously involved in the characters. As Jamie is a local author I want to support her obviously.

Mind of the Phoenix

Pawn of the Phoenix (The Memory Collector #2)

Pawn of the Phoenix

Rise of the Phoenix (The Memory Collector #3)

Rise of the Phoenix

I am also hoping to attend an event on Sunday at Audrey’s where another local author, Laurel Deedrick-Mayne has a book signing for A Wake for the Dreamland. So another possibility for my TBR pile.

What’s on your TBR pile at the moment?

Writing Tips:

Introduce your main characters and themes in the first third of your novel. If you are writing a plot-driven genre novel make sure all your major themes/plot elements are introduced in the first third, which you can call the introduction. Develop your themes and characters in your second third, the development. Resolve your themes, mysteries and so on in the final third, the resolution.” — Michael Moorcock

Great sentences:

  • read smoothly,
  • aren’t bloated with excess words,
  • are sharp about the words they do use, and
  • are smart about the context in which they exist.

Care to share a favorite writing tip?

 

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Writing:

It may be a day late but I hope you enjoy this Halloween themed story. I wrote it 3 April 2011, when my writing career was starting.

A Glimpse Through a Window

It started with a glimpse out of the corner of her eye. A movement passing the opened window but when she turned there was nothing there. Dismissing it as possibly a bird or a butterfly floating in the warmth of summer sunshine, she turned back to her work.

Just one more chapter and then she would treat herself to a walk to ease and stretch her aching muscles. Janice had woken bursting with inspiration at five o’clock, now six hours later a major part of the novel was complete. With a flourish she hit the keypad and straightens up. There in front of her was a beautiful face peering through the window.  Instinct made her jump and involuntary utter a gasp.

“Hello, who are you?”

The lady smiles but does not answer just reaches out her hand to beckon Janice outside. Her dark shape and long ebony locks float as if in water, it is surreal. Fascinated Janice opens the patio door and enters the warmth of the day time sun.

“Come follow – you will find.”

“Find what, where are we going?”

Without waiting the lady turns toward the rose garden, the oldest part of the cottage garden. The floral scent permanents the air as they approach the blooms.  The dark lady stops in the center of the path and points. Janice’s eyes follow her fingers direction – there blooms an ebony rose so dark it gleams.

“Write its story, Janice and release me.”

“Release you – I don’t understand?”

“My spirit resides within the bloom I am relying on your gift of words to free me forever.”

“What shall I write? Tell me what to write.”

“You know my story it is deep within you.”

Janice’s mouth opens to ask another question but the dark lady has disappeared. Was she dreaming? Everything seemed so real, so tangible – the warmth on her skin, the grass beneath her feet. Janice returns to her desk puzzling thoughts race through her mind. There she finds a dark rose petal lying upon the laptop keys. It was real?

A blank page faces her and her fingers begin to type – a story unfolds.

Esmeralda’s roses were well renowned even as far away as London. Each bloom was perfection itself due wholly to her unwavering commitment to their care. After years of trial and error with combinations of manure, egg shells and herbs, Esmeralda had found her ‘secret’ formula. Each season demanded another ritual before the first buds appeared in April. With careful attendance each bud was nurtured to its full potential. Every flower show saw Esmeralda take first place much to the dismay of her rival, Vanity. The competition between the two women was fierce.

During the sixth annual London show Esmeralda was summoned by the Duke of Suffolk. He commissioned her to produce a truly black rose – something never achieved before. With a deep bow Esmeralda had thanked him for his obvious confidence in her abilities but felt she would not succeed. The Duke took her hands and solemnly stated that if anyone could succeed it was indeed the Rose Queen herself.

Upon her return home Esmeralda began researching the deepest and darkest strains of rose. Using grafting techniques and cross pollination she grew several young plants. As they grew and flourished she waited patiently for the first blooms. She achieved deep burgundy and the darkest crimson but never ebony. Three long years past each new bloom took her a step closer to her goal but never close enough. Then in the fourth year a tiny shoot grafted to the main plant produced a bud unlike any Esmeralda had ever seen. It was the darkest green she had ever seen. She tended to this special bud as with all her charges and waited in anticipation for it to blossom.

Sunday 14th April would be a date Esmeralda would never forget – for that morning she witnessed the darkest most beautiful ebony bloom gleaming in the sunlight. She would send word to the Duke that she has succeeded in making his wish come true. However, Esmeralda died that day at the hands of her arch rival, Vanity. It was a dagger to her heart as she breathed sweet words to her special bloom. Vanity took the plant and professed it was her own creation. She became famous over night and revelled in the adulation.

As for Esmeralda her body was buried beneath her rose garden- a place she had loved above all others. Her spirit lived on in the multitude of blooms until one day it rose up and made its presence known. She was the Rose Queen and the ebony bloom her creation.

The words flowed so quickly Janice could not read them quickly enough. At last her fingers ceased their frantic tapping and she realized who her visitor had been. Janice would make sure the real creator was acknowledged for her Black Rose.

Most of my writing for the next couple of months is going to be my freelance project – I have to keep to the deadline! If my brain needs refreshing I will return to my YA novella, Creature Hunt on Planet Toaria, I have maybe 2-3 chapters to complete now. Then I can send the whole manuscript to my illustrator with ideas for the chapter header images.

What projects do you have planned for the winter months?

Books:

I am reading this novel by a young local author. She has created her voice and a wonderful cast of characters. Review to follow.

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Writing Tips: Hashtags for writers.

#amwriting: Commonly used by writers to indicate they’re generating pages.

#amediting :  a writer is going through his or her pages, revising.​ 

#writingtip or #writetip
Writing coaches, editors, and others whose livelihoods depend on authors will offer up their tweety pearls of wisdom, marked by these hashtags.

#writingprompt
This hashtag is used when writing coaches give a suggestion about what to write, an idea to get the writer going and help to stimulate the flow of the pen on the page.​

And good luck to all who are participating this year.

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#nanowrimo
National Novel Writing Month (November) helps create solidarity among those toiling on their magnum opuses

Other tags:

#book
#novel
#nonfiction
#fiction
#paperbacks
#short or #short #story or #shortstories or #shortreads
#litfic (for literary fiction)
#histfic and #histnovel (used for historical fiction)
#womensfiction
#scifi or #science #fiction
#romance
#paranormal
#crime
#suspense
#kidlit
#cookbooks

What hashtags do you use?

 

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Writing:

Writing has been spasmodic this past week but I have accomplished several ‘to do’ items on my list. I have increased the word count on my YA novella, which now has the new title of Creature Hunt on Planet Toaria. The word count stands at 24,491 as of today. I think the new title reflects the age group and hopefully will intrigue them.

The fairy story, I submitted for an anthology has been edited a couple of times and I am happy with the changes.

My freelance project is continuing and the collaboration with my client is working well.

My excitement went into overload this week when The Twesome Loop was on the Edmonton Bestsellers from October 9th to October 15th.
Link for print or ebookhttps://www.amazon.com/Twesome-Loop-Mandy…/dp/B075DRWHXN

Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers

1. This is All a Lie – Thomas Trofimuk *
2. Maybe This Time: A Colorado Ice Novel – Jennifer Show *
3, Raincheck – Marlo Lanz
4. Origin – Dan Brown
5. This Wound is a World (Poetry) – Billy-Ray Belcourt
6. Alice Network – Kate Quinn
7. A Legacy of Spies – John Le Carre
8. Left-Handed Dinner Party & Other Stories – Myrl Coulter
9. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
10. The Twesome Loop – Mandy Eve-Barnett

 

Books:

blood games Enjoying this detective versus serial killer story even though it is not a genre I normally read. My friend V.J. has a great style and keeps the tension going.

Looking forward to reading this by a new local author I connected with a while ago.

chronicles

Writing Tips for famous authors:

Use concrete imagery when you write about large, abstract themes – Wislawa Szymborska

Work stories out in your head when you can’t write – Alice Munroe

Make people believe in your story first and foremost – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Don’t focus on the end goal excessively as you write – John Steinbeck 

Upcoming Writing Events- Add Yours for your Location…


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Apart from my regular meeting with a freelance client this week and continuing with the writing involved, I will hopefully have time to relax after last week’s insane round of events. Downtime is important for us all to refresh and center our minds.

What have you got on your calendar for this week?

Other events:

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The NOOK CAFE, 10153-97 Street, Edmonton 19:00 pm – 21:00 pm

Please come out and share your words at Nook Cafe! We are here every Tuesday from 7PM to 9PM. Poets may sign up to read at the start of the night with the host. Newcomers encouraged and welcome!

Ottawa International Writers Fest

Ottawa’s Writers’ Festival takes place October 19–24, with Lee Maracle, Bev Sellars, Martha Baillie, Eden Robinson, Eliza Robertson, Linden MacIntyre, Alison Pick, David Chariandy, and many others.

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Toronto’s International Festival of Authors kicks off from October 19–29, with Canadian authors including André Alexis, Lee Maracle, Anne Michaels, Heather O’Neill, Carol Off, Eden Robinson, Seth, and lots more.

Bookfest Windsor

This year Bookfest Windsor takes place October 20–22 in Windsor, ON, with featured authors including James Bartleman, Eva Crocker, Elise Levine, Rebecca Rosenblum, and Armand Garnet Ruffo.

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The Stratford Writers Festival returns to Stratford, ON, on October 22, with Ron Sexsmith, Eden Robinson, Scacchi Koul, Candy Palmater, Glenn Dixon, Alice Zorn, Rebecca Rosenblum, and lots more.

What local events do you have coming up this week?