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Upcoming Writing Events- Add Yours for your Location…


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It is Board meeting week for me, so Tuesday is the writing group’s meeting, then on Wednesday the Arts & Culture Council meeting and I am also attending one for the Diversity Committee on Thursday! Projects will be discussed and planning for the New Year events needs to be started. Once we begin looking at dates the next year will seem to have flown by and once again time speeds past. November has an lovely event to attend Christmas in the Heartland, December is the writer’s members Xmas Party, March is Arts Expo in conjunction with Keep It Local, April is Volunteer Week and the writers conference, June will be the second Heritage Day in conjunction with the Diversity Committee, and July is Savor Strathcona. So that’s most of the year done already. 

On Saturday I visited a friend at her book signing at Audreys. It was lovely to see her as the last time was at Word on the Street in Lethbridge. We hit it off immediately so catching up on Saturday was great. Laurel Deedrick_Mayne’s book is A Wake for the Dreamland. Set in 1939 with three friends struggling with the separation war has impacted on them, they find love and friendship. It was an apt day 11th November to discuss and remember.

Dreamland

What events do you have this week? Why not share no matter the location.

Other events:

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3-2-1 Indie Slam Qualifier and Open Mic

14th November 7 – 9 pm The Nook Cafe, 10153 97street, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0L4

genrepalooza

Enjoy your week!

Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…


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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!

chronicles

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?

 

Upcoming Writing Events- Add Yours for your Location…


events

This week includes my writing group’s sharing meeting on Tuesday, I always look forward to connecting with other members and sharing. I have several writing tip sheets to give out this week and will have to create a writing prompt to start the meeting off.

As I am making good progress on my new YA novella I will read an excerpt – feedback is always good to receive. Also when you read out loud you pick up on the rhythm of your words.

What events do you have this week? Care to share?

Other events:

Laurie MacFayden “Walking Through Turquoise” Book Launch

NOV 8 19:00 – 21:00 pm at Audreys Bookstore

walking

 

poetry at audreys

dreamland

Laurel Deedrick-Mayne Book signing

11th November 12:30 – 13:30 pm Audreys Books 10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3J5

Do you have a book signing to promote? You are welcome to leave the details in the comments.

Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…


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Writing:

As many of you know I love prompts, as they inspire and refresh the Muse. At my last writing meeting our prompt was: you find a box underneath your seat on a train. This was my response.

Box of Resource

My ankle struck a sharp edge and I let out a cry. Rubbing my bruised skin I noticed the brass hinge of a box wedged underneath the train carriage seat. After a couple of tugs to free the object, it was revealed as an old wooden box with elaborate brass hinges and decoration on all sides as well as the top. It was a woodland scene with an inset of silver representing the moon through an arch of gnarly trees. I tried the clasp but it was locked. I looked under the seat again hoping to find a key but only found a discarded piece of chewing gum and several wrappers sticky with candy.

I place the box on the tabletop and turned it this way and that admiring the workmanship. When I lifted it and shook it there was a gentle knocking sound. Something heavy was inside, but what? The guard came walking towards me and asked for my ticket, I produced it and he clipped a hole into it.

“That’s a beautiful box; a lot of work went into that I’m sure.”

“Yes it is lovely isn’t it?”

Once he left I wondered why I hadn’t revealed that the box was not actually mine. Pushing the box to one side I organized my space, backpack beside me, a novel on the table with a bottle of juice and a sandwich. Traveling at night is much more relaxed and not so crowded.

I read for a while and must have dozed off because a gentle shaking of my shoulder woke me.

“You have the box.”

I looked at the man confused at his words as my sleepy mind tried to become fully awake.

“I’m sorry, what?”

“The box of resource, there in front of you, I was not expecting a messenger.”

The man’s words did not make sense but he smiled kindly at me. He lifted the box and put it into a large canvas bag. As he turned away I asked

“What is the box of resource? I found it underneath this seat. I’m not a messenger.”

“Ah, I see that explains your confusion. It contains an ancient scroll that must be returned to the Vatican. It holds the…well I must not delay you.”

He looked up alarmed, turned and exited the train at a run along the platform. I so wanted to follow him but by the time I had packed my backpack he was nowhere in sight. My only clue -he was going to the Vatican. Well Rome is the city I will be living in for the next four years so maybe I will find him again and he will tell me what the box contains.

Why not write a short story using this prompt and share in the comments?

Books: I am enjoying this narrative as it is set in two time periods, like my novel, The Twesome Loop. The characters are well rounded and the ‘discoveries’ are intriguing.

A Desperate Fortune

Writing Tips:

Break writing rules with intention.

As Pablo Picasso so wisely said, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break the rules like an artist.”

There are times to stick to the rules, and there’s those times to think beyond them … in any kind of writing.

What ‘rules’ have you broken?

Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…


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Writing:

I did manage to increase the word count on my new YA novella to just over 18,000 and will further increase it tonight as I have a couple of hours in the library prior to a Board meeting. The story took a surprising turn so I am following it, wondering where it will end. I am toying with the idea of a new title – Bubble the Gruggle – is good but maybe too childish for a YA. We will see.

With two events coming in the next couple of weeks I need to be prepared for displays and readings. Choosing excerpts of a book can be problematic but I have found that if you gauge them to your known audience at the event it is slightly easier.

How do you choose an excerpt to read?

One event – Word on the Street is in Lethbridge which will entail a road trip – always a favorite past time and will allow more writing time, never a bad thing.

WOTS2017

Books:

Mind of the Phoenix

My review:
I had to finish this book last night so into the midnight hour I went…
Jamie has created a world of intrigue, mystery and suspense in this novel. The relationship between Moira and Keenan had me guessing and hoping.
A world of empaths and blockers, and strict social distinctions is beautifully weaved within and around the story. Great world building by Jamie.
This is a novel I highly recommend and can’t wait to read to next installment.

A Desperate Fortune

I’m already entranced by this novel’s story set in two time periods.

Writing Tips:

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 Always get an outside edit.

Whether it’s a novel or a blog post, sometimes we get trapped in our own ideas, and the grand vision clouds our ability to see the actual words on the page.

So work your vision and polish it up as much as you can … but then, get feedback from someone else whose editorial judgment you respect.