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What inspires your writing

Blogger Recognition Award…

Blogger Recognition Award

bloggeraward-psitsperi_img_7908I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Thank you, Eva, for the nomination and congratulations to you for winning this award.

Eva has an eclectic blog covering a wide range of subjects and always has interactive parts to her blog.

I am supposed to give a brief history of how my blog started and offer two pieces of advice to new bloggers. My responses are below.

A brief history of how my blog started

I started my blog in August 2010 – yep a long time ago and have covered numerous subjects, promoted my books and hosted lots of author interviews. I commit to a schedule and topics prior to 1st January every year, this keeps me focused and accountable to my readers. It also gives my followers an idea of what will be posted and when.

My initial idea for my blog was to write about my writing journey, what I learned and in time my published works. These are my first two posts – short and sweet and to the point!

I did not have a schedule just wrote when the inspiration hit but gradually I became more organized. In the six years I have been blogging I have met some awesome writers, connected with strange and informative blogs, and many creative people – long may it continue.

My most intense year was 2013 when I used a word of the day desk calendar as my inspiration for a blog post and yes I posted every single day! It made me use my creativity and kept me busy. Not sure I would commit to that kind of schedule again, three times a week is plenty in my mind.

I will continue to write about my writing journey and encourage other writers/authors to share their experiences too. As my byline states – Inspiration for writers and building a community.

Two pieces of advice to new bloggers

  • Initially decide on what you want to say or share. It may only be one or two subjects but that’s okay. In time it will grow.
  • Decide on the number of posts you want to commit to each week – it doesn’t have to be multiple one is fine, just at the same time on the same day of the week. This gives followers a chance to find it easily.

The rules of this award

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 5 other bloggers for this award.
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created.
  7. Add Blogger Recognition Award to your post



Friday Fun for Writers, Authors & Readers…


I would love these emotions!bookworm-emotions

Finding a way to engage the technologically imprisoned youth.


Jokes:  How many mystery writers does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to screw the bulb almost all the way in, and one to give it a surprising twist at the end.

The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
– Stephen King

If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing.
– Kingsley Amis

Past & Upcoming Writing Events- Add Yours for your Location…Post revision



Saturday saw myself and the Board of the Arts & Culture Council of Strathcona County host an event -the Arty Party. It took some months of preparation but was well worth the effort. We partnered with the Spark Gallery, which is the most beautiful space and the art work spectacular. The venue itself is inspiring for artisans and lovers of art alike.

The party gave everyone the opportunity to network, discover the gallery and find out more about the Arts & Culture Council and what it can do for it’s members. We gained 4 new members on the night! I am a happy President. (ACCSC)

Now I have photos to share:

With confirmation from a freelance client on Friday, I have begun working on a ghost writing project. It is exciting to delve into this client’s vision for her book and create it. Initial few pages are drafted up now.

Spark has another event this Friday too.


Share your local events for this week in the comments.




Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…



The Industry Insiders: Making a Living as a Hybrid Author event I attended spurred me on to do something about my blog. It has been successful but I feel it requires a boost! I connected with one of the panel authors, who agreed to review my blog and give me some pointers on improving my presence on the net. I will keep you posted.

I also spent time editing Life in Slake Patch prior to submission to the Writer in Residence. Unfortunately I did not complete the manuscript revisions (life gets in the way) but hopefully during this week I will. Then it will be back to The Twesome Loop revisions prior to sending it out to beta readers.

My other project over the weekend was to review and detail a ghost writing request from a client. There was quite a lot of research involved, which was interesting but time consuming. My proposal is now in the hands of the client.



I am enjoying this book but it is not as good as the previous two by this author. It seems a bit contrived. However, I am intrigued as to how the protagonist will survive and the story conclude so will continue. I am half way through at the moment.

On my TBR pile are two novels by a local author, Joss Laundry (see her interview here: I’m looking forward to reading them.

Writing TipJonathan Franzen

“The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator.”

What writing project are you tackling at the moment?

Do you have a writing tip to share?

What book can you recommend?


Friday Fun for Writers, Authors & Readers…


What could possibly go wrong today? A full moon and Friday 13th. For me it has always been a good day. How about you?


I thought this literary coffee display was worth sharing today.


This one will make you groan!

Q: What would you get if you crossed a locomotive with the author of Tom Sawyer?

A: A choo-choo Twain.

Mandy’s Year in Books – Goodreads.


This is a cool graphic from Goodreads – detailing your year’s reading. If you are on Goodreads – take a look at your book reading chart.

Why not share yours here? Recommend books here too.