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Friday Fun for Writers, Authors & Readers…


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My caffeine is tea, no nicotine’s, alcohols wither blush wine or pink gin & tonic and junk food usually chips (crisps). How about you?

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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.

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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

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Enjoy your week!

Friday Fun for Writers, Authors & Readers…


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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!

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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?

 

Upcoming Writing Events- Add Yours for your Location…


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Firstly, a nice surprise for me this morning!traffic-surge-note-icon-256
Your blog, Mandy Eve-Barnett’s Official Blog, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 59 hourly views – 2 hourly views on average.
A spike in your stats.
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?
 Other events:
Words Aloud Festival

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.

Wild Writers Festival

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?