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Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…


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Writing:

This week I have been editing submissions for my writing group’s Canada 150 book project. All the stories are Canadian themed in one way or another and it has been most enjoyable reading them. I even managed to write one more submission of my own, regarding my first visit to Canada back in 1981. Yep that long ago! At the time I had no idea I would be living here.

My editor and publisher has read my manuscript submission, The Twesome Loop and commented: Yup, it was pretty steamy 😮 – at least a good reaction. I am still working on the cover with my illustrator and final pages.

My freelance client has several important events to attend so has not, as yet, come back to me with the answers I require to continue. I’m hoping it will not take too long as we are edging closer to the deadline date.

I am escaping for several days next week, which will give me plenty of time to immerse myself in two manuscripts – Bubble the Gruggle now over 9000 words. I have sent this text to my other illustrator to give him an idea of the story so far. And I can return to The Giving Thief to enhance the narrative.

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What are your writing plans for the weekend?

If you are Canadian it is a long weekend for Canada Day 1st July, an extra special celebration for the Canada 150 – so even more time to write.

Books:

Merryweather Lodge by Pauline Holyoak.

I’m enjoying this story as it is set near my old home in England. I spent many a childhood visit at Stonehenge chasing my siblings up, over and the stones. Alas no more, it is all fenced off.

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TBR pile: It will be difficult choosing which one to read first. Both were birthday gifts.

Writing Tips:

Try not to edit while you’re creating your first draft. Creating and editing are two separate processes using different sides of the brain, and if you try doing both at once you’ll lose. Make a deal with your internal editor that it will get the chance to rip your piece to shreds; it will just need to wait some time.

I am sharing an old blog post on editing, which I hope you will find useful: https://mandyevebarnett.com/2013/01/06/a-necessary-chore-editing/

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


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Our author reading on Saturday was amazing – eight readers and a great audience. Social Grounds Coffeehouse did us proud with allowing us once again to utilize their beautiful premises.

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On Sunday I attended a friend’s book launch – Carla Howatt has written an emotional and powerful book about her experience after her son’s suicide. 

http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/bearing-witness

Last week I also attended a grant presentation for my writers group, Writers Foundation of Strathcona County. This grant will assist us in publishing our Canada 150 book, which tells stories of Canada, whether it is memories, wildlife, landscape, seasons or any other ‘Canadian’ theme. County Clothesline are always so generous with their grants to local non-profits and organizations. http://wfscsherwoodpark.com/wfsc-canada-150-book-project

This week is less eventful (pardon the pun) so writing is my goal.

Other upcoming events:

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30 June at 19:00 to 2 July at 17:00
The Bennett Center, 9703-94 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3W1

https://www.facebook.com/BennettCentreYEG/”https://www.facebook.com/events

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The children’s festival WordPlay takes place in conjunction with the grand opening of Sheree Fitch’s dreamy new venture, Mabel Murple’s Book Shoppe and Dreamery, on July 3 in River John, NS, with Alan Syliboy, Marie-Louise Gay, and plenty of celebration.

 

Why not add you local events here – promotion is never a bad thing!

Friday Fun for Writers, Authors & Readers…


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book pile humor

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So here you can groan…

What building has the most stories?
The library.

Q. What reference book should you use when you forget your shovel?
A. The dig-tionary.

#book #love

Books to the ceiling,

#book #love
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them!
How I need them!
I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.
– Arnold Lobel

Wise words to live by (well at least read by)

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Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…


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Writing:

I managed to do a final edit for a friend’s manuscript. It is a new genre for J.E. McKnight but he has written an exceptional thriller. The antagonist’s real identity was a real surprise and even after knowing who it was the narrative held other shocking twists and turns. I’m sure lots of people will be thrilled by Joe’s newest novel.

An author I interviewed over three years ago contacted me recently asking for a review of her book and a special blog interview. I’m always open to helping other authors so will be curling up with her book over the weekend. Look out for the interview soon – Manaswita Ghosh is a wonderful young writer based in India.

Earlier in the week I wrote nearly a thousand words for my new YA story, Bubble the Gruggle only to ‘lose’ them on a Mac system. To say I was unhappy is an understatement but what can you do but chalk it up to experience? I did not rush to write again but left the story until the weekend. While sitting on my deck in the sunshine with a cooling breeze, I returned to the narrative and wrote even more words exceeding the ones lost. They say rewrites are usually better than the first try anyway.

My writing spot at the weekend – my front deck.

I also managed to do a review of a freelance project I have been working on – ghostwriting a book – this week. I’m gradually catching myself up.

Work continues with ‘extra’ pages for publishing for The Twesome Loop and ideas for illustrations for Bubble the Gruggle.

Books: Evidence of Life by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Evidence of Life

My review: A woman’s hope through disaster and her an emotional and psychological turmoil are expertly conveyed in this novel. It had me turning pages even when my eyes wanted to close! Great writing and insight into how a woman would cope with the greatest loss but also go on for the sake of her remaining family. The twists in the story kept me guessing as to the truth of the situation regarding her husband and how her friends and family protected her. Really worth a read.

An author friend wrote this book and I thought it time I got around to reading it.

Merryweather Lodge by Pauline Holyoak.

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Writing Tips:

Instead of adding tags (he said/she said) to every bit of dialogue, learn to identify the speaker by showing him/her in action. Example: “Pass that sweet-smelling turkey this way.” With knife in one hand and fork in the other, Sam looked eager to pounce.

You don’t always need an outline. Give discovery writing a try. (This is me all the time – free flow writing!)

Focus on building tension, then give it a snap.

 

 

Upcoming Writing Events- Add Yours for your Location…


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After a wonderful birthday on Sunday, I am feeling thoroughly spoilt, loved and happy. It was such a relaxing day with my ‘kids’ – real one-on-one time with each of them.

This week I will be preparing for an author reading on Saturday. There will be local authors with some Writers Foundation members and Dream Write Publishing authors. I’m looking forward to reading from my newest manuscript, The Twesome Loop. (Official launch of the novel will be 30th September).

The best part of an author reading is the reaction to your words from the audience and the questions they ask.

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As I was looking through my notes I found a past blog post which echoed this event. The tips for an author reading are still relevant.

https://mandyevebarnett.com/2016/07/25/summer-author-reading-9-tips-to-prepare-and-read/

How do you prepare for an author reading?

What part of a reading do you enjoy most?

Other events:

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The Freewill Shakespeare Festival
The Merry Wives of Windsor & The Merchant of Venice
June 20 – July 16, 2017
Heritage Amphitheatre, Hawrelak Park

Link: http://freewillshakespeare.com/

Peakbagger’s Guidebook Signing

20 June – 19:00

 10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3J5

Edmonton Story Slam June edition

20 June – 19:00–21:30
  • Mercury Room Yeg

    10575-114 st NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 3J6

    Open Mic Featuring 2016 National Slam Champ Eitan

    20 June –   19:00–21:00

    Massawa Café & Bistro
    10153 – 97 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5H

    Why not share your local events too?

Friday Fun for Writers, Authors & Readers…


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Book Puns – yep they will make you groan!

I once read a book about singularity. It really sucked me in.

I read a book about gravity, it was a heavy subject.

I had plans to begin reading a book about sinkholes but they fell through.

 

 

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Why not share a good ‘reading or writing’ joke below in the comments?

Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…


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Writing:

The final organizing during last week and the set up and running of Heritage Day meant  exhaustion played a part in my not writing over the weekend! However, I did manage to begin a second beta-read and edit for a friend’s thriller manuscript. It is a superb read and the story has shocking twists and turns to keep you turning the pages.

The Twesome Loop

I have devised a book club question section for The Twesome Loop  and now need to write a new bio and create a who’s who for the characters for the front of the novel. I am also thinking of how to convey the story in an image for the cover.

Now I have more time I can return to my ghost writing project as well. Back on track thank goodness.

How is your current writing project progressing?

Books:

Evidence of Life by Barbara Taylor Sissel I am tantalizingly close to finishing this great suspense story. The internal thought processes of Abby are well done and you can feel her angst.

Evidence of Life

I need to find a couple of new books for my reading pile in the library this evening, so will let you know next week what I chose.

What are you currently reading?

Writing Tips:

Try to write in simple way. Express your views with most appropriate words.

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

If one word will work where three are, replace it! I always find these, where I slip into conversational as I am writing quickly, then go back and purge, purge, purge.

Do you have a tip to share?

Friday Fun for Writers, Authors & Readers…


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Reader humor!

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Book Titles – more to make you groan.

Not a Guitar!: Amanda Lin

My Boring Career: A. Driller

Why not add one of your own?

And writers will get this one!

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Book Joke:

Why are first books afraid of their sequels?
Because they always come after them.

Why not share a literary, writing or reading joke in the comments?

Friday Fun for Writers, Authors & Readers…


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reader problems

This one will make you groan!

A chicken runs into a library, goes to the main desk and says, ‘Book,  bok, bok, boook.’ The librarian hands the chicken a book and it tucks it  under its wing and runs out. A while later, the chicken runs back in,  throws the book on the desk and says, ‘Book, bok, bok, bok, boook.’  Again the librarian gives it a book, and the chicken runs out with it. A  few minutes later the chicken is back, and returns the book saying,  ‘Boook, book, bok, bok, boook.’ The librarian gives the chicken a third  book, but this time follows it as it runs out. The chicken runs down the  street, through a park and down to the river where a frog is sitting on  the bank. The chicken holds up the book to the frog, saying, ‘Book,  bok, bok, boook’. The frog replies, ‘Read-it, read-it, read-it…’

Book Title Puns:

Robotics Handbook: A. I. Expert

Rhythm & Blues for Wasps: Aaron Bee

Where to Find Islands: Archie Pelago

Crocodile Dundee: Ali Gator

Can you think one up?