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April 26, 2017
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Writing:

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My conference presentation was well received and my audience engaged in the interactive segments with gusto. The theme of the conference was everything Canadian to tie in with the 150 year celebrations. My session ‘Building a Canadian Character’ included choosing a particular province and building a character from its particular landscape, economy, resources etc. With numerous handouts I managed to compile, each attendee went home with helpful resources.

When I created the individual folders I pinned a small cloth doll to each and then asked everyone to choose – this meant they went for colour or pattern unaware I had put a photo inside for another exercise. Sneaky maybe but it worked well. Then later I asked everyone to describe with as much detail as possible the person in those photos. After they read their description they shown the photo to everyone else. It was a lesson in description. 

The week was not as busy although planning for the major event in June did take up quite some time. My other project is ghost writing a book, which is progressing nicely.

I am now on countdown to the Spring Writers Retreat, which starts on 18th May through to 22nd May. Here I will immerse myself in my writing without distraction. The location is perfect with a small river, woodland and trails to refresh a tired Muse. It is a huge log cabin with an expert chef, whose meals are just so appetizing everyone wants to take her home.

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Books:

The Other Life by Ellen Meister – I am enjoying the story’s theme and the tension risen by choosing one life over another.

The Other Life

My friend Karen gave me this book, as she believed the mystery would intrigue me. Looking forward to reading it.  Her Fearful Symmentry by Audrey Niffenegger 

Symmentry

Writing Tips:

Do it. Write.  Write every single day.
Read as much and as often as you can. Remember, every writer is a reader first.

 

Is Your Reader Engrossed – Are You..?

April 27, 2013
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Engross – definition : to take up the whole interest or attention of; absorb

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Image  : superladysarah.deviantart.com  – pop over and take a look.

I openly admit, that given the opportunity, I would be engrossed with writing 24/7. As some of you know I came to this art later in life and am now trying my hardest to make up for ‘lost’ time. At times I feel real panic that all the stories I want to write will not come to fruition. I’m not overly worried about all of them being published just simply written as a legacy. The notion of my words being shared after I leave this mortal coil appeals to me and I would hazard a guess to many writers.

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To glance someone engrossed in reading our story is a true gift and a  thrill. We have immersed them into a world of our creation. A friend of my daughter’s is currently reading, The Rython Kingdom and said she was gripped from the beginning – what more could an author want? It will be interesting to hear her review. Have your reviewers described your ‘world and characters’ as you see them or differently?

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Obviously it is different when your story is a children’s picture book.  With the help of an artist you have to make your mental images come to life on paper. I have experienced this with my monster story – Rumble’s First Scare. I received my most precious review for this book. See here: https://mandyevebarnett.com/2012/03/24/book-review-of-distinction-4/

Have any of your readers commented on a scene or character of yours and had either a similar or vastly different image to you and how you thought your readers would perceive them?


On Target?

My latest article for Strathcona Connect

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Another service that will be greatly missed is the hair salon – Magicuts. Again the staff was very friendly and accommodating and the prices were excellent. Some may say the service was ‘basic’ as there was no manicures, pedicures or ‘gel’ nail service but not everyone wanted a ‘full’ package – just a haircut! Again regulars have had to make alternative arrangements and have lost that special relationship with a hairdresser who ‘knew’ their hair.As we all know our Zellers store in the Sherwood Park Mall has been liquidated and will be replaced with a Target store in the spring of 2013. For many of us it has been sad to see Zellers go. The small café was a welcomed and more peaceful break from shopping as opposed to the bustle of the food court at the other end of the mall. Its position was ideal, tucked into the corner and away from the main thoroughfare. A meeting place for many; the café and its calm atmosphere and friendly staff will be greatly missed. The ‘regulars’ are now misplaced and a routine broken. Let’s hope the new storeowners will make provisions for them.

It is sad to know so many Zellers staff have left, their years of experience discarded. However, let us hope that many others will benefit from the ‘new’ store as employees and customers. Life goes on and although it is human nature to avoid change, let’s give the new store a chance. Their ‘Give with Target’ Canada did achieve its $1 million goal to help Canadians in need – so was this a ‘sweetener to help swallow the bitter pill of Zellers demise? You choose.

Target’s own promotional mission statement states ‘Our mission is to make Target your preferred shopping destination in all channels by delivering outstanding value, continuous innovation and exceptional quest experiences by consistently fulfilling our Expect More. Pay Less. Brand promise.’

Let’s keep them to that promise and use our ‘marke

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