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Friday Fun for Writers, Authors & Readers…


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

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I thought this literary coffee display was worth sharing today.

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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.

Double Duty at Local Event – Books & Food…


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Yesterday I helped out at an event called Savor Strathcona, this incorporates local restaurants and artisans. There are numerous foods from across the globe to try and arts of all sorts, including pottery, painting, books and jewelry. The event also included live music and food demonstrations throughout the afternoon and evening, it was extremely popular, which seems to always be the case when food is offered.

I helped out at two tables – one with my publisher, Dream Write Publishing (where we also incorporated information on my writing group, Writers Foundation of Strathcona County) and also with the Arts and Culture Council of Strathcona Council.

We saw friends, family and interested attendees and gave out postcards for our next big event Words in the Park – 1st October. Books were browsed and bought, connections made.

I feel that the more exposure to the public an organization or company gets the better. Many local people did not know about their local publisher, writing foundation or indeed their Arts and Culture Council.

My books are on the front edge of the table – Rumble’s First Scare, Ockleberries to the Rescue and The Rython Kingdom.

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I am often asked why go to so many events, when they are not always a huge success in terms of book sales. My answer is that if I am not there, how will anyone know about me or the books I write? It is more about making connections and exploiting the event to showcase my work. On subsequent events people will approach me saying they met me before, bought a book before or they buy a book because last time they did not have a special occasion to buy it for. Being recognized helps as well as always being friendly and forthcoming and informative.

Do you attend events regularly?

What is your impression of them?

Is there a reason you limit or do not attend events?

Social Media Pros and Cons for Writers…


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This post was created due to the fact I was worrying about what to write for today’s post while perusing my Facebook and finally noticing two hours had ‘disappeared’ – without me really understanding where that time went! As this study shows it is not an uncommon problem.

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So how do we market, connect and sell our books without being sucked into the social media vacuum? We all know we should be writing not viewing cute videos or scrolling down page after page of posts. Yes, we need to interact and promote but how can we balance our time?

Many sites promote keeping to a schedule – even putting a timer on to force a switch off time or using an app that shuts down the media page. We can be overwhelmed with too many sites – but if we choose carefully and link the actions to the most relevant ones to our specific theme we can save time. A blog post can automatically be shared to Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, etc. this saves us precious writing time.So also setting our social media sites with sharing options cuts down our physical interaction time without reducing its effectiveness. The trick is to identify which sites work best for your particular message and keep to them.

Here’s a great link about that very subject :  http://www.webdesignrelief.com/social-networking-sites-for-writers/

I tend to burst on social media early morning and late afternoon (interspersed during the day when possible). My ‘bad’ time is weekend mornings when I am catching up. This is my danger time and the one I have to forcibly limit myself. If not, I am berating myself for ‘lost’ time writing. Avoiding the lure of social media results in a project started, revised or finished and that is worth any writers time.

When is your ‘danger’ time or times? 

How do you limit your social media time?

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An invitation -50 over 50 Bloggers…


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Bloggers age 50 and older wanted

Hello Followers,

I would like to invite you to join in with this ’50 over 50′ blog project. It sounds like fun and will connect us with even more people in the blogging world.

Click on the link and sign up.

Expand your horizons, connect and support.

 

Writing v Social Media…


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The writing life need not be a solitary one anymore. With today’s technology, we have the ability to connect with other writers around the globe. Some may say it is not a ‘real’ connection but as with any relationship, it’s what you put into it that makes the difference. I am a strong believer in ‘sharing’ – hence my bi-line, because I am open to this resource, I have met some wonderful people. Some are at the beginning of their writing life and others established and published.

However, the sheer abundance of web sites can overwhelm us. It is not possible to link to them all without detriment to our craft. The answer? Select sites and blogs that not only appeal to you but have a common thread or instruction to your particular  interest, genre, style, skill level or indeed fancy. With careful selection you will be able to cultivate a rapport with the chosen authors. This in turn grows into a support system. Don’t think that your views or opinions are not worthy because everyone can derive something from them. Fresh eyes can see what experienced ones may overlook.

Careful selection also means you are not overloaded with notifications and a sense of guilt for not commenting or responding. Thus you can balance actual writing time with ‘socializing’. Yes I understand that once you click it is very difficult to leave but leave you must – I have found limiting my time on social media has helped a lot and because I have spent more time writing I feel good about myself and the body of work achieved. Choose your own period of social time and keep to it. Obviously there are exceptions to every rule. If you happen to link up with someone who needs your help or whose help you need then logging off is not productive or well mannered.

My desk calendar word for today is : Endemic. The definition is  1) belonging or native to a country or people  2) characteristic of a certain area, region or environment.

Our writing community makes us all endemic to this ‘world of words’. We may sit at our desks, in a comfy chair or under a tree to write but our characteristic as a ‘weaver of words’ makes us a member of a unique country – even if it is largely in cyber-space. The more we share, support and encourage each other the better our own writing will become – it’s a win, win situation.

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Interview with Gary Vanucci…


I’m delighted to introduce you all to Gary. He is a fantasy author so I welcome him to my blog and hope you all follow him to his!

1. Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

I can’t pick a favorite! I do enjoy minor character goblin named Barguth in my 2 novels. Also, my rogue character Rose has taken on a new life of her own and her personality has emerged in my mind, making her easier to write than the rest of them.

2. Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?

Fantasy. Period. I enjoy it more so than any other, especially from a writing standpoint. You are only limited by your imagination. I attempted science-fiction years ago, but it did not have the same flow.

3. Have you got a favorite place to write?

My basement…or at the jersey shore if I can get away. I sometimes write shorthand if I am somewhere and cannot get to the netbook or computer…you know how it is, right? Sometimes the voices just want to get out!

 4. What inspires your stories?

Classic fantasy, comic books, playing role-playing games, sometimes mundane life events. It depends. The world is my inspiration.

5. Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

Yes, I have joined a writer’s circle recently entitled Skulldust Circle. A great bunch of speculative fiction authors with an eye toward ‘making it’ in the writing world. We are all successful in regards to becoming writers as soon as we put pen to paper. I write for myself mostly and enjoy it when my writing inspires or touches someone else.

 6. What age did you start writing stories/poems?

I was a writer/reader since I could start reading comic books and I was a singer/songwriter/lyricist in the late 80’s/early 90’s.

7. Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?

I have three books out already, a Dungeons and Dragons RPG supplement and a short story in ‘A Gathering of Dust’, which is an anthology from my writer’s circle. All of my heroic fantasy can be found on Amazon and CreateSpace: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=gary+f.+vanucci

8. If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?

I’ve already met R.A. Salvatore at GenCon 2011 (and it was awesome), so I suppose meeting George Martin might be a kick. I would have loved to have met Douglas Adams, too, but that is not in the cards. R.I.P., Douglas.

 9. Where can readers find you and your blog?

Google me. Seriously. I have a Goodreads page, a Facebook page, a twitter account, I am a member of the Independent Author Network, Skulldust Circle and I can of course be located on Amazon.

 10. Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

My friend and peer, Nicholas Titano. He supports my writing, helps me stumble through writer’s blocks and pushes me to be my best.

Gary Vanucci

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Guest Blog – Writing space feature…


Good morning everyone,

I have been featured on Elizabeth Barone’s blog  http://elizabethbarone.net/  today for her writing space feature. Pop over and take a look.

http://elizabethbarone.net/2012/10/07/writers-work-spaces-mandy-eve-barnett/

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Liester Blog Award…


Vikki from The View Outside kindly nominated me for this award. Thank you Vikki. Now to the nitty gritty…

What keeps you writing when you have writer’s block?
OK I’ll cringe and whisper it…I don’t get writers block. If anything I have to fight off my muse who crowds my mind with stories.

Most writers have a literary counterpart—a character from their stories who reflects themselves. Tell us about yours.
There are elements of me in my stories – my likes and dislikes and many ‘what if’s.

What are your passions?
My writing, learning more of the art, my writers circle and time with my kids.

You’ve had a fight with your significant other and you want to fix things.
Cozy up with a large bottle of wine, a great movie and popcorn.

What’s one injustice you see in the world that you would fix in a story?
I actually wrote a novel – Life in Slake Patch – which had women ruling the world and being respected.

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
To have my family from England and my life in Canada merge.

What’s important to you at this point in time?
Cultivating a writing community

Who is your hero/heroine?
I have many but a few are favoured – my father, Stephen King and Steve Irwin.

Do you make it a habit of telling others what you thought of their work, even if your experience wasn’t good?
I adhere to my writers circle mandate – use constructive critque and be respectful.

What is good will?
Kindness and friendiness to those around you.

What would it take for you to make friends with an old enemy?
Enemy is too strong a word. I have intensively disliked a couple of people but as time passed I found myself feeling sorry for them and let go of the ‘hold’ they had on my emotions.

I nominate –

Gerri Bowen    Linda Pedley (wildhorse)   Suzi Burkett (Sog’s Blog)

Kathy Temean    CL Parks    Laura Stanfill    Pixiebubbles     Patty Mitchell

Andrea Lewis       A Penn (littleburstsofinspiration)

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Planning – a new experience…


Up until now all of my writing has been ‘free flow’. My initial idea or thought literally flows through my mind into my fingertips and I have no control over the work’s length, story arc or ultimate ending. From simple prompts I have created short stories, novellas and novel length pieces letting my characters lead me on their journey. I thoroughly enjoy being taken into situations and locations by my muse, reveling in the twists and turns and in some cases startling diversions. Once the words are written, however, like all writers, the revisions and editing take place to refine the manuscript.
However, my current idea has me in unfamiliar territory – planning and research. An integral part of this project is to make it an educational tool. The basic story is my own imagination gone wild (nothing new there then!) but as I will be incorporating factual aspects I will need to be diligent. Facts after all have to be factual and correct.
In my current research I have discovered some very interesting information – in essence I am learning something new every day. These facts are making my current project a unique experience for me and also an enjoyable one.
Have any of your projects taken you on an unfamiliar path?