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Upcoming Writing Events- Add Yours for your Location…


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This week’s events for me are mostly Board meetings. The first is tomorrow – Writers Foundation meeting where we will be planning our annual conference among other things. The conference is a major event for the foundation and we are always delighted to welcome prestige presenters. The event is open to members and non-members and is always an enjoyable and informative day.

Writers Foundation Strathcona CountyWeb ACCSC Logo

On Wednesday I will be chair for the Arts & Culture Council board meeting and again there will be planning to commence for our 150 year Canada celebration in the summer.

Both boards enable me to indulge in the arts and spread the word in and around our locality.

Do you belong to a board? How does it help you and your community?

Gallery 501, Sherwood Park – Exhibit

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“Canadianisms: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada” by Brandy Saturley

January 6 – Feburary 26, 2017
Saturley paints Canadian Contemporary Realism. Making art for over thirty years, and painting in acrylics for fifteen. Saturley gained national attention with her paintings inspired by Canadian culture and sport including goalie masks, Canadian athletes, the Canadian flag, the Montreal Canadiens, Alberta Rockies, and Canadian wildlife.

Other writing events:

The Galiano Island Literary Festival, which will kick the new season February 17–19 with authors including Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Carmen Aguirre, Janie Chang, Anosh Irani, Jennifer Manuel, Heather O’Neill, Bev Sellars, and Yasuko Thanh.

Please share your local writing events here.

Upcoming Writing Events- Add Yours for your Location…


events

This week will be a rescheduled Board meeting for the Arts & Culture Council, due to last week’s awful weather conditions. I was not happy for Board members to drive on dangerous roads so postponed it until this Wednesday.

Saturday will see us at the Arty Party – networking with artisans from Strathcona County and possibly beyond. Our venue is a gorgeous art gallery space, Spark Gallery and with refreshments, art on display and information on the Arts & Culture Council, I’m sure it will be an interesting and enjoyable evening.

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I am continuing with my edits of The Twesome Loop and managed to send another manuscript, Life in Slake Patch to the local writer in residence for evaluation.

The freelance ghost writing project I am working on required quite a large amount of thought and planning. Now it is in the hands of my client if they wish to proceed. Fingers crossed.

I attended a Q&A panel yesterday hosted by our current Writer in Residence – Industry Insiders: Making a Living as a Hybrid Author. Local Edmonton authors gave us an insight into the multiple ways a writer can broaden their scopes of opportunities. Options include not just writing novels, but also articles related to your specific genre/subject and public speaking. There are also opportunities for interviews either for magazines, newspapers, radio or television.

I have two television interviews to my name and also a radio interview, both experiences were nerve racking but well worth the effort. Have you been spotlighted by TV or radio?

I am also co-hosting at a writing circle this Thursday for local seniors lodge. This is part of a program run by my writing foundation, Writers Foundation of Strathcona County. We encourage the seniors to tell their stories/memories. This project began with a guide book published by the foundation and Dream Write Publishing : http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/your-lifetime-stories

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Local Alberta events: Writers Guild for Alberta – January 20th   

Loft 112, 535 8 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 5S9

What does this week hold for you for writing projects, events and plans?

Upcoming Writing Events- Add Yours…


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After meeting the new Writer in Residence yesterday, I will send him an invite to speak at our next writing meeting of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County on 7th February. Richard van Camp is a personable, funny and engaging personality with a drive to help other writers succeed. I feel his residency will propel many writers to publication. I may send him a few pages of my current work in progress too – it is always good to get new perspectives of your work.

http://www.sherwoodparknews.com/2016/12/05/creative-writer-in-residence

My other appointment yesterday was with a new freelance writing client. An interesting concept that will take several months of collaboration.

This coming week I have two board meetings. The first is with the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County and we will set out event dates and new programs/projects for the year. This will include the annual conference, a writing retreat and the annual Words in the Park.

The second meeting is of the Arts and Culture Council of Strathcona County – detailing plans for our Arty Party to be held on 21st January and planning for other events later in the year, which will include a summer BBQ celebrating diversity, culture and Canada’s 150 birthday.

https://www.facebook.com/events/407736716231777/  Arty Party

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What events do you have planned for January? Care to share?

 

Mini-vacation Plans…


I have a mini vacation this week, so can spend time with family and friends doing whatever we feel like.On my list are a couple of things I have been looking forward to. Firstly, this exhibition –

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http://telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca/exhibits-events/international-exhibition-sherlock-holmes  We are lucky to have it locally and so my girls and I will test our observation skills, and walk around 221B Baker Street. http://sherlockholmesexhibition.com/

We may also visit the Muttart Conservatory as it is rather a long time since our last one!

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http://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_events/muttart-conservatory.aspx

I will also be escaping to the mountains for three days with my dear friend, Linda – to write, explore and enjoy the wilderness and to meet up with the coordinator of the  Jasper Community Habitat for the Arts. This facility will officially open in July, it is a wonderful center.

 

Other events on the list are two concerts – one at Spark Gallery with Sarah Smith and the other a classical concert with the Wye String Ensemble.

So all in all a wonderful week of arts, culture and writing – perfect if I don’t say so myself.

A Host of Writing Events – A Busy Author’s Life…


I tend to say Yes much too often to requests to attend book related events. But I quantify it by saying – if you are not ‘out there’ how will people know about your books and your writing? So I agree and enjoy the experience. An added attraction for me is meeting book lovers and other authors and writers as well as experiencing new places, and new people. All of which gives my writing Muse more fuel for more stories. A win, win situation.

Let’s take this month – November 2015.

My writing group’s monthly sharing meeting, Writers Foundation of Strathcona County- 3rd November. I hosted and started a new format for the meeting.

Writers Foundation Strathcona County

Pandora’s Boox, Olds, Alberta – Book launch for a couple of author friends, Barbie-Jo Smith and Malcolm Mills. I accompanied my publisher, Dream Write Publishing. – 14th November.

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Business Seminar, Strathcona County, Alberta – attendance for my freelancing business. 18th November.

Carbon library Christmas Fair, Carbon, Alberta – set up my table along with fellow authors, Linda Pedley, Barbie-Jo Smith and Malcom Mills. – 21st November.

Carbon 1 (1)Xmas Market

Common Ground Cafe, Sherwood Park, Alberta – Author reading. – 25th November.

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Radio interview with CKXU Productions, University of Lethbridge – 27th November.

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Christmas in the Heartland, Strathcona County, Alberta. Reading Christmas themed stories to the general public. 29th November.

Xmas in Heartland

As you can see I’m a busy author who juggles full-time work, family, home and other events with my writing life.

How do you juggle your writing life?

 

 

Anticipation For A Future Event Can Cloud Our Current Life…


Anticipation

Anticipation: the action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction

Synonyms: expectancy, expectation, excitement, suspense

We all feel the thrill and anticipation for upcoming vacations, special occasions and seasonal festivals. During the months and weeks prior, we build them up into something fantastic. Our increased expectation impairs our day-to-day activities. We have a ‘countdown’ to the event or day, creating an ever intensifying yearning for our days to pass quickly. It is, of course, human nature to look forward to a special occurrence – it is hard not to.

However, in doing so, we risk not enjoying the everyday events that might also be special. Our anticipation can cloud our minds to everything else. I admit I have a countdown to a longed-for vacation but I realized my folly this past weekend. I became so focused on a future date; I was blurring some important dates that occurred prior to ‘the’ date.

A special friend got married on Saturday and although the heat was unbearable for many the garden ceremony was wonderful, as the guests saw the happy couple become man & wife. Shade was sort by some guest under tall hedges; there were containers of ice with water bottles in them and tiny bottles of bubble liquid to blow into the still air. The reception was held in a small community hall and everyone suffered the heat to rejoice the marriage. This was a celebration of two incredibly well suited people and I was honoured to share their day.

On Sunday, I visited a friend who has spent many months researching my family tree. The information gathered is fascinating and thrilling. We go back to 1628 in England, where records stop for the most part. I now have a binder full of my ancestors for my father and mother’s family tree. It will be part of an extraordinary keepsake book, I am compiling for my siblings and for their descendants to pass down.

So my weekend held incredible memories and my ‘countdown’ was forgotten for a while. I was fully present and will reflect on these events favorably for many a year. Every day is precious we need to relish them fully.

In writing, we also create anticipation for our readers, propelling them forward in the narrative to the conclusion. We plan the climax of our novels but anticipation is an important part of keeping your readers interest. If we develop a story arc that will have our readers asking questions about what could happen next, we are succeeding in our creation.

How do you form anticipation in your novels?

Share your tips, excerpts you are proud of or examples you found thrilling.

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A Paid Advertising Opportunity Taken…2nd July


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As we juggle writing time, home and social life and book events, it is not just our personal commitment that requires organization but deciding on how effective we can make each aspect. With social media we can blast our books onto the internet but a single post soon disappears into the abyss. Book signings, author readings and book fairs are usually a more effective mode of advertising ourselves and our books. A chance to converse with our readers gives them a real insight into the backstory of the narrative and a sense of the author too. A website is a great way to keep readers informed on upcoming events and publication dates but also gives us an opportunity to reveal how we write, why we write and how the story was created. Character interviews, excerpts and sneak peeks of current projects tempt our readership.

All these options are positive venues for advertising but we also have the opportunity to use selected publications too. I recently decided to spend a nominal fee on an advert in a children’s magazine. It is issued monthly and has a great readership. With download or print options available my advert has the potential to be seen repeatedly and this was a good part of my decision to pay for the advert.I will certainly be repeating this exercise later in the year.

Take a look and see if Five Star Publications can help you. My advert is on page 33 – The Spring Reading Guide.

http://www.fivestarpublications.net/storymonsters

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What paid advertising do you use?

How was your experience?

Would you repeat it?

Do you have any tips on where to advertise?

Christmas Story Telling – An Opportunity…


My writing group, the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County (http://www.wfscsherwoodpark.com/) were invited to participate in story telling at a locally organized event on Sunday – Christmas in the Heartland (http://www.strathcona.ca/departments/economic-development-and-tourism/tourism/christmas-in-the-heartland/)

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The venue was Bremmer House, a beautiful old house in the midst of renovation. (http://www.strathcona.ca/local-government/about-strathcona-county/strathcona-county-history-and-heritage/places/historic-buildings-and-sites/bremner-house/) 

Myself and two other Board members of the foundation attended and two of us read Christmas themed stories to visiting children.

Books at Bremmer

The room as you can see was beautifully decorated to enhance the Christmas atmosphere. Unfortunately, our room was also the only one that did not have adequate heating so we remained in our coats and boots throughout the day. It brought realism to the reading if nothing else!

Books displayed.

Captive audience

The event not only gave Karen and I valuable experience in reading and interacting with an audience but also enabled us to spread the word about our writing group and our published works. Volunteering for events is a great way to be involved and meet new people.

Reading Nib the mouse who made a house in a Christmas cake.

Karen at Bremmer

Karen wrapped up cozy.

What have you learnt from your author readings?

What was the most unusual setting you read in?

Take Advantage of Unexpected Opportunities…


After my wonderful long weekend and attendance at Word on the Street in Lethbridge, I was delighted to find out that a short snippet of showing my soft toy of the Rumble character from my children’s picture book, Rumble’s First Scare was shown on the local Global News. It may only be a few moments but I am over enjoyed. If the little girl had not been enamored of Rumble, the cameraman may have walked past. You can see Rumble (little furry guy) sitting watching his visitor at 1.32 on the timeline. He is bottom left of the picture.

WOTS Sept 2014

http://globalnews.ca/video/1577115/word-on-the-street-festival

I have requested a copy of the whole segment recorded and only hope I am allowed to have it. Prior to the clip the little girl was cuddling Rumble…so sweet. Fingers crossed they say Yes.

Today was also an unexpected opportunity. I arrived at work as usual at 7.30 am to find the telephone and computer system were nonfunctional. As this is quite a common occurrence, I made a cup of tea and waited for it to reboot…and waited…and waited. To pass the time I wrote and revised my current story and as usual became quite engrossed. Several hours passed and eventually, my manager left to work at home and I waited and waited. By 2 o’clock several of the staff from downstairs had already left. So I asked if I could also leave. My request was granted and I made my way home in the rain to write this blog post.

So here I am home early on a Friday creating my blog post and preparing for the event tomorrow. Coloring sheets have been printed for Rumble’s coloring contest and Rumble has had minor surgery to fix his ‘floppy’ neck.

Contest download : http://dreamwritepublishing.ca/files/dreamwritepublishing/RUMBLE%20LOVES%20HIS%20YUCKY%20PETS%202014.pdf

Tomorrow will be an early start – we set up at 8.30 am for Alberta Culture Days.

I will be wearing a couple of hats – one for my writing group Writers Foundation of Strathcona County and the other as an author for Dream Write Publishing.

With many interactive displays to try out and lots to see we will have a busy day. Come and see for yourself. The event is free.

http://www.accsc.ca/event-1761413

Arts Days

Quotes:  

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Milton Berle

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. Bobby Unser

If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade. Tom Peters.

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Prompt:

Write about a time you took advantage of a situation.

On the Cusp of Fall – A Halloween Coloring Competition for Children…


Rumble is at it again, wanting his followers to color a picture of his pets for some extra special prizes! This year you can choose from a T-shirt or a unique Rumble hat to go with your signed copy of Rumble’s First Scare. Download the attached picture, colour it in and mail to Dream Write Publishing /Mandy Eve-Barnett C/O P.O. Box 57083 RPO Eastgate, Sherwood Park AB T8A 5L7.  The competition is open to everyone so grab your crayons and begin. If you are available to collect your prize and meet Rumble – come along to Words in the Park.

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Book Sale and Fair, Saturday, October 25th at 12.00 – 4.00 pm In the Agora at the Strathcona County Library, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, AB

 

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Rumble hat

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RUMBLE LOVES HIS YUCKY PETS 2014 (1)

Find Rumble’s book at  http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/rumbles-first-scare