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Author Excitement – Opening a Box of Books & Literary Events

September 26, 2019
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This will be a busy week! I attended Word on the Street on 21st September in Lethbridge. It is my fourth visit to that particular location for this event and as always have so much fun meeting readers and new authors. My publisher, Dream Write Publishing attended and I assisted with their table.

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There were several authors, I wanted to catch up with from last year: Krysta MacDonald, Jenna Greene, and Bianca Rowena. I was pleasantly surprised to find another author, Natasha Deen, whom I had not seen in quite a while.

We were fortunate that the weather was a balmy +21 (unlike last year when we froze!) as it is a outside canopy event. There was lots to see and many presentations and speakers too.

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With that event over I could not sit on my laurels, as I have another event this Saturday 28th September – Words in the Park. So it was home late Monday night, unpack and reorganize. You can imagine my excitement when I found a box of books waiting for me. These are the long awaited sequel to The Rython Kingdom. So many readers wanted a sequel and I spent quite a long time (to my readers frustration) pondering what that story would entail. Now it is here: Rython Legacy – the sequel.

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I hope to see you this Saturday – Agora, Community Center, 401, Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, Alberta. 10 am – 4 pm Free admission with local authors galore, music, story telling, treats, games & interactive sessions and prizes too. A family friendly event with something for everyone.

Excitement and Anticipation Tempered…

October 28, 2015
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A good friend excitedly messaged me just over a week ago advising me that ‘you’ve done it, girl!’ My name was in the November edition of the Reader’s Digest. Puzzled, I asked what had she read, which by the way, was by pure fluke while waiting at the doctor’s office. You’re in the edition, was the reply.

Now as I had no recollection or note of submitting any editorial to the Reader’s Digest and I had not received an email confirmation, you can understand my puzzlement. I emailed the editorial department there and then and awaited the reply.

I received an apologetic reply:

Thank you for writing and sorry to hear no one notified you. If you email me back with your complete address, I will gladly send you a copy of the November issue. Best Regards, Vanda Cianfaglia.

Then I waited for the copy to arrive in the mail. So this is the cover

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And the entry? This small snippet in response to a question! Yes, it is funny how anticipation can alter our perspective. However, it is a nice keepsake if nothing else. As it is not clear, this is what I wrote in answer to the question: I will never get too old to…

…try new things. I immigrated from the United Kingdom late in life and found a new home, new friends and new hobbies.

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My motto is actually New Opportunities – I even made a desk banner to remind me to pursue new things.

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Has an anticipation been tempered for you?

Thankful and excited all rolled into one…

August 13, 2012
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This past weekend is amongst the best I have ever had. Why you may ask, well in short two great writing events came to fruition for me. I was beside myself with excitement and smiling like the preverbal Cheshire Cat.

Literally bursting with happiness and wanting to share with everyone not just because I was proud of myself but also to show that determination, hard work and commitment bring their own rewards. If you follow your dream it will become reality, maybe in small steps but that is the joy of our journey.


My first event was submitting my fantasy – The Rython Kingdom – onto Smashwords. It was a nerve racking experience, letting go of a manuscript I had worked on for over a year through revision after revision and numerous edits…but the immediacy of its availability to the global community was the part that took my breath away. We are used to everything being instantly accessible – just not our precious words – there was no time to adjust to them being out in the world for all to see. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/214247
Why not take a look? The next event was quite a surprise. I had been asked to write an article for a new online newspaper, so submitted one, not really expecting it to be accepted. Almost as soon as I had sent my email, I got one back asking for my bio & a headshot! I frantically read through my bio’s and then took a few new photos to send off. As many of you know I am passionate about my writing but also my writing group and that is the subject of my article. http://strathconaconnect.ca/strathcona-county-gets-writing-p219-90.htm
I encourage you all to follow your dream and take advantage of any and all opportunities that come your way.

Smiley face – Daniel Y Go

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