There are no writing events on my calendar for this week sadly, so it will be plunging into freelance work and beta-reading instead.The ghost writing project is developing nicely and I also have a thriller manuscript and a memoir to read. Both authors are friends and members of my writing circle, it is an honor to assist them.
Unfortunately, I did not make the reading on Saturday night -On the Keemooch – as I developed a nasty flu just days prior making talking almost impossible let alone reading an erotic segment from my novel, The Twesome Loop. I am so disappointed as I had reworked the piece quite a lot.
What writing/reading plans do you have this week?
WGA Book Club Discussion + Wine/Beer Literary Pairings With Samantha Warwick in acknowledgement of Freedom to Read Week Tuesday, February 28, 2017 7:00 – 9:00 pm Shelf Life Books, 1302 – 4th Street SWCalgary, AB
Although, historians are not positive on the exact origins of Valentine’s Day, the Catholic church did honor the martyrdom of St. Valentine. He was jailed for performing marriages in spite of a ban made by Claudius, the Roman Emperor. Two men called Valentine were executed on 14th February in different years of 3rd century A.D.
There is also evidence that in Roman times, men would literally hit on women during the feast of Lupercalia, celebrated from 13th to 15th February. A goat or dog would be sacrificed and then the hides were used to whip the women. The women believed this practice would make them fertile. At the same time young men would draw names of women out of a jar and couple with them for the duration of the festival, some would last longer depending on the love match. In the 5th century, Pope Gelasius, combined St. Valentine’s Day with Lupercalia in an attempt to expel the pagan ritual. To add more confusion the Norman’s celebrated Galatin’s Day. The name Galatin means ‘lover of women’ and thus was muddled into the ‘loving day’ too.
William Shakespeare and Chaucer further romanticized the festival in their writing. Hand-made paper cards became love tokens – du-jour – in the Middle Ages and so began the multi-million industry for cards, flowers and chocolates.
For good measure – Sonnet 18:
Today’s prompt should, of course, have a love theme.
Choose one line from Sonnet 18 and create your own love poem from it. Feel free to share.
While manning our tables at Arts in the Plaza yesterday, I was pondering what to write about for this post when two widely differing situations occured.
The first was our display table nearly collapsing with a strong gust of wind. As the frame is a sturdy metal one, my friends and I were shocked that it could be damaged so easily. As the table in question was piled with books, we all leapt up to save the inevitable disaster. Under closer inspection we found that the bolt supporting the bracket was not as it appeared. There was actually no bolt just a nut on the bracket, which was glued to the table leg. What on earth? There is no way this method of construction is going to last. Do all engineered products have a ‘fail’ mechanism built into them? As you can imagine we were relieved that the novels from Dream Write Publishing were not damaged and that my fellow members of The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County were quick on their feet.
The second situation to come to my notice was a much more serious one. An out of control fire is spreading across land near Palm Springs. My immediate thought was for friends I have that live in the town. A quick email gave me reassurances that they were fine for the moment but that ash was falling over their home. I sincerely hope the fire can be controlled and that there is no lost of life.
My recent escape from the Albertan cold to the heat of Palm Springs was a real delight in many ways. Of course the first pleasure was to experience summer warmth again, after weeks of freezing temperatures and snow fall. It amazed me how quickly a person can become accustomed to a black and white world. The brilliance of lush greenery was a real shock to my senses, making me consider how little time had really past since I had enjoyed summer and its abundance. Is the cycle of seasons so ingrained our seasonal memory can be replaced so quickly?
In no time I was back to ‘summer’ mode, lying poolside, walking in T-shirt & shorts and drinking cooling drinks. Hiking along the canyon listening to the burbling water, I wanted to splash through it to ease my over heated skin, far removed from the news from home of heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures.
The most jarring spectacle was seeing Christmas decorations emblazoned on palm trees and their shimmering light bouncing off lawns glistening with water. Homes were festooned with white and coloured lights, Christmas trees stood in living room windows but their reflections came from swimming pools and green lawns. It just didn’t ‘feel’ like Christmas, somehow it wasn’t right.
I soon became accustomed to the sound of automated irrigation sprays the means by which, this oasis of green maintains its lushness, albeit ‘fake’. It is only a short drive before the arid and seemingly barren landscape is found surrounding the city. However, if you walk slowly and quietly you will find treasurers, such as tiny lizards, multi-coloured butterflies and iridescent humming-birds populating the sharp twisted bushes and cacti. There is beauty in any landscape you just have to look.
On my return to Alberta I experienced +20 degrees on take-off and -20 degrees on arrival after a short three hour flight – now that’s an unwelcome shock to the system! Obviously at that moment I longed for the heat but for a proper Christmas, home does have the snowy wonderland look as well as some awesome winter visitors.
Do you prefer the winter wonderland or the tropical escape for your festival?
The second annual The Word On The Street festival will take place on Sunday, September 23, 2012 on 23rd Street East between 3 and 4 Avenue, on 4th Avneue between 23rd and 24th Street and in the Frances Morrison Library from 11 am to 5 pm. There will be over 30 author readings and performances. Authors to be added to the site in June. The on-site market place will have over 40 exhibitors including booksellers, retailers, publishers, authors and associations. There will also be children’s activities and food concessions on site to create the festival atmosphere. The event is FREE for all and is an all-ages event. Bring a picnic lunch or grab a snack on site and enjoy the day. Everyone is welcome and all events are FREE!
Come and meet me and my publisher – Dream Write Publishing…we would love to chat.