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Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…


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Writing:

Since my mini writing retreat last weekend, I have not had any time to immerse myself in the revisions for The Twesome Loop, until last night. I took advantage of a couple of hours of peace & quiet in the library prior to my writing meeting. Word count increased by 892 and a couple of scenes were ‘fleshed out’ (actually erotic scenes so literally – pardon the pun!)

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I have a meeting with my client whose book I am ghost writing this evening as I requested ‘personal experience’ pieces from her on several topics within the book. These I will include thus ensuring it is her voice.

My book cover proof is still pending for The Rython Kingdom so I have to be patient – although having the new cover available for my readers is paramount. So excited for it to go ‘live’ on the various websites.

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Through a facebook page I found a submissions requirement where I can send my steampunk story – The Toymaker. Fingers crossed it gets accepted, it’s only 7790 words.

Books:

I am thoroughly enjoying this book – The Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney – sister’s growing up, finding themselves, drama, love, rejection and a mystery. Set in Tasmania and Ireland it becomes international as each sister flies the coop in search of her path.

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My TBR pile includes a book I found in a lovely bookstore while on my weekend escape. The Other Life by Ellen Meister This is the blurb:

If you could return to the road not taken…would you?

Quinn Braverman has a perfect life, with a loving husband, an adorable son, and another baby on the way.

Quinn also has an ominous secret: she knows that another version of her life exists…one in which she made totally different life choices. But she’s never been tempted to switch lives-until a shocking turn of events pushes her to cross over, and she discovers the one person she thought she’d lost forever: Her mother.

But Quinn can’t have both lives. Soon, she must decide which she really wants-the one she has…or the other life…

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Doesn’t it sound fascinating? Of course as I love reincarnation, spirits, afterlife and parallel universes it is just up my street, so to speak.

If you have a recommendation for this kind of story, please let me know.

Writing Tips:

Stop procrastinating. Turn off the TV, disconnect from the Internet, tune out the rest of the world, sit down, and write.

Create a space in your home especially for writing.

Why not share your writing space? Here’s mine:

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The opposite wall is my inspirational wall.Inspire wall

Happy writing.

 

 

Upcoming Writing Events- Add Yours for your Location…


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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?

Alternative Living – The Wandering Part 1


 

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The freedom to travel the globe while making money to live on (or barter for accommodation & food) can be a pipe dream for many of us. However, the question many of us ask is “how do you do that?” The list is actually longer than I expected so this post will also have a part two!

1. The most easily utilized skill is to teach English. Many places do not need you to have a teaching degree/qualification to teach, just so it is your native language. Areas looking for teachers include but are not limited to Thailand, Japan and South Korea. However, other languages are in demand such as Spanish, German, Italian, French, Arabic and Mandarin to name a few.
2. If you are a natural sales person try selling time shares in Thailand, Mexico, Greece or the Caribbean.
3. The largest job market is resorts and hotels are there is a whole subsection of opportunity:
a) Work in a resort where a variety of positions are open to you. Front desk, entertainment host, bar work or restaurant worker.
b) A little known job is editing English signs and menus – we have all seen the mistakes while abroad.
c) If your skills include beauty and hair you can offer your services to hostel guests or approach resorts that do not have these services.
d) As above you can also offer massages.
e) Another unskilled opportunity is a surfing instructor (as long as you are better than the clients)
f) This job does need certification though – scuba diving instructor. With your qualification you can teach around the world. Places such as Mexico, Australia, Hawaii, Egypt, and Thailand.
g) Again you will need to be accredited but a skiing instructor can travel extensively and follow the snow!
h) If you find a place you would like to stay in for a while, why not sign up to be a tour escort? Although the pay is low you will gain great experience.
4. Rather than constantly traveling you can work in the travel and tourism industry and find that perfect place while getting a regular paycheck.
5. Why not get a free bed in exchange for some cleaning, cooking or reception duties? Hostels are a great way to exchange or barter for a bed and food.
6. Freelancing online gives many people the ultimate freedom. Whether you are an expert in travel writing, consulting, legal work, website development or other skills that allow you to work remotely, this is a great source of income.
7. The other online opportunity open to many is blogging, it can be travel related but does not need to be. As long as you can earn an income from your blog.
8. Have you always wanted to be an actor? Well overseas movie makers send out scouts to find extras – Mumbai and Kenya are two countries that do this.
9. Many countries offer working holiday visas allowing you to work and experience new places. France, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and Singapore are among the countries you can apply to.
10. For backpackers and travelers a regular source of income is fruit-picking. You will be out in the sun, making friends and enjoying some nourishment.In Australia for instance you may be paid per kilo or get room and board.

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Have you opted for any of these options? Why not share your experience?

Lost Words of Independance…


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I thought it was apt to follow on from my Wednesday blog concerning roaming or traveling with these great lost words.

apanthropinization                         1880 -1880
withdrawal from human concerns or the human world
His life as a hermit in the woods was characterized by apanthropinization.

assectation                                        1656 -1656
act of following after something else
She stood in the on-deck circle, her assectation virtually guaranteed.

autexousious                                    1678 -1678
exercising or possessing free will
If we are truly autexousious, then why do we so often feel powerless?

auturgy                                              1651 -1656
self-action; independent activity
The film director’s legendary auturgy frustrated editors and producers alike.

xenization                                      1818 -1818
fact of travelling as a stranger
This period of youthful xenization was the source of his later cultural tolerance.

My sentence:

An urge for auturgy and to assestation, such as her wanderlust, meant xenization would give Tania, the opportunity to exercise her autexousious and apanthropinization. Living  on her own terms not those of society.

Why not give it a try?

Don’t forget to pop over to the site where I get these words from – http://phrontistery.info/clw.html

Apologies…I was Cultivating Freelance Clients and Learning Small Business Yesterday!


Firstly may I apologize for not posting yesterday? I did post on Saturday a short horror story, The Keys, which I hoped would be enjoyed by all.

So the reason I was absent yesterday? I attended a local business symposium, which was informative, enlightening and a great networking opportunity. Hosted in conjunction with Small Business Week, the symposium covered digital marketing, succession planning and recruitment. Here is the agenda if you are interested.
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The panelists were informed, erudite and forthcoming with their own experiences, which gave the audience a real connection. Questions were answered with honest problem solving remarks.

Although I have started a business plan several times, it has never been completed. After this event I vow to complete my plan. It is a vital element in succeeding.

I have three freelance leads from yesterday, so a great day all round.

Do you attend local business events?

What was your experience?

Cheeky Reblog Wednesday: One of My Own…


reblogI know it’s a bit cheeky but I’m re-blogging a short blog piece I wrote for a client today. Restricted to 200 words, I keep them simple but hopefully interesting enough to encourage conversation.

http://www.kelseyincorporated.com/lets-talk.html  – blog tab – Benefits of Buying Local

After submitting the post, I thought about how some local businesses help my publisher, Dream Write Publishing – http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/ – in promoting their local authors. Smaller book stores, a volunteer run cafe, an artisan market and a few other general stores assist in stocking the books for sale. The benefit in liaising with the store owners gives each party a deeper understanding of the narratives content as well as the opportunity to meet and greet the authors with signings and the added advantage of an expanded promotion of local events.

Do you have local stores stocking your books? 

What is your experience?

This graph for shop local is a great visual guide to how shopping local benefits the community in which we live.

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Freelance Fright ~ Part I


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As a newbie to the freelance world, I so understand this…
Let you experiences in the comments. The more we share the more we learn and grow.

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Before I get started, I’d like to answer an email received, the answer provided is a bit in depth, so bear with me as I take care of this:

Q:What do you do when you feel not so free when you’re freelancing writing?

A: I read

Thank you for your patience…


I freelance write when I have time. It’s not difficult and it brings in extra cash whenever I want. There’s always an array of topics available online. Something is bound to capture your interest. I can understand your hesitation. I hope this blog reaches out and calms those fears of freelancing.

Freelance writing is a versatile and competitive field. There are many subjects and just as many so called experts on the subjects. I compare freelancing to an auction. You spend hours placing bids on various ads. From there it’s the proverbial wait game. You click on your email…

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Another Successful Conference Completed (Exhausted but Happy)…


After months of planning and late evenings finding presenters, creating a schedule, leaflets, programs, and goodie bags etc. our writers conference was a great success on Saturday. Without our excellent volunteers the event would not have happened. We began at 7.00 am preparing for registration and breakfast. A steady stream of registrants arrived and were handed draw tickets, goodie bags, programs and a warm welcome.

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Our presenters were well received and everyone went away with valuable information, new friends and prized silent auction items. With a diverse schedule of topics there was something for everyone to learn, no matter their preferred genre.

Barb conference 2014Barbie-Joe Smith – humor for adults. http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/authors/barbie-jo-smith

Natasha Conference 2014Natasha Deen – humor for children. http://www.natashadeen.com/

Bill Conference 2014Bill Roberts – screenwriting. http://www.celticraineproductions.ca/our-team.html

Danielle Conference 2014Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail – writing for magazines/freelancing. http://www.daniellemc.com/

We were fortunate to have our local Mayor, Roxanne Carr, open the conference and the current Writer in Residence, Margaret Mcpherson, give a short presentation on what a WIR is.

 WP_20140329_005Roxanne Carr, Mayor of Strathcona County – welcome speech. http://www.strathcona.ca/local-government/mayor-councillors/mayor/

Margaret Conference 2014Margaret Mcpherson, Writer in Residence. http://ouralbertawriters.com/listing/margaret-macpherson/

Ideas for next year’s conference are already spinning around in our minds as it will be our 10th Anniversary. Bigger & better and maybe a two day event!

To all our members and volunteers of The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County – thank you. http://www.wfscsherwoodpark.com/ 

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Magazines Overloaded with Adverts and a Prompt…


magazines-in-a-bunch This week Alberta magazine awards were announced and received – see link.  http://www.albertamagazines.com/news-events/news/ampa-news/item/announcing-awards-winners 

I occasionally glance through magazines when visiting the hairdressers but find most are so full of adverts that I put them back. I prefer something with more substance, such as National Geographic and Writer’s Digest. In reality the magazine company’s require the revenue from the advertisements but surely not so many! Do you find it annoying?

In my current research into freelancing, I have found many magazines, who welcome articles from freelance writers. I have compiled a long list and will create specific articles for them in the coming months.

Do you write for magazines?

What is your experience? Any tips?

Quotes:  I love magazines. It’s such a McNugget kind of information.  Scott Adams

When I was 16, I started publishing all kinds of things in school magazines. Margaret Attwood

“It’s so important to have a genuine curiosity not just about magazines, but the world around you.” Anne Fulenwider,Editor in Chief, Marie Claire

 FunDayWrite in the style of a magazine or newspaper article of a everyday mundane event to make it ‘exciting and newsworthy’.

Please share them once written.

Utilizing Opportunities & The Editable Best List…


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Do you take advantage of opportunities sent your way?

One of the first lessons learnt in launching a freelance business is to identify and follow through with any and all opportunities given to you. Some might be poorly paid, others an exciting prospect but it is better to pick the ones that give value. However, the value does not always mean financial. I interviewed a local not-for-profit cafe owner over the weekend for a local e-zine.  I took the incentive and approached the owner for the interview knowing I could utilize my link as a regular contributor to the e-zine, Strathcona Connect (http://strathconaconnect.ca/)  and thus promote her cafe. There will be no financial benefit for me, but I will be promoting a worthwhile community driven business, for my extended neighborhood. The value is therefore, the addition of an article to my portfolio and my name on the article for other local businesses to see. The article will appear later this week. Link to follow.

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One other opportunity given to me over the weekend came from another source which was certainly not local. The new, exciting web site – http://www.wikibest.com  is an editable guide to the best of things.  As a collaborative project, it gives users the opportunity to write their own reviews on a plethora of subjects. Subjects include but are certainly not limited to movies, websites, electronics and hotels. With an easy to use format; once an account is created, users can write their own expert views on a free page, enabling them to share their knowledge of events, media, people and places with the world. It is truly a public forum.

Why not take a look and enter your own review of ‘the best of…?’ Get in early with this new site and share.