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Ode To Friday, A Prompt and Your Local Bookstore…

June 27, 2014
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It’s here – FRIDAY – the day we all wish for all week long. Our mood gradually becomes lighter as the weekdays past and the countdown begins to the freedom of Saturday and Sunday. Obviously, some people have other days off during the week but their feelings are exactly the same for whichever day their ‘Friday’ is. So celebrate today and enjoy your weekend.

I wrote a poem to celebrate Friday – I hope you like it.

 

You are precious in your promise

Your sunrise heralds relaxation pending

Thoughts of lie-ins and a drink or two abound

Co-workers smile today, pressures reduced

Friday – you are the golden day of the week

Your evening begins two days of fun and activities

Thank you Friday for your promise

We love you.

For today’s prompt why not share your ode to Friday?

Bookstore

An interesting news link regarding authors championing book stores. This campaign should be a global scheme. If I was still in the UK, I would certainly be joining in. How about you?

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/27/authors-high-street-independent-booksellers-week

Maybe create your own ‘support your local bookstore’ campaign in the area you live in with fellow authors and writers. Give them a boost to their business and your sales in one fell swoop.

Local stores to me, that carry my books and others by my publisher, Dream Write Publishing are:

http://www.parkbookworm.ca/

http://www.leducartisanmarket.com/

http://www.carvelgeneralstore.ca/

Quotes:

Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.  ~Author Unknown

Always strive to excel, but only on weekends.  ~Richard Rorty

happy weekend

I wish you a great weekend, full of words whether writing or reading them. I will be enjoying friends and family activities tonight and Saturday and a few hours of editing and reading on Sunday.

A Blurring of Genres, Literary News and a Prompt…

May 16, 2014
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FunDayThere is a blending/blurring of genres taking place almost constantly. The latest is crime and fantasy – which by all accounts is not a new genre at all. See this link: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/15/crime-fantasy-literature-crimefest-bristol-literary-genres

Have you blended genres within your novels? Which ones?

Send your congratulations to the women who have been recognised in the Miles Franklin Prize – http://www.theguardian.com/books/australia-culture-blog/2014/may/15/women-dominate-shortlist-miles-franklin-prize

Quotes:

There is good and mediocre writing within every genre. Margaret Attwood

Genre might certainly increase some of your narrative freedoms, but it also diminishes others. That;s the nature of genre. Junot Diaz

Literary fiction, as a strict genre, is all but dead. Meanwhile, most genres flourish. Dean Koontz

Prompt:

Use opposing genres in a short story or poem to reflect how they can be blurred. Have fun with it. Romance and graphic novel, crime and sci-fi, horror and YA…find one to experiment with.

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Are you Ready for Friday Fun and Literary News..?

January 24, 2014
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Happy Friday!

We’ve managed another week…how was yours? Did you accomplish what you wanted or are the last few projects/things to do  making it onto the top of next week’s list?

For many authors and writers the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award announcement is exciting and nerve racking at the same time.

Should I enter? Is my novel ready?  All submissions are a leap of faith and if nothing else good practice.

Are you entering? What is your genre? 

This is the seventh year of this competition – make it your year.

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http://www.amazon.com/Breakthrough-Novel-Award-Books/b?ie=UTF8&node=332264011

Fun Prompt:

You have a super power – what is it and how do you use it?

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Friday Fictioneers..

July 19, 2013
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Copyright photo: Anelephantcant

THE CHALLENGE:

Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and end. (No one will be ostracized for going over or under the word count.

Here’s the link if you would like a go…http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/19-july-2013/

“Whose bike is that anyway? It’s been there for days.”

 “No idea. Did you manage to get hold of the exterminator? The smell from the cellar is getting worse, bound to be something dead down there.”

 The rats nibbled at fingers and toes. The body squeezed behind the large deep freeze oozed dark fluid.

 “Good morning, Dan the Exterminator at your service. Where’s this smell then?”

 Police tape surrounded the café a couple of hours later. The bicycle’s owner found at last.

I enjoyed this exercise – now the characters are in my head I’ll expand the story.

Come & Celebrate

May 16, 2011
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Celebrate Culture

The WFSC is proud to be a member of the Arts & Culture Council of Strathcona County (ACCSC) and we support their tireless efforts to promote arts and culture in our community. This upcoming celebration will promote their creative cause in great style! The WFSC will be represented by three members of our executive. If you are an individual community artist or own a business that celebrates and embraces the arts in our community, please consider the investment of time and get your tickets today! Come celebrate with us and explore the connections within our wonderful cultural community.
To book your tickets call Erin at the ACCSC at 780-718-0486 before Friday, May 20th.

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