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Another year…another AGM…

September 16, 2012

This Saturday marked another year for my Writers Foundation and as I attended the AGM, I thought of our past year. Our foundation is very involved in its members and the local community and at times we are spread quite thin. However, the camaraderie at each event makes for a wonderful time for all those involved and brings us closer to each other. I usually volunteer for most of the events – not because I’m trying to be a ‘goodie too shoes’ but because they are so much fun.  It isn’t until the annual review at the AGM is read through do I realize actually how many events. There are the annual events like our Conference, Culture Days, Words in the Park and Arts Expo as well as author readings, meetings for our board and other organizations we are members of. Newer events like our Night Writers, which is mini workshops, have been successful as we endeavor to give our membership every opportunity to participate and share. Obviously not everyone can commit to so many events and that is absolutely fine – if they can attend for a few hours at one or two events that helps tremendously.

As we go into our next year with new board members, we are excited at our growth as a writer’s resource and community. We welcome local and virtual members and hope to expand our presence whether it is in our community or globally through the web site.

Do you participate in a group that makes life joyful?

Making the most of a long weekend…

August 8, 2012

Image I am sure we all feel excited at the prospect of a long weekend. Plans are made ahead of time to squeeze in as much as possible with the ‘extra’ time afforded us. As you probably know, by now, my mind immediately thinks ‘extra writing time’.  This past weekend I enjoyed the company of an old friend over Friday night…but alas did not get one word written, the Olympics were the focus of the household. Now, it may seem strange to you, but as an expat from England, you would surely think I would be glued to the TV. Actually no and the answer is two-fold, firstly my husband has control of the TV remote 24/7…no its no word of a lie! And secondly, I am not a sporty person so although it is wonderful for the athletes to accomplish their dreams and patriotic pride is in full swing, I am happier lost in my own worlds.

So after a late breakfast I returned home, did a few household chores and then immersed myself into answering a string of emails and notifications. We all have social media ‘commitments’ and the trick is to set aside time to complete them. Not only is this important in formulating connections but it is also fun to comment and tweet.  Saturday evening I experimented with a new recipe – chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and cranberry encrusted goat cheese – it was good!

ImageSunday I attended a local arts event – Arts in the Plaza – with fellow Writers of Strathcona County members. The day was hot and humid and I was glad we at least had canopies to shade us. I contented myself with good conversation and reading a few chapters of a delightful book – The Map of Time by Felix de Palma. I also sold a copy of my children’s book, Rumble’s First Scare and signed it for the new owners.

With my ‘extra’ day I plunged into a full and final edit of my YA fantasy, The Rython Kingdom after receiving some editing from a good and expert friend. Then it was onto the book blurb – short and long versions, which are still in progress. I did however create a bio for my Smashwords page, which I can transfer once I am brave enough to download my fantasy.

What events filled your weekend, either short or long?

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