As I have said before most of my writing is focused on my freelance ‘ghost writing’ project at the moment so my YA novella has fell by the wayside for the moment. I will be utilizing several hours prior to tonight’s Arts & Culture Council Board meeting to write in my local library this evening.
What writing projects are you working on this week?
Review: What a great pirate story with a twist! A female pirate, whose mission is revenge but she finds something else along the way. Great tension, surprises and engaging characters. You will love Shelly and her crew and be propelled to turn another page. I loved this book.
I have become quickly immersed in the second novel by Jaime McLachlan, Pawn of the Phoenix. It continues the story of Moira and Keenan and their quest to find the phoenix. The characters, world building and plot are totally tantalizing and real.
What are you reading at the moment?
Allow your story to end.
This may sound trivial, but in fact it’s crucial, and a stumbling block for many writers. You need to find an ending to your story, and let go of it. You need to decide to end the writing and declare your novel finished at some point.
Let Go of Your Fear of Failure, or Success.
When that moment comes, when you decide to start writing, don’t think about publishing, about royalty checks, about reviews in the New York Times, or if your novel will it the bestseller lists. Trust me; it’s a very, very long road. Just, you know, write.
It is Board meeting week for me, so Tuesday is the writing group’s meeting, then on Wednesday the Arts & Culture Council meeting and I am also attending one for the Diversity Committee on Thursday! Projects will be discussed and planning for the New Year events needs to be started. Once we begin looking at dates the next year will seem to have flown by and once again time speeds past. November has an lovely event to attend Christmas in the Heartland, December is the writer’s members Xmas Party, March is Arts Expo in conjunction with Keep It Local, April is Volunteer Week and the writers conference, June will be the second Heritage Day in conjunction with the Diversity Committee, and July is Savor Strathcona. So that’s most of the year done already.
On Saturday I visited a friend at her book signing at Audreys. It was lovely to see her as the last time was at Word on the Street in Lethbridge. We hit it off immediately so catching up on Saturday was great. Laurel Deedrick_Mayne’s book is A Wake for the Dreamland. Set in 1939 with three friends struggling with the separation war has impacted on them, they find love and friendship. It was an apt day 11th November to discuss and remember.
What events do you have this week? Why not share no matter the location.
3-2-1 Indie Slam Qualifier and Open Mic
14th November 7 – 9 pm The Nook Cafe, 10153 97street, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0L4
My week and weekend were a mixed bag of chores, bed assembly, time with my daughter and working on the freelance project of ghost writing a business ebook but I have not really touched my newest YA story, apart from a couple of short paragraphs. It will come but a paying gig has to a priority – right? Although at over 24K words I am tantalizing close to completing the YA novella, so it might be a ‘sit down & write’ weekend.
Last night’s writing meeting was lively and we welcomed three new faces as well. It is always a delight to have new people find our group. Prior to the meeting I used two hours to create the beginnings of a chapter for the ebook – so time well spent.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve nearly finished this swashbuckling adventure and am thoroughly enjoying it. The chapter I read last night was intense!
I am unsure which book to read nest as 11/22/63 by Stephen King is a mammoth novel and I think it would be a great read over Christmas. So that leaves me with a choice of these two. I found the first edition, Mind of the Phoenix, fascinating and became seriously involved in the characters. As Jamie is a local author I want to support her obviously.
I am also hoping to attend an event on Sunday at Audrey’s where another local author, Laurel Deedrick-Mayne has a book signing for A Wake for the Dreamland. So another possibility for my TBR pile.
What’s on your TBR pile at the moment?
“Introduce your main characters and themes in the first third of your novel. If you are writing a plot-driven genre novel make sure all your major themes/plot elements are introduced in the first third, which you can call the introduction. Develop your themes and characters in your second third, the development. Resolve your themes, mysteries and so on in the final third, the resolution.” — Michael Moorcock
This week includes my writing group’s sharing meeting on Tuesday, I always look forward to connecting with other members and sharing. I have several writing tip sheets to give out this week and will have to create a writing prompt to start the meeting off.
As I am making good progress on my new YA novella I will read an excerpt – feedback is always good to receive. Also when you read out loud you pick up on the rhythm of your words.
What events do you have this week? Care to share?
Laurie MacFayden “Walking Through Turquoise” Book Launch
NOV 8 19:00 – 21:00 pm at Audreys Bookstore
Laurel Deedrick-Mayne Book signing
11th November 12:30 – 13:30 pm Audreys Books 10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3J5
Do you have a book signing to promote? You are welcome to leave the details in the comments.