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Writing:

I took a leap of faith this week and submitted a manuscript to a major movie company, requesting manuscripts. It is the first time I have succumbed to this kind of call – so fingers crossed something comes of it!

Have you sent a manuscript for a movie script call? How did it turn out?

I have been asked by an author friend to review her upcoming novel – release date 1st Sept – looking forward to the narrative. It is always such a glimpse into a writer’s mind when you read their work.

My YA story is coming along and the ‘new’ direction that ‘popped’ into my head feels right for the narrative. It will give the young readers a glimpse at what they can do for the environment in a fun way – even though it is set on another planet!

Has an idea emerged for a plot line when you have been writing?

Books:  The intrigue is still captivating me in this story as the characters lives blend in unexpected ways.

The Mermaid Garden

Looking forward to this novel, especially when I have just found out there is a sequel.

Mind of the Phoenix

Writing Tips:

I wrote this post some time ago but it is still relevant. Finding your writers voice isn’t always as easy as it sounds.

https://mandyevebarnett.com/2015/12/07/keeping-your-uniqueness-in-your-writing/

http://www.novel-writing-help.com/writing-voice.html

http://www.well-storied.com/blog/find-writing-voice

Writing Hub -Books, Writing, Tips & more…


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Writing:

Certainly a non productive writing weekend as I attended a reptile show both days (see previous post https://mandyevebarnett.com/2017/05/08/upcoming-writing-events-add-yours-for-your-location-14/). However, I do have this weekend free so will indulge in as much time as possible writing. This will include a complete revision of the ghost written book project prior to sending back to my client.

I have my writing retreat to look forward and it is getting tantalizingly close – 18th May. Here I can immerse myself completely with no distractions, unless I actually seek them out.

Books:

Her Fearful Symmentry by Audrey Niffenegger. I am thoroughly enjoying this story. The characters are well rounded, there is a connection/distance between the two main characters, which gives the narrative an undercurrent of possibilities.

Symmentry

Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn (because you all know by now I’m fascinated by this subject)

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What are you reading?

I watched this movie, which had a great twist on the subject. I am always intrigued by the variations on the reincarnation theme.

the-discovery

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5155780/

Writing Tips from the Master – Stephen King

“You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.”

“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”

“I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven.”

“Let’s get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.”

What’s your favorite King quote or writing tip?

Mother Nature’s Fury..?


Fury – definition: 1. unrestrained or violent anger, rage, passion, or the like; 2. sudden violent power or force

volcano

Is it me or have there been an exceptional number of volcanic eruptions in 2013? That is not including earthquakes and tsunamis, which have also increased.

Could this be Mother Nature’s fury?

Has she had enough and is showing us how insignificant we really are? There is no human force that can resist or conquer a volcanic eruption or earthquake. We are at her mercy.

I follow a face book page by Gerri Bowen – https://www.facebook.com/gerri.bowen not just for her wonderful books but also because she finds the most interesting facts about seismic events around the world. This year has been extraordinary full of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes globally.

As you can see from these links – the globe has numerous active volcanoes and some have erupted this year after being dormant for a long time.

http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/erupting_volcanoes.html

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/11/seven-volcanoes-in-six-different.html

When you actually see the fault lines crisscrossing and moving under the earth’s crust, it is a wonder there are not more. Volcanoes have links to each other many miles underground so it is not surprising when one erupts, others follow.

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If you have not seen the movies, The Impossible, I highly recommend it. Not only is it a true story, which has every parent agonizing with the mother but the sheer enormity of the family’s situation and those of the people around them is mind numbing. You ask yourself, ‘how would I cope?’, ‘could I survive?’ ‘would I be able to save my family?’. It is a powerful story of an event that devastated a vast area of South Asia.

So as not to spoil the movie for you I will not divulge more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake_and_tsunami

Have you used a natural or man-made disaster in a novel or story?

I refer to a past World War in my novel, Life in Slake Patch, which resulted in the formation of a matriarchal ruled world. Excerpt:

“Surely these are pictures are wild imaging’s of a possessed person, Jacob?”

“Somewhat my thoughts at first, my young friend, but on closer inspection I have discovered this book was compiled as some sort of historic and societal recording.”

“But – men and women living together, it’s…?”

“Yes, inconceivable to our present way of life but obviously prior to the Grand War life was lived very differently.”

“Can such change have come about in three hundred years, do you think, Jacob?”

“It may seem difficult to your young ideals, Evan, but some change can evolve slowly and others quite quickly. Drastic events can mean extreme measures have to be made. Upon reflection I can see The Grand War was reason enough to change society in such a fundamental way.”

This novel is open to representation.

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A Wafer Thin Mint..?


Satiety – definition: the state of being full or gratified to or beyond the point of satisfaction.

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If you are familiar with Monty Python, you were probably reminded of the Mr. Creosote sketch when you read this word. A fictional character in Monty Python’s ‘The Meaning of Life movie, he is a monstrously obese restaurant patron. During the sketch he consumes a vast amount of food while vomiting repeatedly. (Yes, its disgusting!) Once sated he asks for the bill but is persuaded by the maitre d’ to finished off his huge meal with a ‘wafer thin mint’.  After placing the mint in front of Mr. Creosote the waiter runs for cover. The reason becomes clear when Mr. Creosote explodes!

There is certainly mischief in the maitre d’ actions and Mr. Creosote’s pompous personality shows through. The character building in this short sketch is well done as you understand the restaurant staff have suffered with this particular patron for some time.

 When we are creating our characters we hope to develop them well enough that our readers ‘know’ them as true personalities within the beginning stages of the narrative. If the reader only discovers vital information about our protagonist in the middle of the story, it is probable we have lost that reader. There needs to be empathy with our character. We have to custom build our unique ‘world’ and ensure our characters ‘fit’ into that scenario.

We can begin with the physical characteristics, such as height, weight, build and hair and eye colour but these are only the start. To ensure we have a rounded being for our readers to envisage, we need to ‘know’ each character. What are their habits, quirks or eccentricities, beliefs, likes and dislikes, fears, temperament, hopes and dreams. In short what does their ‘life’ look like and consist of.

Developing character bio’s is not just a fun exercise but also a great writing tool. You have a firm base with which to develop your story and how each character reacts as they are true to their personality. However, remember to leave as much as possible to the reader’s imagination, the bio is for your use not theirs. Every reader wants to visualize the characters and doesn’t want a full blown description as if your character is looking in a mirror.

Do you have a character bio step by step?

No argument here…


ph-FAC-artintheplaza-2013Argumentative – definition: fond of arguing and disputing

I will take no argument – if you can possibly make it to the Arts in the Plaza today, please do. It is a free event and there is original work by authors, artists, potters, weavers – well you get the idea!

Today’s event is in conjunction with Strathcona Celebrates so there is lots of activities for everyone. A free pancake breakfast is a great way to start the day. Here’s the link : http://www.strathcona.ca/strathcona-celebrates.aspx

Strathcona

Pancake breakfast 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.         Community Centre (401 Festival Lane)

  • Free pancake breakfast supported by Canadian Progress Club, Sherwood Park
  • Free family activities
  • Verve Salon & Spa Ltd. will help you show your pride at their hair zone
  • Stage entertainment from Cooper Pump Record Studios Inc. – stage schedule
  • “Strathcona’s pioneering spirit at 10 a.m.”
  • Storytelling

Official Key to the County Ceremony followed by Roll Past and Parade         In front of County Hall (2001 Sherwood Drive)

Welcoming Tea 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.         In front of County Hall (2001 Sherwood Drive)

  • Enjoy free refreshments and cookies
  • Entertainment provided by Crescendo Music Studios

Strathcona Mounted Troop Musical Ride         1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.         Former Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School (160 Festival Way)

The Mounted Troop is reminiscent of Lord Strathcona’s Horse in the 1920s and 1930s. The 20-horse, 25-member Troop performs the Musical Ride. The ride is drawn from the Regiment’s traditions of the 1920s and 1930s.

Celebration continues with free activities for everyone         12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.         The former Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School (160 Festival Way)

  • Exhibition of both modern and antique military vehicles and meet the troops (Festival Way in front of Elk Island Catholic School Board)
  • Military activities by Navy League of Canada, 2551 PPCLI Army Cadets
  • Agricultural opportunities by Green Hectares
  • Aboriginal activities and performances
  • Experience life 120 years ago in Strathcona County by Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and City of Fort Saskatchewan
  • Zipline
  • Inflatables
  • Family activities by Strathcona County Museum and Education Station
  • Stage entertainment provided by Crescendo Music Studios
  • Face painting and much more

Please note: zipline and inflatables will close between 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for the Military Musical Ride.

Miok-McCormack Memorial Unveiling         4 p.m.         Festival Place (100 Festival Way)

Official military unveiling ceremony for The Miok-McCormack Memorial located in Broadmoor Lake Park. This memorial is dedicated to the memory of two Sherwood Park soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2009. This is a community event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Free Movie in the Park and family activities

6 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Movie starts at 9 p.m.)         Former Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School (160 Festival Way). Also includes free family activities from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Click here for more details.

Food Services         12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.         Former Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School (160 Festival Way)

Enjoy great food and refreshing drinks from

  • Royal Treats
  • Funky Pickle
  • Uncle Milts Old Fashioned Rootbeer