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Today’s desk diary word…sparks a writing tip

January 2, 2013

Cerulean (adjective) – si-roo-lee-in

Definition – a deep sky-blue colour.

Just saying this word conquers up lazy summer days, lying on the beach or a lush green lawn looking upward in that happy childlike innocence. Here in Alberta we are very fortunate to have cerulean skies a large part of the year, yes even when its -37 degrees!


I remember waking up the first morning I had emigrated here and thinking ‘how cool a nice sunny blue skied day to welcome us’. Never imagining that I would wake up for the next eight days welcomed with the very same thing! Coming from England, which has cloud cover the majority of the time it was amazing.

The other thing I came to notice about the Albertan sky was how huge it was. Now I know that seems like a strange thing to say but it does seem to stretch forever upward and horizontally. My theory is that the land mass is so large and flat that there is no ‘interruption’ to your view. Even the clouds are different! Each has a ‘flat’ bottom instead of soft fluffy curves. Again this may be due to the prairie lands affecting them. In England we glimpsed the sky through dense trees and hills. A very different landscape where clouds were massive and covered vast areas of the sky.

As you can see from just one word a myriad of images and ideas can come to mind. Using such words enables a writer to create a sense of time and place for their readers, without having to describe them in minute detail. Too much description tends to ‘shut your reader off’ so your use of words is vitally important. Yes its that old adage ‘show not tell’, which raises its head time and time again.

A Word A Day…

January 1, 2013

I was given a neat ‘a word a day’ desk calendar for Christmas so will try to share it with you each day. Here’s hoping this lasts with all my other projects for this year!

inchoate (adjective) in-koh-it

Definition: 1. to be in an initial or early stage; just begun. 2. imperfectly formed or formulated

Such an apt word for the start of our New Year, where resolutions, goals and aspirations are foremost in our minds. We hope for many things for ourselves and our loved ones at this time of year but what puzzles me is why this hope does not continue throughout the year? Maybe we should make each month a beginning instead of laying all our aspirations into January?

Make a goal for each month instead, that way we know we can achieve at least twelve goals! I would love you to share your ‘goals’ – it will be fun to compare.


My list goes something like this –

  • actively seek freelance work
  • revise NaNoWriMo novel into an educational book
  • plan a trip to England
  • blog more often
  • increase my ‘social media’ presence


2012 in review

December 30, 2012

A personal thank you to all my wonderful followers…see you in 2013 for bigger and better blogging and sharing of our writing journeys.The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

My Followers…thank you.

January 1, 2012


On the first day of 2012 I would like to send special thanks to all my followers for your kind comments and for joining me on my writing journey. Some were more frequent than others, however I treasure all the links with fellow writers – it is the sense of community that binds us.

So thank you – Linda, Dream Write Publishing, Twilla, Tracy, Sharon, Messenger, Lynn, Lisa, Lapdog, Seymour, Austin, littleburstsofinspiration, writer jobs, oasiss, sillyfrogsusan, laurastanfill, Austin, 365andMe, Ophelia, Subhaker Das, wildhorse.
I hope you and many others chose to return to share their experiences and thoughts.
Happy New Year – may it bring an abundance of words.

Challenging Myself…

January 13, 2011

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Thirteen days into the New Year and already my objectives for this year are piling up. I have one novel to revise and edit, another which needs research and illustration and one to be submitted to several publishers. No I don’t ‘rest on my laurels’!!

I am really looking forward to my writer’s foundation’s conference, which will be held in April. As a board member I am busy organizing for this event and was very pleased to secure a speaker. I found her on face book and after several ‘chats,’ I enquired if she would like to present at our conference. She jumped at the idea. Another virtual friend, from Nevada, is also attending so I will have a houseful of authors – so exciting. Just one small problem – I need to turf out my son for that weekend – any takers?

What objectives have you got for this year? A writing life is always full of possibilities and creativity – please share yours.

Happy Writing.

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