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A Self Imposed Grueling Schedule…

December 28, 2013

Grueling – definition : strenuous; exhausting; very tiring; arduously severe


With only three more posts until the end of my year long ‘post a blog a day’, I have mixed feelings. The regime has become second nature, although at times I did struggle. Now I am wondering how to utilize the ‘free’ time not posting every day will give me.

My first task is to decide on the frequency of my posts for 2014 and then what subjects, themes or topics I will cover on those particular days.

Obviously, I have some ideas bouncing around inside my head but still need to finalize them.

If you have enjoyed a particular post or posts, I would welcome your comments and suggestions (within reason – I will not be posting every day in 2014!) What, I hear you cry (or maybe not!) I have several projects, I want to bring to fruition in 2014 and blogging every day would seriously interfere with those plans.

To give you an idea what those projects are:

To publish two novels as e-books that have been languishing in my laptop files. Life in Slake Patch & The Twesome Loop.

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To publish in e-book form and on a print on demand site, my children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue.

To edit, revise and refine my NaNoWriMo novel, Willow Tree Tears.

My biggest project is to boost my freelance business – any offers are more than welcome!

These projects are in addition to my role as secretary of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County and the planning of our annual conference in March. As well as creating a prompt on the website every Saturday and attending sharing meetings, board meetings, workshops and book events. All of this has to be squeezed into the time I am not working the day job.

Please consider attending our conference if you are within driving distance of Sherwood park, Alberta, Canada or fly in and stay at one of the many hotels in the area. We would love to meet you.

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Magical Wonderment…

December 23, 2013

Omnivorous – definition: 1. eating food of both animal and plant origin; 2. eating all kinds of food indiscriminately

While deciding on what to write about today, I realized that several of the animals in my children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue, are actually omnivores. The story centers around two magical, healer sprites, who help the animals within the forest they live. Among these are Bruin the bear, Swift the fox, Spike the hedgehog, Cyril the pine marten, Morry the mole and the twin squirrels,  Rayce andChase. All of these characters are omnivorous, in other words eat meat as well as plant matter of one type or another. As you can see I chose my animal names carefully and love how they reflect the animals characters.

It was fun to create this magical world and incorporate my love of the animal kingdom at the same time. The book is in final editing and I am waiting for the illustrations to be completed. Hopefully it will be available as an e-book and print on demand by early spring. Keep an eye on my author page at for updates.

I delight in the existence of fairies, sprites, pixies and the like as well, it is a childlike wonder. I own a book on gnomes and another on fairies. Both are beautifully illustrated and written.

Here are the front covers:


Do you have a childlike love of something?

Selling Your Book – A Personal Touch…

October 26, 2013

Oologist – definition: someone who specializes and collects birds’ eggs.

I am going to flip this word completely on it’s head. We all know the old adage ‘putting all your eggs in one basket’ but as authors we are always striving to sell our books in multiple venues. Modern technology gives us a multitude of options to achieve sales.  From e-book format to print on demand to on line sites. There is of course the much more pleasing method of actually meeting your readers.

I attended the annual Words in the Park event in Sherwood Park (Alberta)  last Saturday. Forty seven authors attended, so there were certainly books available for every taste. My publisher, Dream Write Publishing,was in attendance too and assisted four of their authors to launch their books. As you can see from the display the range of books is extensive.

10460682884_8767e95184_bLinda at the Dream Write Publishing table.

If you want a closer look go to the link.


I worked hard on my display for several weeks before the event. You always need something to attract passers-by. Rumble sat beside his book – Rumble’s First Scare and bookmarks.  I made a blue illuminated globe as a prop for The Rython Kingdom (there is one in the story) and postcards with the e-book details. (It is now available in print as well.) Lastly, I displayed Ockleberries to the Rescue proof copies with little hedgehog & squirrel ornaments that changed color  and glittered. I received a pre-order for one Ockleberries book so I’d better get on that then!


My other responsibility during the day was to host the children’s author readings. As secretary of my writing group, The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County, I and the rest of the group are responsible for the annual event in conjunction with the library. There were six authors reading and it was a delight to hear the different stories and meet these aspiring authors.

Rumble's First Scare


Two of my friends launched their first books at Words in the Park and I want to give them both a shameless plug – after all that’s what friends are for.


Sharon Baggs’ charming tales of her life are written in poetry with wonderful photos.

Front_cover Sharon



Beth Rowe’s children’s story follows the adventures of a young man in a magical land.

Beth cover

The beautiful library display for Words in the Park. I can see Rumble – can you?


Do you prefer face to face events?

What venues do you attend?

I found this interesting link regarding finding venues – it’s a bit cheeky but if you can get away with it why not?


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