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Bibliophile’s Collective Tuesday ThreeSixtyAlberta Interview & Manuscript Update

February 11, 2020
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I certainly had fun with this #interview with ThreeSixtyAlberta talking about my writing life, books, publisher and writing group.

Did I answer a question for you or was there something else you wanted to know?

I’m more than happy to answer questions – so go ahead – ask!

I also have another interview this Wednesday, when I will be talking about my writing group, the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County in depth. It will be hosted by Arts Talk at our local community cafe, Common Ground.

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This will be my third interview this year! If nothing else I’m getting a lot of practice!

UPDATE:

I managed to edit 65 pages of my current work in progress, The Commodore’s Gift, this past weekend and feel really fired up about the story and it’s characters. There is a strong female protagonist, who meets an Adonis of a man.

I also have a novel workshop group starting this month, where we will edit each other’s work over the next several months. This gives each participant several ‘reader’ views of the story, which is invaluable as well as suggestions or queries on continuity, plot arc etc. This is how a writer ‘polishes’ their work prior to publication.

Do you have a question about the editing process?

 

 

 

Excitement and Anticipation Tempered…

October 28, 2015
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A good friend excitedly messaged me just over a week ago advising me that ‘you’ve done it, girl!’ My name was in the November edition of the Reader’s Digest. Puzzled, I asked what had she read, which by the way, was by pure fluke while waiting at the doctor’s office. You’re in the edition, was the reply.

Now as I had no recollection or note of submitting any editorial to the Reader’s Digest and I had not received an email confirmation, you can understand my puzzlement. I emailed the editorial department there and then and awaited the reply.

I received an apologetic reply:

Thank you for writing and sorry to hear no one notified you. If you email me back with your complete address, I will gladly send you a copy of the November issue. Best Regards, Vanda Cianfaglia.

Then I waited for the copy to arrive in the mail. So this is the cover

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And the entry? This small snippet in response to a question! Yes, it is funny how anticipation can alter our perspective. However, it is a nice keepsake if nothing else. As it is not clear, this is what I wrote in answer to the question: I will never get too old to…

…try new things. I immigrated from the United Kingdom late in life and found a new home, new friends and new hobbies.

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My motto is actually New Opportunities – I even made a desk banner to remind me to pursue new things.

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Has an anticipation been tempered for you?

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