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Featured on Be A Best Seller.com…

June 30, 2014
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Hello All,

I have  been featured in the Makin’ It Happen article of the magazine from Be A Best Seller.com today. As this is a subcription only I am just highlighting my piece within it.

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Mandy Eve-BarnettThis week’s Makin’ It Happen author is Mandy Eve-Barnett, a freelance writer and regular contributor to the e-zine, Strathcona Connect, and the “Never Been Better” page in the Sherwood Park newspaper.

Mandy has been an avid reader her whole life, but it wasn’t until after promising herself an outlet for her creativity that serendipity took her to the Writers’ Foundation of Strathcona County, where the writing ‘bug’ took hold.

Now, Mandy is deeply involved with the Writers’ Foundation and its members as Secretary. Plus, she sets a writing prompt every Saturday on the WFSC website.

You can find Mandy’s writing in an anthology, Writing Prompt Journey. Plus, she regularly blogs about her writing experiences.

Additionally, Mandy has successfully completed four consecutive National Novel Writing Month challenges from 2009 to 2013 with the subsequent volume of work resulting in four novels. 

Her children’s print book Rumble’s First Scare was published in September 2011. And in August 2012, her adult fantasy eBook, titled The Rython Kingdom, was released on Smashwords along with Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk and is now available as a POD through Create Space.

Mandy also collaborated to produce a ‘how to write your memoir’ workbook, called Your Lifetime of Stories, which was published in 2013.

 

Currently, the illustrations are being completed for Mandy’s fantasy children’s book, Ockleberries to the Rescue, to be released later this year. Plus, Mandy is in the midst of editing her cowgirl romance novel, Willow Tree Tears, which is also scheduled to be released later this year.

You can learn more about Mandy and her work at: 
https://mandyevebarnett.com/

http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/ 

http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/

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Cross Pollination of Genres…

March 10, 2014
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As a cross genre author, I find juggling different writing methods to be exciting and engaging. There are many aspects of each genre that you begin to notice cross over into one another when you write multiple forms.

With children’s stories we are aware of the language limitations and simplistic plot arc. The writing requires quick action and characterisation to keep the reader engaged and interested. With YA, we find teens require even more action but the language can be more forthright and the plot must be intriguing to keep them reading. Adult fiction can run the gamut of red herrings; extended descriptions and complex plot arcs. However, depending on your story structure you can ‘borrow’ rules from each genre to use in another. When I write non-fiction, such as articles, newsletters or workbooks, the rules are again different but to absorb readers, some techniques of story writing can be put into play to make the subject stimulating.

In recent times the romance genre has seen an increase in multiple genre novels. Romantic sci-fi, paranormal or fantasy, are becoming increasingly popular. When I was defining my novels, it was the most basic theme of each I had to recognize. It turned out to be love in its many forms, whether romantic, familial or love of a cause or lifestyle. In The Twesome Loop, reincarnation was the subsequent theme to a love story across time. For Life in Slake Patch, my protagonist, Evan found love and was instrumental in changing laws under  matriarchal rule. My up coming children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue, deals with two forest sprites who, not only love each other but all the animals within their home that they assist.

Common GroundMy recent article in Strathcona Connect – http://strathconaconnect.ca/common-ground-community-cafe-p308-90.htm , highlights a local community cafe. Without the love of its instigators and volunteers it would not have been created.

What is your experience in cross genres?

Did you find identifying a genre difficult?

What method did you use to resolve which genre your novel was?

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Utilizing Opportunities & The Editable Best List…

March 3, 2014
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Do you take advantage of opportunities sent your way?

One of the first lessons learnt in launching a freelance business is to identify and follow through with any and all opportunities given to you. Some might be poorly paid, others an exciting prospect but it is better to pick the ones that give value. However, the value does not always mean financial. I interviewed a local not-for-profit cafe owner over the weekend for a local e-zine.  I took the incentive and approached the owner for the interview knowing I could utilize my link as a regular contributor to the e-zine, Strathcona Connect (http://strathconaconnect.ca/)  and thus promote her cafe. There will be no financial benefit for me, but I will be promoting a worthwhile community driven business, for my extended neighborhood. The value is therefore, the addition of an article to my portfolio and my name on the article for other local businesses to see. The article will appear later this week. Link to follow.

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One other opportunity given to me over the weekend came from another source which was certainly not local. The new, exciting web site – http://www.wikibest.com  is an editable guide to the best of things.  As a collaborative project, it gives users the opportunity to write their own reviews on a plethora of subjects. Subjects include but are certainly not limited to movies, websites, electronics and hotels. With an easy to use format; once an account is created, users can write their own expert views on a free page, enabling them to share their knowledge of events, media, people and places with the world. It is truly a public forum.

Why not take a look and enter your own review of ‘the best of…?’ Get in early with this new site and share.

 

On Target?

My latest article for Strathcona Connect

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Another service that will be greatly missed is the hair salon – Magicuts. Again the staff was very friendly and accommodating and the prices were excellent. Some may say the service was ‘basic’ as there was no manicures, pedicures or ‘gel’ nail service but not everyone wanted a ‘full’ package – just a haircut! Again regulars have had to make alternative arrangements and have lost that special relationship with a hairdresser who ‘knew’ their hair.As we all know our Zellers store in the Sherwood Park Mall has been liquidated and will be replaced with a Target store in the spring of 2013. For many of us it has been sad to see Zellers go. The small café was a welcomed and more peaceful break from shopping as opposed to the bustle of the food court at the other end of the mall. Its position was ideal, tucked into the corner and away from the main thoroughfare. A meeting place for many; the café and its calm atmosphere and friendly staff will be greatly missed. The ‘regulars’ are now misplaced and a routine broken. Let’s hope the new storeowners will make provisions for them.

It is sad to know so many Zellers staff have left, their years of experience discarded. However, let us hope that many others will benefit from the ‘new’ store as employees and customers. Life goes on and although it is human nature to avoid change, let’s give the new store a chance. Their ‘Give with Target’ Canada did achieve its $1 million goal to help Canadians in need – so was this a ‘sweetener to help swallow the bitter pill of Zellers demise? You choose.

Target’s own promotional mission statement states ‘Our mission is to make Target your preferred shopping destination in all channels by delivering outstanding value, continuous innovation and exceptional quest experiences by consistently fulfilling our Expect More. Pay Less. Brand promise.’

Let’s keep them to that promise and use our ‘marke

Newest article for Strathcona Connect…

October 13, 2012
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As the old saying goes ‘nothing stays the same’ – children grow up and leave home, relationships alter or falter, younger children may have issues with peer groups or school and the elderly have to adjust to new circumstances and lessened abilities. Life can throw us curve balls at any time and how we cope depends on our personality and family situation. Each event affects us in many ways, emotionally, physically or financially and it is our ability to deal with the transformation these events bring that can make us stronger with help. Our capability to adjust has many variants – it might be our age or how we relate to others or how well we know ourselves. No matter what life throws at us we can seek help – there is no stigma in using professionals to help clarify, support or assist us in coping or adjusting. We do not have to struggle alone and it is certainly not a sign of weakness to reach out.

One look at the demographics of Sherwood Park gives us a real insight into our fellow residents – married couples hold 60% and single persons 27% of the population, leaving 9% for divorced and 5% for widowed.  Within these figures the age groups are fairly evenly spread – 0 – 4yrs 20%, 15 – 24 yrs 14%, 25 – 34 yrs 11%, 35 – 44 yrs 16%, 45 – 54 yrs 17%, 55 – 64 yrs 13% and 64 plus yrs 10%.  (www.zoocasa.com) Within these groups there is the potential for a diverse range of difficulties, which can be influenced by the ethnicities of the population. The top ethnicities are 42% British, 17% Canadian, 14% Ukrainian and 11% French (www.zoocasa.com) This makes Sherwood a real melting pot of diversity giving its inhabitants a uniqueness all its own, which makes for a interesting range of problems to overcome.

There are a multitude of resources we can access through the Internet, our own practitioner or the local library as well as community services. Whatever your situation and cultural background there is a local community service that can help with any circumstances we find ourselves facing. That one local resource is Family & Community Services (http://www.strathcona.ca/departments/family-community-services.aspx) This Strathcona County service covers a variety of social programs for a wide range of family problems from teens to the elderly and everything in-between, giving answers and support to best effect. You may be surprised how diverse the service is once you browse their web site and there is always a friendly voice on the other end of the phone.

In times of strife the ‘virtual’ options for social connections are not enough – face to face conversations and understanding means so much more and in the end leads to better resolution. So don’t feel isolated, there is help available within a stone’s throw.

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