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March 29, 2017
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Writing:

Well what can I say but that our road trip resulted in some spectacular revisions, editing and increased word count 72,674 for The Twesome Loop. We left just after work on Friday and made our way to Red Deer, got checked in and made the room our own! This actually means setting up laptops on the table/desks, selecting beds (usually Linda has the one near the window) and then we went for supper. Delicious meal with the chef’s specialty Bulgogi, amazing flavor.

The word Bulgogi literally means fire meat in Korean, and is derived from the Pyongan dialect. It refers to marinated meat, (generally beef if used without a qualifier), cooked using traditional grilling techniques such as gridirons or perforated dome griddles that sit on braziers, unlike deep frying or boiling in water.

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Saturday morning after a leisurely breakfast we spent the morning writing in quite companionship for the most part. Then as the sunshine was too glorious to miss, set off for a drive to enjoy the afternoon and surrounding scenery. Back for wine and salad and more writing. As we have a late check out at 1 pm we utilized the time to write after breakfast and set off on a tour of the historical sites in Red Deer. At one site where old buildings have been sited we delighted at two surprise guests – a buck & doe walked in through the gate and calmly grazed just feet away from us.

Our trip home was of course the longer route (common practice for us) and took us to Sylvan Lake, through Lacombe and Clearwater counties up to Rocky Mountain House through Wetaskiwin  and Braznea counties and to Leduc and home.

Linda (as my publisher) kindly completed the update of my fantasy romance, The Rython Kingdom with its new cover and ordered proof copies. So it will be soon. I had the idea of having slip covers made for the editions I have at home so the new cover can be attached. I am so pleased with how the new cover looks.

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Have you changed a book cover?

Did you write over the weekend?

Do you escape to write? Where do you go?

Books:

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I finished The Uninvited Guests – my Goodreads review:

What a delightful and surprising book. I had an inkling about the visitors (I will not reveal) three quarters the way through the book but it was skillfully written, wonderful prose and immersed me in Edwardian life.
Sadie has a remarkable story telling talent and I recommend you read this story. Love lost, love gained and love thwarted with touch of revenge served cold.

The beginning of The Faraday Girls gripped me from the start – a great first sentence! The story is endearing, surprising and intriguing so far.

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Writing Tips:

Diana Athill: Read it aloud to yourself because that’s the only way to be sure the rhythms of the sentences are OK (prose rhythms are too complex and subtle to be thought out – they can be got right only by ear).

Margaret Atwood: If you’re using a computer, always safeguard new text with a ­memory stick. (I know this from experience after loosing over 5K in the midst of NaNoWriMo – not funny!)

What are your writing tips?

Another Road Trip in Alberta…

September 5, 2016
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We are taking advantage of another long weekend and traveling west to Wildwood, then stopping over in Drayton Valley. Then an early start to take in the sights via the Brazeau Dam, Lodgepole, Yoho National Park, Kicking Horse Pass, Abraham Lake, Crescent Falls and onto Golden in British Columbia.

We were not so lucky this trip with wildlife – only spotted a herd of elk, a couple of deer, and several wild turkeys as well as a few osprey nests with chicks and one bald eagle – but the scenery is absolutely speculator. Alpine like valleys bordered with massive mountains and pine covered foothills.Stops at some wonderful places like Crescent Falls as I love water!

Sunday’s trip was to Radium Hot Springs and through to Invermere, a lake side town with a large arts and culture presence.

As I am scheduling this on Sunday night, I have no idea which route our trip home will take but as always there will be plenty of stops for photographs and to drink in the beauty around us. Possibly toward Banff but who knows as long as we are on the road enjoying the splendor, who cares?

 

What has been your favorite road trip?

Where did you go?

Another Road Trip in Alberta – Edmonton to Medicine Hat…

August 1, 2016
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As always I am excited to explore my ‘new’ home – Alberta, Canada. My good friend, Linda and I decide on a direction and go. This last long weekend saw us head south and end up in Medicine Hat. Along the way we stopped to marvel at the landscape, animals and sights.

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Rochon Sands – http://www.albertaparks.ca/rochon-sands.aspx

Drumheller – http://traveldrumheller.com/

Hotel in Medicine Hat as our base. Largest tepee.

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Medicine Hat – http://www.canadianbadlands.com/

We were fortunate to travel the back roads thereby encountering a great deal of wildlife – several herds of pronghorns, three golden eagles, prairie hawks by the dozen, gophers, deer, rabbits, a turkey vulture, seagulls, pelicans, ducks and prairie chickens not to mention – horses, cattle, and goats.

The geology of the Badlands is the result of ice age glaciers, sedimentary layers of rocks, such as shale, coal, and silt. Erosion gives rise to hoodoos and distinctive horizontal coloured bands on the faces of hills. The movement of the ice and its formation and receding also make the area interesting. Driving through we saw large undulating hills for miles and then suddenly completely flat plains and then forested hills.

Our furthest point was Wild Horse on the Alberta/Montana border. We will continue our trip today heading north again traveling new roads.

Our last stop on Monday was Writing on Stone – an apt visit for two authors don’t you think?

http://www.albertaparks.ca/writing-on-stone.aspx

We continue today making our way back home on new roads.

Happy Trails.

Which road trip have you liked best?

Writing Prompt Contest – A Chipmunk’s Life…

June 25, 2016
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Write a story or poem based on this chipmunk – his life in the wild, family, encounters with humans, harsh winters…

I actually had a close encounter with this little guy in Jasper National Park.

Have fun with this prompt and leave your response in the comments. 1000 words maximum for a short story. Poems can be any length.

A quarterly prize will be given for the most voted for response.

My escape to the Mountains…

June 20, 2016
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My dear friend, Linda and I escaped for three days into the Rocky mountains. These are some of the images of our trip. Included were a lake cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island, discovery of a wildlife area called Beaver Boardwalk, Hinton, visiting Jasper and driving through the National Park and encountering wildlife as well as driving on highway 40 (unpaved) and exploring small hamlets such as Cadomin, Robb, Entwhistle and Evansburg. Enjoying the breeze off the lakes, Maligne and Isle and being at peace with nature.

Good company, ease of spirit and relaxation what more can a person need?

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