This week I will be preparing for an author reading on Saturday. With the theme ‘Back to School’ I will probably read from my children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue. As each chapter revolves around a particular animal, I will more than likely choose one chapter that has a fall/autumn related theme.
What events have you got coming up?
Are you attending any events this week in your area?
AUG 22 12:00 – 16:00
Fantasy and Horror Book Signing
10504 82 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 2A4
Konn will actually be attending our Words in the Park event on 30th September, so if you miss this opportunity, you can find him there!
Spark Gallery, 2257 Premier Way, #116, Sherwood Park. T8H 2M8 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Free admission.
Public Art Picnic – Borden Park
24 August at 17:30–20:00
Social Grounds Coffeehouse, 975 Broadmoor Blvd #36, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 5W9
2:00 – 4:00 pm – Everyone welcome. I will be reading at this event.
Please feel free to add your own events in the comments, regardless of the location.
I took a leap of faith this week and submitted a manuscript to a major movie company, requesting manuscripts. It is the first time I have succumbed to this kind of call – so fingers crossed something comes of it!
Have you sent a manuscript for a movie script call? How did it turn out?
I have been asked by an author friend to review her upcoming novel – release date 1st Sept – looking forward to the narrative. It is always such a glimpse into a writer’s mind when you read their work.
My YA story is coming along and the ‘new’ direction that ‘popped’ into my head feels right for the narrative. It will give the young readers a glimpse at what they can do for the environment in a fun way – even though it is set on another planet!
Has an idea emerged for a plot line when you have been writing?
Books: The intrigue is still captivating me in this story as the characters lives blend in unexpected ways.
Looking forward to this novel, especially when I have just found out there is a sequel.
I wrote this post some time ago but it is still relevant. Finding your writers voice isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
With no immediate events to attend I am busy planning for a couple. The first is a submission for a competition and the other an author reading on 26th August.
Free time is always at a premium for me on the whole so I’m enjoying this relative freedom. One part of my submission is the dreaded synopsis so I am sharing a previous post on the subject.
The Writers at Woody Point Festival in Bonne Bay, NL, runs August 15-20, with authors including Eva Crocker, Dennis Lee, Lawrence Hill, Linden McIntyre, Lisa Moore, Kathleen Winter.
And The Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts returns August 17-20 to Sechelt, BC, for its 35th year, its amazing lineup including Donna Morrissey, Iain Reid, Janie Chang, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Bev Sellars, Zoe Whittall, Charlotte Gray, and more.
Do you have local events you would like to share?
Although I enjoyed an extra long weekend, Friday through Monday I was not as focused on my writing. I know naughty me but sometimes you have to relax the writing brain for a while. I did manage to complete a couple of tasks I’d been putting off though. One was to attack a shamefully neglected flowerbed below our bay window. I added rocks to the newly cleared area and am quite pleased with the end result.
The next task was to move my writing desk from its home of numerous years – the dining area end of the sitting room – into the smaller bedroom. This is now my study, after waiting years! The best feature? I can close the door and cut out the noise of the TV. Bliss.
I did manage to work on my YA story as well and added approximately 900 words after some editing. So not a complete loss for writing over the weekend. In fact the story took on a new direction, which just popped into my head.
As my second Board meeting of the week is this evening, I can take advantage of the two hours of freedom to sequester myself in the library and write. With the new direction in the narrative, I am excited to see where it leads.
What is your current project?
Is it going to ‘plan’ or changed direction?
A beautifully written narrative keeping me intrigued and turning the pages.
Summer is road trip season and although we have not gone on as many trips this summer, this packing list is still useful. https://mandyevebarnett.com/2016/12/19/packing-tips-for-writers-what-to-take/
What essentials do you take on a trip for your writing?
It is Board meeting week for me this week, Tuesday is the Writers Foundation meeting and then Wednesday is the Arts & Culture Council meeting. We have a lot to plan and organize for our annual Words in the Park and Culture Day events. Again we are co-hosting our events as part of Alberta Culture Days. It is a special year not only for Canada 150 but the Writers Foundation and Albert Culture Days 10th anniversaries.
We have a new larger venue this year – Spark Gallery, which is the home of the world renowned Canadian artist Glen Roland. It is exciting to have such a beautiful space to display, interact and engage.
With numerous authors and artisans, dance and music performances, children’s activities and a food truck it’s an event for the whole family.
What are your plans this week?
A few tickets are still left for the very popular When Words Collide in Calgary, AB, August 11-13, with Will Ferguson, C.C. Humphreys, Guy Gavri
Winterset in Summer – Literary Festival
The Winterset in Summer Literary Festival in Eastport, NL, takes place August 10-13, with Anakana Schofield, Esi Edugyan, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, and so many more great authors.
What events are in your area? Why not share?