Although I did escape with my friend, Linda for a mini break over the weekend, I did not get around to writing for me. We spent time organizing for our Words in the Park event and the launch of our writing group’s Canada 150 book project. Working together is easy and productive, we work well as a team.
Words in the Park – Saturday 30th September 10:00 am – 4:00 pm- Spark Gallery, Sherwood Park.
We did, however enjoy an afternoon of history at the Fort Normandeau, where we were taught some Cree words around a fire pit. Then a wander through the fort itself and conversed with the chickens! Then onto the Kerry Wood Nature Center and a 1 km walk to the viewing/duck hide. Ducks, mostly bottoms up and two greater yellow-legs. A tour of the center – bookstore, gallery and nature discovery.
It was good to recharge the batteries, so to speak and I returned home refreshed.
Books: My review:
Santa writes with eloquent descriptions giving the reader a perfect tapestry of place and character. Her characters are well structured, engaging and keep the reader intrigued until the end. Woven between England and Italy this novel gives a taste of life in these two places and the struggle of their inhabitants. I highly recommend this book, it was a joy to read.
Already enjoying the intricacies of this story! And have just found out there is a sequel launching.
I wrote about how stress can have a profound effect on your writing here: https://mandyevebarnett.com/2015/11/16/stress-blocks-creativity/
What do you do to overcome the ‘block’?
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.
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?