Jun
2

Recharging the Creative Batteries

We lived, as usual, by ignoring. Ignoring isn't the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.  -the Handmaid's Tale

In Nov 2015, I ate breakfast with Margaret Atwood in a lovely restaurant in Gatineau Quebec.  Okay... well, to be absolutely truthful: I ate breakfast NEAR Margaret Atwood—at completely different tables—and didn't speak a word to her out of fear of intruding on her peaceful morning with friends. But I was close enough to have thrown a hashbrown at her (and I didn't) so that has to count for something.

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May
13

Shortlisted for Nova Writes!

Nova Writes

It's been an eventful couple of weeks!  First off, I've begun to work on a new writing project.  It's more of a personal project than a commercial one, but it's near and dear to my heart and will do my sanity some good, so that's still a win in my books.  The "Destiny: Rise of Iron" costume that I made for my eldest won Best in Show at the local Geekquinox convention and craft fair. And last Wednesday, I found out I was shortlisted in the Nova Writes Competition for Unpublished Manuscripts that is run by the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.

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Apr
19

All's Well That Ends Well... Or Is It?

Unhappy Endings (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

I've been thinking about endings for the past month or so.  More specifically, I've been thinking about the types of endings I find most satisfying. I'd always assumed that I liked happy endings best (provided they didn't just fall into the main character's laps, all tied up in a tidy red bow) ...but now I'm not so sure.

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Apr
1

Podcasts: A Caffeine Alternative

1800km & 25hrs of Podcasts

I love long drives.  The mindset for me is similar to that of going on a run with my dog: uninterrupted stretches of time to just let my mind sift through my subconscious' laundry list of ideas while I belt out Sia songs.  Nothing gives me more writing epiphanies and nothing leaves me with more of a determination to actually get on with my writing.

For March Break this year, we decided to head to Niagara Falls which for me, as a solo driver, is about a 3-day drive in each direction. A few days prior to the trip, I'd come across a blog post by Dan Koboldt on Podcasts for SF/F Writers so I decided to change it up a little for this trip and download some episodes for the drive.  

Spoiler Alert: BEST DRIVING IDEA IN A VERY LONG TIME.  :)

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Mar
25

Cutting Through the Noise

breaking into Bookbub

In 2015, the Huffingpost proclaimed "It Isn't Amazon Publishers Should Fear. It's Bookbub." And while other social media-based recommendation services, such as Amazon's Goodreads, are also making a huge impact in the publishing industry, Bookbub's influence on the marketplace remains undeniable.

The advertising service curates a recommended reading list of discounted/free titles for its members based on an ever-changing collection of books that have passed its restrictive intake process.  And that selectivity is the key to maintaining the trust of Bookbub's membership. The question is, how can an author break through the noise to get onto this promotion platform? And is doing so actually worth the price of admission?

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