THREE COMMONLY MADE WRITING MISTAKES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

 

By Maja Todorovic  

Mistake. Not very popular word in our vocabulary and it is something you usually don’t want to hear about. But guess what, we are all just humans. And it means we all do make mistakes. It’s a natural part of learning curve and there is nothing to be ashamed of.

I’ve been in research and writing for about twenty years and after 50+ published papers, numerous research projects, two dissertations, 3 books and year and a half of blogging, I still do make mistakes. And I don’t mean like grammar and typos. Sometimes I don’t manage to express myself as clearly as I wanted or at times I’m not assertive  enough to share my work… but that all doesn’t matter.

I’m not talking about these kind of mistakes. I’m referring to behavioral attitudes that many young or new writers somehow acquire that can slow down or even hinder their success in writing as a profession.

 

First mistake: They don’t embrace their talent and passion (enough)

So you like to write. And you write daily. You have a favorite pen and notebook that you carry around with you all the time so you can write whenever you feel like. But your words never see the sunlight beyond the pages of your notebook. Or you have a novel captured in your computer file that you’ve been working on for ages, but you simply can’t finish it. I know. I’ve been there too.

Most of writers have. You are afraid to share your writing. We all fear judgment, rejection, negative opinions. But these are all just opinions. Rejection letter is more a sign that you need to get deeper into your writing than it shows that you are a bad writer. It shows that you are trying and that’s what counts. In one of my recent posts I wrote:

Instead of thinking about fear, think of legacy you’ll leave behind.

Every writing will find it’s right reader. If it’s honest and authentic, it will. You must share your work. It’s the only way for your message to be heard and it is a perfect way for you to find motivation to improve your writing even more. You are building a bridge between you and that outer world you want to communicate with. The world that want to hear your story. The world that want to be part of your experience.

Embrace your love for writing: start blogging [read more about blogging here] (if you aren’t already), submit that story or poem to your favorite journal and finish that first draft. Finish it and be proud of yourself.

 

Second mistake: They don’t test the water before diving in….(read the rest of the article here

 

Daily Walk June 2, 2017


It was another gorgeous day for walking today.  Burger loved it as much, if not more than I did.  He decided to have a little swim.  I think he really wanted to chase after the little ducks that were on the shore but thankfully, he wasn’t quick enough.

There are tons of blueberry flowers!  There will be great picking here in late July, early August.

It is a dog park, however, so you might want to keep that in mind!

I can’t wait to see this apple tree when it is full bloom!  The flowers aren’t even open yet and already they are so pretty!

Book Beginnings and Friday 56

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

My opening sentences for this week is from Amazing Grace by Leslie Crewe.  Leslie is actually a local author from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  Not only is she is a wonderful writer, but she is a funny, warm and caring person as well.  I hope you get a chance to have a look at some of her works because it’s totally worth it.   She has a witty way of writing about the ordinary things in life.

 

The whole point of going to this wearisome church meeting is to ask the woman in charge of lunch how she makes her coconut balls. Fletcher loves them. I know damn well she’s leaving something out of the recipe; I cannot replicate the delicate texture no matter how hard I try.  And that ticks me off.

All of these church women give me indigestion, but dang, if you  want something done around this rural community, go ask the seventy- and eighty-year-olds who frequent the parish halls in their aprons.  I’m not the religious type, but they’re so hard up for fresh blood and volunteers, they tolerate me.

Up to a point.

Isn’t that awesome?

Friday 56

Every Friday, there is also the Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post to the Linky on Freda’s blog. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

From Page 56:

trigger warning

“Hello,” she smiles. “I’m Doctor Stevens. What’s your name?”

“Amazing Grace Fairchild.”

She looks delighted. “Imagine!  You must be very special to have a name like that.”

“I think so.  My sister is Ave Maria and she’s special, too.”

“I’m sure she is.  Now Amazing, I want to tell you what’s going to happen.  I need to look at you, to check your body, to see if you’ve been molested.  Do you know what that means?”

“I think it means he married me.”
Dr. Stevens gathers herself. “I’m going to put a sheet over you, so no one else will see you but me.  Do you trust me to do that? I promise I won’t hurt you.”

She does  have a nice smile. “Okay.”

It’s over pretty quickly and she doesn’t hurt me.  She takes off her rubber gloves and throws them in the wastepaper basket.  Then she comes close to me and puts her hand on my shoulder. “All done.”

“Do you believe me?”

“Yes, I believe you.”

“What will they do to him?”

“Hopefully, he’ll go to jail.”

“Can I come home with you?”

 

My Thoughts…

Amazing Grace is a beautiful story about a woman struggling to resolve her past and present.   I fell in love with Grace, with her natural and easy sarcastic sense of humour.  Grace is independent but damaged after surviving one tragedy in  her life after another.

Grace and her sister Ave Marie were raised in a cult/commune in Ontario with their mother, Trixie.  Trixie and her children were being raped by the leader of the cult and they  had made plans to escape.  Grace was left behind.

Follow Grace’s courageous story as she struggles to come to terms with her estranged son and her troubled granddaughter.   At the same time, she strives to discover her past and come to terms with her life.

 

 

 

Here’s the blurb from Lesley’s site:

 

Grace Willingdon has everything she needs. For fifteen years she’s lived in a trailer overlooking Bras d’Or Lakes in postcard-perfect Baddeck, Cape Breton, with Fletcher Parsons, a giant teddy bear who’s not even her husband. But Grace’s blissful life is rudely interrupted when her estranged son calls from New York City worried about his teenaged daughter.
Before she knows it, Grace finds herself the temporary guardian of her self-absorbed, city-slicker granddaughter, Melissa. Trapped between a past she’s been struggling to resolve and a present that keeps her on her toes, Grace decides to finally tell her story. Either the truth will absolve her, or cost her everything.
Crackling with Lesley Crewe’s celebrated wit and humour, Amazing Grace is a heartfelt tale of enduring love and forgiveness, and the deep roots of family.

Daily Walk June 1

 

It was a gorgeous morning for walking, but Burger and I just got home in time for the rain to start!  There is thundershowers in the forecast, so we shall see what comes later!

Can you see the ducks?

 

 

 

 

Pretty Violets!

 

Here’s a few pictures from my garden that I thought I’d share.

The violets are often one of the first bursts of colour that I see, other than the crocuses, of course!

My one and only tulip! It’s so pretty though, I love the way the light was hitting it this morning. It still had some raindrops from last night on it’s petals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chives are coming up nicely, just about ready to bloom 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now”

My friend, Jay at This is My Truth Now has started his very own tag!  He’s a great guy, and has a very active and interesting blog.  Check him out and have a look at these thought provoking questions:

The Challenge Questions

  1. You’re on your way to a birthday dinner that your friends have thrown for you. When you arrive, your favorite author is having dinner by himself or herself and asks you to sit with them, before you even see your friends or they see you. You have two choices: (1) You can sit with the author but can’t tell your friends that you’ve abandoned them for three hours, or (2) Meet your friends and lose the only chance you’ll ever have to talk with the author. Pick one or the other — no exceptions or communication to your friends to tell them about the author — and explain why.
    • I would love to meet J.K. Rowling, but seriously, will she be there for me when the chips are down?  Only if I want to read a book, right?  My family and friends have always been there for me and I’m there for them.  Sorry, J.K.!
  2. You’ve got an opportunity to spend a few hours alone “in your bedroom” with a character from any book you’ve previously read. The character tells you that (s)he would like to lock the door and spend some alone time with you. What book and character is it, and do you decide to enter the room and lock the door, or tell them you aren’t interested?
    • No.  No, I couldn’t.  That would be creepy lol!
  3. If you could turn any male character from one of your favorite books into a female character (or change a female into a male) in the book or book series, which one and why?
    • Tough question!  Umm…Can’t think of any!
  4. What blogger currently on your follower’s list (meaning they follow you too) do you admire the most and why?
    • That would be Jay, of course!  He’s at thisismytruthnow, the originator of this tag.  He always responds to comments, always has something interesting to say.  He’s fun
  5. If you could change any one decision your favorite book character made, what would it be and why?
    • Kurt Wallander from Henning Menkell’s Kurt Wallander series.   He’s a hard working Detective Inspector.  I love that he is a very authentic and real person who makes mistakes both on the job and in his personal life. He always seems to be pushing the ones he loves most away from him.  So, I would love to see him choose family and loved ones first.  
  6. If you could pick 1 character from a book and 1 character from a TV show you watch (that is NOT based on a book) to be in a relationship together, who would you choose, and why?
    • Thought about this for a while, but I got nothing.  Sorry!  
  7. It’s your last day on Earth. As you are about to cross that final finish line, a mysterious shadow appears, giving you a choice: (1) You can go move forward to whatever comes next for you [based on your own spiritual or religious beliefs], or (2) you can become a character in a book series and exist permanently doing whatever that author chooses to do with you in the book. Which do you choose, and if it’s option 2, reveal the book and author.Option 1.  
  8. If you could steal a pet from someone in any book you’ve read, but had to replace it with a friend’s pet (meaning they wouldn’t ever see their pet again), would you do it?  If so, explain the who and why.
    • Noooo…I’m not that cruel!  But I love Rollo, young Ian’s part wolf and part Irish Wolfhound in Outlander 🙂  He’s such a loyal pup!
  9. If you could turn someone from your real life into a character from a book, who from your life, who in the book and why?
    • My main characters in the YA books I have been working on usually include my two sons.  Does that count?  
  10. Post a picture of the cover of a book you read in 2000 and the book you are currently reading now. (Note: if you weren’t alive in 2000, pick the first book you ever read and tell everyone what year it was from).
    • Currently Reading
      •  
    • 2000 Read
  11. Your favorite character (under 18) needs a place to stay for 3 months and asks you if (s)he could stay in your spare room (yes, you have one for the sake of this question). Who is it and what is the reason (s)he needs to stay with you?
    • Harry Potter needs to get away from the Dursleys and he needs to stay with a muggle family.  He picks us!
  12. Which of the 365 Daily Challenge posts most describes you? To see them all, you can go here. (Note: This is the question each person can change when they tag their own nominees)
    • I’m going to go with sensitive here, though I think quite a few would fit.  

The Rules

Create your own new post and call it “Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words — without quotes — “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag”
Include these rules when you copy/paste to your own post.
Be sure to thank the person that tagged you and include their responses at the bottom of your post, so someone can get to know them too. Tell everyone something interesting about the person who tagged you.
Include a link to my original post mentioning this blog so we can see how many people choose to play along. Link to cut/paste is: ThisIsMyTruthNow
Choose 12 bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Questions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself — you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something.
Be sure to copy/paste the “Truth or Dare” section at the end of this post. It’s important to the challenge — so you better carefully read it!
If you’ve haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.


TRUTH OR DARE: Oh, did I forget to tell you the last part of the ThisIsMyTruthNow tag? If you choose not to accept the tag, you have to follow through on whatever dare the person who tags you chooses — for my nominees, if you choose not to do this tag, your dare is to re-read [within the next 30 days] the book that has the lowest rating of all the books you’ve read in the last five (5) years. And if you don’t read it again, you’ll be cursed with bad book reads for the next five (5) years. HaHaHaHaHa!

 

My Nominations:

All of You!

Good luck!

Where in the World are You? Nova Scotia, Canada

What is the Where in the World Are You Tag?

Linda over at Everyone Else Has the Best Titles has created a new tag! It’s aim is for all of us to get to know each other a little better and find a little bit about the town/country we leave in!Where in the world is the author of that great blog?  Hopefully, this tag will help answer that question and provide some background info about the locales behind the blogs we love.

I found this tag through my friends Susan at SusanLovesBooks and Jay at thisismytruthnow.

Okay, here goes:

My blog Inspiration Pie is based out of Nova Scotia, Canada.

 

 

Spring is really just beginning here.  It’s starting to warm up. Yay!

I took these pictures on my morning walk to the park.  You still need a warm sweater.  The temperature was about 10oC this morning.  Nice for a brisk walk 🙂

The leaves are just beginning to come out and the birds are chirping.  I love this time of year, don’t you?

The leaves are just beginning to come out, but the dandelions are in full force 🙂

 

Tiny flowers on the blueberry bushes
Reflections in the water. Pictures don’t do it justice.

 

Pretty flowers

Nominations:

You are ALL nominated.  The best part is that it is super quick and easy.The goal is to get as many blogs involved as possible.  Using the tag WhereIntheWorldAreYou will make it easy to find new blogs from interesting places.

The rules are simple

1. Share your location being as specific as you like.  Just a country is fine.

2. If you wish, give a little info on your locality.  Photos are a plus!

3. If you have a post about where you live, feel free to share the link.

4. Add the tag WhereIntheWorldAreYou

5. Post it to your blog replacing the country name after the title with yours.

That’s it.  Only one question to answer and an optional essay.  Just replace the info in your predecessor’s post with your own and set it free.

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up in the community hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  They provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list.  Enjoy the Top 10, check out the Broke and the Bookish’s Top 10 as well as the other blogs participating on their site 🙂

1.

I’ve always enjoyed Dan Brown’s books and the premise of secret codes and societies surrounding.  How cool is that? I know a lot of people didn’t enjoy the movie quite as much as the book, but you have to take the movies with a grain of salt.

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture into this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind’s two most enduring questions, and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Doubleday Books.

2.

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first in a two-book series. Readers will be rapt with anticipation for the sequel.

Expected publication: August 15th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

3.

The New York Times-bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook offers a timely novel featuring his most fascinating character yet, a Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war.

After sixty-eight-year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard—that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear. It might be the only way to find closure in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect. It might also help him finally recover from his wife’s untimely demise.

Reason You’re Alive examines how the secrets and debts we carry from our past define us; it also challenges us to look beyond our own prejudices and search for the good in us all. (from Goodreads)

Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Harper

4.

The girl with the dragon tattoo is not given to forgiveness.
Lisbeth Salander has been forged by a brutal childhood and horrific abuse. And repeated attempts on her life.

Confinement to the secure unit of a women’s prison is intended as a punishment. Instead, Lisbeth finds herself in relative safety. Flodberga is a failing prison, effectively controlled by the inmates, and for a computer hacker of her exceptional gifts there are no boundaries.

Mikael Blomkvist makes the long trip to visit every week – and receives a lead to follow for his pains, one that could provide an important expose for Millennium: Salander tells him to check out Leo Mannheimer, a seemingly reputable stockbroker from Stockholm, somehow connected to the long-ago death of a child psychologist – and to the psychiatric unit where Lisbeth was an involuntary patient as a child.

Lisbeth knows she is coming closer to solving the mysteries of her early life; and even within the confines of the prison, she feels the deadly influence exerted by her twin sister. She cannot stand by as racial and religious conflicts run unchecked amongst the community around her, manipulated by criminal forces far beyond the prison walls.

Salander will stand up for what she believes in. She will find out the truth. Whatever the cost . . .(from Goodreads)

Expected publication: September 7th 2017 by MacLehose Press

5.

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.
What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death. (from Goodreads)

Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Entangled Publishing

6.

A collection of seven short stories set in the Outlander universe, never before published together, including two original stories.
This riveting, romantic collection includes: “Besieged” (original novella), “Survival” (original novella), “Virgins,” “The Space Between,” “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies,” “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows” and “The Custom of the Army.” (from Goodreads)

Expected publication: June 27th 2017 by Doubleday Canada

 

7.

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down. (from Goodreads)

Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

 

8.

After her father goes missing in the woods that they protect, Winter tries to seek the truth in what happened, why the wood is changing, and what it all has to do with the arrival of a mysterious stranger in this thrilling YA debut.
When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can’t help but think there’s more to her dad’s disappearance than she’s being told.

She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad.

The wood is poisoned, changing into something sinister—torturing travelers lost it. Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.

Bobulski’s eerie debut is filled with friendship, family, and the responsibilities we choose and those we do not. (from Goodreads)

Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

9.

The Memory Trees is a dark magical realism novel about a mysterious family legacy, a centuries-old feud, and a tragic loss that resurfaces when sixteen-year-old Sorrow returns to her mother’s family orchard for the summer.

Sorrow Lovegood’s life has been shaped by the stories of the women who came before her: brave, resilient women who settled long ago on a mercurial apple orchard in Vermont. The land has been passed down through generations, and Sorrow and her family take pride in its strange history. Their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople—especially their neighbors, the Abrams family—but for the first eight years of her life, the orchard is Sorrow’s whole world.

Then one winter night everything changes. Sorrow’s sister Patience is tragically killed. Their mother suffers a mental breakdown. Sorrow is sent to live with her dad in Miami, away from the only home she’s ever known.

Now sixteen, Sorrow’s memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy; even the details of her sister’s death are unclear. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn more about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. Why has her mother kept her distance over the years? What actually happened the night Patience died? Is the orchard trying to tell her something, or is she just imagining things? (from Goodreads)

Expected publication: October 10th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

10.

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.
But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space. (from Goodreads)

Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

 

 

Weekend Writing Retreat

I’m finally getting around to posting about my amazing weekend writing retreat!  It was the Victoria Day weekend here in Canada, perfect for a couple of nights away from ‘normal life’.

Six of us stayed in a two bedroom cabin about and hour outside of town.  Some  of us I’ve been friends with for a years and some are newer friends.  We couldn’t have had a more wonderful group of people.  We shared tons of laughs, and actually got a lot of writing in.

I’ve met some wonderful people since I’ve gone public (kinda) with my writing, though I still consider myself to be a closet writer.  Only my writer friends and those closest to me really know that I actually write and work on novels and short stories.

Three years ago, when I began doing NanoWrimo (what is NanoWrimo?), I actually left the safety of my sofa and started going to the weekly write-ins.   That’s when I met Sherry Ramsay at sherrydramsey.com and Kerry Campbell from The Geeky Book Lady.  Awesome peeps…go follow them!!

We started our weekend with an amazing potluck meal.  Nothing like good food to feed your writing muse!  I really wish I took more pictures!

Exercises

Sherry had organized a series of writing exercises for us.  For the first one, we had 15 minutes to come up with as many first lines for stories as we could.  I got 17 which wasn’t too bad.  Some were garbage, but some could really lead somewhere!

For the next exercise, we picked a random envelope.  Inside was a slip of paper with the last line of a story.  It was our job to come up with a story in fifteen minutes.  Here was my last line:

She clinked my glass and said, “Here’s to life, even if no-one will believe our story.”

What would you come up with?

For the third exercise, we were given another envelope.  Inside was a piece of paper with a plot, a photograph and an object and we had to tie the three together in a story.  We had fifteen minutes.  I had a photo of blurred lights at night, a paperclip.  Yikes!

Here was my plot:

A group of ladies make a pact with God.  An car accident is involved.

Want to see what I came up with?  The writing is pretty bad, but remember we only had fifteen minutes and I’m not overly quick 😉

“Come on triple 7!”

“Elsie, we’re all tired!  Aren’t you out of money yet!”

“Can’t help it, Gert.  I’m feeling lucky tonight,”  the old lady smiled broadly, her cheeks flushed red with anticipation and wine.  She held up her ziplock bag of quarters.  Still plenty left. “I keep playing and but the bag doesn’t get any lighter.  Figure that!”

Gert nodded and looked back toward her little group of friends leaning on the VLT.  They were getting pretty crotchety.  They were here since this afternoon and they would be anticipating having to get up early to go to church in the morning.

Gert approached them.

“Well, is she ready or not?” barked the tall, white haired Agnes.

“She still has lots lots of quarters.  She’s feeling lucky.”

“Lucky my arse.”  She marched over to Elsie.

Gert said a silent prayer under her breath as she and the rest of the old girls followed in her wake.

“You know,” she heard Elsie explaining to Agnes.  “If we hit the jackpot tonight, we might just be able to save the orphanage.”

There was a buzz of conversation. 

My storyboard for my short story

Kerry organized a workshop  to create a storyboard.  This was so much fun…arts and crafts!  She told us in advance we could bring pictures of any characters but she also supplied magazines that we could go through and find more.

In case you’re wondering, my story is about a shampoo that is capable of taking over peoples minds.  Everybody who uses it, loves it of course!  Their hair becomes opalescent, but they don’t even realize that they aren’t in control of their actions until the wifi goes down.  Two boys who love hacking try to save their mother and the rest of the world in the process.

Bet you’re wondering what Johnny Bravo has to do with my short story haha.  He’s the thug, the bad guy…but he has cool hair.

 

 

Great food, great people, and writing!  All my favourite things 🙂

The weather was on the chilly side, but that didn’t matter, we were comfy and cozy, even if the electric fireplace didn’t cast any heat 🙂

Just kidding. It wasnt cold inside!
View from our cabin
View from our cabin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet and Greet!

Meet and Greet: 5/26/17

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IT’S THE MEET AND GREET WEEKEND EVERYONE!!  STRAP ON YOUR PARTY SHOES AND JOIN THE FUN!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link multiple times!  It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want.  It is up to you!

  5. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

 

Sunday Post May 28 2017

Hey Everybody!  Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Our view from the cabin.

So, last weekend was awesome!  I got to spend two nights and three days with amazing writer friends, doing writing exercises and free writes.  We ate like queens and and generally just had a great time.  We stayed in a cabin about an hour outside of town.  The weather was a bit cold and windy, but that was okay!  Perfect for writing in our cozy cabin (even if the electric fireplace didn’t cast can heat 🙂

 

More on our weekend in another post, but check out some of my amazing friends while you’re waiting.  Sherry Ramsay at sherrydramsey.com and Kerry Campbell from The Geeky Book Lady.  Awesome peeps…go follow them!!

Top 10 Tuesday

Check out my Top 10 Tuesday list here:

 

WWW Wednesday

My Waiting on Wednesday post is here  It’s a list of what I’m currently reading, what I’ve just finished reading, and what I want to read next.

 

Feeling the Blogging Love!

I received the Leibster award!  Yay!  I was so excited!  So I did my post, and tagged a bunch of awesome bloggers but the weird thing was, I got hardly any traffic that day.  Not. One. Response.

Not sure what happened but I think something weird was going on with my blog. I hope I got it fixed.  Being a new blogger, I am still getting familiar with all the plugins and whatnot, but being self hosted might not have been the best route to go since I am just learning the ropes.

I think I’ll try reposting this next week, but feel free to check it out now.

TGIF: Book Beginnings and Friday 56

Book Beginnings is a meme where you post the first lines of a book you are reading.  I chose to do the Seventh Son from the Last Apprentice Series.  I also participated in the Friday 56 meme and posted an excerpt from page 56.  Check it out here 🙂

 

Searching Saturday

Saturday was my Books that Deserve More Love post

Searching Saturday is a weekly meme created by Nikki at The Night is Dark and Full of Books.  The aim is to search a book (or multiple books) that is new-to-you and fits the weekly theme. This could be a book to add to your TBR, or just to address on your blog. It’s up to you! You can search as many as you want, wherever you want.

This week, the search was on for books that have under 2,000 Goodreads ratings but are published at least 2 months ago.  Here is my list…I hope you enjoy.

 

Coming Up!

This week, I will have a post on our awesome writer’s weekend…Writers, you might be interested in this.  We did some awesome exercises that I will share here!

I will have a review of the movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword!

Top 10 Tuesday will be the Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017!

 

Hope everyone is having an fantastic weekend and a very happy Memorial Day Weekend to my American friends!

What are you planning for this week?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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