Raccoons On The Move

freeimage-3222825One day, three little raccoons named Junior Ricky and Rosie were walking home when they smelled some tasty honey. They decided to follow the scent the sweet smell of the honey led them to a big, dark cave.

The raccoons ran into the cave and scattered in three different directions to look for the honey.

Rocky scurried to a large dark lump. The smell of honey was strongest there. Rocky was really excited. His eyes went wide and his whole body tingled! He opened his mouth as wide as it could go and took a big bite of bear! Oh No! It wasn’t honey at all! Rocky got a mouthful of gross, furry, fuzzy, dry bear hair!

Joe the bear jerked awake. ”What the heck just happened? Who are you, why are you here, and why are you biting me?”

“I thought you were a big lump of honey,” squeaked Rocky in a high scared voice. Then he turned and ran to the middle of the cave, calling for his siblings. “Junior! Rosie! We have to get out of here. I accidentally bit a bear and now he’s going to eats us!”

“I’m sorry you think that way but I’m not going to eat you!” said the bear sleepily.

“You’re lying! You are going to eat us!” said Rocky.

Joe opened his mouth in a big yawn. Rocky yelled, “Run! He’s going to eat us!”

“No!” said Joe. “I was just yawning. You woke me up and I’m still sleepy.”

Rocky and his siblings ran out of the cave, looking for a small place to hide where the bear couldn’t get them. They ran for the forest but as they were crossing the street, they tripped and fell into a sewer.

“Oh no!” said Rosie, “the bear is coming to eat us!”

“No I’m not,” said Joe. Instead, he pulled them out.

The four animals went back to Joe’s cave where they ate honey and became friends.

Follow Up to “Dream Interpretation” Session

What an excellent Sunday–dreams, writing, and excellent company! Thanks to all who came out to the session.For those who couldn’t make it, here’s three things to know about dreaming & its link to writing:

1) Dreams are symbolic and speak in metaphor & associations.

2) When interpreting a dream, it’s best to follow character/plot/setting & think of what that image means to you (for example, if an elephant is in your dream, what does it represent to you? Memory? Tradition? A link to the past? Family?)

3) Once you learn your dream language, you can then start using the same skills to boost your descriptive writing.

For more information, try these books:

Let Your Body Interpret Your Dreams, by Eugene Gendlin

The Dream Mind How and Why We Dream By Naughton, Bill

The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Symbols, Signs and Dream Interpretation  By O’Connell, Mark*

*Attendees of the session will remember I said that dreams are subjective & dream books that have a one-size/one-interpretation fits all doesn’t work. I stand by that statement. However, these books are great resources for priming your own association & reference points.

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Writers’ Corner

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Are you working on a story, a poem, a novel or a memoir? Do you need some encouragement, and the fine company of other writers? Drop by Writers’ corner at the Abbottsfield – Penny McKee Library on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 pm.

Different guest authors will host a friendly and supportive gathering each month. The guest author will give an author talk and reading and will then answer your questions and offer advice.

Come and talk about your writing in a friendly and supportive atmosphere and listen to the suggestions of professional writers in our community. All writers and readers are welcome. No experience is necessary. Admission is free.

7:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013
8 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2013

Finding Your Blogging Niche

Power bloggers Mack Male and Sharon Yeo. Meet Sharon on EPL’s Riverbend branch on Feb. 24 at 1:30 pm. (Photo by Pedersen courtesy of New Trail magazine.)

Are you thinking of starting a blog?

Why not? It’s a great way to practise writing, dig deeper into topics, contribute to public conversations, process your thinking and build an audience and/or personal brand.

But there’s one problem: The Internet is rife with blogs — some 170 million, according to a 2011 report. However, the study does not, however, measure how many entries read, “Sorry I haven’t blogged for awhile …”

How will it ever stand out and how can you keep it from going stale? Join me on Feb. 24 at Riverbend EPL Branch at 1:30 pm, when two of Edmonton’s hardest-working bloggers, Sharon Yeo (Only Here for the Food) and Dave Cournoyer (daveberta.ca), tell us their secrets.

To hold you over, Sharon Yeo answered a couple of questions on how she made Only Here for the Food the city’s most popular food blog.

How did you come to your blog topic?

“When I first started blogging in 2006, I wrote about a range of things, but a constantly wrote about my experiences dining out–something I started to do more of at the time because I had disposable income compared with my days as a student. About two years later, I realized that a majority of my posts related to food, whether it was restaurant reviews, cooking, or notes on Edmonton’s food scene. It only made sense to highlight this in the name of my blog, and I switched from a generic Blogspot account to my own domain (onlyhereforthefood.com)”

What’s been the secret to finding your audience?

“Consistency. I try to blog at least four times per week, and always on Mondays, when I post a weekly round up of Food Notes on Edmonton’s food scene. Given the burgeoning food culture and growing number of exciting, independent restaurants in our city, people are hungrier than ever for ‘what’s new,’ so I think it helps for this information to be captured in one place.”

To learn more about Sharon Yeo, read this profile I wrote about her and her partner, blogger Mack Male, in New Trail last year.

Guest Post – Publicist Mindi Sue

So you’ve published a fun, sassy book – had some success – garnered buzz – even hired a publicist for a little bit to help you reach the media – but what happens when your time with your publicist has come to an end and you want to continue promoting your project?

Send that old fashioned thank you note – Yes!  THAT thank you note.  Surely there were some media outlets that loved your book and either reviewed it or gave you a mention?  Send them either a hand written thank you or an email – you’ll be surprised at how many relationships are cultivated from one simple thank you

Social Media – you’re probably on Facebook – but how about your book?  Create a separate page for your book.  Hold weekly contests for a free signed copy and downloads; tease your audience with excerpts from your next title – Tweet, Google + – use all available means to keep up the buzz – in fact, offer the title as a free download via Amazon

Blog Tours – a very low cost way to secure 10+ reviews from online bloggers – which usually causes the +1 effect and other online reviewers requesting copies to read and review

A little help from your friends – solicit reviews from your friends and family and ask them to recommend your title on Amazon

Follow up – you were most definitely provided with a wrap up report and contact list from your publicist – use that list to send a “Hi, How ya doin’?” email to each contact that was sent the book and who they corresponded with – stay relevant!

Schedule a book signing or reading – call your local Mom & Pop store and book an intimate event where you read excerpts and do a Q&A with a signing after – the store will most likely co-promote this with you

Communicate – see an article you like that might tie in with your book?  Email the journalist and tell them you enjoyed their piece and have a similar subject matter that could make for a great follow up – their emails are usually at the bottom of the article

MindiBlack & blue star is the vision of founder, Mindi Sue, who has spent numerous years in the entertainment industry refining her skill set at both major and independent record labels and marketing agencies before making the jump to launch black & blue star. In addition to negotiating contracts and endorsement deals for talent, Mindi’s experience includes national radio promotion, publicity and marketing.

She holds an MBA in Sports & Entertainment Management from the University of San Francisco and a BA in Communications from Hofstra University. Phone: 310.924.5651 or email her at

mindi@blackandbluestar.com

 

 

Words in 3D

Alistair MacLeod in Conversation with Shelagh Rogers

Shelagh Rogers is a veteran broadcast journalist, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and the first-ever ambassador-at-large for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough—because she believes we are all in the same boat. Currently she hosts CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, a program devoted to writers and songwriters.

Come listen to Rogers, one of Canada’s finest interviewers in conversation with Alistair MacLeod, one of Canada’s finest writers.

MacLeod has published two collections of stories: The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1976) and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories (1986). In 1999, his novel about Scottish émigrés to Cape Breton, No Great Mischief, won the prestigious 2001 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Like Rogers, MacLeod is also an officer of the Order of Canada. But don’t worry—the only thing these two officers will arrest is your attention.

Register Today

Excitement is building about the Words in 3 Dimensions conference, which is being co-hosted by the Editors’ Association of Canada – Prairie Provinces Branch, the Get Publishing Communications Society and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, on May 24–26, 2013.

Words in 3 Dimensions promises an amazing lineup, including editor extraordinaire Rosemary Shipton, esteemed novelist Alistair MacLeod (in conversation with the CBC`s Shelagh Rogers) and publisher Nancy Flight. Not to mention agent Hilary McMahon, the Writer`s Digest`s Chuck Sambuchino and the always on-target duo of Karen Virag and Virginia Durksen, CBC Radio’s Grammar Gals.

As well, the conference features a Pitch Camp, the Blue Pencil Café, Chat Rooms, and Marketplace — in short, a full menu of intimate opportunities to learn from those in the know. (To further whet your appetite, visit our conference website.)

Registration opened on February 1. Don’t delay. Sign up today!

Pitch Camp—Where Amazing Things Can Happen That Have Nothing to Do with Baseball!

Saturday afternoon promises an exciting event—a Pitch Camp, where conference goers have the chance to pitch their ideas to editors, publishers, and other literary professionals who can help turn their ideas into published works or, at the very least, provide valuable advice about a writing career.

So, register for Words in 3 Dimensions sooner rather than later, because Pitch Camp registration is on a “first come, first served” basis and the event fills up fast.

During the registration process, all you need to do is answer “yes” when you’re asked if you want to take part in Pitch Camp. Once the “catchers”—the folks who’ll be hearing the pitches—are all lined up, we’ll be in touch to match you with the right catcher and to schedule your 15-minute time slot with that person. Yup—fifteen minutes is all you get, so you’ll have to make them count.

The next article describes how one past conference member’s Pitch Camp experience led to a publication deal.

A Pitch Camp Success Story

In 2011, at the Get Publishing Communications Society’s conference Pitch Camp, Deborah Lawson, a writer and editor, pitched her poetry ideas. She impressed Rose Scollard of Frontenac House, and landed a contract. Deborah’s book of poetry, Reckless Toward Blossoming, will be released in the fall of 2013.

Photo credit: Mark Zeltserman

We asked Deborah a few questions about her pitching experience. Here’s what she had to say.

Can you tell us a little about what and how you pitched to Rose Scollard?
I went into the session with about 25 printed poems. Rose read through them all in five minutes, then asked if she could keep them, to read again at a more leisurely pace. I was thrilled to agree. Then we talked about poetry in general, and my hopes for publication in particular. Rose’s response to my work was extremely encouraging.

What do you think you did right—what landed the deal for you?
I took the poems that were my own favourites — poems I felt were exceptional or that had evoked strong responses from other readers.

What key piece of advice would you give to “pitchers”?
Pay very close attention to any comments your “catcher” makes. My first published poem was also the result of a pitch camp presentation! At the 2007 Get Publishing conference I pitched to Erinne Sevigny, then-editor of Other Voices literary magazine. Erinne said that if a poem had an intriguing title, she was immediately more open to what she was about to read. Acting on her advice, I retitled one of the poems she’d liked and submitted it to Other Voices after the conference. The poem was accepted and went on to win the Poetry Grand Prize in Other Voices’ 20th anniversary contest. And I’ve never forgotten Erinne’s advice.

 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the conference contact Giorgia by phone at 780-422-8174 or email at mail@writersguild.ab.ca.

You can also find conference details on the Words in 3 Dimensions website.

 

Conference Location

The Words in 3 Dimensions Conference will take place
May 24-26, 2013
at the Robbins Health Learning Centre
MacEwan University
10700 104 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta

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Mill Woods Artists Collective’s Glass Door Readings

The Koffee Café, 6120-28 Avenue, Mill Woods, 7:00pm until 9:00pm, February 28th.

Admission: Free

The Mill Woods Artists Collective invites you to their monthly Glass Door Coffee House Reading series. Headliners include bagpiper Campbell Wallace who will pay tribute to Robbie Burns; author Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, recently named one of the top 40 Under, will charm with her non-fiction book, “For the Love of Flying”; broad-spectrum writer, Audrey Seehagen, will share her poetry; and Ardith Trudzik, author of three memoirs and a children’s book, will inspire you with her stories growing up in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta. And, of course, always an open mic for those who want to try out works-in-progress.The Glass Door Coffee House Readings is an initiative of the Mill Woods Artists Collective established to reflect the diversity of the population who walk through its door, figuratively and literally, to celebrate our uniqueness, and to support and build our community through the arts. Books by the authors will be on sale, so come on out, applaud our amazing artists and see what we’re up to!

Guest Post – Writing Erotic Romance

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From Natasha: The following post is intended for mature audiences.

If you are a writer considering the erotic genre, then why not join award-winning erotic romance writer Tracy Cooper-Posey, on February 16th at the St. Albert Library and learn the basics of the genre? Please register by calling 780-459-1682 or stop by the Information Desk on the 2nd floor.

And now, on to our guest post!

Good day, Natasha! Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog.

Hello everyone! I’m Jessica Subject, and I write science fiction romance and contemporary romance ranging from sweet to erotica. Erotic Romance fits somewhere in the middle. Sweet romances focus on the couple coming together, and have maybe one, if any, scenes with intercourse. Usually the scene will fade before intercourse happens, and readers will be left to use their imagination. Erotica is all about the sex, though it does require a plot and plenty of emotion. Erotic romance brings the characters together, detailing the struggles they go through during their relationship, usually when they first meet. And when there is sex, it is hot and heavy, and ALWAYS consensual. It really is a perfect combination of the two.

I never started out writing erotic romance. My stories were very sweet, and I carefully closed the bedroom door before my characters got it on. But then I joined a popular weekly author hop, and I was reading excerpt from many erotic romances and erotica stories, many with elements of BDSM. (No, not Fifty Shades style. These stories are much more hard core.) They opened my eyes to even more of the romance that was out there. And, when one of my critique partners told me about a submission call at one of her publishers, I thought I would give it a try. Celestial Seduction was the first erotic romance I wrote. Since then, I’ve written much steamier erotic romance stories, and even burned up the pages with some erotica stories. Though, I still do write the sweet romances, because just like in my reading, I like variety. And I’ve tried new sub-genres for me, such as ménages, and GLBT stories. Mind you, just because I read and write these stories does not mean I practice everything. Thriller authors are not serial killers, either. But I have learned many things about myself, and my husband and I are closer than ever.

With the growing popularity of e-readers and e-books, it becomes easier than ever to find these stories, and to read them without all those around you knowing. So, if these stories sound like something you would like, give one a try. There are so many out there for all tastes.

Here’s the blurb and excerpt from my latest erotic romance, Made For Her, a science fiction military romance that involves cloning:

Made For Her by Jessica E. Subject:

JES-MFH-300x450After terrorists murder the love of her life, Colonel Mikayla Jones trains squadron after squadron of the clones he brought to life, to take to the skies. When she discovers a young clone of her husband in her newest class, her world spins out of control. How can she command the look-a-like when she can’t help but yearn for him to fill an ache in her heart?

Dare was created to be the best. As the first Daniel clone to leave Onatria labs, he needs to prove he is more than just a DNA copy. To do that, he must rely on the wife of the man who donated his genes. But when she refuses to train him, Dare faces discharge and returning to the labs. Can he convince Colonel Jones to finish his training and find a way into her bed? Or will long kept secrets unhinge the entire clone project?

Buy Links:

Amazon (Canada/US/UK) | Decadent Publishing All Romance

Jessica E. SubjectJessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from her readers.

Website/Blog  | Twitter | Facebook |

SAPL AUTHOR NIGHT!!!!

Corinne_2-ThrivingCorinne Jeffery was born in a farmhouse in Duff, Saskatchewan in 1945, and raised in Manitoba from the age of five. A graduate of the Brandon General Hospital School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Manitoba, she is a former educator with Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton. After many years in Winnipeg, she moved to St. Albert, Alberta, where she has been a long-time resident with her husband and family. Corinne has always been a writer at heart and finally put pen to paper for her first works of fiction, the Understanding Ursula trilogy. Thriving: 1920-1939 is her second novel.

Find out more about Corinne on her website and follow her on Facebook & Twitter:  @corinnejeffery1.

Arriving book coverEngaging, enveloping, and emotional, Arriving: 1909–1919 is the first book in the Understanding Ursula series, which chronicles eighty years of Canadian history through the eyes of the Werners, a family of German Lutheran pacifists who fled Russia to pioneer the windswept Saskatchewan prairie.

 

 

 

 

kimmydon2Kimberly Gould hates being called Kimmy, but her mom called her Kimmydonn and that was okay. She lives in Edmonton with her husband and daughter. She works part-time as an environmental consultant and uses the left over hours as an author. She has published three novels, Cargon: Honour and Privilege, it’s sequel, Cargon: Duty and Sacrifice, as well as Thickness of Blood.Find her at: her website, Facebook, & Twitter

Cargon Duty and Sacrifice FINAL front COVER 1-14-13In a post-apocalyptic world, Eve has discovered power of more than one nature. In Honour and Privilege, Eve became heir to the throne.

In Duty and Sacrifice, she explores and defines the power of the elite. At the same time, electricity is being harnessed for the first time in centuries, providing the first glimpse into the ancient people who left the world as it exists.

The horror of this revelation could shake their society as much or more than a servant becoming monarch.

Cargon: Duty & Sacrifice is Book II of the Cargon series.

ErikaHeadshotIntrigued and mesmerized by suspense and horror, the idea of “creatures” coming to life at night was a thrilling idea, which triggered her career. Erika resides in a quaint hamlet northwest of Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and dog where dark country nights add to her nightmarish and twisting plots.

 

MOBfrontcoverAfter surviving the streets of Montreal for most of his life, Stone Rossi was beaten and left to die. Like a dark angel who sought to end his suffering, his life was left to the capricious desires of a vampire. Seeing that Stone refused to die peacefully, Mylana admired his will to survive. Leaving his humanity intact, she took him in. Fate tore his life asunder when against his will, and Mylana’s, he was embraced into the immortal family. Following his chaotic transformation, Stone falls for Olivia, a mortal woman who stirs a deadly obsession.

While unknown to Stone and others at La Maison Chantonnay, vampires are being tortured and eviscerated. With these grotesque murders making headlines, a new sovereignty is formed to combat the unknown enemy. Willing to risk their lives, they must keep their existence in the shadows or suffer genocide at the hands of humans.

Find out more about Erika: Facebook, Twitter, Blog

Bronwen devotes her life to helping people understand the world of emotions, manners, and self-esteem. With a background in Child and Youth Care, Public Relations, and a Bachelor of Professional Arts, Bronwen has years of experience teaching and facilitating sessions. She has also taken a number of parenting courses, personality workshops, and psychology courses. A wife, and mother of two teen boys, Bronwen is a stay-at-home mom, community volunteer, writer, and entrepreneur. Currently has one novel and three picture books published. Another novel is seeking a publisher and two more are in progress. Find her online and on Twitter: @BlondeBrony

Written when Bronwen was 16 years old, Taking Control one girl’s journey from finding out she is pregnant to the delivery. How can Natalie have a baby when she is only 16? As Natalie explores her dreams and fears through journal entries, she finds herself connecting with the child. Seeking escape from the pressures, Natalie runs away to live with her older sister. Will she understand what Natalie is going through? As the months go by, Natalie knows she must face the reality of her pregnancy and decide what to do. The stigma of her pregnancy hits hard as Natalie finally understands the prejudice of her friends. No matter what, Natalie’s life will never be the same again.

Book availble through Lulu and Amazon: ISBN 978-1-105-11099-3 and as an ebook through smashwords and Amazon: ISBN 9781301731503

Gisele Jubinville liDSC_1591_5x7ves in St. Albert with her husband of forty years.  She has twenty-five years of business experience as part owner and operator of several companies. As an inventor, she sold a patent to a major bedding manufacturer in New York and is a co-inventor of other patented products that are manufactured and sold across North America.

Gisele’s success as an inventor and her story as a VLT addict-turned-researcher attracted much media attention, both local and national.  She was interviewed by ITV, ACCESS TV, CTV, CBC and GLOBAL TV and many newspapers across Alberta.  She was also featured in magazines such as Chatelaine, Lifestyles, Alive and The National Enquirer and also on the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the Alberta Invention and Inventors websites. Find her at www.giselejubinville.com

Gisele is also a self-taught artist.  Her mediums of choice are acrylics, mixed media, pastels, and colored pencils. Her art has been shown and sold at the Art Beat Gallery in St. Albert. She continues to paint in her spare time and sells her paintings privately.  As a writer, Gisele had articles published in several magazines and is presently writing her second book ‘The Painted Truth; Artwork Commissioned by God’.

book cover imageFor most people, losing over $400,000 to a VLT addiction would be too devastating an experience from which to recover. Like many machine addicts, it nearly cost Gisele her life, her marriage, and everything she worked so hard for. She would just be another statistic, if not for the tiny seed of a thought, an ever-present nudging that told her something was not right with the machines that were ripping her life apart.

In this remarkable memoir of courage, determination, and liberation, Gisele’s intuition leads her on a fact-finding, soul-searching journey that ends her addiction and helps her to expose a government cover-up. Dismissed is an inspiring true story filled with serendipitous twists and inspiring moments of courage that will speak to anyone who wishes to overcome the seemingly unconquerable.

Pat TruedeauThe author of four mystery novels, Patricia Trudeau, retired teacher, continues to write fiction and is anticipating the publication of a fifth novel in the Agnes Carroll, amateur sleuth series.  Moosehide Books of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, has been publishing her work since 2003. Find her books at Moosehead Books and at the St. Albert Library

 

Pat's Book CoverAttention diverted by a dirty white rag hanging over the rim of the life boat, she watched curiously as the fabric slid down the side as if someone were pushing it out of the boat.  The rag, caught against a dangling rope, showing red blotches around a green shape on the soiled white background.  ‘A tie-dyed tee shirt?’

SAPL Author Reading Night – Giselle Jubinville

Gisele Jubinville liDSC_1591_5x7ves in St. Albert with her husband of forty years.  She has twenty-five years of business experience as part owner and operator of several companies. As an inventor, she sold a patent to a major bedding manufacturer in New York and is a co-inventor of other patented products that are manufactured and sold across North America.

Gisele’s success as an inventor and her story as a VLT addict-turned-researcher attracted much media attention, both local and national.  She was interviewed by ITV, ACCESS TV, CTV, CBC and GLOBAL TV and many newspapers across Alberta.  She was also featured in magazines such as Chatelaine, Lifestyles, Alive and The National Enquirer and also on the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the Alberta Invention and Inventors websites.

Gisele is also a self-taught artist.  Her mediums of choice are acrylics, mixed media, pastels, and colored pencils. Her art has been shown and sold at the Art Beat Gallery in St. Albert. She continues to paint in her spare time and sells her paintings privately.  As a writer, Gisele had articles published in several magazines and is presently writing her second book ‘The Painted Truth; Artwork Commissioned by God’.

Visit her online or at digibooks.

book cover imageFor most people, losing over $400,000 to a VLT addiction would be too devastating an experience from which to recover. Like many machine addicts, it nearly cost Gisele her life, her marriage, and everything she worked so hard for. She would just be another statistic, if not for the tiny seed of a thought, an ever-present nudging that told her something was not right with the machines that were ripping her life apart.

In this remarkable memoir of courage, determination, and liberation, Gisele’s intuition leads her on a fact-finding, soul-searching journey that ends her addiction and helps her to expose a government cover-up. Dismissed is an inspiring true story filled with serendipitous twists and inspiring moments of courage that will speak to anyone who wishes to overcome the seemingly unconquerable.