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It's Tipsday again!

Lot's of Writerly Goodness for you this week. Two excellent (as usual) +K.M. Weiland posts, several +Writer Unboxed posts, including the continuation on their series on #diversity , and a tonne (I'm Canadian) of +Brain Pickings.

There are some great guest posts, some book recommendations, grammar geek funnery, #tenthingsnottosaytoawriter , and couple of items on fave series.

And there's moar, but you have to visit to find out what :D

#writingtips #curation  
Tipsday is back, full force. Feel the Writerly Goodness ;) K.M. Weiland shares four ways to write a likeable protagonist at the beginning of the character arc. Helping writers become authors. Relat...
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The next chapter: July 2015 update

It's been a weird month adjusting to life without Nuala.

There's still progress to report, though: submissions, rejections, and persistence.

Wishing you all good words until next month's update :)

#writingprogress #monthinreview  
July was a weird month. I got off to a decent start, determined to finish off Marushka. I revised and submitted a short story to an anthology call. I received a rejection for another story a few da...
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#AdAstra2015 wrap post

What can you get out of a convention? Should you go to one?

In this short post, I share some of the many events (other than panel discussions) that a convention like Ad Astra offers.

Whether you're a genre writer, a genre reader, or a fan, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
There are many reasons to love Ad Astra. It’s enough of a fan con to have a masquerade ball, cosplay, a lego salon, and an anime screening room, but enough of a reader/writer con to have workshops ...
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Points out some little-known considerations about creating an awesome and perfectly planned climactic setting for your story.

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2-ways-to-make-the-most-of-your-storys-climactic-setting/
Points out some little-known considerations about creating an awesome and perfectly planned climactic setting for your story.
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#AdAstra2015 day 3: The hero's journey and the story promise

Panellists: Catherine Fitzsimmons, +Cathy Hird , +Kelley Armstrong , and +Nina Munteanu

How does the hero's journey relate to three act structure? Is it a western convention or more universal? What are the most problematic or fruitful stages for the writer?

My final panel at this year's Ad Astra convention.

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Time to get Thoughty!

This week: a couple of posts on #creativity , the New Horizons explores Pluto, wind power, and natural disasters.

And the fun part of your thoughty Thursday: dolphins riding whales off the coast of Hawaii. How awesome is that?

Get some ideas, take 'em down, and get writing!

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Time to get your thoughty on. Perfectionism is creativity’s wicked stepsister. Kaizen Muse Creativity Coaching. LifeHack presents their list of 20 things only highly creative people would understan...
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What happened to Tipsday?

It's, like, cut in half. Less even.

Still, I have some good posts by +K.M. Weiland , +MJ Bush , and +Porter Anderson.

It's all Writerly Goodness.

#writingtips #curation  
Wow. Kind of short of writerly goodness this week. I blame it on work :P I do that a lot, don’t I? K.M. Weiland shares the secret to a satisfying character arc. Read the post, listen to the podcast...
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My pleasure, as always. I want to make sure everyone gets a second chance at the good stuff :)
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Sometimes, exclamation points will be legitimate. But more often than not, they're simply going to be overkill. Learn how to tell the difference!

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/exclamation-points/
Sometimes, exclamation points will be legitimate. But more often than not, they're simply going to be overkill. Learn how to tell the difference!
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Thoughty Thursday

Here: have yourself a frosty shake of inspiration-y, research-y goodness. Just don't get a brain freeze :)

This week, I have some posts on harassment, social justice, the problem of opinion, answering th call of your dreams, and addressing fear in your creative life.

I also have several astronomy posts about NASA and Kepler, and a video from +Neil deGrasse Tyson in which he offers a brief history of the universe.

I finish off my curation with some weird and wonderful stuff. Just 'cause.

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Thoughty Thursday is back with a thick, frosty shake of inspiration-y, research-y bits. Just watch you don’t get a brain freeze ;) Ten words every girl should learn. Alternet. Surprise, surprise . ...
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Get your Writerly Goodness here: Tipsday

With . . . Tess Gerritsen news, +K.M. Weiland, +Steven Pressfield on craft, the start of a new series on diversity from Writer Unboxed, literary road trips, and a few fun things, cause I know you like to play with your words :)

#writingtips   #curation  
As I post this, I am MELTING. Today it was 36 degrees Celsius (with humidex, it was over 40). For my American friends, that’s about 100 Fahrenheit. We have no air conditioning. This is not a compla...
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How can writers create instantly likable protagonists when the characters have to start their arcs as less-than-perfect people? Find out what you can do!

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/learn-how-to-write-a-likable-protagonist-at-the-start-of-his-character-arc/
How can writers create instantly likable protagonists when the characters have to start their arcs as less-than-perfect people?
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Shows you how you can mimic Jurassic Park streamlining your narrative and keeping your action scenes tight.

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/the-key-to-writing-good-action-scenes-hint-its-not-just-the-action/
Shows you how you can mimic Jurassic Park streamlining your narrative and keeping your action scenes tight.
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Education
  • University of Windsor
    English Literature and Creative Writing, 1996 - 1999
  • Laurentian University
    English, Rhetoric Stream, 1993 - 1995
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Female
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Epic fantasy writer in progress, L&D professional, learning mutt
Introduction
At the age of seven, I submitted my first story to CBC’s “Pencil Box.”  Since then I have become a published poet and an award-winning short story writer.  I am a member of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild, an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets, and a professional member of the Canadian Authors Association.  In 1999, I received my MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor.  I am currently, and concurrently, working as a learning and development professional, writing my first novel, and developing my platform.
Bragging rights
My poetry has been published in NEOVerse (Your Scrivener Press,1998), Battle Chant (Battle Chant Ink, 1999), and various other anthologies. My short stories have won several prizes and "For a Change" appeared in the flagship issue of Parsec Magazine. More recently, my science fiction short story, "The Broken Places," was in the June 2014 issue of Bastion Science Fiction Magazine, and "Downtime" was published in the Fall 2014 issue of On Spec.
Work
Occupation
Author/corporate trainer/course designer/training coordinator
Skills
I can write just about anything. Certified trainer. Grammar Nazi.
Employment
  • SF&F author
    author, 1977 - present
    Published poet, award-winning short story writer, working on first novel.
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