Profile

Cover photo
Melanie Marttila
Works at SF&F author
Attended University of Windsor
Lives in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
245 followers|81,397 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos

Stream

Melanie Marttila

Shared publicly  - 
 
You wanted more Writerly Goodness? Here it is: Tipsday!

Great posts by +K.M. Weiland , +Jane Friedman , and +Steven Pressfield. Listen to a chapter from +Veronica Sicoe 's novel, The Deep Link.

Plus, great first lines, lots of book recommendations (like all 339 mentioned in The Gilmour Girls), and my usual smattering of series and movie posts.

#writingtips #curation  
W00t! You wanted moar writerly goodness? Well, here it is! In local publishing news, Latitude 46 moves into the void left by Your Scrivener Press. The Northern Life. Listen to K.M. Weiland’s weekly...
1
Add a comment...

Melanie Marttila

Shared publicly  - 
 
Workshop with Madeleine Harris and Wordstock Sudbury 2015

New post on Writerly Goodness about a couple of literary events that happened in Sudbury just over a week ago.
I know I’m a little tardy with this report, but after spending the day at Wordstock on Saturday, I was exhausted, and returning to work on Tuesday, so forgive me, but I’m not going to apologize out...
1
Add a comment...

Melanie Marttila

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
I am going to have to figure out how to get Google Plus NOT to post my blog automatically any more, because they never put in the featured graphic. They choose a random tiny thing from the sidebar. 

What was supposed to post was the cover of my new book, which is now available for pre-order for only 99c. It's a comedy about cyberbullying, review trolls, and Richard III. Plus a cat named Buckingham. I just tried to post the Amazon link but Google plus won't post my cover from there either. They'll only post the graphic of an ad for another book Amazon is trying to push on my page. What's UP with them? http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2015/06/11-tips-for-care-and-feeding-of-your.html
11 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...

Melanie Marttila

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
This week's video offers an important reminder about the single most important aspect of great supporting characters - and how you can put it to work in your own stories.

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/revealed-the-secret-to-creating-unexpectedly-awesome-supporting-characters/
Offers an important reminder about the single most important aspect of great supporting characters - and how you can put it to work in your own stories.
1 comment on original post
1
Add a comment...

Melanie Marttila

Shared publicly  - 
 
Lookit all the linkage!

That's right. It's Tipsday again, and we have another stellar week of curation for all you writerly types.

Posts by +K.M. Weiland , +Jody Hedlund , and +Porter Anderson , plus a great podcast from +Neil Gaiman on how stories last. If all that doesn't turn your crank, I have a few fun bookish posts, and a handful of posts related to series like Outlander and Game of Thrones.

#writingtips #curation  
Another wonderful week for Writerly Goodness! What’s the key event and how is it different from the inciting incident and the first plot point? I know I still forget the distinctions. K.M. Weiland’...
1
Add a comment...

Melanie Marttila

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
What's the problem with omniscient POV? Why are so many authors confused about it? And why are so many editors delivering digital hand slaps because of it?

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/omniscient-pov/
What's the problem with omniscient POV? Why are so many authors confused about it? And why are so many editors delivering digital hand slaps because of it?
1 comment on original post
1
Add a comment...
Have her in circles
245 people
Stephanie Puckett's profile photo
Let's Live Love Laugh's profile photo
Hayden Trenholm's profile photo
Charlene Castor's profile photo
Michelle Pond's profile photo
sachin srivastava's profile photo
Lara Schiffbauer's profile photo
Writer's Digest's profile photo
James Tregonning's profile photo

Melanie Marttila

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
As much as writers relish the challenges writing offers, most of you love the idea of finding a way to make writing your novel easier. Discover three tips!

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/make-writing-your-novel-easier/
As much as writers relish the challenges writing offers, most of you love the idea of finding a way to make writing your novel easier. Discover three tips!
View original post
1
Add a comment...

Melanie Marttila

Shared publicly  - 
 
#AdAstra2015 day 2: What's your punk?

Panellists: Ian Keeling, Angela Keeley, +Gemma Files

This was a great session on punk iterations in novels and movies.
1
Add a comment...

Melanie Marttila

Shared publicly  - 
 
Thoughty Thursday

This ain't no throwback ;)

These posts, articles, and videos inspired me last week. Maybe you'll find something to fuel your creative fire, too!

#curation #learning  
A couple of fraught issues to start you off today, and then we move through psych and science to some feel-good at the end. Jon Stewart on the Charleston church shooting: The RCMP report that there...
1
Add a comment...

Melanie Marttila

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
Writers lacking experience with firearms—but writing about them in their stories—should review this list!
You’ll find common myths and misconceptions about guns in thrillers, mysteries, and crime fiction. These tropes are easy to trip over, so avoiding them will help your credibility.
2 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...

Melanie Marttila

Shared publicly  - 
 
#AdAstra2015 day 2: High quality self-publishing

Panellists: +Beverly Bambury , Caro Soles, Catherine Fitzsimmons, +Samantha Beiko , Stephen Kotowych, and +Mark Leslie Lefebvre .

The convention reportage continues on Writerly Goodness.
Panellists: Beverly Bambury, Caro Soles, Catherine Fitzsimmons, Samantha M. Beiko, Stephen Kotowych, Mark Leslie ML: When you self-publish, do you use your own name? CS: It’s not professional. BB: ...
1
Add a comment...

Melanie Marttila

Shared publicly  - 
 
Thoughty Thursday's here with a little bit of something for everyone

Of course I had to include some posts about Tim Hunt's douchebaggery and the resulting #distractifyinglysexy campaign.

I have posts on sitting vigil for a loved one, Jane Austen's feminism, what Caitlyn Jenner got +Vi Hart thinking, happiness, and the downside of patterns (think self-fulfilling prophecy here).

There's some sciency stuff too, and a video tribute to a faithful pet that had me in tears.

Come on over and get that grey thing in your skull into gear.

#curation #learning #inspiration  
There’s a little bit of somethin’ somethin’ for everyone :) Here was the thoughty controversy of the week: Tim Hunt doesn’t want women in the lab. Why? Because they fall in love with their male cow...
1
Add a comment...
People
Have her in circles
245 people
Stephanie Puckett's profile photo
Let's Live Love Laugh's profile photo
Hayden Trenholm's profile photo
Charlene Castor's profile photo
Michelle Pond's profile photo
sachin srivastava's profile photo
Lara Schiffbauer's profile photo
Writer's Digest's profile photo
James Tregonning's profile photo
Education
  • University of Windsor
    English Literature and Creative Writing, 1996 - 1999
  • Laurentian University
    English, Rhetoric Stream, 1993 - 1995
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Story
Tagline
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.
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Links
Contributor to