Interview #48

The forty-seventh author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live today.  This is also the final interview with the authors who are coming to Thunder Bay for the International Festival of Authors (IFOA); this year the event will be on October 30th at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.  This time I interviewed Gary Barwin about repopulating existing texts, needle miners, and poetic forms writing us.  You can find the interview here!

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Interview #47

The forty-seventh author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live today.  This is also the second of three interviews with the authors who are coming to Thunder Bay for the International Festival of Authors (IFOA); this year the event will be on October 30th at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.  This time I interviewed Grace O’Connell about teaching creative writing, editing with Open Book, and writing about a hostage situation.  You can find the interview here!

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Interview #46

The forty-sixth author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live a few days ago (I forgot to post about it on here).  This is also the first of three interviews with the authors who are coming to Thunder Bay for the International Festival of Authors (IFOA); this year the event will be on October 30th at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.  This time I interviewed Terry Fallis about his unique writing process, writing about feminist literature, and his circuitous route to writing.  You can find the interview here!

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Interview #45

The forty-fifth interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live today! This time I interviewed author Lorraine Reguly about her new non-fiction book, and how she got involved in copywriting. You can find the interview here!

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Short Story Submitted!

I submitted the short story I was working on last week today!  😀

It took me a bit longer to edit than I had thought. More than anything, I had a hard time finding the time to actually sit down and edit (I was exhausted all week for reasons unknown). But thankfully I managed to sit down, edit it, and submit it today.

The market I submitted it to says they try to respond within one month of receiving a submission.  So I’ll report back once I hear something. 🙂

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Holy Crap, I’m Actually Writing a Short Story!

One of my goals for the year was to write four polished short stories.  To work towards that goal, I signed myself up for Duotrope a few months ago (I subscribed to them years ago, but ended up unsubscribed because they stopped accepting Paypal).  My goal this time was to keep an eye out for markets that sounded interesting (and hopefully ACTUALLY submit something somewhere).  I found a few markets that seemed to fit the bill at the beginning of the month.  Well, the month is almost over, and yesterday I realized I had done no short story writing at all!  So I took another look at the markets I was planning to write for, chose one, and wrote about 100 words of a story yesterday.  They were crappy words, but they were words all the same.

Today I sat down and thought a bit more about the story (specifically the characters, but also the setting – this is not set in one of the worlds I built).  Once that was done, I set to work revising the bit I had already written.  Draft 2 is now over 700 words long, with things (obviously) fleshed out a lot better in this draft.  I doubt it’s going to get much longer, so I’ll be editing and revising it over the next few days before hopefully submitting it by the end of the week.  Wish me luck!  🙂

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Transforming My Space to Make it More Writer Friendly

I love my apartment.  I have since I first saw the place, and knew I wanted to move in.  The only issue with it is that it is tiny.  I’ve been using my kitchen table as my writing space since moving in (and also the living room + lap desk setup I have).  But neither of them are quite right.

So earlier this week, I bought a rug.

kitchen with new rug

The rug was step one to make the space more comfortable for writing.  Step two was to bring my office chair here.  It’s been stored at my parents’ place since I moved in because I didn’t think I had enough room for it here.  But my kitchen chairs are too low for regular writing – the angle hurts my wrists after awhile.  So after researching chair storage solutions, and talking things over with my dad, we hit on the solution: move one of the kitchen chairs out, and just have the office chair at the table all the time.  The office chair is higher, so my wrists are at a better angle now – I wish I had thought of this waaay sooner!!!

So now, I’m in the process of bringing more office things from my parents’ place.  I brought a load of writing books and other things here today.

boxes of stuff

My dad is going to help me bring a shelf over tomorrow, which is where a lot of this stuff is going to live.  This is also a great opportunity to go through the writing books I own and purge some things.  I already went through some old magazines, recycling most of them.  I think the books will be a bit harder because it’s a bit tough to tell what will be a good reference to keep.  Wish me luck over the next while!!!

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