#Write Monday

I was on vacation last week.  I spent a lot of the week getting caught up with some friends.  But I also made sure I had some time for writing!

A huge thing that I worked on was a several part blog post series for Sustainably North on Transit.  I wrote rough drafts of the first two posts on Wednesday afternoon (I’m really impressed with that feat – I didn’t sleep very well the night before and had a hard time concentrating until I forced myself to sit down and start writing). Then I typed them up on Friday. The first post is scheduled for today, and the next one will be appearing next Monday.

Oh, and a really exciting thing happened to me with Sustainably North: I got approached to write a column about living a sustainable life in bUneke Magazine! So I spent some time on Friday signing some papers for that. I’m really excited about this opportunity (and honestly a bit terrified – I hope I do a good job on this column every month!!!!) 🙂

Overall Friday was a really good writing day (it was an actual #WriteFriday like I used to do!) Between stopping to check on my cat outside (he goes out in the yard on a leash, so I need to make sure he isn’t tangled or otherwise getting into trouble), I spent about 3 hours in the afternoon working on Sustainably North and bUneke things. In the evening I went to a friend’s place with the intention of working on more writing (he has a writing project he wanted to work on too so it was perfect); unfortunately that didn’t actually happen because we just talked about stuff instead.

Having lost Friday evening as writing time, I spent a bit of time on Sunday working on some stuff for bUneke Magazine. They asked for a couple of my older blog posts to have ready to go for columns so I spent some time editing a couple down to the magazine’s requested word length. I got two of them edited down during an hour of the afternoon.

One thing I did not work on this week was that short story (that was actually my plan for Friday night – whoops!) I’ll be turning my attention to that later this week (once I’ve got what I need to done for both the blog and the magazine).

So how has your week been? Did you get what you were hoping to accomplish done? 🙂

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#WriteMonday – A Whole Lot of Reading

This week I didn’t do much writing.  Instead I focussed on getting through Walkable City by Jeff Speck because I wanted to review it today on Sustainably North.  I’ve planned a few posts for that blog about transit and I wanted to be able to point to Speck’s book for those posts.

Oh, I also wrote a short article for next month’s The Walleye on the upcoming Toronto International Festival of Authors Lit on Tour event that will be happening here in Thunder Bay.

So this week I’m hoping to get those Sustainably North posts about transit written and posted.  I’m also hoping to edit the short story I wrote earlier this summer (and in a perfect world, submit it to a market!) We’ll see how it all goes. 🙂

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Interview #59!

The fifty-ninth author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live today.  This is also the first interviews this year 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. For today I interviewed Ann Y.K. Choi about her busy life writing and teaching, promoting diverse Canadian authors, and the upcoming Lit on Tour event here in Thunder Bay.  You can find the interview here!

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#WriteMonday – Happy Labour Day!

It’s #WriteMonday, it’s the end of the summer, and I thought that now would be a good time to reflect on those goals I set for 2018.  To date, the only goal I accomplished from my short list was to read 25 novel-length books. That leaves me with four months left and two goals to go.  I think what I’m going to have to do is set a goal for each month (which will also leave me with an extra month either for a goal that needs a bit more time, or to work on something else).  For September, I think I’m going to finish the short story I was working on in June.  I’d like to get that story out of the way since all it needs now is some edits.  Depending on how long that takes, I may also do a bit of work on Memories (which I think is going to be the RPG Maker game I try to finish this year).

So with that in mind, I spend a couple of hours yesterday writing down everything I could think of about an idea I’ve had for a few weeks now.  I love this idea and would really like to work on it.  But first I need to finish some of my other projects that are on the go before I plot it out (and learn how to write for a whole new medium, which this project will require).

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Aug 28 What are you Reading?

After reading Austin Kleon‘s Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered on Monday, I thought I’d share some of what I’ve read over the last month.  I don’t want to be making posts like this too often, so I’m going to give it a try once a month, on the last Tuesday (I’m going to repurpose the Tuesday Talk category for this!) 😉

This year I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction books, and August continued that trend.  I read 5 nonfiction books:

  • The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness by Ryan Dowd
  • The Anti 9 to 5 Guide by Michelle Goodman
  • I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You by David Charandy
  • The Golden Boy by Grant Matheson
  • Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

I did manage to fit in a few fiction books too:

  • How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
  • Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety by Ann Y.K. Choi

I think my favourite nonfiction book was The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness; Dowd has some fantastic insights to the world of homeless people.  My favourite fiction book was How to Walk Away.  I was looking for a light and fast read and Center definitely delivered; I also really enjoyed the crazy dynamics of her main character’s family.

So what have you read over the last month?  What was your favourite book?

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#WriteMonday Aug 27th

So today I decided to change #WriteFriday into #WriteMonday.  I think Monday will be a better day for me to consistently write an update post here (especially since that’s the day I’m updating Sustainably North).

Oh, and I also finally figured out how to make this blog a menu link on my Shauna Kosoris website! I’ve been wanting to do that for awhile now but had a hard time figuring it out; I’ve been looking for how to do it in a very complicated manner.  I was reading Austin Kleon‘s Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered, and it kind of inspired me to stop putting this off and figure it out.  It turned out to be super easy (you just make a custom menu – this WordPress Support article explains how).

I also changed the Samples page on shaunakosoris.com to better split up the sample scenes and character bios.  That was in preparation for adding the sample romantic scene I started working on to the page soon (I was hoping to get it edited and up a few weeks ago, but that failed to happen).  I also wanted to show that the bios that are on the site were for different genres (one set are science fiction, the other fantasy).

In really good news, today I actually did edit the sample romantic scene I wrote and post it on shaunakosoris.com! The scene is a short conversation that takes place in an unnamed restaurant, mainly between the female player character and a love interest. I added in a couple of branches in the dialogue because it’s good practice – writing branches can be a bit tough!  If you’d like to read it the sample, you can find it here. 🙂

In terms of Sustainably North, over the last few weeks I’ve written four posts: my second round up of interesting articles I’ve found on sustainability related topics, a quick post on a visit to a friend’s camp, a post about writing letters to Members of Parliament regarding Canada’s decision to purchase the Trans-Mountain Pipeline, and one that’s still forthcoming on a TED Talk a friend told me to watch (that’ll be up next Monday). The letter writing one was rather interesting to write because I’ve never written letters to politicians before; I had to research what to do (and then I actually wrote the letters).  I’m interested to see what kind of replies I will get (if any).

So how has your week been?

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Working on Samples

Over the last month or so, I’ve had a couple of different people ask me for game writing samples.  I directed them to my main website, shaunakosoris.com, so they could see what I had readily available.  Unfortunately in both cases, my available samples did not meet their needs (one person requested samples with romantic dialogue, while the other was looking for non-fantasy samples). Currently on my website, I have three samples: two are character biographies that were developed for different games, and the other is made up of actual scenes from a game (mainly dialogue with a bit of branching narrative).

I have written a couple of pieces over the years that I think would have better met what these people were looking for. Unfortunately I am unable to showcase them as samples.  So I decided to set to work remedying this.  Two nights ago I went looking for writing prompts to use as a starting point.  I was specifically looking for more of a real-world idea, but ended up finding a fun romantic dialogue prompt instead.  I was going to write the sample in Chat Mapper, with the intention of exporting it as a .rtf (I was really hoping to see what the output would look like with branching dialogue).  Unfortunately I don’t currently have access to that capability, so I had to use a different program instead.  Last night I played around with TyranoBuilder a bit, thinking I could build it there, but I don’t think there’s a way to export the dialogue (and I wasn’t planning on writing an entire Visual Novel, although that might be something to try in the future).  So I ended up writing the first draft of the sample in Word. I had a lot of fun writing it (it’s currently over 900 words!) I’m hoping to get it edited and up on the site over the weekend. 🙂

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