Interview #71!

The seventy-first author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live today. This time I interviewed Rune Christiansen about what first drew him to poetry, the most rewarding and challenging aspects of teaching, and how involved he was with the translation process of his newest book.  You can find the interview here.

This is also the second interview this year with the three authors who are coming to Thunder Bay for the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) Lit On Tour event; this year the event will be on November 5th at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

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Happy Thanksiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 🙂

This week I received word that the book chapter I was waiting on was written! So I spent a lot of time this weekend working on the edits for it (around checking on my cat who wanted to be outside and going to a family Thanksgiving dinner).  I also managed to finish reading the March 2019 issue of Maclean’s – onto April 2019!

This week I’m excited (and somewhat nervous) – at work we’re doing a read through of the podcast scripts I’ve been working on! I don’t know if I’ve said much about the podcast on here, but me and a coworker have been writing a radio-drama for the 50th anniversary next year. Right now all nine scripts are written (the last few just need some tightening up); we’re hoping to start recording later this year with the first episode released around Feb 2020! I’ll let you know how the read through goes next week. 🙂

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Interview #70!

The seventieth author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live last week (whoops!) This time I interviewed Ann Hui about becoming the Globe and Mail‘s national food reporter, her new book Chop Suey Nation, and what she thought of “chop suey” dishes when she finally tried them.  You can find the interview here.

This is also the first interview of three this year with the authors who are coming to Thunder Bay for the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) Lit On Tour event; this year the event will be on November 5th at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

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Getting Ready for the Federal Election

I didn’t do much writing this week – I’m still waiting on editing, so I didn’t really make much of a personal writing plan for the week.  But I did take the time to sit down and read through 4 Maclean’s magazines! I’ve been wanting to get caught up with them because the Canadian Federal election is later this month (and they’re how I get a lot of my news), but since I was about a year behind, I was starting to get a bit worried that I wouldn’t get to them in time.  But over the weekend I read the Sept 2018, Oct 2018, Nov 2018 and January 2019 issues (I’m not at all sure what happened to the Dec 2018 one – I get them from my brother, and maybe he still has it?) I currently only have five more to go – I’m missing another random month and haven’t gotten anything newer than July yet. I’m hoping I’ll get through the remaining ones I have before the election in two weeks.

I also watched the leadership debate last night (and most of another debate hosted by Maclean’s senior writer Paul Wells – it automatically started playing right after the leadership debate was over).  It was very interesting to see all of the leaders together (and I wish the debate had been a bit longer – every time I thought things were getting interesting the moderators would cut the leaders off for time reasons).

Hopefully this week I’ll be able to continue reading Maclean’s…and maybe even get a bit of writing for myself done! 🙂

How’s your week been? What are you currently working on?

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ThunderCon Pictures Now Uploaded!

watermark I made for my photosIt took quite a bit longer than I expected, but I have now edited and posted the Day 2 pictures I took at ThunderCon last weekend! The Day 1 pictures were all posted to both Facebook and my Flickr page straight out of the camera (I wanted to get them up on Facebook that night so there were pictures showing people what they missed and might look forward to on Day 2). But the Day 2 photos included some pictures for ThunderCon sponsors (which have not been posted anywhere), so I wanted to make sure they looked good. My dad sat down with me to help with the photo editing on Friday night, then I finished up on Saturday (it took all day, on and off, to get through them all!) I also created a watermark for my Day 2 pictures (the SK Photography logo pictured). The pictures are all on both ThunderCon’s Facebook and my Flickr page, so check them out if you have a minute!

So now that ThunderCon is over, I’m turning my attention to the big project I mentioned in June: I’ve been contracted to edit a nonfiction book! 🙂 I’m super excited about it (and kind of terrified because it’s so much bigger than anything I’ve edited before).  I’m also writing a chapter that’ll appear in the book, so all around it’s a very exciting project for me. 🙂

My first order of business though is to figure out how to write the chapter in an engaging way. I finished a first draft a little while ago, and right now it’s very boring to read (it’s literally just the timeline of events typed up into prose). I started researching how to improve my prose in earnest yesterday; I even asked Twitter for some advice on the subject (but haven’t received any replies). I think a lot of my problem is that I’m writing about a place rather than people; writing about people usually lends itself a bit more to story (in my mind anyway). So yesterday I started reading the other chapters in an attempt to see how everything will fit together as a whole (and to see what exactly the story is that we’re all telling).

Have you ever written any nonfiction? How did you make your prose engaging? And as always, what are you working on? 🙂

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September 2019 What Are You Reading?

I haven’t had much time for reading this month (and that’s most likely going to continue for the rest of the year now). But here’s what I did read:

Nonfiction books:

  • The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner: A Powerful Plan to Finish Rich in Real Estate by David Bach
  • New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici

Fiction books:

  • Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

I’m not sure which book was my favourite between The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner and Into the Drowning Deep (especially since it’s hard to compare fiction to nonfiction in many cases). The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner was an interesting financial book (and I like reading financial books). Into the Drowning Deep was interesting (and I totally bought the idea of mermaids from the Mariana Trench with the exception of how they lived in the deeps but were totally fine out of water for a bit), but I found the start a bit slow and the end a bit too abrupt.

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

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ThunderCon!

No #WriteTuesday this week – I didn’t get anything done because of ThunderCon. I was the official event photographer, so that meant I got to wander around with my camera and take pictures of everything. It was exhausting but a lot of fun! I took over 1000 pictures on my Nikon for the event! Plus some more on my phone which went on the ThunderCon Twitter account (@TBayThunderCon). A lot of them are doubles (I shot multiples of most things so I could use the best ones); I’ll only be posting the best ones.  Right now the day 1 pictures (straight out of the camera – I did not do any touch-ups on them) are posted on ThunderCon’s Facebook page; I also posted most of them on my Flickr Photostream (ThunderCon asked for pictures of the booths – the booth pictures without people in them are not on my Photostream). I’m hoping to get the day 2 pictures (straight out of the camera) up soon!

ThunderCon 2019 Day 1 - 96

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