Interview #73!

The seventy-third author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live today. This time I interviewed local author Lanie Mores about her vivid dreams, why she self published her first two books, and why she likes writing paranormal romance.  You can find the interview here.

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#WriteTuesday – Big Book Chapter Edit Completed!

I’m so excited – I finished the first rounds of edits on one of the book chapters last night!  This particular chapter has taken almost 20 hours of work to get through, which was crazy (the next biggest time commitment chapter took just over 10).  Part of that was my fault – I did some research to fill out the chapter and make it more readable (it dealt with things that I knew the answers to, or at least where to find the answers).  But now that it’s done, I’m feeling pretty on top of things; it’s now up to the authors to review my suggested edits. 🙂

How’s your week been?  Up to anything exciting? 🙂

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November 2019 What Are You Reading?

Unexpectedly, November was another personal finance book month!

Nonfiction books:

  • The Wealthy Renter: How to Choose Housing That Will Make You Rich by Alex Avery
  • Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying by David Bach

Fiction books:

  • We Stand On Guard by Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce

I also reread a bunch of comics when I was sick a few weekends ago (some Garfield, my three Sarah’s Scribbles, and Liz Climo I think).

I didn’t really have a favourite out of the new books that I read this month.  Go Green, Live Rich was similar to some other books I’ve read, and I was rather disappointed with The Wealthy Renter (most of the book was just trying to convince you not to buy a house).  Oh, I also started another David Bach book, but decided to stop reading it because it wasn’t grabbing me; maybe I’ll get it again in the future.  And while I thought We Stand On Guard had an interesting premise, I didn’t really care for the story.

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

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#WriteTuesday – Book Edits Continue

bamboo with yellowed stemOnce again, not a whole lot to report today.  I’ve been hard at work editing the book, especially over the last few days.

Oh, but in sad news, I almost accidentally killed my lucky bamboo plant! 😦

I went to change the water on Sunday and found the stem yellowing on one side!  It was totally my fault too.  Someone awhile ago mentioned that the zero water system, which is the filter that I bought for my plants, isn’t good for humans because it takes everything out of the water.  I have no idea if this is actually true or not, but I started worrying about my plants after hearing that.  I also noticed that my bamboo was starting to yellow a bit more recently; blaming the zero water, I put a bunch of fertilizer directly into the vase.  After I discovered the stem yellowing, a quick search online told me that you need to fertilize bamboo very sparingly or else this happens. 😦

shorter bamboo plant in jarI don’t know if the plant will survive or not, but I’m going to try to save it.  Supposedly you can cut the yellowed stem off and lucky bamboo will reroot itself in water.  So that’s what I’m trying to do.  Hopefully I caught it early enough that the top part of the stem is actually okay.  So this is what my bamboo looks like now (on right).

 

I cut a lot of the stem off, and put the plant in a much smaller mason jar with some filtered water (no fertilizer!) I guess we’ll see what happens. 😦

So how’s your week been? 🙂

 

 

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#WriteTuesday – Not Much to Report

Happy Tuesday everyone! Sorry I missed posting last week – not that there was much to report. I did more work on the book editing contract, and watched a few of the Disney remakes with friends and family. Then I got sick over this weekend and spent a lot of time resting; I also watched a few movies on my own (which I very rarely do) because I was having a hard time concentrating. But I’m feeling better now, and should be getting back to editing this weekend!

I also went to a Giller bash last night with my mom and brother. I was super fun (thank goodness I was feeling up to attending!) and we’re planning to attend againg next year. 🙂

Oh, and I almost forgot – I submitted the Make Your Way story! I’ll let you know when I hear back from them (they said it may take a fair bit of time).

So how’s everything going for you? Have you had a good couple of weeks? Working on anything exciting? 🙂

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#WriteTuesday – Book + Make Your Way Story Editing

Hey everyone, how’s the week been? Did you have a good Halloween? 🙂

Last week was mainly spent on editing the book.  I finished editing a third chapter and sent it to its author.  Then the first chapter came back to me, so I spent the weekend working on that (just finished those edits yesterday).

Once that was finished, I found myself with some unexpected extra time.  After reading some of The Wealthy Renter (which I picked up over the weekend – very excited to read it!), I turned my attention back to the Make Your Way story.  I’ve been wanting to go over the character’s dialogue for over a month now, but haven’t had the time (or energy to be editing more in the middle of book edits).  Going over the dialogue actually led me to a bit more worldbuilding for City of the Dead – I got stuck wondering what someone would say rather than “thank goodness.” “Thank goodness” didn’t sound right to me, coming from someone living in that particular world.  What immediately came to mind was “thank the gods,” but I hadn’t actually thought about whether or not people living in the City worship gods.  But they do keep altars for the dead, so I settled on “thank the ancestors” as what would probably be said in that case.

I did the initial edits to the story using the Game Book Authoring Tool (GBAT) file, but in the end decided to randomize all the sections and just start working off of a rich text format document instead (which is easier to search through).  I went through all 73 sections looking at dialogue; I’m not sure how well I succeeded in differentiating the characters….but there are some definite subtle differences in how they speak.  One character uses really long words and no contractions (assuming I got rid of them all properly) because she’s a lady who is extremely bookish/studious.  Another character uses more formal words, but they’re tempered with contractions because she is exhausted (and has more real world experience than her studious twin).  The minor soldier characters don’t use big words (again, assuming I successfully caught all of their dialogue).  The only character’s speech that hasn’t been changed is the avatar/player character.  I made that character purposely vague because they are the “you” in typical choose your own adventure-style books.  For that reason, I wasn’t really planning on giving them a specific style of speech, especially since the player has the choice between playing a smarter character or a stronger character (and I was not going to give different versions of dialogue depending on that choice! The story would have ballooned to double the length it is now!!)

Depending on how the rest of the week goes with the book edits, I’m hoping to go over the Make Your Way story a few more times (or at least once more really in depth); after that, I’d really like to submit it!  Wish me luck!!! 🙂

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October 2019 What Are You Reading?

Oh my gosh, it’s the end of October already! I’ve been really busy with book editing all month, so I haven’t had much time to read.

Nonfiction books:

  • None

Fiction books:

  • The Electric State by Simon Stalenhag

I also read five Maclean’s Magazines (Sept 2018, Oct 2018, November 2018,  Jan 2019, Feb 2019, and March 2019 – I’m not sure what happened to the Dec 2018 issue). I was over a year behind and was hoping to get caught up by the federal election that happened this month. While that didn’t happen, I’m now only six months behind! So that’s definitely progress. 🙂

I didn’t have a favourite per se, but I quite enjoyed the articles in their February 2019 Maclean’s issue (that was the “What’s Wrong with the Right/Left?” issue). And while I didn’t finish reading it, I also quite liked the articles on the election in their November 2019 issue, which I was able to flip through at work.

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

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