Interview #72!

The seventy-second author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live today. This time I interviewed Linden MacIntyre about going from newspaper reporting to hosting radio and television shows, the difference between writing fiction and nonfiction, and the most interesting fact he found while researching The Wake: the Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami.  You can find the interview here.

This is also the final interview 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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#WriteTuesday – Podcast Update and Edits Continue

Whoops, I missed last week’s #WriteTuesday, when I was supposed to let you know how the podcast read through went!  I was honestly pretty worried about it – my co-worker Derek and I have been working on the scripts for months without much of a break, and so were both too close to them to be objective; I was half-convinced we were going to be told that the scripts aren’t as good (or as funny) as I thought they were. Thankfully that wasn’t the case – everyone seemed to like them, and the first eight scripts only need minor dialogue changes! Episode 9 needs to be edited, so that’s going to be my plan for work over the next few weeks.

I have to say, the read through itself was a super fun experience – I’ve never had characters I’ve written come to life like this before! 🙂  Plus the fact that there were only minor dialogue changes made me feel like Derek and I really nailed the characters for the actors.

The editing has also been going well.  I’ve gotten two book chapters edited and sent back to their authors over the last two weeks (I just finished the second one last night).  Hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have the first one I finished back so I can take another look at it (I know there are comments waiting for me, but I didn’t want to jump back into it and confuse everything; I’ve been using track changes on Google Docs and when I’m done the chapters look like confusing messes thanks to all the green!)

So how have the last few weeks been for you? What are you working on? 🙂

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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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