#WriteTuesday – Panel Discussion and More Podcast Recording

Hey everyone, how’s it going?  I survived the panel discussion over the weekend!  I was super nervous going in – I haven’t done a presentation like that since grad school (and presentations have always made me nervous!)  But I made it through my fifteen minute presentation (I read it over the night before and timed it out a few times – it was about 13 minutes, so perfectly in the 10-15 minute time they gave each of us during the afternoon).  And I had a really fun time during the q&a discussion afterwards!  Unfortunately Austin Campbell was unwell, but Bry Kotyk, Clint Fleury and I were able to bounce thoughts off each other really well (our presentations, while looking at different aspects of creativity, all touched on similar themes, especially how the internet has made new tools for creative individuals to collaborate, or even just pull their own work up from anywhere).  I also quite enjoyed Dr. Scott Pound’s presentation; he looked at how creativity per se hasn’t changed thanks to the internet, but how it has enabled a sort of counter-cultural movement where people use texts preserved in the shadow net to create something new.

Then yesterday was another full day recording the podcast for work!  We’re actually doing really well in terms of recording; while we’ll need a few more days (including today) to finish up, we’ve got very few scenes left to record!  I’m actually really excited for today; we’re going to be listening to parts of what we have recorded already to see how it sounds (and to plan for any needed re-recording).  I’ve heard some random scenes here and there and it sounds great so far; I can’t wait to hear more! 🙂

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February 2020 What Are You Reading?

Well, this month got off to a much better start thanks to reading the four books in The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells!

Nonfiction books:

  • None!

Fiction books:

  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  • Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
  • Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
  • Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
  • 1862 by CJ Halbard

Oh my gosh, I don’t think I can choose a favourite this month.  The four Murderbot Diaries books by Martha Wells were so good!  They’re the only four that are out so far (there’s a fifth one coming this April!)  If you like reading science fiction, I definitely recommend you check them out! 🙂

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

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#WriteTuesday – Rejection and Preparing for Upcoming Panel Discussion!

So a few days ago I received word from Manawaker about the story I submitted for their Make Your Way anthology.  Unfortunately they decided to pass on the story as is; they said it has a good foundation, but needs some work to feel finished.  But I was invited to resubmit it if they’re still accepting submissions in the future after giving it some TLC.  Sadly I’m way too busy at the moment to edit it, but if they’re still accepting submissions in a few months, I’ll try to give it a go! 🙂

Speaking of being waaaay too busy, next weekend I was invited to take part in a panel discussion hosted by my local university!  I’ve never participated in a panel discussion before, so I’m really excited (but honestly a bit nervous about the whole thing).  After doing a bit of research, I started preparing what I’m going to say over the weekend (I’m going to have about 15 minutes to talk, then there will be a question and answer period after everyone has said their thing).  While it’s shaping up, I’ll probably be mainly working on preparing that all week now – wish me luck!

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#WriteTuesday – Happy Family Day!

Hey everyone, sorry this is a bit late.  It was a long weekend here (happy family day everyone!), so my weekend was full of lots of fun outdoor adventures!  I went snowshoeing on Sunday, then skiing yesterday for 4 hours!  It was a super fun weekend. 🙂

Other than that, I started thinking about the index for the book I’m editing.  I won’t be able to do too much work on that yet, but I started listing some keywords from a few of the chapters.

I also came up with a new character idea last week.  I was watching some videos on YouTube about Star Wars (by Thor Skywalker – I quite enjoy his content) and somehow that set my mind on a tangent thinking about having a kind of Indiana Jones-style character in City of the Dead.  I’m not quite sure what to do with the character yet (it also raised a whole bunch more worldbuilding questions for City of the Dead that I’ll need to work through), so we’ll see where that goes!

How’s your week been?  Did you have a good weekend?  Any plans for the coming week?

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#WriteTuesday – First Group Podcast Recording!

Yesterday was our very first group recording session for the work podcast.  It went really well!  I wasn’t sure how recording was going to go with only two mics, but very early on we developed a system that worked for us.  So we ended up getting almost all of the big group scenes recorded! 🙂  I haven’t heard them yet (we didn’t have speakers), but based on how the voice acting went, I am very, very excited to hear the final episode when we get to editing! 🙂

Other than that, not too much to report.  How’s your week been?  Anything exciting planned for the next week?

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Interview #75!

The seventy-fourth author interview on TBPL Off the Shelf went live yesterday. This time I interviewed local author Constance O’Connor about self-publishing her children’s book, Every Family is Different.  You can find the interview here.

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#WriteTuesday – More Book Editing and Podcast Recording

Wow, I can’t believe it’s February already!  Where did January go???  And where did the week go?

Well, a lot of the week went towards thinking about the book.  I ended up agreeing to write another chapter for it; that ended up only needing to be a sidebar in another chapter that’s already written, so that worked out. 🙂  In terms of editing, me and one of the authors went back and forth over a chapter; I think it’s in pretty good shape now!

Then yesterday was another podcast recording day.  This one was only me and the lady who is recording everything (Lisa); almost all of the scenes between our two characters are done now (we’re missing one where we need another voice).  Plus all of my character’s monologues are done too!  That means next week the whole group of us will be getting together to do some of the scenes with all the characters.  I’m pretty excited for that! 🙂

Last week I also said I was going to go back to trying to plan out my productivity like I used to in the fall.  I put just a couple of things into my plan for the week (mostly book editing) and managed to get most of them done, so that was a win.  Thankfully I only put those few things in – I feel like I’ve been waaay too busy over the last month; if I’d put any more in I’d be overwhelmed for sure!  So I’ll have to continue with only putting a few things in per week right now until I feel like I have a little more space to breathe.

So that’s been my week.  How was yours?

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