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A Long Overdue Update

It’s been over a month since I’ve posted here.  And what a month it’s been!  The most exciting part of this last month (for me anyway), was Tink.  Tink was my aunt and uncle’s cat; they’re moving out of town and can’t take him with them.  So we’ve taken him in.  When they first got him, my then five-year-old cousin named him “Tinkerbell” because she thought he was a girl.  That got shortened to Tink once her family realized he was a boy.  My cat, Sasha, still isn’t very happy with this, but we’ve seen marked improvement over the last month (originally she would be hissing and growling when he was within about seven feet of her.  Now it seems to be about three, and she doesn’t hiss and growl the entire time).  They’re separated at night and whenever someone isn’t around (Tink stays with me all night).  He’s an incredibly laid back cat and I love having him around.

Tink

In other news, I did not make the short list for The Realm Crowd Sourced Story Contest.  But congratulations to those who did (and to the winner).  My friend, Leanne C. Taylor-Giles, was someone who did make the short list; you can read her awesome entry here.

I’ve also had two book reviews published in my local paper, the Chronicle Journal.  The first one was on June 9th, about The Last Unicorn graphic novel.  The second one was today, about Kevin Hearne’s book Hexed.  Neither one is available online at the moment (the Chronicle Journal hasn’t updated their book reviews on their website since early May), but I will post the links once I have them.  Most likely that will be when the reviews appear on TBPL Off the Shelf, whenever that may be.

Speaking of Kevin Hearne, I also interviewed him for TBPL Off the Shelf.  We talked about all things Iron Druid, including a bit about his new book, Shattered, which comes out this week.  The interview went live on June 11th; you can find it here.

On the personal writing front, I’ve done a little bit more worldbuilding.  I realized that Imezza wasn’t quite as ready to go as I thought it was, so I went back to that a little bit.  It’s still by no means done, but I was able to fix a couple of spots that needed fixing.  I think it’s now at a point where I can write some short stories, but that’s what I said last time, so we’ll see once I sit down with it.  I’ve also spent some time working on a second world.  It’s really shaping up in my mind, but right now I’m grappling with a few issues, so more on that once I’ve got them sorted out!

Finally, it was my birthday the other day.  I had a really great time going out for dinner then playing Rock Band with friends.

All in all, this has been a busy but fun month!  🙂

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The Realm Crowd Sourced Story Contest Entry

A friend of mine told me about the Realm’s Crowd Sourced Story Contest a couple of weeks ago.  The Realm is a game that Atomhawk Design+Lantern Interactive tried to fund on Kickstarter last year.  In an attempt to find a new source of funding (and use some of the beautiful concept art they created for the game), they ran a contest.  Anyone can write a story using up to 20 of the 24 images they provided (4 are blank images that you can use in places where the existing artwork won’t work in your story).  The winner will have their story published in an animated storybook app (and get a share of any profits the app gets).

My entry is titled “For the Fear of Monsters.”  It was originally titled “The Monster and the Flower,” but I felt that title didn’t really work, especially after I received feedback from my brother and changed the story.  I purposely tried to keep descriptions to a minimum, letting the pictures do the “talking” as much as they can.  I hope you enjoy reading it.  🙂

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91 Word Memoir Contest 2014

Back in January, I came across the 91-Word Memoir contest, which was hosted by the Gotham Writers Workshop.  In honour of a Gotham student who passed away a few days before her 91st birthday, the Gotham Writers Workshop challenged writers to tell a personal story in 91 words or less.  The winner and finalists were announced a few days ago (congrats all).  I didn’t make the list of finalists, but I thought I would share my entry here (I called it “One Word”):

“Shauna has diabetes.”

I sat with my mother, the two of us bawling while the doctor told us what happens next. I didn’t know why we were crying; the word the doctor said meant nothing to my seven-year-old mind. But mom was crying, and so I cried, too.

The doctor told us to go home and get some of my things.  Then my life changed forever.  I had to fear low blood sugars and complications.  Plus the nurse made me eat my crusts.  All thanks to that one word.

I tried to make it exactly 91-words, but unfortunately it ended up only 89.

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My Author Quest Entry

On March 1st, the Short List (the top five) entries for the Author Quest contest were announced, along with the Editor’s Choice (the next 20).  I’d like to extend my congratulations to everyone who made the lists; I’m looking forward to reading the revised Short List entries!  🙂

Unfortunately, my entry did not make either list.  But I double checked with the people at DarkCrystal.com, and I am allowed to share it on my blog.  So here it is, “The Skeksis’s Lie.”  I hope you enjoy it.

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