Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hitting 7000

Today I hit about 7000 words, working on two WIP's. This is the most I've ever written in one day and it didn't come about very easily. I had to push myself, but overall I am very pleased.

I think, I'm finally realizing that to become a successful writer, I do need to give myself a boot more often. It's not going to come without hard work and dedication.

Considering that for most of the day I felt generally unwell physically, my day was rather productive.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Sisters of Orion it's finally up. Check it out!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Neverending Quilt, Recycle?

So this is a quilt that I have been working on now for almost two years or so.

It's completely handstitched, made out of recycled fabric from thrift stores and fabric that people have passed on to me. And yeah some of it has come from old clothing, which was no longer wearable for one reason or another. When you think about it, it's a great and unique way to recycle.

This leads me to my question:

How green are you?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Edits & Purging

I'm currently editing a novel (well more like edits with rewrites), how do you go about editing? Do you write clean first drafts? I'm curious to know.

This week I will put in my written notice at work. I'm not sorry about leaving there, I've not been happy there from the start for various reasons.
Packing also starts this week. Lots of purging and ridding myself of unneeded things. In a way it feels therapeutic to do this.

Friday, July 23, 2010

New Beginnings & Sisters of Orion

So, the house is sold after one day of being listed. I had two offers placed in front of me by the realtor and I took the one that best suited me. I never expected the house to sell so fast, but I'm glad it did. I don't think I could take people walking through the house for too long, especially since I am still living here.

On to other news. I'm still working on one WIP and editing another. I've put the others on the back-burner for now, since it's the only way I feel I will complete something to send out. I've also decided to serialize one WIP titled 'Sisters of Orion', set in Newfoundland, look for the first chapter soon on it's own blog. I'd also like to stylize that blog to suit the theme, if you know of anyone who can assist with this, please pass my name on to them.

In the future, I'm looking to feature more authors here. If you or anyone you know would like to have a interview, contact me and we'll make it happen.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Author Interview: Adam Slade

I'm pleased to welcome Adam Slade, author of "A Reaper's Take - The Undecided", published by Lyrical Press.

Adam was kind enough to answer a few questions about his newly released book, and the publishing process.

R - Tell us about your latest release.

A - My latest (and first) book, titled "A Reaper's Tale - The Undecided," was released by Lyrical Press back in May. It's a humorous urban fantasy revolving around a Grim Reaper named Mal, who's soul is somehow attached to the soul of a troubled yound woman named Amy. The story revolves around Mal trying to save her from the various nasties that are after her soul, and trying to separate himself from her before she's sent to the afterlife, lest he has to go with her.

R - When did you start writing?

A - I started a few years ago, though I've always had an urge to write. :)

R - How long did it take you to get published and what do you have to say about the publishing process.

A - I was VERY lucky, in that my submission was accepted for publishing six days after I submitted it. Most submissions take a lot longer than that. From submission to the date it came out was around six months, I believe. I learned a great deal from the whole process, especially the editing! :)

R - What advice do you have for other writers pursueing their dream of being published?

A - Keep at it, and keep reading, too! You sure as hell don't need a degree to write, but I'd recommend getting a book on the process (Stephen King's On Writing is my favourite), as it'll make your life a lot easier. ;-)

R - What can we expect to see from Adam Slade in the future?

A - I have a science fiction novella named "Strand" coming out toward the end of the year, or possibly early 2011. I'm also working on a sequel to "A Reaper's Tale," and have a few other irons in the fire, too.

Thank you again Adam, for taking the time to share your insights. We look forward to your next release.

To buy Adam's book, see the following links:


Adam's blog can also be found here:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Online Serial?

For a while, I've been pondering about putting one of my completed WIP's up online as a serial. I've seen this done before and was wondering what you think of it?

I've heard it said before that doing this, may attract an agents interest. True? False?

I'm interested in hearing others opinions.

Monday, July 19, 2010


Most of us write. Of course, it's a huge interest of mine that I hope someday will take me far.

My question is: Do you have any other interests/hobbies other than writing? I also dabble in photography and I quilt.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Since deciding to move to the UK to be with Adam, my mind had been constantly swirling with things that have to be done before I go.

The house is on the market as of Tuesday,if it sells fast that would be a bonus.
After leaving the city, I plan on staying with my mom for a bit before I make the jump, to give me time to sort through the immigration crap, along with getting my cat ready to take over there (yup, there is a strict protocol in place).

All in all, life is getting very darned hectic, yet in the end, it will be so worth it.

And how was your week?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Current WIP, 'Dirty Bastard'

My current WIP had the tentative title of 'Dirty Bastard'. It may change as it progresses but it's what I have for now that best sums up the story as a whole.

The MC, is a young gay male who has just started out on his own journey of self discovery. He quickly finds himself thrown into the social scene of gay life in the early 1980's.

I guess if I were to category the story, it would be gay lit with dark undertones. I tend to like dark themes and characters who are flawed.

I do float from genre to genre. I write romance, horror and dark lit. At this time I am also editing my first zombie full length novel. I'm a huge zombie fan

To end this post I have two questions to ask you:

1.What genre do you write?

2. What are you currently working on?

I'm interested to know!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Point of View and a Life Changing Moment

This past year I wrote a novella in the first person POV (point of view). Two out of the five places I submitted it, rejected it because they didn't like first person POV. They both suggested that I rewrite it in the third person POV, and then resubmit. Is this a common practice?

Which POV do you prefer writing in and why? I'm curious to know.

Life Changing Moment:

I'm happy to announce that my boyfriend (Adam) asked me to marry him and I accepted!

As many of you know, we did the online deal for almost a year and then met in person. Our meeting, finally cemented what we knew was in our hearts for so long. We still have a huge distance factor between us but we're working on closing the gap and hoping to soon be with each other for good.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Books and Things

Myself and Adam took a trip to the local Chapters Bookstore. I was delighted to see many a Awer's books on the shelves. This lead me to wonder what it would be like to see my own on display.

It's a dream that's for sure and a goal I have set for myself. I've taken some time away from writing since Adam is here for only two weeks. When he heads back, I plan on becoming more motivated to reach said goal.

How do you stay motivated with writing or anything of importance in your life?

I've also included some pics of the Awer's books that we found at Chapters, that alone provides me with great motivation.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day 2010

It's Canada Day here and I am happy to say I'm sharing it with my muffin(Adam). Finally after eight months of online romance, we are together, face to face.
They weather is ok, so we'll get out and about to see some of the sights here.
Do you have any special Canada Day plans or any for the Fourth of July?