Synopsis Workshop Very Popular

So, I happened to mention on Facebook that my writers’ group was doing a session on synopsis writing, and another writer friend asked to come. I checked with the group and got the okay. We were talking about it briefly at the Festival Board Meeting, and a second friend said she’d love to join–AND, she just came from a writers’ retreat where the writer-in-residence had been coaching this skill, and had extra resources. She wanted to come, too!

Long story short, next week will be our official Guest session with two writers not part of the group joining us. Should be great!


Back in the Saddle

So, after writing 4 and submitting 2  grant applications (the others have a later deadline) to support my research and writing of Bells of the Shadow World, I am back with book 2 of the Addicted to Heaven saga. I was a bit worried that taking a couple of weeks off would take my head right out of the book, but I did a quick review of my notes and wrote a synopsis of the whole thing and jumped in, to write two scenes as if I’d never taken a break. That’s cool, because the two weeks’ off put me behind schedule. But I will have it to my beta readers on time!

Grant Writing Info Session

Attended a grant writing information session this week in support of When Words Collide, our annual literary festival. Though we’ve successfully applied for grants from this body before, it never hurts to have the deets and up-to-date changes, as well as helpful tips. Deadline coming soon, but we’ve got a good committee and a schedule, and we should have no problem getting the application in on time.

Mentor-in-the-Loop gig upcoming

I will be Mentor-in-the-Loop in a few weeks at the Alexandra center, and they’ve provided me with some great exposure on their site:

I’ve never done this before, and am really looking forward to it–I think it will be a great way to meet a lot of new, young authors.

Grant applications

Of course, if I am going to be in Ireland for my writing residency, working on my WWII novel, it would only make sense to visit some of the locations where the novel is set, such as Dunkirk, Dieppe (location of a major Canadian raid that failed spectacularly), and Salisbury Plain (where Canadian soldiers were housed in 1939/40), but alas, funds don’t stretch that far. However, perhaps there is a travel grant that could help. Applications today!

Accepted into the Tyrone Guthrie Center, Ireland!

I was accepted to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland! This will be an awesome opportunity, as it is an artists’ residency for musicians, actors, writers, visual artists, etc., and one of the requirements is for all 13 residents to have a sit-down dinner together each evening, so I can imagine the conversation will be very stimulating. One of the main reasons I wanted to go would be to work on my WWII fantasy, not only for the old-world ambience there (I was able to tour the estate this spring), but to stop in London to revisit Churchill’s War Rooms and Kew Gardens, among other locations.