Oh, yeah! Had a cool experience this week, invited to sit in my daughter’s creative writing dissertation defense. She handled herself with terrific aplomb, and passed the exam. She will have a few minor revisions to do, and then we can all call her “doctor!” In the meantime, she is applying to professorships and post-docs for next year. We celebrated by taking her and her significant other to dinner.
Our mystery writing group finally has a name: Mystery Mavens. We met on Thursday, this month, with Mahrie Reid, mystery writer and teacher, who answered our current questions, and more. In addition, we had a lovely meal and more than one glass of wine! Now I am doing the “becauses” for my novel. For each scene, I am writing why the key events happen, so they are part of a causal chain, rather than by coincidence or left-field. Almost done!
Had a great opportunity to go to the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association meeting to update them on the financials for the Robin Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest. Wonderful group of writers–very friendly, organized and active group.
Met a potential client at my writers’ group meeting last night. We went to the bar after the meeting and discussed his novel. I suspect his would be a big project and with all the work I have already scheduled I doubt if I would be able to take on his project. Luckily, I can recommend other good editors.
Had the great opportunity this week to ready Heather Osborne’s interactive fantasy, Figuera. What an amazing experience! Really enjoyed the entire process, and want to read more threads through the maze of the narrative. The ending I reached was wonderfully warm and satisfying, though I know there are 3 other endings I haven’t yet read.
But I have the link. I can always start from a different opening and follow a new path through the story!
Today was Day 1 of a two-day weekend intensive workshop I am teaching for the Alexandra Writers Centre on showing vs telling. Only 5 students, but they are good talkers and willing to share their writing. Having some great discussions, and with only five it is such an easy pace–we can explore students’ questions a bit more fully than trying to race through with ten students. Loving it!
Had a great week in Toronto at the Lillian H Smith branch library (where the Merril Collection is housed) and in Ottawa at the Can*Con writers convention, doing two more launches for The Sum of Us. Bev will also do one in Winnipeg. Saw lots of old friends, met some new ones, including writers I’ve been editing for the Laksa Media Social Causes series. Good fun, good networking.