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So wrapped up in words, none can escape…

Call the papers! There is a new blog post here on Wildhorse 33 … or perhaps, call the doctor, there’s been a breakthrough.

Of course, I am an extreme exaggerator and don’t need any announcement or help in any way. There was never a doubt that I’d be back to write – there was just speculation on when and the offering of excuses as to why I wasn’t here prior to now. I started out the year with a bang by posting most of the first month, having taken on the photo-blog challenge; however, I backed away since then. When I get caught up in my work as publisher I am driven by the need to complete jobs, while having to continue to solicit new business in order to grow; take on sudden jobs to bring in revenue; continue to work on ongoing projects. The old ways come to the forefront – my own work takes a backseat while I am trying to stay caught up, get caught up, or remain above water. Treading and dreading the outcomes. Overwhelmed with all that is going on around me and taken to withdrawal of words. My own words are necessary for the growth of my own creativity. I grow in skill and ability through the creativity of others – I relish their words and appreciate the opportunity to support and promote diversity.

Me. Mine. I – wait. It will come. I look forward to a writer’s retreat this upcoming long weekend and will commit to my own words and works for 3 full days! This little blog is just a way of stepping out, one step at a time, toward that bigger release. I welcome the escape. In the meantime, I work diligently to get more projects off the ground, crafting the wings on which they may fly.

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Inspiring Blog Award

I have been nominated by fellow blogger, Mandy Eve-Barnet – thank you, Mandy!

Please visit her blog http://mandyevebarnett.com/ as she inspires and supports fellow writers.

Before we continue with the details of the nomination and requirements for posting, I would like to take the time to share a little side note here to say that blogging has changed my writing life – for the better! I am an avid writer and used to fill journal after journal of words, thoughts, ideas, rough drafts, etc… I still do to some degree, but not with the viroucity that once attacked my pen. With increased use of the computer and an increasing number of outlets one continues to update on line, I find it handier to blog. Even sharing becomes a involved process of research, reading, and posting… especially an article or a link that may be of interest to my followers and fellow writers. Recognition of others who share this passion is one way to not only share this wonderful achievement but to connect with others who write because they must. When we take the time to realize how much more is out there to discover – it is truly an amazing community. 

The nomination rules: thank your nominator, and note other blogs you’d like to nominate … and then let them know. But first, as part of the nomination process, I must share… seven things about me:

1 – Family is above all.

2 – My writing life not only includes my own words but supporting the work of others.

3 – Publishing is lots of work but so very rewarding – released first ebook last month!

4 – My love for horses is evident through my Facebook page – can there ever be enough beautiful spirits?

5 – I am thankful for my one and only child – she is my precious, pride & joy!

6 – Supporting the community where I live – through work, business, volunteer, and personal commitments – makes me proud.

7 – Connection to fellow writers, authors, artists – through social media is an amazing addition to my writing life.

Here are my nominations:

http://www.6andersons1world.blogspot.ca/

http://www.turbogrannys.blogspot.ca/

http://writerscircleworkshops.wordpress.com/

http://irenesroth.wordpress.com/

http://thewritersideoflife.wordpress.com/

http://lifeintheblueridges.wordpress.com/

http://www.renajtraxelblog.com/

http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/

http://anniegirl1138.com/

Not the 15 requested of the original post, but significant contributors to the value of the blogging community, whether through opinion, story, fact or fiction – they are worth reading. Thank you. #amwriting

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Tribute to a Midsummer’s Night

Midsummer and we are into August… the days are creeping away yet there is so much more to do. We have had our share of Alberta blue skies, dotted with paintbrush clouds that would look so phoney if a painter merely dabbed them on a vibrant blue canvas. We have had more than our share of rain and severe storm threats but we go on. We live and deal with all that happens around us which is what life is about… but don’t forget to dream! Believe in the unbelievable, take comfort in the reality of goals and achievement, hold close to your heart the special feelings you have for those you love and make the most of your days, midsummer or otherwise. Most of all, revel in the warmth of a midsummer’s  dream… Always.

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A Journey of Brothers

The “goal” of crossing “writing a book” off my life list of things to do has been a true journey. I have loved writing for a long time and most prior keepsakes are of short verses, poetry, and short stories by the binder full, in junior high. My ability to create an image through artwork or creative writing was encouraged by many teachers along the way. I come by the talents naturally, as they are plentiful in varying degrees throughout my family. In 2000, I cleaned house of all my creative endeavors, except writing and drawing/painting, to concentrate on my these true passions.  National Novel Writing Month, November 2009 proved to be fruitful in producing my first novel, An Italian Son, yet to be edited and released. National Novel Writing Month, November 2010, although punctuated with bursts of fury and distraction, allowed me to produce novel #2, Power Struggle, again awaiting another edit before release. My constant love, and perhaps that could be why I am reluctant to devote the time I need to finish it, An Elizabethan Affair – is ongoing. Do I want to let him go just yet? With my schedule, it seemed to make sense that an ebook novella might be the first book to be released.

Way back in June 2009, a writing prompt posted on our group’s web site (http://www.wfscsherwoodpark.com/) inspired me to write a short story based on the visual image it gave me. An accumulation of several prompts guided me into a journey I could not control – let alone explain. Stories come to writers, for whatever reason, and they must be told; they are developed in a particular setting because certain details fit, they are populated with characters we flesh out as if they are real. To a writer, they are real in our minds and the goal is to transform those players to the page so they are real for the reader, too. I am not just trying to sell my first ebook to you – I want you to know about the process it took to become a story that will morph into a collection of three novellas by the end of this year. Novella 1 came to be about Aaslan through a series of prompts, like I mentioned above, and as I wrote I wove the prompts together back and forth between brother, Aaslan, and sister, Aisha, and it soon became clear there was a “journey” I had to follow. Specific words and details provided an appropriate setting and, although some details were changed through research and authentication, the story unfolded in the countryside of Turkey. I love the process of finding things that just fit – a synchronicity of sorts. I love the way a tale comes to pass and wonder on its amazing ability to fall into place with little effort, as if it’s meant to be. Why did I have to tell this story? What connection do I have to this tale other than writer? Not sure – perhaps, there is a connection to something between the “once upon a time” and “the end” that exists without explanation. There was a draw to the elaborate yet simplistic lives that come together with one purpose. Writing this also had a profound effect on me in that recollection of school day courses came to mind and reminders of things once read and/or studied brought back feelings of deja vu.

In writing this story, I chose names for my characters that reflected their personality traits already manifest in their being but also soon to be strengthened through their journey. A Journey of Brothers is a novella of just over 23,000 words and follows the main characters of Aaslan, Aisha, Udmurt, Saharra, and Haidar. There are a few secondary characters who play significant roles in book one – but also play significant roles in the back story, one not told directly but referred to during the course of this book. The secondary plot, one in addition to the actual quest set upon by the main characters, unfolds as we move forward to a resolution of sorts by the end of the book. It was amazing how this came to be through a series of prompts used to tell portions in segmented short stories. Putting them together to weave an untold mystery was amazing, for not only me, but for my characters who discovered a hidden secret about their past. Some things wrapped up by the end of the book but there were suggestions of more as the writing continued – it was easy to decide to write two sequels – there are stories yet to tell.

A short description of A Journey of Brothers:

“When Aaslan’s duty to escort his sister, Aisha, to a neighboring village is met with defeat, he must journey to find his sister through the underground tunnels of the Turkish countryside. He fights little boy fears in a grown up world to regain his honor and save her life. With the help of friends, his destiny becomes one of survival and growth. He is soon to earn the name he bears, or die trying.”

A Journey of Brothers is available through #Smashwords, the world’s largest distributor of indie ebooks.  In the future, I will publish this book in print copy through my publishing company, Dream Write Publishing. Thank you for sharing my writing journey.

 
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/206099

I want to thank my mom for her encouragement with this book. She read it through and helped with the proofreading. Her support has made a significant impact on me as a writer and her statement a few years ago “you really are a writer” meant the world to me. I don’t look for acceptance and accolades – to me, you do what is right and what is your way. If others accept your honesty in staying your ground and making a stand, then it was meant to be because you are being true to who you are. We all have a “journey” upon this earth – discovering your passion and following that road makes life fulfilling. She would love to see this story as a movie – so would I! Love you, Mom.

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Call to Conference – A Writers Conference, That is!

The premise of this post is based on the skeleton of a blog I did two years ago; however, I have changed most of the content, not only to reflect the current “state of affairs” but also to write prior to the conference, instead of after it’s all said and done. Perhaps, this will entice you to take part in our event if, by chance, you are in the vicinity. It will be a lovely affair and aptly titled: “For the Love of Writing.”

In our attempt to encourage free fall writing, our group rep Mandy posts weekly writing prompts. Once titled (and still available on the calendar of events), the Saturday Writing Prompt has now become the Weekly Writing Prompt, encouraging participants to use their creative inspiration at any time. The “Saturday” tag was misconstrued to mean that you could only write to that prompt on that particular day – not true! As with the now weekly prompt, we encourage our members and others to use the prompts whenever the muse strikes. The prompts are meant to engage our members and the public who visit our web site with topics and questions to challenge the imagination and spark new or renewed ideas. The interesting thing about these challenges is not in the prompts themselves (although, sometimes you wonder… where the heck did that come from?) but rather, the diversity of writing that follows. As a member of the WFSC, you are allowed access to the internal web site where  you can blog, post, and share your literary offerings.

The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County will hold their 2012 Writers Conference on Saturday, May 5th; the writing prompt posted back on in 2010 added the tease “you should be at the Conference”  but it was posted as it always is and many of us got back to it after the event was completed. The following question was the prompt for that week and I have tailored by response to what my 2012 answer would be… (to read past posts, follow the links on the right to April 2010):

“If you could invite anyone, author or not, to the conference who would it be? Why?”

When planning an event that involves several aspects of presentation and display, there are people you consider inviting who would add to the day either by their ability to draw or engage a crowd, or by the relationship they already have through past encounters. You also tend to, just by human nature, go off on an imaginary tour grabbing at farfetched ideas and dreams hoping that by some slim, whim of a chance a celebrity or awe-inspiring mentor might grace your roster.

Although my past comment indicated that I would love to have someone who inspires me as a writer attend a conference upon my invitation and I listed some who I would enjoy listening to… I feel we fulfill that mandate each and every time, with each and every presenter we invite – in all honesty, everyone should inspire you in some way – we can learn from everyone. At this point, our conferences are small in comparison based on attendance, but that doesn’t mean they are ineffective. Perhaps, they are more effective than larger events because you are able to connect on a more personal level with those around you – you can network, share, learn, and take away valuable industry and information.

The people who asked to present workshops at our Conference, are not just those who may have been available on that day, they are, more importantly, people who have a special place on our roster of writing friends. This year’s line-up is impressive and we not only welcome returning writing friend and presenter, Judy Schultz, but also add new workshop topics to be presented by Lynn Gagne-Webb, Anna Marie Sewell, Suzanne Burkett, and Gord Steinke.

Our trade and author displays showcase the diversity of support and talent within our literary network – artwork, books, inspirational writing, business, and organizations, bring their unique blend of products and services to the table. An artist, no matter their creative calling, adds their own spirit to the group who mingle with a single purpose in mind – to share their passion for creativity.

Participants who register to attend our event do so for various reasons. It may be to further their own knowledge and understanding of a topic and learn what they can from those who are experts in their field. A writer may be finding out about themselves and in discovering that, they discover others who share their passion. Mixing and mingling with like-minded people creates a bond. Strangers become friends. Groups encourage fellowship. Everyone becomes connected. Inspiration lies in the sharing.

Looking over the guest list – our committee, our members, our community, our leaders in council, organizations representative of industry, experts in the writing field, artists, authors, local businesses…. If I could invite anyone to the Conference, who would it be? I think we have everyone we need to make this Conference the success past years have proven it to be, so in advance, thank you for sharing the day and the passion for the written word.

(p.s. in the back of my mind, of course, I have a wish list – you know that far-fetched dream likened to a fantasy, often unspoken or held in secret (or not so secret) containment… – Viggo Mortensen? Poet, artist, photographer, actor, Renaissance man-extraordinaire! YOU have an open invitation. Maybe an influential Facebook or Twitter friend? Check out our posts on both! Oh, yes, and of course, William… but that’s really reaching ;)

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Limits? Show me the sign…

In a recent post to my Facebook status, I quoted my auspicious Aries horoscope forecast that so knowingly cautioned me of my habit of ‘doing too much’ and proceeded to claim that I do not know my own limits. Me? Really? My tongue in cheek lol and snappy comeback muffled amid cavernous yawns, says it all – I know. I know…  I do way too much when it comes to work, stacking in amongst the have-to-do and need-to-do, the things I truly enjoy and want-to-do. But is that need to overdo my nature and my destiny or is it my need to compensate for something that may be lacking.

My recent schedule has forced my hand at times with late nights, long hours, and solitary concentrated efforts – necessary in order to fill those promises I have made, not only to myself, but more importantly, to those who have entrusted me with their words. I believe that as a writer I have a more personal connection with other writers when I put on my publisher hat. I KNOW what goes into the process and it is more than just technicalities – it is your heart and soul. Words are like our babies and we all know how a mother defends its young.

This connection is where I draw my greatest pleasure because it adds to my own accomplishment every time a new author, or returning author, decides to publish their book through me and my company. The process is extremely time consuming and demanding but I find it is a necessary ‘burden’ in order to make it painless for the author so they can focus on the achievement not the bereavement. Their words are now out there on their own, no longer protected from universal intrusion and judgment; they must have weight and merit and stand on their own little wordy feet.

To be able to accept this responsibility makes a big impact on the experience for the author, and as a writer I can relate to the elation, the trepidation, the glow of pride… that comes with taking that step to getting your book published. Sure, there are millions of them out there and there will be millions more, but none are as special as the ones to which we have a personal connection.

So, dear horoscope, big astrological predictor and guide provider of unpredictable behavior – yes, my courage may be strapped to the height of my dreams but I remember my limits, most of the time… When standing at the edge of that precipice, and the darkness below overshadows the glow from the bright stars of achievement and blocks out the golden aura of challenge – I realize the limit. At that point, when the blackness starts to engulf me and I think ‘omg, what am I doing?’ – I have a mini melt down, of sorts, and it really doesn’t last long as I retreat for a night, recoup my forces and move ahead just as determined as before to make it all work.

Limits? Yes, I guess I have them in me somewhere but when it comes to fulfilling promises and writing… there are no limits I won’t test.  

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