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Historical fiction, paranormal/young adult/women’s fiction, call it what you will, my current in-progress novel could be labeled all of these.
When a woman time-travels to the past, meets intriguing characters, learns about herself and life, and brings that new knowledge back with her to the present and future, you have the gist of the novel I’m working on.
Imagine my joy when I met Veronica Knox, an editor who also writes paranormal books that include time travel. Then imagine my excitement when she liked my plot and encouraged me to develop it. Then think of my gratitude when she said I could call and talk with her about it and even recommended books to read to help me with the plotting.
So, if you don’t see frequent posts here, be assured I’m busy writing my book.
Parallel universes have taken over my mind. The past couple of months I’ve been working on a book dealing with this concept. In this novel, the protagonist confronts her life’s decision points and goes back to sample a reality she rejected earlier.
Life is made up of decision points, small and latge, and had we turned right rather than left, how would life be different? She finds out.
I’m enjoying writing about her many lives, and wish I had the secret of doing this with my own life. Don’t you?
Is this Magda, all grown up? It’s a question people keep asking me. I’ll tell you when I know.
This past weekend I returned to Mayne, some six years after my first visit to the Southern Gulf Islands, and reached further to Saturna. This island-hopping was made possible by an ambitious community event, Tour des Iles, which provided free sailings between neighbouring islands. Some boats took routes we landlubbers might otherwise never see: from Retreat Cove in the north of Galiano to Salt Spring Island, and in a triangle from the eastern side of Mayne, to Saturna, to Hope Bay on Pender, and back again.
To keep things simple, I planned a Saturday morning arrival on Mayne followed by a bike ride across the island to Horton Bay. A Tour des Iles boat would then ferry me to Saturna in the early afternoon and return me to Mayne in the evening for camping near Miner’s Bay. Sunday would allow a meandering journey back to Vancouver.
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Here’s one more tragic story that could have been so happy, if someone with authority had been wiser. I hope Trevor is found and the three brothers have a reunion very soon.
Your blog post was so helpful , Kristina. My four book mystery series might benefit from a review of the titles. I love the idea of one word titles. And I think Blaze is a much more exciting title than Burnt. Thanks for your help.
Ready to Publish?
If you haven’t read my blog before, I’ve just signed on with Imajin Books and intend to blog about my publishing adventure. I’ll share what I learn and hope it helps someone out there get their novel published. At the end of my last blog, Ready to Publish?, I gave myself two action items:
Step one : Re-launch website and give it a cleaner look.
Done: Or sort of done. I’ll keep working on this as I get feedback. What changes did I make to the site?
- I changed my home page to a static page instead of my blog. I did this so when I have book covers designed, I’ll have a landing page to post the covers.
- I chose a new format that I found pleasing to the eye and what I think is a more professional image.
- I updated the image at the top…
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I never thought of myself as a playwright. But a few months ago, the Mayne Island Little Theatre challenged locals to write plays that were no longer than twenty minutes, had no more than three characters, and depicted a view of island life. These plays were to be submitted blind, no names attached.
Well, finding that a challenge was just what my writing needed at the time, I decided to give it a try.
I recalled a humourous experience while giving a ride to someone, and this became my first play.
My second play started life as a short story about the internment of Mayne Islanders of Japanese origins.
I enjoyed writing the plays, but was of two minds about submitting them. I rather timidly, and urged by friends, while not really expecting them to be chosen, entered them.
I was shocked when the theatre company’s readers selected both my efforts. Tomorrow and for the next two nights, my little darlings, along with three others by local writers, will be displayed for all to see.
You can probably imagine my excitement.