Thanks to Randy McCharles and Lesley Winfield for organizing a wonderful multi-author signing at Pandora’s Boox in Olds today! We had about 12- 15 authors out, and every one of them sold at least a book or two–I sold three! The book store did very well, and everyone had fun. I met some new authors, and had a great time.

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Got some good writing done on my novel. A scene that was just not working was whipped into shape, and I rewrote the ending to a short story and submitted it to my critique group. It got an excellent rejection from F&SF, so with some tweaks, it might still be good for another market.

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Didn’t win the Aurora for Best Short Fiction, but the convention was really well run and interesting. I attended a couple of sessions on medieval and renaissance warfare and a demonstration on sword fighting, and the SFC Canada party was great. The hotel was lovely and had a few meals with good friends.

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Just spent 5 days at the Rocky Mountain Writers’ Retreat with 14 other writers and wrote almost 13,000 words. Not a record, though: Randy wrote 30,000. Planned out 22 scenes to finish the rough draft, and accomplished 15 of them. Very productive!

This weekend: off to V-con in Vancouver. A couple of weeks and I get another 3-day writers’ retreat. Hope to have the edits done, then!

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Just spent 4 days writing and did 12 scenes following a secondary character through the novel to give context to his integral actions at the end of the book. Very satisfying! Now off to a 5-day retreat to do more!

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Tomorrow, I head out for 4 days’ writing. Everything is ready to go. Yay!

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Did some good hole-filling for my novel, and am ready for next week’s retreat–very focussed, knowing exactly what I need to accomplish!

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It’s been a good week for writing: work done steadily every day, though sometimes not as many hours as I would have wished. However, next week I will have a 2-day writing retreat as I go to out-of-town meetings with Don (he has the meetings, not me, so I am free to write!) and the week after that I go to two, back-to-back retreats for a total of 8 writing days. Yay!

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Very much enjoying my rewrites of my novel. It is a major shift and will be a big project, and I am only on chapter 2, so far, but it is going well.

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I finished the tutorial, uploaded my work and have been editing my series–everything seems to work very smoothly. I am very pleased with Scrivner. And, today, recognizing that my teenage heroine needs to be put a bit more in jeopardy, I killed off her protector in Chapter 2. It will mean quite a few edits through the rest of the book, but I think it is the right thing to do. And I had the perfect spot for it: instead of surviving the monster attack as the guardian had done before, she’s killed. Shows how dangerous those monsters are!

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