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So, today, I sold four paintings. Not the big ones, but nevertheless, a good day.

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Finished my novel edits. Now just one more read-through before I submit to my critique group. I am so happy with it so far!

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Very cool to see lots of friends from past conventions and meet new ones. Inspiring to talk writing. I am so pumped to get back to work!

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I’m on the last chapter of novel edits (this round) and hope to be done tomorrow. A few more things to check, then a read-through and it goes to my crit group!

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So this weekend is IFWA’s Write-Off. Went Friday night and most of yesterday and got tons done on my novel, and am going again today. Nothing like concentrated time to really get your teeth into the novel edits.

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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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