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Had a great visit with my sister this week–got out of town, into the countryside, saw the horses and dogs and all the work she and her husband have done, had a walk in the snow, a couple of great meals, sewed a skirt and did a painting. What a relaxing week!

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At Anna’s Art Show, I sold four paintings! A fun day–saw lots of people I know, and had a great time, and it was also profitable! A very classy art show, and a success all around.

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Ever write a story and see two obvious paths: the hero does this, or s/he does that? Both are telegraphed from the beginning, so neither one comes as much of a surprise at the end. What is wanted is that creative third option: the one that was there all along, but no one saw coming–the inevitable surprise. Gee, those story endings are hard to find. I woke up Sunday morning with a creative third option for a story I am working on…was happy to find it, but not sure it really fits the size of my story. Maybe I need a creative fourth option…

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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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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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