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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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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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So for several years, people have been telling me how great Scrivner is, and as I am starting a new project, I thought it was time to try it out. Just got it a couple of days ago, and went through their very thorough tutorial, and have begun downloading my project into it–with an occasional review of certain procedures described in the tutorial. Haven’t really worked with it much yet–the project is still not fully in the program–but so far, it looks very useful, easy to use and flexible. Looking forward to getting to know its parts even more!

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