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Well, okay, wrote a second short story and chapter one of a new novel. So, it is nice to feel productive and get projects “finished” (both are just drafts), but what I am REALLY looking forward to is getting back to my novel–which I can do today!

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Funny how that goes: I’d written a couple of scenes of a short story, and this week, I re-wrote the entire thing in one day–with different characters, plot and setting. Edited it yesterday. Now it needs to sit for a week or two, and have one more pass before submission.

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Was so pleased today to get a notice from OnSPEC, saying a story of mine has cleared its first hurdle. Yay! But making the final cut is always tough: there are so many good stories in the slush pile, and sometimes a perfectly good one has to be cut because it is similar to something else, or just not quite right for the mix. Fingers crossed!

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Was invited to the local chapter of SCBWI this week to present on writing SF/F/H for YA and MG writers. Tons of fun-we had a great discussion. Thanks, so much, Pamela, for inviting me!

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Finished revisions on “Alexandre” at my writers’ retreat this weekend, and it is submitted to my critique group. Very happy! Tomorrow: off to my OTHER writers’ retreat, where I plan to revise the other novel, based on critiques I got from three great pre-readers. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Rainforest!

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Just finished revising chapter 22 out of 31 chapters. It’s going very smoothly. Hope to have it to my critique group very soon! Excited!

Also, the library’s writers’ workshop last weekend was great. I attended an excellent seminar on writing humour, and touched base with several writers’ groups and old friends. A good time was had by all!

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My course on writing speculative fiction began at the Alexandra Centre on Tuesday and will run for 10 weeks. I have 7 students and am very excited to be working with them. Our first stories for critique are already submitted!

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Thanks to excellent friends and awesome writers, I got a fantastic critique of a novel that was rejected for submission (with an offer from the editor to look at it again). What I needed was another take on the 3 paragraph critique the editor sent me to clarify with fresh eyes the things she wanted me to change. Of course, I was also pleased to get fresh insights from my critiquers, as well. The result was a very clear and manageable set of suggestions that have completely energized me! Thanks to great writers and great friends!

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Very much enjoy revising my novel. I know I have a ton of work to do, but it is always so rewarding because the work gets better!

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Heather helped me get into my website from my iPhone. Yay!

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