Saturday, January 26, 2013

Awakening A Witch #14 - Six Sentence Sunday

How sad, we've arrived at the last day for Six Sentence Sunday!

As promised, I'm finishing the Six Sentence Sunday blog hop with my work-in-progress Awakening a Witch. For earlier excerpts from this historical paranormal romance work-in-progress, click here.

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Set Up: This excerpt follows shortly after my last post on this story. Alex rescued Mattie from a storm, and now they are alone in a little cottage.  They've heard a strange noise outside, and Mattie realizes there is an extraordinary woman in the wood.  Then, something starts to happen to Mattie that she can't explain.  She thinks she is ill and having hallucinations.

My Six (we are still in Mattie's POV):
          Her fever arrived with a vivid hallucination. 
          Her stone pendant seemingly grew hotter against her skin, but she resisted the urge to drop it, tightening her fingers around the heat instead.  She would not lose her necklace again.  The fiery intensity spread, stabbing her body with sharp, powerful sensations.
          When she swayed into Alex, he embraced her and guided her to the stool by the fire.  She let him.  Thankfully, he didn’t seem affected by the illness yet. 
 
*****

Thank you for stopping by on your busy Sunday to check out my six! I hope you enjoyed them. And, a special thanks to everyone who comments! I have been delighted to read your comments every week.

*****

Thank you to the organizers of SSS for this wonderful opportunity.  I've had so much fun with it over the last year!  If you want to check out more Six Sentence Sunday excerpts, go to the official website: www.sixsunday.com

There, you'll find links to hundreds of wonderful writers and their stories.

*****

I look forward to connecting with everyone in the future through other blog hops, Twitter, Facebook, and more fun things I haven't imagined yet! 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy Rabbie Burns Day - 2013

In honor of Rabbie Burns Day, here are a few folks in kilts.  :)

I took this picture at the Calgary Highland Games in 2010. 











I'm attending two Burns Suppers this year.  Are you?  And, if you are, are you looking forward to eating haggis as much as I am?  

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Alberta - Spray Valley Provincial Park



As I mentioned in my post two weeks ago, I thought it'd be fun to highlight Alberta in a series of blog posts.  My plan is to post something about Alberta every other week.  
A Quick Geography Lesson: Alberta is a province, which is similar to a state in the United States.   According to Wikipedia, Alberta is 661,190 square kilometres (255,290 square miles).  This means Alberta is geographically almost three times larger than Great Britain, which Wikipedia says is 229,848 square kilometres (88,744 square miles).  (We don't have nearly the same population though!) Alberta has the Rocky Mountains on the west and prairie lands on the east - so although it is landlocked, there is a lot of variety in the landscape.  
Let's Start with The Rockies

Last year at about this time, my hubby and I went for a drive in Spray Valley Provincial Park, which we accessed by going south from Canmore. (I mentioned this outing in a blog post at the time.) This provincial park runs along the east boundary of Banff National Park and is apparently important for the grizzly bear population (oh my!).  We didn't see any wildlife the day we went.  

We went to escape the city and take photos.
Others went to ice fish.  They had the lake to themselves.

Very few animals or humans had been out on the snow
yet, so it was pristine and beautiful.


I've never been ice fishing. I imagine it to be a very cold and uncomfortable experience.  (I'm sure if you are prepared and dressed properly it would be okay... but brrr.)  Look at the scenery though!  What a wonderful place to spend the day!

Do you ice fish? 




Saturday, January 19, 2013

Awakening A Witch #13 - Six Sentence Sunday

As I mentioned last week, I've decided to finish the Six Sentence Sunday blog hop with Awakening a Witch. For earlier excerpts from this historical paranormal romance work-in-progress, click here.

*****

Set Up: This excerpt is a little further into the scene, but follows my last post chronologically.  They hear a noise outside the cottage, and at first Mattie thinks it is just a wild animal.

My Six:
          Mattie leaned closer, squinting through the small gap in the shutters. Something was moving through the trees, and it was too large to be a squirrel or a fox.  
          The strange figure emerged from the dark woods and - oh, it was a woman... and she was naked, like a sculpture in an art museum but without the fig leaves. Her skin glowed like moonlight. The blustering gusts, which were beating at the rest of the forest, were tamed around her, caressing her long unbound hair, until her tresses lifted from her bare shoulders and undulated through the air like snakes.  
          Mattie put her hand over her mouth to smother a gasp, but Alex must have heard because he immediately secured the shutters, eliminating the crack through which she'd been peering. Then he yanked Mattie away from the window and motioned for her to remain quiet.

*****

Thank you for stopping by on your busy Sunday to check out my six! I hope you enjoyed them. And, a special thanks to everyone who comments!  I am delighted to read your comments every week.

*****

If you want to check out more Six Sentence Sunday excerpts, go to the official website: www.sixsunday.com

There, you'll find links to hundreds of wonderful writers and their stories. Hurry and check it out, because, sadly, Six Sentence Sunday is ending this month.

*****

Wow, there is just one more SSS left! 

I look forward to connecting with everyone in the future through other blog hops, Twitter, Facebook, and more fun things I haven't imagined yet! 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Awakening a Witch - 7 Writer Challenge

The wonderful Kate Warren tagged me in the 7 Writer Challenge (when I've done this before, it was called the Lucky 7 Meme). According to the rules I must go to either page 7 or page 77 of one of my works, and starting on line 7, post the next 7 lines. After that I must challenge 7 other writers to do the same.

From page 77:

          "Stonemount is different from your home."
          "I know that much," Mattie said.
          "No, you do not." Alex squeezed her had.  "Here, come with me."
          "Where?"
          "To your window."

Now to challenge 7 other writers:
 








Saturday, January 12, 2013

Awakening A Witch #12 - Six Sentence Sunday

I've decided to finish the Six Sentence Sunday blog hop with the same story - Awakening a Witch - so, that's what I'll be featuring to the end of January. For earlier excerpts from this historical paranormal romance work-in-progress, click here.


*****

Set Up: This excerpt follows shortly after my last post on this story. Alex rescued Mattie from a storm, and now they are alone in a little cottage. Mattie is incredibly cold, and her gown is soaked. At last, she acquiesces to his suggestion to remove her gown.

My Six (This is in Mattie's POV.  Bess is Mattie's sister.):
 
          Alex crossed the room to the window and opened the shutters, which sent the wind whistling through the opening and circling through the room.  True to his word, Alex turned so he wasn't looking at her, but he was still right there... a few steps away. 
          More to the point, she could see him
          Bess would be mortified.  Oh, who was she fooling?  She was mortified.

*****

Thank you for stopping by on your busy Sunday to check out my six! I hope you enjoyed them. And, a special thanks to everyone who comments! I love hearing everyone's thoughts.

I am delighted to read your comments every week.

*****

If you want to check out more Six Sentence Sunday excerpts, go to the official website: www.sixsunday.com

There, you'll find links to hundreds of wonderful writers and their stories. Hurry and check it out, because, sadly, Six Sentence Sunday is ending this month.

These are some of the most supportive and beautiful people you could ever meet, so I hope you'll visit their blogs too.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

My January 2013 Stats

I'm always curious about how people use the internet, their sales, and stats.  I always read those posts when they pop up. So, to be fair, I thought I'd share some stats of my own. 

As I mentioned in my blog post on New Year's Day, I have a lot of goals for 2013.  So, I'm marking where I am now in early January and I'll try to check back on these items periodically to see how things progress through the year. 


Keeping track of where I'm going
will hopefully keep me
going where I want to...
So, here is where I am as of January 7, 2013:

  • Publishing: I have not published anything.
  • Writing: I have three novels outlined and ready to write.
  • Editing: I have completed three novels that need to be edited. (Well, I have more novels in my closet than that, but three are close to being at "share-able" standards.)  ;)
  • Critique Group: I have submitted my first pages of 2013 to my critique group and meet with them Thursday night! Yay!
  • Workshops: I am presenting my first workshop of 2013 to my writing group on January 12th.  It is on Promotion. 
  • Conference: I've registered for the When Words Collide conference.
  • Online Classes: I've registered for two online classes - one craft related, one marketing related.
  • Newsletter: I have just registered for a MailChimp account, but haven't done much with it yet.
  • Blog Hop: I'm sticking with Six Sentence Sunday until the end of January.
  • Twitter: I have 1,134 followers. 
  • Facebook: I have 37 likes and my weekly total reach is 29.  (Rather absimal, isn't it? So, a lot of room for improvement there!)
  • Blog: I have 35 people following my blog.  In 2012, I blogged 63 times.  My highest quantity of comments received was for a Six Sentence Sunday post, All That Glitters #2, where 55 lovely people commented.  (Thank you!)
  • Klout: My Klout score is 51, for what it's worth.
  • Google+: I'm in 131 circles.
Okay.  That's it.  Let's see what happens over the next 12 months! 

How do you keep track of your progress? 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Alberta - An Introduction

My contemporary stories are set in fictitious towns and cities in Alberta, Canada.  


Here I am!
(along the David Thompson
Highway in the
Rocky Mountains)
April 2012
I've considered shifting my stories to similarly fictitious towns and cities south of border (maybe Montana? Colorado?) to make the stories potentially more appealing to a US audience, but I've resisted so far. Although Canada and the US are similar, they are not the same.  There are so many ways I could make a mistake... besides, I really like my stories set where they are.

So, Alberta stays - at least for now.

In light of that, I've decided to highlight Alberta on my blog in a regular post.

For a few years, I lived in Ontario (central Canada).  During that time, whenever I heard Paul Brandt's Alberta Bound, my skin would tingle and I'd get a little choked up. 

So, to kick things off, I'm sharing that video by this country music singer.

I hope you enjoy it.

 



Have you ever felt there was a place you were meant to live? 

For me, right now, that is Alberta.  I've lived here for most of my life, and I still love it!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Awakening a Witch #11 - Six Sentence Sunday

For earlier excerpts from my historical paranormal romance work-in-progress, Awakening A Witch, click here.


*****

Set Up: This excerpt follows shortly after my last post on this story. Alex rescued Mattie from a storm, and now they are alone in a little cottage. Mattie is incredibly cold, and her gown is soaked. Last time, he gave her his cloak, but is still suggesting that she remove her gown.

My Six (This is in Mattie's POV, and Alex speaks first.):
 
          "I will not look when you unclothe."  When she crossed her arms in response, he shook his head.  "Or, we could wait until you catch a fever, then I will have to remove your clothing for you.  Have you forgotten you were already ill today?"
          "You wouldn't," she said, but, of course, she knew he would.  To make his point, he let his gaze drift down her body.

*****

Thank you for stopping by on your busy Sunday to check out my six! I hope you enjoyed them. And, a special thanks to everyone who comments! I love hearing everyone's thoughts.

I am delighted to read your comments every week.

*****

If you want to check out more Six Sentence Sunday excerpts, go to the official website: www.sixsunday.com

There, you'll find links to hundreds of wonderful writers and their stories.  Hurry and check it out, because, sadly, Six Sentence Sunday is ending this month.

These are some of the most supportive and beautiful people you could ever meet, so I hope you'll visit their blogs too. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Goals for 2013

I review my goals several times a year - typically at the beginning of January, the end of June, the beginning of September, and on my birthday.  (Does that sound obsessive?)

So, here it is, the beginning of January with a whole new year ahead, and I'm making goals and plans.

2013 is going to be a
year to celebrate!
My 2013 goals are:
  1. Finish editing my completed works in progress,
  2. Finish writing my outlined works in progress,
  3. Pursue publishing for three stories (I haven't decided whether to go indie, traditional or epub yet),
  4. Continue with my critique group,
  5. Present two workshops to my writing group, ARWA (Starting with my workshop on January 12th - Promotion: It's not a four letter word!),
  6. Attend Calgary's local writing conference, When Words Collide,
  7. Take two online classes (Starting with the Book Trailer class at Savvy Authors!),
  8. Experiment with a newsletter,
  9. Participate in a new Blog Hop,
  10. Continue with my Twitter account,
  11. Continue with my Facebook page, and
  12. Continue to blog.
Do you have goals for 2013?