Sunday, April 19, 2020
We may not be able to meet in person, but we're still hoping to continue the inspiration and motivation.
At this point I think any plans we have for Open Mic Night or any other events are totally on hold. We may actually have to skip Open Mic this year. We're taking it one day at a time right now.
1. After a long, hard winter, I couldn't wait to walk in the woods.
2. I was used to seeing wild animals in my rambles through the conservation area, but nothing prepared me for what I saw that day.
3. "What's that, Mommy?" My four-year-old daughter pointed at empty space.
4. I'd been through some tough times in my life. Accidents, betrayal, loss, you name it. Something told me this was going to be the worst yet.
5. As he hurried through the dark street, he hunched against the eyes seeking him. Phantom fingers brushed his spine, wracking him with shudders.
6. Most people think of animals as just animals. As a vet, I've learned each one has a personality as distinct as yours or mine.
7. The whole world was dancing in the jubilance of spring sunshine. Trees and wildflowers swayed in the breeze, birds swooped and pirouetted in a mating dance, squirrels wove arabesques as they chased each other.
8. The warmth of the sun and a teasing breeze lured me into sailing out of the bay. The forecast was good weather all weekend, so when a sudden squall pounced like a lion on my tiny craft, I was unprepared.
9. We spit on our pinkies and linked them in a solemn vow. We would never tell anyone what we were about to do, and no matter what happened we would face it together.
10. I have never told anyone what happened that day, until now. Now that I stare death in the face, secrecy is not only irrelevant but undesirable. People need to know.
Stay tuned for more information on when we will be able to resume meetings and possible events.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
HWG Writing Prompts April 5 2020
The Signs and their Ingredients
While we are all in this crazy state of being forced introverts for a while, I thought I would find a way to keep our brains active and the creative juices flowing.
In the midst of things, I'm busy doing edits for Drop Dead Cowboy which comes out in September. It's the cover ideas I'm struggling with but that will come!
I'm also finding online courses to build my word skills. Too bad it's not helping my typing some days! I tend to stumble over my fingers when I go too fast.
Anyway, I discovered this on Facebook one day and thought it would make for some fun prompts:
Aries: Flames directly from hell, shards of diamonds, the energy of a toddler, a gallon of caffeine
Taurus: clusters of emerald gemstones, the scent of old books, warm chocolate chip cookies, silk pajamas
Gemini: wind from a tornado, a pinch of salt, a child’s laughter, a cup of glitter
Cancer: shimmering tears, the moon’s light, the scent of lavender, water from an ocean storm
Leo: a Hollywood actresses’ tears, the pride of a lion, the morning sun’s rays, beaming highlighters
Virgo: freshly roasted coffee, the scent of new books, a bouquet of daisies, breeze of a fall afternoon
Libra: a cup of rose petals, a bottle of fruity perfume, creamy frosting, voice of Marilyn Monroe
Scorpio: deep rooted secrets, the eyes of a psychic, passion *added for flavour*, a midnight conversation
Sagittarius: a child’s optimism, a folk song riff, a language not yet known, wisdom of a philosopher
Capricorn: the bones of a warrior, a gallon of pessimism, a leader’s authority, Saturn’s tough layered rings
Aquarius: an alien brain, a tablespoon of stardust, holographic beams, one mystery flavored candy
Pisces: melatonin, a cup of cotton candy, the heart of a goddess, tears of a siren
Can't wait to see or hear what you all write!
If anyone wants to share it on our blog, please email me or Pat and we can post it for you.
Until we can read to each other out loud again....
Stay healthy and keep writing!
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Diane's 10th book is coming out! A book launch is being scheduled at BookLore in October. Stay tuned.
Diane participated in Tottenham Crime Writers of Canada Author Showcase and Panel on March 7th. Her review on that is posted below.
Sonja sent a proposal to the library regarding two events - Reader Feedback and a NaNoWriMo Write-in. The group agreed the reader feedback event should be scheduled for September 26th from 2-4pm, This has since been confirmed by the Library. We need ideas for catchy names for both of these events.
Judy read a prose about a childhood memory. This subsequently became our prompt for the day: Write about a childhood memory.
Sunday, March 22, 2020, 1:30-3:30pm
Monday, March 9, 2020
Last year, with seven published novels under my belt, I finally joined the Crime Writers of Canada. I was part of our Crime Writers Event in Orangeville last fall on September 28, 2019. I was nervous meeting such talented writers but came away inspired.
Then again on March 7, 2020, I attended my second CWC author event and I totally enjoyed it! This time, I was more relaxed and felt more like I belonged among such talented company, especially since I’d been on the Orangeville panel with Judy Penz Sheluk and Anita Arvast in September.
Eleven authors (6 women and 5 men) met at the Tottenham Community Centre and spoke to a small, but attentive audience about our process as well as answering a few questions from our wonderful host librarian, Kim Burgess. I found it intriguing that out of all eleven of us, only one professed to being a true plotter, aside from the non-fiction crime writers.
The highlight for me was getting to mingle and talk to fellow authors later. We exchanged stories about other events, how we come up with ideas for books, what we do to promote our books, and even what printer we use to get hard copies.
Our amazing panel:
Anita Arvast – Dr. Arvast is a professor of humanities and writes books in the true crime genre with an orientation to social justice. Her first book, Bloody Justice, was short-listed for the Arthur Ellis Award. Her subsequent book, What Killed Jane Creba, is being turned into a play.
David Albertyn – Born in South Africa, David Albertyn immigrated to Toronto in 1993. Writing stories since the age of six, a graduate of Queen’s University and the Humber School for Writers, David’s goal is to write visceral novels that are both thrilling and meaningful. He has coached tennis since 2005. https://davidalbertyn.com/
Diane Bator – A born writer and storyteller, once Diane Bator started writing, she’s never looked back and is the author of several mystery novels. When she’s not writing, she works in a theatre which may be subjected to immortality in a whole new series. She might even try writing a play.
Karen Grose – Karen Grose was born in Canada and lives with her family in Toronto. After a career as a teacher, principal, and superintendent, she turned her attention to writing. Set in Ontario, The Dime Box is her debut novel and she is currently working on a second. https://karengrose.ca/
Jim McDonald – Jim McDonald is a teacher, marriage officiant, DJ, actor, publisher and author. Jim is close to completing Heavy Weather, a historical thriller that follows the 1970 guerilla actions of Weather Underground, the terror group that bombed draft boards, courts of law and even the Pentagon. http://www.jimmcdonald.ca/
Daniel McTavish – Daniel McTavish has worked in the computer industry for over twenty years, spending thirteen years in North Carolina. He currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, but spends what time he can at his cottage in Norway Bay, Quebec, sharing morning writing sessions with passing porcupines and racoons. https://mctavishpublishing.com/about/
Hyacinthe Miller – An award-winning author, Hyacinthe’s work has been published in anthologies, magazines and online. Her debut novel, Kenora Reinvented, was released in late 2019. Hyacinthe is a founding member and Past President of the Writers’ Community of York Region and a member of numerous Canadian and International professionals writers’ groups.
Lorna Poplak – Lorna Poplak is a Toronto-based writer, editor and researcher with a fascination for the stories behind historical events. Her debut book, Drop Dead: A Horrible History of Hanging in Canada, was released in 2017. She is currently working on a second non-fiction book about Toronto’s infamous Don Jail. https://www.lornapoplak.com/
John Simpson – John Simpson was a journalist for many years as well as the author of crime fiction. His first book, Undercut, was runner-up to Kathy Reich’s Deja Dead in the first-novel category of the 1997 Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards. He lives in Barrie.
Judy Penz Sheluk – An Amazon International Bestselling Author, Judy Penz Sheluk writes the Marketville and Glass Dolphin Mystery series. Her short stories are included in several collections, including The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery and Suspense, which she also edited. Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, South Simcoe Arts Council, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves on the Board of Directors as Vice Chair. She splits her time between Alliston and Goulais River. http://www.judypenzsheluk.com/
Keith Weaver – After a 37-year career in engineering, and more than 50 years into a continuing reading addiction, Keith Weaver turned full time to a long-standing interest, writing. But instead of technical writing, he focuses now on fiction. Eight books later, this very active retirement continues.
While I’m still relatively new in the Crime Writers of Canada circle, I’ve found being a part of the group beneficial and am branching out to other groups such as Sisters in Crime as well. I meet new crime writers, learn more about the tax implications of being a writer, and find out more from other authors about their processes. What works for some, doesn’t always work for others.
For now, sharing their work, and mine, is what works for me!
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Hi all. Please take note of this event and date, and then contact me to register to take part in order to support an important service organization in our community. Summer is the leanest time of the year for the Food Bank, so here is a chance to top up their resources by doing what we love to do. Get in touch with any questions. Cheers.