Category Archives: Mystery

OPEN MIC AFTERNOON NOV 9 2017

Well, the final spoken word open mic for 2017 at Covernotes Tea and Coffee is over. We had a great selection of readers and a full coffee shop of listeners. The genres covered to were; children’s fiction, general fiction, mystery, and sci-fi/fantasy.

We’re taking a break in December, but the Writers’ Community of York Region (WCYR) will be holding a pot luck in Dec and we’ll have an open mic there. We’ll pick up the monthly coffee-shop readings again in January. We’ll be announcing the dates and time with a special announcement some time in December. Meanwhile, here’s a slideshow of what you missed if you weren’t with us. In no particular order, I present: Erika Willaert, Susan Charney, Sheila Horne, Dianne Gemmell, Rob Rinne, MJ Moores, Paul Teledi, and me (Nanci Pattenden).

 

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DAY OUT IN FERGUS

I spent a good chunk of the day Friday in lovely Fergus, Ontario with my friend MJ and her son Jaden.  Lingered in the library, which is gorgeous, for a few hours. Originally built in the very early 1800s, it’s been expanded, but it’s something else.

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We grabbed lunch, then went to Roxanne’s Reflections, where we left our books on consignment.

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Then we had a quick look at the river before heading home. All in all, a nice day out, despite the chill in the air.

 

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Almost over

I’m part way through my 2nd last course in my Creative Writing program at the University of Toronto. Currently taking Novel Writing – Master Class. In May I’ll be registering for The Final Project. Wooooo

Whatever will I do with my time once that’s done? I’m sure I’ll find something to take.

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Working on the words

I’m trying to get the first draft finished for my New Adult paranormal book.I’m a little under 34,ooo words to far.

I managed just over 700 words Thursday night while I was waiting for the Sisters in Crime meeting to get started, and hit the library this afternoon to do some more. Got a total of 1748 words yesterday and today, which is well below my target. Oh well, at least  got something written.

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Amazon Campaign

Decided to give the Amazon Marketing Service a try and see what happens. My campaign is set to run from the 5th to the 8th. I’ve set my budget at a whopping $5 per day. Wonder if it will be worth it?  LOL I’m running it on book 2. Fingers crossed someone bites. One per day will at least cover the budget. 😀

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Waiting for retirement

Just a little over a month left before my semi-retirement starts. Day one I’ll be taking my car in for a little body work, so I’ll have a rental for three days. broken carI’m going to miss the purple and black duct tape on the driver’s side mirror. I still don’t know what’s happening with me going part-time at my current place of employment, but the plan is to work Tues, Wed & Thurs. I’ll have lots to keep me busy over my 4 day weekends.

I haKids-writing-clipart-2ve two books in progress and another ready to come off the shelf after a few years of collecting computer dust. Also have a couple of adventure short stories in my head (maybe novellas). Still mulling over how to handle them. And yes, I write before typing.

Then there’s the magazine that the writing group I belong to is planning on starting once we get the ‘official’ go-ahead. First issue February 2017 – online and a few print copies.

Maybe I’ll find time to get back into my genealogy and relax and do some cross-stitching. I used to stitch pretty much constantly several years ago, before I got into stitch-clipart-crossstitchgenealogy, then writing.

I still have two more courses to take at the U of T, one of which I might be starting in September. It’s either then or January, and since that one is on campus, I think I’d rather travel in the fall then the first few months of the year as the weather is geneschoolrally worse then. The last course is the ‘final project’ which I’m thinking will be that book that’s been gathering computer dust. It’s based on a story I dug up doing some genealogy.

 

Oh, I forgot that I have notes for yet another one. I have about 12k words typed up I believe.

Hurry up October!

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Update on latest book

Been busy with courses so I haven’t done a lot on this one. One of the courses was historical fiction, so I started on book three of the Hodgins series. Barely started. About a chapter and a half. Getting back to the New Adult book now. It takes a lot of research to make it believable.

I’ve just barely passed the half way mark of the first draft. It feels like it will be a bit of a cross-over between the whole witch-thing and a mystery. As I said in my earlier post, Marcy, the main character, has decided to learn the family craft that she abandoned in her early teens. She didn’t take well to being called a freak by her so-called friends. With the addition of trying not to be killed by an unknown and basically invisible man (witch/warlock?) she also needs to find out what happened to her grandmother’s baby brother. He disappeared when he was seven and Granny and her sister were never told what happened to him.

Going over the timeline I realize that I need to add a few chapters. I have her going to England but she’s only there for three days. Need to stretch that out to at least a week, maybe longer if I can. I’ve done a bit of digging and think I know what I’ll fill the time with. Hopefully it’s not boring as she will be learning a lot. Somewhat of a history lesson for her, so I’ll need to add some humour to it.

I’ve added a new chapter at the beginning and I’ll try to get a chapter or two done by the end of the week  –  Fingers crossed.

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