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Open Call for Novels

Third Person Press–the indie publishing house run by Sherry D. Ramsey, Julie A. Serroul and me–is now open for novel submissions from Atlantic Canadian writers. Click over to read our submission requirements and guidelines. We hope to keep receiving submissions on an on-going basis. However, if we get inundated, we will close until we catch up. Before submitting, please check… Read more →

Stretch Goals

Today, looking back at only two subs in January, I wondered why I had the impression of having been unusually productive since the first of the year. Then I remembered: one of those subs was a novel. Sending off a novel excerpt and synopsis is big deal [for me] and way more time-consuming than a short story, so that’s part… Read more →

No Place to Hide

We needed a downstairs bathroom in our old house, so my husband Barry is building it. He worked as a carpenter when he was a young man and has kept up his skills, but because it isn’t something he does all the time, there are many learning and re-learning curves. The other day while we were taking our evening walk,… Read more →

Recipe for Revision

courtesy of liquene For the last week or so, I’ve been working on the novel I wrote in November during NaNoWriMo. Today I admitted to myself, that while effort has been expended [passive voice has been used], I’m flailing. I’ve been changing this, changing that, working obsessively on that all-important opening scene, but with very little strategy in mind. My… Read more →

The Pitch

After posting about “the pitch” for my novel-in-progress earlier last month, I thought I should share what I came up with. Finally got this the way I wanted it around the end of the first week of NaNoWriMo. As for the book itself, I’m still not sure about my title, “Plasticity.” I like it and it fits the subject matter,… Read more →

Day 6 – 30 Nano Post-Mortem

The thing I’m most proud of after successfully finishing NaNoWriMo is that I made no foolish pledge to blog everyday during the month. The first five days I wanted to. It was a good feeling to complete my main course and then finish off with a little blogging dessert. But after day five, the novel filled me up. I got… Read more →

Day 5 – Showing Character

Today, my main character showed her character. Up to now, she’s been more self-involved and confused than anything else—for good reasons—but, that had to change. Even though she still has more questions than answers, she reached a point where she had to take a stand, to declare herself on one side of the conflict or the other. I’m proud to… Read more →