Why am I so happy to have received a rejection of my novel? Because she gave me some really positive feedback, as well as comments on specific things I need to address. And then she would like to see it again. So… Yes. Very happy. I only wish I didn’t have such a full day today, so I could get started.
When you find that document you were searching high and low for, only to discover it has been password protected, and you cannot begin to remember what the password is, or why on earth you thought (five years ago!) it would need such protection…
I am reading stuff I wrote ages ago, and finding it’s not too bad. Definitely needs some tweaking here and there, but overall it’s a viable work. Also did a rewrite on a short story which I will be sending out soon! In short, I am enjoying a lovely Writers’ Retreat in Sidney with Brenda Carr and Carol Berg. #gettingstuffdone
The Itty Bitty Big Band.
Our jazz duo, featuring Gord Hembruff on sax and clarinet, and me, Krista Wallace, on vocals.
Listen to any discussion or interview, particularly on the radio or TV. Count how many times you hear the phrase, “In terms of…” Then, count how many times that is actually the best way to express an idea.
Chances are the answer will be zero. Zero times.
The Miscon panels have been announced! Things might still shift so I won’t post full details here, but I’m excited to get to tell a Story on the Fly, again, as well as reading for First Page Idol and a Memorial reading of Sue Bolich’s work.
I didn’t make it to Norwescon last year, so it was a treat to attend for its 40th anniversary. I really enjoyed the panel on Rhythm in Fiction, which was really informative, despite Carol Berg’s uncertainty of what would be discussed. It turned out well. Another favourite was Writing to Market, where we learned a log from librarian Marta Murvosh, as well as the other panellists.
My favourite event, though, was the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Readings on Saturday night. I got to share a few pages of my WiP, Griffin and the Spurious Correlations (and was sad to have to tell people it isn’t published yet!), but most importantly, I was honoured to have been asked to read from the work of the late Sue Bolich, who was a terrific writer, supporter and friend to many of us. I read the opening segment of “A Call to Reason,” a chapter in her collection of stories that take place in the Museum of the Arcane. This collection is called Out of the Vaults, and I really hope it comes available for purchase.
Special thanks to Andrea Howe, Sue’s editor, who said a few words about Sue and how much she meant to us.
I hope to be back to Norwescon next year, or the year following. It was a great pleasure to meet so many new folks, and of course to hang with my peeps.
1) Carol Berg
2) Brenda Carr
3) a TV — not on
4) a fireplace — not on
5) a massive Garry Oak tree
5) Saanich inlet
6) some ducks
7) a rug
8) Four wooden letters: H O M E
9) a glass of water with ice
10) Two small statues of angels, each holding a post-thing with a flat top perfect for holding a candle.
Here I sit in one of my favourite Writing Retreat locations.… Chez Brenda Carr, with the glorious view of a massive Garry Oak tree and Saanich Inlet. Brenda is right…there, and Carol Berg is right in front of me, and we’ve all been working away for several hours. Carol has been here for a week already; I only joined them today. For tomorrow… We are off!
Down to Seattle for Norwescon. These two have finished their critiques for the Fairwood Writers’ Workshop. Me, I’m not up to anything this weekend but attending some cool panels and hanging with friends. I’m sure I will learn many many things.
What a fabulous weekend! I attended so many terrific panels (Writing Fight Scenes, Real Life Superwomen), and was on a few that also went really well (Research, Beta Readers, Storytelling on the Fly).
I was also the reader for the Live Action Slush Pile (writers submit the first page of their WiP and as I read it aloud the panellist raise their hands at the point they would stop reading), and boy, were there some terrific submissions! Usually the panellist’s hands fly up in nanoseconds, and this time there were very few times I was asked to stop reading. Very cool. The most common criticism was to get to the action more quickly: good set-up but then stop with the set-up and start the action.
Great to see good friends, and meet new ones. And I’m so glad Sandra Wickham has already posted the dates for next year: May 18–20, the Victoria Day long weekend. I’ll definitely be there.