Posts tagged: storytelling

Mar 03 2017

Current Projects — March 3, 2017

First Draft

I have three new pieces of flash fiction completed and will be editing them (and my previous pieces) over the next little while. On Monday I inted to start working on some music!

Second Draft

“Snow White and Rose Red” continues apace, and I have begun editing my flash fiction.

Final Draft

Nothing quite ready for you yet, but hopefully I will have an announcement very soon!

Feb 24 2017

Current Projects — February 24, 2017

First Draft

I finished the flash fiction from last week and I just started another one. Yay!

Second Draft

“Snow White and Rose Red” is beginning to pick up speed. The stage I’m at is difficult, but so far definitely worth it. I’m not sure how long this process will take; it’s quite involved. But I’m confident that the final result will be something you will enjoy reading, assuming you like fantasy!

Final Draft

Nothing quite ready for you yet, but hopefully I will have an announcement very soon!

Feb 17 2017

Current Projects — February 17, 2017

First Draft

I have begun to make headway with the space dragon story, and I have one flash fiction story to complete first draft on (should be finished by the end of the weekend.

Second Draft

“Snow White and Rose Red” is beginning to pick up speed. The stage I’m at is difficult, but so far definitely worth it. I’m not sure how long this process will take; it’s quite involved. But I’m confident that the final result will be something you will enjoy reading, assuming you like fantasy!

Final Draft

Nothing quite ready for you yet, but hopefully I will have an announcement by the end of the month!

Feb 03 2017

Current Projects — February 3, 2017

First Draft

I’m still working on that story about the little girl and the space dragon. I got the first part finished but the second part is harder to figure out where to go with it.

I’m writing more flash fiction as well. It’s a lot of fun to see how short a story can be and still be a story!

Second Draft

I’m still revising my retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red.” I have no idea how long it will take, but hopefully not the entire year!

Final Draft

I should have something ready for you soon — stay tuned for news!

Jan 06 2017

Current Projects — Update for January 6, 2017

First Draft

I’m working on six pieces of flash fiction right now. There are a few different themes going on here, and some really interesting characters. I’m hoping to get them finished in the next week.

I’m also working on the second story in a set of children’s stories about a space dragon and the little girl it befriends. I’m hoping to have it finished by the end of the month (sooner if things go well).


I’m revising my retelling of “Snow White & Rose Red” right now. It’s slow going, but I’m confident that when I’m finished the story will be much stronger and more interesting.

Final Draft

I have one short piece that is nearly finished. I haven’t decided what to do with it yet because it’s not really a short story, but when I do I’ll let you know!

May 30 2016

When Writing is Hard

I post here about words, about my addiction to words, about how to use words and punctuation to communicate. I try to educate my readers, to help them become better at communicating via the written word. And I talk sometimes about my personal projects, the writing I do for myself that someday will be released to the world.

When I was in school, I wrote all the time. If I wasn’t writing, I was reading. I used to write stories in Chemistry class in high school. I was adept at both hiding a book below my desktop and reading it in my lap during class and walking from one class to the next while reading. The story ideas came fast and furious. I always had characters to write about and stories to tell.

At some point in university, that began to change. I wrote my second novel in first year and then gradually I stopped writing. Reading was replaced with TV by third year.

I suppose “stopped” isn’t quite right. I still wrote stories and poems, and I continued to read books (both fiction and non-fiction, for fun). They just weren’t activities that I did every spare moment anymore. Other things began to take up my time, like the internet and TV and so on. But I did also begin journalling more, so maybe my creativity was being expended in my schooling (I was a composition major, after all) and in writing out all of my thoughts about my life.

I started reading and writing more often a few years ago (not ten years ago, but I think more than five years ago). I made a point of writing all year, not just during November. I started going to the library and to the book store more often and did my best to make the time for both activities. (You can’t be a writer if you are not also a reader, after all.) Doing things like this requires mindfulness and purpose, neither of which I am consistently great at. But I try.

Writing is still my joy. I love words. I love finding new ways to say what I need to say, the combination of words that will get the story right.

If I am honest, I will say that I have not written any fiction in over a week. I have many projects on the go and many more waiting in the wings, because the ideas keep coming. But actually making the writing happen is very hard.

I thought I would confess this now because I think authors do our readers a disservice if we pretend that it is easy to make words happen. Sometimes words are not coming because we are having trouble figuring out what we want to say or how to say it; sometimes words are not coming because we are not making the time to put them on the page. Life happens to everyone, usually at the most inopportune moments. And it is good that it does happen, because that is how we get the experiences we need in order to be able to write real stories, to speak Truth through our writing.

But it can be so frustrating when the words are rattling around inside, aching to get out, and it just isn’t happening.

I hope to let more of mine out soon.

Feb 08 2013


Writing is a fairly solitary kind of activity. You sit alone, you type out the words in your head (or write them on a piece of paper), and then you edit and revise until you think it’s ready for someone else to see. Then you pass it on to someone and they give you feedback, and you do it again until it’s truly finished.

This morning I was chatting with a friend on Facebook, and she asked me about my writing. I told her about my current projects and some of my ideas for future projects, and she told me to do it. She said it’s important work that I’m doing with this writing.

I haven’t done much writing at all this week (a bit of editing on one project on Tuesday). I’ve had a lot of work this week, so I’ve been busy, and somehow I always run out of hours in the day before I get a chance to open a file or crack open a binder.

But I feel rejuvenated, somehow, after that conversation. I feel like my writing is important, it isn’t futile. There are people out there who do want to read what I have to say, who want to read my stories.

So I’m going to keep writing, keep plugging away. Hopefully by the end of this year I will either have a publishing contract or be embroiled in the wonderful world of self-publishing.

My next post here will be about the new direction I’m taking this blog. In the meantime, if you have any editing or writing work you would like me to take on, please fill out the form on my Contact page (main site) and include the discount code FEB13 to get 14% off (in honour of Valentine’s Day).

Jul 31 2012

Personal Projects: What’s going on?

I’ve been pleased with my progress on my personal projects. Over the past two months, I have managed to complete drafts and even bring a few pieces to completion! Here’s the breakdown:

First Draft

Since my last post on this topic, I completed five first drafts. There is Regenesis, an essay about the ebb and flow of interests; Beast, a retelling of the story of Beauty & the Beast; Baptism, a picture book about baptism in the Anglican church; Disability or Difference?, an essay about whether we should call disabilities differences; and Möbius: Dora (series) – Book 1, the first book in a series of picture books about a little girl who has autism (this series fits in with my Young Adult novels and takes place in the same universe).

I’m still working on CAVIES: The Musical, but I’ve finished the songs I originally planned, so now I need to go back over the story and probably rearrange some of the songs and write a couple more. Then I can start working on the music itself. I’m also working on a short story about the green man, for this anthology, and trying to finish up the first draft of a short children’s fantasy called Ballk. Also up for August are a picture book about Lent; a book-length fantasy-type story that I have to plan a bit more; and a short piece of creative non-fiction titled Expo that is styled as an online encyclopaedia of terms one may encounter at a fan convention.

I’m also working on collecting character information for my Möbius series. Things were getting very complicated, and I was starting to get confused about some of the characters. Once I’ve collected the information, I’ll get it organized and then I can look up specific characters when I need to put them into a story.

Second Draft

I’ll be editing three pieces in August: Consideration, a short story about a girl dealing with the aftereffects of abuse; We’ll Write You an Opera You Can’t Refuse, a short story about the musicians’ mob in Halifax and a set of contraband timpani; and This Ability vol. 1, a graphic novel about a group of teens who have various disabilities and super-powers.

Third Draft

I won’t be working on the third draft of anything in August, but I did finish the third draft of I Still Think of You yesterday.

Final Draft

I did manage to finish and submit Education & Qualifications to the anthology on time, so it is just a matter of being patient. The reading period is up at the end of August, so I suppose I could hear sometime in September. I also finished the final draft of Crumbs to a Dog in June, so that is ready if I ever find a market for Bible story retellings. 😉

In August, I’ll be working on the final draft of I Still Think of You.

In the Wings

Assuming all goes well with those first drafts I’ve listed above, I have a few other projects to cycle in as needed:

  1. Kyle the Camel – A picture book that is similar in concept to the song Alice the Camel.
  2. Eucharist: An Anglican Picture Book – Another book in the Advent series.
  3. Karl the Dragon – This will be in verse, I think, and tell the story of a dragon who… well, we’ll see where it goes.
  4. Christmas: An Anglican Picture Book – Yet another book in the Advent series.

The nice thing about these plans is that only some of my personal projects have set-in-stone deadlines. I still try to meet all of my self-imposed deadlines, of course, but since only one of my current projects is for an anthology, everything else is flexible, and I can focus on that if I start to run out of time. I’m finding that I really enjoy writing for anthologies, but I don’t think I could handle more than one at a time. But once this one is finished and sent off, I’ll probably start looking for another one. They get me out of my comfort zone and give me a chance to try my hand at telling different stories from what I usually write.

May 29 2012

Personal Projects: What’s going on?

As always, I have many balls in the air. It’s perhaps a rather ambitious schedule I set myself with these, but I’d rather be overly ambitious and have to adjust my expectations than become bored working on just one project at a time!

First Draft

Currently in first draft, I have Regenesis, a personal essay about the ebb and flow of interest and focus; and CAVIES: The Musical, a musical about a bunch of guinea pigs in a rescue. If I finish it, I’ll have to turn it into an animated film script rather than a stage script, because I don’t think all of it will be do-able by people in guinea pig costumes.

Second Draft

I just finished the first edit of I Still Think of You, a film short about a man who may not be “all there”; and Education & Qualifications, a story written as an article about whether or not Mad Scientists should need their doctorates in order to be called doctors. This is the story for A Method to The Madness: A Guide To The Super Evil. The submission deadline is Thursday, so I’m hoping to get my third draft done today!

Third Draft

I’ve completed the third draft of Crumbs to a Dog, a fictionalized version of the story told in Matthew 15.21-28. This is told from the point of view of the mother whose child Jesus heals. When I rewrite Bible stories, I try to find an angle that will illuminate something in the original text that maybe isn’t always obvious to everyone who reads it. I’m not sure how well I accomplish my goal every time, but I enjoy writing these stories and have a few more on my list.

Final Draft

My Anglican picture book about Advent is finished! Well, the text of it is, at least. When I wrote the first draft of this one, it was in verse and it really wasn’t very good at all. Each draft changed things a little more, and finally I went with prose, electing to tell the story of a little girl noticing the differences about the church at Advent. The purpose of these picture books is to impart information to both children and their parents. If I were a better artist, I’d illustrate it myself, but that’s not going to happen. Next is finding a publisher and possibly an illustrator, depending on the publisher.

In the Wings

As I finish each of these pieces, I try to cycle in the next piece on my list. When next I sit down to do some editing, I’ll be working on the third draft of Experience & Qualifications, as I said, and then I’ll finish it and send it off on Thursday afternoon.

Once Experience & Qualifications is finished, I’ll turn to the latest draft of my novel The Power, which is about a young woman who can see demons and angels. It has changed a lot since its first incarnation as two mildly related short stories I wrote in high school, and I love coming back to these characters over and over again. Someday it might actually be finished enough to be ready to send to publishers.

Along near the end of June, I’ll pull out Crumbs to a Dog to look over one more time and make my final changes. I like to let stories rest between edits; fresh eyes make for better choices, in my experience. It’s hard to find markets for retellings of Bible stories, but I write these for my own enjoyment more than for the possibility of publication, so that’s okay – just adding another story to my list of finished pieces will be good enough!

June is Camp NaNoWriMo, and of course I intend to participate. This time around I’ll be working on a novel I’m calling Data Stream. For fun, I’ll be writing it in Excel and then pulling it into a Word document as a mail merge to get my word count each day. There’s a point to the exercise besides allowing me to use Excel in strange and wonderful ways, but I’m going to wait to talk more about this project until it’s finished.

Also in June, I have five children’s picture books in mind (one of them is already started), an essay, and a short story to finish. They are, as follows:

  1. Baptism: An Anglican Picture Book – Another book in the series that Advent belongs to.
  2. Karl the Dragon – This will be in verse, I think, and tell the story of a dragon who… well, we’ll see where it goes.
  3. Lent: An Anglican Picture Book – Another book in the Advent series.
  4. Mobius: Dora (series) – Book 1 – This is the first in a series of picture books about a little girl who has autism. It doesn’t actually have a title yet.
  5. Christmas: An Anglican Picture Book – Yet another book in the Advent series.
  6. Disability or Difference? – This essay will look at how people who are less severely affected by their disabilities can do serious damage to the ability of those with more severe impairments to get the accommodations and respect they require and deserve.
  7. Beast – A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, from the Beast’s perspective.

Of course, I can’t start working on the first draft of Baptism until I’m finished either CAVIES or Regenesis, so we’ll see where that gets me.

Feb 19 2010

Missed a week – but I have a good reason!

Last week, when I normally would have posted an update, I was in Calgary, shopping for a wedding dress and making a few arrangements. The wedding is July 3, it will be in Calgary, and we’re nowhere near ready. (I have a blog about it; you can read updates there.)

Bad news: Fortresses Crash to the Sea was rejected; this time with a form letter. I’m going to go back to the place I think should be a perfect fit and see if they’re accepting new submissions, because I really do think this story deserves to be read widely. (And I’m not just saying that because I wrote it!)

I have some good news, though! On the flight to Calgary, I finished reading Stephen King’s On Writing, one of those writing books everyone recommends constantly. Well, I’ll be recommending this one, too. Excellent book! Inspiring and funny and full of awesome advice. And a few days prior, the book inspired me to redo the basic outline for We’ll Write You an Opera You Can’t Refuse… and I managed to get half of the next scene written, to boot! So I’m still way behind on my writing goals, but this story is going to be finished eventually, and that makes me happy!

Just a short update this week. I’ll try to have something more substantial to report next week. 🙂

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