Sunday, 31 July 2011

I'm Still Here

Wow has it been a long time since I've blogged! Sorry readers, it's been rather busy and I can be a little forgetful at times. I couldn't blog for the third week of the Blogfest because I was not ready to query, so I thought I'd take a week off from blogging. I was going to be working for six hours straight for six days in a row for TWO weeks so I knew I wouldn't have much time. Then, I meant to blog this past week because I could blog for the Blogfest! And then I forgot. Big surprise there!

ANYWHO! I got back from a wonderful trip to Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island in Michigan this afternoon and I miss the island! It is positively gorgeous and completely awesome, especially if you're into biking and history. It's basically an island where you cannot take any motorized thing. You bike. Or ride horses. No skateboards, no roller blades, just bikes. It's kind of awesome like that. And the scenery is beautiful!!!! (Sorry for all the italics, just want to put an emphasis on all this awesome stuff :) ) I highly suggest going to this island. And it is pronounced Mack-in-aw Island, just so nobody gives you a weird look and whispers "tourist" under their breath. I've been twice now and learned the first time that the locals will give you weird looks and will correct you to your face. Be prepared.

Quote of the day: My favourite thing is to go where I have never been. - Diane Arbus

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Contingent Wednesday

I just wanted to take this time to say, "Curse you global warming!!!!" Right now in London, ON, CAN it is 32 degrees Celsius and feels more like 40. (89.6 Fahrenheit and 104). At Grand Bend it is 52 degrees Celsius in the sun (125.6). This is crazy! I remember when I was younger (a lot younger than I am now) and my friends and I would all freak out because it had reached 30 degrees Celsius! Now, we're all freaking out because it's 40 degrees out. Seriously, this is not the weather I was expecting this summer.

In other news, I finally started reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I have decided that I want to finish all books previously started and unread books by the end of the summer.

This leads me to say, I have finally chosen my courses for next year! I will be attending King's University College and have obtained my schedule. It consists of History (Modern Europe: 1715 to Modern Day), English (Forms of Fiction: Intro to Narrative), Geography (Introduction to Geography), Philosophy (Introduction to Philosophy, Questions of the Day), and Writing (The Writer's Craft). Writing and Questions of the Day are half courses so they count as one course. I am very much excited! But also very much scared . . . Which emotion shall win out? Stay tuned!

Quote of the day: One is taught by experience to put a premium on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are. - Gail Godwin.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Gearin' Up to Get an Agent Blogfest Week 2

This is week two of the blogfest and we are writing a story chain! The part before mine is here: http://www.andrea-mack.blogspot.com/ These are the requirements for my part of the story:

Fill us in on some back story if you could, but try to weave it in instead of just telling us.
Your words are: scrumptious, bed, grass

Dio scrambled to close the book. It had already consumed most of her childhood. Maybe she didn't need it this time . . . Memories of past diastrous events with the book nagged at her. She shoved the book back on the shelf and ran up the stairs to her bedroom. She fell down on her bed, feeling its softness and enjoying the moment. The breeze blew in, bringing with it the scent of grass. For a moment she was overtaken by nostalgia of a simpler childhood, before the book. Her childhood had been rather happy, cheerful even, despite her odd name. Summers had been full of scrumptious popsicles and days at the beach, winters full of hot chocolate and snow days. It had all changed when she had stumbled upon the book one day. Dio cringed at the memory of the day. She had found it one day when she was seven. She had been poking through her dad's bookcase and it had fallen open to a blank page. The scent of rotten eggs had been so strong that she could smell it even now.

That's all! Please check out Writing with Shelly for the next part! http://writingwithshelly.blogspot.com/

Friday, 8 July 2011

Atlantis

Right now, currently RIGHT NOW, my brother and I are watching the NASA channel and witnessing the teams prepare for the last manned launch into space. For those with Rogers cable it's channel 254. The crew in the white room (I have no idea what that is) has descended to the pavement and the time is holding at T minus NINE minutes. They're going to launch, despite worries that a thunderstorm could move into the area. Everything seems good to go and they will be docking at the International Space Station on Sunday morning. Everyone is waiting and watching.

UPDATE: The launch is still scheduled for 11:26 am

Quote of the Day: The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart - this you will build your life by, and this you will become. - James Allen

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Thank You

I just wanted to thank everyone for posting their advice on my blog. It was very encouraging and helpful to hear what everyone does in order to leap over that obstacle. It was also interesting to read everyone else's questions and I hope that when I commented on them it helped.

Good luck to everyone for the rest of the blogfest!

Quote of the Day: The counsel you would have another keep, first keep yourself. - Proverb

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Gearin' Up to Get an Agent Blog-o-Rama Week 1

This is week one of a blogfest being hosted by Deana Barnhart.






My question is:

How do you really get inside the head of your character to understand how they would react to a situation, what they would say/do?

I've been having a bit of trouble with this lately and it would be wonderful to get some feedback on how other people get inside the heads of their characters!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Summer Song

Here's a song to get summer started right!


Quote of the Day: Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January. - Hal Borland

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Happy Belated Canada Day!

Yesterday was Canada's 144th birthday and, like most other Canadians, I was celebrating it with family and friends at a barbecue with fireworks. I hope everyone enjoys their Canada Day long weekend and, for my American readers, I hope you enjoy a very happy Fourth of July!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Quote of the Day: The only thing bad about a holiday is it is followed by a non-holiday. - Anonymous