Kick-Off Party for Guelph #NaNoWriMo

Yesterday evening, I joined six other Guelph WriMos for the Kick-Off Party at Fionn MacCool’s, an Irish pub at the south end of the city. We chatted about our book descriptions, writing processes, and previous NaNoWriMo journeys.

A diverse group, we write in several genres, among them New Adult, urban fantasy, mystery, memoir, women’s fiction, and short stories. Special thanks to Cindy Carroll, our M.L. (Municipal Liaison) for the Guelph/Wellington region. You can find out more about Guelph NaNoWriMo here.

ONWARD ♦ AVANTI ♦ EN AVANT ♦ WEITER ♦ ADELANTE


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At Chapters Guelph

Thanks to Events Manager Earl Townsend and Chapters Guelph for hosting me on Saturday. I was happy to be part of the “Canada 150” celebrations and enjoyed chatting with readers and wannabe writers.


Nuts and Bolts of Writing

L-R Alison Bruce, Donna Warner, Liz Lindsay, Joanne Guidoccio

Yesterday evening, I participated in a lively panel discussion with three other mystery writers at the main branch of the Guelph Public Library. We are all published authors and members of Crime Writers of Canada.

We gave mini-presentations on our favorite nuts and bolts of writing—The Right Opening, Character Development, Self-Editing, Building Your Author Brand—and read excerpts from our recent novels. During the Q & A sessions, we delved into a variety of topics, among them short stories, writing and critique groups, conferences, and contests.

Thanks to librarians Andrea Curtis and Deb Quaile for organizing and facilitating this event.

To learn more about Guelph Partners in Crime, visit our websites:

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Meet the Authors–Gloria Ferris and Donna Warner

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L-R Gloria Ferris, Donna Warner

Yesterday, I attended an author event featuring two of my fellow Guelph Partners in Crime, Gloria Ferris and Donna Warner. In addition to reading from their novels, Gloria and Donna shared an interview with the International Thrillers Writers and answered questions from the audience. A lively discussion followed, and several topics were covered, among them e-books vs. print books, reviews, book covers, inspiration, and querying.

Thanks to librarian Chris Fraser for organizing and hosting this event at the Evergreen Seniors’ Community Centre in Guelph.

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Librarian – Chris Fraser

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Where to find Gloria…

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon

Where to find Donna…

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon


TGIO Party for Guelph #NaNoWriMo

nanowrimocrestFriday evening, I joined four other NaNoWriMo winners at Fionn MacCool’s in south Guelph for our TGIO (Thank God It’s Over) party. Of the 96 members in the Guelph region, 26 of us completed 50K words and more during the month-long marathon.

Thanks to our M.L. Cindy Carroll for organizing and motivating us throughout the month. We plan to meet throughout the year and compare notes on our NaNoWriMo projects.

As for next year, I’m in for another round. Ideas are percolating for The Missing Gigolo, Book 4 in the Gilda Greco Mystery series.

My final stats…50,940 words with an average of 1,698 words per day.

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At Fair November

On Friday, I crossed the 30K threshold on my NaNoWriMo manuscript, A Different Kind of Reunion. To reward myself, I decided to visit the 42nd Annual Fair November Craft Show at the University of Guelph.

I spent a pleasant afternoon visiting the booths of over eighty artisans showcasing traditional and modern Canadian handmade crafts. Every craft imaginable–pottery, kiln fired glass, copper and enamel accessories, hand-felted clothing, metal work, beeswax candles, wooden toys–and some I had never encountered before–recycled granite accessories, up-cycled ladies clothing, vegan handbags.

And the gourmet food products!

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Half-Way Party for Guelph #NaNoWriMo

nanowrimocrestLast evening, eight of us met at Fionn MacCool’s in south Guelph for our half-way party. We are an eclectic group of writers but still manage to find common topics of discussion. The conversation was an animated one as we chatted about our WIPs, e-publishing vs. traditional publishing, evil day jobs, and NaNoWriMo.

We also debated the merits of different writing processes. We appeared to be divided (not so evenly!) between plotters (write using chapter outlines) and pantsers (write by the seat of their pants). While I like to stick with my comfort level of 1700 words per day, several of the others have written 5000+ words in one day.

All in all, it was an enjoyable evening, and I left, inspired to continue writing.

My Word Count (as of Tuesday, November 15) – 25,599 words.

Goal (by Wednesday, November 30) – 50,000 words.

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