Recent writing prompts

Since I was unable to attend my local writers’ group April and May meetings due to attending Brian Henry workshops, I made the extra effort to write something to contribute in my absence. Not ready to share them online – yet – because I might use them for entries in the Writers’ Union of Canada postcard contest (flash fiction up to a maximum of 250 words) next year.

I’ve got one entered in this year’s contest, too, that was originally written for one of our monthly prompts.

The prompt for April was It Was the Day She Dreaded – The Day of the Appointment. This one garnered quite the response, especially from the male members of our group when it was read aloud. Oh to have been there in person or a fly on the wall.

The May prompt was He had missed the perfect opportunity to say nothing.

Our prompt for June is War and Peace. Yowzers! I’m sure I’ll come up with something before the 27th but, if not, I’ll be there for the meeting so maybe I’ll be a rebel and not contribute!

Un-privatized posts

Some time ago, I made a couple of my posts regarding Sarah’s Gift private rather than prejudice my chances of getting her published. Well, I think I’ve varied from my original story enough that I can safely “un-privatize” the posts of the synopses… the full and the brief.

Home again, home again

The trip to Sudbury was a blast! Great time spent with family and I got in some quality shopping, including a suede jacket from Danier Leather. Woo Hoo!!!

The writing workshop was entertaining but mostly informative without being overloaded/overwhelmed. The same workshop is being offered in Kingston in October – much closer to home – so I might go again. I mean, you can’t absorb everything in one go around.

Now I just have to apply everything I learned this past Sunday to my revisions/rewrites of Sarah’s Gift.

Cross your fingers for me.

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to Sudbury I go

Leaving tomorrow morning for Sudbury where I’m combining a visit with family with another Brian Henry workshop. Promises to be great fun, relaxing and informative… that’s the whole weekend, not just the workshop.

This workshop is on Writing and Revising and with where I am in Sarah’s Gift, I need this workshop sooner than later. Although it is being offered in Kingston in October (if my memory doesn’t fail me). And I will likely attend it again. There are always things you miss on the first go around.

Newest Scottish landowners…

It’s finally official. Our deeds arrived yesterday. We are Scottish landowners. We bought two small plots of land in the Laird’s Wood in Lochaber.  And now that we are landowners, we will be henceforth known as Laird Donald and Lady Melanie…

Sure by Tummel and Loch Rannoch and Lochaber I will go…

The Proposition of de-feet… not the agony of de-feat

I can’t say I’ve ever had this happen before but it has now. I’ve had my feet propositioned!

I’d bought a new outfit to wear to a birthday party on the weekend. I was wearing chunky turquoise jewellery – necklace, bracelet, ring. Later in the supermarket, I came across a bottle of nail varnish that would be the perfect match for my accessories. So, I painted my toenails to match. Little did I know what was to happen later in the afternoon.

my ugly feet modelling the turquoise nail varnishSo, only having worn the sandals for a short time to get used to them and with having to climb steps, I decided going barefoot was the way to go. After all, I didn’t want to “fall off my shoes”.

One of the guests, looked down at my toe nails and that’s when the fun began! He started by saying that they looked absolutely delicious! I think he said, he could eat them up, too, but that he didn’t have a fetish. And in the next breath, he said he was salivating! The more he tried to get his foot out of his mouth, the deeper it went in and the other one joined it soon afterwards.

I looked at one of the other guests – my bikerhen friend – and we got into the laughing. We laughed so hard I almost peed my pants. Even he who propositioned my feet had a good laugh.

When the party started to break up, I put my shoes back on and went in search of “he who propositoned my bare feet”. If he thought they looked good out of the shoes, what did he think in them?

the studded sandalsHere is a picture of the shoes… what do you think?

The road to publication

I’ve come to the conclusion is very much like the road to hell… paved with good intentions. But, I’ve gone further than many people along that road. I’ve had a number of non-fiction articles published, and two complete novel manuscripts. And I have sent out queries, pitched to editors, unfortunately, all with the same results.

However, since joining RWA and the Ottawa Romance Writers Association (chapter of RWA), my writing has improved ten-fold, if not more. Workshops, support and mentoring have gone a long way to aid my quest in becoming a published author in novel-length fiction.

The Ghost in the Radio… the saga continues

I thought listening to my Ontario morning on CBC radio by live streaming via the Internet would be the easy thing to do. For a while it worked wonders… then the problems started happening there, too. But not the radio changing channels on its own… this time it was a bug with Windows Media Player.

A simple fix… uninstall and reinstall the newest version and all is well. I’m happily listening to the radio on the Internet every morning until I have to leave for work.

The Ghost in the Radio – Part II

He’s ba-ack!!! Sounds like something out of Poltergeist, doesn’t it? It all started again this past Monday morning. The radio automatically changing frequencies from its usual and customary 107.5 (my CBC channel) to 87.5 (nothing but static).  It does it three or four times between 6:00 and when I leave the house about 7:30. Hmm…

Again, I will outsmart the wee blighter. It just might take me some time.

My Scottish roots and writing by Melanie Robertson-King