So, here in Halifax we're likely to see lots of wet stuff coming down. I'm thinking there's two options here:
1. Hole up inside and put pen to paper! Get going on that Great Canadian novel you've been meaning to write; or
2. Grab your most colourful umbrella & rainboots and head downtown. On Friday night check out Brenna MacNeil's book launch & Photography Exhibit. See details on the poster below:
I know I've been plugging those free concerts at Grand Parade during the Canada Games, but this Saturday the Games have some indoor artistic fare:
3. National Artist Gala Where: Saturday at Citadel High School, 1855 Trollope Street; Times: 2:30 & 7 p.m.
Price: $16/20 Three artists from each province have been chosen to participate in this program and will showcase their talents.
On a final note, I'd like to thank all the writers from CreateSpace who filled my box with messages since yesterday. It's sad, it's true - I did not make the cut in the competition for that golden carrot (the prize included a substantial advance & a publishing contract with Penguin). It really warms the heart though - in the literary world - people who compete with you for a prize actually support one another!!
Note - I'm not using their real names, but their 'handles':
From Xudro this morning: "I liked your story and found it unfair that you didn't advance to the second round..."
I also asked questions about the excerpt like who they felt it would appeal to:
From SeaCure: "I think your story would appeal to a broad readership - readers who like, history, intrigue, art, mystery, travel, culture, etc."
From Craela: "History Buffs, period piece lovers, for sure, would appreciate this piece, but I think a wide variety would too. It's very well written with a hook that certainly captivated me, and I'm not much of a history buff. I have to say well done!"
Craela also added about what she liked best in the excerpt:
"I think what I liked best was the way everything segued together; nothing confused me at all, I knew it was all related. I want to know more now!"
In closing, my heartfelt congrats to those that did advance & I'll be cheering you on!!
Have a great weekend all!