Remembrance Day 2017

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.-George Santayana

We live in a world where memories are measured in seconds and the ‘apps’ of our lives are often designed to forget or erase what we just shared with others, the moments of our lives. It’s not that we can’t remembered what happened last week, it’s that we can’t remember what happened last snap.

Chose to remember the truth: the good the bad the ugly. Lest we forget.

Be Well -dcd

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My father is third from the left. He fought in Korea for Canada.

#NaNoWriMo2017

This post, like most if not all of my NaNo post consists of unedited or reviewed words. Simply the flow of words that came out. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

An excerpt from “Markaz” wherein we find evil.

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“Ground them, please.” Akim said.
Ceira turned back to Bek who was smiling at Akim’s words. He was already trying to pull power from her. She took the breath, calmed and release the power slowly to him. She found it better to keep her eyes closed while Bek worked. It helped her focus on her task of giving him the power. The grind of the earth being pulled against earth reached her ears and the muffled screams of the now enclosed thugs did not distract her. She continued to give Bek the power he needed, increasing it as she imagined the improvised earthen room coming down and meeting resistances from the men inside. And then the screams and pop like sounds as the roof came to the ground. The sound reminded her of stepping through goopy mud. Finally the silences which sent a thrill through her, a soft sigh escaping her lips. She knew that Bek would continue until the men were well beneath the ground so the animals wouldn’t smell the bodies and dig them up. Not that there would be bodies. It would be bones and goo. Bek just didn’t push the people into the ground, he pressed the ground up at the same time. Like a hardened earthen vise. And then Bek stopped pulling power and she waited calmly until the reserve in her emptied before opening eyes.
She looked at Akim.
“Do you want us to ground the rest?” She asked.

NaNoWriMo Day 4 2017

A little unedited excerpt from this year’s NaNoWriMo Novel – MarkazDay 4 Words

The loud laughter of middle-aged men erupted throughout the bar. Isott looked over to the disturbance, shaking her head. Daniel tapped her on the arm, gesturing to her to look again. What she saw was impossible. One of the two men was pointing at a drink, concentrating on a glass that had the drink flowing straight up into the air. He then carefully brought his arm down and the fluid went into the glass. They both laughed and his partner yelled, “Higher”. The other man focused his attention on the glass and the liquid rose out of the glass higher than before. He then gestured to an empty glass and moved the liquid to it, splashing as it fell into the glass. They slapped each other on the back. The tavern was silent by now watching the two. They didn’t notice the silence or attention. The one moving the liquid said something to the other, who nodded his head. The strange focusing of the two men returned and the liquid at the table went into the air. The one gestured to an empty glass at a table near them were some merchants were watching and dropped the beer into one of their glasses. Sloshing most of it onto the table. The woman picked it up the drink and toasted them, laughing.

Isott’s looked back to the two men, they were concentrating harder now. Beads of sweat forming on their foreheads. The men noticed everyone watching them now and the one seemed to be focusing on all the tables at once. They both seemed to glow? And then all the drinks on almost every table rose into the air, higher and higher, almost touching the ceiling.

“I am the greatest,” bellowed the man standing holding both hands high in the air. He was in ecstasy from something and then all the drinks in the air fell soaking the patrons, producing screams and complaints. Isott watched as the man arms still high in the air grew brighter and then collapsed like a sack of corn to floor unmoving. His companion now stood looking at his own hands. He too seemed to glow. He cried out, “I can’t get rid of it!” Looked down at his chest, “No” and exploded.

The West Woods…

The West Woods Cover Reveal - Suzy Vadori Aug 8 2017

Suzy Vadori’s follow up novel to The Fountain is not what I expected. This prequel explains why Courtney, the antagonist in the first novel, is a clever mean girl with her own agenda.  You can read this as a stand alone novel, but I highly recommend reading “The Fountain” first. Both books are rich YA novels that deliver on their promises. The reader will not be disappointed and eagerly awaiting the next novel.

The West Woods is a mystery adventure where we follow our young protagonist who discovers a fountain that grants wishes. Even the most careful wisher can’t anticipate everything that will happen, including…oh wait…that would spoil…

I can tell you that the word “Bagel” made me laugh out loud. Not really a spoiler. This books is a great read for all YA readers. Now if the author would only hurry up and write the next one…

Be Well dcd

PS – heads up NaNoWriMo posts incoming all through November.

The Proper Care and Feeding of the Writers in Your Life – Volume 1

This is too great not to share. Genius. It is doubtful that I will ever write this well. Please enjoy, I did. Be Well

Bonnywood Manor

Once upon a time, in a land where the summer sun can kill your soul, on the patio of a restaurant bar where the libations eased the slow heat-death, a discussion took place betwixt a certain writer and a certain beloved person in the writer’s life. The conversation was initially mundane, with rambling whatnots about who would sleep with George Clooney if given the chance and whether or not a proper queso recipe should include diced onion. Then, in a rather alarming development, the dialogue became a wee bit accusatory, and non-sexual passions were enflamed. Nonetheless, some intriguing considerations arose, and I would be remiss in my responsibilities as a writer if I didn’t share this conversation with you.

(Note: Forthwith, the “writer” shall be known as “Hexom”, a character in one of my books, a simple ploy that should give the illusion that someone else has an issue, even…

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NaNoWriMo 2017 – Prep

Yup, I prep for NaNoWriMo. I am not a pantser. I can write a couple thousand words off the top of my head. But after that I am lost. I need a plan, a cunning plan.

So what am I planning for this year’s NaNoWriMo? I am glad you asked. Today at this moment, the book will be an origin story about the first magic users that survive and how they grow into the College of Greater Magic.

On the good news side I sent out my magic system notes to get some feedback. This will help the book.

Other decisions that I have made about this work:

  1. Work on better description, I suck at description. Suck is an understatement.
  2. It will be an ensemble story of some sort. Most likely an adventure.
  3. People will die, I have a hard time letting characters die or be killed. Time I grew up as an author.
  4. There will be a wise-ass dad joking character.
  5. There will be bad people.
  6. I will have an outline and plan.
  7. This book will fit into a Fantasy Series.
  8. I will update the blog. (Stop laughing)

This afternoon, I will start working on characters and their story arcs. There may even be a second blog. Two blogs in one day! INSANITY.

Cover Reveal…drum roll please!

I met Suzy Vadori at the Rocky Mountain Writer’s Retreat two years ago. Over the weekend several discussions about writing with her and others occurred including an extended discuss on relationships and romances in YA. She also took the time to explain her method of plotting stories. She described herself as a quilter. Which made a lot of sense to me. I learned to enjoy YA lit raising my three boys. Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl,  you know the list. So I bought her book and read it. Gave it to my sister, she loved it. Wonderful story, well written, with one of the evilest antagonists ever! I kid you not!

What drew in me in the most was the weaving of the plot elements. Seamless and intriguing. I generally only read series and when I found out there was no sequel nagging began.

Book Two in the series, The West Woods is coming out soon, not soon enough for some us, but at least she’s not writing at a G.R.R. Martin pace. Here is  a short blurb and the cover of the new book – quite a mystery.

Magic, sacrifice and the quest for freedom.
Courtney Wallis wants nothing more than to escape St. Augustus boarding school. After uncovering a well-kept secret about the school’s founder, Isaac Young, Courtney turns to the school’s magic to convince her dad to let her leave. Things take a turn when she meets Cole, who lives in the nearby town of Evergreen. He gives her hope that things might not be so bad. However, the school’s fountain has other ideas, and binds Courtney to her ambition, no matter the cost.
As Courtney struggles to keep the magic from taking over, she and her friends get drawn into the mystery woven into the school’s fabric. Everything seems to lead back to the forbidden West Woods. Together, she and her friends seek out the spirits of the past to ask for help, and find themselves in much deeper than they’d bargained for.  If they succeed, Courtney could be free of the magic. If they fail, she may never be the same.

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About the Authorsuzy vadoriSuzy Vadori is an Operations executive by day, Writer by night. The Fountain is her debut novel for Young Adults. Suzy is an involved member of the Calgary Writers’ community, service as Program Manager for Young Adult at When Words Collide (a Calgary festival for readers and Writers) since 2013. Suzy lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and three kids.

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I was not compensated for this: good people, good authors need all the help they can get. A big thanks to: The gang at Evil Alter Ego Press for signing Suzy and YA Bound Book Tours for letting me part of the cover reveal. Nagging works.

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As always, be well

dcdear

PS – be ready for the onslaught of When Words Collide Posts.