From The Trenches… Research For Writers & Authors: Part II, Finding Information.

Sometimes using superficial articles from Wiki resources aren’t enough to support your work. So in order to create an authentic voice for your fiction, especially if it’s for a profound piece of fiction or creative nonfiction: You must know exactly what you’re presenting the reader so that they can feel fully immersed in your story. Continue reading From The Trenches… Research For Writers & Authors: Part II, Finding Information.

What Flash Fiction and Microblogging have in common: Saying more by writing less.

One of the first commercial flash fictions to ever be put into a novel was only six words. It was written by Ernest Hemingway. And it contained everything traditional lengthy fictional prose and novels must have: plot, suspense, and intrigue. The story was: For sale: baby shoes, never worn. Yes, only that! But it was able to effectively convey to readers a story. Continue reading What Flash Fiction and Microblogging have in common: Saying more by writing less.

From The Trenches… Research For Writers & Authors: Part I, Understanding The World Wide Web.

https:// – Stands for “hypertext transfer protocol”. This provides access to this website. Most times within our current framework of the internet now, it’s not always necessary to provide this protocol of “https://”, often just using “www.” with the website address is sufficient. “Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The ‘S’ at the end of HTTPS stands for ‘Secure’. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.”² Continue reading From The Trenches… Research For Writers & Authors: Part I, Understanding The World Wide Web.

Beauty Hurts by Falk Stethin #poem #poetry #expressivewriting

“After speaking with 68 year-old Falk Stethin, I’m convinced expressive writing can do something profound for all of us. He’s been journaling and writing, mostly poetry for over 50 years. It’s personal in nature and he writes only for himself. He’s currently dealing with cancer and describes a sense of cathartic release while writing.2 He very kindly gave me a recent poem from his journal to publish on my site.” Continue reading Beauty Hurts by Falk Stethin #poem #poetry #expressivewriting

All WordPress.com Sites Protected Against Zero Day Vulnerability

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
You may have seen news of a new zero-day vulnerability regarding comments in self-hosted versions of WordPress 4.2. All WordPress.com sites — including WordPress.com VIP sites — are not vulnerable: your WordPress.com sites are protected by the Akismet anti-spam service, which is already blocking those comments. Continue reading All WordPress.com Sites Protected Against Zero Day Vulnerability

Word UP – Thursday April 9, 2015

Originally posted on Barrie Writers' Club:
Word Up takes place Thursday April 9, 2015 from 7 pm at Unity Market Cafe & Studios. The readers are the award-winning poet and short story writer, Dr. Shane Neilson, and local writer Mark Jacquemain. MJ, aka Mark Jacquemain, is a graduate of the Creative Writing Master’s program at the University of New Brunswick. His short fiction has been… Continue reading Word UP – Thursday April 9, 2015

What’s Standard Manuscript Format (SMF)? Downloadable References.

Revised for 2015. Standard Manuscript Format (SMF) Downloadable PDF’s on what exactly is Standard Manuscript Format (SMF) and how to properly format your work when submitting it. But always read the guidelines for any publisher, agent, contest etc. Follow what they specify for submissions, exactly. When in doubt, use SMF. 1. GUIDELINE & TIPS – Standard Manuscript Format 2. TITLE PAGE – Standard Manuscript Format … Continue reading What’s Standard Manuscript Format (SMF)? Downloadable References.

Canadian Authors’ Association November Meeting

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Writers Helping Writers From the Canadian Authors’ Association in Orillia: It’s less than one week until our November branch meeting featuring Craig Pyette, senior editor at Random House/Penguin Canada. He will be talking about the only rule that matters when it comes to getting published.  There will also be a question period which means you get the opportunity to… Continue reading Canadian Authors’ Association November Meeting

Canadian Authors Association: Writing Group, Meeting.

Canadian Authors Association: Writing Group Meeting on Thursday July 24th, 2014. at Down by the Bay, beside Brewery Bay From 6pm – 9pm Yes this is free to attend, No membership requirement. If you need a ride or are already carpooling with Roseann, Be aware that she must leave Barrie earlier at 5pm, As she and Jeanette are facilitating this group, SO BE READY! 121 Mississauga … Continue reading Canadian Authors Association: Writing Group, Meeting.

Writing Prompts: July 10th – July 21st, 2014.

Originally posted on Barrie Writers' Club:
Writing Prompts: July 10th – July 21st, 2014.   You found a winning lottery ticket in a bus station. You can’t decide between a vacation in the mountains or at the beach, so you … Your utilities are suddenly shut off in your home. The copier wasn’t working again and I was on my last nerve when suddenly… The… Continue reading Writing Prompts: July 10th – July 21st, 2014.