Tasks completed: Meditate. (10 minutes) Find most recent version of novel. GULP. (Took me a good twenty minutes.) Create new file for edited version. Print out current version of chapter one. Compare current version with new edited version. Write from the heart. WORD COUNT: 1478 (including new words and edited words!) TIME SPENT WRITING: 1.5… Continue reading The Guesser – #Hangman – Rewrite a go!
One of the best things about touring and participating in festivals and literary events is the people I meet...and, especially when I'm doing Poetry on Demand, the people I get to write poetry for! I met Editor Laryssa Brooks at a University of Windsor alumni event. Her sweet smile and patient demeanour totally caught my… Continue reading Editor Laryssa Brooks talks books, words and the joy of editing
I am just over-the-moon with this incredible success story! I've been mentoring/editing and revising a novel by local writer Gordon Stallard for the past several years. We met at one of my creative writing classes many years ago. About a year after the class, I got an email from Gordon telling me that he'd written… Continue reading Success Story! ‘Unseen Realities’ E-Book Published on Amazon
And so the journey continues. We're at the part in the process where we lay each poem out and figure out where it belongs. I did this first at my house, which meant I had to clean off my dining room table. It is FOREVER a mess of papers, coloured pencils and markers, food crumbs,… Continue reading New Poetry Book – Order & Title
July has cometh! Currently, I'm engaged in a common summertime Shields' family past time - the kids, the dog and I are in my bed each on our own devices (yikes). We are pyjama-clad and snoozy...the kids watching movies while I write on my laptop. I can smell the wet grass and soggy soil on… Continue reading Summah-time…Notes from Summer House Shields
Introducing my new book - a book of poetry - entitled "I Am That Woman". Can I get a 'heck ya' up in here?!! What a whirlwind this last month has been! I'm thrilled and grateful to tell you that this, my first book of poetry, has been published by Black Moss Press. Here's how… Continue reading Introducing My New Book! I Am That Woman
Today I was overcome with *PURE LOVE* for my editor. Not only has she been my editor for years - on and off for different projects, but always in my heart and on my mind for whatever current project I may need her for - but most recently for my new young adult novel Hangman (working title).… Continue reading Why My Editor is the Greatest – EVER