Monthly update: October 2017

It’s the first day of an outstanding October. Are you ready for the month ahead? I am. I have some big plans for this month, and I can’t wait to get started on them.

Plus, I mean, it’s October. It’s such a great month all on its own, regardless of your goals. There’s the beautiful autumn colours, Halloween, and, here in Canada, Thanksgiving. There’s so much to love about October.

Before getting too far into what October promises, though, I want to take a quick minute to look back on what I accomplished (or didn’t) in September.

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Wednesday links: A simple solution and fall contests

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Wednesday links: Being published in literary magazines

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Monthly update: January 2017

So it’s already 2017, huh? Last year went by much quicker than I’d anticipated, especially those last couple of months. It’s nice to be starting a new year, though. It provides the perfect opportunity to refocus and move forward.

But before we do that–and before I tell you my plans for these new monthly updates–let’s take a quick look back at 2016.

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Wednesday links: Following the rules, taking care of yourself, and short stories

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Book recommendation: Painting Pictures and Other Stories by Gayle Gonsalves

Short stories take a lot more work than many people realize. A writer needs to be able to create characters, build a world and unfold a plot, all within a fairly low number of words.

That’s why I really appreciate an anthology from a writer who is skilled at writing short stories. And though I hadn’t read any of Gayle Gonsalves’s work before picking up Painting Pictures and Other Stories, I had my hopes that she would turn out to be a writer who possessed such skills.

It turns out that she does, and I quite enjoyed reading her anthology.

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Book recommendation: The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales by Kate Mosse

I admit, when I pick up a book, I usually like it to be a novel. I like having plenty of time to get to know characters, and I enjoy spending a fair bit of  time with them once I have gotten to know them.

But, every once in a while, I like to read a collection of short stories. Oddly enough, the anthologies I tend to lean toward most are related to the horror genre. They’re usually straight horror, thrillers, or ghost stories.

So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I was drawn to The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales by Kate Mosse.

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