Sunday, 23 October 2016

STANZA SUNDAY: It's A Woman's Romance World

One thing I observed
Among all of the romance author events I see listed
Is that all of the people appearing
Are of the female gender.

I will admit that I’m new
To writing the genre
But, given the numbers
I’m a small fish in an ocean of sharks.

I have heard reports
Males do write romance
However, they do so under cloak and dagger
Wanting to remain faceless names.

I, on the other hand
Decide to go against the grain
Throwing caution to the wind
In hopes I can become known

Alas, when you write two other genres
Things can get complicated
And, makes me wonder

If I should stick to them instead.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

STANZA SUNDAY: Giving Thanks Up North

It is a special time of year
For my family and friends in my former home
As they gather around the table
Enjoying another festive meal.

It's time to celebrate
The annual autumn harvest
Relishing in the fruits of
Those who toil the lands.

Turkey with all the trimmings
Will be had by many
Accompanied by cranberries and stuffing
The latter my favorite part of the meal, I admit.

Alas, this is my first time
I will not be celebrating with them
As I dodge the odd hurricane
That sweeps near my new home.

But, despite all that
I wish all my Canadian friends and family
A Happy Thanksgiving
As I remember those I miss dearly.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

"It's (Near) That Time Again..."

Autumn is finally here. Stores are inundated with all things pumpkin spice. Canadian Thanksgiving is less than a week away. (And, for the first time in my life, I will not be in my former "home and native land" to celebrate it.) And, the start of the National Hockey League regular season is not far away. However, for some writers, like me, we are deep in the throws of plotting and planning for the annual month of insanity is upon us. That's right, gang, NaNoWriMo is nigh.

For those unfamiliar with the term, or a complete newbie to my blog, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. Every year since 1999, participants have taken on the wild-and-wacky creative writing challenge where they are tasked to write a 50,000-word novel within a month. Interesting factoid: when it started that first year, the event was held in July. However, *sings* "in the Year 2000", the event was shifted to the traditional November time frame, and it hasn't looked back since.

Annually, 300,000 people from around the globe embark on this literary journey to create their magical worlds whether it be in the realms of fantasy, sci-fi, romance,or any other genre of fiction. I, myself, have participated in the challenge every year since 2009, with the exception of 2013 when I was adjusting to a new job I had obtained a couple months before. This year, I will attempt to tackle the task again, but with the added responsibilities of married life and my current "day job." My mission -- which I'm choosing to accept -- is to write the first draft to the first book in my Phil Bennett spin-off series.

It should be an interesting November, and those who are interested in getting in on the insanity themselves, you can sign up at http://www.nanowrimo.org