Thoughtful Thursday – On Editing

L4BB3-67RLK3J_RoyRSometimes a contract falls through and it’s the best thing for all parties. Editors and authors can have vastly different visions of what a story should be and sometimes an artist needs to stay true to their vision.

This is a good time to officially say that going forward, I will be extremely choosy about writing short stories. They are very time consuming and I’d much rather be working on a screenplay or a novel or a novel adaptation as those are where my heart is.

Don’t worry. I’ll turn that little story into something. I think a different medium will truly let it shine.

Stay true to yourself and you will never go wrong.

Salut,
R~

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Fortifying Friday – Language

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Language is on my brain a lot lately with the immense amount of hours I’ve been clocking while learning French.

It shows ignorance when people assume refugees should speak English. Yes, they need to learn to communicate in Canada, but it appears that there are a large number of people who don’t realize that refugees get to choose to learn either English or French. It’s almost as if English Canada thinks they’re the only true Canadians.

Canada is considering adding ASL as a third official language. I think this is pretty cool though I’m not sure how many people speak it. I’m surprised a First Nations language such as Algonquin hasn’t been considered given how many FN people live in Canada. But then, what often seems like a no-brainer to me isn’t obvious to other people. For more on the Algonquin language, you should follow my friend Jay Odjick on Twitter as his Algonquin Word of the Day initiative is really cool. But then so is he as you might be able to tell from this recent interview he did.

I’m a reformed grammar pest. Learning French has given me an appreciation for communication that extends far beyond having things academically correct. That said, some things I’ll always stress the importance of due to the meaning being completely changed. I don’t hassle people, but request clarification to ensure we’re on the same page. It generally works better than making them feel dumb for using the wrong word.

Smartphones have also helped me with this. My phone regularly pisses me off by putting the wrong ‘to’ in my sentences. In my head I’m screaming at it for thinking I’m wanting to go too a place. The two of us go to, not too! Unless of course I’m saying I want to go too as in also. But I’ve learned that people may not actually be dumb and unable to comprehend simple grammar concepts and it’s just their phone fucking them over and perhaps they don’t have the time to fix the mistake. But authors should be better, especially in their published works that have been read by many sets of eyeballs.

While learning French, I’ve often been annoyed by how many tenses and ways there are to say the same thing. Of course, there are just as many in English. And it’s actually one of the things I love about language and writing; it’s just annoying to learn. “Can’t I do the thesaurus thing later?” I whine to myself rather than annoy the teacher and my classmates.

But another thing that makes learning a language challenging is that there are many forms of each language. We, in Canada, often argue that the French we should be taught is Quebec French while our schools teach us Parisian French. Given the rather large amount of French speaking countries, those aren’t the only two versions of the language out there in a world of approximately 7.5 billion people.

Did you know there are an astounding number of English dialects? Check out this list from Wikipedia to learn more about that.

Announcement Time!

I’m making a change to my blog again. I’m tired of Fortifying Friday and given that I enjoy writing playful and often erotic things it will be replaced by Frisky Friday instead. There may be more changes in the future as well. More on this in my upcoming newsletter.

Yes, I will have a newsletter very soon! You can sign up for it here.

This weekend is Geek Market and I’ll be checking it out sometime on Saturday. Have a stupendous weekend!

Salut,
R~

Merry Monday – Good News!

pen_and_bookOn Saturday, I was informed that I’ve been accepted to college! I’ll be studying Scriptwriting at Algonquin College in the Fall. The program has me more excited than any other I’ve taken. I’ll be learning about the history of film in Canada, how to write for actors/digital media/broadcasting/screen, basic video production, the business side of script writing, and there’s a field placement. I also read about how they often have a field trip where they take students out to pitch scripts to people who make movies happen. I think it might actually be at the Toronto Film Festival. I’m super eager to start the course! Seriously, if I had the books I’d already be reading them and like Hermione know a lot of the answers on day one…

It’s good that I don’t have them yet as I have to prepare financially for this. One of the things to decide is whether or not to get the laptop I really want or to go with something cheaper to save cash. I really want one that coverts to a tablet, but I think I could save like $400 or so going with less. Decisions… I mean eating and my mortgage are pretty important, but gadgetty goodness!

Other good news? I will have an article published soon in Onder Magazine about how composing music and writing stories are similar activities. I’ll let you know when you can get your hands on it, as soon as I know 🙂

I will also be part of another Eighth Ripple Press anthology, which is slated for October. Steamy Cogs is an anthology of Steampunk Romance stories. This is my current WIP. I only have most of it left to write and I have to type it sans my left index finger as I cut the tip of that one. I learned how to type with injured fingers that year I successfully completed NaNoWriMo. It feels weird to do it though. And I keep forgetting it until the pain shoots through my finger. That happened the NaNoWriMo time too. Didn’t learn the lesson the first time…

One sad thing. I accidentally killed a bird when it swooped under my car as I exited a highway ramp on Sunday. Poor birdie didn’t have a chance. RIP little pigeon 😥

I’m off to memorize a book report in French before tonight as our teacher wants us to present this one without notes. Though I hate presentations less than I used to, this one is in another language, which adds a whole new layer of yuck. I think he wants to see how well we improvise. He might have us repeat it too. Extra yuck.

Oh, I have a small book around here on writing scripts. I can read that before school and then give it back to my friend…

French first though.

Salut,
R~

Merry Monday – Ghosts and Deadlines

rest-in-peaceOn Saturday, I awoke around 7:00 AM without an alarm. I went on Facebook and for some reason, my aunt showed up in my suggested friends list. This was strange to me as last year I had tried to find her and some of my other relatives online without any success. Three hours later, my brother texted me to let me know my aunt had passed away. It would simply be a strange occurrence, if this type of thing hadn’t happened to me on two other occasions. On those other occasions, before finding out that friend’s fathers had died, I saw someone that looked exactly like them in a public place. Before I could say hi, the strangers disappeared.

Yeah, I know what that sounds like.

One of my aunts is a registered clairvoyant. She’s helped police solve cases.

I know what that sounds like too.

I also know scientists say there’s no way ghosts can exist.

My grandma died in our house when I was 6. One day shortly after, I don’t know exactly how many days after, both my brother and I heard our grandma open the china cabinet to get a tea cup as she always had, so we both rushed to the kitchen. He was in the basement, and I upstairs. We didn’t see her, but it doesn’t change that two of us heard the same sound at the same time.

My personal experience tells me that there is stuff out there that science cannot yet explain. In fact, science will currently say that the existence of ghosts is impossible while also holding to a model that suggests the same amount of energy is always around. I’m fully aware that others have different experiences and I have no right to impose my own beliefs on them.

The rest of Saturday was split between crying and trying to distract myself. I couldn’t eat all of my supper because choking led to throwing up part of it. I was pretty scared and wondering if I was going to be done in by a piece of steak and some red wine. Later, I made a cookie and dropped half of it on the floor. I said screw it and picked up the wayward pieces of cookie and ate them anyway. Then, I watched TV because it was the safest course of action given how the rest of the day had played out.

What followed next was an editor letting me know that my proposal for an article was accepted. This was wonderful news despite having fewer days to write it because the email got lost somewhere in the cyber cosmos. I have much of it done, though the last two sections are difficult as they involve elements I’m not confident I’ve fully grasped myself, so who am I to be writing about such things. Ah, the imposter syndrome. What would any artist be without it?

At any rate, it’s close to finished. Going to sleep on it and see if anything comes to mind tomorrow.

I wasn’t looking forward to French today. I had hardly practiced during our week away, I was tired, and the whole reason I took French was because the last time I saw my aunt and that part of my family I could barely communicate with them. Now my aunt is gone and I guess part of me feels like what is the point of it now. Yes, I know I live in Ottawa and being able to speak French is a good thing for future jobs, but I felt like giving up today and that isn’t something I do. We get another break around the 13th. I’m hoping to catch up on the homework soon.

Anyway, I need sleep. Maybe everything will look a little bit better tomorrow.

Salut,
R~

Merry Wednesday?


Sorry. I really thought I had posted on Monday.

The seminar went well. It was an informal and intimate group and we learned a lot because there was no need for translation. We also didn’t need to discuss a single movement for 30 minutes. We covered setei (zen ken ren) and went through Omori-Ryu before closing the day with a nice set most of us hadn’t seen called Keshi-Ryu. I have pictures I need to get posting soon, but life has been busy.

Also on Saturday, the Shifting Shards anthology became available, so there is a book with my name on it in the world! You can get your very own copy from any of the links on my Books page: https://raeannegroy.com/the-books/

We went to a pub before dinner. Doubles were on special so I celebrated the completion on the seminar and the publishing of the book. Then dinner brought sake and eventually my dojo friends decided to revamp my dating profile. This may have brought me one man with potential. Time will tell on that.

After dinner, we returned to that pub and I had another double but shouldn’t have. It made the next day rough.

Sunday, I joined the Jodo class an hour late and had a great time. I’m going to start going to it more often as soon as I figure out something health wise.

Monday was spent tweaking some previous work before having it sent to the client for review.

On Tuesday, work changed something with my email, which changed my Google drive access and so I was stumbling around blind for  several hours trying to figure out what I needed to do without the document that has my plan of what to do. It was fun. Then once it was fixed, I started having network issues, so now I’m working in a different folder that had cloud backup with local connection rather than cloud only.

I had a date last night with a different one than the one mentioned above, which ended all to typically with him trying to convince me to let him tuck me in. I could go in depth, but suffice it to say that there probably isn’t a “game” I haven’t seen. 

Anyway, I have work to do.

Ciao

R~

Funky Friday: Week of July 1st

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I made it through another week! Sadly, not everyone that began this week did.

Personal

  • Excited: Now that it is July, one month of love poems begins on this blog! I’ll warn you now, some are from my high school days and could be terrible. My view of love in those days was very “love conquers all”, “all’s fair in love and war”, “my other half”, and “all you need is love.” As the month wears on, you can expect to see how my view has changed and grown, also when I was challenged by its end.
  • Emotional: I’ve been invited to contribute on another site a couple of times per week and after some deliberation, I’ve accepted. As of this coming week, I will be decommissioning Wonder Wednesday and it will be replaced with Thoughtful Thursday. It will be hosted on another blog and linked or reblogged to this one. The content will remain philosophical in nature. Funky Friday will remain as is. Merry Monday might be briefer as I’ve accepted another opportunity and need to get my butt in the chair to write for that too. Life is getting busy but heading in a promising direction 🙂

Ottawa

  • Indifferent: With President Obama’s visit to the region, a lot of our roads were closed off. This made it difficult for many to get their flights or to get to work. It didn’t affect me, so I’m indifferent about it but I know a lot of people who were very angry about it. Things are different in Canada, though. No matter how many threats were probably given to Harper, I don’t think anyone actually tried to shoot him. Indeed, Canadian prime ministers are usually not targeted like that except for Jean Chretien. But American presidents? You betcha. So far all Canadian prime ministers have died of health issues or old age. Contrast that with the United States. So I don’t think it’s out of line to take extra precautions when the U.S. president visits.
  • Unsure: I don’t know enough about the implications of the different potential hospital sites to fully weigh in on the issue, but I’m sure there are a lot of reasons for and against each. At least it seems like they want to make the decision carefully. I think they should consider putting it in an area that currently doesn’t have a hospital to increase the odds of survival for someone who is in an emergency situation and to service more of the population.

Ontario

Canada

HAPPY CANADA DAY!!! BONNE FÊTE DU CANADA!!!

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  • I haven’t completely decided what I will do to celebrate. I’m heavily leaning toward geocaching, writing, and vodka, but I may take in a museum too. I hope everyone has a fantastic Canada Day despite whatever else may be going on in your life. We have to take in these happy moments in order to endure the awful ones.

World

  • Sad & Angry: As I mentioned earlier, there are many who didn’t come out of this week alive. There was an attack at a Turkish airport. An airport, which you may think has nothing to do with you. Several of my friends have traveled the area in the past year or so. It could easily have been one of them. When will this shit end? People should not have to live in situations like this!
  • Impressed: The U.S. is converting one of its most well-known highways to a solar road.

Ciao,
R~

End of the Round

Hi there! What have I been up to? Tons of stuff!

Writer Stuff

A friend and I have started a group to read books by Canadian authors with a special focus on local authors and review them on YouTube. It’s harder for Indie authors to get the word out about their books and we’re hoping to help make that a little easier. No one has to read every book every month. If someone hates sci-fi, it wouldn’t make sense to force them to read a book on it and review it, would it? Want to know more? Comment on this post or send me a message via my contact page. There’s also a Facebook group called Ottawa BookTubers.

Also check my announcement page for a special announcement.

I went to the quarterly reading event ChiSeries on Tuesday night. It was enjoyable as usual. I bought books consisting of the Grigori Legacy series written by Linda Poitevin and I started collecting the Dead Kid Detective Agency series by Evan Munday. His reading was hilarious!

The Blood Waitress Club

I’ve been puttering away at The Blood Waitress Club. I think I’m having trouble staying in character, but I have a good start on it and can tweak it after the basic idea is written. I often worry about characters being too similar to each other on all of my projects, though my one beta reader isn’t finding that a problem with The Page & The Magician.

Northern Horror

I’ve also been working on a short story I’ve dubbed Northern Horror. It features cannibalism… maybe.

Writing Course

I’ve begun taking a MOOC on fiction writing put out by the University of Iowa called How Writers Write Fiction. It’s in an introductory week right now, so there isn’t homework yet, but I’m eager to get going on it!

Health

I have a result back on my CT scan. No tumors or stones in my salivary glands. They’re inflamed with some small calcium deposits and that’s it.

The sports doctor wants to see me about the MRI on my neck, so I’m a little worried about that. I don’t see that doctor until October. He’s the kind of doctor that only wants to see you if they found something…

I saw the rheumatologist on Wednesday about the joint pain I’ve been having. I’ve been worrying about all of this. A wise friend told me not to worry about it all because it might be nothing. Did I get answers? Not so much. I have markers for some things and more testing is needed to figure out what may or may not be going on in my body. She was interested in the results of the MRI I had…

Iaido

Last week a sensei that taught at the Guelph seminar, passed away suddenly. Maehara Toshio was a humorous man and skilled at communicating through body language, which made the language barrier almost non-existent. I’m thankful I got to experience his teaching and am sad I won’t learn anything more from him.

Hobbies

Last Thursday night I tried Scottish Country Dancing with a friend. It was so much fun! It’s less intense on the joints and muscles than highland dancing. We skip around and do some things that are sort of like square dancing but not really. I’ve been wanting to do something Scottish for a while now. This was fun and really inexpensive. It’s once a week, so also not hugely time demanding. Here’s an example of it.

I’ve got an initiative going to knit or crochet warm things for little ones to bring to St. Mary’s shelter before Christmas. Want to get involved? Comment on this post or send me a message via my contact page. There’s a Facebook group called Charity Knitting Ottawa. I want to drop things off by the first of December.

On the weekend, I braved the rain to see Of Monsters and Men in concert at CityFolk. I’m at an awkward stage in life as many of my friends have toddlers or are hermit writers. So I went alone and met some people who were fun to stand around with after helping them find the rest of their friends. Of Monsters and Men were fantastic. Multiple drums sets, trombone, trumpet, cello, viola, keyboard, guitar, and vocals. Yes, they are a large band. They’re also very talented. Not sure if you know who I’m talking about? Check out Little Talks. During the year I was separated, they came out with an album and music was something that really helped me not only get through the rough patches, but find myself again. I was in a very happy place being at their concert.

Ciao,
R~