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I can’t believe the amount of garbage comments I receive regularly! It’s crazy how many “sexy ass cams” and “prns” and other such nonsense bots/spammers there are out there. Due to the overwhelming amount of poop trying so very hard to be real boys, I’ve had to disable the comments on my blog. You can still reach me on Facebook (add spaces between the name) and Tumblr (no spaces) at @authorAnnPaquette

I can only handle so much garbage. Thanks all!

Smooth Flying

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Do you know what my biggest plot issue was when I first wrote The Shadows of Sylvara series? It was having everything go smoothly all the time. No joke. So something would happen and my characters would just magically have the ability to deal with it. I did mention before that magic does have its limits right? Well inventing things as you go along should be one of those limits!

In real life, we want things to go smoothly. We want our trip to go off without a hitch and any surprises better be positive. We want our celebration to not be ruined by a crabby relative or someone’s ex, so we don’t invite them. Perfect weather, great driving conditions, no deer/moose/elephant on the road, everything is on time, and you even hit all the pokestops while driving by.

But reading about how the hero stumbled upon the magical sword just as they were about to gain their title of knight and go on to expertly slay the evil usurper to save the day while nothing they can’t handle gets in their way would be a little boring.

Ok, a lot boring.

We want the rawness of personal growth, which includes pain and loss and hardship. We want them to persevere and gain the victory, but only after they were so low they just about gave up. Throw those obstacles in their way, let them fall only to get back up again, let them be saved by unlikely sources, let them lose. I think one of my favorite memes (and this is a rough idea of what it said, as I can’t find it at the moment) was that you need to lead your character to the top of the tree only to turn around and throw stones at them. Rough translation, get your character to the place they want to be, but make sure you place something in their way once they get there. Think Indianna Jones grabbing the totem from the rock only to end up being chased by a giant boulder.

So, my friends, keep your story moving, keep the pace going, and don’t let a scene stagnate because you love the conversation. I know I’ve touched on this before, but ensure there’s always something going on. Every scene doesn’t have to have a life changing event. Keeping the tension can be as simple as an argument, a realization, a change in attitude, or yes, even sex. Once your scenes are down and you’re at the editing phase of your writing, evaluate the scenes and ask yourself what they are bringing to the story. Does it advance the story? Does it give us deeper insight on your character? Did something happen?

Essentially, does this scene encourage you to read the next scene? If you keep nothing else in mind, remember this question. Because that’s what it’s all about, getting the reader to continue on with your story.

That’s it for now, fair winds and good flying my friends!

For the love of pit stank!

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You meet a lot of interesting people when you go to a martial arts gym, from the “I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time but was too shy” to the “I didn’t know this was so much fun” to the “I want to learn to kick ass” and everything in between. Personally, I fall under the I’ve wanted to learn to do this for a long time but could never really get up the courage to try. That was over five years ago, my courage is no longer in question! If the many souls are there long enough, they almost become family. Anyone who’ve seen you sweat from every possible place on your body and don’t bat an eye when your face becomes as red as a tomato can be nothing less. But hey, don’t ask me to point any of them out if they aren’t wearing sports clothing and drenched in skin tears! (It’s happened, you see someone from the gym, they look familiar, but hell if you can place them. The other person is also staring at you wondering where they know you from. It takes a while for the recognition to kick in, then it’s all laughs at your silly asses for not knowing who it was earlier.) (more…)

The New Years Resolution

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Ah, blog post, how I miss you. My world of diaper changes and spit up and naps where he-who-will-not-be-put-down cuddles in my arms for sometimes hours at a time leaves little time for personal reflection or witty comments on writing. It leaves little time for writing period, something I fully intend to correct in the next little while. While raising a little human who hopefully won’t become an asshole certainly is important work, the task, along with the weather, leaves me unable to get out and get inspired. By inspired, I mean find subjects which irk me or provoke me in some way. I’ve lost my connection to the downtown area, unless I use the carrier, as the city is currently working on the underpass ramp. Hard to get a stroller up and down stairs after all. At the moment, I’m fully convinced they’re using school glue and popsicle sticks to renovate the relatively short ramp, why else would it take so long? That thing better look like a glamorous dwarven cave filled with jewels and precious stones once they’re done!

Occasionally though, inspiration hits me in the forehead. Case in point, new years. More specifically, the all-mighty new years resolution. (more…)

My Opinion on Opinions

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The word opinion is thrown around a lot nowadays, usually accompanied by things like entitled and freedom of speech. You want to know mine? Well, this is my blog, so I’m giving it to you anyways! Ha! I think the word opinion is the most abused word in the English dictionary, right alongside terrorist. In fact, many are confusing the definition of opinion with that of oppression. (here’s looking at you, scaremongers) Current day politics aside, opinions are things we need to be aware of and take advantage of in our writing.

The Google searched definition of opinion is as follows: a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

Not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. (more…)

Newborn expression

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Have you ever watched a newborn’s facial expressions? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on something real. Mind you, child of mine is using me as a glorified pillow most of the day, so I sometimes have no choice but to sit and watch. I’m beginning to believe that at this stage in his life these are the truest emotions he’ll ever show. While yes, there will be moments when he’s older that are genuine and pure, there will also be moments when those emotions are formed, or hidden, for some sort of personal gain or because he feels he must. Guilt trip anyone? (more…)

Here’s to a hectic but boring week!

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Well, the last week has passed in a blur of feedings and naps and bottle washing and appointments. I now permanently smell like breast milk, but no, my supply is not coming in yet. My thoughts slowly return to writing and preparing for NaNoWriMo, which yes, I will still be giving it a go again this year despite my new arrival. While my mind might be thinking of writing, they really aren’t getting any further than that. No plot development or new ideas, though I pretty much know where I’m going with this next installment. Let’s hope the characters know where they are going as well.  (more…)

On recent breastfeeding experiences

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I realize that I have effectively gone silent in the last couple of weeks, but I have a great excuse. My little human is here! I’ve been busy navigating the challenges that come with having a newborn, both set by him and set by my own body. Things hurt, I bone-deep exhausted, and this tiny human eats a lot. The only consolation I take here is that he sleeps just as much.

Which is where my tale begins. (more…)

On the dreaded “friendly dog”

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This is a subject that grumbles and grouses its way into my conversations quite often as I walk my dog. Poor Derek is often the vessel who absorbs my rants and by consequence is now ranting for himself about the foibles of the dreaded “friendly dog.”

You know, the one that’s always off leash cause they’re just “so great and well behaved.” Or the one on the longest lead exploring the road across the street while their owners walk around in a blissfully ignorant daze.  (more…)

On teaching consent/respect

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For those of you not in the know, I’m having a boy. Now, this scares me more and less than having a girl. On one hand, I won’t have to deal with the fashion, the sexualisation of youth, the attitude, the frills, the sequins, the sparkles, the never ending amount of toys that portray girls as nothing more than future moms of children and dogs (more…)

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