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Why I Live In Canada

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I went to school for teaching. Now, if any of you are familiar with the teaching situation in Canada it’s – there are not enough jobs for teachers that are graduating from school. This, as you can see, is a problem for those of us wishing to stay and teach in our own country. Most graduates go overseas to teach in places like England, South Korea, Japan, or China. These are all great places filled with rich history and wonderful people… but whenever I’m offered to go there to teach (which I do more often then not) I always turn them down.

People ask me why I do that. Don’t I want to be a teacher? Don’t I want to stand in front of a class and share my passion for English with those minds so willing to learn?

Yes, I do want to teach but I don’t want to leave the country that is in my bones. I’m a fifth generation Canadian. All my family is in Canada, asides from the few brave one’s that are overseas teaching. I was raised to love my country and the people in it. I see what is happening to the education system in the country and it kills me inside that I am not given the chance to try and help it. But, that is only part of the reason why I stay here.

I love this country. I love the people in this country. No where in the world are there such friendly, welcoming, open minded people than those I’ve met here. We are as diverse as we are loyal to our nation. We are accepting and willing to change. I don’t deny we have done some horrible things in our past that we are not proud of, but we are beginning to admit them… trying to bring light to them.

Canada is a nature wonderland. Any type of climate you want you can find. Open plains, ocean villages, blistering cold, northern lights, boreal forests, rain forests, desolate snowscapes – you name it and I will point you in the direction you want to go.

Another thing I love about Canada is how large it is. You hear Canada is really big – we’re the second largest country in the world – but you don’t realize how large it is until your parents pack up your car for university and drive 16 hours from Toronto to Thunder Bay, around Lake Superior only to have you realize you never left the province of Ontario. Mind you it takes you about 19 hours to get from Ontario to Prince Edwards Island… but you cut through Quebec and Nova Scotia on the way.

I don’t understand why people would want to leave a country that has so much beauty for another. Canada may be young but we have history… I know because I’ve explored the many fur trading posts scattered across our land. I’ve visited the fortresses along our sea ways, seen the battlefields and visited our museums.

It is this beauty, these friendly people, our dark but unique history that makes me learn to love how important it is to be Canadian. I think that is one reason I try my hand at capturing my experiences through photographs in hopes of showing people how amazing this country really is. So, even though I may not be teaching in a classroom I am doing my best to teach those interested through my posts and through the work I publish online… for the next generation of Canadians to read this and appreciate how good they have it in our home and native land.

 

I’ll Write When I’m Inspired

I hate when people say that they will write when they get inspired. I hate it even more when they then complain about how they never get around to writing anything or they don’t understand why they haven’t finished _______ writing project they have been trying to write for ______ number years.

“I’ll write when I’m inspired” is one reason why you are never going to get to writing. If you wait for the inspiration fairy to come visit so you can write you’ll miss all the opportunities to improve and even more opportunities to discover. If I waited to “feel like writing” or “feel inspired to write” I wouldn’t have two books published, my blog would be empty, and my websites would be non-existent.

Yes, it is easier to write when you’re inspired. Yes, writing can be more enjoyable when you are inspired. But 9 times out of 10 your best work isn’t going to be when you’re inspired. Inspiration helps make a foundation for ideas but pushing yourself to write is what gets your story built.

Here are some ways to put inspiration aside and get right to writing:

1. Making writing a habit:

Wake up every day and write a sentence down. Force yourself to post something on your blog or even write a response to someone else’s post. The more your write the easier it becomes and the better chance you’ll get to feeling motivated to write because you’ve made it habit instead of waiting for the inspiration fairy to come visit.

2. Explore other pieces of writing:

Checking out what other people are writing might help you get ideas on what you want to write. Better yet, write about your experiences or events that happened during your day. You don’t have to share them online but writing about your day can help your develop better writing skills.

3. Find fun knew ways to describe boring tasks or happenings.

In other words narrate your life. This can tie into number 2 but I find this helpful. Narrating your life like you’re a character in a book not only gets you writing, but you learn to develop your voice and what you should or shouldn’t add to scenes. It also is awesome at annoying housemates if you start narrating out loud.

4. Read something online that you think you could improve.

Write about that. Like I said above it doesn’t have to be published online but it gets you into a habit of writing.

5. Learn a new word and write down sentences you can use it in.

I do this with my Old Word Friday posts. As I love learning words and I am interested in old words I try to challenge myself with finding old words online and bringing them into current everyday conversation. Learning a new word and using it in sentences not only improves your vocabulary but gets you to think outside your current collection.

There you have it 5 ways to put aside your inspiration fairy and hopefully help you get into the habit of writing. These are also helpful with fighting writer’s block if you happen to be suffering from that.

Of course this is just my opinion… someone who writes for fun and for a living… so no reason to listen to my advice. You keep doing what you’re doing and I’ll just be over here writing about it. ^.^

Old Word Friday: Bonifate

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This week’s Old Word Friday is bonifate. This word is an adjective that was popularized during the years 1655-1656. The word bonifate means to be lucky or fortunate. Although I think lucky and fortunate pretty much works well enough… but you know the English languages loves to get fancy so we will let this one slide.

They way bonifate is pronounced is as follows:

BON – I – FATE

Some examples of this word in a sentence:

It appeared he was bonifate with the cards he was holding.

Or…

They were bonifate that the weather held off.

Or…

I’m bonifate this is the last sentence I have to think up for this ridiculous work.

Should bonifate come back?

No. Lucky and fortunate work well enough to make sure this word stays silent. The reason I brought it up was due to the fact is shares a similar word formation to benefit. They share a similar sound and I was curious to see if bonifate may have been the origin of benefit… but nothing so far has linked the two.

I also don’t say this about a lot of words but I don’t like this word. Either the sound of the word gets to me or the way it is written into sentences gets on my nerves… I don’t know but this is one word I will not be using in the future.

How about you? Have you used this word before or know of this word? Do you want it to die a fiery death or consider it a useful word to know? Let me know in the comment section down below and until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

Merry New Year & Resolutions

First off I just want to say:

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This year was a tough year. Many of us lost childhood icons or idols that made this world an easier place to live in. Many terrible things happened this year overseas or in our own backyard. We had an election that may not have gone the way we believed it would. There is a lot of civil unrest wherever you look.

Even with all these horrible things happening it is good to take a moment, breathe, and remember that not all things are horrible. We have friends and family that love us. We have survived these terrible moments and have become stronger for them. We need to look to the future and ask ourselves, “What can I do to help or what can I do to make a step in the right direction?”

For me, I’m going to try and volunteer more with local community groups. I want to start working with small businesses that want to help change the world for the better by working to support them in small ways, allowing them to focus on their goals and not on the tiny tasks that hold small business owners back from taking chances. I want to work towards my third book – which I already started drafting yesterday. I want to be able to talk to people more about the importance of creative educations and child development in an academic flooded world.

Those are just a few of my larger goals for this year. Some of my manageable goals are to eat healthy, walk more, and try to stress less. Now that I’ve typed them out my larger goals seem more realistic. XD

Another thing with surviving this year was I had all of you here to support me. With your comments, likes, and views I was able to determine what people liked the most from what I was posting. Although the last two weeks haven’t followed the schedule I set out beforehand I am going to try to stick with it this coming year. I find if I organize my blog better that leaves me time to review and add to my writing before posting them on here… or even find more time to focus on other fun project to share with you on a later date.

I want to say thank you like I have said a thousand times over for all the amazing support and for all you amazing people who read my work. Without you I wouldn’t have gotten to this point. Book 2 – Children of Sirphan – being published shows how dedicated I am to working on this series but not only that listening to you/ improving my writing for your enjoyment. When book three is published the Prophecy Six Series will be half-way done. Crazy if you think about it.

Anyways, I want to know what your resolutions or goals are for this New Year. I also want to know if you were able to reach any of your previous years goals. Let me know in the comment section down below. Until next time stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! 🙂

Thinking Thursday: Why should you read the Prophecy Six Series?

When it comes to buying a book it depends on what your interests are. For example, I write young adult fantasy but I can’t stand reading young adult fantasy. My interests fall under non-fiction, historical fiction, or online comics. I find that a lot of young adult fiction follows too many clichés, has predictable story-lines, and boring/basic characters.

This could just be me… since I’m a 25-year-old… but specifically young adult fiction annoys me. I think it is the way the world building is approached. Yes, the book takes place in a universe completely new to the reader but there is so much useless information in a book that doesn’t add to anything pertaining to the characters or story-line development.

Prophecy Six Series doesn’t have that!

Every piece: dialogue, element, development, character in the story has a purpose. It may not be clear at first but maybe you’ll catch the reason in the second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth book.

My favourite part about reading is finding hidden meanings or making connections to things that the writer may have put there just to see who would catch on. Since I love that element as a reader I added it in as a writer. I love leaving breadcrumbs for my readers. These breadcrumbs could be as simple as finding out a secret to a character’s past or could be as mind blowing as to lead to the reveal of a new member of the Six.

Prophecy Six Series if part of a larger universe:

Once I’m done with the Prophecy Six Series there are going to be more stories to tell. I have planned out two more series and at least four more separate books which take place in the Prophecy Six universe. The world of Gaitan is a vast place with rich history and interesting legends that hasn’t even begun to be explored.

If you didn’t know that you should check out the official website where you can find all kinds of information about the world, characters, and creatures. You might even find some interesting additions to the published works and fun reference to the books.

This Series Tackles Social Issues.

Child of the Light was inspired by the children effected by the conflicts going on in Syria. Liora was based off of the experiences of these children who not only lost their homes and family but also were forced to adapt to the rules/ culture of a strange land. Like these children, Liora isn’t able to go back to the place she calls home because it isn’t safe or in Liora’s case there is nothing/ no one to go back to. She has to learn to adapt to new people, new rules, and is forced to fit into their culture by, at times, having to put aside her own.

This is further explored in the second book of the series where Liora is struggling to find herself, understand the terrible event that killed her people, and hold onto what little she has left of who her people were. We also approach the topics of gender identity, gender roles, and gender policing in this book. While Liora is wishing to learn ways to protect herself those around her try to fit her into the box of being a ‘proper lady’. Liora struggles to fit these conditions and eventually turns to following her heart. Each of the younger characters in this book face these issues in their own way and in the end come to their own conclusions on how to deal with their current situation. Book two also approaches issues on mental health and LGBTQ issues, similar to what our current world is facing today.

What I try to put into each book are examples of understanding, acceptance, self-discovery, and most of all empathy – something that I find this world is lacking these days. Each book has its focus around a certain set of difficult social issues and in the end allows the reader to come to their own conclusion regarding these issues.

Lastly! The most important reason to why you should buy this series:

It’s fun!

The Prophecy Six Series has its dark moments but like life there is always a silver lining. With realistic characters, a well developed world, and diverse/ deep story-line the books of this series are something new for young adults to experience. Those who have read my books have laughed, cried, and are counting down the days until the next book is released. This book shares elements of the fantasy series but does not share the same fantasy epic feel like Lord of the Rings or Aargon but it is one worth taking the time to explore… and maybe even enjoy.

SO, IF THIS INTERESTED YOU CLICK HERE TO FIND THE SERIES AND START YOUR JOURNEY TODAY!

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Thinking Thursdays: Why Do I Write?

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This week’s Thinking Thursday is going to focus around why I write. Many people have their reasons as to why they put pen to paper. All writers are drawn to writing for their own reasons. Either, they felt a need to write down the story they have inside or they may do it because it comes naturally to them. But, today I want to focus on why after falling in love with writing 12 years ago why I’m still writing.

Short answer:

I love writing because it’s a part of me.

Long answer:

Writing has always helped me escape the real world and figure out ways I am able to approach real life challenges through exploration in a non-real life setting. I can test my ideas through my character interactions and find a way that works for me.

When I was a kid (age 10-13) I was an outsider.

As an only child in a school made up of kids with siblings I found it hard to relate to kids my own age. I was mature for my age and got along better with the teachers than I did with my classmates. This led to name calling like teachers pet, being ostracized from others in the schoolyard, and due to the fact most of the kids at my babysitters had single parents they tormented me because my parents were together.

I understand now that I’m an adult that they were taking out their pain on me. They saw how happy I was and how much people liked me so they thought taking me down a peg would make them feel better. I understand that I was awkward and strange… that I stood out and didn’t fit in so I was an easy target but them realizing that and making my life a living hell made me realize that they didn’t know that from the torture they put me through that I already knew I was the freak in the striped overalls or the girl that no one wanted to be friends with.

My torment happened before bullies were put on the school’s radar. When I was being tormented by my classmates the faculty said it was just, “kids being kids”. They said I was just too sensitive and needed to grow thicker skin. So, when I was pushed down the hill and impaled by a tree root, or the girls in the schoolyard pulled on my pigtails or made fun of my teeth it was ‘all in good fun’. The school system failed me… so I did what I could to survive.

I huddled myself by the front doors at

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recess with my book and read. When I had read everything I could and got tired of the same old happy endings or open endings I felt confident enough to start writing. Sure, I started writing to prove that I could write a better book than those I was reading but I soon realized that I was able to escape easier into a world of my own creation. My characters had the friends I couldn’t make in school. They were able to do things I would never be able to do. The world I wrote had no boundaries asides from the ones I put in place. While I was tortured in reality by classmates that bullied me to feel better about themselves I was able to hide myself away in a world that couldn’t harm me.

People liked me in my world. Challenges didn’t stand in my way because I could always find an answer and soon I realized how small everything outside of writing was. While I worked away on this dream of becoming a writer I started making friends that were passionate about writing or the arts – in high school. As I started to realize I wasn’t alone and wasn’t the only person that the school system failed I knew I wanted to make a bigger difference. I wanted to share what writing had done… what the creative programs in my life had done for me and others like me. I continued my passion of writing into university where soon it became clear that I didn’t need to write to escape anymore.

In university I had friends that liked my quirkiness and loved me for my bluntness. I could hang out with a mature crowd and not be made fun of for my opinions. I could be me and for once in my life I didn’t need a crutch.

Did I still write?

Sure I did… not as much but I wrote more non-fiction than fiction. My stories stuck in reality than flying off on the backs of gryphons to some medieval castle like I had when I was a child. I still had the drive to be a published author one day. I still told people one day I would be an author, but my life was focused on reality. I dreamed about being a teacher and sharing my experiences with my students. I wanted to tell them that things would get better and that if you are really passionate about something that the only person that is standing in your way is yourself. I wanted to tell them that the impossible is possible and that if you work hard enough your goals can become reality.

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After school when my friends moved away and the focus of getting a job was looming over me I needed to find a way to escape. My dream of becoming a teacher wasn’t working out and no one was looking for someone with my teachable skill set for their schools… so instead of being sucked down into a depression I focused my emotions towards writing again. Not as obsessively as I did when I was a child but enough to distract myself from the looming feeling of failure to reach my career goal of becoming a teacher.

To me, writing is relaxing. Writing is a form of therapy where I can get whatever is on my mind off so I can move on. With school done and the realization of having to find a job I didn’t go to school for closing in I knew it was time to make my childhood dream a reality. I sketched out characters and the world I wanted the story to take place. I spent so much time planning, researching, and noting that I never got around to any actual writing. That was until my already crumbling reality suddenly shattered.

When my mother died I needed to escape. A coping strategy from when I was a kid. The real world got too much for me so I hide away within the pages of a world I had created. Those 6-7 months it took to write Child of the Light was enough time for me to work through the loss of the most influential person in my life. Her death pushed me to reach the goal I always put aside for other more ‘realistic’ endeavors. Her death made me take the risk I was always afraid to take.

When I held my first book in my hands I felt like I had done something right. I knew feeling the glossy cover gripped in my sweaty fingers that all that pain that started this journey helped me find my true purpose.

So, why do I write?

Writing gave me a place to escape when I was young and scared. It gave me a voice when I believed I didn’t have one. It helped me work through the problems in my life when I felt like I couldn’t talk to anyone about how I was feeling. Writing became a part of me just as much as the blood that runs through my veins or my heart that pumps in my chest. It has helped me survive all the challenges in my life and was able to show a scared little girl that she could do something when her peers were telling her she was nothing.

Anyways… let me know why you write in the comments down below. I’d love to hear your stories as to how you got started and why you still write. Remember to stay safe, be creative, and until next time – toodles! ^.^

Thinking Thursdays: Avoiding Alliteration

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If you have followed me for a while you will know that I love using alliteration. For those of you not in the know, alliteration is:

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Examples of alliteration would be this segment (Thinking Thursdays) or even the title for the post (Avoiding Alliteration). There are many people (writers mostly) who say that real writers don’t use alliteration. That is it lazy, not creative, and annoying. I don’t know why that is… I mean if Marvel uses alliteration it must been good, right?

When it comes to how I use alliteration I usually use it to emphasize something in a sentence, or draw a readers attention to certain details. Alliteration helps a reader recall a certain moment in the book later on, or connects a certain thing with a character. I also use alliteration to help with the flow of a sentence or cut down on unwanted word usage to get my point across.

Alliteration is a useful tool for a writer, just like the word said. Both forms are told to be ignored or removed but in small amounts they can help a story flow.

I love how people keep insisting that there are rules to writing… but in the end they are only guidelines to help you get started. In the end you will write the way you want with witty alliteration anyways.

But this is Thinking Thursday, so, I want to know what you think. Should writers avoid alliteration? Why or why not? Leave your answers in the comments below and until next time – toodles! o^.^o

Thinking Thursdays: Research & Writing

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This week I’m tackling the question: How important is research to you when writing a book?
I went into some little detail regarding this question on my author interview with Serious Reading a while back but I thought I’d dive in deeper. So, here we go!

Depending on the topic I could spend 10 minutes to 10 weeks researching. When it comes to my blog posts, most of what I write is opinion based and therefore doesn’t have a lot of facts required. Not saying what I’m writing on my blogs I didn’t research… it is just what I’ve written on here is my formulated opinion on the things I’ve read online or formed after having conversations with others interested in these topics.

What I usually spend time researching is what I’ll be using in my books. I want to be able to share correct information with my readers… as I believe if I am going to have people read my work it should be close to accurate as possible. People learn from reading and I don’t want to be sharing the wrong information. At the same time, I am no close to being an expert as Trump is at being a good President. I do not claim to know all the science behind natural health practices. I do not claim to be an expert in medieval history or military tactics. I’ve read books, I’ve made notes and those notes I use in my work. At the same time, I have to trust that the information that I’ve read is correct. For all I know the six books I’ve read could be a creation of someones opinion and not based in fact at all.

That’s one reason why I love writing fictions because as much as I may have truth weaved between the words my writing doesn’t have to be taken as truth. I could include actual ointment recipes or how to make your own tea within the pages of my book but at the same time not be taken completely seriously because of the fact my characters ride magical creatures and shoot lightening bolts from their fingertips, (all right maybe not lightening bolts… but you get the point).

Research is important. Most writers understand and know this. Most writers want to come across as competent in their craft and at times fear about being corrected or called a hack for not getting something right in their books. I know I have the fear and that is why I spend the time exploring the subjects I include in my books I’m not familiar with like naturopathy, botany, and medieval combat. As much as my world is based in fantasy it is my research that helps ground my readers in some kind of twisted, relatable reality.

Am I the only one to think this or are there some writers out there that feel the same way? Am I doing too much research or is this common for writers to feel this way? I’d like to know your opinion on this matter, so don’t be afraid to leave a comment in the area below.
Remember stay safe, be creative and until next time – Toodles! o^.^o

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: 75 Copies Left!!

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There are officially 75 free copies left of book one. Which I think is pretty awesome after one day of being into this contest. I am still hoping to get to the finish line but so far I am so happy that some of you have go above and beyond with helping me by reblogging or reposting my link to your social media. You know who you are! 🙂

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY

I said I’ll keep you posted about things so I am…

I’d like to also update you on the progress of book 2 – Children of Sirphan. We now have 6 beta readers so I am no longer taking any more at this time.

Thank you all again for this love and support during this contest and until next time – toodles! o^.^o

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