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    Goodbye and Waffles


    2011 - 07.25

    So another day of making changes to Random Synapses, at this point I think that the major changes are complete.  At least until Karin really starts to use it as more than a blog, but we’ll see, there’s undoubtedly room for lots of little changes and improvements.

    The Geckos: Sasha and Ennis have been with us since the end of the school year, but today they went to a students house (probably for the rest of the summer).  Karin misses them already!

    When we got home it was time for some comfort food, so I surprised her by making fresh raspberry syrup to go with the waffles.  We’ve still got some syrup left…

    I know I’m boring, but maybe we can convince someone else to write tomorrow, perhaps a retrospective of the gecko’s visit complete with photos, there really should be plenty of them.  We’ll see.

    Oh wait, we did finally come up with an author bio for K.E. Abel to send in for her inclusion in the first Mirror Shards anthology edited by: Thomas K. Carpenter for Black Moon Books.  I think that it turned out pretty good… but we’ll keep you in suspense, after all for those of you who don’t like augmented reality it will provide incentive to buy the anthology ;-)

    Goodbye and Waffles


    2011 - 07.25

    So another day of making changes to Random Synapses, at this point I think that the major changes are complete. At least until Karin really starts to use it as more than a blog, but we’ll see, there’s undoubtedly room for lots of little changes and improvements.

    The Geckos: Sasha and Ennis have been with us since the end of the school year, but today they went to a students house (probably for the rest of the summer). Karin misses them already!

    When we got home it was time for some comfort food, so I surprised her by making fresh raspberry syrup to go with the waffles. We’ve still got some syrup left…

    I know I’m boring, but maybe we can convince someone else to write tomorrow, perhaps a retrospective of the gecko’s visit complete with photos, there really should be plenty of them. We’ll see.

    Oh wait, we did finally come up with an author bio for K.E. Abel to send in for her inclusion in the first Mirror Shards anthology edited by: Thomas K. Carpenter for Black Moon Books. I think that it turned out pretty good… but we’ll keep you in suspense, after all for those of you who don’t like augmented reality it will provide incentive to buy the anthology ;-)

    It has begun…


    2011 - 07.22

    So we spent a little time this evening doing some changes to Random Synapses to make it the official website for Karin.  Well I suppose on some level that’s been true for a while, but we’ve shifted the context.  Specifically it is starting to become the official website for her as a published author.

    We’ll see how long this post lasts before she gets all shy and takes it down or edits it, or something ;-)

    Published


    2011 - 07.17

    We have been a little negligent here lately, I’ll see if I can maintain some momentum and change that.  If you haven’t been reading Karin’s personal blog (Random Synapses) then you might not know that she’s submitted a story to an anthology and had her submission accepted.  Not only has it been accepted, she’s already been paid for it!  I’m sure we’ll remember to post all the details once it’s available for you to purchase or read.

    If you’re interested in a little bit more details, you can check out the “Amazing News“.  You can also follow along at the publisher’s website for more information: Black Moon Books.  An alphabetical table of contents is available in the Mirror Shards – TOC Announcement (note: Karin Able is Karin despite the misspelling of her last name; should be Abel).

    Slave Lake Library


    2011 - 05.21

    (Cross posted at Random Synapses)

    Thanks to the Burnaby Public Library (and the Library of Jen), I’ve managed to do the first twenty books of The Project without having to spend any money, except the occasional overdue fines. I can’t imagine being without my library, and the people of Slave Lake will be doing without for some time now, as their library was completely destroyed by fire earlier this month.

    The BPL and other libraries have teamed up to help out Slave Lake rebuild their library collection and spread the news.

    Back on the Shelf!


    2011 - 05.08

    In case you’ve been following Karin and her 100 book challenge 2011, she’s back on the shelf and taring through some of the books once again.  You can check out her assorted posts at randomsynapses.ca if you’re so inclined.

    Writing


    2011 - 03.28

    Doing the Writer’s Intensive last week was awesome.  I’ve tried to explain to people what the best parts were, but there was a lot that was really great.  Perhaps bullet points would help, or an ordered list… ooh… ordered list.  Ok.

    1. Just sitting down and writing.  So often, I don’t think of writing because there’s just so much other stuff that I should be doing, or that I’m busily ignoring by playing Frontierville.  Having that time carved out each day where there would be writing was very helpful.
    2. Being with other writers.  We were all women from different backgrounds and places in our lives and we all had amazing things to say about ourselves and our surroundings.  Writing, by nature, is a very solitary pursuit (coffee shops notwithstanding) and writers spend a lot of time in their own heads, so it’s great to talk with other people who think that’s normal…or at least, not totally strange.
    3. Learning that not all writing needs to be a novel ready to publish and sell.  I knew this theoretically, but often didn’t want to bother starting unless I was reaching for some goal that was FINAL AND INCREDIBLE AND AMAZING TO BE SHARED WITH THE WORLD!  Writing in a journal, even a nature journal where I’m not exploring my existential, innermost thoughts is a good way to strengthen the “writer muscle” and get me in the habit of putting words on paper.  Nora Roberts (or Jodi Picoult) said “You can’t edit a blank page” and that’s something I need to keep remembering.  Get the words out, and eventually good ones will come out.
    4. Receiving writing prompts. This follows #3 because it helped me to write throwaway pieces, which put no pressure on me.  It also helps because it gave me some great ideas for people and stories that may be written in the future, or used to build other stories.  It was also awesome to listen to how other people took the writing prompts and made them their own.  Some people did fiction, others did non-fiction or descriptive essays, while others did poetry for the same prompts.  It was fascinating to see the different ways that people took them.
    5. Getting your writing heard.  If there’s much better than a stunned pause after reading some tough writing out loud, I’m not sure what it is.  Unless it’s laughter after something that you thought was hilarious in your head, but weren’t sure if it translated into humour with other people.  Or seeing nods around the circle and knowing that your truth was transmitted to another person.  Or being told in the elevator on the way to class that someone really likes your writing and thinks it’s really powerful. *thumbs up*

    Overall, it was a great experience.  There’s another Writer’s Intensive during the summer which I will probably take, as well as some weekly meet ups through the spring into the summer.  It keeps my writing in the front of my mind and gets me to do some work while real life is happening around me.

    If you’re interested in reading any of the writing, I’ll be publishing it at http://www.randomsynapses.ca and I can be followed on Twitter @randomsynapses to get tweets when I update.

    Post War


    2011 - 01.25

    So Karin mentioned that she had started drafting a new post, and I made some inappropriately snide remark, which she rebuffed with: “Random Synapses had more posts than Cowbels last time I checked.”  So the Post War has started… or maybe not.  I suppose it’s just a silly thing, given that she contribute in both locations (although less frequently here).  Still it gives me something to write about, and well, we like to get a little silly at times.  In fact there was a quote from dinner tonight “I needed a little silly”, and it was neither Karin no I who needed it, but we protect our sources here, being the last bastion of something.

    It might be more amusing and unique however to claim to be the penultimate bastion of something…  Something to think about on a sleepless night perhaps.

    Random Synapses – revived


    2011 - 01.11

    Not that this is really important, given that we have no readers, but since I believe in user friendliness an announcement seemed in order.  Karin has largely been absent in terms of new posts over here, that’s mostly because she has her own place to post should she choose to, and given that we haven’t really defined what this site is, well it’s hard to determine if any individual random post belongs here or there.

    Going back a few years Karin had a blog “Random Synapses” (http://starsgone.blogspot.com/), well as a bit of an early Christmas present for her, I registered randomsynapses.ca where she has once again started blogging, mostly about her 100 book challenge.  It is those two things which in truth explain why she hasn’t been posting her much, she has her own blog and she’s busy trying to complete her 100 book challenge.

    In fact she has just gone to the library (Burnaby Public Library) to pick up some 17 books which are on hold for her… somehow I don’t think she’s going to be able to read them all without renewing (28 days is the loan period), but I don’t think it will stop her from trying.