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Seeing the Light: Writers and Seasonal Affective Disorder – Part Three

Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So how does SAD affect writers? Are those in Canada, the northern USA, and Scandinavia less prolific in the winter months? Does the cloud cover in Vancouver or in Britain reduce the amount of literary work originating in those areas? Do American writers in Florida create more prose between October and April than their counterparts in Minnesota?  Is a writer in Australia or South Africa more likely to produce a larger body of work because he or she has more sunlight? Many of us may prefer to escape to a sunnier environment each winter if...

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Edgemont Community Association Winter Craft Sale

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today I’ll be at the Edgemont Community Association Winter Craft Sale from 10 am to 3 pm. I’ll be signing copies of The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Doomsday Mask, The Time Camera, The Sphere of Septimus, Flashback, Future Imperfect, Twisted Fate, Parallel Destiny, Shadowzone, Into The Web, and Black Dawn The event is located at 33 Edgevalley Circle NW in Calgary. Hope to see you...

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Seeing the Light: Writers and Seasonal Affective Disorder – Part Two

Posted by on Nov 15, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Seasonal Affective Disorder is primarily a mood disorder, with sufferers experiencing normal mental health throughout the year, but becoming depressed or generally more down in the winter months. Seasonal variations in a person’s mood may be related to light, or rather the lack of it.  SAD is often more prevalent in higher latitudes and in Finland, for example, the rate for SAD is close to 10%. Winter depression is a common slump in the mood of the inhabitants of Scandinavia. Researchers estimate that up to 20% of the population is...

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Seeing the Light: Writers and Seasonal Affective Disorder – Part One

Posted by on Oct 27, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

At this time of year, many people in the northern hemisphere notice that its getting a little colder each day and it gets darker much earlier, especially after we alter the clocks for daylight saving time. Many of us develop cabin fever and grow sluggish during the winter months and may eat more or sleep longer when daylight is in short supply and the temperature begins to fall. It may be harder to get out of bed or for some people to even generate much enthusiasm each morning. These are common experiences related to the change in the...

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Great review of Flashback in Opal Magazine

Posted by on Oct 5, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Check out this great review of Flashback in the October 2018 issue of Opal Magazine. Flashback is a fascinating Young Adult book that pushes the boundaries of imagination: the Grail for every science fiction and fantasy reader. Shortly after its publication, Simon Rose’s Flashback was nominated for the 2016 Alberta Publishers’ Award in Young Adult. This book intertwines cold case and active murder case mysteries, high-level governmental military cover-ups, some supernatural or paranormal intervention, with some time travel. Flashback is...

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Interview in Opal Magazine

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Check out the great interview in the October issue of Opal Magazine. In the interview I talk about the Flashback trilogy, including Flashback, Twisted Fate and Parallel Destiny, upcoming projects, the writing process and more. Opal Magazine published by Opal Publishing. Opal is a monthly digital magazine published 12 times a year. The magazine features local authors, interviews, fiction, poetry and prose. You can read the interview and also the great review of Flashback...

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The Importance of Professional Editing

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You’ve finished your first novel after years of painstaking work. You’re sure it could be a best seller and everyone you know is very enthusiastic. Yet your manuscript is returned by publishers, with a form letter providing no clues as to why they didn’t like it. Having your work independently evaluated gives you an unbiased opinion, helping you to tighten your manuscript and fix problems you may have overlooked. I’ve provided substantive and copy editing services for many other writers over the years. This has been for novels, short...

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The Obsession of Writing

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Obsession of Writing  by Mackenzie Reide Recently, I began revisions on the third book in my middle grade trilogy, The Adventurers: The Mine Caper. I described the process of writing and revising with my editor to someone. She looked surprised. “Wow. That sounds like a lot of work. Why do you write?” I was taken aback by the question. I blurted out the answer, “Why do you breathe?” Writing is not something that I ever really thought about. I just do it. It’s always been there lurking around in the back recesses of my mind. That...

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When Words Collide Blue Pencil Cafe

Posted by on Aug 12, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today, I’ll be appearing at the When Words Collide in Calgary literary festival at the Delta South Hotel in Calgary. When Words Collide brings together the literary community, both readers and writers, for a sharing of information, for learning, and to build a sense of community. Blue Pencil Cafe Children’s and Middle Grade – August 12 at 3 pm In this session aspiring writers are invited to bring me the first page or two of their children’s book or young adult manuscript for 1-on-1 feedback.  Manuscripts should be...

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Writing Historical Fiction at When Words Collide

Posted by on Aug 11, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today, I’ll be appearing at the When Words Collide in Calgary literary festival at the Delta South Hotel in Calgary, for a presentation, Tyche Books Presents, and the evening autograph session. Writing Historical Fiction – August 11 at 1 pm Learn how to write an effective, authentic, and appealing story in this genre and how to fully immerse yourself in your chosen time period. Understand what defines historical fiction and different time periods, how to create believable settings, plausible characters, and the role of...

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