Writing Problems and Coffee

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One of my very good friends, Jo-Anne fromย Inspiration Pie, and I had our weekly (or at least it seems like that ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) coffee date this evening.

Jo-Anne and I met a few years ago at a Nanowrimo write-in. I instantly liked her and I am so pleased that she is now one of my closest friends. Our dates are a must especially when life is crazy or when we have writing brainstorms bubbling under the surface.

A little while back she borrowed the books that my short stories are published in. (You can find them over here.) I was eager to hear her feedback, and to tell me what she thought of my characters. The four of them are stand alone reads but deal with the same characters and an expanding world.

She told me some positive things that gave me a boost. I don’t just mean a “I feel great” kinda way (although I did). It sparked something in my writer brain. And with the way I have been feeling, I am in good need of a spark or two.

It also helped me realize a mental block that I have been having.

My main characters are Quinn and Lily, and I love writing them. I love being in their world. The last few times I have sat down to work on a new short story or novel, I didn’t get very far. I get frustrated. And therefore I don’t want to write. This world no longer makes me happy. It makes me stressed. So, what is this block?

I have too many ideas for them. TOO. MANY.

When I start writing, I start to second guess myself. Is this plot good enough? Should I have went with the other story idea I wanted to start? Should I combine Plot A And Plot C, or should B and C go better together?

Once I am in this train of thought, that’s it. Game over.

Jo-Anne gave me a great idea that I am going to try. Basically write out a big ol’ mind map. I plan to dig out my bristol board, tack it to a wall and start writing down my plots, story ideas and see which ones I can connect well and which should be stand alone. I am excited to get on this and see where it will take me. ๐Ÿ™‚

There is always a solution to every writing problem. You just can’t give up on it.

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CaperCon 2015!

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There isn’t a whole lot in my community that caters to geeks. Here in Cape Breton, there isn’t too much big or exciting that usually happens. It has only been in the last few years that big name bands have started to venture our way.

The closest convention to where I live is in Halifax. Hal-Con started about six years ago I do believe. I have attended several, including the first year. I just HAD to go. I had heard about these comic cons, had wanted to go. And now one was happening close to home.

But this weekend, Cape Breton had its very own convention, aimed at gamers, anime, bookworms, sci-fi geeks, you name it! So how could I not go to a convention that was taking place a short drive away?!

CaperCon took place Sept. 11th-13th. I had to miss the first day but luckily I got there Saturday, and decided to go again on Sunday.

I arrived a bit early on Saturday. I was traveling with Sherry, who was a guest at the con!

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Sherry in her awesome steampunk outfit on Sunday.

I helped with some setting up. I got the table ready for the Third Person Press girls.

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Nancy and Sherry, two of the lovely ladies of Third Person Press.

During the coarse of the weekend, I went to some fantastic panels, which is something I don’t get to do much of (or at all) at the bigger conventions. I went to two writing panels put on by Sherry. I also went to Fanfiction 101 as well as two other fanfic panels. I missed the Batman V.S. Captain America debate. Bummer! Oh well, next time!

Sherry Ramsey had her book launch so I bought her two latest novels. ‘The Seventh Crow’ as well as her sequel to ‘One’s Aspect of The Sun’, titled ‘Dark Beneathย The Moon’. I hit up her signing and had both autographed, of course!

I also had lots of time to go through the vendor area and artists.

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People having fun spending some money! ๐Ÿ™‚

I didn’t buy nearly as much as I wanted to, but I did get Mister part of his birthday gift, and a lil something for someone else. Local shops were there selling their gear. ‘Atomic Records’, ‘The Local NPC’, as well as ‘My Secret Identity’. A number of artists were there as well, and I had a lot of fun talking to some of them.

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Had a great chat with artist Jeff Wilson! ๐Ÿ™‚

I also learned that Nova Scotia has a medieval society! I think that is so awesome. I wish I could remember their official name! (If you know, please comment below! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) ย I had no idea it existed and I wished they had been back on Sunday so I could have chatted with them more. The guy I was talking to was really nice and let me try on a helmet! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Ready for battle. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Thanks to my friend Andrew who took the pic!)

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These helmets were awesome.

The thing I love about conventions, big or small, is that no matter what they all have the same feel. Everyone is there to get their geek on. Everyone is accepted. No matter who you are or what you look like or what fandom you are dressed as, it is like one big family.

The thing I love about small cons, is that I had time to look around and go to just about everything I wanted to go to. I hung out with friends, took lots of photos of everything and of as many cosplayers as I could. I met some pretty cool people and I had fun exploring the con.

I really hope CaperCon 2016 happens. There were over 1000 people at this convention, which everyone on the committee was thrilled about. I want to thank those people for making it happen. They all did an amazing job, and I know they are hoping to do this again.

I had a blast. I do hope that if it happens next year, that the dates will be different since it would be the same date as my BIG FAT GEEK WEDDING! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ ย But worse case scenario, I skip the gift opening Sunday and head out to the con ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think it would be fitting for the geeky newly weds to end their weekend by spending it at a convention.

My Love Of Books And A Question To My Fellow Bookworms

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I’ve loved books all my life. Before my father passed away he told me how when I was about nine months old, if I was passed a book and it was backwards or upside down I would flip it right side up or turn it around.

I remember being three years old, mom or dad taking me to bed and being read to. And then asking for a second and third story.

When I was five I would sit for my oldest brother and tell him crazy stories about dragons and a princess and unicorns.

I remember the first word I ever read. I was in first grade and I ran off the bus yelling “Mom, I can read!!” I remember feeling so proud at being able to read the word “the”.

When I learned how to write I started putting my own words to paper and dreamed of being in a book. Seeing my very own story in print. In third grade my story (of a total of ten lines, I think) was picked to be published in a book called “Forever Friends”, which has stories from students in each grade, in schools across the province. And in high school another story, this one longer, was published.

I remember spending summers reading a box of books.

When my first short story was published in an anthology from Third Person Press, I was so proud of myself. Even though my dad can’t see what I have accomplished the last few years, he got to see me live my dream: my storyย in a book, and I got paid for it.

My point is, books and reading have been a part of my life for longer then I can remember. There is nothing I love more then diving into a new book. And so here is (finally, I know) my question:

What is your favorite quote about reading or books in general?

I am starting to focus on ย my next tattoo. My first ink has meaning for me, and I plan to do that with each piece I get.

And it makes perfect sense to make my next one about my love of reading and the written word. There’s so many images and quotes to pick from. I think it will be an elaborate piece. So now the brainstorming has begun.

What is your favorite quote? If you were to get a tattoo reflecting your love of books (or even a certain book), what would it be? ๐Ÿ™‚

‘Flashpoint’ โ€” Cape Breton speculative fiction at its best – Columnists – Cape Breton Post

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I wanted to share this here. I am very happy to see that Third Person Press has gotten some very good press this week ๐Ÿ˜‰ The article is about the book launch for ‘Flashpoint’, and the future endeavor of TTP. My photo is even included, since I was one of three readers at the launch. I think it is wonderful to see our small and local press getting some well deserved and positive notice. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

‘Flashpoint’ โ€” Cape Breton speculative fiction at its best – Columnists – Cape Breton Post.

Book Release!

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I am feeling pretty pumped tonight. This evening was the book launch for ‘Flashpoint’, which features my newest short story titled ‘Fever’.

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Here I am holding a copy of the book ๐Ÿ™‚ It was great to get it into my hands! There’s a bit of a thrill that I get when I see my name on the back of a book, and open the pages to find the story I created in it. Almost like I’m a real author or something ๐Ÿ˜‰

The launch started off with a reading from one of the other contributors. I was growing anxious, since I had been asked to do a reading as well. The last time I had done a reading was for a very small group several years ago. And the time before that, I was in high school. As nervous as I was, I was really honored I had been asked to take part. I think it is especially awesome since I have been in all four of the elements anthologies. And here I was, about to do my first big reading.

Julie (fellow writer/editor/and one of my publishers), was up at the podium next to introduce me. *gulp* What she had to say was pretty cool, soย I asked her for the paper afterwards. As she read my intro, I took a deep breath and gave a fist bump to my bestie who sat next to me. Mr.C gave me a pat on the leg.

Here’s some of what Julie had to say: “…she lives with her fiance, with whom she shares a passion for all things “con”. She will be reading from her story ,’Fever’, which continues the saga of Quinn and Lily.” “-and Kerry has developed a following for her unusual and heroic lovers. Their romance has many aspects of typical romance, but with some notable exceptions. Lily likely spends less time arguing with Quinn about whose turn it is to cook supper, and more time getting mad at him for spilling his glass of blood on her white table cloth, yet again.”

I thought this was really cool. She made it personal and also included my characters, which have been in all four anthologies. (And a following?! So that makes, 2 fans now? ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

I got up, took another breath, and read the first scene from my story. I felt like a train wreak but was told afterwards how calm I came off. Sweet! I was even told “I’m going to have nightmares thanks to you. I can’t wait to get home and finish reading your story!” (I guess the blood part got to her. Cool! ๐Ÿ˜› )

After I was finished, there was a break for refreshments. I had my copy signed and alsoย signing books for others. (AKA my fifteen minutes of fame.) There were two more authors to read, including my long time friend, Sherry Ramsey.

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Sherry read from her self published novel, ‘The Murder Prophet.’ It’s on the top of my 2015 to-read book pile. (Work and the holidays cut into my reading time, how sucky is that!?) Sherry ย is one hell of a writer, an amazing friend, and a kick ass editor and publisher. I feel lucky to have worked with the women of Third Person Press for all of these anthologies. Every time I submit something, I anxiously await to hear if I am accepted or not. And when I have been accepted, they work with me to further polish the story. They have been patient and put up with texts and phone calls. They have made me a better writer and I am proud to also be able to call them friends.

So that’s the gist of my evening. Once I did my reading I was able to relax and mingle. I’m not sure what the future has in store for me as far as more publishing news go, but I do hope that this isn’t my last book launch!



My Author Interview With TPP!

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As I mentioned in a previous post, my next short story will be published this December in the ‘Flashpoint’ anthology.

Many non-writers think that once a story is written, the job of the writer is finished. At least, this is what I find out from the people I talk to. But that isn’t true. Our job continues. We spread the word as much as we can when a book is coming out, and do what is asked by our publishers. Sometimes we are asked to do a reading, we attend book launches, we are interviewed, etc… I was interviewed via email early this week in conjunction with Third Person Press’s Indigogo campaign. And it looks like mine is the first up on the news blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

So, if you want to get to know a bit more about me and my writing, I thought I would share the link here. Oh, and if you are wondering who I am standing next to in the photo I submitted, that happens to be Ajay Fry from InnerSpace, who I met a couple weeks ago at Fan Expo. I thought it was the perfect pic to submit for this ๐Ÿ˜‰

http://thirdpersonpress.blogspot.ca/2014/09/flashpoint-interview-kerry-anne-fudge.html

Books And Perks!

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I received an e-mail just now from my editors over at Third Person Press. With the upcoming anthology coming out in December, they began an Indigogo campaign. They have done this once before and had great success!

Third Person Press is a small, Cape Breton based, press. I have known the three wonderful women who run it for at least ten years now. They have put a lot of hard work and time into putting these anthologies out. They have worked with me on every story I have put out. They are very involved with the authors, and are patient, supportive and positive.

If you are interested in the anthology, wondering why they are running a campaign, or what kind of perks you get, pop on over toย https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flashpoint-anthology. I just made my contribution. Even though one of my perks as one of the authors in this book is to get a free copy, I chose the perk that gets me another copy. Not only do I get to support my publishers (who have been my friends for a long time now), I also get some early Christmas shopping done ๐Ÿ˜‰ (My friend in Australia is waiting patiently for her copy.)

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I’m still sick, and trying not to be depressed on missing the wonderful sunny day. Maybe I will go and get lost in a book! ๐Ÿ™‚