Vision Writing Prompt: Unreliable Narrators

Wow, you say. Kirstie’s doing so well with her revision for NaNoReMo that she’s got the time to make and post another cool writing prompt on the Vision Writers Group’s blog.

Yes. Yes that’s exactly what’s going on.

Unreliable narrator, you say? I’m sure I don’t know what you mean…

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Vision Blogging: BWG Convention Appearance

Today I went to the Brisbane Writers Group Convention as a speaker and over on the Vision Writers site I’ve blogged about the experience.

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pumpkin princess<– This cutie is why it’s been pretty quiet here on the blog lately. Not to mention I have three short stories under various different levels of ‘upcoming publication’ and my yearly goals to achieve (I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to scrap goal #2, because the others have been pretty all-consuming).

Speaking of goals, to try and help me polish off #3 (the final revision/edits of Written By The Stars) I’m going to turn NaNoWriMo(National Novel Writing Month) into NaNoReMo (National Novel Revision Month).

I’ve been using the Holly Lisle ‘How To Revise Your Novel’ course to help guide me and I’m finally up to the last step – doing the write-in (there’s a lot of lead up steps that help you spot problems and plan your revision). So I’m going to break up the process into two parts – the paper revision then the write in revision and track it by pages. I have 191 pages, so each of those done twice means I need to do 12.7 pages a day to do it in a month. At times like this I wish the kids went to school ;p Let’s see if I can pull this off without neglecting the kidlets or the housework too much. Certainly glad I’m not off maternity leave just yet!

Now enough business, lets all just take a moment to absorb how adorable Harley is in her pumpkin tutu!

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Vision Blogging: Sometimes You’ve Gotta Go Back

logoThe last Vision Writers meeting for the year was today (we have a Christmas party next month, but we don’t critique, we just have fun). Because GenreCon was on a lot of our members were lost to that, so we got through the feedback in record time. There was still some important takeaways though and I’ve blogged about the biggest one on the Vision website, so go there to see why sometimes, you’ve gotta go back.

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Vision Writing Prompt: Bestiary

jackolanterndarkWhen it’s Halloween you get beasts on the brain.

Me, I hate going with the standard fare so chuck that out the window, go to the Vision Writers website, and check out my latest writing prompt: the bestiary.

In other news, I’ll be carving my usual Jack Skellington pumpkin soon, but we’ve also bought some mini pumpkins – any ideas what I should carve them into?

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Vision Blogging: Artsy Writing Prompt

393px-MediatedReality_videocam_with_tv_on_easel_at_niagara_fallsI just posted another writing prompt over on the Vision Writers website. It has the potential to become a time suck too though, browsing through all that lovely art. On the other hand, it’s much more unlikely you’ll have the same idea as another writer.

I hope you’ll check it out and enjoy it if you’re a fellow writer :)

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Vision Writers At BWF 2015

bwf15-35Saturday afternoon went off quite well, I did the full write up on the Vision Writers website, so I’ll link you rather than rehashing it all here.

My only concern was I think a lot of the audience might have thought I was playing around on my phone while the event happened – but I was using the stop watch app on my phone to keep an eye on each person’s feedback time. We limit verbal feedback to 2 minutes a piece per person. Nearly everyone kept under, I only had to ring the bell three times. Gah! I hope no one thought I was a jerk on my phone!

Check out the full write-up here.

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Upcoming Appearance At Brisbane Writers Festival

The Brisbane Writers Festival loves to trip you out ;p

The Brisbane Writers Festival loves to trip you out ;p

Exciting news! Vision Writers are making another appearance at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

Are you curious as to how the meetings are run? Wondering how cutting the critiques are? Just want to check out our ugly mugs? Well drop by the Kuril Dhagun lounge (in the State Library Queensland) at 4pm on Saturday 5th of September and you can have all those questions answered.

You can book your free tickets on the Brisbane Writers Festival website now, or come along on the day. The site says bookings essential, but unless we go over capacity showing up on the day is fine.

Three members will be reading their short stories aloud to you and then the rest of the group will either praise or eviscerate them for your entertainment. What more could you want from a Saturday afternoon?


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Vision Blogging: Cheese Demons

cheese demonOK, OK, the post I’ve made on the Vision Writers blog for last weekends meeting isn’t about cheese demons… entirely. Cheese demons is just a new in joke as Bel from Belinda’s Baubles referred to¬† our ‘two Stephens’, but in my sleep deprived state I heard ‘cheese demons’.

The whole group got to meet Harlequin too as I brought her along. I’m confident she is the youngest person to attend a meeting in the group’s 19 years.

Anyway if you want to know what I thought was the biggest take away from the meeting check out the post on Vision Writers.

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BFOB Catalogue Launch

I'm quite amused that one of the books beside 18 was about babies considering I'd left my 6 week old at home to attend the launch

I’m quite amused that one of the books beside 18 was about babies considering I’d left my 6 week old at home to attend the launch

Oh my god! She’s still alive!

Yes, yes, I live. I don’t sleep a lot, but I live ;p

I thought I’d update you quickly on a bit of news: the Vision Writers anthology ’18’ has been included in the Books From Our Backyard catalogue released by the Queensland Writers Center’s.

There was a launch event for the catalogue’s release last night and Talitha Kalago and I attended. We had a wonderful time talking with fellow authors, QWC staff, agents, and editors who attended and I *may* have pigged out on hors d’oeurves ;p I also enjoyed dressing up and wearing high heels for the first time since the Aurealis Awards last year.

The Books From Our Backyard catalogue contains a massive list of books by Queensland authors, covering every genre(no joke, everything fiction and non fiction alike), so is well worth checking out to help you pad out your to-read pile (because we all totally need help with that!).

The books featured in the catalogue will remain on display at the State Library Queensland, but if South Bank isn’t within reachable distance for you don’t forget 18 is available free online from here

You can also read my more official post about the event on the Vision Writers blog .

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