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I’m Doing NaNoWriMo 2018! — Nov 1, 2018

I’m Doing NaNoWriMo 2018!

Writing notes

What’s NaNoWriMo? No, it’s not some weird-sounding alien word – it’s short for National Novel Writing Month, running from the 1st to the 30th of November!

As the name implies, it’s all about writing a novel in the space of a month. There’s a pre-determined word count limit of 50,000 words, which is the average length of a novel. While you don’t need to hit 50K exactly, you can write at your own pace, or do timed exercises called word sprints – for which you set yourself a time limit and try to write as many words as you can before it’s up. You can also join a worldwide community of fellow novelists who can give you good advice and commentary on your writing and progress.

I’ve created a new profile specifically for NaNoWriMo, for which I’ll be revisiting, redrafting and rewriting an old novel of mine:

https://nanowrimo.org/participants/novabrunswick

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Riverport’s Rambles: Chapter 1 — Oct 18, 2018

Riverport’s Rambles: Chapter 1

The amber sun peeked its blazing head above the horizon, shimmering golden rays illuminating the vast sea in ultramarine. It beamed through the front bedroom window onto Riverport’s bearded face, flashing behind his closed eyes.

“Oh, that must be the mornin’ comin’ in.”

He snorted loud enough to wake himself up, peeling back the covers and slipping his bare feet into his favourite pair of slippers – white and bright blue stripes with a golden anchor print. He went over to the window and opened it slightly, letting the cool sea breeze inside.

“Ah, nothin’ like good ol’ sea salt. Speakin’ of which…”

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Dartmouth and Jollimore’s Alolan Adventures: Chapter 1 — Jul 24, 2018

Dartmouth and Jollimore’s Alolan Adventures: Chapter 1

The sapphire seas of Melemele Island swam into view as the cruise ship sailed in. On the pier, hula dancers in Hawaiian garb greeted and graced the disembarking travellers with swaying grass skirts, twanging ukuleles and bright flower leis. Dartmouth and Jollimore stepped out into the cerulean skies, azure ocean, golden sands and tawny sun.

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IAMP/PC One-Shot: New Scotland, New Brunswick — Jun 24, 2018

IAMP/PC One-Shot: New Scotland, New Brunswick

“Hey Nova Scotia,” New Brunswick began. “I love you so much…”

“Oh wow, thanks, Bonnie.” Nova Scotia smiled.

“…that I named one of my towns after you!” grinned New Brunswick.

Nova Scotia blushed. “Oh really?!”

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Father’s Day 2018 — Jun 17, 2018

Father’s Day 2018

Fathers helped to create us; without them, none of us would be here. Even if they’re only celebrated on one day of the year – which is today – they’ve always been around for us, even if it’s not a physical presence.

Because of this, I’ve drawn some special art for the occasion:

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Pictou Denoon & Stellarton Bridges-Drummond

Probably the most famous father figure in the Canadian Boys series, Stellarton is dad to Pictou, the protagonist of my first novel Once Upon a Time in Canada. Although his mother Port Hawkesbury mostly cares for him, Stellarton does have his fatherly duties for Pictou. Here, he shares a

I had drawn a version of this before, but decided to draw it digitally to add extra effects, like the starry gradient background. The stars tie in somewhat to Stellarton, as his name starts with ‘Stella’, which is Latin for star. This reflects the etymology of the name of his hometown, which was named for a kind of coal which gave off star-like sparkles when ignited.

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The town of Stellarton, Nova Scotia

To finish, here’s a celebratory poem by Keith Garrett:

FATHER’S DAY

Down through the years, there have been many types of fathers,

Unfortunately, some get lost with what it takes to really be a dad.

Sad as it is sons and daughters grow up without and not knowing,

Thoughts and questions are held onto that may eat at with sadness.

This father’s day let’s honor and praise the men who do stand strong,

To the ones who are new and too those who have been at it for a while.

You were there when first you saw his little face and a smile of a lifetime,

You were there when her tiny hands touched your heart forever, young father.

You were there walking her down the aisle when again her life began,

You were there when a son stood at the altar hand in hand with his bride.

Through the bumps and bruises, good times or bad, it was you strong as a rock,

To you on father’s day, the ones whom never give up, you are dad, a father.

Happy father’s day,

Keith Garrett

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