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July 2020 Update

July 2020 Update

Hope you are well.

The second draft of my book is done. It is now ready for a Manuscript Tune-Up, a third round of editing.
It has been two years now since I began writing. Images of tossing a bottle into the sea drift through my mind. The bottle is tossed to and fro by the waves, knowing not where or when it will come ashore. And so it is with a book. One tosses words upon a page and lets it be carried on waves of doubt and fear, but also on waves of hope and longing to make a difference. As the message in the bottle eventually reaches a sandy beach; I wonder where, in the end, my book will land.

Thank you for you continued interest,
Yolande

April 2020 Update

April 2020 Update

Hope! 

 

I simply want to offer this poem.

NOT CANCELLED

 

Not cancelled!

Ours thoughts

Our imagination

Our creativity

 

Not cancelled!

Breathing

Smiling

Living

 

Not cancelled!

Beauty

Wonder

Possibilities

 

Not cancelled!

Love

Sharing

Caring

 

Not cancelled!

Service

Hope

Miracles

 

Also not cancelled is my book.  As planed the last four chapters have been submitted to my coach for review. I am now waiting for comments. Then I shall rewrite and I will have completed the second draft.

 

Hoping that spring sprouts new life in each one of us!

Be well!

Yolande

 

January 2020 Update

January 2020 Update

May your New Year be happy and may you be showered with blessings of health, peace and love.

I have confidence that each of us can contribute to the happiness and well-being of others. Scientists tell us that everything is energy, that we are energy. I believe that just as our energy can be depleted by being around people whose energy and thoughts are negative or low, our energy can also be boosted by those whose energy and thoughts are positive and vibrate at a higher frequency. My energy is boosted by your positivity and hopefulness that this book will one day be released.

I feel good about the progress of my book; so far, eight chapters have been reviewed by my coach. His comments and remarks are very helpful and inspire me. I plan to submit four more chapters for review before the end of March.

As we begin a new year, and I continue to revise and write the second draft of my book, I want to thank each and every one of you for boosting my energy!

In gratitude,
Yolande

October 2019 Update

October 2019 Update

Happy Fall and welcome to the new subscribers!

I have spent many enjoyable hours writing during the summer and I have started my second draft of the book. With the help of a writing coach, I am reviewing each chapter one by one. I also appreciate the help and feedback I receive from “Icedash” a great group of writers who meet once a month where I live in Shediac, New Brunswick.

Opportunities to continue learning keep showing up and I sign up when I can. In October, I participated in a workshop in Halifax given by Elizabeth Gilbert the author of Eat, Pray, Love (among many other books). She is a fascinating speaker and gave us food for thought as she led us through writing exercises which helped us face our fears and discover our strengths. I have signed up for another writing retreat in November, organized by the Writers Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB).
I am making progress; the writing is coming along nicely and I still love it. I will be back with another update in early 2020.

Thank you for your interest, support and patience.
Yolande

July 2019 Update

July 2019 Update

In the last week of June, I participated in a wonderful writing retreat Writing by The Sea. It was held in Victoria by The Sea, a beautiful and inviting village on Prince Edward Island.

I learned about the technicalities of writing, about structure, process and prompts. But I mostly learned through conversations, and sharing with a wonderful and inspiring group of authors. Our host and instructor, Trevor Corkum, asked questions that brought conversations to a level much deeper than thought. I appreciated the discussions about perseverance, intuition and creativity. I loved listening to the inner wisdom of the participants, as they shared their work. I understood that I was not to compare myself or my writing to other people. And I finally grasped the concept, that all books are written in stages… first draft, second draft, third draft and so on until it is ready to be released. I now understand more fully the process of writing a book and the amount of time it may require to have it completed. This brought me to reflect on my project and to re-evaluate my goals. It helped me to assess where I am presently and where I want to go with my book. I also walked away knowing that it takes more than one person to write a book and I understood the kind of help I will need to move forward. Summer is upon us and for me that means many activities with family and friends. I plan to enjoy all of it fully. I will update you again, on the progress of my book, in the fall. Enjoy the summer, soak it all in! Yolande