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3 Reasons I Can’t Seem To Write Today

Did you ever have a day when the topics just wouldn’t come? Ever wonder why?

Today is such a day for me so this post will be short. Here are three things that are keeping me from writing a brilliant blog post.

1. photo (3)photo (2) This is the weak weather outside my front door. Notice my neighbor’s Christmas reindeer are still out there. We haven’t had a break in the snow since Christmas and he can’t get those cute reindeer put away.

2. Across the street you can see the falling snow, a picture that is hard to get. Ordinarily I’d be really excited at this phenomenon but enough is enough this year.

3. My daughter and her family are flying in this evening but as the day goes on, we wonder if we’ll be able to go to the airport 30 miles away and pick them up. Or even if the plane will land. My 6-year-old granddaughter will love the snow and the reindeer even though I’m pretty sure the adults won’t be so enamored.

photoThe positive is that I got three more pages written as I finish off the rough draft of The Loyalist’s Luck, due for release in September. Yay! And I found a great website with lots of information about Governor and Mrs. Simcoe who both appear in this second book of my Loyalist trilogy.

Hope you are enjoying the snow, either in person or through these pictures, better than I am. :-(

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Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Historical Fiction, Just For Fun

 

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Three Things I’m Grateful For Today

In spite of the fact that I’ve had the worst cold ever since returning from our winter break time in Hilton Head, yesterday gave me lots to smile about. I should have been posting my blog post. I wasn’t. Instead my husband and I got in the car at about 11:00 a.m. and headed for Niagara Falls.

I was at a point in the rough draft of The Loyalist’s Luck (coming this fall!) where I just needed to see the battlefield for the Battle of Lundy’s Lane, a huge battle in the War of 1812-14. The sun was shining, I had already written three pages and my partner was willing, so off we went.

Three Things I’m Grateful for Today? They all have to do with yesterday:

1. The lovely, finally warming sunshine which shone on us almost the whole time. (We did drive through a rain storm on the way home–quickly over.) I got Ron to stop the car so I could get this shot about three miles from home. Our day was ending and the sun was setting.

Yesterday's Winter Sunset

Yesterday’s Winter Sunset

I was going to take out the snow piled by the side of the highway but then I thought some people might never see this. Left it in for them. :-)

2. We walked a tour of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls under sunny skies but over fast-melting snow-covered sidewalks. Both of us ended with damp feet! And we’ll have to go back to Drummond Hill Cemetery because the snow kept us from studying the names of the soldiers buried there, right where the battle took place. I had just been studying the maneuvers that morning so standing at the top of the hill and looking over the battlefield brought it all to life for me. And in a few minutes I’m going to write that part in The Loyalist’s Luck.

Imagine a foot of snow on the ground and you'll see what we saw.

Imagine a foot of snow on the ground and you’ll see what we saw.

3. As if getting my pages written in the morning and taking this tour in the afternoon wasn’t enough of a thrill, that night my husband found a surprise for me in our alma mater’s alumni magazine which had come in the mail that day. Listed on p. 36 under New Releases From Western Alumni was my novel, The Loyalist’s Wife, among books by seventeen other Western grads. And, of course, with Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature and having attended Western as well, we Western people are just a little proud. Imagine being in the same issue as the article about Munro’s Nobel!

I Made It Into My Alumni Magazine!

The moral of the story, so to speak today is that celebratory days come and when they do–

CELEBRATE!

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Historical Fiction, History, Just For Fun

 

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1000 Ways to Be A Happy Writer

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We’re fifteen days into a new year and, having taken off the last three weeks to celebrate with my family, I’m really ready to get back to blogging. I didn’t give up on writing for those weeks, just blogging. After all, The Loyalist’s Luck will never get written if I don’t buckle down and tell John and Lucy’s continuing story.

(If you haven’t noticed, the title is a bit of a misnomer. I’m a little crazy today, but I’m happy.) :-)

Filling my Inbox have been updates on how my fellow writers did on their old goals, how they’ve revised them for the year 2014, and just how they are going to complete all those marvelous to do lists they’ve birthed. Well, here goes my version of this time honoured tradition.

I did loads and loads of things to publish The Loyalist’s Wife, got it out to the world in June, found a couple of errors and rebirthed it two weeks later, answered email and phone messages of congratulations and turned into a marketing mogul. Arlene Dickinson, move over.

No, I didn’t write hundreds of goals last January. I had one. Get the book out there for the world. Eight words. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, it wasn’t.

But it was FANTASTIC! I had such a great time I plan to do it all over again. Yes, WordPress sent me some crunchy numbers and they are tres interessants but the best part has been and continues to be getting out in the world with my historical fiction.

What am I going to do this year? More of the same, only better and smarter and catchier. At least, I hope so. And I hope some of the things I write about here will catch your interest and help you to do the same if you’re a writer. If you’re a reader, be sure there will be lots coming your way along the historical fiction highway from my house to yours. Once again, I invite you to sign up for my update newsletter which will give you the very latest news and events related to The Loyalist Trilogy. Here’s the link:

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And here’s to a Happy, Happy New Year!

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in General, Historical Fiction, Just For Fun

 

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Her Story Grows and Blossoms

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Donna Garner

She was only a teenager when she performed the irascible Aunt Eller in Oklahoma and, while that part is usually played by someone longer in the tooth, Donna Garner owned it. I was Music Director for that show and several of my family and friends were in that production, an energetic group who started what turned out to be a small but mighty local theatre in our area.

My youngest sister, Donna, went on to become a thoroughly professional talent on the North American theatre scene. She sings, plays piano plus a host of other instruments, and catches your eye every time she walks on stage in a character role. She is funny. As Vi Petty in The Buddy Holly Story at the Charlottetown Festival her performance rang with authenticity, talent, and just plain fun. I’ll never forget the vision of her playing a rollicking keyboard number, her body lying back almost flat, away from the keyboard, and the sound just a-cookin’. It was great.

Last Saturday my husband and I caught Donna in Once at the Royal Alex theatre in Toronto. Part of a year-long tour this off-Broadway show is visiting spots all across North America. Here is the link.

As the audience trickles into the theatre they have the option of going up on stage, buying a drink at the bar which is part of the set and hanging out there as the actors saunter in, grab their instruments, and begin to play. I suppose I could have joined the singing if I wanted, the atmosphere was just that comfortable and real. But I didn’t. Instead I stood on the stage and watched my sister, Baruska in the show, who, when she saw me, raised her eyebrows completely in character but just for me. I had not seen her since early August.

The show was cleverly written, lively, and well-performed on the adaptable stage. We loved it. Afterwards we waited for Donna before going for an early dinner so that she could get back and do the Saturday night show. And in the restaurant she was recognized! It was all thrilling. We so wished Mom was alive to see it.

Here are some pictures:

1. Donna as Fairy Godmother on Disney ship.

Donna Garner fairy godmother

2. Donna at one the the jazz concerts she often performs.

Donna Garner at mic

3. The poster outside the theatre with Donna in the picture. They have several, each one sporting different major characters.

Donna Garner in Once poster

4. My treasured program with my sister’s bio in it.

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5. Donna after one of her jazz concerts this past summer in Toronto. Some of our family had gone to hear the performance. It was awesome.

Donna Garner and rest of us

Today’s post is a little far off the track for an historical fiction author but I know you’ll forgive me for praising my sister, just this one time. If you can, go see the show, Once, in a city near you. It’s a great story and will fill up your creative reserves, for sure.

Donna’s alma mater, Western University in London, is proud of her, too.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2013 in Just For Fun, Personal History

 

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7 Author Opportunities When You Publish a Book

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Yesterday and today I have been a very busy lady, indeed:

1. The prodigious P.C. Zick has interviewed me on her Author Wednesday section of her blog here.

2. And Urve Tamberg, another excellent author has interviewed me on her blog here.

3. Facebook friends have talked about three local events: Guest Speaker at an historical society banquet and annual meeting on Saturday night, book launch for The Loyalist’s Wife on Sunday, reading and Q & A for a library book club on Tuesday night, as well as for a book store in Guelph quite soon. Follow me on Facebook to see details for all of these events.   http://www.facebook.com/ElaineCouglerAuthor

And if you Like me on FB, I’ll be sure to Like you back!

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Who Is Your Writing Rock?

scan0002_editedYesterday was a special day for me and my dear husband as it was our anniversary. We got married back in the day when brides and grooms were wed at 19 or 20 so no wonder we look about 12! Outrageous hats were obviously in vogue as evidenced by my mom’s big white monstrosity. (There were a few giggles and tears when she modeled that for the family at the dinner table one night, I remember!) I laughed all day and so did my new husband so I’m not sure where his frown came from in this picture. What a poignant look back to the sixties for me.

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And this is my Grandma, a lovely lady who was there for all my growing up years. She passed away about six months after our wedding. Don’t you just love the way my tiara and veil are askew? I walked around like that all day, through all the professional photos, the reception, the zillion snap shots by friends and family. And no one ever mentioned my tilting tiara. Ah well, I got the guy right so the tiara is not important.

My readers, you may be wondering just what these old pictures have to do with my writing or The Loyalist’s Wife, newly parading on its own bridal path. Probably if not for that wedding day way back when my book would never have come to fruition. This man is my rock.

What or whom do you reach out for when the going/writing gets rough?

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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in General, Just For Fun

 

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To Be (Published) or Not To Be.

That is the question; in fact, for writers, the only question. We people who hide in closets (garrets), who get arrested for stalking characters in the coffee shop, and who think writing and rewriting pages and pages at a time is actually fun, we writers long to be published.

To hold that book in hand–or on iPad–is akin to reaching the finish line first for a marathon runner, a Derby racer, or a Grand Prix driver.

But along the way there are pitfalls. And you may think you are the only one to have these problems. In the video below, Shakespeare (Hugh Laurie) is discussing what might be cut from Hamlet–ye gods!–with his editor, Rowan Atkinson.

Take a moment and enjoy.

Consider leaving a comment about bright bits you’ve had to snip out. Or malign the editor who suggested this. Just kidding.

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