Childhood Poems and Sonnets On Anything

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So I’d like to up my web presence. And have a few ideas.

For every ten likes I get on my facebook page I will post a poem I wrote in my childhood (or an excerpt from one as some are pages long). I’m sure some of you other writers out there know that looking back on these can be both very eye opening and funny. Right now I’m at 20, so please like me on my page – let’s get it up to 30 and beyond. And thank you in advance. Danielle Mathieson Pederson on facebook.

I’d also like to increase the number of members on my websites. In that vein I’ve decided that for both of my blogs every time my member list hits a multiple of five I will write a sonnet. And not just any sonnet, I’ll write either a Petrarchan or a Shakespearian sonnet on any random topic a commenter gives me. It could get very funny and interesting! So please make sure to join this site or my other blog DanielleWAM or both. 😀

I think this could really be a lot of fun, so talk it up! 😀

Oh and btw? It’s T-minus 4 days until we Leap Into Chapter One!

UPDATE: I no longer have enough childhood poems to catch up with the number of likes I have on facebook! Crazy! So yes that’s a bit of a negative because I won’t be posting more poems, but yay for a ton of likes! So I’ll have to put my brain to work and find some other way to promote my author page on facebook. Thanks everyone! (btw I’ll probably be posting the full LOTR poem that I put up just the first stanza for. 😀 )

Grateful for New Writing Friends

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So as of Jan 5, 2012 (when I actually pay the membership fee) I am a full-fledged ifwit. A member of IFWA – The Imaginative Fiction Writers Association. I went to my first meeting last week. I am so glad I found this group!

I’ve been writing and working on my novel for 3+ years. It wasn’t until this past spring that I actually met some other writers. What a lonely and isolating writing existence it had been. For the longest time I was the only one I knew in Calgary who was writing a novel. To meet such a number of established and talented writers was exhilarating. It was a thrill to be able to talk to people who understand my qualms, my struggles, my insecurities and my shared love of all things speculative (sci-fi, fantasy, ghosts, etc).

Needless to say I feel like this group will probably be a great fit for me. I’m already looking forward to the different workshops and events they have planned. Just to have people to bounce ideas off of, and other writers who are willing to read and help critique my work is a wonderful privilege. It will help me so much to hone my craft.

With the amazing programs that the Calgary Public Library has to offer writers, plus a great ‘Open Mic Night’ done through Alexandra Writers Centre and the awesome Ifwits, I really feel like I’m coming into my own as a writer.

Here’s to finding others who not only understand your passion, but share it.

Awesome Feedback

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I went to the Alexandra Writers’ Open Mic night last night and had a fantabulous time. I heard some excellent reading and laughed and enjoyed the whole night. I loved meeting other local writers. They draw random names for people to read. My name was drawn!

I read three pages from the end of Chapt 1. It really got me back into my book again to be able to read it aloud. I was so happy to get such good feedback. I loved hearing the comments that people didn’t want me to stop reading.

I’m definitely going to continue to go every month. It’s wonderful to know you’re not the only writer in all of Calgary, like I’ve been feeling the last little while.

Now to get back to work polishing up Lasera!