Monday, 11 November 2013

It's Never too Late for a Novel Change & a Little Remebrance

In the past few months I've been busy revising the first novel in my Alien Encounters Series. I never was entirely happy with the way the first ebook in the serial turned out, but I left it as it was and waited…What was I waiting for, you may wonder? I was waiting for the right time and the right editor. Well, the right editor came along last spring and she helped me out with other projects. Not long after I became busy with thesis writing and then working out the rest of the Alien Encounters Series. So, when the right time did show up I had everything in order, so to speak.

The next roadblock came when my new editor asked me to cut! Augh, she wanted me to cut out one-quarter of the book and replace it. Wow—was I ever anxious. Cutting 6,000 words is a tall order, so I sat on the idea for at least two weeks while I worked on other projects and my thesis. I had no idea how I was going to approach my quandary, so I waited and sat, then inspiration hit me with an unexpected wallop at the end of the first week. It's was almost cathartic, I couldn't stop myself, I knew my editor was right and I had to cut for the sake of my readers, and for the sake of the story: it was inevitable.

So I did it, I cut out all 6,000 words and replaced them with double that amount. When I was done pounding away at the keyboard, I was rather pleased with my result and knew I had done the right thing. You want to know why? My biggest critic: that small voice in my head, you know the one…It's the one all writers have, the one that says this isn't done until "I know I didn't cheat the reader", and I didn't cheat myself.

It took Going Home six more months from when I first published back in February to get it to where I wanted it in November, but now I think I may just be content enough to finish what I started.

I kept my story short so you would continue to read to the bottom, and remember...

You can find Going Home for free today on Kindle:

Amazon.ca http://www.amazon.ca/Going-Home-Book-Alien-Encounters-ebook/dp/B00BFUODK2/

Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BFUODK2

Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Going-Home-Alien-Encounters-Series-ebook/dp/B00BFUODK2/



And now for a little remembrance:

You are getting your free copy today courtesy of my father-in-law. While I never met him, I heard he was a wonderful and giving person. If he's anything like my husband, he must have been. So, here's to you Jim Lewington, WWII bomber pilot, recipient of two DFCs, former group captain, and all around great guy who gave me my husband (with help from Sylvia). Thanks for giving, so we could have our freedom—I think Lyrissa would have liked you very much.


You can find me through the week at www.Kimwelsman.ca or on twitter @kimwelsman.

Monday, 28 October 2013

From Small Seeds Great Ideas Can Flouish

Every once in a while I like to stretch my creative writing muscles in a different way. I love to write novels; I think I have something good and interesting to say. However change can be a positive force, and so once in a while I like to turn a nugget of an ideas into a short story.

There's nothing more satisfying than reading a short piece of fiction, and reaching the end with a satisfying conclusion; being moved in some way that brings you to a higher purpose, if only for a moment. These are the kinds of gifts short stories can bring to a reader.

I was a was a very slow reader as a child. It took me forever to get through a novel, while others like my sister whizzed through in a matter of days. My sister loved to read Stephen King, and I, being a slow reader wasn't about to tackle a book like "The Stand"; I'd have to wait until I was in my early twenties to do that. I think most younger siblings want to be doing what their older brothers or sister are doing. So one Stephen King book did catch my twelve-year-old eye: "Different Seasons". I plucked it from the shelf and realized it was actually a series of short stores. I "could read these in an afternoon or a day" and feel like I'd accomplished something; it was a joyous moment.


I sat down to read and loved the sophistocated interwoven themes of the Four Seasons, its title's namesake. Reading short stories opened up a whole new world for me and I went on to read the Foundation Series, the Lord of the Rings and more. Me, the kid who read slower than most, even went on to become a voracious reader and surpassed my sister at devouring novels.

Every once in a while I turn my nuggets into short stories, and send my babies out into the universe in that form. It's my way of paying homage to the short story tradition and to those slow readers out there who may just be budding voracious readers in disguise.

You can find me through the week at www.Kimwelsman.ca or on twitter @kimwelsman.

Monday, 21 October 2013

All good things come in threes...

Have you ever noticed how many trilogies there are on the reading bookshelf: digital or otherwise?Even the Hobbit's storyline has been spun out to fit the trilogy format in film. Why is this, you may wonder? Is there something about three? What's the purpose?

Most novels are written using a three-act structure and trilogies fit nicely with the structure of most novels. Shakespeare sometimes used four acts, but three seems to be the magic number when wrapping up a story and plot—it also seems to be the magic number when wrapping up a story arc as well. We can get the meat of the protagonist's past from the first book in the trilogy, ending with somekind of action. Book two can be action packed, then we find resolution and conclusion in most respects to theme and plot in book three of a trilogy.

My upcoming series the Deeps will consist of three books, no more and no less, and it too will follow the three act tradition: each book will have its own discrete characters, storyline and plot, but the series will carry a larger story arc I hope you'll enjoy. Set in Regency England and Nepolionic France, and told from a female protagonist's point of view. It's got plenty of strange Regency style goings on and gothic horror thrown in—for a dash of pleasure. I'm hoping you'll enjoy the series.

Here's a picture I took of a canal at a local park. I hope you like it and would love to hear comments. I plan to use it for the book's cover.


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Monday, 14 October 2013

Never Say Never...

You'd think by now, I'd have learned...but I guess I haven't. No sooner had I written down in last week's post that I would finish the Alien Encounters Series at 6 books (and it seemed like a logical place to finish the story arc), then the realization came to me that the story arc wasn't complete: I needed to include at least one if not two more installments in the series.

In the beginning I wanted to end the series on Earth which would have been books 5. Then I wanted to end it on Sylax book 6, but when I decided to included both Lyrissa's and Peggy's points of view as an experiment in book 4 - Back Home (see cover below), I knew the story wasn't finished and several more plot points needed to be revealed before wrapping up the series.



So have I finally learned? I'd like to say yes, but in this case I see the need for more story and more plot to bring the series to a final conclusion without cheating the reader, so the Alien Encounters will continue, as least for now....

Monday, 7 October 2013

The Big Reveal is Finally here...

I've been making a few changes lately and one of them is when to post my blog. After some consideration I've decided to now post my blog on Mondays and I hope you have time to check it out.

Concerning my time and my science fiction and fantasy writing, well things have been busy around here, more busy than I'd like to admit I guess. Back Home, Book 4 in the Alien Encounters Series is back from my editor from its first round of edits and I'm going through, making my revisions.

Lyrissa and Peggy are both back on Sylax and in a nice twist we get to see this world through both Lyrissa's and Peggy's eyes. I've never tried to write a book in two different points of view, but I do like a challenge. I read Scott Westerfeld's Levithan Series and really liked the way one character's point of view complimented the others'.

So, this newest novel and yes, it's shaping up to be a novel running at around 50,000 words, it's told from both Lyrissa's and Peggy's point of view. I think having more than one point of view it makes for a more rich and three dimensional story. Writing the novel I tried my best to remain consistent, while still following storyline and plot. Coming up with two different character flaws and two different emotions journeys wasn't easy while still creating a unique alien world with a rich mythology, but with help from my new editor I think we're managing quite well. The book is going through revision number 1 and I hope to have it out by the end of this month or the beginning of November.

Challenge is what got me started on the Alien Encounters Series. I love Stephen King novels and the Green Mile was great. Mr. King strikes me as someone who likes to experiment with form. I was intrigued by the Green Mile's delivery method. When the book was first published it came out as a serial—I believe there were six novellas in all. Well as luck would have it that's where I intend to draw the line with the Alien Encounters; six seems like a nice round number to me.

If you follow me on twitter you've probably already seen the cover art for this book, the most recent installment in the series, however I did promise to post my cover art here, so as promised here it is.



I hope you have time to post a comment and let me know what you think.

You can find me through the week at www.Kimwelsman.ca or on twitter @kimwelsman.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Right Before the Big Reveal I'd like to Give a Secret Away...

I'm finished with the first draft of Back Home and have put it aside to ponder another day. Right now I'm working on Going Home and have prepared 4 new chapters, which I think will help to take the story in an exciting new direction and tighten the existing story even more. This is one stage I feel that's crucial in the editing process before I send it out to my editor to get the most benefit from my experience with her. What I like to do is put my chapters through the edit minion grinder—it's one of my editing secrets. You can find edit minion at http://www.editminion.com. This is a great little program and powerful too. I once tried it on a 96,000 word manuscript I had and it still did the job for me, although I had to lessen the work load on the poor little creature.

It's a pretty self explanatory device. You select which of the functions you want it to perform by checking boxes for any adverbs using the adverbinator, weak words, said replacements, passive voice (which I find so useful), ending with preposition, tricky homonyms, clickés (also very useful), common misspellings (which are in US English and not Canadian, something for Canadians to watch out for, but you probably already knew that ;) ), and frequently used words. Once you've checked off the appropriate boxes and press the edit button on the bottom you'll generate a "report card" which will use colour coded highlighting to indicate which words are suspect for those categories you previously checked off.

I've used this on more than one occasion and it's a huge time saver. I've never found it a replacement for a good editor.

A poor editor can be your worst nightmare, and believe me I've run into my share of those, but a good editor can be your best friend, and if you're writing a novel, especially if you put your work out there for other's to buy on Kindle, Smashwords, etc, in my opinion it's where you should spend most of your time and money.

I'll give you some tips for finding a good editor in one of my upcoming posts. Oh, and don't forget to check out my most recently published work Going Back. It's only 99 cents on Kindle. To find it click on the image below.




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Monday, 9 September 2013

Relax, Before You Race to the Finish Line

The first draft of Back Home is finally done! This is my fourth book in the series and I have to say that my little experiment of writing a serial has been a productive and interesting one. I've learned so much in the last seven months writing these four novella/novels and there's more to come yet.

If you're interested in my journey through this process or what I did before this, I invite you to have a look at my earlier blog posts.

In this and the next post I'd like to focus on the final stage of my novel. With the first draft completed and endnotes/thread notes tacked on the back of my book, I now have an intact story and plot line, which helps with flow and to me on with subsequent edits. At this stage I like to take a bit of time away from the project. So I'm going to give myself about a week. I have plenty of other projects to work on and I'm also gearing up for the last course in my master's program at the Mount. This down time gives me an opportunity to take my mind out of the work, long enough to come back at it at a later date, so I can look at it with fresh eyes. This process tends to be of tremendous benefit. And I know you may be saying to yourself: Well your so close, why not just finish, get the work out there? To me, this last step is crucial. It's difficult, but necessary to gain a fresh perspective on my novel so that I can make the most of my experience and provide a polished product that readers will enjoy, along with the help of my invaluable editor, Keiti, of course.

Next week, I'm going to reveal one of my little gems that I use to help me in the final editing process, before I send my baby out to an editor.

You can find me through the week at kimwelsman.ca or on twitter @kimwelsman. I have a cool new trailer on my website and hope you have time to check it out.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

The Giveaway Experiment

A few weeks ago I had a giveaway running. I used rafflecopter to try and promote my newest ebook "Going Back" and my blog's second anniversary.



I thought this might generate some interest in my book, while celebrating a milestone. I did almost all of the prescribed things you should do for a giveaway. I tweeted when I started the giveaway, didn't hard sell the giveaway by constantly providing tweets, and was clear on what constituted an entry. However, I didn't provide pictures of the items to be won, and didn't provide repeat entries for each day. Failing to do this may have been my undoing. I'd like to try another giveaway, but milestones don't come around too often and perhaps my blog is not the best forum to try such an experiment again.

Unfortunately Goodreads doesn't provide giveaways for ebooks, which could be a great way to connect with science fiction and fantasy readers.

I did get some amazing traffic to my website and gained twitter followers, which I think meant more eyes on my presence, and more people possibly willing to check out my book.

You can find me through the week at kimwelsman.ca or on twitter @kimwelsman. I have a cool new trailer on my website and hope you have time to check it out.

Monday, 12 August 2013

The More Things Change... for august 11

BX298P9G97DS I didn't realize it, but I've been blogging on this site on and off for the last two years now! Notwithstanding the hiatus I had to take when my husband and I moved due to symptoms I'd experienced in our 60 year old home (what a nightmare) to move to a brand new home (whole other set of problems, what a nightmare) my husband and my writing have been my rock, my solace. Writing has been a grounding experience for me.

I want to celebrate this milestone! So, in honour of two years of blogging I'd like to hold a giveaway.

Here's the deal:

I'm going to be giving away two Amazon gift cards one for $25.00 and one for $20.00.

                                               
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Book are only out in Kindle format, but you won't need to own a Kindle.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Going Back is Done!

Going Back is Done...

After weeks of revisions Going Back if finally done!




ONLY 99 cents!

I can't believe how the time flew...I was in contract negotiations at the beginning of the month, then on to the novel revisions, and before I knew it my self-imposed end of July deadline had come and gone. Once the deadline came and went, I wanted to give myself a bit of breathing room. The last time I worked flat out my disability knock me on my keester, so I learned a bit more balance and opted to have the book, (and yes this one is a true novel according to Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' of America at about 44,000 words) published on a Friday and celebrate on the weekend.

I hope you have time to read Going Back. I'm told it's a great read and it's only 99 cents!

You can find me through the week at kimwelsman.ca or on twitter @kimwelsman. I have a cool new trailer on my website and hope you have time to check it out.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Every Writer Needs a Good Chair!


As a writer I spend up to twelve hours or more a day in my office pounding away at my keyboard to make up my stories. I have a home office, which I'll take a picture of and post, as exciting as that is, sometime soon. I have a nice setup and as an artist will feature some of my artwork on the walls....but I digress from my title.

In my office I have a fantastic chair, in fact, I believe it to be the cadillac of all chairs. If you are new to my blog, then you don't know I'm disabled. I have asthma and environmental illness. I need a well constructed ergonomically sound chair to be able to sit and create for long hours. The other chair I had in my office was far from adequate and I would be sort for long periods of time from this awful chair.

The people who made my chair let it off gas in their shop for about a month and I would like to thank Joan at Chairs Limited for treating me so well. Then when my hubbie and I brought the chair home we had to let it off gas for another month. I've had my chair in my office for about another month, and I still detect scent, but I have a very sensitive nose; even with all of this I love my chair. I know not everyone can afford the cadillac of chairs, however a new chair or a better used chair may work for you. Since I've started using my new chair I have become a more productive writer. A good chair, a good ergonomic setup, and a good computer. A writer's dream workshop!

You can find me through the week at kimwelsman.ca or on twitter @kimwelsman. I have updates on my website and hope you have time to check them out.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

The Big Reveal!

So, it's on to the big reveal I promised last week. The cover of Book 3 in the Alien Encounters Series, Going Back has been finalized. I did an interview with Robert J. Graham a few weeks ago. I enjoyed the interview with Robert J. Graham and supported his facebook post by providing a reveal there first, but I wanted to show you now, so here's the new cover. I'd love to hear what you think....


My editor and I had some back and forth dialogue about this cover, since I wanted to get her opinion on the matter. After she saw it she asked me why I chose this cover. To paraphrase my thoughts, I wanted to invite the reader into this world and invoke some mystery in the process. The cave image fits this story. I feel any good cover should fit the story, while at the same time inviting the reader to engage with the story beyond the front cover. This cover was designed with those two purposes in mind. Please post a comment good or bad, I'd love to know your thoughts/opinions on this or any of my eBook covers.

My editor, Keiti, also commented on how I'd set each book in a different place. Going Back is Lyrissa's story, so we're back on Earth and in a different location so the reader gets a broader sense of what life is like other than in those places I'd introduced in book 1. We travel to New Montréal, the capital and a few other places along the way. Given that each novella/eBook is a serial of a larger story arc, I wanted to tease out different settings on both Sylax and Earth with each installment. In Going Back I've done my best (and am still doing, since we're going through final edits), to paint a more vivid picture of a dystopian future on Earth.

Keiti's been a huge help to me. If you want to know more about Keiti you can find her at the Raven's Chamber. She may pop by if she has time.

The big reveal is so important to me I want to leave if up for at least 2 weeks, and would love to know what you think!

You can find me through the week at kimwelsman.ca or on twitter @kimwelsman. I have a cool new trailer on my website and hope you have time to check it out.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

I Didn't Know Writing Could be this Complicated or Busy

It's been a writing week for sure. Along with being a writer I'm also a student.

I'm working on a thesis in feminist theory, and autoethnography. It's creative non-fiction, writing about what it's like to be disabled, a woman, and my relationship with nature. Doesn't sound so hard, well, I'm here to surprise you, it is! The type of writing I do opens me up, leaves me exposed, like I wear my world on my sleeve for the reader to witness so they can go through the emotions I feel, my pain, sadness, fear, terrror, frustration. These are all things we want to convey to the reader as a good writer, however we can write about such emotions, while hiding behind the characters we create, and no one really needs to know if it was your story or not until you are willing to put it out there.

With autoethnographic thesis work you put yourself out there from the very start. So, that is to say, I'm putting myself out there with some pretty big and at times overwhelming strings attached. The emotions I experience due to my disability can get magnified and most certainly get re-lived, and not always for the better, but I think I've become a better, more self aware person through this process. However, I'm left drained and it becomes more difficult to get back into my own work.

On the writing front I've also been busy, but have been putting off my Alien Encounters Series, just a bit. You see I have a project, a long standing project I've been picking away at, much like my thesis. The novel is called Strange Days on Earth and is opening novel in the Strange Days Series. Strange Days on Earth is a science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, new adult series, where the reader will go on a journey with Lizzy from her last year in high school to new adventures through her early twenties and beyond. Lizzy started it all for me. I began her story many years ago when I started writing again as an adult. Getting my manuscript ready for an editor for the second time has left me feeling vulnerable. Part of me is scared as hell, the last time I sent it I got rejected. Sure I know, so many people get rejected, it's a part of writing and you have to grow thick skin, so to speak; but the upside is, along with my rejection notice from the editor of a well known science fiction publisher, yes the editor, not the assistant editor or the assistant's assistant, I got a note and forms to go to a prestigious workshop. I was a single mom at the time and the workshop was about 5000 km away so I couldn't have afforded it. This editor was so considerate as to include a grant application. At that time the inner skeptic in me was in full bloom. I thought it was some sort of come on to get some money out of me I didn't have, since I was between jobs. I didn't find out what an opportunity I'd passed up until years later. Now here I am again, scared as hell. Maybe this time I won't get rejected, but I do know one thing, this time I won't pass up any more opportunities.

Have a great week!

You can find me through the week at kimwelsman.ca or on twitter @kimwelsman. I have a cool new trailer on my website and hope you have time to check it out.

Sunday, 30 June 2013

It Felt Like a Rainstorm All Week

This week I felt the deluge. All writers have lives and mine took over this week.

Some of your may not be aware that I'm disabled. I'm also writing a thesis, an autoethnography about my story. I've had to take much needed time away from my thesis because there is an apartment complex being built across the street from my home. I've tried to get some cooperation from my local Councillor on the matter, however he doesn't seem inclined to do much more than the status quo, even though, I told him I'm disabled. It was disappointing to be told that construction is an inconvenience to those in the area.

I was hurt and somewhat angered, he knew I had a disability, he was told I had to wear ear plugs at night to keep out the noise from equipment being delivered in the early hours of the morning. The incessant beeping, banging, and pounding during the day sent my symptoms through the roof. I was debilitated and in pain for days on end, all from the careless use of construction equipment. Another solution could have been found, but wasn't.

With all that said, I hardly had the cognitive ability to take on a thesis methodology I had started writing over six months ago. The deadline is looming and the university's registrar's office is less than sympathetic to my cause.

During the last couple of weeks I've also contracted another sinus infection. Uncertain of the exact cause, it was most likely a combination of stopping allergy medication so that I could go see an allergist for more tests (I only stopped for 2 days of the scheduled 5 since, I knew I was becoming more ill. I've since had to reschedule the appointment for another time that isn't during pollen season), which, could have been compounded by contact with the ubiquitous plethora of scented products people wear everyday. I'm only outside my home one or two times a week, but I encounters these products so readily that I usually have several sinus infections a year. It's all very disturbing.

So, I finally got a respite from the noise across the street; they're at the landscaping phase and with the torrential rains this week, they've been off. So I got some much needed quiet time. I was in conference with my thesis supervisor on Wednesday and with the quiet across the street and the medication doing its work on my infection (hopefully it will cure me of my symptoms, but first line meds rarely do the trick for me), I was able to work on my thesis, think coherently, and get some work done. It was a perfect storm that got me a draft of my methodology. I sent it off to my supervisor yesterday, what a relief. I really enjoy my thesis work, however, I need the kind of cognitive function I just can't access when I'm ill. It's all very discouraging.

On the writing front I was able to fix a problem that's plagued me about Gone Home since it went up last Friday. I formatted the book myself this time, since I wanted control over how it looked and didn't want to pay someone for every little change. For this book I wanted a clean table of contents. When I uploaded Gone Home last week I was exhausted. I wanted to meet my Friday deadline and did at 11 pm my time, however, I couldn't figure out the TOC. I dug deep yesterday after finishing the draft of my method paper at 4 pm and sorted out the TOC, no awkwardly formatted page numbers and no strange lines. Hope you have time to take a look.


All of this is to say that Book 3 is on the back burner for now, but I do have cover art to share next week and should have it out to my editor soon. We shall see....

You can find me through the week at kimwelsman.ca or on twitter @kimwelsman. I have a cool new trailer on my website and hope you have time to check it out.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Busy, Busy—Did I say BUSY!


This week I’ve been busy with editors (for Gone Home), beta readers (for Going Back), hospitals, Doctors (for health issues), and formatting (for Gone Home). I can’t believe where the time went. It seems like yesterday when I was drafting the concepts for this novella and now it’s finally in print! Yes, Gone Home, Book 2 in the Alien Encounters Series is finally ready on Kindle and it, like Going Home is only 99 cents! Okay, so that’s the first busy.



Only 99 cents!


I wanted to give you a sneek peek so here’s the synopsis:

            In Gone Home, the second installment in the Alien Encounters Series, Peggy goes back to her home world, Sylax. We learn of Peggy’s life before her Earth mission. She has a loving Mother, her CK-1 creator, who loves her like a daughter, even for her PSI abilities. Mother wants Peggy to be a part of the mighty Docan forest of Sylax’s past, but also wants Peggy to move on and accept her greater destiny. Will Peggy accept her destiny as a CK-1 child and move to a life beyond the Docan?
When Peggy arrives on Sylax she is met with disappointment, and disapproval of her failed mission, but was it?
            Sylaxian Council Member Sygen confronts Peggy with his concern, and fears that Mitch Christie’s destructive nature could mean yet another dangerous member on the Council should Earth be invited to join. The Queen and her second in command, QET Jenkins, want Peggy to return to Earth. Will Peggy use her prowess to convince Sygen and the Council to welcome Earth so she can go back?

The second busy task has been my other novel, which I have been picking away at. Last weekend I went through edit after edit on an editing device I stumbled upon called Editminion you can work on passive voice, clichés, adverbs, and more with this clever device, still it is in a beta version. I went through 32 of the 44 chapters of my Lizzy novel. That’s my pet name for my baby, which I have been working on for some time now. It’s a new adult fiction piece with a female protagonist, Lizzy, who is far more special than she realizes. It’s called Strange Days on Earth at the moment and I hope to send it out to an agent sometime this summer once it has been beta read and polished by my editor.

My third busy task takes me right back to Gone Home and formatting! I think I recently encountered the term authorpreneur used to describe us indie self-published writers. If I want my novella to look good on Amazon I have to make sure it’s formatted properly. When I formatted Going Home I got a terrible underlining problem on my ‘look inside’ feature that it took Amazon over a month to get back to me on. I was terribly disappointed, in fact mortified! It was a terrible calling card for my book and quite offputting. I wondered what person would want to buy a self-published ebook with all this underlining. I think it may have effected sales and mentioned this to the Amazon staff, all fell on deaf ears until I went up the chain of command so to speak, what a nightmare! So I have Amazon’s formatting guide and should avoid all of these problems before I upload my ebook. With formatting and some advanced marketing research done the book is ready for you to read. It’s only 99 cents you can find it here or click on the book cover above.

All of this was done during a sinus infected haze. I hope I don't look back on it next week with disdain, well I guess it's my writer's path, we all take one.

Thanks so much for coming by and getting involved in my writer's path. I hope to see you again next Sunday! 

You can find me through the week at kimwelsman.ca or on twitter @kimwelsman. I have a cool new trailer on my website, hope you have time to check it out.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

All Good Things Come in Threes......


Sunday June 16th, 2013

The longer I have been away from my blog, the more it occupied my thoughts. I knew I had to resurrect it when I read elsewhere that people enjoyed reading about the author's experiences in their blog posts. The curious thing is I read this message three times. This was the sign I needed to give me an extra push, and now here I am, back at my blog once again. This time I'm here to stay.

My writing has kept me busy—really busy. Between the Alien Encounters Series and writing my thesis there isn't much time left in the day for anything else; good thing my husband is a full time student or there would be trouble!

I used to write my story in two weekly segments on Tuesdays and Fridays, but now I feel I only have time for one segment a week and will post on Sundays. I want to connect with you, the reader, and I also want to spend time on my craft. I guess it's a balancing act, one that I miss and one that needs to be fostered again.

I'm putting the finishing touches on the second book in the Alien Encounters Series. I think it comes in just under the true novel mark at about 39,000 words, but still a good read and worth the money for 99 cents! I should have it ready to go out the door next week. You'll be able to find it on Kindle. It has what I think is a pretty cool cover and if you think I'm spot on or totally crazy I'd love to hear from you either way. Here's the cover:



Please let me know what you think in the comments section. I would love to hear from you. 

So "Gone Home," is almost out the door. My third novel in the serial, and yes this one is a true novel and not a novella like the other books in the series, it’s called, "Going Back." I will reveal the book's cover in my upcoming installment, next Sunday.

I'm also working on two other series and I'll reveal those in either next week's post or the post after that. As I say, I have been busy.

Thanks so much for coming by and getting involved in my writer's path. I hope to see you again next Sunday! 

You can find me through the week at http://kimwelsman.ca or on twitter. I have a cool new trailer on my website, hope you have time to check it out.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

My New site!

Hi Everyone,

I've created a new website http://www.kimwelsman.ca. You can find my new blog posts there. I also have information about my new book Going Home and the other upcoming novels in the Alien Encounters Series.

Come and see me at kimwelsman.ca!


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Where do we draw the line between Hollywood drama and the way the Past Gets Rewritten

Canadian philosopher and communications theorist Marshall Mcluhan once said "The medium is the message".

He also coined the phrase "Global Village" and predicted the coming of the world wide web 30 years before its time when Mr. Gore was a mere 14 years old.

I find these bits of information both curious and interesting two days after the coveted Best Movie Oscar prize went to the movie Argo.

Mr. Mcluhan sure did know what he was talking about. The medium was not so much about the content itself but about what the resultant effects of that content have on our greater society. What does creating and viewing that content say about us?

Take the case of the movie Argo. It is a film of fiction, for entertainment, which most films are; however Argo claims to be based on a true story. So what will society think about this film that considers itself based on a true story? Will society expect that film to be true to its word and message? What will be the end result on our social conscious? How will we interpret the 'true story'? And now that the movie has a coveted academy award to its name does that change the social conscious toward this movie in some way?

These are important and curious questions in light of the fact that recently key players in what was commonly know as the "Canadian Caper" and now also known as Argo seem to have a different story to tell from what was portrayed in the film.

While Argo tells the story primarily from the CIA's point of view 1. it leaves out key facts, such as Mr. Taylor's true role and the that the CIA actually played a minor role in the whole affair which I understand was not depicted in the movie.

I have recently read that former President of the US Jimmy Carter came out with his own perspective on "Canadian Caper" events. To paraphrase he said that it was a operation that had 90% Canadian involvement and that Mr. Ken Taylor 2. was the real hero, to quote "Ninety per cent of the contributions to the ideas and consummation of the plan was Canadian, and the movie gives almost full credit to the American CIA.3"

I have read from the sources listed below that a DVD documentary was slated to come out Feb. 19 that "offer(s) more content, a greater sense of Canada's role abroad and the true nature of an embassy.4." It also is said to include interviews with former Prime Minister Joe Clark, former US President Jimmy Carter, former Canadian Ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor (who was the real hero according to primary sources). As well as an interview with Mr. Affleck. All of the former having some involvement with the actual events, while Mr. Affleck directed and stared in the movie.

As a former high school teacher this has been a long time concern of mine. Many young people today, while not naive don't seem to be having as much debate and dialogue around issues about the "facts" and just how much content is 'based on a true story' and how that relates to the public consciousness and what it says about those who skew the 'true story' and how those who were actually there and are aware of the 'facts' have to deal with skewed renditions of the past. Perhaps society as a whole should be having a wider debate as well.

I have written a fantasy trilogy that is set in Regency England and early 19th century France. I use the names of some nobility from the period for fictional purposes only and make no claims that what I write is base on a true story in any way. I do not claim that my fantasy book is the 'true story'.

Where do we draw the line at fact and fiction? When do we say that it's not in the best interest of those involved and for the greater public to use the term "based on a true story"if the term is so loosely based in 'facts' that it's difficult to find the 'facts' in a piece of drama? What happens to the public/social consciousness when such claims are made but aren't grounded in reality or 'fact'? And do we make these 'fact' claims too loosely before we have a good understanding of what the facts really are? I ask these questions to open up a discussion for public debate, because when "the medium is the message" shouldn't we be considering how we use and interpret such "facts'?

A Writer's Path - words that strive to create meaning.

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argo_(2012_film)
2. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/hendrikhertzberg/2013/02/argo-the-jimmy-carter-experience.html
3. http://news.moviefone.ca/2013/02/22/jimmy-carter-argo-canadians-ken-taylor_n_2744219.html
4. http://news.moviefone.ca/2013/02/14/argo-ken-taylor-unbalanced-ben-affleck_n_2690428.html

Friday, 22 February 2013

It's All about Numbers...Or is it?

I've had my new novel in the Kindle store for a week now. Click on the image to go to amazon. You can purchase a copy for 99 cents.


My target was to have one sale a day and I've met my target! Thank you so much to those people who bought my book.

I know that 7 sales in one week doesn't sound like much, but when your dealing with over 200,000 books in the Kindle store, 7 sales isn't so bad.


One other piece of important information that you may have heard elsewhere, but I'd like to share with you is this, if you are a writer the first thing you need to do is write! Try not to get caught up in the number of sales or stats. It your numbers are consistent then things are not that bad. My husband likes to say 'the trend is your friend.' I think there may be some wisdom in that; besides if I'm writing and not obsessing over my numbers then I am that much closer to getting my next paying novel out the door.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Gotta Keep Going...

I published my first novel in Kindle format last week on Valentine's Day. Here's the cover. You can click on the book to take you to Going Home on Amazon:



I made the cover myself. I would love to get feedback in comments if you can spare the time. Thanks!

I was just getting over a sinus infection and the flu. It was a difficult time for me but I stuck to my schedule and my goals and got this short novel out on time.

This week it's been a matter of trying to rest and get better from a cold I've also contracted. I want to be consistent with my goals while taking care of my health at the same time. Oh, did I mention I have asthma and environmental illness. It's been an exhilarating and demanding time all at once. There have been two constants in this whole affair that have kept me grounded. My husband's support and the fact that I have a gym in my home.

I can't say enough about having a loved one, even one person, provide a source of encouragement. It's been a godsend. I can share my successes with him and he actually listens!

Going to the gym (we have one in our home since I can't go out to the local gym without getting ill because of my disability) has helped me to stay focussed and provided me with rec time to read some of those marketing books that can be dry when you want to do something else, but not such a bad read when you're tied to the elliptical!

Well, I guess that's it for me. I'm a writer, so I gotta go write. See you back here soon I hope. Happy writing!


Tuesday, 19 February 2013

The Deeps is Stirring while Going Home is essential!

Hi Everyone,

The Deeps-Stirrings is finally being edited!

I happened to find someone through the Canadian Editor's Association. For those of you north of the border it's a great way to find a professional to work on your project. With a little digging you can get someone who will work in your genre. I'd advise looking before your project is complete, since some editors are backlogged. One editor I work with is booking about 6 months ahead the other about a month.

But enough about that...I'll keep you posted with my progress.

I also have an announcement to make!

I have my first novel up on Kindle!

It's called Going Home. 



Just click on the title to get there. If you are in Canada Kindle now sells titles through their Canadian website. So if you get this message (Pricing information not available.) where a price should be either go to the Canadian site and search for Going Home by Kim Welsman or Click Here.

I'd love to know what you think of the cover art. I did it myself instead of using a service; which was a gamble.

It was quite a process to get Going Home publish. I will blog about my experience in the coming weeks.

I hope you have a chance to come and check out Going Home.

Happy writing!