Tuesday, February 20, 2018

FW: Rocky Mountain Railroad – Discovery Channel - Monday March 5 TV series 8 episodes in 8 weeks



From: Victoria Weller [mailto:vweller@tnrd.ca]
Sent: February-20-18 9:00 AM
Subject: Rocky Mountain Railroad – Discovery Channel - Monday March 5 TV series 8 episodes in 8 weeks


Good Morning


The Discovery Channel announced that their 8-part television series, "Rocky Mountain Railroad," will air across Canada starting Monday, March 5th on the Discovery Channel. 


The series will continue every Monday night for a total run of eight weeks. 


More information and a preview is available here:  https://www.discovery.ca/Shows/Rocky-Mountain-Railroad.


Canadian Pacific employees have always known there is a "cool factor" to what they do for a living. Still, it's nice when others take notice.


For two months last year, CP played host to film crews from the Discovery Channel in our Pacific, Prairie and Central corridors as they documented how CP works to move the commerce of the nation in some of the most challenging and scenic railroad territory in the world.


CP President and CEO Keith Creel called the production, "A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase our network, our operations, our key customers and most importantly, our people."


The film crews embedded with track maintenance crews, rode trains across mountain passes, and spent time with mechanical employees in car and locomotive shops. The film crew also documented an emergency change-out of a locked axle on CP's main line, and spent time with customers at locations where railcars are loaded and unloaded.


The series will be promoted on social media using the hashtag, #RockyMountainRailroad.


Thank you to TNRD Director Ronaye Elliott for sharing this information.


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Saturday, February 17, 2018

what happens to Frank after the novel CONSIDER THE SUNFLOWERS ends

In my novel CONSIDER THE SUNFLOWERS, the charming troubled Frank Warkentin can't commit himself to his wife or to their Mennonite faith. What happens after the story ends? Here's Frank in the novel I'm writing now. He's officiating at a wedding and the bride is late.


Pastor Warkentin stood broad-shouldered in a charcoal suit, his hair silver above his swarthy face. He smiled at me and admitted he had been late for his own wedding thirty years earlier.


I'd heard the story before; it was one of Adeline's favourites. Several people in the congregation chuckled, evidently recalling the event.


The pastor continued. "My wife, Tina, was a believer when we got married. But I was a doubter, sorry to say. I didn't come to the Lord until years later." The pastor's brown eyes searched my face and then Simon's. "However, I believe you two share that life-giving faith." He paused, waiting for a response.


Simon and I glanced at each other and nodded.


The pastor turned, his gaze sweeping the congregation. "Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ is a priceless gift." His rumbling voice filled the church.


I'd rarely heard anyone sound so sure of anything.


Monday, February 12, 2018

getting a book published

Have you written a book? How can you get it published? There are 3 main ways:


1 Self-Publishing. Author pays expenses & controls all aspects of publishing & marketing.  Also called Indie [independent] or DIY [do it yourself].


2 Assisted Self-Publishing. A company helps the author self-publish. Such companies vary in what they do, how well they do it, & how much they charge. Investigate carefully before committing yourself.


3 Traditional Publishing. Publisher pays expenses & controls process in consultation with author.


Here are some lists of publishers:


Canadian traditional publishers: http://www.track0.com/ogwc/resources/canpublishers.html


Canadian traditional publishers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Book_publishing_companies_of_Canada


British Columbia traditional publishers: http://books.bc.ca/who-we-are/member-directory/


Some Canadian self-publishing companies: Friesen Press, Tellwell, First Choice, Vancouver Desktop Publishing Center


Some American self-publishing companies: https://thejohnfox.com/2017/09/30-best-small-indie-literary-publishers/


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

alternative ways of writing dialog

Suppose an author wants to write dialog without using dialog tags such as he said/she said and without using quote marks. How could he/she do that? An online writing acquaintance of mine, Bill Bartlett, answered the question this way:


Hemingway had a dozen lines of dialog or more without any dialog tags or beats to show who was saying what, but he used quote marks.  This was in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, as I recall.  I've seen at least one writer use the character name followed by a colon.  Johann David Wyss used that technique in Swiss Family Robinson.  I've slept since I've read it, though, and I can't recall if quote marks were used or not.



Bill:  What's up?

Pamelyn:  Same ol' same old.


A beat or an action tag is good.



Bill wiped his brow.  I'm not sure about this.

Pamelyn stomped her foot.  You said you knew how to do it.


That being said, I seem to recall that the writer only needs to identify a speaker about once every three lines of dialog or so.



Bill wiped his brow.  I'm not sure about this.

You said you knew how to do it.

Well, yeah, but that was a long time ago and I haven't even tried for dozens of years.

Pamelyn narrowed her eyes.  This is important.

You're sure?  If you're absolutely positive, I can try again, but you have to be certain.

What do you think?  Can you imagine in your wildest dreams me asking you?

No.  Bill looked at his feet.  Not really.


Another way is to use the characters.  One could use a name and make their dialog unique enough to identify who is saying what.  This could be done with a dialect, too, where one character has a pronounced accent and the other doesn't.  That's a little tricky to pull off, though.  Too much dialect can irritate the reader and too little won't achieve the desired effect.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

This may interest writers of prose poetry



From: Elma [mailto:elmams@shaw.ca]
Sent: February-01-18 8:31 AM
Subject: This may interest writers of prose poetry


Discussion of prose poetry http://www.portyonderpress.com/the-prose-poem.html


Info on free-to-enter prose poetry contest: http://www.portyonderpress.com/the-christine-prose-poetry-award.html


Monday, January 29, 2018

writing a book: 20-step plan

How to write a book in [only!] 20 steps: https://tinyurl.com/yaahkfvx


Thursday, January 18, 2018

want your book featured at The Write Way Cafe?

Are you an author who'd like your book featured at The Write Way Cafe? You can drop them a line at thewritewaycafe@gmail.com . Here's what they just did for me: https://thewritewaycafe.blogspot.com/2018/01/yestercanada-historical-tales-of.html