Laura Kelly and the launch of VILLAINOUS VACATIONS, A Collection of Crime Stories.

Hello everyone! Villainous Vacations, our anthology of crime short stories is officially up for sale!   And last Sunday we had our launch party at The Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore which was abs…

Source: Laura Kelly and the launch of VILLAINOUS VACATIONS, A Collection of Crime Stories.

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Do You Believe in Demons?

Kayden Claremont

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Do you believe in Demons?

Demons are defined as a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin. An attendant power or spirit. A supernatural being of Greek mythology, intermediate between gods and men.

Not exactly job resume material so what is our fascination with them?

Dressing up for Halloween or All Hallow Even (All Saint’s Eve) has its origins in the pre-Christian times, thought to be a Celtic custom. People believed that spirits and demons from the underworld and ghosts of dead people could become living beings on the night of All Hallow Even. These demons and spirits could not only harm them but could take them back to the underworld.

If these people had to leave the safety of their homes that night they would dress up as these beings hoping to confuse them and therefore would get to their destination safely.

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My love affair with Candy.

Karen Blake-Hall

CANDY, CANDY, OH HOW I LOVE CANDY

Halloween candyWhen I was a kid, Halloween was my most favorite holiday. I loved to spend hours deciding on my costume, and then I had the fun of helping my mother make it.

Then the magic day arrived. I was so excited I couldn’t eat breakfast. At school we made Halloween pictures with black cats, pumpkins, and witches. We sang songs about the holiday. The excitement built until we exploded out the doors at the end of the day.

We had to eat supper so I chocked it down and then put on my costume. We ran from house to house chanting “Trick or Treat”, holding out our pillowcases, watching the treasures be dropped into our bags. Then we’d dash off to the next house, and chant again.

When my mother signaled time was up we would race home to sort the candy. We’d…

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Happy Halloween Thrills

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Red leaves overhead, Halloween yellow and orange ones crunching under your feet. When we were kids we knew you could try any house with the light on but we preferred the pumpkins with their scary lit-up faces. It showed good intentions, we felt. No one approached the witch’s Victorian mansion complete with a widow’s walk high above the street. And no one went to the dismal bungalow hidden behind from the road by overgrown shrubbery. If you went in there, who would hear your screams? Anyway even the ordinary homes with lights on were maybe not safe. They might not take kindly to little spidermen in red and blue with gelled hair. Or to princesses in their pink dresses and home-made foil crowns.

But the potential dangers or prowling in the dark asking for candy gave our Halloween sorties a thrilling edge. In the…

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Hocus Pocus!

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Once upon a time there was a young boy with a young sister who was lured into a Trap made by three evil witches. The leader of the three was the oldest sister and the leader. You see, they wanted this book which contained an eye right in the middle. A spellbook that was important to them and I’m guessing it’s because it contained spells, mighty powerful ones. The boy’s younger sister was lured by one of the powerful spells and ended up dying alongside her older brother had been turned into a black cat trying to save her. Many years later everything starts to happen again. Dejavu much?

The movie is wonderful and well done. A great Halloween movie to have your kids watch! Funny, scary, entertaining! It’s a movie for children but I’m 21 and I still make time to see the movie every year near Halloween.

Not…

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THE UNKNOWN

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A few weekends ago, I had my first experience camping, and I’m not going to lie, I freaked out a little. Okay, maybe more than a little. But I think it was justified.

A small group of us went camping for a couple of days. Thankfully, only one night. We were really in the middle of nowhere. We had to do some serious off-roading to get to this remote location. We even had to break out the chain saw to cut through tree branches that fell on the road during a severe thunderstorm the night before.

As if everything wasn’t already set for the beginnings of a great horror movie, when we got to the campsite, it looked like we weren’t the only ones there. There was a beat up tarp used as a tent and there was garbage everywhere including open sardine cans in the fire pit. We actually…

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Happy Canada Day.

Kayden Claremont

Happy Canada Day!

I’m very proud to be a Canadian and am very proud of our history.

On July 1, 1867 Canada became a new federation with its own constitution by signing the Constitution Act, which was formerly known as the British North America Act. Before that we were know as the Dominion of Canada. My family settled in Ontario in 1824. The family grew and prospered as Canada grew and prospered.

In 1879 a federal law made July 1 a statutory holiday known as the “Anniversary of Confederation” which was later call “Dominion Day.”

My family settled in Ontario in 1824 and as Canada grew and prospered so did the family.

it is with great pride that I celebrate Canada Day and it’s fun to be part of the family get together, the food, the fun and then watch fireworks.

How do you celebrate Canada Day?

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Tips for Writing Short Stories.

Karen Blake-Hall

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of being on a panel, “Are Short Stories the New Black?” Not only am I published in short stories but I’m also a publisher of the anthology Nefarious North, A Collection of Short Crime Stories. Now I’m no expert but here are a few tips to write short stories.

First off, read every short story you can get your hands on. Anthologies are a great place to start your exploration. I always say anthologies are like a box of chocolate giving you a choice of different voices to sample.

Focus on a single incident and keep your cast of characters small. If you love to create worlds, reveal a single point of life in that world.

In a short story you don’t have the word count to develop backstory so limit it and have your characters walk on stage fully developed…

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How Do You Define Success?

Karen Blake-Hall

Success is defined in the dictionary as: degree or measure of succeeding; favourable or desired outcome. As writers we define success as a contracted book but there are more ways for us to count our successes.

One of the ways I count my success is writing 100 words a day. They have to be new words so when I do editing I still have to write my 100 words a day. Now you might say that’s not much of a challenge but I usually don’t stop at 100. I get two or three pages done each day, more on days I don’t have to go to work but if all I get is two pages every day for 7 days then I have fourteen pages or more than a chapter every week. At the end of the year, I’ve written over fifty-two chapters. Whoo! Whoo! For me.

Accountability is another…

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Multiple Intelligences

So, recently in class we were doing personality types and one of the tests was for the theory of multiple intelligences.  This theory states that everyone has a different way that they approach learning and it connects to what jobs they would find most interesting.  The intelligences are: Kinaesthetic (physical), Verbal-Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Musical, Visual-Spatial, and Naturalistic.  Now, you’re rarely just one of the intelligences, people tend to be strong in three or four of them and weaker in the others.

               Now being a writer it’s probably not surprising (at least it wasn’t to me) that my strongest category was Verbal-Linguistic, I love words and languages and expressing myself through them.  Basically the textbook for my course told me I was best cut out to be an author and who am I to argue with that?  The other strong categories were intrapersonal, which is knowing yourself and working best on your own, and logical-mathematical.  I’m not the best in visual-spatial, don’t ask me to draw anything or read a map…  But it’s something I’m working on improving.

               What about you?  Which intelligence category sounds most like you?  Or, if you’d like you can take the test here: http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/ict/multiple_int/index.htm

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