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Read - article by publisher Darlene Poier
Fabulous Fiction Friday guests
Events
Upcoming Projects

Fabulous Fiction Friday Guests

Fabulous Fiction Friday is no longer an active weekly radio show, but you can still listen to and find out about these very talented guests that we have. Scroll down to find out about them and the links to their shows.

David Heaton
Laura Crowe
Chris Carleton
Read

By Darlene Poier

Read. It's one word that holds so much potential in so many ways. It's a word that conveys completely different reactions from different people. It's one of the few words that's the same as both present and past tense. Some might see this word and view it as a command, others might see it and view it as a reminder.

Over the last few months while I've been doing craft fairs and farmers markets, I've had an opportunity to get to know the market out there and I've heard many different opinions on reading. I've heard many people tell me that they love to read but don't have the time. Some have told me that they read a lot at work and that's enough for them. I've heard from others yet that have told me they hate reading altogether. And then I find the few that love reading and make time for that kind of enjoyment in their lives.

I've spoken of my love of reading many times in the past and during those first few markets I had a hard time understanding people when they told me that reading was well down on their list of priorities. Sometimes I wanted to respond that they didn't know what they were missing, but most of the time I tried to find out why. The people that didn't like reading at all could never really pinpoint a specific reason that caused this reaction. They often just shrugged their shoulders when I asked what they didn't like about reading. I sometimes heard responses like "I've never been a reader." or "No one in my family really reads." and sometimes a golden gem like this comes out: "I never did well in this in school." And for many, I have to wonder if that's where the problems started.

For those that read a lot at work, I try to find out what kind of reading they do. They often tell me they read manuals, emails, announcements, instructions, etc. While definitely necessary, I can understand why these people take a dim view of the whole idea of reading - none of that really inspires or entertains. I try showing them that a well written book can put pictures in their heads and they have total control over what that picture looks like. For example: the dragons that I envisioned in George R. R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" turned out to not look like what the HBO series came up with. Both are OK.

I truly do empathize with those that don't have time to read. They have family commitments and work commitments and are pulled in several different directions at once. To them, reading is one more thing on their to do list that they don't want. Many are parents who tell me that they ensure their children read and are always on the lookout for good children's books, but for them reading is a luxury that they can't afford when there are so many other things that require their attention. With all this going on and then we throw in the ever watchful social media it's really hard to find down time. Going from activity to activity to activity is a great way to start burning out.

Gary and I are regular watchers of HGTV's House Hunters International. Many people that move to another country - when it isn't for work - are looking for that elusive down time and a place to decompress when they do burn out. I believe that a person can learn to decompress anywhere and that moving to a Caribbean Island isn't the only way to make relaxation happen (although there's a good chance that the Caribbean Island will have far better weather). 

My goal is to inspire people to read for fun. Reading can be fun. Reading can be an escape. Reading can be your down time. I was inspired this past spring to create 5 different sayings that I believe emphasize the many benefits of reading - but reading isn't limited to these 5 benefits.

Read and Create. 
Read and Grow.
Read and Imagine.
Read and Learn.
Read and Think. 

Each one of these phrases will mean something different to every person. There is no right or wrong in what you think of when you see these phrases. It's like reading a story - you can interpret the story any way you want and it's not wrong.

I'd love to hear what you think of when you see these phrases and below are the posters that I've come up with. I took the pictures myself! If you are interested in purchasing any of them, just click on the "Buy Now" button.

I'd also love to hear how you would inspire others to read? What inspires you to read?

Take care and happy reading!

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We welcome anyone to submit an article for the newsletter. All we ask is that it be based on the literary world and you can send an email to info@pagesofstories.com for more information.

Fabulous Fiction Friday Guests


Having a radio show was a great deal of fun and I look forward to doing this again in the future.

We were so fortunate to have 3 very talented authors as guests.

Links to the radio program on TLR Station.
 
To listen to archived shows - click here.
David Heaton was our first guest. His show aired on July 31, 2015.

You can read David's blog here: "Pulling Myself Together" 

'Touchpaper' 

David lives about an hour north of Manchester England. A beautiful part of that country - its open spaces allow for long walks to enjoy the environment that sometimes provide a backdrop for his stories. David lives with his wife and daughter.

 

David tends to write two types of genres - Light-hearted, quirky stuff or dark, unsettling psychological stories at the other end of the spectrum!

 

'Touchpaper' was written a long time ago and has been good to him over the years. He put it in a collection on the Amazon Kindle store a few years ago in the brave new world of self publishing. A director in the US called Nick Rafter who subsequently read the stories contacted David as a result and asked him if he would write a story for adaptation into a short film. He said he had liked the character of Norman in the story 'Touchpaper' and asked if David could develop him further, using Norman and his talent show act in a different story set in post 9/11 New York. David nearly bit his arm off at this opportunity and the resulting story he wrote entitled 'Open Spaces' was adapted into a screenplay (on which he also collaborated) and filmed a couple of years ago. It's been doing the rounds at film festivals around the world. (It was fortunate enough to be shown at the short film corner at Cannes 2013 among others, and won best short screenplay at The Visionfest Film Festival in New York last year). There's a website and trailer for the film at www.openspacesfilm.com

 

It all started with the story 'Touchpaper'.

Laura Crowe is a writer, editor, teacher, and owner of Imagine It In Writing. Her short stories and articles have appeared in numerous Canadian magazines including Pages Of Stories, The Prairie Journal, Every Day Fiction, and Horizons. Laura also works as editor of Ficta Fabula, an online magazine that publishes short fiction. Laura’s first book, Take Flight: True Stories of How Dreams Shape Our Lives, is a unique collection of true short stories contributed by thirteen authors that she edited and compiled.
 
Laura offers editing services for all written copy including: blogs, surveys, web site content, articles, and self-help, and specializes in fiction and memoir. She is also available for public speaking, including readings of her work, speaking about the writing and editing process, and teaching writing classes. 
 
When not writing, Laura can be found in her piano studio, or outside on her deck with a cup of coffee and a great book. She lives in Alberta with her husband, two daughters, and two quarter-Siamese cats.
 
Laura can be contacted at 403-518-5858.  Or find her on the web at www.imagineitinwriting.com.
Chris Carleton connected with us from north of Edmonton.

Chris Carleton has loved writing ever since he and a classmate started an underground newspaper in junior high. His love of reading and writing took him through to completing a Ph.D. in English literature, and from there to the newspaper business, teaching, and entrepreneurship.
               
Now he is owner of a liquor store, where at least one short story comes through the door every day. When not in the shop or reading a book, he is outdoors, seeking those commodities which are so rare in the 21st century: solitude and quiet.
               
He has published short stories in a variety of Canadian journals, and currently has a story nominated for the Journey Prize. His next project is a series of paddling stories set in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Upcoming Events:

September 30, 2015 - deadline for story submissions for the Ficta Fabula Anthology (or whatever name it ends up being). If you'd like the guidelines just click here.

Various Craft fairs

Watch for our "store" to go up on VarageSale.
Click on the picture to visit this unique, educational and interesting store.
Upcoming Projects

Ficta Fabula Anthology

Description: A book of short fictional stories from authors from all over the world.

Status: Short story submission deadline is September 30, 2015.

Folklore

Description: Creative non fiction stories based on the "Folkloric" tales passed down from generation to generation that are culturally based. The initial book will be based on the Canadian Aboriginal culture.

Status: Currently applying for funding from the Arts Council.
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