Archive for August, 2016

No Stone Unturned

August 23, 2016

NO STONE UNTURNED

A night of firsts: the first time the Rolling Stones visit Toronto, first job, first date, first kiss and so much more. Flashback to the 60s as circumstances and coincidences contrive to continue to cause calamities today. Perhaps it will all work out, but only if no stone is left unturned. This novel got away from me. It is one that I will return to eventually.

This is a previous Novel Marathon creation of mine. If you are interested in this year’s fundraiser for the Adult Learning Centres: Grey Bruce Georgian, please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/2016-grey-bruce-novel-marathon-2/

MS Gumshoe: The Case of the Too Tall Counter

August 21, 2016

MS GUMSHOE TOO TALL

Mark Sexton is Oswald Fathom’s health and safety officer. At night, under the soothing light of his computer screen, he returns to school. Mark’s holy grail, his quest, is to hone his deductive powers. But, alas, Mark’s ambitions of being a detective are hampered by his real life job and family responsibilities which include teaching his sixteen year old daughter to drive and spending time with his five year old son.

This is a previous Novel Marathon creation of mine. If you are interested in this year’s fundraiser for the Adult Learning Centres: Grey Bruce Georgian, please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/2016-grey-bruce-novel-marathon-2/

Compulsions: Sorry My Reality Cheque Bounced

August 19, 2016

COMPULSIONS

Symbols, numbers, letters cried out for understanding. Three dimensional spirals, stars, swirls and arrows; they were modern hieroglyphics. Lines; thick and thin, straight and looping; promises of meaning in indigo ink. And so begins Trevor Stevenson’s voyage of discovery. A trip by train and car that takes Trevor both near and far and helps him find what was once lost.

This is a previous Novel Marathon creation of mine. If you are interested in this year’s fundraiser for the Adult Learning Centres: Grey Bruce Georgian, please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/2016-grey-bruce-novel-marathon-2/

Twisted Fate Two: Odyssey Over ‘Ome

August 17, 2016

TWISTED FATE TWO

This remarkable story is the record of our dear Benjamin Hannah and his honeymoon abroad. It is my good fortune to be well acquainted with the circumstances and situations that befell Benjamin during his memorable trip to England. It is my pleasure to recount his marvellous adventures. I shall strive to ensure that my retelling adequately conveys both his rich nobleness of character and his unique sense of wonder.T

This is a previous Novel Marathon creation of mine. If you are interested in this year’s fundraiser for the Adult Learning Centres: Grey Bruce Georgian, please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/2016-grey-bruce-novel-marathon-2/

Naseeb’s Nomad

August 15, 2016

NASEEBS NOMAD

Naseeb is an Arabic name for fate. This time, Fate brings an exotic flavour to Oswald Fathoms. Bill Arling, a mild mannered (change that to moderate mannered) city official and part-time mascot for the Oswald Fathoms Seekers junior A hockey team, searches for romance while unraveling a mystery of hidden identities at the first annual Oswald Fathoms Elvis Look-Alike-Contest.

This is a previous Novel Marathon creation of mine. If you are interested in this year’s fundraiser for the Adult Learning Centres: Grey Bruce Georgian, please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/2016-grey-bruce-novel-marathon-2/

Kismet’s Kaleidoscope

August 13, 2016

KISMETS KALEIDOSCOPE

A Kaleidoscope shows different images, depending on when you look into it. Kismet is another word for fate which is the theme of many of the three day novels. Troy Talbot, the hero of Kismet’s Kaleidoscope, must unravel a mystery that begins with an innocent game of hide and seek. True to his bloodhound moniker, he works doggedly to discover his hidden prey – the truth. Each chapter is a story within a story, even a play within a story. Each chapter has a different lead character and each presents issues concerning death and dying in a unique way.

This is a previous Novel Marathon creation of mine. If you are interested in this year’s fundraiser for the Adult Learning Centres: Grey Bruce Georgian, please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/2016-grey-bruce-novel-marathon-2/

Twisted Fate

August 11, 2016

TWISTED FATE

The early afternoon traffic was heating up. Benjamin Hannah had just arrived in the big city. Each week he drove down from Oswald Fathoms to pick up the rented tuxedos so that people back home could get married. And so begins Benjamin’s journey through the lighter side of the dark side of the city.

Benjamin will live out the remembered lines of his high school play, The Matchmaker. “I’m going to eat a fine dinner. I’m going to have an adventure. I’m going to almost get arrested. I’m going to spend all my money. And I’m not going home until I’ve kissed a girl!” These and many more adventures will befall Benjamin Hannah during “Twisted Fate” while he learns that there is never a criminal around when you need one.

This is a previous Novel Marathon creation of mine. If you are interested in this year’s fundraiser for the Adult Learning Centres: Grey Bruce Georgian, please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/2016-grey-bruce-novel-marathon-2/

The Die Is Cast

August 9, 2016

THE DIE IS CASTWelcome to Oswald Fathoms. This beautiful town near Polcoys Bay is the setting for the misadventures of Bill Arling and David Cromwell. Bill Arling is 41 and works in the city planning office. He has considerable anger for his boss and an unusual stapling talent. Bill is also a fledgling super hero. David Cromwell, is a press operator at the Oswald Fathoms World Times. David spends his spare time absorbing the world through television. Together, our two heroes have many misadventures dealing with two young offenders who are attempting to steal their probation and parole lawyer’s car stereo system.

This is a previous Novel Marathon creation of mine. If you are interested in this year’s fundraiser for the Adult Learning Centres: Grey Bruce Georgian, please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/2016-grey-bruce-novel-marathon-2/

King Richard’s Court

August 7, 2016

Bitten by the Writing Bug Again

KING RICHARDS COURT

I will be writing a new humourous short novel during the first weekend of September. King Richard’s Court presents a night in the life of Richard Rexdale. Richard is a young man who is heading to college in the fall. To afford his schooling he works the overnight shift at a local PetroKing Station. Tonight he must deal with (1) a practical joke‑playing coworker, (2) the demise of his longtime friendship with his girlfriend and (3) an unexpected visitor. There will be crimes, romance, farce and fun.

Your pledge would be greatly appreciated. It would help me through those long hours of staring at my computer screen, typing endlessly. (Yes, I know it is only three days, but writers are allowed to exaggerate.) Knowing you responded to this request with some gentle words and a financial contribution for the Adult Learning Centre would help me battle the writing demons, vanquish writer’s block and prevail. With your assistance, the story of Richard Rexdale will be told and it will join my past three-day novels in their journeys around the province. (That means you get to read it, if you are really so inclined.)

For more information and to make a pledge, please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/2016-grey-bruce-novel-marathon-2/.

Thank You !

The 2016 Grey Bruce Novel Marathon

August 5, 2016

The 2016 Grey Bruce Novel Marathon will be held from Friday, September 2nd at 6:00 p.m. to Monday, September 5th at 6:00 p.m. throughout the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library. Participants will have seventy-two hours to create their masterpieces, which are usually about one hundred pages in length.

The event is a fundraiser for the Library’s Adult Learning Centres that assists local adults in achieving their educational goals and employment goals. Past Novel Marathons have raised over ten thousand dollars to purchase resources including GED, math supports and English as a Second Language materials.

The rules are simple. Each writer has from 6:00 p.m. Friday until 6:00 p.m. Monday to create a complete novel, working from only a one page outline. Writing tools vary from pencil to computer. The writers are also allowed to bring in personal paraphernalia which may include photographs, reference books, stuffed animals, and / or furniture to create cozy writing nooks. Each year the writers choose a common word, name or phrase which is included in all of the novels. Each of the writers seeks pledges on a per page or flat rate basis. Some writers have incorporating sponsors’ names as characters in their novels at premium pledge rates.

Let me know if you are interested in writing!