Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Major arts festival coming to Nanaimo in 2015: April 30–May 3
The Cascadia Poetry Festival is coming to Nanaimo. The third in an annual festival series that originated in 2012 in Seattle, CPF3-2015 is expected to bring more than four-hundred visitors to eat, sleep and soak up some great poetry in this Vancouver Island city.
Cascadia began as the brain-child of poet and arts activist Paul Nelson, through an organisation called SPLAB (the Seattle Poetics Laboratory). It started out small, with about one hundred poets and attendees from both sides of the border. By its second bout in 2014 that number had quadrupled. Canadian poets have participated from the outset, but this will be the first time the CPF has come to Canada.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Literary agent Alec Shane of Writers House is aggressively building his list. On the nonfiction side, Alec would love to see humor, biography, history (particularly military history), true crime, “guy” reads, and all things sports. “What I’m looking for in fiction: mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, historical fiction, literary fiction, and books geared toward young male readers (both YA and MG). What I’m not looking for: Romance (paranormal or otherwise), straight sci-fi, high fantasy, picture books, self-help, women’s fiction, food, travel memoir.”
Submission guidelines: I accept e-mail and snail-mail queries (although email is preferable), and will usually respond within 4-5 weeks. Please send the first 10 pages of your manuscript, along with your query letter, to ashane [at] writershouse.com with “Query for Alec Shane: TITLE” as your subject heading – no attachments please! If sending via regular mail, please include a SASE with proper postage.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
Cassie is seeking: page-turning New Adult novels, plot-driven commercial and upmarket women’s fiction, historical fiction, psychological suspense, cozy mysteries and contemporary romance. In nonfiction, she’s looking for projects in the categories of parenting, mind/body/spirit, inspirational memoir, narrative nonfiction focusing on food-related topics and a limited number of accessible cookbooks. Cassie does not accept submissions in the following categories: science-fiction, fantasy, paranormal, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Children’s, literary fiction, poetry, and screenplays.
How to submit: Send a query letter only to cassiesubmit [at] waxmanleavell.com. Do not send attachments, though for fiction, you may include five to 10 pages of your manuscript in the body of the email.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Literary Agent Tina P. Schwartz started The Purcell Agency in July of 2012 after spending twelve years writing and marketing her own work, along with helping several others get published. You can read her blog here.
She is seeking: Chapter books (all kinds except fantasy); Middle Grade (contemporary/realistic, sports, mystery, humor, multicultural, issue driven [no fantasy]); Young Adult (edgy, issues, contemporary/realistic, light romance, sports, mystery [no fantasy]). Tina is also seeking nonfiction Chapter books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult – all topics. She is not seeking: Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Paranormal or Picture Books submissions at this time.
How to submit: TPAqueries [at] gmail.com. Mention if you are a member of SCBWI. To submit nonfiction for a teen or grade school audience: Table of Contents + Intro and sample chapter, author's credentials. To submit fiction: Query, 1st three chapters + synopsis. No attachments. Include sample work in body of e-mail.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
New Christian store AGAPE MARKETPLACE just opened in Toronto near where I used to live. Here’s the info currently posted. More available later.
Address and contact info:
3232 Steeles Ave West
(On the north side of Steeles, just west of Jane St.)
Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm
Thursday & Friday 9am to 8pm
Monday, October 6, 2014
A friend gave me Italian blue plums from their tree. Among other things, I made this grain-free pudding cake. It turned out delicious if I do say so myself.
-4 to 5 cups fruit of your choice, prepared and sweetened to taste [e.g. plums, peaches, cherries]
-3 eggs, separated
-3 Tbsp cold water
-1/3 cup sugar
-½ cup arrowroot starch [or cornstarch]
-5/8 cup almond flour [sometimes called almond meal]
-½ tsp baking powder
-In large bowl, beat egg whites and cold water till soft peaks form. Continue beating, adding the sugar gradually, until the mixture is stiff.
-In small bowl, beat egg yolks till thick and lemon-colored.
-In another small bowl, mix starch, almond flour, and baking powder.
-Fold the egg yolks into the egg-white mixture.
-Then fold in the dry ingredients from the third bowl to form a smooth batter.
-Put the fruit into a large casserole dish. Pour the batter over the top.
-Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour or until toothpick comes out almost clean.