H is for…


Merriam-Webster defines Havoc as “wide and general destruction: Devastation 2) great confusion and disorder “

But I also like the character of Havoc.

The younger brother of Scott Summers in the comics, Havoc is one of the x-men I know the least about. I know I love his name. I also love the movie above. I think this guy is the wounded hero in the film. He’s got a history that I’d love to dig into. I hope they do that in the next one. But what about Scott Summers?

 Let’s play a would you rather… so which brother would you rather? The eyes or the chest? The blond or the brunette? The wild child or the guy with control issues? Havoc or Cyclops?

Personally? I’d go for Havoc. Not in a creepy she’s-a-cougar kinda way. He’d have to be around my age before I’d go out with him. At least late twenties. But as far as the two brothers? Give me a wounded hero any day. I’m not so great with guys who have control issues, like Cyclops. He’d be way too controlling for me. But Havoc? Hell yeah.

Character Names
Unisex names
Haldis – Stone Spirit
Henley – high field
Hadar – Splendor or Glory
Harlow – from the mound of the people
and my favourite of all time
Haven – safe place

G is for…


As a writer, one of the coolest things I get to do is learn all sorts of really fascinating things about my characters. The hard thing about being a writer is letting the reader learn them bit by bit, not info dump on them. The readers need to glean the information from the text.

Take Sherlock. He’s going to go through all the clues and not share what he finds with Jon Watson. Poor guy. But he does share them with us, we just don’t add them up like he does. I love trying to get to the end result before the episode does. I try to glean the information the same way he does.

Trying to hold back the information in my writing is much more difficult. Is this too much or not enough? How do I guide the readers to this conclusion and not that one? Am I holding back enough or is this an info dump? These are the questions that plague a writer when creating.

So how do we do it? You won’t like the answer. Practice. Reading how other writers do it and seeing what can be applied in your own work. Getting feedback. Basically all the stuff that makes you better if keep at your craft.

Character Names
Female                                                                          Male
Ghita – Pearl                                                                Garrick – from a place covered by oaks
Ghislaine – Pledge                                                       Gage – Measurer
Gryphon – mythological beast                                     Gavyn – white hawk
Gwendolyn – blessed ring                                            Gideon – great warrior
Gypsy – Bohemian traveller                                        Gunner – warrior

A-Z challenge E is for

E is for… EMPATH

I know, I’m supposed to be introducing you to words you might not already know, but I have to slip in the occasional snippet of somethin-somethin that I find fascinating too. See all my previous entries about superheroes.

I always thought the telepaths had it easy in a story. They kind of bore me. I mean, where’s the fun if you can tell exactly what a person is saying inside their heads? And also, who talks all the time in their heads? I usually feel something first, then think about it. And I don’t always use words. Pictures, music, memories, scents, sensations, FEELINGS are sorted through the queue as well.

But an empath? They can get the whole she-bang! Maybe not the words, but they can tell your emotional temperature from a mile away. Much more useful if you want to, say, flush out the liar in the group. They would feel deceptive, right? And who needs to misinterpret signals when you can tell what the person is feeling/meant in a relationship? Also, jerks out for the quickie would be unable to hide from your wrath…

Think of various characters when you watch the video below. Anyone you’re writing about?

Character Names:
Female                                                                                     Male
Echo – Sound returned, Nymph who pined away                   Egan – a little flame
Eleana – form of Helen, “the shining one”                              Ephraim – One who is productive
Ellery – form of Hilary, cheerful woman/bringer of joy         Errol – wandering
Eris – goddess of discord                                                         Edik – form of Edward, rich guardian
Everilde- A great huntress                                                       Egor – form of George, farmer

A-Z Challenge…D

We all feel it at least once in our lives. The fear of it. The exhilaration from it.

The Dark Crystal was one of my fav movies as a kid. I loved that it scared the hell out of me even then, but I also loved (and got) the play between light and dark, good and evil, and how we all have the seeds of both inside of us.

Free Write:
Some people fear the dark, but only the one without. That’s pure foolishness. Hunters are born in the dark, grow strong in the dark, and draw power out of the dark. But it’s whether or not they can control the dark within that lets them live past their initial mastery of their skill. Excess gets everyone, good or bad. And then the Hunter feeds the dark, not the other way around.

Character Names
Female                                                                       Male
Da Xia – endless summer                                          Dewei – highly principaled
Dominique – of the Lord                                           Declan – goodness
Dena – avenged                                                         Demetrius – gift from Demeter               
Donica – gift                                                             Daksha – Brilliant
Drucilla – Strong                                                       Digby – from the dike settlement

A-Z Day Three – C

Today’s word is Chicanery…



The use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose.

My love of words seeped into my vocabulary when I was young. This was one of them. It was yet another reason teenagers in my school bullied me, but I refused to stop my word collection.

Do you love the feel of words in you mouth? The way your tongue has to tangle itself up in certain ways to perform the manoeuvers necessary for the magic spell of the words to work?

Chicanery. Try it. Taste it. The kids got into chicanery again.

Female                                                                     Male
Cade – a precocious young woman                         Calian- a warrior of life
Canisa -one who is very much loved                      Chance -having good fortune
Ciara – a dark beauty                                               Cheveyo – A spirit warrior
Coty- from the riverbank                                        Cillian – one who suffers strife
Colwyn – from the river                                          Conall- resembling a wolf

A Day – Always

Okay, on the A-Z challenge here goes my entry!

Thanks first and foremost Arlee Bird for the A-Z challenge!

So my entries will be simple (I hope). For today…Always.

First is my favourite movie quotation involving the word ‘always’.

   Free write: Always. A word that should never be bandied about as often as it is. She looked up at the steamy window. The rain had soaked her through to the bone, but she hadn’t felt anything since she’d seen the two of them, hand in hand. They’d giggled. She’d felt her heart shatter. He’d said he’d always love her. But always had just ended.

Character Names:
Female                                                               Male
Anemone – Breath                                             Adair – Noble spear
Althea – Truth                                                   Akos – Falcon
Aren – Eagle ruler                                             Ajax – of the earth
Asuka – tomorrow                                            Argus
Azra – Pure                                                       Asher – blessed

Manic Monday

I was tagged by the lovely and talented Shawna Romkey to talk about my five favourite books. So here I go.
Firstly, it’s about a writer. Secondly, it’s Canadian. I loved the Diviners, mostly because I loved Morag, who finds a way to live her own life no matter what.
This is one of those books that you always look back on and say ‘it changed my life’, which it did. I was in sixth grade and discovered Harry. A girl who got to wield a sword and save the day. Was this even possible? Safe to say this is where I developed my love of a good strong heroine.
I fell in love with fantasy and this series in 8th grade. I devoured them as fast as I could get them, then reread the books so often every year I had to buy new copies every so often. Lessa, another strong willed female character, was my hero.
This is one of those books that you have to read for class, and then you take it home and reread it because it just reaches you. I won’t say I loved it, but it affected me, scratched itself into my memory like initials on a tree.
I had to narrow down my current favourite genre of paranormal/urban fantasy to one author? How about PatriciaBriggs-LaurellkHamilton-LilithSaintcrow-TaylorKeating-NaliniSingh?
Okay, okay. If I have to pick my current favourite, it’s gonna be this book. Elena (besides having the same name as my Godsister, who rocks btw) is kickass, take no prisoners, small and mighty kinda gal. I’m noticing a trend. Hmmm.
So what are your five fav books?

The Next Big Blog Thing

I was tagged by Michelle Helliwell, a good friend of mine in the Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada. Thanks so much!

1) What is the working title of your next book?
My working title is Galway Girl: A Firefly Club novella

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Are you ready for this? Glow-in-the-dark bracelets. I’m a teacher in my day job and I have a prize box. In the box was a bunch of these bracelets and I thought to myself ‘what if they gave these bracelets to you as you entered a club, but it was to identify certain types’.

3) What genre does your book fall under?
Sci-fi romance.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I don’t actually cast like that, but someone who would look like Wynn would be tall, muscular blonde. Maybe someone like…him and Leo would look something like him and Shea would look like her.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A shut-in computer geek gets talked into a girl’s night out at the new Firefly club, but will she be able to handle it when two of the club’s hottest patrons set their sights on her?

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Umm, hoping for my publisher to pick it up.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
One month.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Mandy Roth and Marie Harte have a couple of stories that are in the same genre.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Again, the Glow-in-the-dark bracelets. And I was interested in exploring a trio of characters who have to face their fears and choose to be happy.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s the first of a planned trilogy, each of the three friends gets their own story and the world is one that I’ve been working on for a while.

This was fun, Michelle, thanks for including me! And I’m officially tagging my friend Jennie Marsland ! Tune in to her blog next week! Here’s her bio…

Jennie Marsland is a teacher, a painter, a musician and, for most of her life, a writer. She fell in love with words at a very early age and the affair has been life-long. She enjoys writing songs and poetry as well as fiction.
Jennie is a history buff as well as an unashamed romantic. Glimpses of the past spark her imagination, and she believes in happily ever after. She has published three historical romances: McShannon’s Chance (2009), McShannon’s Heart (2010), and Shattered (2011). Her fourth novel, Deliverance, will be released in late March, 2013. A resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia for the last thirty years, Jennie lives with her husband Everett and their outrageously spoiled Duck-Tolling Retrievers, Chance and Echo.
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Whatever Works Wednesdays

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and your writing will be just as it should be.” – Mark Twain
The man has a point. I find myself loving the words ‘usually, almost, as if, just about, at least’ far too much in the first draft of things. But that’s okay. It’s a first draft. It’s supposed to be frenzied and messy. I’m discovering the story that’s there under the surface. But I need to grow a spine in my second draft. He doesn’t ‘almost’ reach out for her arm, he grabs it. They don’t ‘usually meet’, they meet. They do, or do not, characters shouldn’t try all the time in your manuscript. They make mistakes and we wince or yell at them or throw the book across the room. At least Readers should have strong reactions to your books, if they are good books.

Fabulous Friday!!!!

As you all know, I’m a member of the Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada. Well if you didn’t, now you do. Anyway, I’ve got a special treat, cover reveal of one of our YA authors! Help me welcome Shawna Romkey and her book Speak of the Devil ! I tell you I cannot wait until this one comes out!

What happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?
After dying in a car accident with her two best friends, Lily miraculously awakens to grief and guilt. She escapes to her dad’s to come to terms with the event and meets some people at her new school who seem all too eager to help her heal. Sliding deeper into sorrow and trying to fight her feelings for two of them, she finds out who…what they really are and that they are falling too.
Can she find the strength to move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, find a way to stop a divine war with fallen angels, and still pass the eleventh grade?