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About Frank Fisher

Canadian author of YA and contemporary fiction.

Weekend Writing Warriors – “Why You Little!”

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Welcome to the weekly 8-10 sentence blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors Click on the link for participation guidelines, as well as the official list of participating authors. Hard to believe we’re into the iconic last weekend of summer. Alas, it’s my last weekend in Canada. Bags packed, passport, plane ticket in hand.
I’m continuing with my YA WIP entitled, Love Conquers (I can’t believe I came up wiith a title so fast). Full blurb can be found here.

Last week, the story kicked off with Melissa reminiscing about her late mother. This week, she discovers that her little sister has snuck into her room. POV is entirely in Melissa’s. Please note that this is a first draft and the snippet is formatted to meet the ten sentence rule.

      A snort fills the air from below, followed by familiar laughter exhaling through the nose.
     I suddenly notice my door is open just enough for someone to peek inside, which shouldn’t be because I always shut every night before going to bed.
     Sitting up, my eyes furrow at the door. “What the hell?”
     My body freezes as I hear a chuckle, my eyes following it downward. Someone’s in my room! Someone five-foot-something with my banana blond hair, aquamarine eyes and a small mole on her chin.
     “Ashle-”
     My younger sister, Ashley, springs from the side of my bed like a Jack-in-the-Box, squeals, and pounces on me as I let out a shriek. My heart goes into a storm of pounding, a struggle ensues as I try to wrestle my sixteen-year-old, soon-to-be dead sister off me.

Ashley has a habit of pranking her sister. And Melissa not being a morning person won’t be pleased. Thoughts and feedback are most welcome.

I’m spending my last weekend in North America volunteering at a local ribfest (a festival dedicated to ribs). I’ve done it the last two years and absolutely love it. I will continue to share snippets once I arrive in Poland. Depending on how my arrival goes, I plan to participate next weekend. I might be physically far away but I’m with you all in spirit!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors – “Love You, Mom.”

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Welcome to the weekly 8-10 sentence blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors Click on the link for participation guidelines, as well as the official list of participating authors. Thanks for including me in your Sunday reading! In just a couple of weeks, I leave to start my new life teaching English in Poland!
I’m sharing a snippet from an untitled Young Adult WIP, which is formerly Due For Love. Same characters, just a different plot thanks to the advice of an author friend. This snippet takes place at the very beginning of the story, with the heroine, Melissa, waking up talking about the most precious thing to her. Please note that this is a first draft and the snippet is formatted to meet the ten sentence rule.

     I open my eyes, turn over in my bed and stare at a five-by-seven picture on my nightstand of my mother holding me in her arms when I was a year old. My dad used to take us to this park every Sunday, back in the good old days when we were living in my nation’s capital before life brought us to Cincinnati. During the warmer months, he and my mom would bring a blanket and a picnic basket and set up shop on the grass with the backdrop of the Potomac and the Washington skyline. One day, he decided to take a photo of her and I while we were sitting on a blanket.
     Dad says it’s the best photo of us and she’s never smiled so much in any other picture of her.
      It’s the only picture I have of her, and it’s the first thing I see every morning when I wake up no matter where in the world I am, and I never get out of bed without looking it. Her bright youthful smile and the way she caressed me, gives me the strength to face whatever crap life wants to throw at me that day.
     I trail a finger along the glass that protects the picture from dust. “Love you, Mom,” I whisper just I do every morning for the past thirteen years since her life was taken away from me by that drunk driver. I’ll continue the tradition every morning in my new dorm at UCLA when I move there in a few months.

Not a lot of action, but we learn quite a bit about Melissa in ten sentences. For the full blurb about the novel, click here.

Thoughts and feedback are most welcome as they will help with the revision stages. I will share more next week.

Sorry I’ve been away most of the summer. Busy getting ready for the big move, but it’s been a grand summer. I plan to keep participating once I’m across the Atlantic, so don’t fret! Enjoy your Sunday!

Question for my author friends: can anyone recommend some good online writing groups? Ones that help with perfecting writing craft/promotion, cover designs, etc. Feel free to include your recommendations in your comments? And thanks!

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Farewell Ottawa!

For some of you this may come as a surprise: for the past 11 months, I was living in the Canadian capital. But now in less than a week, I will be leaving her for my new life in Poland. But I guess you’re wondering what brought me here in the first place. Why didn’t I blog about my experiences here? The truth is…I just didn’t have the time.

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I came to Ottawa to pursue a second masters degree in Applied Linguistics. It seemed like a good idea, and that it would open more doors for me. I had a full scholarship, including a TA position.

However, this seemingly good idea turned out to be a sour one. I soon discovered that I had gotten myself into something way over my head. The workload was very demanding, where I would be holed up either at home or at the library working on research papers and endless readings. Classmates were too busy to socialize, exacerbating the situation. As a result of this time consumption, my WIP got put on hold, my posts stopped appearing, and ultimately I witnessed an attrition of followers – both on social media and my blog. My TA deal wasn’t any better. The professor I was assigned to mistreated me to the point where I had to consult my union.

I began to realize that this quest for a second masters was doomed to failure. I had been in school long enough, and needed to return to the working world. And while I was at least enjoying Ottawa, my next adventure could not include her.

Despite the hardship of my university experience, I managed enjoy all that Ottawa had to offer. It’s truly a unique experience to spend an extended stay in the capital of one’s country. In Ottawa, it’s a big city with a small town feel, where outdoor activities are plentiful all year long! As I prepare to depart my nation’s capital, I reflect on some of the highlights of my time here:

  1. Skating on the Rideau – dubbed the longest outdoor skating rink in the world. I think every visitor to Ottawa should try it. Just remember it’s not like skating on a regular rink (pretty bumpy).
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  2. Attending Remembrance Day ceremony at National War Memorial – the best part is when I saw the prime minister’s wife from afar!
  3. Curling – I actually learned to curl last January, and glad I took lessons. Much harder than it seems!
  4. Bike trails – these I will miss the most! The best one is along the Rideau Canal, where you can bike downtown. I definitely recommend investing in a bike to those planning to live here for an extended period of time.

 

Many apologies for not sharing my Ottawa experiences with you. It was just burdensome to share something, which for awhile was causing great pain. However, I am definitely looking forward to Poland as I have dreamed of working abroad for many years now.

Until next time!

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