August Updates!

I hope everyone has had a pleasant July! It’s hard to believe we’re in August already!

This month, I finally returned home to New Brunswick to see my family after a year and a half of separation. I hadn’t been able to return home until I had both my vaccinations, so it had been the longest I’d gone without visiting my parents ever. Normally, I would visit at least once a year at Christmas, and often in the summer as well.

It’s been a lovely month home, and my visit isn’t quite over yet! I still have about a week before I head back to Toronto. I really enjoyed seeing friends and family, as well as visiting some tourist attractions I’d never seen, or hadn’t seen for many years. Here are a few pictures from my trip!

Aboiteau Beach, Cap Pelé
Potato World, Florenceville-Bristol
Hopewell Rocks, Hopewell Cape

If you want to see more photos from my somewhat-regular life, you can follow me on Instagram! I’ve also begun to share those photos on my Facebook page.

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On the writing front, things have been slow going. But a break was much-needed! This past week, I’ve started working on making some final touches on a manuscript I finished in October 2020. I have plans to submit it a few places and see what happens. For the most part, I’ve been taking it easy and enjoying my time home. I’m looking forward to my last week of vacation, seeing a few more friends, and eating a few more East Coast treats. 

I hope you all have a pleasant August! Expect to hear from me with a special update this month. Enjoy your summers and stay healthy!

Until next time,

Abigail

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July Updates

I hope everyone had a pleasant June! This past month for me was mostly a month of recuperation. I had dental surgery as well as my second vaccine, so needless to say, I spent most of the month lying down. I did, however, get a few things done! Read on to find out!

Midnight is released!

First of all, my second poetry collection, Midnight, was released right at the beginning of the month! Nearly all the poems were written in the early lockdown. If you haven’t had a chance to snag a copy yet, now is the time!

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Discover new non-fiction reads!

My first poetry collection Poems Worth Saving is featured this month in a freenon-fiction promotion. Your next great non-fiction read awaits, all for free! 

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Short Film Music

This past month, I also had the chance to compose some music for a short animation. It was a challenge to pull together my vision, but I’m really happy with the end result. I recorded myself playing the piano (which I still get nervous about, to be honest), and then manipulated the recording to create ambient noise. Overall, I had a lot of fun working on it, even if I got a little stressed towards the end. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to finish it before my deadline, but I pulled through in the end.

Up Next

This coming month is Camp NaNoWriMo, an online writing event where authors set goals for themselves and try to achieve them by the end of the month. I’m keeping my goal fairly small, since writing at this moment is not the quickest process. My main wish is to finish a short horror story I’d like to submit for a call. If I manage that in July, I will also begin to work on a young adult short story that takes place during the summer in Toronto. If I can accomplish both, I’ll be very happy!

I hope you all have a pleasant July, and that you’re able to stay safe and beat the heat if you live in a particularly warm area. I’m looking forward to spending some time with family (finally) and enjoying the weather as much as I can. Talk to you next time!

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May Updates

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I hope everyone had a good April without too many showers. Now, it’s onto May and some flowers. I certainly plan on getting my porch garden set up soon. I’m really looking forward to buying flowers and seeds. It’s always so exciting to go to a garden centre and see all the plants just waiting to be picked up!

Now, it’s time for some writing updates! I have a very exciting release announcement this month, so keep reading to find out all about it!

Release Announcement: Midnight

I’m very excited to announce I’m releasing another poetry collection on June 8th! It’s currently available to pre-order digitally everywhere and in print from select retailers.

This collection was mostly written during the first few weeks of the Toronto lockdown in March 2020. Back then, I was in a very creative, positive space. I found working from home quite energizing compared to taking transit every day to the office. It left me with a lot of time after work to dedicate to my hobbies and my writing. I worked on sewing projects, wrote poems, reviewed some of my music compositions.

And then, the lockdown was extended. And extended. And extended. Needless to say, my mood is quite different now than it was back then. My creative well is not nearly as full, either. But I decided to dust off those poems and make them into something. I also included some older poems I never found a home for. And here we are! 

I’ve decided to offer newsletter subscribers a free e-copy of Midnight as a thank-you for your support. If you’re interested in obtaining a copy, sign up here. If you enjoy the collection, it would mean so much if you left a review on Amazon or your preferred book retailer. Reviews help authors so much!

Here are some links related to Midnight!

Amazon (print and ebook) | Barnes and Noble (print and ebook) | Indigo (ebook) | Goodreads | Bookshop (print)

Sale

As mentioned in a previous newsletter, the ebook for my second novel We Go Together is currently on sale on Amazon for $2.99 USD! Grab it today!

Up Next

I’m working on releasing a new track to my Bandcamp in May! If you’re interested in being notified when that drops, you can follow me there. I’m also working away on some short stories, which has been a lot of fun and has allowed me to stretch my creative skills further. 

I hope you all have a lovely, peaceful May. Plant those flowers and enjoy the sunshine when it’s out. I’ll see you next month!

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March Updates

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Hello everyone!

Another productive month for both writing and music! I worked further outside of my comfort zone, and made progress on an ongoing project. Check it out!

Writing Updates

As I mentioned in the February update, I was working on a short story. That particular one, called “The Night Lily Died,” is finished! It’s a little darker and more mysterious than my previous published work, and I really enjoyed exploring those themes. As a young writer in high school, I was often drawn to the dark and macabre, so it was fun to return to my roots a little.

Since finishing writing that story, I’ve been hit with inspiration to write more stories exploring similar themes. Currently, I have 4 planned out—and there will likely be more! I’m hoping to release them all once I have a decent amount to make up a collection.

To organize all my ideas, I’ve begun to use Notion. A while ago, writing Twitter was all abuzz on how helpful it was for organizing project ideas. As per usual, I have been slow to get on the bandwagon—but now that I’m on it, I understand why everyone was singing its praises. One of my favourite features of Notion is that it’s easy to move things around on the screen, and rearrange when necessary. It’s super user-friendly, and there’s lots of room for personalization with photos and emojis. Overall, I’m enjoying seeing all my ideas laid out in a way that doesn’t overwhelm me.

Music Updates

As you may have already seen on a previous newsletter update, my song “Stars” is available in a sheet music anthologyof new art songs from previous entries of Sparks and Wiry Cries’ SongSLAM event. It’s such an honour to see my work in print among so many talented composers, especially since it’s the first time any of my composition work has been printed!

Buy the anthology here.

I’m also in the process of finalizing my old short film tracks. Just a few more steps, and I’m done! I’m planning on releasing them in March to my Bandcamp and YouTube pages. Keep an eye out for that special update!

What I’m Listening To

This month, I listened to a lot of Joel Plaskett. He’s always been one of my favourite artists, and I have so many fun memories associated with his songs. I used to listen to him a lot driving to my music lessons in a neighbouring town. When I hear his music , I still picture the highways in New Brunswick with trees speeding past the car window. I think the longer lockdown continues, the more I’m drawn to listening to artists from the East Coast, as he is. It’s been longer than a year since I’ve been able to visit home, so visiting home through music is comforting.

Joel Plaskett has a long career and a large catalogue, but two of my favourites to listen to at the moment are “Highland Heart” and “On a Dime.”

I hope you are all staying safe and content. I wish you a good March. Let’s hope spring weather comes soon! – Abigail

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Release Announcement!

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Hello everyone! 

Welcome to a special edition of the newsletter. Today, I have some exciting news to share. My song “Stars” was included in an anthology, which is now available for purchase!

The anthology features songs from past entries for Sparks and Wiry Cries’ songSLAM event. “Stars” was first premiered in the 2019 Toronto songSLAM and featured words by Canadian poet Marjorie Pickthall. I was so thrilled when I was contacted last year about having the work published, and I’m excited to see it all come together!

The book was curated by Martha Guth and Erica Switzer, and was edited by Dennis Tobenski from NewMusicShelf. It’s available to order right now! Featuring sixteen new songs, it’s an excellent collection for any vocalist looking for some new material to practice (and eventually perform).

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I hope you’re all having a pleasant month thus far. Stay warm and stay safe! – Abigail