Posts made in July, 2017

First retreat of 2017

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Components of other posts | 0 comments

It’s funny that I started doing these last fall–near the end of the year, as the season started waning. It became a pivotal point of change for me. Spring often feels like that, but in more of a re-awakening sense. That was certainly the case this year. As my life has grown increasingly hectic over the last several years, this disconnect from society has become necessary for me. An escape into the forest of any kind is refreshing when I’m feeling overwhelmed, but a complete 24-hour unplug and hideaway seems to wipe the slate clean altogether. This spring in particular was an important time to unplug because I was about to embark on a crowdfunding journey for Mushroom and Anchovy, and I knew I’d need to take this time to gather the energy to see it through. I’m not going to say much about this one, as it’s already taken me nearly two months to get to this point. I went on my retreat during May 25th, 2017, and am now at the point that I’m looking toward the late September retreat already! But regardless, I worked on lots of different things, I wrote some new things and planned others. I gathered images that will be used for a project I began to flesh out at the last Retreat. I stayed in Chignecto North this time–again in an Otentik–in my attempt to squirrel myself away for a brief time. While I preferred Point Wolfe overall, I made some interesting travels and discoveries that wouldn’t have been possible had I not stayed in Chignecto. More on that later! I started my daylong journey as all May experiences should: by admiring the new growth and vegetation the world had managed to bring forth during the short window of time that is spring. My favourite discovery was the triad of burgundy trilliums I found on my way through the campground. I crossed the road and went to Chignecto South, having spent a lot of time travelling through that campground during my youth. I remember a summer with my now-husband, walking through those woods with him while we talked. I camped there with Girl Guides, and, two summers ago, went to a star-gazing event with my father in the picnic area there. I have a picture of myself with the staff of the Corn Crib in that same picnic area when I was pregnant with Amelia. Dad and I spent winters cross-country skiing in the backwoods when I was a child. Being in such close proximity to this campground seemed to call to me, and I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I found a lot more than I planned. I followed through a few side-paths and entered onto what looked to be a long-forgotten campground. I called it the Campground Graveyard. Too cool. Broken-down and destroyed water taps, picnic tables, and overgrown paths. And then… this little guy. He was so calm and docile that I thought he was dead. A gentle nudge proved otherwise. I got right up in his face and he didn’t even mind–it seemed he was about to shed his skin. After over 2 hours of journeying in this area, it was time to go back and have some supper. I built a fire and relaxed for a bit… after writing a few pages worth of notes, of course.   The next morning was pretty rainy, as late May tends to be, but I still had gotten a great experience out of it all. It gave me the opportunity to stay in and work on a couple of projects I’d been neglecting… some art projects, most namely. I’ve heard from a good friend of mine who’s doing her own Unicorn Cave-style retreat, and I sincerely am looking forward to the early fall, when I’ll embark on my next one. My husband believes these are so beneficial to me that I should be going on one a month–I’m hoping to get to that point, one day! Maybe quarterly will be a good bridge goal. Have you done any retreats like this, yourself? Are...

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Mushroom and Anchovy press release

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017 in Components of other posts | 0 comments

Mushroom and Anchovy press release

Local Writer K. M. Cooper’s Next Book, Mushroom and Anchovy, in the Works FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 29 2017, MONCTON, NB – Local writer K. M. Cooper, author of Moncton-based zombie novella Hub City Survival, is currently seeking to get her next book published. Mushroom and Anchovy, a three-part steampunk adventure novel, is currently being funded through Inkshares, a book-specific crowdfunding platform that professionally publishes books through a preorder system. Mushroom and Anchovy follows the journeys of Patricia “Anchovy” Finnigan and Vladimir “Mushroom” Kalkov, professional adventurers. Their adventuring company, the Panzerotti Group, organizes hunts and adventures to locate fabled or lost items. Mushroom and Anchovy work together for the first time to locate jewels, but find a lot more. When a fellow agent is murdered, they have to learn to work together, and fast. Especially since anything can happen in a cursed cave… Inkshares is a crowdfunding platform that helps writers with interested audiences get professionally published. At 250 preorders, the book will receive a light publishing package, complete with some editing and digital distribution, and at 750, a full package, including graphic and cover design, as well as promotion and distribution to brick and mortar bookstores. The novel is also entered in the Launchpad contest, which seeks new ideas and new author voices in the publishing and entertainment worlds. Placing in the top three of this contest will also guarantee Mushroom and Anchovy’s publication. A number of well-known producers are analyzing the submissions. More information is available for the Launchpad Contest at http://www.tbhlaunchpad.com. Ebooks are available for preorder at $10 USD, and print copies for $20 USD, through Inkshares at https://www.inkshares.com/books/mushroom-and-anchovy. Readers can also enjoy the first three chapters at no charge at that link. The campaign will be going until early September, after which point the project will receive publication if the 250-750 goal is met. Cooper can be reached at kmcooper.ca@gmail.com for further information. ### Please follow and like...

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