Nancy Popovich http://nancypopovich.com Author. Artist. Dog Show Judge. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 01:09:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Half-way Around the World http://nancypopovich.com/half-way-around-the-world/ Tue, 26 Mar 2013 17:13:06 +0000 http://nancypopovich.com/?p=2092 I just returned from a week in China, and to say it was different is to declare that red is blue. And yet, in so many respects it was the same: concern for family, work, friends and lifestyle. Chinese people are charming and friendly despite the language barrier, and the cities busy and clean.  Vehicular …

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Chinese womanI just returned from a week in China, and to say it was different is to declare that red is blue. And yet, in so many respects it was the same: concern for family, work, friends and lifestyle.

Chinese people are charming and friendly despite the language barrier, and the cities busy and clean.  Vehicular traffic was a bit frantic by our standards, but we never saw an accident despite the motor scooters zipping in and out of the cars.

What can be said about their markets other than they were a shopper’s delight.  There was not nearly enough time to thoroughly see all the wares on sale.

Beijing is a cosmopolitan city and foreign travellers are common.  Not so further into China.  People stared, as I am fair and my eyes are blue.  The lady in the photo is a worker in one of the state parks, and she stopped dead for a few minutes when she saw my companion and me. Thankfully, this photo turned out as it was shot quietly without focus from my hip to avoid embarrassing this hard working lady.  China is a delightful place to visit, and I would happily return. Not only did this trip allow me the opportunity to sample the Chinese culture, it planted a few seeds for another story. Such is the life of a writer.

 

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Editors, Hidden Heroes of Words http://nancypopovich.com/editors-hidden-heroes-of-words/ Tue, 12 Mar 2013 01:20:18 +0000 http://nancypopovich.com/?p=2085 The Amity is now back from review by my editor, the indomitable J.P. Hansen. He is coaching me to make every word shine, to cut out the extraneous and to polish the MS in a way which makes for a good read. Much has been written about how “Indies” are somehow less than professional, that …

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Typewriter with paper scattered - conceptual imageThe Amity is now back from review by my editor, the indomitable J.P. Hansen. He is coaching me to make every word shine, to cut out the extraneous and to polish the MS in a way which makes for a good read.

Much has been written about how “Indies” are somehow less than professional, that their work is unedited and lesser than those who publish through traditional publishers. I do not believe that any author wants to publish a work that is sloppy and unreadable.  It is my fervent hope that because independent authors like me make the time to get it right, we shall earn the respect that the music industry has always given to its indies.

I am excited about the Genetrix series and the first book. It’s a fun fantasy for all ages. With any luck (and a lot of work) I am targetting mid April (my birthday) to launch. In the meantime, back to work!

(Photo purchased from Fotolia)

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A New World http://nancypopovich.com/a-brave-new-world/ Thu, 28 Feb 2013 02:56:59 +0000 http://nancypopovich.com/?p=2072 I recently attended the funeral of my husband’s life-long friend’s wife.  It was my fear that this would bring back negative emotions from my husband’s passing less than a year ago.  It did bring emotions, but not in the way I expected. Admittedly, the past few years have been difficult watching my soulmate succumb to …

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IMG_1060I recently attended the funeral of my husband’s life-long friend’s wife.  It was my fear that this would bring back negative emotions from my husband’s passing less than a year ago.  It did bring emotions, but not in the way I expected.

Admittedly, the past few years have been difficult watching my soulmate succumb to a deadly disease.  My friend reminded me of myself in his reactions at the funeral.  The difference this time, is that he was the one in shock and grief, not me.

The truth is that life events in the past ten months have changed me.  The bold self-confidence acquired over the past forty-one years with my intrepid backup has wavered somewhat flying solo.  I no longer live in the same city.  My family here has been my lifeline, for which I am most grateful.

How does this have anything to do with the funeral? One of the challenges I faced was my seeming inability to reach inside and write, even though the words were there.  Editing and polishing what was already written was as far as seemed possible.

One of my author friends advised I was going to have to get used to a “new normal” and she was right.  What this funeral did, was drive home the point that each day is to be lived fully and embraced.  It was as if the dam of paralysis burst and allowed a free flow again.

In my funk, I have woefully neglected my website for many months, which is no longer the case.  The Amity  is now with my editor, the covers for the Genetrix Trilogy are fine tuned, and the artwork for The Amity trailer are almost complete.

This is me, embracing each day to come.

This photo was taken by our friend, Gary Billmark, on one of their trips to Hawaii, a favourite place.  Rest in peace Judy.

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It’s A New World For Me… http://nancypopovich.com/it-is-a-new-world-for-yours-truly-for-the/ Thu, 15 Nov 2012 02:49:41 +0000 http://nancypopovich.com/?p=2063 As I sit among the boxes filled with my possessions in my new condo, it occurred to me that it has been some time since life has allowed me the luxury to post on this blog. Our forty-first anniversary happened the long weekend in September, and I admit honestly, it hit me like a fist …

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As I sit among the boxes filled with my possessions in my new condo, it occurred to me that it has been some time since life has allowed me the luxury to post on this blog. Our forty-first anniversary happened the long weekend in September, and I admit honestly, it hit me like a fist from out of the blue. According to those in the “know” I am right on schedule for a crash after Sam’s passing, and it  did happen. However, a lot of things fell into perspective and set in motion many positive things in my life.

After months on the market, my home finally sold, but I only had ten days to completion. Complicating matters,, a judging assignment in Brazil was smack in the middle of it all. It is hard to believe this old body moved fast enough to get everything done, but it did! I forgot to pack my hair gel, but they have gel in Brazil…

Speaking of Brazil, what a wonderful experience! The people are amazing – lovely, and the best hosts. For the first time since Sam’s passing, I really enjoyed my time there, thanks to our hosts. I will forever think of my Brazilian experience as a wonderful transition to a new phase in my life.

Tonight for the first time in a long time, I opened my manuscript and began to edit, despite the chaos around me. And it made me happy. After many months away from myself, I am pleased to declare, I am back. Not the same, but hopefully, tempered like steel.

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E book Covers – A Visual View of the Story http://nancypopovich.com/e-book-covers-a-visual-view/ Tue, 02 Oct 2012 03:51:30 +0000 http://nancypopovich.com/?p=2050 My life has been somewhat upside down this past year with Sam’s illness and passing and this past few weeks, my father’s passing. To say that I am somewhat rocked to my foundations is putting it mildly. However, I have found solace in  writing the Genetrix series and immersing myself in another world.  My father’s death caused …

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My life has been somewhat upside down this past year with Sam’s illness and passing and this past few weeks, my father’s passing. To say that I am somewhat rocked to my foundations is putting it mildly.

However, I have found solace in  writing the Genetrix series and immersing myself in another world.  My father’s death caused a temporary hiatus from writing, but I have spent the time polishing the covers for the Gentix trilogy and I am pleased.

Today I almost completed the third cover and am revealing for the first time, the cover for book 2, Brethren.

Because I used one of my characters from the Spy Series, Steven Hunter, to launch the ghost series with Malice & Murder, the series was of necessity in England, as the protagonists were childhood friends, and both were from England.  I love England, but I am Canadian. Thankfully, folks like my expert Kevin Robinson, allowed me to write an accurate version of British law.

But with the Genetrix series, I could write whatever worked for the new world I created.  And, I wanted to bring the story back to Canada.  All the major plot points in the series take place in  a house, hence the tie-in with the dwellings on the covers. Book 1 was in an abandoned stone cottage in the English countryside, Book 2, Brethren took place in a Victorian style home in Calgary, Canada, and Book 3 , Threefold, in an ancient Celtic castle.

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Every Book Needs a Cover http://nancypopovich.com/every-book-needs-a-cover/ Sun, 23 Sep 2012 18:43:30 +0000 http://nancypopovich.com/?p=2035 My time in Edmonton was well-spent, and I returned home ahead of schedule on the Genetrix series.  Besides writing a major chunk of Book 2: Brethren, I had some time to conceive the premise and look for the series covers and actually put pen to paper and drew them. Over a number of glasses of …

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My time in Edmonton was well-spent, and I returned home ahead of schedule on the Genetrix series.  Besides writing a major chunk of Book 2: Brethren, I had some time to conceive the premise and look for the series covers and actually put pen to paper and drew them.

Over a number of glasses of lovely red wine, my sister convinced me that this series falls into the Fantasy Genre, with internet examples no less, this is where it belonged. She was right.

This set me free in a lot of ways, as I tend to hold rigidly to what I believe is the proper way of doing things. Yes, I’m aware it’s a flaw, an I’ll put it on my New Year’s Resolution List this year.

The major events in all three books take place in buildings – an abandoned stone cottage in the English countryside, a Victorian-style home in urban Calgary, Alberta, and an abandoned Celtic castle on a crag. This became my visual link between the books, and I’m pleased with the outcome.

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A Solitary Sunday Night – How Many Others Face One? http://nancypopovich.com/a-solitary-sunday-night-how-many-others-face-one/ Mon, 17 Sep 2012 01:18:02 +0000 http://nancypopovich.com/?p=2030 It has been a warm, sunny fall weekend here in Central British Columbia. I am babysitting my neighbour’s delightful eight year old Shih Tzu cross, an adoptee and the sweetest creature. Since she was adopted at the end of May, the routine has been that she comes across their patio and crosses mine to wait for …

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It has been a warm, sunny fall weekend here in Central British Columbia. I am babysitting my neighbour’s delightful eight year old Shih Tzu cross, an adoptee and the sweetest creature. Since she was adopted at the end of May, the routine has been that she comes across their patio and crosses mine to wait for her treat. Not only is it sweet, this reassuring routine is the framework upon which a little dog’s life gleans comfort.

Since she’s been staying with me I have examined my present need for routine and stability and agree with my little four footed friend. Since Sam’s passing, many thoughts have trucked thorough my mind, and I have discovered that I, like little Missy, seem to need routine.

Living and caring for someone who is terminally ill removes routine from your life, because the illness claims whatever time is available. After the fact, It has taken me months to re-discover a healthy routine for my own health. Those that whispered “look after yourself” while Sam was sick had the right idea… just the wrong timing. As a person who has loved and cared for my soul mate, the only choice you make is for them. In the aftermath of his death, it has taken me a great deal of time and soul searching to find myself again.

I am discovering a different person; someone not quite so certain of my thoughts, a bit beaten and yet not defeated, and stepping carefully into what I know will allow a forward flow into an unknown future –

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Do Ghosts and Spirits Need Refuge? http://nancypopovich.com/do-ghosts-and-spirits-need-refuge/ Sat, 08 Sep 2012 19:54:34 +0000 http://nancypopovich.com/?p=2022 Where does a group of ghosts and their army chillax (chill out and relax) without disturbing mortals, and safe from dark demons? This is a difficult decision. In the first book of the Genetrix trilogy, the Amity does indeed seek refuge to regroup, discover their special gifts, and to become the kick-ass commando squad the …

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Where does a group of ghosts and their army chillax (chill out and relax) without disturbing mortals, and safe from dark demons? This is a difficult decision.

In the first book of the Genetrix trilogy, the Amity does indeed seek refuge to regroup, discover their special gifts, and to become the kick-ass commando squad the Glynvyd (Ruling Council of the Upper World) envision. Where do they find such a place?

In the English countryside, hidden behind overgrown trees, shrubs, and hedgerow, stands the abandoned Stone Cottage. It has a Miller family connection, and is deemed perfect for the Amity’s purposes. Stone Cottage becomes so central to the happenings in this book, it has  been integrated into the book cover. Here is a glimpse of the Stone Cottage.

 

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Another Amity Character http://nancypopovich.com/another-amity-character/ Sat, 25 Aug 2012 00:19:31 +0000 http://nancypopovich.com/?p=2011 A vacation is a wonderful thing. It clears the mind and soothes the tired, enabling a refreshed and new outlook on many things, including writing. Another Member of the Amity joins the World of Genetrix page, Sir Alesdair of Murdoach, King of the Murdoach clan when he was murdered. He is Rupert’s ancestor, and lived …

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A vacation is a wonderful thing. It clears the mind and soothes the tired, enabling a refreshed and new outlook on many things, including writing.

Another Member of the Amity joins the World of Genetrix page, Sir Alesdair of Murdoach, King of the Murdoach clan when he was murdered. He is Rupert’s ancestor, and lived in the same time as Lady Charlotte. They were killed together and  have spent centuries as a ghostly pair.

They are translucents – the good guys, as opposed to the dark shapes – the evil entities.These terms are used in the second book of the Genetrix series, Brethren, where our kick-ass ghost commandos are summoned to the Canadian city of Calgary, to face a nasty group of demons and dark spirits.

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Changes, Expectations, and Life in General http://nancypopovich.com/changes-expectations-and-life-in-general/ Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:58:06 +0000 http://nancypopovich.com/?p=2005 I’m taking a break from packing for a two-week trip to Alberta. It seems my life is a series of irritating little snags of late.  I showed the completed cover of the Amity to a friend this morning and my reaction was unexpected.  It needs to be changed, tweaked, and refined even more, despite over …

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I’m taking a break from packing for a two-week trip to Alberta. It seems my life is a series of irritating little snags of late.  I showed the completed cover of the Amity to a friend this morning and my reaction was unexpected.  It needs to be changed, tweaked, and refined even more, despite over one hundred hours poured into it. Or maybe, I’m just trying too hard.

Herein lies the rub. There are seventeen layers in the Photoshop file and although I can find my way around PS, I am by no means an expert. This probably means begin again, as the file didn’t transfer well from the invalid that is my old laptop to the skookum new laptop.

Ah well. Lesson learned, however hard to swallow.  From this day forward, I shall label layers and save in more than one place to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

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