April and May Update

April was an eventful month. Now May, June, and the summer are shaping up to be interesting months for events and books.

Here is what has transpired, and what has not yet come to pass:


Regular visitors to this blog know I have just finished my first Blogging from A to Z April Challenge (2017). I found out about it on the day it started and had to scramble to learn the rules, find a theme, and begin preparing 26 posts for each letter of the alphabet. I’m happy to say Letter A posted on time on April 1st, and the Theme Reveal post followed a day later. My theme was Components of Literature, and interestingly I found literary terms even for W through Z.

Posts contain definitions and examples, sources and links, GIFs, videos, and music–things to make them fun.

The A to Z literary terms, devices, and story components have been useful to writers and high school/university students.

April was also tax time. Two acrostic Taxing Tax Time A to Z poems snuck into the Challenge, even though they were not thematically related.

Spring refused to make an appearance, and a snowstorm caught us in mid-month, causing the cancellation of the Spring/Easter Author Readings event on April 15.

Photo credit: Mandy Eve-Barnett (April 15, 2017)

April 22 was the 8th annual Writers Foundation of Strathcona County (WFSC) Writers Conference, an all-day event on a cold, wet day.

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One week later on April 29, the Canada-wide Authors for Indies (AFI) event took place. Fellow authors and I attended the Sherwood Park BOOKWORM. The weather was a little kinder that day!

Authors for Indies Event, Sherwood Park BOOKWORM. L->R: Mandy Eve-Barnett, Marty Chan, Eva Blaskovic, Mandy Eve-Barnett, April 29, 2017

My daughter (blog) didn’t attend our author event because she was too busy getting her picture taken with Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.

Not a bad way to close out the month!


Where’s spring? Snowfall warning on April 14 to record-breaker on May 5 to thunderstorms on May 6. (Weather Office and Layout apps.)

In May, spring is springing and birds are singing, though it’s more like snowboots to swimwear. We broke a temperature record on May 5, hitting 29°C (84°F), shattering the 106-year-old record of 28.3°C set back in 1911 (Edmonton, Alberta). Now that the pendulum has visited both extremes, we have settled somewhere in the middle with proper spring temperatures in the mid- to high teens. The trees are getting leaves, and we have robins.

May 6, 2017 (Layout app)

There is much to do this month, with Mother’s Day on May 14, the 2017 Writers’ Retreat May 18-22, and a guitar recital on May 28. Our family is blessed with many mothers to celebrate Mom’s Day: great-grandmothers, grandmothers, and a young mom with preschoolers. The writers’ retreat will be my first ever, and the guitar recital will be my third time around.

At work, I am helping someone put together two books. I also have a sci-fi/fantasy novel longer than Beyond the Precipice to beta read and edit for another author. The retreat, however, will be devoted to restoration juxtaposed with furious, intense work on my two upcoming books, Druyan (fantasy adventure) and Ironclad (supernatural adventure).  I’ll be posting about the retreat during (if there’s Internet) and afterward.

Cover art by Phobaphobia Productions

See also

Upcoming Writing Events by Mandy Eve-Barnett, with photos from Strawberry Creek, the location of our upcoming writers’ retreat; Canada’s 150th celebration event, Heritage Day of Strathcona County, coming up on June 11; and some pictures from the Reptile Show!


June, July, and August are considered to be the months of meteorological summer (as opposed to astronomical summer, which begins on June 21), so I’ve lumped them together, even though July and August will run on a different schedule where I work.

Last year, I interviewed authors, educators, poets, photographers, and artists throughout July and August. As a follow-up, I will be doing a WHERE ARE THEY NOW? series. I am looking for a musician who would like to do an interview.

Because my weekends are filled until after mid-June, and summer is uncertain, I am not taking up a garden plot this year–a tough decision (Story of Our Garden). However, I fully intend to haunt farmers’ markets for fresh British Columbia cherries, other fruits, and vegetables. I hope to post some food and cooking blog articles.

Further to that, there will be some frantic book finishing and book production going on.

From the garden, summer 2016


Just posted! Our big event of the year is now posted: WORDS IN THE PARK, September 30, which takes place during the Alberta Culture Days weekend.

This year, the WFSC also celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday with the CANADA 150 Book Project, “an anthology of short stories and poetry celebrating #Canada150 by members of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County.”

My travel article will appear in the Canada 150 anthology.

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction, fantasy, and paranormal, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning disorders and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in the Great Lakes region of Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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