Outlining a Novel From Start to Finish The 20 Novels Project

Outlining a Novel From Start to Finish The 20 Novels Project https://medium.com/@ljcpress/outlining-a-novel-from-start-to-finish-6885f3f8e170 “Inciting incident: What brings the reader into the story? This is important because, if the inciting incident has nothing to do with the ending, it feels irrelevant. First Plot Point: This is the initial turning point of the story. Sometimes it’s a twist, and sometimes not, but it pulls the main character into reaction model. He or she has something to fight for or against. Second Plot Point: Some people call this the midpoint. It’s when the main character officially enters battle mode. The story has unfolded such that what the main character believed throughout the first half of the story has irrevocably changed that character’s mindset or understanding of the stakes. Third Plot Point: In many novels, the third plot point (or second, if you’re using the midpoint terminology) follows a bleak period for the protagonist. He or she feels defeated and exhausted. Then something happens to reel her back into the game. It’s often his desire to protect someone else or to save something he holds sacred. Climax: Call it the final battle. The protagonist and antagonist meet for the last (and sometimes the first) time to duke it out. The reader knows the stakes in their entirety and understands what weapons or tools both characters are bringing to the battle.”...

Know Our Minister! Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Know Our Minister! Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon becomes Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, responsible for the Ontario Trillium Foundation The Honourable Eleanor McMahon Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon was elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as MPP for Burlington. On June 13, 2016 she was appointed as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Previously she served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, where she initiated a review of the Conservation Authorities Act. Eleanor has spent her career in senior roles in business, government and the not-for-profit sector and is the founder of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition. She spent the early part of her career on Parliament Hill in a number of roles including Press Secretary in the office of the Right Honorable Jean Chrétien. She has served at the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Petro-Canada, United Way Ottawa, and the Ontario Medical Association. The tragic death of Eleanor’s husband, OPP Sergeant Greg Stobbart – killed in a cycling collision in 2006 by a driver with five convictions for driving under suspension – led her life in an entirely new direction. Eleanor’s reaction to this unthinkable loss was to begin a campaign to improve road safety and enhance legislation in Ontario. In 2008 she launched the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, a provincial cycling policy and advocacy organization created to unite cycling organizations from across Ontario and work with municipalities to make their communities more bicycle-friendly. In 2008 Eleanor began lobbying for enhanced penalties for...

Upcoming OHS Webinar: Tech Planning for Heritage Organizations

Upcoming OHS Webinar: Tech Planning for Heritage Organizations    OHS Reach Project Webinar: Technology Planning for Heritage Organizations: Lessons Learned & Resources from the OHS Reach Project     Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EDT)Where: Online Cost: FREE In an increasingly digital heritage community, how comfortable is your organization with tackling technology? Over the last year, the Ontario Historical Society has conducted the OHS Reach project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, to plan for the modernization of our own programs and services… and we’ve learned a lot! Please join us to: learn about our tech planning process and experience be inspired (we hope!) to pursue your own projects receive a specially chosen collection of solid resources to support you Who should attend? Ontario’s heritage community, OHS’s affiliates and members, and those interested in technology improvement projects for non-profits. Topics covered will include website building, improving accessibility, choosing a content management system, IT assessments, finding and working with tech consultants, and more. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER     Webinar Host Sarah McCabe is the OHS Reach Project Manager at the Ontario Historical Society. As a librarian and researcher, Sarah has spent the past year exploring the potential of the Ontario Historical Society as a provider of programs, publications, and services. Sarah is excited to share all of the lessons learned in technology planning through the OHS Reach project! Webinar FAQ   -What is a webinar? A webinar is a training session done entirely online. Participants are sent a web link in order to join the webinar, which lets them watch the presentation while listening to the speaker. There is no...

Introducing Canadian Voices for School Libraries

Useful stuff for Public Library – School Library liaisons, outreach and partnerhsips. Introducing Canadian Voices for School Libraries Canadian Voices for School Libraries is a new organization dedicated to fostering the growth of the school library learning commons in Canada and to developing a national network of school library practitioners and supporters. The notion of a new national school library organization has clearly engaged the group of leaders who have worked so hard to leverage the gains achieved with the publication of Leading Learning and the success of Treasure Mountain Canada. Response to an online survey from school library practitioners, leaders and supporters indicates overwhelming support for the formation of this new national school library organization. The CVSL Working Group has been hard at work, analyzing results of our national survey and negotiating with the Canadian Library Association for transfer of ownership of major national projects. Please read on to learn more about our...

CLA 2016 Conference Panel on National Statistics

I had the opportunity to speak this morning about FOPL’s and our partners’ strategies for Ontario public libraries on the CLA national statistics morning session. Here are the  expanded version of my slides. Cla ottawa montreal june 2 2016 from Stephen Abram It was sad to attend CLA’s last conference but we’re hopeful that FCLA will continue the good work....