Shawn L. Bird

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poem- little steps January 28, 2019

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 7:43 pm
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Great dreams.

Big hopes.

Massive endeavours.

Long journeys.

All large things

take little steps.

Bit by bit

bite by bite

step by step.

War and Peace

started with one word

on the page.

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

began with one note.









poem-moving on July 28, 2014

Filed under: Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 3:35 pm
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One project sent;

another moves

into priority position.

A circle of

unending creative


crafting worlds

from nothing but


and time.




I sent my latest YA title, While I Was Out off to the editor this morning at 6 a.m.  Later this week we’ll meet to discuss it, and hopefully by the end of the summer it’ll be off to my agent. 

Now I’m back to selecting pieces for my poetry collections which I also hope to be sending off to publishers by the end of the month.  

As well, I need to pull together the last workshop I’m presenting at When Words Collide.


query-Whatcha workin’ on? March 10, 2014

Filed under: Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:29 pm
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I seem to get this question a lot, so I thought I’d fill you in on the current Works In Progress.

1.  the blog.  Every day there’s a little something written just for you here, usually a poem.

2. my agent is currently pitching a YA novella about a teen boy called Kieran and his pregnant sister.  While I’m not doing anything with this, people are always asking what’s happening with this book, since it took me a long time to finish!

3. a companion novella about Kieran is completely drafted and ‘resting’

4. a companion novella about a friend of Kieran’s is completely drafted and ‘resting’

5. Book 3 in the Grace Awakening series is completely drafted, but is in need in revision.  It is ‘resting’ pending fresh eyes.

6. Book 4 in the Grace Awakening series is mostly drafted, but is in need of revision.  It is ‘resting’ as well.

7. I am actively working on a 40k word YA novel about date rape and cyber-bullying.

8. I have outlined a short YA novel about a drama class.

9. Grace Beguiling is sitting in the background ‘brewing.’  This is a prequel about one of Ben and Grace’s past lives together.

10. A novel about Finnish migrants in the Shuswap is also ‘brewing.

11. I have entered a couple of short story contests the last while.  Usually I just write something a couple of days before deadline, and hope for the best.  I don’t usually win these things, so that’s probably a sign I need to take a different tact! lol

An explanation of terms:

Brewing means I’m thinking about it.  I have some ideas and they come and go.  Sometimes it means I write out a scene or research something.  Very little is on paper in the brewing stage.

Outlining means I’ve planned out the bones of the whole story.  This strategy is new to me, and I’m not sure that I like it.  I find it spoils some of the fun of writing when I know what’s going to happen! On the other hand, I’m hoping there will be fewer scenes I need to cut because they don’t really fit, nor a need to re-work scenes to make them fit better.  Knowing the theme and being able to articulate each characters goals does keep things consistent and the writing focused.

Actively working means I’m writing a first draft, in the case of the current WIP, I’m following an very thorough outline.  (See outlining, above)

Draft means a completed  first (or possibly second, third, or fourth) version of a novel.  They’re always subject to massive amounts of revision.  Some people actively write one piece while they’re revising another piece (like Terry Brooks, who writes a new work in the morning and revises the last work in the afternoon).  I don’t.

Resting means the piece is finished, but on hiatus.  Or at least that I’m done with it for now.  Sometimes my wonderful editor has given me a list of revisions or challenging questions that I’m not quite ready to face.  If I’m too close in time to a project, it’s a little harder to see it critically, so I give it time while I work on something else.  When I come back to it, her  questions make perfect sense, and guide me to solutions.  Also, it can mean I wrote the draft, and my agent knows about it, and she’ll see if anyone is interested in it, and if so, I’ll polish it up.

And that’s what I’m up to these days!  (When I’m not reading or working at my day job, of course).


birthday invocation February 22, 2012

Filed under: Rotary,Rotary invocations — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:55 pm
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February 23rd is the birthday of Rotary. Paul Harris, was 37 when he gathered some professional connections and they formed the world’s first service club in Chicago in 1905.

Service is action in support of others.  A small action can make a difference.  It isn’t about glamour; it’s about need.  A toilet is a rather basic thing, but  the simple addition of  public toilets in down town Chicago in 1907 surely offered  the blissful relief of basic urgencies for many a person!

Let us remember that service is about meeting the  needs of others, and that when we serve those needs, we can provide blissful relief at the most basic level.  Let us be thankful we have the means and ability to change lives with our most simple service.

© Shawn Bird 2012.  Free use within Rotary.  Please credit Shawn’s authorship, and leave a message in the Comment area below explaining when and where you used her words.  Thanks!

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