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[sticky post] (no subject) [Nov. 17th, 2012|11:33 am]

JUNE 17, 2015. New writing website at moirajmoorewriter.com


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Alcina Noatak had grown up knowing she would one day be the High Scribe of Gydnerth, but that day was not supposed to arrive so soon. Responsible for drafting the laws that rule her country, Alcina must navigate intrigue and danger no one could have expected her to anticipate, and one wrong move could blow apart not just her life, but the lives of everyone around her.

Available through smashwords, which can accommodate any e-reader and provide pdf downloads, here https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/586346 and through amazon. I'm providing the US link, but you can get it at any Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Scribe-Shadows-Book-1-ebook/dp/B016V14S6I/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1445342152&sr=8-2&keywords=scribe+in+shadows

Chapter One online: http://moiraj.livejournal.com/391110.html

Chapter Two online: http://moiraj.livejournal.com/391300.html


Catherine is a happy novelist, but a little strapped for cash, so the six-week job at computer software company Create and Conquer is a welcome chance to make some extra money. She meets the CEO, Lance MacCallan, on her very first day. He’s gorgeous, rich, admired by all around him, and a total bully.

But it’s not the attacks on her competence or the threats to fire her that have Catherine rattled. No, it’s when the CEO starts trying to convince her to go out with him that things get really unpleasant.

Available through Smashwords. The book can be downloaded to a variety of e-readers, including kindle, and can be downloaded as a pdf to your computer. $2.99 US. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/537568

Available through Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/CEO-Can-Drop-Dead-Romance-ebook/dp/B00WIV6GE8/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1429882909&sr=1-3&keywords=moira+moore

A portion of the author’s royalties is donated to organisations working with survivors of abuse. Currently, the organisation is the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres. Please follow the link to see the kind of work they do. http://www.sexualassaultsupport.ca/

Shield Dunleavy Mallorough and Source Shintaro Karish have lived in Flown Raven for five years, protecting its residents from natural disasters and enjoying the lack of interference from both the council of the Triple S and the Emperor. When they are unexpectedly summoned to Shidonee’s Gap by the council, Lee and Taro learn that while they have been living at their isolated post, there have been a lot of changes in the world, changes that will drag them into unimaginable duties and unprecedented danger.

E-versions are available through Smashwords and can be downloaded to a variety of e-readers, including kindle, apple i-pad, personal computers, i-phone, sony, kobo, android, and others. If you don't have an e-reader, you can download it as a pdf file. You have the option of getting it for free or paying if you want. If you choose to pay, you can pick any amount you want. It's here:


You can get it on Amazon for anywhere from 80 cents to 99 cents, depending on the day and time. This is the amazon link:


The list of short stories in the Triple S world is here: http://moiraj.livejournal.com/128007.html
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Heroes Short Story Master List [Oct. 22nd, 2020|10:56 am]

I've put most of the stories in a single pdf document. If you'd like a copy, send me an email at moirajmoore@yahoo.com


I'm organizing the stories according to the timeline of the world, not in order of my writing them. The link to the most recently added story with be in bold.


A bit about the world’s history taken out of book one

Matching from Taro’s point of view

Tiny little snippet taken out of book one

Taro, early book one

Taro, early book one

Taro, between book two and three

Taro, book three

Aryne: First Day at the Source Academy (during end of book three)

Aryne: Second Day at the Academy (during the end of book three)

Aryne: Five Weeks at the Academy (during end of book three)

Taro: Early in book five

Triple S council, meeting, near the end of book five

Lee, shortly after book six

Letters to Lee and a story from Tarce's POV, between books six and seven

New One-Off Characters, between books six and seven

New One-Off Characters, between books six and seven (other new characters

Lee, immediately after book six THIS STORY IS NO LONGER CANON COMPLIANT

Willa Newscomb, Lady Green, shortly after book six.

Decisions Part 1, Lee's POV, shortly after book six

Decisions Part 2, Taro's POV, shortly after book six

Letter from Mika to Lee about two years after book six

Roshni Radia, Wind Watcher, 3 years after book six

Another Dinner From Hell - scene cut from Heroes' Reward, Lee's POV
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Trinity Western University Update [Jul. 26th, 2016|03:20 pm]

I am disappointed to report that the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has upheld the earlier court decision denying the N.S. Barristers' Society the right to withhold accreditation from Trinity Western University's future law school, should it ever build one. That's not too surprising, since appeal courts are more likely to uphold than reverse the decisions of the courts of first instance, but it's no less heartbreaking for being predictable.

What was unpredictable, at least to me, was the rather baffling approach the Court of Appeal took to the debate. First, the judges seem to be under the impression that the barristers' society was applying the N.S. human rights code to the school, which is in B.C. If the society were doing that, it would, of course, be wrong. The law society doesn't have the right to enforce any human rights code on anything, and certainly not on anything in another province. The society hasn't claimed they were doing that and hasn't sought to do that. Their argument, to my recollection, has always been that they could not accredit the law school because it would mean they, the law society, would be violating N.S. human rights code, which they are bound by law to honour. By supporting a form of discrimination that is banned under the N.S. human rights code - accrediting a school is an action on the part of the society, not inaction, such as just refusing to get involved - the N.S. Barristers' Society would be violating the code. In my opinion, the court completely twisted around the society's argument in order to be able to dismiss it.

In addition, the judges flat out refused to consider the Charter issues. My jaw literally dropped when I read that. Absolutely everyone, pro and anti-accreditation, has argued about the clash between religious freedom and the right to equal treatment. It's basically the core of the whole argument. But, "We do not comment on the Charter issues." WTF?

Here's a link to the court decision. Warning: Court of Appeal decisions tend to be a boring read unless you're really interested in the subject. http://www.courts.ns.ca/Decisions_Of_Courts/documents/2016nsca59.pdf
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(no subject) [Jul. 24th, 2016|05:35 pm]
I had a terrible night of sleep last night and really didn't want to go to the second day of the convention today. I went only because I had signed up to a workshop with limited seating, and it wouldn't be right to have reserved a seat and then fail to show up, so armed with coffee and a muffin full of sugar, I stumbled down the few blocks to the library and showed up late, but then so did everyone else.

It was a good workshop, and it gave me ideas about describing settings in a more dynamic way. We had an exercise in which we were to pick one picture of a person from Humans of New York and then write a description starting with "When I got back home ..." and describe the home environment. I am always terrible at such exercises because I simply can't do things that quickly. I'm a planner, not a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer. So first I have to pick someone and give them a character, occupation, family, whatever, then think about what kind of home environment they might have, then write the scene. So all I had were some notes, not a proper description. I think such exercises are valuable, I just have great difficulty with them because I can't just start writing without planning.

One of the other attendants and I explained steampunk to a third attendant, who was very dismissive of it. Why not just read history? Uh, because Victorian England is more fun with cars and flying machines?

The second workshop I went to was about writing romance novels. One of the things suggested was that if you're going to shift POVs, the POV should be of the character that has the most to lose in that scene, which is an interesting concept that I will play with in a later book. It was also said that the male character must give up his goal if he wants to keep the female character, which is an idea I hate. I can't remember that from the romances I read, but that was twenty years ago, so maybe things have changed. I don't like having one person being forced to give up something important to them to be worthy of someone else. I guess that has something to do with the female characters "fixing" the male character, which is something else I always hate. It's one thing to be influenced by others, but why does that have to be "fixing" someone?

There was also a discussion about describing events with more senses than just sight, which is a fine idea and something I'm bad at, but the problem was that one of the presenters read a passage from one of her books, and after a few lines I was left thinking, "Oh, great. A rape scene." Now it was just a short passage, with no intercourse involved and nothing about the setting, so maybe some LSD had unexpectedly been thrown into the female character's face and she thought she could fly and was about to jump off the roof, and that was why the male character was restraining her, and maybe they were hiding from a bad guy, and that was why the male character was ordering her to shut up, but for some reason, I don't think so. Just the sort of stuff that prompted me to write The CEO Can Drop Dead.

While yesterday's romance panel had involved a great deal of discussion about LGBTQ characters in romance, and same-sex romances, today's workshop, which involved different panelists, was very heteronormative. I don't know if I'm using that word correctly. It was all about heterosexual couples and very traditional gender roles. Yesterday, one of the questions was why so many female writers chose to write m/m romances, and they were saying part of the appeal was escaping the gendered roles, though how well that is done was a subject of debate.

I enjoyed the event overall and gained some useful tips. I don't know what the organizers thought about the numbers, but I hope they were high enough that they hold another convention next year.
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(no subject) [Jul. 23rd, 2016|06:28 pm]
I really enjoyed the first day of the genre book conference. It started off with a tiny hiccup, as the badge I was given indicated that I was entitled to entrance for only today instead of both days. Fortunately, I had brought my paypal receipt. Why did I bring my receipt with me? Because this sort of thing always happens to me, and not only in situations where the issue is easily solved. Sometimes I wonder if there is a paperwork deity and what I did to tick it off.

The first panel I attended was about the fantasy genre in general, and included Tanya Huff, who is funny, and another writer, Violette Malan, who impressed me with her comments so I bought one of her books in the dealers' room. The second I attended was about mystery novels, and there was a really obnoxious woman on the panel. She dominated the panel and shut people down when they disagreed with her.

Which involves a follow-up story. One of the discussions in the mystery panel was about the fact that it's much harder for Canadian writers to get their published through American publishers - remembering that the Canadian industry is pretty hostile to genre fiction - if the story takes place in a Canadian setting. This is something I've heard. One writer said she thought that was changing. The obnoxious one cut her off. The other one pointed out two books written by the same writer which took place in Canada and had done very well. The obnoxious one said, "Oh, well, you can mention an exception to the rules." This was after yet another panelist had said, "Yes, they wanted to change my marijuana dealer from Ontario to a meth dealer in Kentucky but I stuck to my guns." And I was thinking of all the books Tanya Huff set in Canada.

I went to the dealers' room to buy one of Huff's books, and mentioned this conversation, and she quickly said, no, there wasn't that problem. And she pointed to the writer who had a table next to hers and said that she set some of her books in Canadian locations as well. Then I said, "I was thinking about your books, but the tone was getting testy so I didn't say anything."

Then I noticed the table on the other side of Tanya Huff. Guess who was sitting there? The obnoxious one. And she was staring at me, because of course she heard me. Ooops. I bought Tanya's book and left.

The panel on traditional vs indie published was crammed into a tiny room that was painfully hot, given that today was nearly as miserable as yesterday and all those bodies crammed into a little room overpowered any AC. While the writers weren't pushing traditional vs indie, there was no argument or hostility, they did paint a pretty grim picture of how traditional publishers work now. They said Penguin Random House publishing recently fired 23 editors from their mystery department alone, and that everything from editing to marketing isn't what it used to be.

There were surprisingly few attendants for the romance panel, and that panel was the most fun. The subject was about upcoming trends, and what was always pretty constant. The first is step-brother romances (sorry, but the thought of that squicks) and the second is shapeshifters. The shapeshifter hedgehog was a new one for me, though. While I don't tend to read romance anymore, one of the speakers impressed me and I wanted to buy one of her books, but she didn't have a table in the dealers' room.

The last panel I attended was about LGBTQ characters in fantasy, and what was the most interesting to me was that one of the panelists wasn't a writer at all, but an academic who studied LGBTQ representation in the media, and disability representation in the media, and had also done work on slash fiction. I'm going to see if I can find any of his work.
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(no subject) [Jul. 21st, 2016|11:30 am]
I'm so excited about the book convention this weekend. Tanya Huff will be there, and I have been a long-time admirer of hers. I liked her version of vampires. I like the fact that the vampire was blatantly, unmistakably bisexual. I was not yet, at that time, bored of the romantic triangle subplot. As a Canadian writer, she based her stories in real Canadian places, which is rare and also a pleasure.

I've never heard of any of the writers, but I would be happy to find new writers to follow.

There are also some workshops, including one on creating the setting, which is something I could really benefit from.

It's small beer compared to the kinds of conventions bigger cities get, but, as I wrote long ago, I'm all about supporting conventions that celebrate books I like to read instead of "literature" and depressing nonfiction. Canada's book industry is very small and snobbish, which means fun books are not allowed, with a few exceptions. Aside from a couple of very early books, Huff's books are published through American companies. As were mine, because Canadian publishers were disinterested.
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(no subject) [Jul. 16th, 2016|04:46 pm]
Today I discovered one of the downsides of living in a tourist town where stuff happens. Everywhere is crowded. Everywhere. My favourite cafe was packed. No striding about easily on the sidewalks. Also a lot of smokers. I saw more smokers in a few hours today than I've seen in the past year.

The draw was some kind of motorcycle rally, which included some stunts involving ramps. They were parked in rows in a park and the owners were there to answer questions. I've always liked the look of motorcycles and once thought of getting one. Then someone I knew had three accidents in three months, so I decided against that. The bikes have certainly gotten more sophisticated in the years since my dad had one. (He wasn't the one who had all of the accidents.) I was hoping for some old ones, something from WWII would have been great, but they were all shiny and new.

I'm thinking of letting my hair go grey. Because of my dad's DNA, I got my first grey hair when I was 13 and starting going seriously grey in my twenties. I am soooo sick of dyeing it, and I have to fairly frequently as my hair grows very quickly. As I get older, I get less comfortable with pouring all those chemicals on my scalp. Given grey is a fashionable colour right now, I was thinking I could get my hair dyed grey and then let the real grey grow out without looking too freakish. Unfortunately, the person I consulted at the hair salon said that wouldn't work with my hair. It would turn out yellowish instead of grey. She proposed I just let it grow without dyeing my hair and cut it frequently.

I'm not at all into looking stylish, and I've currently got noticeable grey roots because I've just lost patience and I'm not interacting with people much, but it will take months for the grey to grow long enough and there's a big difference between not stylish and slob. I don't think I would get away with that look in a professional setting. I'm not sure what I'm going to do, because I can't dye it this colour forever.
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(no subject) [Jul. 14th, 2016|09:15 pm]
I handed in my revised dissertation at two o'clock today. I followed some but not all of the advice from the professor, so we'll see what he thinks of that. Then I went grocery shopping, because I really haven't left my apartment except when I really had to for over a week, and then did my laundry, because I'm a wild and crazy woman.

This is my first summer without an air conditioner, and it is highly unpleasant. My windows can't accommodate a unit. I have two powerful fans and a dehumidifier, so I'm not suicidal, but I feel filthy and exhausted all the time. I want to go to my favourite cafe to work on my book, but the tables aren't large enough to accommodate my laptop along with my notes. I could go to one of the libraries, but I've never felt comfortable working in libraries.

I may end up at Starbucks. I can already feel my soul shriveling.
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(no subject) [Jul. 11th, 2016|08:58 pm]
Dear Readers: I have decided to start selling Heroes' Reward for $4.99, starting at the end of July. By that point, I will have been offering the book for free for five years. I don't expect this to result in an increase of royalties, but I think it's time.
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(no subject) [Jul. 6th, 2016|03:34 pm]
I signed up for two conventions today. One is a "genre" book convention, which means we'll get to talk about fantasy and sci-fi and romance instead of whatever they're calling literature these days. That will be fun. The other is about taking action against sexual violence and that's going to be horrifying and infuriating and depressing. I will have the fridge stocked with liquor and comfort food for that one.
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