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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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(no subject) [Jun. 23rd, 2016|05:06 pm]
Reading legislative debates is actually fun - so many snarky comments that the politicians probably never thought would be in print for decades. It probably helps that the debates took place forty years ago about a matter I don't care about. I'm kind of tempted to borrow one of the volumes - I think it's allowed - and just read through it. Might prove to be an inspiration for a book.
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11. Reasons Given for Moving to Canada [Jun. 22nd, 2016|09:21 am]
Note: I know no one is moving to Canada, and some of these are jokes, but I think the reasons, even the jokes, are revealing. Most of these are from Americans.

1. If Trump becomes president.
2. If Hillary becomes president. If they like Trump, in theory right-wing, but don't like Hillary, in theory left-wing, why would they move to a place even farther to the left?
3. To escape socialism.
4. To escape same-sex marriage.
5. To escape the separation of church and state.
6. To escape immigrants. Yes, that they would be immigrants themselves evades their notice.
7. To escape shootings. Unfortunately, we have shootings. In fact, we have the most or close to the most shootings of the other countries you see on charts that are meant to show only how many more shootings take place in the US than anyone else. That's because we have the highest or close to the highest rates of gun ownership among those other countries. Quite the coincidence, eh?
8. To escape heat and humidity. Want to visit my place, in which it gets so humid the fridge freaks out, acting as a humidifier and leaking because of it?
9. Legal marijuana. It hasn't been made legal yet, possibly just a broken promise, possibly because it's covered under an international agreement to outlaw drugs and we haven't figured out how to get out of that.
10. If Britain votes to leave the EU. (British person, obviously.)
11. If Britain votes to remain in the EU.
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This Week [Jun. 18th, 2016|01:14 pm]
If we start on Sunday, we can say I did a lot of revisions on The Easy Expedition this week. I found a new cafe to haunt. Not to eat anything, but I like their cafe mochas, and the place doesn't get too crowded.

I met with an acquaintance to design a presentation about elder mediation. We gave a presentation last October, but that had been a half-day presentation and the organizer wants a full day this year. I enjoy doing the presentations, but I hate trying to market them.

I got the critique on my dissertation from my supervising professor. It needs a lot of work but he found the basic argument sound, and that was the part I was worrying about. Unfortunately I've reached the point, after having revised it so many times already, that I want to set it on fire rather than ever look at it again, as I do with so many of my books. He also referred me to a source I should have found but didn't, and that was embarrassing. He is the second professor to tell me to look for the debates from the legislative assemblies in the 1920s and 1930s, and having wasted an enormous amount of time looking for something that doesn't exist with the first professor, I was able to surprise him by saying, "There are none." I'm not sure he believed me. It reminds me of my articling days, working in that horrible toxic law firm with lawyers ignorant about certain resources who refused to acknowledge, apparently even to themselves, that they're ignorant about these resources, and sending us on wild goose chases. Anyway, he said to make it clear in the dissertation that these things don't exist. Ok. Also, what does exist are lists saying this bill was passed and that bill was sent to second reading, etc, so I will throw those in there, so they know I looked. I'm to cite every single source I looked at, even if I didn't actually use its content. I had left out sources that just repeated stuff said in other sources, but no, that's what See also in the footnotes is for. So I have to go through the pile and cite it all, which is a waste of time as far as I'm concerned. The issue is that if someone on the panel knows about the subject - which they won't, because almost no one talks about it - they may ask why I didn't use such and such article, and I guess "Because it's old and more recent articles have said the same thing" isn't good enough as an answer.

On Wednesday I went to a new friend's place for a BBQ. She bought a grill despite never having used one before. On the first visit I brought the meat and she asked me how it should be cooked, and I had to tell her I didn't know as I had never BBQed (is that a word?) anything either. Between calling her son and surfing online, we figured out how to cook the meat without ruining it - tasted quite good, actually - and since then have tried different meats and haven't killed ourselves yet. This time I brought gelato, and that was bad, because it was really good gelato that I brought from a shop around the corner from where I live, and I now have another source of temptation I must resist. We then saw Now You See Me 2. It's really silly in places, and severely lacking in logic, but I found it a lot of fun, and I'm going to look for the first movie.

Yesterday I volunteered to act as a coach for students performing mediation role plays. Some students acted as mediators, the others the various parties. I just sat in the room and watched, and if things were getting too tough they stopped and asked me for suggestions, then at the end I gave them a critique about what they did well and what they needed to work on. The second group was a tough room, the parties really giving the mediators a hard time, and I was impressed at the ability of the mediators to stay calm and keep things on track.

The role plays were weird. Apparently they were based on situations the professor had encountered, but they were way too complex for students with only six hours of training. In one case, one of the parties had a cousin who was a paralegal from California and his role was to give the party bad advice about what she could expect if the case went to court, given that he didn't know what the law was in Ontario. If I were a mediator in that situation, I would have had a conversation just with the cousin and the party he was assisting to quiz him on Ontario law and make it clear to the party that he wasn't a good asset for legal advice. "You can choose to bring who you wish for support, but I am concerned that you might be receiving advice that isn't relevant to our jurisdiction," or something like that.

Anyway, it all took a form of intense concentration that I'm not used to, over several hours, and I was brain dead by the end of it. It was also extremely hot yesterday. I walked to the centre, the rooms were stuffy - the poor kids had been told to dress in business casual, while the coaches weren't given any indication of what to wear, and so we all wore clothes appropriate for the heat - walked back intending to get groceries on the way home, forgot about the groceries until I got home, and went back out to get them. I haven't gotten an air conditioner yet, so I spent the evening trying not to melt.

And all of this resulting in me being dead tired and useless today. I'll try to get my act together tomorrow.
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a bad movie - spoilers, obviously [Jun. 9th, 2016|08:30 pm]
As in Bingley is introduced with two sisters and then his married sister never shows up again bad. Darcy is kind of bland, though with a kick-ass black leather coat. The person I was watching it with hadn't read Pride and Prejudice and had trouble keeping track of the characters, which is understandable given that most of the female characters look alike and no one really has a chance to establish any characteristics. I knew who Mary was because she wore glasses, and Kitty existed but I don't think her name was used. I'm not sure whether Lydia voluntarily went with Wickham or was kidnapped by him, as Darcy rescues Lydia from a cage. (For some reason, the fact that Wickham is a lieutenant is cause for disdain from other characters, but I have no idea why.) Characters show up for a moment then disappear for half an hour before popping in again. Everything is very rushed.

Anyone who loved the book would probably want to tear their hair out, as the characters in the movie don't much act like the characters in the book, even accounting for the zombie killing. Elizabeth is infuriated to the point of needing to leave the house to cool off when she overhears Darcy say she wasn't handsome enough to tempt him, rather than just annoyed. Mr. Bennet is much more involved with his kids, though that involvement was making sure they got the best training in killing zombies. Taking thirty years off Lady Catherine De Bourgh and making her the finest swordswoman/person in England is actually less jarring than her quick acceptance of Elizabeth as a suitable wife for Darcy and her choice to take the Bennets in to protect them from the new zombie uprising. And a few times they took memorable lines from one character and gave them to another.

But it was a hell of a lot of fun. There were some funny bits. I don't usually care about fight scenes but there were some good ones, including one between Elizabeth and Darcy during his first proposal. Mr. Collins is played by one of the actors who played Dr. Who and who gave the creepiest spin on the character that I have ever seen. There were some gorgeous costumes, especially Lady Catherine's. The actor who played Bingley was beautiful, though, unfortunately, Bingley was played as annoyingly dumb. He's not stupid, people, he's just not as quick-witted as Darcy.

While I wouldn't go so far as to recommend it, I did enjoy it. Time well wasted.
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(no subject) [Jun. 4th, 2016|04:39 pm]
I went to two different cafes today in order to get some serious work done on The Easy Expedition. I got through a mere fifty pages because I'm still finding so much to revise, despite the book having been through editing, twice. I don't know why I'm having so much trouble this one. This was supposed to be just a typo check, not revisions. They aren't significant changes, I'm not rearranging scenes - much - but I'm finding situations where there is a lack of description of physical surroundings and body language. Those have always been weaknesses of mine, I'm just catching more of it in this book than earlier books. I'm never going to get this thing done. I refuse to start another project until I do. Which means I'm going to have to reread Scribe in Shadows before I go back to work on Scribe Rising, because I've forgotten too much about Scribe in Shadows to write a good sequel. I hate reading my own books.

I bought a skirt for the first time in maybe a decade. I don't like skirts or dresses as I don't usually find them comfortable, but we once more skipped spring and went straight from winter into summer. This summer is going to be hotter than last year - what global warming? - and I'm thinking wearing something loose will be more comfortable than capris. It's light but not see-through cotton and tie-dye and sold by a local merchant.

I am also going to have to arrange from some air conditioning. When I moved in last September, it was still so hot and humid that the fridge was acting like a de-humidifier and leaking so badly I need to use towels to sop up the water in the trap, which ruined the towels. I'm not going to exist through four months of that. I can't work that way, and I'm worried about the health of my new printer. Yes, it gets that humid.
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I'm Free! [Jun. 1st, 2016|11:19 am]
At least for a little while. The supervising professor wanted a draft by June 1 and I got it to him at 5:49 on May 31. I have no idea when he'll get it back to me - kind of familiar to writing books - but for the next couple of weeks I don't have to feel itchy when I'm not doing dissertation-related work. By 5:49 I'd had piles of documents all over the floor - English history articles here, Canadian there, American somewhere else, and start all over for statutes and case law - and as soon as I hit send I gathered them up and dumped them on the shelves. Then I scrubbed down the kitchen, which I had been letting slide. Because apparently that's who I am now. I finish a big project and instead going "Ahhhh! I should treat myself," I clean.

I didn't try to straighten out the formatting, just warned the professor it was wonky. I'll make attempts in the next draft.

A day or two of doing nothing and then I'll get back to The Easy Expedition.
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(no subject) [May. 30th, 2016|03:11 pm]
I would really love to know how I managed to screw up the formatting of my dissertation so badly. I was happily moving along, Times New Roman size 12 as always, and then suddenly size 12 became really tiny, and if I want it to look like the rest of the document, I have to shift it up to size 18, which then screws up the line spacing. I've tried to find out how to fix it online but how do you make a search term out of all that? And it's affected about twenty pages. If I have to retype the whole damn thing to fix this, I'll lose my mind.
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(no subject) [May. 28th, 2016|08:04 pm]
I got an A on my advanced research assignment, which I can ethically - I double-checked - cut and paste into my dissertation. The bit about England was done in February. Between the Canadian and English content, I still didn't have enough to make the minimum word count for my dissertation, so I threw in the States, because I was already aware of some of it and I can get direct access to American statutes and journal articles through the university's legal databases. (America, your use of filial responsibility laws is completely whacked. Sorry, but it's true.) By taking one little extra step, I saved myself from being totally wrong about something. Probably no one would have ever known, I don't imagine my professor knows anything about poverty laws in colonial America, but I'm still glad I caught it. I have been so productive recently that I will have a decent draft for my supervising professor to review before the deadline. That might mean I can visit my parents while my globe-trotting aunt is visiting them. While it's too hot for me, I'm still enjoying my walks because the trees are in full leaf, there are lovely blossoms with beautiful scents about, and I love this city.

To celebrate all of this, I bought a bottle of sparkling wine. Can you tell? Also some apple cinnamon "muffins" from the local bakery, which sells them only on Saturdays. I put "muffins" in quotes because no one even pretends they're healthy and if they had icing they'd be called cupcakes. I discovered the bakery sells Mennonite sausage, which smells like the most amazing bacon ever. I'm tempted to buy some, except the portions are way too big for me.

While my professor has my dissertation, I am going to try to spend every minute working on The Easy Expedition. It's way past time that thing was done.
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