Wednesday, November 4, 2020

#IWSG - November - To snack or not to snack! That is today's musing.

 

 

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.



The awesome co-hosts for the November 4 posting of the IWSG are Jemi Fraser, Kim Lajevardi, L.G Keltner, Tyrean Martinson, and Rachna Chhabria!

November 4 optional question - Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write? 

 

I totally stole this blog post from my other blog post on the IWSG site! Sorry for the repetition, but there was no way I was coming up with two topics today!!

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It's my turn to post on the main blog and I'm late! I even have my calendar set to send me a reminder and I still managed to screw it up!

But...I'm here now and I'd like to talk about something that's really important to writers...

 Snacks

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There are a few types of writers.

Those that eat snacks while they write.

Those that don't eat snacks while they write.

How to Write an Awesome Recipe (Plus a Healthy Snack for Freelance Writers)  - WriterAccess

Those that eat snacks as a reward system.

Those that eat snacks when they can't write. 

Those that forget to eat all together.


 What type am I? All of the above. Except that last one. I don't think I've ever forgotten to eat. :)

If you're wondering why beverages were left out of this post, its only because beverages are imperative to writers.

So, do you have a writer snack type? What's a favorite snack? Do you need a snack intervention?

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The next #IWSGPit will be in January 20, 2021
8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time


Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 20, 2021, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch - it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents. 

Go HERE for more info and the rules!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

#IWSG - October is here whether we're ready or not. :)

 The Insecure Writer’s Support Group 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.





October 7 optional question - When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if latter two, what does that look like?

  The awesome co-hosts for the October 7 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pett, Beth Camp, Beverly Stowe McClure, and Gwen Gardner!

 
 
Hello and Happy October!
Like so many of you, I'm not writing / publishing / marketing anything. The current country/world situation(s) dominates every moment of our day. It's hard to focus. It's hard to write. It's hard to find the zone. It's hard to do anything. 
 
For the month of September, I joined a free accountability challenge, with about 300 writers, run by a professional editor. (By the end of the month there were less than 100 writers.) It was a really great way to kick-start my writing again.

The challenge began by choosing a goal and then you would be accountable to yourself, a small group of writers in the same boat as you, and the editor.

My goal was to work on a new genre for the first half of the month and if I didn't like where that was going I would switch and work on my original Rock 'n Roll Romance MS.
 
The new genre was a bust, so I'm working on my old MS. It's a good story, just poorly written. It's a very slow process, and I have to take some time between edits to decompress, but I'm determined to get this stupid thing re-written.
 
I must remind myself that I'm an author and I need to get back to doing what I love to do, even if it makes me drink booze and eat chocolate!
 
I hope you guys are doing what you love! And staying safe. And wearing a mask.
 
And now...for the funnies...
 






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The next #IWSGPit will be in January 20, 2021
8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
 

Friday, September 11, 2020

We mourn them and then we honor them. Donate blood and join the bone marrow registry.

The US is having a hard time.

Feeling helpless?

Feeling like you need to contribute in some way?

I've said it before and I will say it again and again and again. You can save lives.

How?

Donate blood. Blood banks are in desperate need of donations all over the country.

Wild fires up and down the West Coast, large storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes all around the country, oh, and don't forget the ongoing pandemic, equals a shortage of life-saving blood products at your local blood bank.

Find a blood drive in your area by reaching out to these groups.

Red Cross

New York Blood Center

and the NYBC Family


If you personally can't donate, you can still help. Share blood drive events near you on social media OR host a blood drive of your own at a local school or church. 

AND

Join the Bone Marrow Registry!!

Today marks the 19th year since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
 

Our community still feels the pain of that day and the health repercussions continue to take our heroes.


"The FDNY added the names of 27 department members who died of illnesses related to their work in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center to the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall in a closed ceremony at FDNY Headquarters Wednesday. Those 27 former New York City firefighters died of 9/11-related illnesses in the past year, bringing the total number of firefighters killed after the World Trade Center attacks to 227. That's in addition to the 343 FDNY members killed on September 11, 2001."


As First Responders suffer from September 11th related illnesses, many of them with blood cancers, they will most likely need a bone marrow transplant.

Normally, they're the ones saving lives, but this time it could be one of us saving them.
Join the bone marrow registry.

This website, Be The Match, will tell you everything you need to know about joining the registry and WHERE to find a drive near you.



I hope my blog friends living in any of the fire and storm areas are all okay.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

#IWSG - August? September? What month is this?

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.


The awesome co-hosts today are PJ Colando, J Lenni Dorner, Deniz Bevan, Kim Lajevardi, Natalie Aguirre, and Louise - Fundy Blue!


September 2 optional question - If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why? 

Hello nice people!
I totally missed my post for August, and I'm running late for September, but I'm here!

I joined a free accountability challenge, with a professional editor, for the month of September to hopefully get back on track, focus, and get some writing accomplished.

I'm hoping to write some new words for 1/2 the month and if it's not going anywhere, to work on my old MS that needs a complete re-write for the rest of the month. We shall see.

School starts next week for the kids here in NY. Let's all take a moment to hope that kids, teachers, staff, and parents will all stay safe no matter what school they go to.

And now...for some funnies... Stay safe out there!





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The newsletter also lists new books by members, so contact us if you have a new book out.


Writers and authors, join us for #IWSGPit on January 20, 2021.

It will be here sooner than you think!

Polish those pitches and check the #IWSGPit rules.
 
Multiple authors have signed with publishers and agents as a result – it could be you!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

#IWSG - JULY - Book sale and Anthology Contest!!

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic.

The awesome co-hosts today are Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox!

July 1 optional question - There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?







Well, howdee-howdoo!
Happy July 1st, for those of you who stopped looking at the calendar.
I hope you're all staying safe.
I hope you're reading.
I hope you're writing.
I hope you're taking good care of yourselves as you also take care of others.
I hope you're fighting the good fight.
I hope you're indulging in chocolate.

Smashwords is having their 12th Annual Summer/Winter Sale! All 3 of my EBOOKS, Already Home-One Good Catch-And Then You Fall, are half-off for the month of July!








The IWSG Anthology Contest is open!

Guidelines and rules:
Word count: 4500-6000
Genre: Science Fiction
Theme: Dark Matter
Submissions accepted: May 6 - September 2, 2020
How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your full contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.
Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.
Our judges: Dan Koboldt, Lynda R. Young, Colleen Oefelein, Damien Larkin, Ion Newcombe, Julie Gwinn, and David Powers King.