Wednesday, August 7, 2019

#IWSG - August - Lots of great IWSG news & our new member!!

 
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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day.
 
August 7 optional question - Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you'd forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming? 
 
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Sorry for the late post! The day got away from me! No personal news to share today, but there is plenty of IWSG news! Read on!!
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The 2019 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest is open for submissions!

Guidelines and rules:

Word count: 3500-5000

 

Genre: Middle Grade Historical – Adventure/Fantasy

Theme: Voyagers

Submissions accepted: May 1 - September 4, 2019 

Need some clarification on the genre?
Middle grade – suitable for 9 – 14 year-old children.
Historical – it must have historical aspects and be set in a time before 2000 or earlier. It just needs to be set in the past. Adventure/fantasy – the subgenre can be either adventure OR fantasy. The fantasy genre is acceptable as there are many ancient cultures and times that believed in supernatural occurrences.






The next #IWSGPit  will be January 15, 2020
8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time




So much depends upon a red wheel barrow....so begins the famous poem by William Carlos William -  the inspiration behind this prompt. Which can be taken in myriad directions. It can be purely a prop. A part of the setting in a garden? A construction site? A factory? What depends upon it? 

It can be used to carry away debris from a broken home. Or bricks for a new one. Maybe a skeleton, or a heist. Anything is possible. Will it turn out dependable or feckless? That's the question ... and you get to decide!





Please welcome Juneta Key to the IWSG admin team.


Juneta Key writes SPECULATIVE FICTION, and loves fantasy and all its subgenres, the paranormal, mythological and space opera. In 2019, she entered into a partnership with another Indie author as co-owner of Stormdance Publications, to create fun, quality themed anthologies, especially about grumpy old gods. She’s one of seven founders of the Storytime Quarterly Blog Hop founded in 2015. 

Also let's give a round of thanks to the awesome co-hosts for this month's posting. Renee Scattergood, Sadira Stone, Jacqui Murray, Tamara Narayan, and LG Keltner!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tara Tyler is here to talk about binge-watching and her new release Windy Hollow!

I love having friends join me on my blog, especially author friends that bring great news! Like another book to read.
Please, join me in welcoming Tara Tyler today!


  Thanks for having me over, Heather! Heather was one of my first blog friends. She drew me in with her hilarious voice and no-holding-back honesty. Ever since, we've been there for each other. Some day I'll meet her IRL!

Now on to my post...

Do you BINGE?
To binge used to be a bad thing. Probably still is (too much of a good thing and all), but binge-watching TV is just too easy. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Youtube, and now AppleTV, and many more coming are giving us TV OVERLOAD! Too many choices and all at once.

I admit, I've done my share of binge-watching (don't laugh at my list!):
  • I started with Netflix - Sherlock (twice), the Flash, the Arrow, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Riverdale.
When I caught up with all those, I moved on to my DVR...
  • House, Perry Mason (I spent some time with my parents and got hooked!), and more recently Big Little Lies.
I've also binge-watched Movie series: Marvel, Pirates of the Caribbean, Matrix, and HP. We watch the faves over and over...

Most of the Netflix shows were by recommendations from my son. They know no shame of binge-watching! Speaking of, together we binge-watched GOT before the last, pitiful, season. And all my sons binge on Friends, the Office, How I Met Your Mother, and Walking Dead.

The bad thing is, after binging on a great series, the rest of the thousand TV shows seem lame--There's nothing on TV! We don't even have Netflix anymore.

So, what makes a show binge-worthy? (This holds true in writing too. It IS writing!)
  • the Characters - they have to be surprising and worth rooting for, even the not-nice characters-- which I find are the most fun to write because they do things most people wouldn't.
  • the Interactions - secrets, deception, misunderstandings, assumptions, contradictions, suspense--these are the best scenes! Am I right?
  • the Plot - this matters the least. Though some prefer one genre or another, the plot doesn't matter in a TV show because if it runs long enough, the goal is never attained... Look at How I Met Your Mother--wasn't really about anything. And the ultimate show about nothing, Seinfeld. Mic dropped.
In this hyper-instant-gratification age with TV literally in the palm of everyone's hands, it's super hard to keep a show going. Many promising shows get cancelled after one or two seasons, especially on the webTV channels. I think Netflix is dumb putting an entire season up at once. Binge-watching a new show doesn't give the public a chance to talk about it, create some buzz and new interest, or build up anticipation for the next show in a week... I think that's one of the many reasons GOT became so immensely popular. Back in the Day (sounds better than Back in My Day!) we used to have weekly parties to watch Melrose Place. A Binge-watching party would take an entire weekend!

BTW, in case you didn't know, I also write screenplays. My start-at-the-surface style lends itself to shortening stories into script format... So I wrote a sitcom pilot for a show called EMPTY NESTERS. It's about a couple who sends their third child to college, but the older two end up coming back with major issues. It's quite hilarious, based on my own and some friends' experiences, and there's an endless supply of stories! I entered it in a contest, but never heard anything--shocker. So if you see a show like that, let me know. It's been happening to me a lot lately! (I'm also working on turning Christine Rains's 13th FLOOR stories into a TV script... such an awesome series!)

Next show I want to try: GOOD OMENS (on Amazon Prime) based on the book by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett. Heard it's great and I bet it is, the book was hilarious! I'd like to hear more "based on the book!"

Do you binge-watch anything? Yea or Nay for binge-watching? Ever write a script?

I know Heather has a few shows she binge-watches... I love her Maguire's Corner series, I recommend you binge-read it if you haven't yet. Thanks for helping me out, Heather!

Of course I think Beast World is binge-read worthy. And a quick set to read at that!

WINDY HOLLOW
Beast World MG Fantasy Series, book #3
by Tara Tyler
Available NOW!

This summer, Gabe and his friends fly over the Great Sea for the wedding of the century: a dragon prince and a beautiful harpy. But Gabe can't relax on this vacation. Besides competing in rigorous wedding events, he overhears the nearby human village WINDY HOLLOW is in danger from an evil human scientist and a vengeful were-ogre experimenting on beasts. Gabe and his friends risk crossing the mountains to help, despite several warnings. 

Maybe he's going too far this time, but he's in too deep to quit. It's do or die, hopefully not die!



Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over the US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her husband and one boy left in the nest. She has two series, Pop Travel (sci-fi detective thrillers) and Beast World (fantasy adventures), plus her UnPrincess novella series where the maidens save themselves. She's a commended blogger, contributed to several anthologies, and to fit in all these projects, she economizes her time, aka the Lazy Housewife—someday she might write a book on that... Make every day an adventure!

twitter: @taratylertalks
Instagram: taratylertalks
newsletter: tara tyler news

Don't forget to enter the giveaway!


Thank you, Tara!
My son and I just binged watched Season 3 of Stranger Things in two days! Okay, it was only 8 episodes, but it was great! I highly recommend the show.

Thanks for the visit, everyone!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

#IWSG - July - FB Funnies & IWSG info!


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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day.  
 
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

July 3 optional question: What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?

The awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Natalie Aguirre, Jennifer Lane, MJ Fifield, Lisa Buie-Collard, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor! 
 
 
It's summer. I don't know about you, but I get even less writing done at this time of year due to The Teen (FKA The BOY) being home from school. He has completed Middle School and heads to High School this September. No, I don't know when that happened, either.

 
He's cute an'all, but he can drive you right crazy if you let him. :)

I'm just going to share some Facebook funnies in the hopes I make you laugh today! For US folks...have a great 4th of July.






 
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Interested in our next Twitter event? Use this LINK to get more information!


The next #IWSGPit  will be in January 15, 2020
8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

 
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Our annual anthology contest is now open! Use this LINK to find all the details!

The 2019 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest is now open for submissions!

Guidelines and rules:

Word count: 3500-5000

Genre: Middle Grade Historical – Adventure/Fantasy

Theme: Voyagers

Submissions accepted: May 1 - September 4, 2019  

Need some clarification on the genre?
Middle grade – suitable for 9 – 14 year-old children.
Historical – it must have historical aspects and be set in a time before 2000 or earlier. It just needs to be set in the past.
Adventure/fantasy – the subgenre can be either adventure OR fantasy. The fantasy genre is acceptable as there are many ancient cultures and times that believed in supernatural occurrences.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

New book release from Tara Tyler - Windy Hollow is here!!!

Honored to share my friend Tara Tyler's new book, Windy Hollow! 


Tara had a long journey to get this book published!

WINDY HOLLOW
Beast World MG Fantasy Series, book #3
by Tara Tyler
Available NOW!

In BROKEN BRANCH FALLS, Gabe and his friends go on a quest to save their school, blowing up all the rules, and discover their origins.

Then they go to CRADLE ROCK and meet some real live humans, scaring them into attack mode. The Beasts realize they have to spread the truth ASAP.

Now, school's out, and Gabe is ready for a break from all the drama...

Gabe and his friends fly over the Great Sea for the wedding of the century: a dragon prince and a beautiful harpy. But Gabe can't relax on this vacation. Besides competing in rigorous wedding events, he overhears the nearby human village WINDY HOLLOW is in danger from an evil human scientist and a vengeful were-ogre experimenting on beasts. Gabe and his friends risk crossing the mountains to help, despite several warnings. 

Maybe he's going too far this time, but he's in too deep to quit. It's do or die, hopefully not die!


Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over the US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her husband and one boy left in the nest. She has two series, Pop Travel (sci-fi detective thrillers) and Beast World (fantasy adventures), plus her UnPrincess novella series where the maidens save themselves. She's a commended blogger, contributed to several anthologies, and to fit in all these projects, she economizes her time, aka the Lazy Housewife—someday she might write a book on that... Make every day an adventure!

twitter: @taratylertalks
Instagram: taratylertalks

newsletter: tara tyler news

Check out the WINDY HOLLOW Release Blog Tour schedule:

6/20 - Heather Holden - How does she Create such Awesome Art?
6/22 - Ellen Jacobson - Interview
6/24 - Patricia Lynne - Keeping Magic Alive
6/26 - MJ Fifield - Fantasy World-Building
6/30 - SA Larsen - Special Newsletter & a Vlog?!
7/1 - Tara's IWSG post with updates and a Special Guest!
7/3 - Alex J. Cavanaugh - IWSG Day - Fantasy Movies
7/4 - Tonja Drecker - Kids in Books
7/8 - Christine Rains - Levels of Romance
7/10 - Heather M. Gardner - Binge Watching TV
7/15 - Tyrean Martinson - Hiking!
7/17 - Julie Flanders - Gotta Have Friends

And of course, there's a giveaway!
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

#IWSG - June - Of course I'm Insecure and #IWSG news!!!


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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

June 5 optional question: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?

The awesome co-hosts for the June 5 posting of the IWSG are Diane Burton, Kim Lajevardi, Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes, and Madeline Mora-Summonte! 
 
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 Hi. My name is Heather and I'm an insecure writer.
Image result for insecureI'm trying my best to get published again. As most of you know, that's not easy. Too many rejections makes you just want to hit delete on everything and it feels just awful.

But...it also must mean that something I'm doing isn't working, so to make myself even more insecure, I put my first three chapters of my new book up on the blog for feedback.

If you're interested in reading them, you can head over HERE.
 
I know I can self-publish, and if I had the funds for an editor, and to get new covers, I probably would. There's still a part of me that wants an actual publisher, even if I'll never get into a big one.
 
But first, I need to get over this speed bump.
 
Make sure you read all the way to the bottom for all the #IWSG news!!
 
Also...if you have a second, one of our blog friends, Tara Tyler, is going through a rough patch and could use an ear and some support.
 
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IWSG Anthology Contest

Don’t forget the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Annual Anthology Contest is open and taking submissions!
Genre is middle grade historical – adventure/ fantasy and the theme is voyagers.
See the site for full details.

#IWSGPit

Mark your calendars! The annual #IWSGPit Twitter pitch party is set for January 15, 2020.




IWSG Instagram

The IWSG Instagram prompts for June are:


WEP

The WEP challenge for this month is open!
Theme – Caged Bird.
Up to 1000 words.
There are also some changes regarding signing up, voting, and prizes, so be sure to visit the WEP site for details.