Wednesday, April 7, 2021

#IWSG - April - Writing? It's complicated. Frosting? Always. and a few memes!!

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.


April 7 optional question - Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?


The awesome co-hosts for the April 7 posting of the IWSG are PK Hrezo, Pat Garcia, SE White, Lisa Buie Collard, and Diane Burton! 

Hello! Happy April!

Happy Spring!

Happy 'NO MORE SNOW'!! (*crosses fingers*)

I don't have much going on currently with the writing. I've tried numerous times to work on my rock 'n' roll story, but I'm just not feeling it. I just don't connect with these characters like I used to.

It could be that the editing is killing the story, but it needs so much work. It's the first story I ever wrote, and it's BAAAAAAADDDDD.

I do wonder if I have the character's motivations all wrong. I might need to change something fundamental, and that's scary, too.

Otherwise, just working and reading and watching all the Marvel movies/shows that I can!!

I also enjoy the baking competition shows. Mostly the ones that are Spring baking or Halloween/Holiday baking. Anything with frosting, I get sucked right in.

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Coming May 4, 2021!!



Dark Matter: Artificial

An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Discover dark matter’s secrets…

What is an AI’s true role? Will bumbling siblings find their way home from deep space? Dark matter is judging us—are we worthy of existence? Would you step through a portal into another reality? Can the discoverer of dark matter uncover its secrets?

Ten authors explore dark matter, unraveling its secrets and revealing its mysterious nature. Featuring the talents of Stephanie Espinoza Villamor, C.D. Gallant-King, Tara Tyler, Mark Alpert, Olga Godim, Steph Wolmarans, Charles Kowalski, Kim Mannix, Elizabeth Mueller, and Deniz Bevan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a journey across time and space. Prepare for ignition! 

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 The next IWSG Anthology announcement is coming soon and it's VERY EXCITING!! Stay tuned! 

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Stolen from M.J. Fifield!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

#IWSG - March - Where I cheat with memes and a link to my real blog post!

 

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!

March 3 optional question - Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

The awesome co-hosts for the March 3 posting of the IWSG are Sarah - The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose! 
 
 
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Hello awesome people!
 
I've written a thing over at the IWSG webpage today about the Top 5 Reasons To Keep Writing Even When You Don't ... Feel It
 
So, over here, I'm just gonna cheat with funny writer memes!
 
Happy Wednesday!
 





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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

#IWSG - February - Got friends??

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 February 3 posting of the IWSG are Louise - Fundy Blue , Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon!

February 3 optional question - Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?



I have the bestest friends ever in the blogging community!!

I don't know what I'd do without you!!

You guys are always there to support me and each other.

We have a great time during all our events.

One day I'll be able to thank some of you in person.

Of course, I'd have to leave the house for that to happen.

But, miracles do happen, right? : )

Peace, love, and be safe out there!!! 

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Dark Matter: Artificial
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology


Discover dark matter’s secrets…

What is an AI’s true role? Will bumbling siblings find their way home from deep space? Dark matter is judging us—are we worthy of existence? Would you step through a portal into another reality? Can the discoverer of dark matter uncover its secrets?

Ten authors explore dark matter, unraveling its secrets and revealing its mysterious nature. Featuring the talents of Stephanie Espinoza Villamor, C.D. Gallant-King, Tara Tyler, Mark Alpert, Olga Godim, Steph Wolmarans, Charles Kowalski, Kim Mannix, Elizabeth Mueller, and Deniz Bevan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a journey across time and space. Prepare for ignition!

Release date: May 4, 2021
Print ISBN 9781939844828 $14.95
EBook ISBN 9781939844835 $4.99

 ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS TBD PILE HERE!!!

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Many thanks to those who make the IWSG a great community for writers! And, many thanks to those who notice! 


We made the list again! Please check out the full list HERE!


 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

#IWSG - January 2021 - The winners!! - Dark Matter: Artificial.

 

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 link above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. We 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 January 6 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren , J Lenni Dorner, Gwen Gardner Sandra Cox, and Louise - Fundy Blue!


Want to know more about the IWSG?  
Operation Awesome recommends it and has a post up about it this week. Check it out!
 
We need co-hosts for the next few months! If you can help February, March, April, or May send Alex an email.

January 6 optional question - Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?

2021 so far for books ...
Book 1. DNF - stopped reading when a perfectly nice female MC was torn, but professional, about the way her boss made her apply for a promotion she wanted and when she didn't get it she turned into a crazed trash-talking psycho. If it had been one of those 'take this job and shove it' moments, I would have kept reading. But don't make the lead character a nutbar in chapter 2.
I'm out!
Book 2. DNF - stopped reading when the female MC mentions that the guy she works with, who will be the love interest in the book, has 'humped and dumped' at least fifty women in the 3 years that she's worked with him. That she know about. Yeah.
I'm out!
 
And now....
 
IWSG Anthology winners!!!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Dark Matter IWSG Anthology Contest:
Stephanie Espinoza Villamor - a librarian writer mom who lives with her husband and young son just outside Las Vegas.
CD Gallant-King - a loving husband and proud father of two wonderful little kids, C.D. was born and raised in Newfoundland and currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.
Kim Mannix - a fiction writer, poet and journalist currently residing on Treaty 6 territory in Sherwood Park, Alberta.
Steph Wolmarans - an educator, mother, wife, beekeeper, and speculative fiction author.
Tara Tyler - Tara Tyler is a math teacher who writes to share her passion for reading with others.
Deniz Bevan - a firm believer in burning the candle at both ends, she is generally writing a new novel while editing another, and blogging about her reading and research adventures—and sharing travel photos—weekly on her blog
Charles Kowalski - his thrillers for adults have won the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Colorado Gold Award and been nominated for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award and the Adventure Writers Grandmaster Award.
Olga Godim - a writer and journalist from Vancouver, Canada.
Elizabeth Mueller - an award-winning author, Elizabeth lives in Texas with her husband, five lively children, five indoor kitties, a few outdoor kitties, seventeen chickens, and a horse named Hazel.
Mark Alpert - a contributing editor at Scientific American and the internationally bestselling author of ten novels.


As Stephanie’s story was the official judge’s top pick, her story is now in the title.



Dark Matter: Artificial
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Discover dark matter’s secrets…

What is an AI’s true role? Will bumbling siblings find their way home from deep space? Dark matter is judging us—are we worthy of existence? Would you step through a portal into another reality? Can the discoverer of dark matter uncover its secrets?

Ten authors explore dark matter, unraveling its secrets and revealing its mysterious nature. Featuring the talents of Stephanie Espinoza Villamor, C.D. Gallant-King, Tara Tyler, Mark Alpert, Olga Godim, Steph Wolmarans, Charles Kowalski, Kim Mannix, Elizabeth Mueller, and Deniz Bevan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a journey across time and space. Prepare for ignition!

Release date: May 4, 2021
Print ISBN 9781939844828 $14.95
EBook ISBN 9781939844835 $4.99
Science Fiction: Collections & Anthologies (FIC028040) / Space Exploration (FIC028130) / Genetic Engineering (FIC028110)


Big thanks to the official judges:
Dan Koboldt
Julie Gwinn
Damien Larkin
Ion Newcombe
Colleen Oefelein
Lynda R. Young
David Powers King



And don’t forget, the IWSG Twitter pitch event, #IWSGPit, happens January 20!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020, stick a fork in it! - All of my ebooks are 99 cents!!

I want to say Happy New Year.

I want to say things will be better in 2021.

I want to say that there is hope at the end of the Covid tunnel.

Until everyone in this country understands that we all need to help each other, that we're all vulnerable, that we all want to get our lives back, nothing is going to change.

Please. Be safe. Take care of yourself, your family, your friends, and your neighbors.

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All 3 of my ebooks are for sale on Amazon and Smashwords for 99 cents each!!


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