Wednesday, July 06, 2016

IWSG Wednesday July - How Does Your Garden Grow?

Late again. Vacations in the summer sure mess with my  schedules! At least I got it in on the right day this month! I spent all day today working in my daughter's and son-in-law's yard. Over our almost three week stay here in Ohio, I've been planting items she bought but never got to, things I bought for her, and cleaning up a bit of the stuff already growing. Writing a bit, yes, but I have found a wonderful and fulfilling feeling while working these past few weeks in their yard.

I love to garden almost more than I love to write. But since we decided to put our house on the market I have done basically nothing in my yard. Why should I invest more into it when I'm (hopefully!) going to leave it to someone else soon? So this sense of peace I have found while gardening, I have enjoyed to the fullest. I love the grubby way my gloves feel, my dirty feet, the sense of accomplishment I am experiencing. This is the feeling I crave and love when I write as well, and though I have been doing a bit of writing, nothing like what I usually do has been done and I have felt like I've let myself down. Until I get in the yard. Then everything goes away, just like it does when I'm writing. When I write I am also creating, cleaning up and planting new things while taking care of what is already there.

Writing and gardening. To me they go hand in hand in feeding my soul...

A happy flower from my daughter's Ohio garden!
 I hope you have something to do that you enjoy and, that feeds your soul as well. Happy July!

JULY 6 QUESTION: What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?
The best thing someone has ever said about my writing is that they couldn't put the book down!
The awesome co-hosts for the July 6 posting of the IWSG are Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martinson, Madeline Mora-Summonte , LK Hill, Rachna Chhabria, and JA Scott! 
Twitter hashtag is #IWSG 

Monday, June 06, 2016

First Wednesday June IWSG Better Late Than Never

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 I missed my First Wednesday monthly post! First time in I don’t know how long. My life is in flux. So I guess that means my posting must be too, a bit. Not totally, but a bit. Right now I feel I am sitting on a precipice looking out over all the possibilities my future might hold, or not. It isn’t a bad feeling, but not a great one either. Change is inevitable in any life. How I choose to deal with it is what matters. I want to dive in, drink it in, take it by the cahones and really indulge in living whatever comes next. This takes bravery. This takes courage.
I seek a new path and that is scary for me but have learned to do it anyway. Years ago I went on a year-long adventure to Europe. I was 21 and traveled alone. When I returned I didn’t talk much about the trip with anyone, due to feeling embarrassed because I’d been so scared most of the time I was gone. My mother, wise woman that she is, pulled me aside and asked, “What does it matter how scared you were? You did the trip didn’t you? Did anyone else you know go with you when you asked? Did anyone else do what you did? Why are you not proud of that accomplishment? Not everyone can or will do what you did.”
I remember crying when I heard her words. Why did I dismiss what I had accomplished with such embarrassment? To this day it is hard for me to give myself “credit” for what I do, so I have learned to push through. To measure myself by what I do, not how afraid I am of doing it.
So here I go. Wish me luck!

IWSG 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
Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

The awesome co-hosts for the June 1 posting of the IWSG are Murees Dupe, Alexia Chamberlynn, Chemist Ken, and Heather Gardner!  

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

My Once-A-Month Post and IWSG for May

So spring has done it's thing and now we're heading into summer. Flowers are blooming, new green is still present and I am bone tired. I feel like a limp dishrag, as my grandmother used to say. I am particularly in-inspired but have made myself get back to writing at lease a little bit each day. For that I am grateful. And in spite of my fatigue my post is full of fun stuff this month, just to boost your moral of course! Our house is on the market and you are welcome to "tour" it if you'd like...


After six months or more of preparation and getting rid of 50% of our belongings, I am ready to not be in "house" mode. I wanted to mention that I'm trying out Scrivener to finish my WIP and so far, with help from friends and how-to videos I am making good progress. It's a different mind set, but so far so good. I wanted to ask if any of you writers out there have done or do use Scrivener? What do you think of it? Does it work with the way you think?

So far these are the only issues I have...
Can't find a synonym finder.
Can't "find and replace" in a WHOLE document, not just the chapter. Well, I haven't figured out if you can or not.
And I didn't realize how to set up the dictionary so now I only have English but no French.

Other than that I hope you are all, writers or not, enjoying the "calmer" weather, life, and whatever it is in life that makes you feel the best. I will leave you with a poem from Victor Hugo...
Victor Hugo

La vie est une fleur dont l'amour est le miel...
Life is a flower of which love is the honey...

And since I have a sweet tooth, this suits me fine!

The awesome co-hosts for the May edition of the IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Fundy Blue, MJ Fifield, Loni Townsend, Bish Denham, Susan Gourley, and Stephanie Faris!
Please visit and thank them!

And Last but not Least...

Parallels: Felix Was Here
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Enter the realm of parallel universes!

What if the government tried to create the perfect utopia? Could a society linked to a supercomputer survive on its own? Do our reflections control secret lives on the other side of the mirror? Can one moment split a person’s world forever?

Exploring the fantastic, ten authors offer incredible visions and captivating tales of diverse reality. Featuring the talents of L. G. Keltner, Crystal Collier, Hart Johnson, Cherie Reich, Sandra Cox, Yolanda Renee, Melanie Schulz, Sylvia Ney, Michael Abayomi, and Tamara Narayan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will expand your imagination and twist the tropes of science fiction. Step through the portal and enter another dimension!

Release date: May 3, 2016
$14.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 218 pages, Freedom Fox Press
Science Fiction/General ( FIC028000) and Fiction/Alternative History (FIC040000)
Print ISBN 978-1-939844-19-4 eBook ISBN 978-1-939844-20-0
Order through Ingram, Follett Library Resources, or from the publisher
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

“Pensive and manifold views into parallel earth not without a glimmer of hope.”
- Edi’s Book Lighthouse

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, two Facebook groups, and a monthly newsletter.


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