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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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

First Wednesday IWSG and Hello April!

Oh no I'm late. This is my state of life in April! But whenever I start to throw a pity party I remember this sage, and factual, phrase...

"There is always someone who has it worse than you, and better than you, someone uglier than you, someone prettier than you, someone you envy and someone you pity."

This is my motto. Helps me pull myself together, helps me become much more productive.
Think on it, then get out there and, as the Eagles sing, "Do something."

This has been a post for the IWSG, the Insecure Writer's Support Group, which can be found at IWSG and on Facebook at IWSG-FB. Please visit and leave comments on the other blogs participating (of which many will get hundreds of comments, while others will only get a few...)

Good luck to all those participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge this month!

A huge thank you to our co-hosts this month,  Megan Morgan, Chris Votey, Viola Fury, Christine Rains, Madeline Mora-Summonte, L.G. Keltner, Rachna Chhabria, and Patricia Lynne!

Have a great first Wednesday of April!
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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Moving...and the IWSG First Wednesday in March


Welcome once again to First Wednesday and the IWSG post of the month! Please take a moment to visit and thank each of our co-hosts Lauren Hennessy, Lisa Buie-Collard, Lidy, Christine Rains, and Mary Aalgaard! along with all the other participants!

About today; I hate moving. My husband and I have spent the last three weeks “boxing up” our house, going through EVERYTHING, getting rid of some things, throwing others away and keeping some, so that we can downsize, so that we can not own a house anymore, so that we can move on to the next stage in our lives. We don’t know what that stage will be yet, but we are excited/happy/scared about this new adventure we have embarked upon.
All this going through belongings doesn't mean I've forgotten my current work in progress, that I’m not working on, except in my head. In fact, I miss writing every day, yet I find this character-who is supposed to be a “secondary”-is now a constant presence every night before I go to sleep. As his story progresses, I’m more and more intrigued with what he is telling/teaching me about himself. I think the “cleaning out/emptying” of my home/house is helping my muse, clearing out the clutter so I can finally see/hear him. So though I am very tired most of the time right now, and we are not by any means done, my darling muse is busy in my head while my hands are busy in my life.  I still hate moving and all that that entails, but I am happy my muse/story seems to be profiting from this (re)arrangement... 

Everything off the walls we want to keep, yikes!

My mom behind a wall of boxes scrounged from Dollar Store recycle bins!

More boxes of stuff we want to keep.
Everything (from downstairs!) we are getting rid of!!!! Wow! How did we collect so much stuff??!!

Our rooms might be emptying, but not my head...

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

February IWSG - Do You Believe In Coincidences?

Welcome every one to the February IWSG! Our awesome co-hosts for today are Allison Gammons, Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar, Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend!. Please visit and thank them!

My post this month is different from the usual because I need to share this, write about it, mull over it, and, it is in keeping with our theme of growing as writers and being there for each other.

I've started reading a book called The Alchemist. I'm sure many of you have read it. Why do I say that? Because...
It "started" with a call from my mother telling me I needed to read this book, she raved about it. She was very sure I would love it. So, I ordered it from Amazon in paper back and when I got it I saw I'd gotten the 25th Anniversary edition (PB), and that his name seemed familiar to me. I began to read the foreward, written by the author, Paulo Coelho, whose name kept stirring something in my brain, and within minutes sat up straight and gasped, literally.

Now, on Facebook I sometimes follow people I don't know if I like what they post. For the last two years, or maybe more, I have followed a man named Paulo Coelho because his words speak to my heart, his silent photos speak imagery, emotion. I have "followed" Paulo Coelho because I liked his Facebook presence and when I signed on to Instagram last year, I followed him there too.

So, holding The Alchemist in my hand, I grab my phone, look up Paulo Coelho on FB and yes, they are the same person, AND the very first photo he posted yesterday (when I began reading his book) was the 25th anniversary edition of The Alchemist. (On the NYTBS list for over SEVEN YEARS) I have followed the man for 2 years online. I never made the connection between him and his most famous body of work. I don't know how that happened but it feels mystical to me.

Reading this novel now I see how blind I was to this "omen." I wasn't ready yet to know this story. I am obviously ready now. If you want an experience, as a writer and a reader, that you won't forget, The Alchemist is a must read. Paulo Coelho hears the many languages of the World and speaks to your heart. He has been helping me for two years without even knowing it, to find my Personal Legend.

This post is too long. I apologize for that. But now my eyes and my heart are seeing/hearing new lessons and I had to share them with you.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

If You Love Zombie Stories....

 Calling zombie lovers everywhere!!

"For me, zombie stories are never about the killing. They're about the survivors and how people deal with the apocalypse. To this undead end, David Powers King has come up with the most original spin on zombies I've ever read." 
                                                                              - Michael Offutt, author of Slipstream and Oculus

I am so please to be able to announce to everyone the newest release of my friend David King Powers' The Undead Road, a zombie novel unlike any other. I hope you take advantage of the contest and the special deal running .99 cents for this week!

Nothing brings the family together like a zombie apocalypse …

The Undead Road: My Zombie Summer: Part One
Cover by Steven Novak
Edited by Reece Hanzon
Fifteen-year-old Jeremy Barnes would rather watch a zombie movie than shoot a real one, but he has no choice if his family wants to survive the end of the world. Their plan? Drive across the infected United States to a cabin in the Colorado Rockies without a scratch, but their trip takes a complicated detour in the middle of Nebraska when they find Kaylynn, a girl who can handle a baseball bat better than Jeremy can hold a .45 Berretta. And when they stumble into a sanctuary, Jeremy soon learns that Kaylynn is stronger than she looks—a deadly secret lies inside her.

After the radio picks up a distress call from Kansas City about a possible cure, Jeremy’s parents go with a team to investigate. They never return. The only way to find their parents is for Jeremy and his sister Jewel to rely on a dangerous girl who might just turn on them at any moment.

Look at The Undead Road's Amazon standing 
before it even came out!

There is a contest! Don't miss it!

Visit and leave and comment and/or tweet about The Undead Road (at least once) for a chance to win a free ebook. One out of every 10 comments and tweets is a winner! Use the Twitter Button below to ensure the author will see your tweet. Thank you!

Blog tour hosts: In case you want to see the other blogs hosting this amazing book!

Alex Cavanaugh         Jan 25th
Donna Hole                 Jan 25th
Chemist Ken               Jan 26th
Elana Johnson             Jan 26th
Nick Wilford               Jan 26th
Susan Gourley             Jan 27th
Tara Tyler                    Jan 27th
Kristin Smith               Jan 27th
Lidy Wilks                  Jan 28th
Elizabeth Seckman      Jan 28th
M.J. Fifield                 Jan 29th
Michael de Gesu         Jan 29th

About the Author:

David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to be a writer. He is the co-author of the YA fantasy novel WOVEN, published by Scholastic. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He currently lives deep in the mountain West with his wife and three children.