Wednesday, September 7, 2016

IWSG: September News and Question



It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: 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 and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh

Our hashtag is @IWSG

The awesome co-hosts today are:







Announcing the 2016 IWSG Anthology Contest!

Eligibility: Any member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is encouraged to enter – blogging or Facebook member. The story must be previously unpublished. Entry is free.

Word count: 5000-6000

Genre: Fantasy

Theme: Hero Lost. It could be about a hero turned villain, a villain's redemption, a hero's lack of confidence, a hero's lack of smarts, etc. It can be about any kind of hero including superheroes, mythological heroes, unexpected or unlikely heroes, or a whole new kind of hero. This theme has plenty of scope and we’re open to pretty much anything along these lines. No erotica, R-rated language, or graphic violence.

Deadline: November 1st 2016

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted, previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details and if you are part of the Blogging or Facebook IWSG group.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.

Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title.

We’re excited to see the creativity and enthusiasm that’s such a part of this group put into action. So don your creative caps and start writing. And spread the word!

Our amazing judges this year:

Elizabeth S. Craig writes cozy mystery series for Penguin Random House, Midnight Ink, and independently. She curates links on Twitter as @elizabethscraig that are later shared in the free search engine WritersKB.com.

Richard Harland finished his first novel in 1993 and resigned a university lectureship to become a full-time writer. With seventeen fantasy, SF and horror novels published since, he went international with his steampunk fantasies, Worldshaker, Liberator and Song of the Slums. He has won six Aurealis Awards and the A. Bertram Chandler Award in Australia, the Tam Tam Je Bouquine Award in France. Writing Tips

Laura Maisano has an MA in Technical writing and is a Senior Editor at Anaiah Press for their YA/NA Christian Fiction. She’s excited to release her debut YA Urban Fantasy SCHISM, and she’s finishing up the sequel UNITY.

Russell C. Connor has been writing horror since the age of 5, and has been in the self-publishing industry for a decade. He has published 8 novels and 4 novellas in both paperback and eBook, including the Box Office of Terror Trilogy and "Whitney," an epic horror novel about hurricane survivors fighting a washed-ashore sea monster. He also designs books for clients and assists them with self-publishing endeavors.

Dawn Frederick is the founder of Red Sofa Literary, previously of Sebastian Literary Agency, and she brings a broad knowledge of the book business to the table—with multiple years of experience as a bookseller in the independent, chain, and specialty stores; sales, marketing, & book development at a YA publisher, a published nonfiction author, and an agent associate literary agent at Sebastian Literary Agency.

Michelle L. Johnson is a literary agent, the founder of Inklings Literary Agency and has a business administration background in addition to a lifetime of working with books (sales, editing, and writing) and authors (marketing, promoting, event planning), and also has been a script/story consultant for an independent film.

Ion Newcombe is the editor and publisher of AntipodeanSF, Australia's longest running online speculative fiction magazine, regularly issued since January 1998. His qualifications and employment range from horticulture through electronics into literature and communications.

Author, Public Speaker, and Executive Producer, Lynn Tincher was born just outside of Louisville, Kentucky in the beautiful city of La Grange. She has written four books, with the fifth one currently in the making. Her first book, Afterthoughts was optioned for movie production by Kilted Pictures and Dancing Forward Productions in Los Angeles. It is currently in pre-production with plans to shoot in Louisville, Kentucky very soon.



September’s question of the month - How do you find the time to write in your busy day? 

Not so well. ..

Honestly, the past few months have been a nightmare. I put my back out. I started getting horrible toothaches accompanied by earaches, to the point I had to apply ice followed by hot compresses. July and half of August were spent trying to revive my Macbook Pro. He hung in there as long as he could, but 2 weeks ago he finally succumb to his ailments and died. I'm now running my 2008 iMac, which is also on its last legs. It keeps kicking me out of the window I'm working in for no reason. I'll be adding a comment to someone's blog, working on a ms, or creating a post when suddenly the screen jumps to the previous one, obliterating what I've written. Two times while I was going over the final draft for Mâtowak, MS Word froze, and I lost all my edits, and had to start over. 

As of today, I'm almost ready for my book tour and finished the final edits on Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries. Mâtowak is due for release the same day as the deadline for the anthology contest, which is also my granddaughter's 3rd birthday. The plan was that once the house sold, I'd be in New Brunswick for her birthday with my spanking new iMac. 

We nearly had the house sold August 2nd. The buyers had a reality check the morning they were going to put in an offer, and backed out. Living on a lake in the middle of nowhere is a lifestyle that must be considered thoroughly. They realized at the last moment that they weren't ready. (sniffles) 

What else? 

Oh, that toothache turned into an abscess, and I had an emergency root canal done last week. For 48 hours, it felt as if a mac-truck had slammed into my mouth. 

But none of that matters. Today is a new day, and I'm excited about the endless possibilities. I'm pain-free, wearing a back brace, and there's a new book on the horizon. (happy tears)  I'll get back to writing soon, I'm sure.

How about you?




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  1. Yeowch (is that a real sound), you're going through a rough patch, but excitement and satisfaction awaits with the new release (plus the root canal is OVER now). I bet you'll come up with a great story for this competition too.

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    1. I actually had a dream last night where I was a male in a Fantasy story. LOL. Weird, eh? Hi Keith. Thanks.

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  2. Yes, you will. You have been challenged but you're going to win. So hang in there. So sorry to hear about the retreat from the buyers of your home. Not everyone can deal with the peacefulness of nature and I hope your iMac holds out.
    I use the iMac and MacBook Pro, and I know how precious such tools are.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

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  3. Dang. You have had a lot to deal with! I'm sorry you've been in pain and having troubles with your devices. I hope all of that changes soon. Good luck with Matowak! And the release day is certainly going to be a busy day for you with all that's going on. I hope you enjoy it and don't overwork yourself.

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  4. Sorry about the root canal! And the dying computers. Glad you almost have everything in place for your book and tour though.
    Hope you get another offer on your house soon.

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  5. Your tooth situation sounds mighty familiar. Last Jan I developed constant jaw and earaches. I thought it was an inner-ear infection and self-prescribed pain meds and antibiotics. It came and went till March when it became a tooth abscess. My dentist said it was one of the worst he'd ever seen. Took 2 weeks on antibiotics till he could even do the root canal! I finally figured out that I've been clenching my jaw in my sleep due to stress. I've seriously mellowed out and don't let myself get overanxious anymore. I'm so sorry about your computer problems. I hope you find the money to buy a new one soon.

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    1. I'm on antibiotics now. My dentist gave me a root canal only to save the tooth. But he wasn't/isn't sure it will work. I'm using Wheatgrass, Lexa. It's proving effective. Thanks, eh!

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  6. You sound like you've had a rough few months, no wonder you can't get my writing in! I hope everything gets better for you soon!

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  7. Dang, rough time. Glad it is better and you are on your way back up. That computer stuff can really stress ya, mainly because it is such an important part of our worlds and expensive to replace, not something you can always just hop to and do. Glad stuff is getting better. Congrats on releasing new book too.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  8. You, my dear, have had enough! I'm sending you some soothing green tea and lavender candles. So sorry read about all that's been going on, but hope you're on that other side of pain and looking at some relaxing and healthy time ahead.

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    1. Thanks, Lee. I'm drinking wheatgrass tea, too.

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  9. Yikes! An abscess. Those can be the worst. *hugs*

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  10. You poor thing! I'm glad your pain is gone, but whew! What a summer. Regarding the computer issues, have you considered writing in Google Docs? I used to be a Word woman myself until it started playing up and losing my edits. Now I do it all in "the cloud". Just a thought! :)

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    1. I'm going to check Google Docs out, Carrie. Thanks for the head's up.

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  11. That is one rough set of craziness. I'm thinking you're due for some calm waters. Best of luck on the release.

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  12. My life is not as exciting as yours. I did have my laptop die recently and now am saving and using my desktop. Lucky for me it works fine thanks to my son upgrading it in January. No laptop in my near future though.

    Good luck with the release. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. I know what you mean. Computers are way too expensive. It's really a shame. Thanks for visiting, Anna.

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  13. Yowza. I'm not sure which would be more painful: the aching back and tooth, or the persnickety computer acting up and eating your work. It's a toss-up.

    Congrats on the new book coming out, though. That'll cure whatever ails ya. :)

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  14. The emergency room visit sounds horrible.

    All I can say is save often. I'm paranoid about losing stuff and will save every 5-10 minutes and back up 2-3 times a day with my external hard drive. You're almost done though.

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    1. I am now done! But you're right, I need to backup often. Hi Diane.

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  15. I'm glad you're not in pain anymore! Technology woes are the worst.

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  16. Wow, Joylene, it sounds like you've had a lot on lately! I'm super impressed you're ready for your book tour, finished your edits AND have a book release soon, with all that going on! I'm so pleased that you're not in pain anymore. Technology is the worst sometimes - maybe this is an excuse to splash out on a brand new writing machine ;)? Wishing you the very best of luck with the house sale - your house sounds perfect to me, I'd buy it in a flash!

    Rachel x
    September IWSG co-host

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    1. Thanks, Rachel. Wish your wish could come true.

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  17. I'm not sure why Murphy's Law says that problems always have to happen at the same time. You've had more than your share, so I sure hope things start looking up soon.

    One good word: I've just finished reading Mâtowak -- and it's terrific! :)

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that, Carol. Thanks for letting me know. Made my day.

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  18. Oh my gosh. I'm so sorry. You've had a rough time lately. Everything really has hit you all at once. Let's hope and pray that this is it. I mean, c'mon already! I hope the house sells soon and things settle down soon. I'm sending positive vibes your way!

    Elsie
    co-host IWSG

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  19. Yikes, that's an awful lot to deal with. I hope everything resolved well and you're feeling better now. Take care.

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  20. Trouble always seem to come in clusters. Hope you are sorting it all out now. And Wow! a new book release. Congrats! Don't start marketing till the next day cause you have enough going on that day! Warm thoughts and hugs sent to you from Michigan.

    JQ Rose

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  21. I feel for the toothache and computer problems. Both are so frustrating and you feel so helpless to fix it. We're hoping to sell our house next year and we're worried about finding a buyer because it's so big. Wishing you the best. And let me know if you want a spot on my blog for your book tour.

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    1. Like me, you have to believe that there is someone out there who will love your house as much as you have. Best of luck selling, Susan.

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  22. Too bad it wasn't a Mac computer that smacked into you, hehe. I'm so glad you're feeling better. Enjoy that peace on the lake while you still can. :)

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  23. I'm sorry for all you've gone through lately, but I love your attitude. Was just reading in "Power Thoughts Devotional" by Joyce Meyer this morning & it reminds me of you: "You can be the kind of person who plans things, but who remains calm even if that plan doesn't work out because something unexpected or upsetting happens . . . positive people decide to enjoy themselves no matter what happens, and they trust God will work all things out for good." :-)

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    1. I totally believe that. Don't sweat the small things or the big things. Life always works out.

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  24. This sure has been a very tough patch. You've dealt with each situation with humor, common sense, and determination. I admire you and know day by day you will find solutions and thrive. Be well, my friend. Hope to see you in 87 days.

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  25. Oh my gosh, you sound crazy busy like me. Plus losing your edits. Argh! How awful! And I now know first hand how difficult it is to sell a house. I just want it all over and done with. My thoughts and prayers go with you. I love that you are excited about the future.

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    1. Best of luck to you, too, Lynda. Hope all goes well.

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  26. Wow. That is a lot going on. So sorry your house didn't sell. Hopefully the right person is out there, on their way to find your house. Yikes on the computer. I know it's a first world problem but not having a trustworthy computer is so hard. Lots of luck and well wishes to you.

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  27. Ohh.., my mouth was hurting just reading about your pain! I totally relate to the computer problems too. My computer is so old I have to pull out the battery and re-insert it to get internet. It doesn't even make sense!

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    1. I know. I have to constantly reset my router. Why?!!

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  28. Oh, my. What a lot going on. Computer woes are the worse kind for people like us. Sorry for all your other problems too.

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  29. Uh-oh - sounds like you've been through it, Joylene. I hope the September days bringforth good health for you and your computer :) Good luck with selling your house - it does sound idyllic. The right person will come along. Take care!

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  30. Yikes, touch couple of months there. I'm glad things are going from a boil to a simmer. I'd be happy to help give your book a shout out, if you like. Let me know!

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  31. Hope you feel better soon. Aren't computer problems just the worst?
    Glad to hear you are hanging in there - I'm sure things will turn around soon!

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  32. Oh gosh, that does sound like a nightmare! And a lake in the middle of nowhere sounds perfect for us writers! Tell that agent to look for writers trying to move. lol

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  33. My goodness, Joylene, you've had quite a time of it. I thought my slow Internet connection was bad but wow! I can't imagine the frustration you're feeling. When I'm working on edits I always save it on a stick as well as my computer. Congratulations on the upcoming release of your new book!

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  34. Oh my goodness! You HAVE had a rough few months! I do hope everything is on the mend. I've had an emergency root canal and you're right: it does feel like a truck has hit you in the face. Ugh. So sorry about that, and the loss of your computer. I hope the house sale works out soon! The right people will come along. Sometimes I just wonder why things happen in huge chunks. Why can't they come along in little nuggets of negative book-ended by really big bites of good?

    Best,
    Jen

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