Monday, October 9, 2017

Taking A Break

I'm taking a break.
See Everyone November 1st on #IWSG Day!

I'd really appreciate it if I could get your vote for Double Negative. It's up for the Readers Choice Awards for YA and Middle Grade Books (page 12/16) and I could use as many votes as possible. The voting ends Dec. 10. Here's the LINK

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Show Us Your Writer Insecurity! Special #IWSG Day!


Remember, the question is optional! 

Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

The awesome co-hosts are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken,Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!

This is a special #IWSG day. 
Just take a look at what's happening!!!!! 

And I'm here to display my absolutely, biggest 


Source & Great Blog Post about Insecurity
Even my card-carrying muse is INSECURE. You can tell by his hair.
Are you proud to be an insecure writer? Then show us today. The IWSG site admins will visit each one and pick the top three.
Why? Because there are cool prizes waiting.

Check out our IWSG swag – pens, mugs, magnets, erasers, etc. Proceeds go to fund the upkeep of the IWSG site. 

And now that we're on the topic of insecurity and winning, I'd really appreciate it if I could get your vote for Double Negative. It's up for the Readers Choice Awards for YA and Middle Grade Books (page 12/16, click on the > until you reach 12) and I could use as many votes as possible. Here's the LINK and my 
total appreciation.

Another bit of news. DRUM ROLL HERE. 
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Vacation: I'm not here right now. I'm off on my annual trek someplace--this time France. I'll try to log on and visit, but I'm not sure if I'll have internet on this day. If I can't be here, I'll catch up with what happens when I can or when I return. I look forward to finding out who the winners are in the Contest. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hashtag Insecurity

The Insecure Writers Support Group

Please visit the co-hosts for today's posting of the IWSG: Tyrean Martinson, Tara Tyler, Raimey Gallant, and Beverly Stowe McClure!

Optional Question: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in?

My short answer: Yes. My long answer: Yes, and I'm now sure I don't want to do that anymore. I have enough insecurity without doubting my own good judgement, going counter to it, and failing. Please!

Here's a bit about insecurity that I liked reading.
  According to Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., practicing psychologist in Mill Valley, California up to 40% of our "happiness quotient" is based on our recent life events. 

She writes that "since unhappiness also influences your self-esteem, failure and rejection can deliver a double whammy to your confidence."

I think she's talking to writers, don't you? I mean her message is spot on. And here's more from Dr. Greenberg.

"Persevering despite setbacks can lead to eventual successes—which raise your self-esteem.  Before becoming president, Abraham Lincoln lost his job, was defeated for nomination to Congress, and failed at least twice in Senate bids." 

Doesn't all of this sound as if you've heard it and HEARD IT? Yes. But maybe that's okay. Maybe repetition is necessary to keep us on track. Ergo, this regular every first Wednesday post! 

Another reminder: I'm ready to take a break, so if I can't get around to everyone, my apologies, but I'm packing and fretting and being insecure about SECURITY and my FLOTATION DEVICE that I'll supposedly find under my airplane seat. Then there's my passport and my Global Entry number. . .Well, you can see that it's not only writing that generates insecurity in me.

Did you see that The Insecure Writers' Group has something special coming up for you? Another chance to be a published author is coming. You can submit your Crime/Thriller/Mystery story for publication. The theme is TICK TOCK. Look for DETAILS starting September 6.

Are you jumping into the next contest? What's your happiness quotient these days? See you in November with my "slide show" from France and Texas. You can hardly wait, right?