Wednesday, August 3, 2022

August #IWSG: Best of Both Worlds


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 The awesome co-hosts for the August 3 posting of the IWSG are Tara Tyler, Lisa Buie Collard, Loni Townsend, and Lee Lowery!


Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional!

August 3 question - When you set out to write a story, do you try to be more original or do you try to give readers what they want?


You ready?
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Of course, every writer uses a formula for writing a novel and plotting out the story line. The hero's journey, the star-crossed lovers, enemies to friends are a few basics. To be original in the execution is the key to an unforgettable book! My brain never shuts off. I pick up unique and interesting original content all the time.

We are in the process of too many things this summer! I'm hoping to slow down and write more, but only finding time to read at night. Love my murder mysteries right before bedtime:-) 

Are you enjoying the last of summer? Who's ready for fall? ME!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

June #IWSG: Is the ending the end or just the beginning?

 


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The awesome co-hosts for the June 1 posting of the IWSG are SE White, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguire, Joylene Nowell Butler, and Jacqui Murray!

Struggling with something to say
Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience, or a story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional!

June 1 question - When the going gets tough writing the story, how do you keep yourself writing to the end? If have not started the writing yet, why do you think that is and what do you think could help you find your groove and start?


"Ends are not bad things, they just mean something else is about to begin." 

Not sure who wrote that, but I love that quote.

I love writing endings. But does a story truly ever end? Even in the great novels and movies and tv series, there's always room for more story. Who doesn't love an epic finale? With a loophole? That leads to another plot line? And another book or movie? ME!!  

Just returned from an epic Bucket List trip to Salem, Massachusetts. Best week ever! The lives of those accused did not end well, but they have since been exonerated. Loved all the historic sights including the Hocus Pocus filming locations. The cool weather with no humidity made this visitor from the humid Midwest extremely content.


                                            Max and Dani's house on Ocean Drive


                            The Ropes Mansion-Allison's House from Hocus Pocus

What are your plans for the summer? Any writing goals? Any Bucket List trips? I plan to finish my latest novel!  



 


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

MAY #IWSG: May You Fulfill All Your Dreams!



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The awesome co-hosts for the May 4 posting of the IWSG are Kim Elliott, Melissa Maygrove, Chemist Ken, Lee Lowery, and Nancy Gideon!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional!

May 4 question - It's the best of times; it's the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)?




The good times consist of having my first book published and winning an award. The lows are mostly not having the time to finish my dream. But we are moving to an enormous house with a built in home office and I am sooo excited! I'm going to get organized and on with publishing a slew of books. Stay tuned.

Busy packing today! We are staying in the city limits but moving to the country. Do you need to be organized before you can write, edit, work out publishing details? 

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

April #IWSG: To read or to be read to--via audio books

 

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                                                Remember, the question is optional!!!      


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Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

April 6 question - Have any of your books been made into audio books? If so, what is the main challenge in producing an audiobook?
The awesome co-hosts for the April 6 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Jemima Pett, Patricia Josephine, Louise - Fundy Blue, and Kim Lajevardi!




I'm a little late to the blog hop party today. Loving this spring weather! 

To be read to is an easy question to answer. Yes, I love audio books. Yes, I buy them on Chirp--no monthly fees. I listen to them with my daughter. It's been a life-changer for her. She eagerly asks for the next book in the series.
 
I've seen ads on Pinterest where you can sign up and get paid to actually use your voice to read an audible book. I wonder if you have to audition? Just curious. Wouldn't that be cool to hear your own voice reading an awesome book or your own? 

Gotta run. Hope this post finds you refreshed and ready for spring or summer! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

MARCH #IWSG

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                                                Remember, the question is optional!!!      


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Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

March 2 question - Have you ever been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story? How did you decide to write it or not?
The awesome co-hosts for the March 2 posting of the IWSG are Janet Alcorn, Pat Garcia, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!



The snow has disappeared as we jump right into today's high of seventy-two degrees. Hope everyone is enjoying the first signs of spring. Okay, so this weather is more like someone hit us over the head with summer, but I'll take it! I'm spring cleaning and organizing and enjoying the great outdoors again. 

This will be short and sweet as I have to "go to work" today. Even though I work from home (still loving it!!!), I have to be "out of the office" for a few hours today. Take care and God bless. 

Happy spring cleaning or writing or both. 




Wednesday, February 2, 2022

February #IWSG: Snow Over It

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                                                Remember, the question is optional!!!      


                                                                         You ready?

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

February 2 question - Is there someone who supported or influenced you that perhaps isn't around anymore? Anyone you miss?

The awesome co-hosts for the February 2 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Jacqui Murray, Sandra Cox, and Lee Lowery!


My fifth grade teacher read to the class and cultivated my love for books. However, she is still alive! A few English teachers and professors in college made writing fun. I think most of the people who influenced me are still present and accounted for. 

However, I missed having quality or quantity writing time when I worked as a librarian. I got plenty of reading time, which I will never regret. Now that I work mostly from home, I write everyday. Balancing this new job and starting a different path to publication has been the best decision ever. Words are flowing, plots are forming and twisting, and the pressure is off. I'm my own boss! 



We are ready for the snow-pocalypse! There's already a foot of snow outside. I'm praying this is the last storm of the season. Do you like being your own boss? Have you ever changed directions in your writing journey? 





Wednesday, January 5, 2022

January #IWSG: The Underdog

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Remember, the question is optional!!! 

You ready?
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
 
January 5 question - What's the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?

The awesome co-hosts for the January 5 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Olga Godim, Sandra Cox, Sarah Foster, and Chemist Ken!      


I had the pleasure of watching American Underdog this past weekendWhat an amazing true story of Kurt Warner and his football career. Everybody feels that life is against them at some point. However, if you don't get over unfortunate events, you will never move on. 

One of Kurt Warner's teammates on the winning Super Bowl team the St. Louis Rams is a good friend of our family. His son and my son are best friends and wrestled on the same wrestling team coached by my husband. Small world! These people are real and give God the glory for everything in their lives, the good and the bad.

 I encourage you to see the film. It's not a typical Hollywood agenda-filled two hours. What a great inspirational story that will not leave you disappointed!

Will you be an overcomer this new year? How will your begin in 2022? Will you let disappointment defeat you? Spoiler alert: God wins in the end! 






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