Monday, August 15, 2016

Stuart Horwitz and News

Today, Stuart Horwitz is guest posting on IWSG and sharing a short writing lesson on the editing process. I met Stuart this past May at the Pennwriters Conference where he appeared as a featured

Stuart spoke about book tours in the workshop I attended. He's not only knowledgeable but very entertaining. He's not shy about sharing the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to booksignings. He has so much to share about publishing and writing. Please visit IWSG or his website. I have his books sitting on my desk where I only keep a select few within reach. You can also check out his tour schedule. He's going to appear at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference in September. That's a conference I have on my list of ones I want to attend.

Yesterday was my dear husband's birthday and it was quite a grand day. Three of our sons played golf with him in the morning and then the entire family met back at our house for pizza, cake and ice cream. It is so wonderful how they all get along. It was a lovely day and then became a brilliant day when our son and his wife of only one year shared the news that they are expecting. Yes, I cried tears of joy. I feel like telling all my friends. So now you know.

Having a place to go -- is a home.
Having someone to love -- is a family.
Having both -- is a blessing.
Donna Hedges

The Olympics have distracted me during my writing time. Those American lady gymnasts are something else. And the American swimmers, male and female, have been inspiring to watch. I wish the entire world could get along like the athletes do.

Last week marked my blogging anniversary. I started Susan Says in 2009. After a slow start that first year, I stumbled upon Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog and slowly learned how to grow my blog into what it's become today. I expect I'll still be here for a few more years though who knows what social media will look like down the road.

Don't forget to visit IWSG today and learn something about the editing process. I know I'm mostly alone in loving the summer heat. 112 degrees heat index last week when I mowed the grass. Nice! Much better than cold and snow. And warm summer nights help those tomatoes ripen. I'm giving them away by the dozens.

Did you learn anything from Stuart's post on IWSG? Have any special days this month? How old is your blog? Are you loving this heat too?


  1. Glad your husband had a great birthday with his kids and you got some exciting news. Although grandmother is the last word I would use to describe you.
    If you stumbled upon my blog in 2010, then small miracle you figured out anything. I still don't know what I'm doing.
    And yes, completely distracted by the Olympics. Proud of it.

  2. I've been blogging on and off for 9 years. I do have a special day this month.....bitter sweet memories, would have been my anniversary also my mothers' birthday on the same day.
    Great post Susan, enjoyed the read.

  3. "I wish the entire world could get along like the athletes do." I agree.

    And I may be the one other person who likes the heat like you. Happy belated birthday to your hubby and yay for a new member of the family!

  4. Happy Birthday to your hubby. I wish I lived near you to get some of those tomatoes.

  5. I've been blogging for about the same amount of time, I think. I don't really keep track.

    Glad your husband had a nice birthday, and congrats on the new addition to the family! Now that's some birthday present! :)

  6. Happy blog anniversary.

    That was nice of your sons to take your husband golfing.

    Did you see the 41-year-old gymnist? That is so impressive.

  7. Going to be a grandma at your sea. Congrats indeed. Glad he had a great birthday. Yeah, who knows what social media will be like in the future.

  8. A belated happy birthday to your husband and congratulations on your blog anniversary. You and I must have started blogging about the same time. My first post was in September of 2009.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  9. Happy birthday to your husband!

    re: blogging
    I have no idea how long I've been blogging. At least 10 years I think. It was right before my first publication.

  10. Happy birthday to your hubby, and happy blogging anniversary to you! Where's YOUR pizza, cake, and ice cream?

    We've heard lots of great things about RMFW, but never attended. Most of our writer friends go every single year. If you ever do go, let us know.

  11. I'm glad you had a wonderful. Congratulations to your son and to you and your whole family. :) Happy Birthday to your husband, and congratulations on your blogiversary! Whew. That was a lot.

  12. I'm glad you had a wonderful. Congratulations to your son and to you and your whole family. :) Happy Birthday to your husband, and congratulations on your blogiversary! Whew. That was a lot.

  13. Congratulations to your son, your daughter-in-law, to you, and to your whole family! I'm glad you had such a wonderful gathering!
    And, congratulations on your blogiversary!!!
    I think I've been blogging since the spring of 2009 . . . and I had no idea what I was doing. I'm not sure I do now, but here we are.
    :) Happy summer!

  14. Happy birthday to your husband! I always love it when people have birthdays near mine. And what wonderful news to receive. Congratulations to your son and his wife! And you, Grandma!

  15. Many happy returns of the day to your husband, and Happy Blog Anniversary!

  16. I'm signed up the RMFW Colorado Gold Conference in Denver in September. It's an outstanding conference. I'll head over to read Stuart's guest post.

  17. Stuart's great! Glad to see he's gotten entangled with the IWSG. I haven't been to Colorado Gold yet, but likely will at some point. Too many conferences, too little time!

  18. Happy blogaversary! And congrats to your son and his wife, and to you on being an expectant grandma! I know my mom says it was one of the happiest days of her life when she became a grandma. :)

  19. Happy birthday to your husband. And now you have me wondering how long I've been blogging. I changed blog names a few years back so I have to resurrect the old one and see when I started it. Happy blogaversary to you.

  20. Hi, Susan...

    CONGRATS on your newest member of your charming family. I warms my heart to hear such special news and that your family is so close. That is so special! I bet the holidays are a real treat at your place....

  21. Happy belated Blogversary and happy birthday to your hubby :)

  22. Happy blogoversary! And many congrats to your son and his wife. That's such exciting news, for sure!