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epic journeys of high fantasy adventurehttps://susangourley.blogspot.com/noreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)Blogger1146125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-649819836383926105Wed, 05 Jan 2022 10:30:00 +00002022-01-05T05:30:00.227-05:002022Insecure Writers Support GroupPennwritersIWSG: January 2022<p>&nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi0YD6hPR_P_VcP_-iGwtCTnesuUkey6bOy6brWuUGBW8J5tzPJf7zgpM1Q4dcFloKnLyM-lC4ib2SN4HfHCaa4yV4HMUGA08jbIMvqdkqbpLrLG4NnvVaAV78JNNfXS2I0v0YfXa5I3Y1mGLo4aY3Ucz4GpGC12gJoVvET67Ws8yDQObLnp4d-VmG3=s932" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="197" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEi0YD6hPR_P_VcP_-iGwtCTnesuUkey6bOy6brWuUGBW8J5tzPJf7zgpM1Q4dcFloKnLyM-lC4ib2SN4HfHCaa4yV4HMUGA08jbIMvqdkqbpLrLG4NnvVaAV78JNNfXS2I0v0YfXa5I3Y1mGLo4aY3Ucz4GpGC12gJoVvET67Ws8yDQObLnp4d-VmG3=w200-h197" width="200" /></a></div><br />Welcome to the first <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank">IWSG </a></b>blog hop of 2022. Thanks to founder,<b><a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank"> Alex J. Cavanaugh</a></b>, and the other awesome admins of <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank">The Insecure Writer's Support Group</a></b>, this monthly virtual get-together keeps going and going. Find the <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">list of all the participants</a></b> here as we share our insecurities and encourage each other.<p></p><p>This month's optional question:</p><p><i>What's the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?</i></p><p>No, I can overcome it. The thing I regret the most is that I didn't begin writing for publication sooner. I wish I could go back and change that, but...&nbsp; Then again, I've always been a forward-looking person who lets the past go. Can't change it, so keep on going.</p><p>One thing I always enjoy about the end of the year and the beginning of the next is the plethora of planners and calendars to choose from. I love them all. I love setting up my new planner with all the important dates throughout the year. The biggest date I've put on there so far is the end of my term as president of Pennwriters, the statewide writers' group I've been part of for over twenty years. (May, 15th, yippee) I've served over seven years on the board and sacrificed my own writing time. It's past time for me to get back to my own writing.</p><p>Most of the writers I know are very generous when it comes to helping other writers. The admins of IWSG are perfect examples. I'm happy to have given my time to IWSG in the past as well as <b><a href="https://www.pennwriters.org/" target="_blank">Pennwriters</a></b> and other local groups. I will continue to volunteer but it will be a huge relief to not be one of those responsible for running the whole affair.</p><p><i>"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." </i>Booker T. Washington</p><p>I intend to revitalize my social media efforts as I find more time for my writing career. I'll have no more excuses for not sitting my butt in the chair and writing.</p><p>For 2022, my wishes for you are good health, inspired writing, good books to read, delicious beverages, and no tax surprises.&nbsp;</p><p>I also wish you well on any goals you've set, personal or professional.</p><p>I kind of enjoyed the Amazon Wheel of Time first season. As someone who has read the books, I wasn't entirely happy with the changes but I also understand why they made some of them. I am glad anytime a fantasy series manages to snag a series or movie contract. I really enjoyed the second season of the witcher. I liked everyone being on the same timeline and having only a few story arcs to follow. I really love the setup for next season. The latest Spiderman movie was great. Funny as usual but sad overall.</p><p>I also tuned into 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone on Paramount +.&nbsp; As someone who grew up on westerns, it is fun to see a new one on TV. It is rather dark and grim, but I expect real life was pretty harsh and grim in 1883. The Expanse on Prime is winding down with only a few episodes left. I assume they won't cover most of the story told in the last three novels. I'm very interested in how they wrap it up.</p><p>I hope you received some gift cards for books or actual books for Christmas. I received both and I already have books picked out.</p><p><i>"Be happy. It is one way of being wise."</i> Colette</p><p>What would you change looking back over your writing career? Did you get some books for Christmas? Have any plans for making 2022 great? Any good shows to recommend?</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2022/01/iwsg-january-2022.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)18tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-72364556989691736Wed, 01 Dec 2021 10:30:00 +00002021-12-01T05:30:00.251-05:00Insecure Writers Support GroupThe ExpanseThe Wheel of TimeIWSG: December 2021<p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DHpgPmcMfHc/YaPs2peMfDI/AAAAAAAAE2I/LFJzdBtNjCwuq7irj2o9hGFpa08tMZr2wCLcBGAsYHQ/s932/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="197" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DHpgPmcMfHc/YaPs2peMfDI/AAAAAAAAE2I/LFJzdBtNjCwuq7irj2o9hGFpa08tMZr2wCLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h197/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;Welcome all to the last IWSG post of 2021. The past year has solidified how much the support of online groups such as<b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank"> IWSG </a></b>is necessary for the mental health and motivation needed to keep going in this business. Thanks to the <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank">IWSG admins</a></b>, our founder, <b><a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J. Cavanaugh</a></b>, and all the participants who share knowledge, comradery, as we navigate the writing world. See the <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">entire list</a></b> of participants here.<p></p><p>This month's optional question:<i> In your writing, what stresses you most and what delights you the most?</i></p><p>I don't think any one things stresses me. I worry about timelines when I'm writing fantasy. I worry about keeping it fresh when writing romances. A hundred different things are always bubbling about. Over the past year, not finding time to write is stressing me more than anything. I hope the major theif of my writing time is not a problem by next summer. Delight? There are those moments when the perfect solution or perfect scene appear in my thoughts out of nowhere. Doesn't happen every day, but I usually have some kind of delightful moment a few times in each novel I write.</p><p><i>"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." </i>William Penn</p><p>Thanksgiving was lovely. My daughter was able to be here after the pandemic kept her away last year. We even had the pleasure of two relatives from Myrtle Beach who were able to join us. For the first Thanksgivng in our new home, we had many things to be happy and grateful about. I hope yours was the same.</p><p>A little pet peeve here. I read a lot of library books and support our library system with donations. I love the library, and the workers there are so friendly and helpful. A few days ago, I picked up five books on hold for me. One was a new fantasy book by an author who is new to me. It is a delightful need which I'll probably finish by the time this post is published. Much to my disgust, a previous borrower had underlined passages throughout the almost brand new book. It's not the first library book I've found vandalized in such a way. But why? Why would someone do that to a book that doesn't belong to them? Such casual misuse of public property really offends me, and the obvious disregard to other readers is very arrogant and self-centered. Sorry about the rant. Guess it isn't such a small peeve.</p><p><i>"There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life."</i> Frank Zappa</p><p>I'm looking forward to reading the last book in <i>The Expanse</i> book series which was released yesterday. <i>The Wheel of Time </i>series on Prime is keeping my interest. I read the books, but most of the changes in the show make it better. They can't put everything in the books in a show. Some good shows coming in December. The final season of <i>Lost in Space</i> on Netflix is out this week. The final season of the <i>Expanse</i> is on Prime next week. And the following week, the next season of <i>The Witcher</i> is on Netflix. Enough to keep me occupied and fill those hours when I'm not watching my granddaughter and working on my responsibilities to Pennwriters.</p><p>I hope the supply chain issues are interferring with your holiday preparations and shopping. With my children all grown, my granddaughter is the only one I had to search for gifts for. All done and wrapped and under the tree. I only send a few Christmas cards to people that I don't see very often. It will be nice not to visit the post office at this time of year. It was stressful last year when I worried about packages arriving on time or even arriving at all. And we all plan to be together again and that what really makes the holiday special for me.</p><p><i>"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other."</i> Audrey Hepburn</p><p>Anything particularly stressful about writing for you? Was Thanksgiving a good time for your family? Are your holiday plans coming along?</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2021/12/iwsg-december-2021.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)23tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-2127559952767042988Wed, 03 Nov 2021 09:30:00 +00002021-11-03T05:30:00.238-04:00Alex J. CavanaughIWSGIWSG: November 2021<p>&nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-v2B7m2cVksE/YX7yrBH9ePI/AAAAAAAAE1s/YM-iCfW9TQwNAJwDwelMLDfzepF72AXmwCLcBGAsYHQ/s932/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="197" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-v2B7m2cVksE/YX7yrBH9ePI/AAAAAAAAE1s/YM-iCfW9TQwNAJwDwelMLDfzepF72AXmwCLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h197/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br />Shiver. November brings us closer to winter. Yuch! But welcome to<a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank"> IWSG blog hop</a>. Thank you to all the admins and our founder, <a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J. Cavanaugh</a>, for starting this supportive group. Please visit more participants found on <a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">this list</a>.<p></p><p>This month's optional question: What's more difficult, coming up with a book's title or writing the blurb?</p><p>Easy answer. The BLURB, hateful, hateful things. I've never had trouble with titles. My publisher has suggested changing a few and I've always agreed with their reasons. I'm glad for their insight.</p><p>I wish good luck to all of you participating in NaNo. Go for it!</p><p>Congrats to all the entries in the IWSG short story contest. I am continually impressed by the talents and creativity of this group's writers. Can't wait to add the latest to my keeper shelf.</p><p>If you live in the USA, I hope had a chance to vote yesterday. Amazing how big those school board races are this year.</p><p>One of my sons asked me to go with him to see The Eternals this weekend. Let's hope it's better than early reviews. I have hope because the reviewers have criticized many of the Marvel movies that I liked just fine.</p><p>I'm so happy with the new house. No steps, no outside maintenance, and lots of room. My office is great. The only thing I'm really missing is my fireplace. We have a gas fireplace but it's not the same as burning wood.</p><p>I hope everyone's day jobs are going okay. Three of my sons work in logistics so they are dealing with supply issues daily with lots of headaches. If you can't find your favorite team's baseball hat this Christmas, it's because my son couldn't ship them to stores because they're waiting on product. My son who is a teacher is having another challenging and frustrating year. Hope you're all doing better.</p><p>But it is a time to be thankful. Our family is healthy, employed, and mostly happy. And I can't post without mentioning that my granddaughter is lovely in all ways.</p><p>"I cannot change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." Jimmy Dean</p><p>How is your day job going, if you have one? Do you have difficulty with titles? Are you having any issues with the whole supply chain thing?</p><p><br /></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2021/11/iwsg-november-2021.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)30tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-6150938274186024358Wed, 06 Oct 2021 09:30:00 +00002021-10-06T05:30:00.231-04:00Alex J. CavanaughIWSGMini-conPennwritersIWSG: October 2021<p>&nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MEwhdb70D3U/YVoD3Ll6ZVI/AAAAAAAAE1U/Pezc1Xm3wX4c_Zgphu1AuGR7Wq6BEXMtgCLcBGAsYHQ/s932/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="197" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MEwhdb70D3U/YVoD3Ll6ZVI/AAAAAAAAE1U/Pezc1Xm3wX4c_Zgphu1AuGR7Wq6BEXMtgCLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h197/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br />October already! Thanks to founder, <a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J. Cavanaugh</a>, our group of insecure writers continues to meet here in the blogosphere on the first Wednesday of every month. For the entire list of IWSG participants, <a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">go to this link</a>. And make sure to check out the <a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank">IWSG blog's</a> present and past posts for some professional advice in all aspects of this challenging career of being a writer.<p></p><p>This month's optional question:</p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?</i></span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">There are lines for me, some personal, and some professional. It's easier than ever to offend someone accidentally these days. The ways people can take offense are too varied and numerous to mention, but I try to stay educated on what I know and don't know. Nobody writes only what they know. How could I write from a male POV? How could I write from a futuristic space traveler's POV? I do the best I can though I know writers who have been attacked for their portrayal of a character when they 'were doing the best that they could do.'</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Along more personal lines, I don't enjoy reading or watching a story with an abundance of swearing and cursing. Profanity can be realistic in many situations, but too much only distracts me from the dialogue or action. I use profanity quite sparingly. I also never write about children suffering or dying. Just can't do it. I also don't try to work current politics into my writing and hate it when writers do that. I read to escape the messy world not to be reminded of it.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I remembered as I titled this post that October is my blog birthday. I've been here on blogger since 2008. Happy birthday to Susan Says.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Busy weeks ahead for me with so many Zoom meetings, and I'm presenting a workshop at a mini-con in Erie, PA this Saturday. Not sure how many people will turn out for this in-person event, but I'm looking forward to sharing time and networking with other writers. If you live nearby, here is the link to <a href="https://www.pennwriters.org/content.aspx?page_id=4002&amp;club_id=522048&amp;item_id=1516903" target="_blank"><b>The Writer's Road Trip</b></a> along with the schedule.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Did any of you watch<i> Le Brea</i>? There has only been one episode of this new show, but it caught my interest. Hopefully, it will keep getting better. Network TV is still really lacking for me.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Those evil spotted-lantern flies are ruining fall here in PA. They are large, ugly bugs that stowed away in shipping containers from China. They jump on you anytime you're outside. They are extremely harmful to some trees and plants and they are really creepy when they get on you. My granddaughter loves to hunt them down. We spray them with diluted vinegar. Bug hunting is her current favorite activity.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>"It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret to happiness."</i> James M. Barrie</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Hope you all are staying safe and healthy.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Where do you draw the lines in reading material and in writing? Have you caught Le Brea yet? Are you in an area cursed by the spotted-lantern fly? Have you attended any in-person writing events lately?</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2021/10/iwsg-october-2021.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)18tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-6375731651284139588Wed, 01 Sep 2021 09:30:00 +00002021-09-01T05:30:00.198-04:00Insecure Writers Support GroupIWSG: September 2022<p>&nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3U-yXtfgo8c/YS7BxXyu3nI/AAAAAAAAE08/e85iYnw1zDUi3M9KT2DTcbtm60C8C0bzACLcBGAsYHQ/s932/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="197" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3U-yXtfgo8c/YS7BxXyu3nI/AAAAAAAAE08/e85iYnw1zDUi3M9KT2DTcbtm60C8C0bzACLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h197/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br />Welcome to the last quarter of 2021 and the first Wednesday of the month's bloghop,<b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank"> IWSG</a></b>. Thanks to <b><a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J. Cavanaugh</a></b> and the entire IWSG staff for this amazing group of supportive writers. I feel so grateful and fortunate to be part of IWSG. Find the <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">entire group of participants here</a></b>.<p></p><p>This month's optional question:</p><p><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px; text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: inherit;">How do you define success as a writer? Is it holding your book in your hand? Having a short story published? Making a certain amount of income from your writing?</span></i></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">What a question. I've been so busy lately, I've had little time to reflect on where I am in my own career. I always get a little thrill holding one of my books in my hands. I've had some financial success, but it's an up and down thing. I certainly couldn't live on what I make writing. I feel successful when I actually feel like a writer. When I'm submitting work even if it results in a rejection. When I working on changes from an editor. Those writer-ly things. This blog hop makes me feel like part of a community of serious writers. Am I successful? I would say moderately so, but I'm not sure where I should set the mark. When one of my books becomes a Netflix show? I count Nancy Springer as a successful writer friend. She writes the Enola Holmes series, has her Netflix show, but I know she keeps plugging away at the next book. We all keep on going and that's how we become successful.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>"He conquers who endures."</i> Italian Proverb</span></span></p><p>On to more business, my daughter is back from Jordan, thanks for all your wishes and prayers, but she's still in Boston. I'll be seeing her over Labor Day.</p><p>My husband is excited for the start of football season on all levels. Watching our son coach high school, cheering on Penn State, and watching Pro teams to cheer for his fantasy players. If not for Football, I would see no reason to have TV beyond streaming services at all.&nbsp; I think all I watch on the screen are shows I've watched before. Background noise, mostly.</p><p>I pray the world stays open as the fall moves in with winter on its tail. I don't mind wearing a mask if it means the kids get to go to school and we can shop in stores.</p><p>I'm still indulging in not having to mow grass and no leaves to rake later this month. My granddaughter is keeping me busy and challenged. She keeps my mind young, but I'm not sure about the body keeping up with all that energy. We've been spending hours swimming, but it will be too cold for that soon.</p><p>Wish you all good books to read and flowing words to put on the page.</p><p><i>"The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money." </i>Thomas Jefferson</p><p>Are you feeling successful in your career be it writing or other business? Are you watching something good or reading something great? Please share.&nbsp;</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2021/09/iwsg-september-2022.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)34tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-2013419846182753544Wed, 04 Aug 2021 09:30:00 +00002021-08-04T05:30:00.230-04:00Alex J. CavanaughInsecure Writers Support GroupSave the CatIWSG: August 2021<p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Kzm3SSuGmmA/YQnIKcZvCuI/AAAAAAAAEz8/KKzevUPUteUhqqoR_18FuxURLhtEUBQxACLcBGAsYHQ/s932/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="197" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Kzm3SSuGmmA/YQnIKcZvCuI/AAAAAAAAEz8/KKzevUPUteUhqqoR_18FuxURLhtEUBQxACLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h197/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;It can't really be August already, can it? It is the first Wednesday of the month and that means IWSG time. Thanks to <b><a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J. Cavanaugh</a></b> and all the administrators of the <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank">IWSG group</a></b>. This group has grown so far beyond the initial blog hop group. And it's still the best, most supportive, online writing group there is. Find the entire <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">blog list here</a></b>.<p></p><p>This month's optional question:</p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: inherit;">What is your favorite writing craft book? Think of a book that every time you read it you learn something or you are inspired to write or try the new technique. And why?</span></i></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I think this has changed as I've learned and hopefully grown as a writer. I think the first craft book I really loved was <i><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Comic-Toolbox-Funny-Even-Youre/dp/1879505215/ref=sr_1_1?crid=7GAEZI0UKF50&amp;dchild=1&amp;keywords=the+comic+toolbox&amp;qid=1628030282&amp;s=books&amp;sprefix=The+Comic+t%2Cstripbooks%2C215&amp;sr=1-1" target="_blank">The Comic Toolbox</a></i> by John Vorhaus. Recently, I've kept <i><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Romancing-Beat-Structure-Romance-Kissing/dp/1530838614/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1KT7HLSGIRVYV&amp;dchild=1&amp;keywords=romancing+the+beat&amp;qid=1628030219&amp;s=books&amp;sprefix=Romancing+the+b%2Cstripbooks%2C165&amp;sr=1-1" target="_blank">Romancing the Beat </a></i>by Gwen Hayes on the shelf I can reach without rolling my desk chair. The next book I have on my to-buy list is </span></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3UXmFvYCrdg/YQnIWsaoOoI/AAAAAAAAE0A/iNoVb7wkaBYf2M0w3IDBmhTZlc1RBq0zACLcBGAsYHQ/s180/save%2Bthe%2Bcat.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="180" data-original-width="180" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3UXmFvYCrdg/YQnIWsaoOoI/AAAAAAAAE0A/iNoVb7wkaBYf2M0w3IDBmhTZlc1RBq0zACLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h200/save%2Bthe%2Bcat.jpg" width="200" /></a></span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /><i><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399579745/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;psc=1" target="_blank">Save the Cat! Writes a Novel </a></i>by Jessica Brody.&nbsp;</span><p></p><p>There are so many resources out there for writers. As I type this post, I'm listening to a free two-hour workshop presented by Pennwriters for members on the Pros and Cons of Independent Publishing versus Traditional Publishing. Not all those available are free, but I have fewer physical writing books than I used to when I started.</p><p>I'm happy to report that I've moved and settled in my new home. I miss the country setting with deer in the backyard every day, but I don't miss mowing those acres. I enjoy walking where I'm not taking my life in my hands on a narrow country road.</p><p>We also cut the cable cord when we moved. It took my husband a while to learn how to navigate through the streaming services we have, but since we still have his favorite sports packages, he's happy. The savings are really great.</p><p>Best wishes to all the writers who submitted to the IWSG writing contest. Can't wait to add the next anthology to my keeper shelf.</p><p>A few writers groups I know are once again venturing out to meet in person. Please keep your fingers crossed for the mini-con being held in Erie, PA in October that we'll be able to share some in-person time even if we do have to mask. However it turns out, we will figure out a way to be together in the same room be it virtual or face-to-face.</p><p><i>"Do what you can, where you are, with what you have."</i> Theodore Roosevelt</p><p>Have you been able to meet with some friends in person recently? Are you going to check out some of the craft books you'll read about today? Have any of you 'cut' the cable and are you happy with your decision?</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2021/08/iwsg-august-2021.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)23tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-7411319590003352412Wed, 07 Jul 2021 23:21:00 +00002021-07-07T19:21:44.800-04:00Insecure Writers Support GroupIWSG: July 2021<p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DXvw-ACYkNU/YOY20NVDOwI/AAAAAAAAEzM/OXwRwcNA4tAFGn0_jAAp5aBXKqpQNOsKwCLcBGAsYHQ/s932/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="197" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DXvw-ACYkNU/YOY20NVDOwI/AAAAAAAAEzM/OXwRwcNA4tAFGn0_jAAp5aBXKqpQNOsKwCLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h197/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;Oops. I'm really late and very apologetic. As some of you know, I'm in the middle of moving and have no internet at the moment.&nbsp;<p></p><p>Happy <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank">IWSG day</a></b> to everyone. I hope you're in the cool somewhere and have visited a lot of blogs today. Polish up those stories for the anthology. Can't wait to read them.</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">The Seventh Annual IWSG Anthology Contest!</strong><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://insecurewriterssupportgroup.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Db058c62fa7ffb4280355e8854%26id%3D83b93edcc3%26e%3D5e84964030&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1625162096722000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGHiGvJA3BB5TOfIA6vjG3TeZiHyg" href="https://insecurewriterssupportgroup.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b058c62fa7ffb4280355e8854&amp;id=83b93edcc3&amp;e=5e84964030" style="background-color: white; color: #007c89; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" target="_blank"><img border="0" class="CToWUd" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wrekbUO5wWA/YFeO-cbavKI/AAAAAAAAT4E/k8TJytt6qoQqYTgJxs4_fSXvklbVBHTTACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IWSG%2BAnthology%2BContest%2B2021.jpg" style="border: 0px; float: right; height: auto !important; outline: none; text-decoration-line: none;" width="320" /></a><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">Guidelines and rules:</strong><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">Word count:</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;5000-6000</span><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">Genre:</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;Sweet Romance</span><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">Theme:</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;First Love</span><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">Submissions accepted:&nbsp;</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">May 7 - September 1, 2021</span><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">How to enter:&nbsp;</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @&nbsp;</span><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://insecurewriterssupportgroup.com&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1625162096722000&amp;usg=AFQjCNE5wt6zUEzx7DTGTrQ1HoogRuoKxA" href="http://insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" style="background-color: white; color: #007c89; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" target="_blank">insecurewriterssupportgroup.<wbr></wbr>com</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;before the deadline passes. Please include your full contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group. You must belong to at least one aspect of the IWSG to enter.</span><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">* A short reminder on the characteristics of a sweet romance.</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</span></p><p style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; margin: 10px 0px; padding: 0px;"><strong>Overall, your story should be clean of offensive material, including profanity, vulgarity, excessive violence, or sexually explicit or suggestive scenes.&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; margin: 10px 0px; padding: 0px;"><strong>Elements in your story should focus on romance, not on sex, which should be kept “behind closed doors.”</strong></p><p style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; margin: 10px 0px; padding: 0px;"><strong>The overall plot should lead to a positive and uplifting outcome, also known as "happily ever after."</strong></p><p style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; margin: 10px 0px; padding: 0px;"><strong>Absolutely no erotica or pornography.</strong></p><p><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">Judging:</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.</span><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /></p><p><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I'm thrilled to be a judge. I need some entertainment right now.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>This month's question on what would make me stop writing?&nbsp;</i> Well, I've written almost nothing over the last 15 months, but that has nothing to do with desire. Too many other things have taken up my time. I do know grief makes it impossible for me to write, but I've always come back to it. So, I'm&nbsp; not sure I will stop until I'm physically unable.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Are you thinking romantic plots for the contest? Are you managing the heat where you are? My daughter is in Jordan and a number of days in the last two weeks, we've been hotter than her. And the desert cools down at night whereas we haven't been.&nbsp; Have you experienced the hectic chaos of moving to a new home recently?</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2021/07/iwsg-july-2021.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-654834975971938639Wed, 02 Jun 2021 09:30:00 +00002021-06-02T05:30:00.228-04:00IWSG AnthologyIWSG: June 2021<p>&nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ao6U0_g6Es4/YLapnzFENhI/AAAAAAAAEwE/7x1gAeJi07EHJZ94YsP_1fbDPhOx2dzugCLcBGAsYHQ/s932/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="197" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ao6U0_g6Es4/YLapnzFENhI/AAAAAAAAEwE/7x1gAeJi07EHJZ94YsP_1fbDPhOx2dzugCLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h197/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br />Time for the monthly<b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank"> IWSG blog hop</a></b>. Find the entire list of <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">participating blogs here</a></b>. As always, many thanks to our founder, <b><a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J. Cavanaugh</a></b>, and the administrators of this awesomely supportive group.<p></p><p>This month's optional question:</p><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;"><i><span style="font-family: inherit;">For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?</span></i></span><div><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;"><i><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></i></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">A minimum of two weeks, but maybe longer. I usually use the time between when I finish and when I look at it again, to do a rough outline of the next novel and catch up on reading. When I wrote my first novel, I rewrote and edited as I went. Mistake. It took me forever to finish and then I still had to rewrite a bunch of times.</span></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The Pennwriters Virtual Conference went off without any major hitches. We had well over a hundred people in attendance and amazing workshops. It was a great time, but I can do without that stress again.</span></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white;">On a personal note, during all the conference planning and execution, we put our house up for sale and sold it within three days. Next month, you can read my complaints about packing up.</span></div><div><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white;">On another personal note, Boston University approved my daughter's fieldwork in Jordan for two months starting in July. There is no end to my stress.</span></div><div><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white;">My current insecurity, after so much work on the computer and every waking moment thinking about the conference, I'm having a lot of difficulty sitting down to write.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white;">I apologize ahead of time for not visiting enough blogs. I will try harder.</span></div><div><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white;"><i>"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." </i>Amelia Earhart</span></div><div><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white;">Do you set your writing aside for a bit between drafts? How is the writing going for you? And don't forget the next anthology contest opportunity sponsored by the IWSG admin.</span></div><div><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></div><div><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">The Seventh Annual IWSG Anthology Contest!</strong><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://insecurewriterssupportgroup.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Db058c62fa7ffb4280355e8854%26id%3Dce84cd0dd2%26e%3D5e84964030&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1622590542461000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGm7i9XYOBMVx4hxJ6OPRHv65iVoA" href="https://insecurewriterssupportgroup.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b058c62fa7ffb4280355e8854&amp;id=ce84cd0dd2&amp;e=5e84964030" style="background-color: white; color: #007c89; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" target="_blank"><img border="0" class="CToWUd" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wrekbUO5wWA/YFeO-cbavKI/AAAAAAAAT4E/k8TJytt6qoQqYTgJxs4_fSXvklbVBHTTACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IWSG%2BAnthology%2BContest%2B2021.jpg" style="border: 0px; float: right; height: auto !important; outline: none; text-decoration-line: none;" width="320" /></a><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">Guidelines and rules:</strong><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">Word count:</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;5000-6000</span><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">Genre:</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;Sweet Romance</span><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">Theme:</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;First Love</span><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">Submissions accepted:&nbsp;</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">May 7 - September 1, 2021</span><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">How to enter:&nbsp;</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @&nbsp;</span><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://insecurewriterssupportgroup.com&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1622590542461000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHfk8BUZacaImwWej-LacwUQtwoAg" href="http://insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" style="background-color: white; color: #007c89; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" target="_blank">insecurewriterssupportgroup.<wbr></wbr>com</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;before the deadline passes. Please include your full contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group. You must belong to at least one aspect of the IWSG to enter.</span><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;" /><strong style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">Judging:</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.</span></div><div><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></div>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2021/06/iwsg-june-2021.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)19tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-4135112739178022076Wed, 05 May 2021 09:30:00 +00002021-05-05T05:30:00.190-04:00Dark Matter: ArtificialIWSGPennwriters 2021IWSG: May 2021<p>&nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-s-pbSYlUIjo/YJHb36HVKVI/AAAAAAAAEvg/XoZ77YK4iDcQX-NzIHJsUM7VntbpD22sACLcBGAsYHQ/s932/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="197" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-s-pbSYlUIjo/YJHb36HVKVI/AAAAAAAAEvg/XoZ77YK4iDcQX-NzIHJsUM7VntbpD22sACLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h197/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br />Welcome to the May version of<b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank"> IWSG</a></b>. Thanks to <b><a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J. Cavanaugh</a></b> and his team of administrators, we can share our victories, woes, and experiences the first Wednesday of every month. Find the entire <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">list of participants here</a></b>.&nbsp;<p></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;">The May 5th question, if you'd like to answer it, is:&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;" /><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;"><i>Has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn't expect? If so, did it surprise you?</i></span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;">This has happened a few times. One reviewer admired a deep theme that hadn't really been the theme as I wrote it, but it was a legitimate interpretation. I really enjoyed that.</span></span></p><p>Yesterday, IWSG's latest anthology was released. <b><a href="http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/sciencefictionfantasy" target="_blank">Dark Matter: Artificial</a></b> appears to be another winner. I purchase all the anthologies in print and have them on my keeper-shelf. Congrats to all the authors.</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uZ2GFA5rzg8/YJHcCW1JfhI/AAAAAAAAEvk/HoqTS8ilupUYrBTu9QMlY6ixLFifrTHjgCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/Dark%2BMatter.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="400" data-original-width="263" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uZ2GFA5rzg8/YJHcCW1JfhI/AAAAAAAAEvk/HoqTS8ilupUYrBTu9QMlY6ixLFifrTHjgCLcBGAsYHQ/w131-h200/Dark%2BMatter.jpg" width="131" /></a></div><br /><p></p><p>Many of you know that I'm the current president of Pennwriters, a state-wide multi-genre writers organization. Our yearly conference was once again stepped on by the pandemic. This year, we took the chance and went virtual. Just seven days from now, we'll be running the biggest online event I've been involved with. It's been a lot of work for many people. The list of workshops is incredible. We have three agents and four small presses taking pitches. There is still time to sign up here if you want something inspirational to do from May 14th to 16th.</p><p>And because I have nothing else to do, we're putting our large 6 bedroom home on the market. We weren't quite ready, but the down-sized home we wanted came on the market. I'm not a collector but there is still a lot of things to sort, pack, or pitch. And when you have 6 children and a big house, they leave a lot of things behind. If you live in PA and want a really big, country house, put a bid in.😊</p><p>My 4-year-old granddaughter keeps me busy and wears me out most days. A few months ago, she started singing along with the radio in the car. I realized that somewhere over the past few years, I stopped singing in the car. My mind is always busy with other stuff. That beautiful little girl brought that small joy back to me. Sometimes we're loud and sometimes soft, but we're always having fun.</p><p>I enjoyed The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Shadow and Bone was okay. Debris on TV has been interesting. Mostly, I'm too busy to even care what's on the screen.</p><p>I am looking forward to having some time to write when the conference is over and we manage to move into a smaller home.&nbsp;</p><p><i>"You fail only if you stop writing."</i> Ray Bradbury</p><p>Have you attended online writing events? Ever had your work misinterpreted, good or bad? Do you sing in the car?&nbsp;</p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2021/05/iwsg-may-2021.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)22tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-7144252091219473350Wed, 07 Apr 2021 09:30:00 +00002021-04-07T05:30:00.220-04:00Alex J. CavanaughIWSGPennwriters2021IWSG: April 2021<p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--3FqFVERcKk/YGs64veUXPI/AAAAAAAAEuk/cCcF-Ov56VQ1Oe7fBpLf_tsOqJmQyu9fACLcBGAsYHQ/s932/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="197" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--3FqFVERcKk/YGs64veUXPI/AAAAAAAAEuk/cCcF-Ov56VQ1Oe7fBpLf_tsOqJmQyu9fACLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h197/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;Welcome to <a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank">April's IWSG</a>. This blog hop was started by our energetic leader, <a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J. Cavanaugh</a>. Join us in supporting each other in all our writing endeavors. Find the entirety of the<a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank"> list of blog participants here</a>.<p></p><p>This month's optional question:</p><p><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?</i></span></span></p><p>No. I avoid controversial topics though I've been told by another writer that some of my work does involve controversial science. I don't agree. Science is science to me. I have a minor degree in science and I use it in my writing all the time. I don't believe there is anything controversial about scientific facts, but then again, there are people who don't trust science. I guess I should say I don't write anything controversial on purpose.&nbsp;</p><p><i>"Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent."</i> Arthur Conan Doyle</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kVhgpBlcO4E/YGs7FtvoM4I/AAAAAAAAEuo/aTZhfvbnrG4OOjqQD0s4Db2fekuW2X4OgCLcBGAsYHQ/s1678/lucksampleRedo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="988" data-original-width="1678" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kVhgpBlcO4E/YGs7FtvoM4I/AAAAAAAAEuo/aTZhfvbnrG4OOjqQD0s4Db2fekuW2X4OgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/lucksampleRedo.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />Most of my writing time has been dedicated to planning and promoting the <a href="https://www.pennwriters.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&amp;club_id=522048&amp;module_id=378066" target="_blank">Pennwriters 34th Annual Writers Conference</a>. Since the event is being held virtually this year, May 14th to May 16th, anyone can attend without great expense. The highlights are 36 workshops covering everything about a writing career, 2 amazing Keynote speakers, a free pitch session with an agent or editor, a Read and Critique opportunity, and 2 pre-conference intensive workshops on Thursday, May 13th. Read all about it here.<p></p><p>I'm so happy about the warmer weather. Hopefully, spring isn't as wet as last year. There have been a few TV programs that have caught my interest though not with great enthusiasm. Debris is very mysterious so far. Magnum and FBI are okay. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has been excellent.&nbsp;</p><p>My husband and I received our first Covid vaccine and will get our second next week. That will leave only three members of my immediate family waiting for their turn. I'll feel better when we're all vaccinated. I'm not sure what the summer and fall will look like. What is normal anymore? I do want to see my daughter soon. We had plans that have been waiting for more than a year now.&nbsp;</p><p><i>"In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."</i> Robert Frost</p><p>One of our plans is a 3 or 4-day writing retreat for the two of us plus one of her friends. We're starting to look around. Right now, it all depends on whether her summer work in Jordan is approved by her university. I want her to get to do what she wants, but I don't want her to go. Typical mother's conflicts.</p><p>Hope you're having an enjoyable spring with sunshine and health.</p><p>Are you purposefully controversial in your writing? Do you like to read controversial writing? What is keeping you busy?&nbsp;</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2021/04/iwsg-april-2021.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)44tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-8937652707656245026Wed, 10 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +00002021-03-10T05:30:01.758-05:00book seriesDead on the DeltaSherry KnowltonDead on the Delta by Sherry Knowlton<p><i>Please welcome my friend, Sherry Knowlton to my blog. I love how her books are located in a part of the control well known to me. And who hasn't heard of Three Mile Island and Carlisle, PA? Thanks for being here, Sherry.</i></p><p><b><u>Going Beyond the Seasons</u></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As I began to write my latest book, <i>Dead on the Delta</i>, I was confronted with a dilemma of my own making: how to approach and title Book Five in the Alexa Williams series. The first four books could be grouped together as the Seasons of Suspense with their titles: <i>Dead of Autumn, Dead of Summer, Dead of Spring, </i>and<i> Dead of Winter. </i>But now I’d reached the end of the seasons. What to do?</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>The first four books are set primarily in the Carlisle area of South-Central Pennsylvania and feature thirtyish attorney Alexa Williams. Alexa has a tendency to stumble across dead bodies and dangerous situations, exacerbated by her boundless curiosity and passion for social causes. Each of the books deals with current hot news topics, like sex trafficking or terrorism, but contains a parallel historical story that intersects with the present-day mystery. The historical fiction plots range from a child murder during the Great Depression to the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>Although I’d run the course of seasons, I wasn’t ready to stop writing about Alexa. I’m still exploring her story and those of her close friends and family. Thinking about Book Five, I had two decisions to make, which ended up growing to three.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p><i>What’s the focus and where does it take place?</i> My husband and I have gone on safari to Africa multiple times, and I’m passionate about preserving the dwindling populations of many wild animal species on the African continent. In the books, Alexa’s boyfriend Reese works for a wildlife advocacy organization, so I decided to break away from the previous books and base the new novel in Botswana.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p><i>What’s the historical story?</i> This is where the surprise third decision came into play. Although there is some important history that plays a prominent role in this new book, a full historical plot just didn’t seem to work with the contemporary story I wanted to tell in Botswana. So, I dropped my parallel story format altogether.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p><i>Where to go with the title?</i> For continuity, I wanted to keep the DEAD part of the title, even though I’d exhausted the seasons. I toyed with times of day (<i>Dead at Dawn</i>), African seasons (<i>Dead in the Dry Season</i>), and even weather (<i>Dead Wind</i>) among many other concepts. In the end, I thought, why not reflect the book’s wonderful, exotic setting, Botswana’s Okavango Delta? Thus, the new book is <i>Dead on the Delta</i>.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>I’m anxious to find out whether my readers think I made the right decisions with book number five in the Alexa Williams suspense series, <i>Dead on the Delta</i>. I’m looking forward to the feedback.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;"><i></i></span></b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><i><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uXMJrn5RxV0/YAYtvap-EiI/AAAAAAAAEr4/1Ho6GYyPFFkJtVin1TYZ0jcEBRkM32fswCLcBGAsYHQ/s1000/Dead%2Bon%2Bthe%2BDelta%2BCover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1000" data-original-width="667" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uXMJrn5RxV0/YAYtvap-EiI/AAAAAAAAEr4/1Ho6GYyPFFkJtVin1TYZ0jcEBRkM32fswCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/Dead%2Bon%2Bthe%2BDelta%2BCover.jpg" /></a></i></b></div><b><i><br />Dead on the Delta</i></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></b><p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;">When Alexa Williams agrees to spend four months doing lion research with boyfriend Reese, she looks forward to witnessing the elemental life and death struggle of the African wild. But she never imagines she’ll become one of the hunted on the famed Okavango Delta. In the latest Alexa Williams suspense novel, the kick-ass lawyer tangles with elephant poachers and conservation politics on the African continent.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal">Sherry Knowlton is the author of the Alexa Williams series of suspense novels including <i>Dead of Spring</i> and <i>Dead of Winter</i>.&nbsp; <span style="border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0in;">Passionate about books at an early age, she was that kid who would sneak a flashlight to bed at night so she could read beneath the covers. All the local librarians knew her by name. </span>When not writing the next Alexa Williams thriller, Knowlton works with her health care consulting business or travels around the world. She and her husband live in the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania.</p><p class="font8" style="margin: 0in; vertical-align: baseline;"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;">&nbsp;</span><b><u><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Praise for Sherry Knowlton’s <i>Dead on the Delta</i></span></u></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">“Every page of </span><i style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">Dead on the Delta</i><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">&nbsp;radiates Knowlton’s love and knowledge of this unique part of our planet and highlights its potential for disaster. Knowlton’s suspenseful&nbsp;book&nbsp;sets the beauty of&nbsp;the Okavango against the dangers that lurk there.” – </span><b style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">Michael Stanley, author of the Detective Kubu series, also set in Botswana</b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Dead on the Delta</span></i><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">is a gripping new adventure for Alexa Williams. Set against the backdrop of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Alexa faces brutal poachers and a frightening conspiracy that reaches all the way to the top of Botswana’s elite. The situation comes to a head in a terrifying confrontation that requires all of Alexa’s strength as she fights for her own survival. A satisfying read set in a gorgeous landscape. – <b>Michael Niemann, <i>award winning author of the Valentin Vermeulen thrillers</i></b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">A well-balanced and intelligent thriller…Suspense and thriller fiction fans have plenty to look forward to with </span><i style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">Dead on the Delta</i><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">.- </span><b style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;"><i>Independent Book Review</i></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></i></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;, sans-serif;">★★★★</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">– “full of action, adventure, politics, and, of course, animals” – <b><i>Manhattan Book Review</i></b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;, sans-serif;">★★★★★</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">- “great cast of characters and a fantastic female lead. Now I want to read the other books in the Alexa Williams series.” – <b><i>San Francisco Book Review</i></b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2021/03/dead-on-delta-by-sherry-knowlton.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-3237121866733196415Mon, 08 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +00002021-03-08T05:30:04.796-05:00Daytime DramaSarahlyn BrucksToughPoint PressDaytime Drama by Sarahlyn Bruck’s <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><i>It gives me great pleasure to introduce fellow PA writer, Sarahlyn Bruck and her newest book release. I love a story about mature women dealing with the real life issues of work, family, and all the mess that goes with it.&nbsp;</i></span></p><p><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 12.0pt;"><i>Daytime Drama</i> is a Stirring Journey of Self-Discovery Where a Soap Opera Star Struggles to Reinvent Her Career and Personal Identity</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 12.0pt;"><o:p><i>&nbsp;</i></o:p></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 12pt;"><i>Daytime Drama</i> is a compelling narrative focused on Callie Hart, a famous daytime soap star, as she navigates a potential career change, an interfering mother, and a stalled relationship. This journey of self-discovery will not only greatly appeal to female readers in general, but because it is a fun, fast-paced beach read, those who enjoy Hollywood stories, soap operas, and stories about families and relationships will eagerly fly through the novel’s pages with hearty abandon.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in;"></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jlvmFt5iae0/YBDHR-0G06I/AAAAAAAAEsQ/KvwZ8805yfUFgn21MriRypCTzlPjyQKMgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Daytime%2BDrama_6x9%2Bpaperback_full%2Bcover_Final_FRONT.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1365" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jlvmFt5iae0/YBDHR-0G06I/AAAAAAAAEsQ/KvwZ8805yfUFgn21MriRypCTzlPjyQKMgCLcBGAsYHQ/w133-h200/Daytime%2BDrama_6x9%2Bpaperback_full%2Bcover_Final_FRONT.jpg" width="133" /></a></div><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 12pt;">Calliope Hart&nbsp; has been known to soap opera fans as </span><i style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 12pt;">Napa Valley</i><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 12pt;">’s resident diva, Jessica Sinclair&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px;">for 25 years</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 12pt;">. Once work is done for the day, however, Callie takes on the mantle of a flustered and harried <br />single mother, scrambling to provide for her 12-year-old son and her own mother. As such, when the network announces that her show will be cancelled, Callie is beyond shocked, and finds herself contending with an identity crisis. Driven by financial concerns for her family that includes blackmail payments to her son’s biological father, she quickly rallies fans to save the show. However, when she learns that her mother has been driving her son to auditions Callie’s strictly forbidden – and worse, that he’s been offered opportunities – Callie sees her own son’s youth and drive in competition with her age and experience. Callie must, in the end, decide whether to play it safe and continue fighting to keep her show alive and kicking, or summon the courage to take a risk and start over from scratch – and, for the first time, test her mettle as an actress and a mom.</span><p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;Maureen Joyce Connolly, author of “Little Lovely Things” explains,&nbsp;</span><i style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 16px;">“With her sophomore novel, “Daytime Drama,” Sarahlyn Bruck builds on her reputation as a master craftsman of relationships. Prepare yourself for a compelling journey as Bruck’s characters plunge into the depths of self-discovery when love and trust are brought into question by circumstance…Bruck’s deft approach and keen eye for nuance is both clever and ultra-relatable, creating a story and characters that stay with the reader long after the book is done.”</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in;"></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jyS88lS1ih0/YBDHcqqAwDI/AAAAAAAAEsU/PbVdpfA7NLgKGKOR0Ce7OlBJh1UJeGROACLcBGAsYHQ/s1024/sarahlyn-happy-hour-headshot-philadelphia-2652-glow.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><br /></a><b style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 12.0pt;">About the author</span></b></div><p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in;"><a name="_Hlk52362542"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"></span></a></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-02tVhijQqwg/YBDIFDW0koI/AAAAAAAAEsg/BT6X4jQd5T0bf8cSPMZYv_96AXYvLqkbQCLcBGAsYHQ/s1024/sarahlyn-happy-hour-headshot-philadelphia-2652-glow.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="683" data-original-width="1024" height="133" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-02tVhijQqwg/YBDIFDW0koI/AAAAAAAAEsg/BT6X4jQd5T0bf8cSPMZYv_96AXYvLqkbQCLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h133/sarahlyn-happy-hour-headshot-philadelphia-2652-glow.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br />Sarahlyn Bruck <span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 12pt;">is the author of two novels, “Daytime Drama”<i> </i>(TouchPoint Press, 2021) and “Designer You” (Crooked Cat Books, 2018). “Designer You”<i> </i>won the Indie Star Book Award for 2019 and was included on the 2018 “35 Over 35” list. When she’s not writing novels, Sarahlyn moonlights as a full-</span><p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">time writing and literature professor at a local community college. A California native, she now lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter, and cockapoo. For the latest book news, events, and announcements, check out her website: sarahlynbruck.com.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; text-align: center;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 12.0pt;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 12.0pt;">About the Publisher</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 12.0pt;">TouchPoint Press is a traditional publisher of fiction and nonfiction. Our staff is comprised of professionals whose collective experience in publishing, editing, journalism, design, and marketing set the stage behind our growing list of published titles. We are proud to work with talented authors and strive to be as innovative and energetic as possible from acquisitions to promotion before and after publication.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="Default"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; font-size: 12.0pt;">For interview and review requests, contact Chelsea Pieper at media@touchpointpress.com.<o:p></o:p></span></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2021/03/daytime-drama-by-sarahlyn-brucks.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-5501376358706023381Wed, 03 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +00002021-03-03T05:30:00.637-05:00Alex J. CavanaughIWSGPennwritersIWSG: March 2021<p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fYsS-slK6YU/YD7mCjjdNII/AAAAAAAAEt4/L5SajYyXkpIFCbQnM6r9HIJ_-lcPZkplgCLcBGAsYHQ/s932/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="197" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fYsS-slK6YU/YD7mCjjdNII/AAAAAAAAEt4/L5SajYyXkpIFCbQnM6r9HIJ_-lcPZkplgCLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h197/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br />Welcome to the monthly blog hop by<a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank"> Insecure Writer's Support Group</a>. Thank you to our founder, <a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J. Cavanaugh</a>, and all the other wonderful admins who keep this group not just going but thriving and growing. Find the entire <a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">list of blog hoppers</a> here.<p></p><p>This month's optional question:</p><p><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?</i></span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Well, I read everything though I write only fantasy or science fiction. I read creative nonfiction, mysteries, thrillers, historicals, horror, and most other genres too. My reading choices are motivated by recommendations from friends and family as well as from such publications like Book Page. I'm also pretty loyal to authors that I've read and enjoyed before.</span></span></p><p>On the professional front, the world is spinning faster than I can keep up. I feel like I'm going to fly off somedays and float away. Or maybe that's what I wish to do. I'm buried with work for Pennwriters, the writing organization where I'm currently serving as president. We're still putting our conference together and it's only a little more than two months away.</p><p>Fortunately or not, there's little that appeals to me on TV or any of the streaming services. I haven't had anything on my calendar to remind me of something new coming out since The Expanse. At least I'm not distracted.</p><p>My dear granddaughter is turning 4 today. It's really fun now that she's old enough to anticipate her day. We bought a cake that is totally covered in sprinkles, just the way she likes it. Wish you were here.</p><p>My own writing is simmering while I deal with Pennwriters stuff, but I have a plan or maybe 12% of a plan. Kudos if you know where that is from.</p><p>I hope I get to visit more of you today than I have the last few months. Stay safe and look for that light at the end of the Covid tunnel.</p><p><i>"Time is what we want most, and what we use worst."</i> William Penn</p><p>Do you read outside the genre you write? Is time flying for you?&nbsp;</p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2021/03/iwsg-march-2021.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)20tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-1757933558388047381Wed, 03 Feb 2021 10:30:00 +00002021-02-03T05:30:10.514-05:00blogging friendshipsIWSGJo WakeIWSG: February, 2021 Edition<p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LDburZq6E20/YBd1k0RJq5I/AAAAAAAAEs4/J7K7JgjLZ8giJVm6j79to9CrS-e-RcwswCLcBGAsYHQ/s932/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="197" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LDburZq6E20/YBd1k0RJq5I/AAAAAAAAEs4/J7K7JgjLZ8giJVm6j79to9CrS-e-RcwswCLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h197/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;It really can't be time for the monthly IWSG blog hop, can it?&nbsp; Apparently so. Thank you, Alex J. Cavanaugh, our founder, and all the admins who keep this group of supportive and inspirational writers joined in the sometimes frustrating and sometimes uplifting career.<p></p><p>This month's optional question:</p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>&nbsp;Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?</i></span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Of course. I expect the timing of this question isn't coincidental to the upcoming blog hop honoring Jo Wake this Saturday. I still choke up writing her name. I won't talk about Jo here, but I know anyone who visited her blog often considered her a friend and an inspiration. I feel like I've known some of you who visit my blog for years, and it has been years. I've purchased and read your books. Benefited from your expertise and learned from your experiences. I always feel like I've received more from you than what I've given. The loss of Jo really brought home to me how much the blogging community has come to mean to me.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="text-align: left;"><i>"You’re never wrong if you love and help people."</i> Maxime Lagacé</span></span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I'm busy with editing. Actually, going over the last edits that Jo Wake returned to me. I'm lingering over her comments and suggestions.&nbsp;</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">My romance publisher is creating new covers for my one series to re-launch them. Small presses are really struggling and being strangled by Amazon. It's been a while since anyone I know has had book sales to crow about. Writing is a tough way to make a living, or even enough to pay for the coffee and wine needed to keep going.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I hope some of you have been able to get the Covid vaccine. I'm not even qualified in any way to get in line. I'm thinking summer at the earliest. My husband is old enough, but he hasn't been able to make an appointment yet. What a mess.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I'm busy working with Pennwriters, the statewide multi-genre writing group I'm currently serving as President. It's been a stressful year. We had to cancel our large conference last May and recently made the decision to go virtual this May. We knew it was a possibility, but the disappointment is real. And now there are a lot of moving parts to organize despite everyone's recent forced education in online learning and virtual meetings.&nbsp;</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>"It always seems impossible until it's done."</i> Nelson Mandela</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Good news: I have a number of guests scheduled over the course of the next month. Some authors I really respect and admire. I've been doing more reading than writing or watching TV, so I'm always on the lookout for some good books and new authors.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Have you made friends through blogging? Have you received your Covid vaccine? Have a spare dose? Are you spending more time online for work or education?</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Stay safe, friends.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2021/02/iwsg-february-2021-edition.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)28tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-8276067662122912667Wed, 03 Feb 2021 10:00:00 +00002021-02-03T20:25:37.772-05:00Jo WakeJo Wake, Love and Friendship<p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sPxD-iHOnF0/YBd1yeu1F5I/AAAAAAAAEs8/AfuT2EmrPYYZzt_NwmNRsaxTi7CAmM8pACLcBGAsYHQ/s400/JoWake.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="209" data-original-width="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sPxD-iHOnF0/YBd1yeu1F5I/AAAAAAAAEs8/AfuT2EmrPYYZzt_NwmNRsaxTi7CAmM8pACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/JoWake.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />If love and friendship had a name, it might be Jo Wake. I tear up even writing this now. Jo was a strong, amazing woman. We've all heard that getting old isn't for sissies. Jo was no sissy, though I hate that term. She remained independent right up until the last few days of her life.<p></p><p>Her interests were so wide and varied, one can not name them all. She was a life-long learner like we all should strive to be. I can't tell you how many shows and musical videos I watched because she recommended them. She also loved to recommend books.</p><p>I was one of the fortunate ones for whom Jo read and edited my books. She was excellent at it. But once or twice every book, she would suggest an edit that was changing my American wording to something British or Canadian. It always made me smile.</p><p>Jo loved to cook and experiment. She convinced me to buy an instapot so I could try some of those delicious recipes. She encouraged me to start with something simple and sent me her Mac-n-Cheese recipe. It's delicious.</p><p><br /></p><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;"><b>Instant Pot Mac and Cheese</b></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">This macaroni and cheese is every family's favorite comfort food pasta recipe made easy in the Instant Pot!&nbsp; You can have creamy, mouthwatering, homemade mac and cheese for dinner in about 10 minutes!</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">8 oz Uncooked Elbow Macaroni</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">2 cups Chicken Broth</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">1 Tbs Butter</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">1 tsp Hot Pepper Sauce</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">1/2 tsp Garlic Powder</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">1/2 tsp Pepper</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">1/2 tsp Salt</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">1 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">1/4 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">1/2 to 1 cup Milk</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">1. Add the uncooked macaroni, chicken broth, butter, hot sauce, garlic powder, pepper, and salt to the Instant Pot.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">2. Place the lid on the pot and set to sealing.&nbsp; Cook on manual function, high pressure for 5 minutes.&nbsp; Then, do a quick release.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">3. Stir in the cheeses and milk until smooth.&nbsp; Season as necessary to taste.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">4. Notes</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">5. NOTE:&nbsp; The cheeses listed in the recipe have produced the best flavor that I have found.&nbsp; Feel free to use your family's favorite cheese combination.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">6. NOTE:&nbsp; For the milk, start with 1/2 cup and add up to one cup if you find it needs to be thinned out a little bit more.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">7. IMPORTANT: Empty pot before sitting down to eat otherwise it will be difficult to clean as cheese sticks.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">Servings: 4</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #460f00; font-size: 16px;">I cherish my friendship with Jo and will never forget her. My instapot won't allow it. Cheers, Jo. I think heaven is eating a little better with you there.</div>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2021/02/jo-wake-love-and-friendship.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-5480621561631404911Wed, 06 Jan 2021 10:30:00 +00002021-01-06T05:30:06.841-05:00Alex J. CavanaughIWSGMoving OnIWSG: January 2021<p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6JtzE1B__Xk/X_JX04zRyHI/AAAAAAAAErM/lnokFgtSkE8bnBrYsbPPVVSjW-s86C9IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s932/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="197" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6JtzE1B__Xk/X_JX04zRyHI/AAAAAAAAErM/lnokFgtSkE8bnBrYsbPPVVSjW-s86C9IQCLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h197/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;We're finally here in 2021, though not much has changed from last week. Some things staying the same is good like the<b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank"> IWSG</a></b>. Still led by our intrepid founder,<b><a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank"> Alex J. Cavanaugh</a></b>, we can share our woes and victories monthly. Find the <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">entire list of participants here</a></b>. Not to say the IWSG is in any way static. Lots of things going on all the time like the Twitter Pitch coming up on January 20th. Get the details on <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-twitter-pitch.html" target="_blank">this page</a></b>.<p></p><p>As I did last month, I apologize for not visiting more blogs. I've had to have my comments on moderation for a while. I was going to undo that this month, but sure enough there were four spam comments among the rest.</p><p>This month's question:</p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: inherit;">January 6 question - Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?</span></i></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I love this question. First and foremost for me is liking the voice of the author and then liking the characters. If I don't care for the main character, I put the book down. If I don't like the voice, I not only put that book down, but I won't pick up another by that author. I'll usually give an author up to 100 pages if those two things suit me. After that, there has to be something happening by page 100. It can be action, suspense, mystery, or romance, but it has to be something. Reading page after page of a character's internal thoughts will put me to sleep. One last thing that will throw me out of the story early is a YA book where the teenagers don't act like teenagers, either too mature or too immature.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">On my own writing front, I finally finished my WIP on New Year's Eve. My husband fell asleep so I wrote and wrote while sipping champagne. Haven't gone back to look at it yet, but I don't think the bubbly had too much influence on my writing. Like many of you, we celebrated alone.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I worry about my family and friends, including the virtual friends, with all that is going on. Not just health wise but financial distress also. I hope you all can get the vaccine soon if you're willing to take it. I believe I'll be in the last group to get it. My husband is older than I am, and all my children work in jobs that are considered essential. Stay safe in the meantime.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">One of my sons bought me a terrific jigsaw puzzle for Christmas. I'll post a picture when I'm done. It's very relaxing to work on such a difficult puzzle. I've read a lot of books recently so feel free to send me some recommendations. I love the library but they've had to cut hours recently for financial reasons.&nbsp;</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">TV is no fun. I'm looking forward to the return of Prodigal Son and Evil. The Expanse is giving us a new episode on Amazon once per week but that won't last long. They only have ten episodes per season.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Hope there is some positivity happening in your neck of the woods.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>"I dwell in possibility."</i> Emily Dickinson</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; font-family: inherit; text-align: center;">What makes you put a book down? Did you down your champagne alone on January 1st? Ready for a Twitter Pitch.</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br /></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></p><p><br /></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2021/01/iwsg-january-2021.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)38tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-46810315051455038Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:30:00 +00002020-12-02T05:30:04.420-05:00Alex J. CavanaughInsecure Writers Support GroupIWSG: December 20<p>&nbsp;Welcome to the last <a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank">IWSG</a> blog post of the crazy year, 2020. Thanks to all the admins at<a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank"> IWSG</a> for all the work they've done and continue to do to keep this group dynamic and informative. And special thanks to the leader of the band, <a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J. Cavanaugh</a>. To find a list of all the participants, <a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">visit this page</a>.</p><p>This month's question?</p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why?</i></span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">What a perfect time for this question. I had prepared my apologies to all of you for skipping last month and visiting so few blogs since the end of the summer. My excuses are lined up;</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">1. I've been so busy as president of <a href="https://www.pennwriters.org/" target="_blank">Pennwriters</a>, a statewide writers group, that I'm buried.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">2. I'm spending so much time on Zoom meetings and keeping in touch with my family, that I can't do one more minute in front of a screen. (Do those blue light glasses actually work?)</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">3. My granddaughter is so full of energy as a 3 year old that I'm too exhausted to blog.</span></span></p><p>All pretty good and true reasons. Or call them excuses. I know what my problem is. I'm a little blue like I'm sure a lot of you are. I don't mind staying at home. I actually love it. But I'm worried about some members of my family who are also alone and may not like it so much as me. Then I'm feeling the absence of my only daughter even if we do Facetime nearly every day. Not the same as sharing a glass of wine and watching a movie together. I miss sitting in a coffee shop to write. I miss the face to face writers meetings. But most of all, I miss the friends and acquaintances that are not around for a number of reasons. The details are too sad.</p><p>I know why I'm blue and while I chide myself because there are others dealing with worse than I am, I can't quite help it.</p><p>I also know I'll rebound from this. I'm forcing some words onto the WIP. I expected to finish it in July and now have a desperate hope to finish before the end of the year. I'm walking more even though it's starting to get cold. And I'm reading some great books. I'm making sure to stay in touch with family and friends, as much for them as myself.</p><p><i>"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."</i> Henry Ford</p><p>Enough of my whining. I loved the end of Supernatural though I cried for the last 30 minutes of the finale. I'm looking forward to the next season of The Expanse on Amazon later this month. There's really not much new stuff on TV unless you like contest or reality shows which I don't. There is one I might watch on HBO MAX, 12 Dates of Christmas, because one of my son's best friends is the male lead contestant. He's done some modeling but this is his first acting job. If you watch it, Chad Savage is the young man.</p><p>Most of all with this post, I wish all of you a joyful holiday season. I know many of us won't be able to spend it with family as usual, but I pray you're safe and happy. Take care of yourself and be careful not to take on the job of caring for everyone else. Take some me-time. I'm going to try to go into 2021 with a fresh energy and with hope for peace and health.</p><p><i>"Hope is a waking dream."</i> Aristotle</p><p>Has 2020 been a good season of writing for you? Do you ever feel those blues and how do you get past it? What are doing for entertainment in this time of lockdowns?</p><p><br /></p><p style="text-align: center;"></p><blockquote style="border: none; margin: 0 0 0 40px; padding: 0px;"><p style="text-align: center;"><br /></p></blockquote><p></p><p><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i><br /></i></span></span></p><p><br /></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2020/12/iwsg-december-20.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)23tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-8985429544121472524Tue, 10 Nov 2020 10:30:00 +00002020-11-10T05:30:02.861-05:00LiftoffTyrean MartinsonLiftoff by Tyrean Martinson<p><i>Welcome to Tyrean Martinson. Enjoy her post and follow the rest of her blog tour.</i></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FzvO30sS7Ec/X58vuZqpAtI/AAAAAAAAEpY/pC5pSx8KbMcNc-F19T1FaNhLEJ-v9P1kwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1350/LIFTOFF%2BBLOG%2BTOUR%2BHumans%2Band%2BAliens.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="650" data-original-width="1350" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FzvO30sS7Ec/X58vuZqpAtI/AAAAAAAAEpY/pC5pSx8KbMcNc-F19T1FaNhLEJ-v9P1kwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/LIFTOFF%2BBLOG%2BTOUR%2BHumans%2Band%2BAliens.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;"><br /><b>Science Fiction Tropes and Popcorn Movie Influences: Aliens and Humans Mix</b></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">In science fiction, some of the interactions between aliens and humans have become tropes. Tropes can be symbolic and helpful for our understanding of plot and character in a fast-paced movie or show. We can use them, bend them, or try to avoid them.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">For alien-human interactions, we have the classic tropes of:<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="margin-left: 1.0in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><i>War of the Worlds</i> type aliens who want to kill/enslave humanity and takeover Earth. There are so many variations on this one it’s hard to name them all, but here are a few: <i>Independence Day, Annihilation, Avengers, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Spectral, Pacific Rim, Starship Troopers, Edge of Tomorrow, Predator.</i><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 1.0in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]-->There are the peaceful, more advanced and powerful aliens who want to help humanity. Examples include: <i>Arrival, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.</i><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 1.0in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><i>Avatar</i> by James Cameron offers the rare depiction where the humans are the aggressors.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 1.0in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]-->Aliens who spy on humanity or pass us by, not considering us worthy “yet” of their attention. Examples of this include: <i>The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i>, <i>The Cat from Outer space.</i><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 1.0in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]-->Aliens and humans struggle to understand one another. Examples: <i>Star Trek</i>, <i>Men in Black</i>, <i>Guardians of the Galaxy, Galaxy Quest, Babylon 5, Farscape, Stargate.</i><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-left: 1.0in; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">·<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]-->And sometimes, aliens and humans fall in love. Examples: <i>Mork from Ork, Starman, John Carter</i>, <i>Superman</i>, <i>The Host</i>, <i>Earth Girls are Easy</i>, and Captain Kirk in nearly every <i>Star Trek</i> television episode.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><i>What kind of alien-human interactions do you like best in science fiction movies and television shows? Have any movies/shows to add?<o:p></o:p></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><a name="_Hlk54779147"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">LIFTOFF RELEASE INFORMATION FOR THE BOOK BLOG TOUR<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></a></p> <p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ddlIRq6tl_I/X58v-lOrrUI/AAAAAAAAEpg/UtY6iDkmRrIiXT_2ZP-mb80vTo9bDmuzQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Liftoff_Ebook.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1280" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ddlIRq6tl_I/X58v-lOrrUI/AAAAAAAAEpg/UtY6iDkmRrIiXT_2ZP-mb80vTo9bDmuzQCLcBGAsYHQ/w125-h200/Liftoff_Ebook.jpg" width="125" /></a></i></b></div><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><br /></i></b><p></p> <p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 150%; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Title: Liftoff<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Subtitle: </span></i></b></span><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The Rayatana Series, Book 1<o:p></o:p></span></i></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Blurb:<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">A spaceship in disguise,<o:p></o:p></span></b></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">An Earth girl searching for a sense of home,<o:p></o:p></span></b></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">And a Thousand Years’ War between alien races,<o:p></o:p></span></b></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">All collide on a summer afternoon.</span></b></span><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">An old movie theater welcomes Amaya in and wraps her up in the smell of popcorn and licorice. But one sunny afternoon during a matinee, the movie screen goes dark. The theater rumbles.<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Amaya gets trapped in the middle of an ancient alien conflict. Angry and frightened, Amaya entangles herself in a life-changing cultural misunderstanding with Sol, a young alien who keeps omitting key information, even while they’re on the run from his enemies.<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">What will it take to survive a battle between alien races involved in an ancient war?</span></b></span><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Liftoff is a fast-paced read for fans of Code 8, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Cobra Kai. </span></i></span><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Release Date: </span></i></b></span><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">November 10, 2020<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Paperback ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-9889933-8-9 <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Ebook ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-9889933-9-6<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; 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margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XdDIlYsvuuw/X58wNRd9E1I/AAAAAAAAEpk/dZnjnushgsgyWQxc2oD45NjhRBRxV9P7gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Tyrean%2BMartinson%2B2020%2BPic.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1989" data-original-width="2048" height="194" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XdDIlYsvuuw/X58wNRd9E1I/AAAAAAAAEpk/dZnjnushgsgyWQxc2oD45NjhRBRxV9P7gCLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h194/Tyrean%2BMartinson%2B2020%2BPic.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br /><b><i>About the Author:</i></b>Tyrean Martinson is an author and teacher from Washington State. As a former fencer and kickboxer, she enjoys writing fight scenes in fast-paced novels and novellas. As a teacher and writing tutor, she loves to get students writing and reading comfortably by any means: talk-to-text, short writing assignments, short stories, novellas, and adventures. She wrote her latest novella, Liftoff, for herself during COVID, but realized it also fits a dream she’s had for a while: to create a short, fast-paced read for teen/YA readers who love popcorn movies, adventure, and sweet romance.<p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 12.0pt; margin-left: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Author Links: </span></span><a href="https://tyreanswritingspot.blogspot.com/"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="color: #1155cc; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Blog</span></span></a><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><a href="http://eepurl.com/heNIxP"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="color: #1155cc; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Newsletter</span></span></a><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><a href="https://www.instagram.com/tyreanmartinson/"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="color: #1155cc; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Instagram</span></span></a><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><a href="https://twitter.com/TyreanMartinson"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="color: #1155cc; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Twitter<span style="mso-tab-count: 1;"> </span></span></span></a><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TyreanMartinson"><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="color: #1155cc; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Facebook</span></span></a><span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <span style="mso-bookmark: _Hlk54779147;"></span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0in;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2020/11/liftoff-by-tyrean-martinson.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-4190021675898685675Wed, 07 Oct 2020 09:30:00 +00002020-10-07T05:30:06.049-04:00Insecure Writers Support GroupIWSG: October 2020 Version<p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-B5xi-dvd1PM/X3z9g8UwC2I/AAAAAAAAEo4/TiML2lyMivk61bK2bQj34-P8LV2htCP6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s932/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="197" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-B5xi-dvd1PM/X3z9g8UwC2I/AAAAAAAAEo4/TiML2lyMivk61bK2bQj34-P8LV2htCP6gCLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h197/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;Hello fellow IWSGers. It's October already and fall! Hope you're joining the <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank">IWSG blog hop</a></b> today. Thanks to <b><a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J.Cavanaugh</a></b> and the admins at IWSG, we can all share our victories, woes, and ask as well as give advice. Find the entire <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">list of participants here</a></b>.<p></p><p>This month's optional question was about the description of a working writer versus an aspiring or hobbyist writer.</p><p>This is just my opinion, but I feel that a working writer is someone working toward publication. It doesn't have to mean that they are making money with their writing, but they're trying to. An aspiring writer is a working writer who isn't published yet. I feel a hobbyist writer doesn't care if they are ever published. Again, only me trying to define something that allows for opinions rather than something concrete.</p><p>I'm still plugging away (slowly) at my WIP. Other responsibilities have taken over my writing time. I hope it gets less hectic in a few weeks.</p><p>I used to hate fall, mainly because it meant a return to school. Now it only means my granddaughter is with me everyday and I can really enjoy the pleasant days and cool evenings. I can enjoy raking leaves again and watching the geese fly over. Welcome fall!</p><p><i>"A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows."</i> St. Francis of Assisi</p><p>TV is so useless right now. No new content and the news is awful. I'm re-watching <i>Evil</i> on Netflix. It's even creepier the second time around. I enjoyed Enola Holmes. I found it cute and fun. It doesn't hurt that I know the writer of the book it was based on. And my husband is glad to have football back. I'm glad he's entertained also. We're surviving the pandemic restrictions without driving each other bonkers.</p><p>Good news, though. <i>Supernatural </i>is back on tomorrow. The final episodes. I don't want it to end, but I can't wait to see how it does. If you've been watching <i>The Boys</i> on Amazon, you know it's crazy and wild. I can't think of a good word to describe it.</p><p>I got my flu shot even though I've never had the flu. It seems like the smart thing to do. I hope you are doing all you can to stay healthy.</p><p>Do you enjoy fall? Do you write as a hobby or as work? Anything good to watch on TV, Netflix, or Amazon? What are you doing to stay healthy?</p><p><br /></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2020/10/iwsg-october-2020-version.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)22tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-5181283201633207772Wed, 02 Sep 2020 09:00:00 +00002020-09-02T05:00:06.786-04:00IWSGIWSG: September 2020<p>&nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xVXuYTA2K1U/X02YZnxK5OI/AAAAAAAAEnw/OjKI8WUzCwc-23bLkanZWXbUIjDKAqhuQCLcBGAsYHQ/s932/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="206" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xVXuYTA2K1U/X02YZnxK5OI/AAAAAAAAEnw/OjKI8WUzCwc-23bLkanZWXbUIjDKAqhuQCLcBGAsYHQ/w210-h206/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="210" /></a></div><br />Welcome to the monthly blog hop of <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank">The Insecure Writers Support Group</a></b>. This dynamic group started by <b><a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J. Cavanaugh</a></b> and led by a group of amazing administrators, posts once a month to share our insecurities, knowledge, and to encourage each other.&nbsp; Find <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">the entire list here</a></b>.<p></p><p>This month's optional question: I<i>f you choose one author, living or not, to be your beta reader, who would it be and why?</i></p><p>That is a tough one. First, I would be completely intimidated by my choice. Brandon Sanderson is my likely first pick. He writes big books and I would love to see his series bibles for all his different series. He writes epic heroes, but they are perfectly flawed and often insecure. They make so many human mistakes, and he conveys their inner voices so well.</p><p>2020 has flown by and yet few of us can wait for it to be over and done with. Not that flipping a page on a calendar really wipes away the previous months. The stresses are many and the escapes few. It's easier for people like me who are mostly content to stay home, write and read, and who need only occasional trips to the grocery store. Though I still have to worry about my family as they all continue to go to work each day. I hope you all are doing okay. Remember to reach out with a phone call or email to someone who might be feeling alone. It will lift your spirits also.</p><p><i>"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."</i> Booker T. Washington</p><p>I'll be perfectly happy to never attend another Zoom meeting. But I have two this week and more in the days to come. I can't imagine what it is like for students and teachers to spend all day on it. On the 12th, I'm attending a virtual writers conference. We'll see how that goes.😕</p><p>I'm looking forward to <i>The Boys</i> returning for season 2 on Amazon in a few days. I'll also check out the new HBO offering, <i>Raised by Wolves</i>. There is so little new things to entertain. Good thing I enjoy books!</p><p>My granddaughter starts pre-school next week. Just two mornings each week, but I feel like I'm throwing her into the wild. LOL&nbsp; It didn't bother me at all to send my own children off to school. Being a grandparent <i>is</i> really different. Though I'll miss having my little shadow by my side for 8 or 9 hours per day, I'm excited for her to spread her wings and learn her way. She is three and a half. About time she gets going.</p><p><i>"It's great to arrive, but the trip's always most of the fun."</i> Malcolm Forbes</p><p>Who would you like as a beta reader for your work? How are you entertaining yourself and family during the restrictions? Are you keeping in touch with friends and family?</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2020/09/iwsg-september-2020.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)22tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-4446209228026339996Mon, 24 Aug 2020 09:30:00 +00002020-08-24T05:30:04.081-04:00Chrys FeyKeep Writing With FreyKeep Writing With Frey<p>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: inherit;"><i><span style="font-size: x-large;">Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!</span></i></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .2in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in;"><span style="color: black;"><o:p><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .2in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout guide you through:</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .2in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .7in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">·</span><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;">Writer's block</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .7in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">·</span><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;">Depression</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .7in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">·</span><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;">Writer's burnout</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .7in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">·</span><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;">What a writer doesn’t need to succeed</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .7in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">·</span><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;">Finding creativity boosts</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .2in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .2in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;"></span></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PXxuMIJDWYE/Xz_7zZZMqTI/AAAAAAAAEnc/dRDZ3hNhX7EiBkLGBcxetEs_S6bXOT31gCLcBGAsYHQ/s654/KWWF.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="654" data-original-width="432" height="210" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PXxuMIJDWYE/Xz_7zZZMqTI/AAAAAAAAEnc/dRDZ3hNhX7EiBkLGBcxetEs_S6bXOT31gCLcBGAsYHQ/w138-h210/KWWF.jpg" width="138" /></a></span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;">With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love - writing.<span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span><p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .2in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .2in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .2in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b><span style="color: black;">BOOK LINKS:</span></b><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .2in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .2in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Keep-Writing-Fey-Writers-Depression-ebook/dp/B0849R9S8R/"><span style="color: blue;">Amazon</span></a><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;/&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/keep-writing-with-fey-fey-chrys/1136384744?ean=9781939844743"><span style="color: blue;">Nook</span></a><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;/&nbsp;</span><a href="https://books.apple.com/ca/book/keep-writing-with-fey/id1497044824"><span style="color: blue;">iTunes</span></a><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;/&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/keep-writing-with-fey"><span style="color: blue;">Kobo</span></a><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .2in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .2in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50983917-keep-writing-with-fey"><span style="color: blue;">Goodreads</span></a><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0in; margin-left: .2in; margin-right: 0in; margin-top: 0in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b><span style="color: black;">AUTHOR’S NOTE:</span></b><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">When I shared my story about depression and writer’s burnout, I received many emails, comments, and Facebook messages from other writers thanking me for my bravery and telling me about their own trials. That really put into perspective for me how many people suffer from depression and/or burnout in silence. I had no idea those individuals were impacted by these things, just as they hadn’t known that I was, because my outward presence to others was always happy and smiley and bright.</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">After the supportive response and upon realizing how many writers in my online circles were struggling, too, I wanted to do something to help. I was candid with my experiences and blogged about the things that assisted me through the rough times in the hope that it would aid others.</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">During this time, I recognized the need for writers to receive support, guidance, tips, reminders, and encouragement during their writer’s block, depression, and burnout. That’s how I got the idea for this book. A book not just about depression or only about writer’s block, but both, and much more.</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">Since you have picked up this book, that means you may need assistance with one or all of these areas, and I sincerely hope you find what you need here…that tiny spark to get you through whatever you are going through.</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">As always, keep writing.</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">Keep believing.</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">Keep dreaming.</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">Chrys Fey</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QhmOJn8qg9w/Xz_7aL5WKzI/AAAAAAAAEnU/XOl_WV_IuV8XjAwS9D7efagY7mmEp6F_gCLcBGAsYHQ/s492/Chrys%2BFey%2BAuthor%2BPhoto.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="492" data-original-width="400" height="252" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QhmOJn8qg9w/Xz_7aL5WKzI/AAAAAAAAEnU/XOl_WV_IuV8XjAwS9D7efagY7mmEp6F_gCLcBGAsYHQ/w205-h252/Chrys%2BFey%2BAuthor%2BPhoto.jpg" width="205" /></a></span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span><p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b><span style="color: black;">ABOUT THE AUTHOR:</span></b><span style="color: black;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="line-height: 107%;">Chrys Fey is the author of </span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Write-Fey-Sparks-Guide-Publication/dp/1939844487"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="line-height: 107%;">Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication</span></i></a><span style="line-height: 107%;">. She is also the author of the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Disaster Crimes</i> series. Visit her blog, </span><a href="http://www.writewithfey.blogspot.com/"><span style="line-height: 107%;">Write with Fey</span></a><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span style="line-height: 107%;">,</span></span><span style="line-height: 107%;"> for more tips on how to reverse writer’s burnout. </span><a href="https://www.chrysfey.com/"><span style="line-height: 107%;">https://www.chrysfey.com/</span></a><span style="line-height: 107%;"> <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="color: black;"><o:p><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2020/08/keep-writing-with-frey.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-3526314473202439945Wed, 05 Aug 2020 09:30:00 +00002020-08-05T05:30:07.643-04:00Insecure Writers Support GroupIWSG: August 2020<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZIBz_RYUiJY/XyiD5UK6RnI/AAAAAAAAEmY/i5lfGfonsvooRhTMN_4QIBHcZzKuPkMNwCLcBGAsYHQ/s932/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="322" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZIBz_RYUiJY/XyiD5UK6RnI/AAAAAAAAEmY/i5lfGfonsvooRhTMN_4QIBHcZzKuPkMNwCLcBGAsYHQ/w328-h322/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="328" /></a></div>How can it be August already? Yet, I know it is because it's time for the <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank">IWSG </a></b>blog hop. Please find the other participants in this<b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank"> blog hop here</a></b>. Thank you to all those who keep this monthly event going and to <b><a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J. Cavanaugh</a></b> for bringing us all together in the first place.<div><br /></div><div>Skipping this month's optional question, let me get right to the whining part. Never mind. My family is fortunate to not have lost anyone during the pandemic though it has brought varying levels of stress to us as it has to the entire world. I know we've been blessed that none of us have lost our jobs and we haven't had to worry about money anymore than usual. So no whining this month.</div><div><br /></div><div>Like many writers, I don't mind avoiding social gatherings. Trapped at home with my writing and my books! I've gotten much more done than if we'd been doing more traveling and socializing over the past months.</div><div><br /></div><div>I'm a little bit Zoomed out, but there's no end to that in sight. I am tentatively scheduled to go to a one day writers conference in Erie in October. I love the optimism involved in planning it and really hope we can actually get together.</div><div><br /></div><div><i>"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."</i> Martin Luther</div><div><br /></div><div>I really enjoyed season 2 of The Umbrella Academy. The last season of the dystopian show I've always enjoyed, The 100, has been disappointing. TNT's The Alienist is darker and grimmer than ever. I enjoyed the books and watch the show but it's not for the faint-hearted. It's always so horrifying how terrible life was for the poor during those times. Not that's it's so great now.</div><div><br /></div><div>My husband is clinging to some hope that there will be some kind of football this fall. I'm not so hopeful, but I've talked him into a lot of home repairs because he's been bored.</div><div><br /></div><div>Funny story from my baby brother. He's a self-employed lumberjack. And he looks like one, big and strong. But when the pandemic started, he asked and was told he had to shut down. According to him, it took the state government about two weeks to figure out where toilet paper comes from. Not that anyone is accusing the government of not thinking things through, but according to my brother, the temporary toilet paper shortage was all about the lumberjacks. After a few days of shutting down, he was told he could cut trees again. He was after all, an essential worker.</div><div><br /></div><div><i>"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it more complicated."&nbsp;</i> Confucius</div><div><br /></div><div>Writing it going okay. About a month behind where I wanted to be, but I hope to be done with the first draft of my WIP by the end of the month. The good news is that I have two beta readers whom I really trust, so once I get my part done, I'm looking forward to their input.</div><div><br /></div><div>I'm driving north to Boston to pick up my daughter and bring her home for a week. She'll return to Boston University then to teach and continue her own academic program. The good thing is that BU has their own testing and labs so she doesn't have to quarantine for two weeks.</div><div><br /></div><div>Has your life been simpler or more complicated lately? Have you been stuck at home recently and is that good or bad? Did you know where toilet paper comes from or is that only state officials who didn't understand how we get paper?</div><div><br /></div><div>Hope you're all doing well and staying safe.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2020/08/iwsg-august-2020.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)26tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-9097802471229683058Wed, 01 Jul 2020 09:30:00 +00002020-07-01T05:30:07.248-04:00Alex J. CavanaughInsecure Writers Support GroupThe BoysIWSG: July 2020 Version<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-08MRua1alAQ/XvpY_76uaEI/AAAAAAAAElY/QrPN38vWyZ8kX4ve-1EOed_aP2CnA-nMACLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="196" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-08MRua1alAQ/XvpY_76uaEI/AAAAAAAAElY/QrPN38vWyZ8kX4ve-1EOed_aP2CnA-nMACLcBGAsYHQ/s200/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div>It can't be half way through 2020, though lots of people can't wait for the year to be over. Just when we think things can only get better, there's another smack in the face. At least we have the <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank">IWSG</a></b> friends to suffer, cheer, and empathize with all our woes and worries. Thanks to founder <b><a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J. Cavanaugh</a></b> and his team, we have this amazing group. Find everyone <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">on this list</a></b>.<br /><br />This month's optional question:<br /><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>&nbsp;There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?</i></span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i><br /></i></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">It would be nice if technology could stop book pirates, though I doubt that's possible. I expect to see some of the big industry publishers suffering as they stubbornly refuse to keep up with changes. I hope that small presses and indie-published writers will find more ways to meet readers and get in bookstores and libraries.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Things I'm still missing as our state crawls toward reopening: (none of them as important as people's health)</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The library is open for ordering and curbside pickup. That's nice but it doesn't give me the chance to browse for some new authors. I think next week we'll be able to go in. I also miss taking my granddaughter to their programs and to play in the children's section.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I do miss coffee with my friends and a chance to hang out at Panera or Starbucks while we catch up. Though some of those places are open, we haven't tried to dining out yet.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I am so tired of watching the same things over and over again on TV or not being able to find anything to watch. I did just start watching <i><b>The Boys </b></i>on Amazon. I don't know why I put it off. It's not my favorite. It's horrifying and actually probably how super beings would really act if they existed. They wouldn't be Steve Rogers.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">And who bought all the jigsaw puzzles? I'm a puzzle nut, the bigger and more difficult, the better. They're gone! How dare all those amateurs buy my puzzles? LOL&nbsp; I figured bikes and puzzles will be huge items at upcoming yardsales.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">That's enough whining for now except for one more thing. Still waiting to get into my hairdresser. My hair hasn't been this long for more than decade.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."</i> Abraham Lincoln</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Writing is going well though not as fast as I'd like. Don't judge me, Jo!</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">What do you see coming for the writing industry? Have you dined out recently? Did you buy my jigsaw puzzles? Any thing you're really, really missing during shut down?</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2020/07/iwsg-july-2020-version.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)38tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-5096590297186803249Wed, 03 Jun 2020 09:30:00 +00002020-06-03T05:30:00.342-04:00IWSGL. Diane WolfePennwritersIWSG: June 2020<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9dSE2HLPY90/XtbGVI-j_5I/AAAAAAAAEj8/rIyjQzfBg-Is5ggiR8jwdJ9fZavJCyQTACLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="196" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9dSE2HLPY90/XtbGVI-j_5I/AAAAAAAAEj8/rIyjQzfBg-Is5ggiR8jwdJ9fZavJCyQTACLcBGAsYHQ/s200/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div>Wow. I almost put the wrong date in the title. How can it be June already? The first Wednesday of the month means time for <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank">IWSG</a></b>. Thanks to the founder, <b><a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J. Cavanaugh</a></b>, we meet every month and share the woes and victories of being writers. Find the <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">entire list</a></b> of bloggers here on the IWSG blog.<br /><br />This month's optional question: W<i>riters have secrets! What are one or two of yours? Something readers would never know from your work?</i><br /><br />Readers of this blog probably know plenty about me. I can't think of any real secrets I keep from my blogger friends. I'm such a regular, average person that I can't think of one secret to share. But I'm interested to read about yours.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eWzfXYhuZ3k/XtbGiijNPdI/AAAAAAAAEkA/oVQHSGxuAUg_SSCTJnNWf3g43j9zHn7igCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/pw%2Blogo.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="75" data-original-width="279" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eWzfXYhuZ3k/XtbGiijNPdI/AAAAAAAAEkA/oVQHSGxuAUg_SSCTJnNWf3g43j9zHn7igCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/pw%2Blogo.png" /></a></div><br />One bit of news I would like to share. I've been elected president of <b><a href="https://pennwriters.org/" target="_blank">Pennwriters</a></b>, a state-wide writers group. I've been a member for many years and on the board for the last five. It's a lot of work and a lot of responsibility.<b><a href="https://pennwriters.org/" target="_blank"> Pennwriters</a></b> has done so much for me from the time I was a total newbie to now, that I feel like it's my time to give back. If you live in Pennsylvania or any of the surrounding states, you should check out our group. We have a mini-con in Erie in the fall and a large conference coming up in May in Pittsburgh. We had to cancel this year because of the pandemic, but we're staying positive about next year. The future is completely unpredictable.<br /><br /><i>"Real life seems to have no plots."</i> Ivy Compton-Burnett<br /><br />I'm working hard on my WIP, which is the last book in my fantasy series. If you recall from earlier posts, the first book was published by a small press who closed their doors right before the second book came out. I still need a publisher or I need to decide to self-publish. I'm going to checking out L. <b><a href="http://circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Diane Wolfe's upcoming seminars</a></b> next week. No matter which road I take, I can always learn something about promotion.<br /><br />I have been suffering some eye strain between writing and working for Pennwriters. Good thing there is nothing to watch on TV. I've been skipping that screen entirely. The news is the worst of it, too.<br /><br /><i>"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." </i>Albert Einstein<br /><br />I visited a bookstore yesterday for the first time in about two months. Our libraries aren't open yet. I miss the library. I haven't really missed most of the other stores that are closed, but when they open I intend to to support my local small business as best as I can. Later this week, I'm going to an independent bookstore and buy some books I don't have time to read. I know the owner and want her to stay in business. She is very welcoming to local authors and holds events all the time.<br /><br />Are you keeping secrets? Has your life returned to anything like normal? What have you missed the most when everything was closed? Do you have too much screen time lately?<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2020/06/iwsg-june-2020.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)28tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-556528429571644528.post-6809455207995233257Wed, 06 May 2020 09:30:00 +00002020-05-06T05:30:03.542-04:00Alex J. CavanaughInsecure Writers Support Groupwriting in the pandemicIWSG: May 2020It's been a long month for lots of people. I'm truly grateful that my family is healthy at this point and that my children are all still working and don't have to worry about their incomes. I hope all is well at your house. Because I have siblings scattered across the USA, I'm getting insight into many parts of the country and how things actually are rather than the news reports on TV.<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VDwBWyYUi3I/XrGVjMo0R7I/AAAAAAAAEi4/G6Vs_sbryGQpXOZ0Gu1iSOp6TVuL2oI2wCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="918" data-original-width="932" height="196" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VDwBWyYUi3I/XrGVjMo0R7I/AAAAAAAAEi4/G6Vs_sbryGQpXOZ0Gu1iSOp6TVuL2oI2wCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/Insecure%2BWriters%2BSupport%2BGroup%2BBadge.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>But on to the <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/" target="_blank">IWSG</a></b>, a terrific online group started by <b><a href="https://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/" target="_blank">Alex J. Cavanaugh</a></b> where writers support each other with cheers, empathy, and share amazing advice. Visit <b><a href="https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html" target="_blank">this list </a></b>of find all the participants.</div><div><br /></div><div>I'm skipping this month's questions though I look forward to seeing the responses of other participants. I'm not a ritual kind of person.</div><div><br /></div><div>I do have my own insecurities this month. With the current state of affairs around the world, more and more business is being done online. Meetings, promotions, and social interaction is taking place on numerous platforms. It seems I'm learning of new technology everyday. And b ecause of my responsibilities to my writing group, Pennwriters, I need to use some of this technology. And I don't know what I'm doing! The learning curve seems to sharp! I need to know now! Sorry for all the !!!!, but I am stressed about it. All I know how to do is keep stumbling forward.</div><div><br /></div><div>Moving on to another depressing item. The rain has been horrific here in Pennsylvania. It rained most of April and May started out with a day of flooding. Weeds, weeds, everywhere. I can't keep up with them.</div><div><br /></div><div>TV is so bad right now. The season ending of Prodigal Son was really good, but who knows when next season will be filmed. I only averaged about an hour of live TV per day before the pandemic. Now, most days I only watch a half an hour of local news. I am going to watch the new season of Medici on Netflix.</div><div><br /></div><div>Despite all the pain of dealing with technology, I'm getting a lot of writing done and reading an hour or more every day. <b><a href="https://henderson-jo.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Jo On Food, Like, and Scent of Chocolate </a></b>knows what I'm working on. I'm also getting a lot of walking in though the rain has interfered with that some days.</div><div><br /></div><div>Granddaughter is a joy. She makes us laugh so much. Two days ago, we had to watch a snake sunning itself in the front yard for twenty minutes. It's amazing to watch her little mind being curious about everything.</div><div><br /></div><div>My blog has been a bit inactive the last six months. If you would like to do a guest post or a promo post, please let me know. I would love to have you appear here.</div><div><br /></div><div>Have you been forced to attend or organize more online stuff since we've all been staying at home? How are you entertaining yourself? Is it spring yet in your neck of the woods?</div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div>https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2020/05/iwsg-may-2020.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Susan Gourley/Kelley)37