Wednesday, September 2, 2015

IWSG - September: Sitting on the Fence



The Insecure Writers Support Group meets online every first Wednesday of the month. Founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh, IWSG was created to support and encourage all writers in every phase of their work, from writing to marketing. Click here to join, and for information, writing tips and more. 

The awesome co-hosts for the September 2 posting are Julie Flanders, Murees Dupé, Dolorah at Book Lover, Christine Rains, and Heather Gardner!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Where has time gone? It is now officially over one year since I moved to my new home and community. I brought with me a novel that begged completion and an inner voice that nagged me constantly. "Are you kidding me? Just how serious are you? You should have finished this novel months......no, years ago!" I suspect there are some in my family who would echo the same. 

So why do I continue making promises, sitting on the fence, waiting for that magic moment? Because it's TRUE. The story is complete and aside from the tweaks I'm doing with my new editing software, SmartEdit, I've about exhausted all I can do. So....bear with me, dear blog friends. I promise I will produce!

Meanwhile, I've been impressed with the support the blog community offers its members. Since my goal has been to publish my novel, I've been slowly converting my blog to one more supportive of others in the same boat. I've added an author blog roll of YA/MG writers and another with Author Helps. The list continues to grow as I discover more links. Also, I took Lexa Cain's advice and added a "Celebrate the Small Things" blog roll at the bottom. Blog rolls can clutter up a blog, I admit, but they are extremely helpful in knowing when others post. I tried using Feedly for this purpose, but the extra steps and organization was too time consuming. So for now....this is the best I can think to do.

One goal I've had is to read more books and short stories published by other bloggers, in their support. I spent some time organizing my e-reader (a few books in print) and was surprised at the books I'd acquired. I'm not a fast reader and resist skim reading, but want to mention the books and short stories I have read, ones I'm currently reading, and ones I plan to read. I wish I could do a real review of these, but I'm  committed to the reviews I already do, which just about maxes out my capabilities and time. Not sure how the rest of you manage writing and reading. I'm slow as molasses.

Here are some AWESOME published authors and their works:

Reading and Enjoying Now:

--Beyond Suspicion by Catherine A. Winn (YA)
Accused of murder and her little brother missing, fifteen-year-old Shelby faces the challenge of a lifetime.
--CassaFire by Alex J. Cavanaugh (Adult Sci-fi )
A Star Trek space adventure complete with racial tension, space ships, mysterious aliens about to attack, and a love story.
--The City of Refuge (Book 1) by D.M. Wilder (Historical fiction) A mystery set in Egypt about one man's journey on the Paths of Righteousness. A story of revenge and renewal. 

Read and Enjoyed: 

--Moonless (Maiden of Time) by Crystal Collier (YA)
Sixteen-year-old Alexia has no idea she comes from a strange breed of people and that lives are in danger, until she meets a frightening man who becomes the love of her life.
 --"The Mission" by L.X. Cain (Short Story) (YA, MG)
Two boys and a spooky mission, where a giant plant from one's worst nightmare threatens their lives.
--Loathe your Neighbor by D.A. Cairns (Adult Fiction)
Meet David Lavender, a man who must bear the consequences of ill thought out actions and a neighbor who brings out his worst. 
--"Ghost of Death" by Chrys Fey (Short Story) (Adult Fiction) 
A mysterious murder is solved with the help of a ghost.
  
On Shelf to Read (and growing....):

--Alligators Overhead by C. Lee Mckenzie (YA)
--The Great Timelock Disaster (sequel) by C. Lee Mckenzie (YA)
--Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls by Elizabeth Varadan     (Middle Grade)
--25 Flowers by Stephanie Faris (Middle Grade)
--Counting to D by Kate Scott (YA)
--Breakthrough by Stephen Tremp (YA)
--Ursa Major by Tamara Narayan (YA)
--Odin Cats by Sandra Cox (YA)
--Who R U Really by Margo Kelly  (YA)
 --12 Days of Krista May Rose by Rebeccah Giltrow (Adult)
--A Muddy Red River by D.A. Cairns (Adult)
--In Praise of Lilith, Eve & Serpent in the Garden of Eden & Other Stories by Susan Scott (Nonfiction)
--Stranger or Friend by Silvia Villalobos (Adult)
--Khamsin, The Devil Wind of the Nile by Inge H. Borg 
(Historical fiction)
--Not a Drop to Drink by Patsy Collins (Short stories)
--Lady Thy Name is Trouble by Lori L. MacLaughlin (Fantasy)
--The Ghosts of Aquinnah by Julie Flanders (Mystery)
--Woven by Michael Jensen & David Powers King (YA)

39 comments:

  1. I was thinking the same thing about my move, it is now six months and time passes so quickly.
    Most enjoyable post to read.
    Yvonne.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. I wish the move had gone smoother....but better now.

      Delete
  2. Time seems to whizz by when your not looking! It does sound as though you are nearly there with your editing so congrats on that. I look forward to hearing about your next step. Highlighting and supporting fellow writers is a wonderful thing to do, like you my TBR list grows all the time!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Adding my support of fellow writers is an important step. I'm still learning how to do this. My next step is to begin querying my book!

      Delete
  3. I want SmartEdit buy there's not MAC version :( Sounds great, and it's getting you closer to the publishing point. :) I also read really slow and have a bad memory. Always have, which makes reading and reviewing is hard work!!

    Nice collection of books you have there though. :)

    http://shahwharton.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hmm.....you might check again. I could have sworn I saw a MAC version. Thanks for stopping by, Shah!

      Delete
  4. Maybe you should set a date to write your query and begin querying. Deadlines are great motivators.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great idea, setting a deadline. When I wrote nonfiction for Greenhaven and Lucent Press, deadlines were critical. But I need to finish the SmartEdit process first. Did not realize there was so much to check. Amazing software. I highly recommend it.

      Delete
  5. Congrats on getting your book completed except for tweaks. That's great! I'm glad the blog roll advice is helping you stay organized. Thanks so much for the shout out about The Mission!! My TBR list is getting as long as yours. If only there were more hours in the day...

    ReplyDelete
  6. Happy to do so, Lexa. "The Mission" would be fun to read out loud as a family at Halloween.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow, thanks for reading CassaFire! I'm honored.
    Supporting others is one of the greatest things we can do.
    Do you have critique partners lined up? They'll help you polish to perfect and get that manuscript out there.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're welcome! I may pass it onto my husband. He loves space adventures.

      I'm almost afraid to put my ms through the critique process again. Ten critiques three years ago sent me back to the drawing board, and much has changed. My husband did another edit a year ago, thought it was ready...well, I found more to fix. So I'm torn....do I need another full critique, or a copy edit? I have yet to line up critique partners here....I'm pretty isolated in my new community and have no interest in a beginner's group.

      Delete
    2. You need to find someone you trust. I found all of my critique partners by putting out a call for help on my blog. The partners I have now are priceless. Maybe you should try that?

      Delete
    3. THANKS, I need to give this some thought. I assume when you say partnering with someone, there is no cost for the service, but an even exchange. That's been my experience. Also trust is a big issue. I'm encouraged that you found partners this way.

      Delete
  8. Congrats on completing your book! I hope the rest of the tweaks go well and you can get it out there so we can read it soon. There are so many books by bloggers I have to read yet. The list just keeps getting longer, but I am really trying.

    Thanks for adding Ghost of Death to your list! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, and you're welcome! My home as a girl was supposedly haunted, so I grew up with ghost stories. Never saw one myself (just my mom and sister).

      Delete
  9. Good luck with the edits on your story. Being able to say "the end" is great.
    You have some wonderful books on your list. I've read some of them.
    So nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, and very nice to meet you Beverly! I have a lot of reading ahead of me :)

      Delete
  10. A lot of those books I've read or have on my TBR shelf too. Good luck with the edits and with reading! :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thank you, it felt better listing them out. I really had no idea I'd acquired so many....and plan to read them all. As for editing, I just want to be done!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I'm so pleased to see Odin Cats on your shelf:)
    Kudos for supporting our folks. I'm trying to do the same, but moving slowly........

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, I can't wait to read it, Sandra. The cover is so cute :)

      Yes, I really like SmartEdit. Very easy to use. It even searches out cliches. I tried it for free at first, which I recommend. For me, it was a no-brainer.

      Delete
  13. PS Do you like Smart Edit? Is it easy?

    ReplyDelete
  14. Good luck on the tweaking Sharon! When does one stop I wonder? I'm in the same boat with the WIP. I love reading, and about what others are reading and nearly fell off my chair when I saw mine there (blush):) My Kindle is coming along with me tomorrow when I fly off to Turkey ... I have a CS Lewis (Narnia) book 'Till we haves Faces', a retelling of the Psyche and Amor myth, which I've heard is excellent and I'm looking forward to reading. Although I have several others on Kindle as well ..
    Tempus Fugit: next year when your 2nd year of relocation happens, you will not believe it. It's how I feel after our two years and a few months ... where the H did the time go?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks...I need to get busy. And good luck on your WIP too!
      Ooh....another C.S. Lewis fan. He helped shape my thinking early on, but I have not read all. Could not resist buying your book....your A-Z was fascinating :) Safe trip to Turkey, my friend.

      Delete
  15. It's fantastic that you are so supportive. I always aspire to help others too. All the best with your novel.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I believe it's what bloggers excel at best. I'm learning from others as I go :)
      Thanks Murees!

      Delete
  16. Moving to a new place is stressful, even if it is good stress! It's wonderful that you are in the tweaking stage--can't wait to get there myself :). I hope you enjoy my novel! Thanks for supporting me and setting your goal of supporting others--that's something we writers should all get on board to do!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! I think I'm finally over the stress part.
      Meanwhile, I've been sitting in the back watching everyone support each other and thought it was time to offer some myself. The talent in this community is incredible. I feel honored to be a part. Have started your novel and it's wonderful, Catherine :)

      Delete
  17. I agree with the others. Write your query and start sending it out. You write so beautifully, and engage your audience with your posts, and I can't imagine a novel by you would not be excellent. Keep me posted!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Humbled by your comment Diana. There comes a time when sitting on the fence is no longer comfortable. I'll be sure to let you know!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I think it's so cool how you want to support authors more on your blog. Sounds like you have a lot of books on your plate! (Or, rather, your e-reader. LOL.) And gosh, I can relate so well to being "slow as molasses." I keep trying to figure out how to be speedier when it comes to reading, drawing, etc, but I always seem to fail, haha. Anyway, best of luck with your writing and getting out of the endless cycle of tweaking! (I can relate to the latter far too well, too... XD)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Heather! Re-tweaking appears to be a common problem. Also reminded I have something to send your way.... I need to dig into my photo archives but I'll find it :)

      Delete
  20. Yay! I made your list. My list is just ridiculously long. Of course, every time you read one, you add two more to the list, right?!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have always wanted to read it.....and will eventually, as (you are right :) the list continues to grow!

      Delete
  21. I remember making a major move years ago and the writing happened so slowly. That's a great list of books. I've read some and others are on my wish list.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This move was harder than others. I think I'm getting too old for this...we've moved 18 times in our marriage and I just want to stay put. Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  22. I am also a slow reader and easily get distracted. Amazing how fast a year goes by and then we wonder what we did. We had so much we wanted to accomplish and find we did so little.

    ReplyDelete
  23. But life is good, eh Birgit? I try to focus on steps forward, be it ever so slow. And one thing about having a full plate, we never get bored :) The big question I sometimes have is whether I should be doing something else or the current goal more.....or less. Family and faith definitely trump all...but it's never that simple.

    ReplyDelete

"Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary
(A.B. Alcott). Stay and visit awhile. Your comments mean a lot to me.

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...