Wednesday, October 2, 2013
For today's Insecure Writer's Support Group, I thought I'd give a shout-out for some upcoming publications, event launching and services. Alex's helpers this month are: Julie Luek, Rachna Chabria, Beverly Fox, and Ilima Todd! Remember to stop by and thank them for their assistance.
Before I get to all the announcements however, I'd like to take a moment to thank Emily R King for her words of wisdom from her Mirror, Mirror post on Sept 25. Emily shared a personal/writing epiphany that resonated with me personally, and as a career professional in both my day job and writing aspirations. The quote I found so profoundly inspirational was in the last line of her post:
Because some of the bravest acts in life are those that require us to see ourselves for who we truly are—strengths and shortcomings—and still love ourselves with all the compassion we deserve.
Over the last year I've had many struggles in my life, and I can't honestly say I have overcome them at this time. Mostly I carry on with the day-to-day activities with an "as if" or "fake it til you make it" attitude. I haven't posted an update on my word of the year, in the last 3 months because I just haven't felt I "accomplished" anything: no writing, submitting, editing, or achievements in other areas in my day life. I'm feeling stagnant. Emily's heartfelt journey inspired me to take a long look at me, and begin a process of acceptance. Thank you Emily; and may you find peace of mind through your own words.
Moving on . . .
DL Hammons announced the six WRiTE CLUB Round Two winners: Alone, Jamie Stuart, Muleshoe, Philangelus, Vampyre 14, and the wild card winner Imalie Teller. "In the quarterfinals there will be three bouts...on Mon - Tue - Thur...with our fighters randomly re-matched. We will have three outright winners and one wildcard. Voting for all three quarterfinal bouts will remain open until noon on Sunday, October 6th. The fighters who move into the semifinals will have the opportunity to "tweak" their current submission based on the input voters have left for them. Those "tweaked" submissions will go to battle in the semifinals, where only two will become finalist. No wildcard in this round. The two fighters who make it to the finals will be asked to once more submit new 500 word writing samples, and that will be what is forwarded to our celebrity judges." Be sure to read all the excerpts and cast your vote, along with whatever feedback you are willing to offer. Sign up on the linky here to make your vote count if you have not already done so.
Nick Wilford (Scattergun Scribblings) launched his Free Lance editing services effective September 1. This is what Nick had to say regarding his services:
With the unstoppable rise of self-publishing, it’s easier than ever to put your words and stories out there in the world. This is a great thing, and I’m all for it. However, it’s not just about the story - although of course, that is the most important part - but the way it’s presented. After spending months or years on a novel, building an incredible world and honing your characters and storylines to perfection, the last thing you want is to be let down by a lack of editing. It’s just as important as an arresting cover image.
Nick Wilford, Freelance Editor is a one-stop shop for affordable editing, proofreading and formatting services. With professional training and ten years of experience as a journalist and editor, the time has come to transfer these skills in order to help out the fellow authors I have come to love.
But it doesn’t stop there. I’m ready to edit anything; from a crucial term paper, to memoirs and other non-fiction books, short stories, articles or job application letters. Let me put that finishing touch on your masterpiece.
Feel free to take a look at my website for further details of my services and prices.
Nick Wilford is a writer, freelance editor and stay-at-home dad. Fascinated by words from a young age, he trained as a journalist before embracing the calling of fiction. When not writing he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also co-running a campaign to get a dedicated specialist college built in Scotland.
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Write..Edit..Publish theme is Haunting. "You are welcome to submit any of the following – flash fiction, poetry, non-fiction or playscripts to a word count of 1,000 words – artwork and photographs accompanied by your written inspiration in creating your work/s. Sign up on the linky here and publish your contribution on your blog on Oct 30.
Have a good week everyone. See ya around your blogs.