Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Its May! And my part of Northern CA is having some nice spring weather, complete with gentle showers that water lots of May blossoms. I like cooler weather; I like snuggling under a comforter at night, long hot showers to wake me in the morning, and making stew on weekends while watching a thunder/lightening storm. I call this "cozy" weather. Hmm, got any suggestions for a good cozy mystery?
And, it's the first Wednesday of the month, so hopefully all you exhausted A-Zers made one more post for Insecure Writers Support Group! I didn't participate in A-Z, so don't look for my Reflections post. I posted more often in May than I expected to, but wasn't good at keeping up with letter specific posts. I commend everyone on their blogging spirit during the month of April.
I'm not having any insecurities lately, or any successes. I'm just going along, sporadically blogging and commenting, occasionally writing or editing on already started projects, digging through my book collections (paper and e-reader) for something interesting to read. I've been at the new job four months now, but it still feels like I'm playing catch-up to all the other workers. And I feel like I'm settled in the new home - been here about seven weeks - but I'm still adjusting to being around my family all the time, and loving all the to-do lists of making my home "my home."
Really really, I'm enjoying the mediocrity of my life. Except the allergies; I could live without that part of my life.
My IWSG post is longer than it should be, but I've got a few announcements so feel free to scroll through and get the gist; I'm sure others are posting the same announcements right now. Margo Kelly is having a giveaway also, so I'll post her's first.
To celebrate the cover reveal for Who R U Really? Margo Kelly is giving away TWO Advance Reader Copies of the book! Visit www.margokelly.net to enter by Sunday, May 11, 2014!
by Margo Kelly
Merit Press -- September 18, 2014
Thea's overprotective parents are driving her insane. They invade her privacy, ask too many questions, and restrict her online time so severely that Thea feels she has no life at all. When she discovers a new role-playing game online, Thea breaks the rules by staying up late to play. She's living a double life: on one hand, the obedient daughter; on the other, a girl slipping deeper into darkness. In the world of the game, Thea falls under the spell of Kit, an older boy whose smarts and savvy can't defeat his loneliness and near-suicidal despair. As Kit draws soft-hearted Thea into his drama, she creates a full plate of cover stories for her parents and then even her friends.
Soon, Thea is all alone in the dark world with Kit, who worries her more and more, but also seems to be the only person who really "gets" her. Is he frightening, the way he seems sometimes, or only terribly sad? Should Thea fear Kit, or pity him? And now, Kit wants to come out of the screen and bring Thea into his real-life world. As much as she suspects that this is wrong, Thea is powerless to resist Kit's allure, and hurtles toward the same dark fate her parents feared most. Ripped from a real-life story of Internet stalking, Who R U Really? will excite you and scare you, as Thea's life spins out of control.
Margo Kelly is a native of the Northwest and currently resides in Idaho. A veteran public speaker, Margo is now actively pursuing her love of writing. Who R U Really? is her debut novel and will be published by Merit Press in September 2014. Margo welcomes opportunities to speak to youth groups, library groups, and book clubs.
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And now for Carrie Butler and PK Hzreo PAY IT FORWARD letter to yourself on May 19. Here's the deets from Carrie's post:
I want to compile a free e-book for writers who are just starting on their road to publication, using advice from the most brilliant, up-and-coming voices in the industry: you guys! Here’s what it would involve:
Please write a letter/note to yourself when you first started writing toward publication. The only thing I ask is that you keep it under 800 words, including as many (or as few) of these elements as you like:
- A lesson you learned the hard way
- Something you didn't expect about the industry (positive/negative)
- A writing-related resource you could never do without now
- One thing you’d change about your journey
- One thing you’re glad you did
- Your number one tip for pursuing publication
- Anything else you feel is worth passing on
- The name you wish to be credited as
- The title (if any) you wish to follow your name, i.e. author of the series
- One major link where people can find you, i.e. website, blog, Twitter, etc.
- Whether or not you give me permission to use your entry in the e-book compilation. Don’t feel bad if you don’t want in. We’d still love to read what you have to say!
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Write Edit Publish's May theme FAILURE? IS IT? Blog hostess Denise Covey invites: You are welcome to submit any of the following – flash fiction, poetry, non-fiction or play scripts 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 now or post your direct link between May 21-24.
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That's it for my IWSG post this month. Visit the IWSG website for the complete linky list. This months co-hosts are: Lord Baldornot, aka Mark Koopmans; Joylene Nowell Buttler; Elsie Amata; and Lisa Buie-Collard.