Tuesday, January 31, 2023

#IWSG How Are You (Book) Covered?


It's Insecure Writer's Support Group day! If you'd like to join, GO HERE

A million thanks to our host Alex Cavanaugh, and this month's co-hosts,  Jacqui Murray, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Pat Garcia, and me, Gwen Gardner!

This month's optional question is: If you are an indie author, do you make your own covers or purchase them? If you publish trad, how much input do you have about what goes on your cover? 

I'm primarily an indie author, and there is no way that I make my own covers. I have no talent in that direction. I have a long time relationship with my illustrator, Corona,  who has done all of my covers. She is extremely talented and open to my input. Plus she can make other marketing materials, such as post cards and bookmarks. She illustrated my blog and website headers as well. 

Do you make your own covers? 

Or have input on your traditionally published covers?

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

#IWSG: 2023 Word of the Year

It's the first posting of the year for Insecure Writer's Support Group. It you'd like to join, go HERE. 

Thanks to our host, Alex Cavanaugh, and this month's co-hosts for keeping this event ongoing: Jemima Pett, Debs Carey, Kim Lajevardi, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and T. Powell Coltrin!

January 4 optional question - Do you have a word of the year? Is there one word that sums up what you need to work on or change in the coming year? For instance, in 2021 my word of the year was Finish. I was determined to finish my first draft by the end of the year. In 2022, my word of the year is Ease. I want to get my process, systems, finances, and routines where life flows with ease and less chaos. What is your word for 2023? Why?

I was texting with a friend on New Year's Day and she asked me about my "word" and shared that her word for 2023 is "release". I replied that that had been my word for the last fifteen years and that I was ready to let it go. *groans at my own joke*

Anyhoo, upon further thought, I chose the word "patience". Until recently I would have said that I am a very patient person. And I am...or I was. But I've found that age-related issues have provided me with new ways to test my patience in a different way. So thank you for that, Universe! *shakes fist*

I'm glad my friend prompted me to choose a word for 2023. I can use it as a way to be more mindful about being patient. 

Did you choose a word this year?

If so, please share! 

Happy New Year, everyone!

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

IWSG: God Bless Us, Everyone!

It's the first Wednesday of the month and it's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group post! If you'd like to join, go HERE

This month's optional question is: It's holiday time! Are the holidays a time to catch up or fall behind on writer goals?

I always feel like I'm behind on writer goals. I always want to do so much but life gets in the way. I retired last April, lived in our motorhome for five months while looking for an affordable forever home, found our forever home (yay!) in October and moved to Arizona. 

It was a crazy time. 

BUT!  I did NaNoWriMo last month and wrote over 50K words! I wrote two novellas and added some words onto a book I started seven years ago. I call that a win!

Of course, the downside is that I wrote it quickly and so most of it is not pretty! I have a lot of editing to do, but at least I have something to edit!

 I want to wish you all HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 
I'm grateful for you all, and your support.

Here's my favorite line from A Christmas Carol 
by Charles Dickens. 

Bob Cratchitt said of his son, Tiny Tim, at church on Christmas Eve:
Somehow he gets thoughtful, sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas day who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.
Will you catch up on writing goals during the holidays, or fall behind? 

Do you keep to a writing schedule or does life get in the way?