Wednesday, June 7, 2017

IWSG June 2017--Legends


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

My life consists of work, driving in the car, and meetings these days. This morning I was listening to my favorite morning show (Bobby Bones) and they debuted Kelsea Ballerini’s new song Legends. I loved how nervous she was to have everyone hear it, and how Bobby talked about her after she left. He said he enjoys seeing these people who do big things every day still get nervous and excited because it means something to them.

The song itself made me a little nostalgic as well. Kelsea said it had multiple levels of meaning. She gave a few examples, but when I listened I thought of a completely different one. It probably came about because I was dropping my son off at his summer program and then driving to work. This is still a new phase of my life and I found I really missed the good old days when I was a stay at home mom full time. I was always there for my kids, my friends, neighbors, whatever.

The song also made me think of six to seven years ago when the blogging world was different for me. It was at least half of my universe. It was my place of education for all things writing and publishing. I made friends that I genuinely loved and looked forward to seeing what was going on in their lives.

I felt like we were legends and like the song says, “We didn’t do it for the fame and fortune.” That time in my life I did what I wanted because that’s what I enjoyed.

Have a listen!




IWSG June Question: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

Heavens! I've quit a hundred times...at least. I keep coming back because I have to write. I'm not a nice person when I don't get my creative writing time. It's a part of me and always will be. There are times when I have to "quit" whether I want to or not, but I'll always come back.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Twice the Fun, Twice the Websites

Well, the original plan was to release my new novel in November. However, I made the mistake of working on it one night when I was really tired and instead of leaving the finished project sitting in Createspace as a draft, I accepted the proof. It's been a while and I'd forgotten that publishes the book. Everything was done and ready, so I decided to roll with it.

Introducing my new alter ego.

River Ford

Hallmark Movie, Clean Romance


Blurb:
Kerri Manning returns home with only one semester of college left. She's in pain and trying to figure out what to do with a diagnosis that will change her future. It's hard to dream of happiness, but the new guy in town manages to make her laugh. Can she take a chance he'll stick around?

Eric Hunt is an up and coming sculptor who has grown tired of his fake friends in New York City. He finds himself in the small town of Eureka Springs looking for the passion he used to have for his art. Could Kerri be the inspiration he needs?

Available now on Amazon

Read the first three chapters by signing up for the River Ford Newsletter.

Enter to win a signed copy on Goodreads.

New Website--riverfordromances.com

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May IWSG--Treading Water


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Treading Water

It feels like forever since I've blogged, and for the first time in years I didn't participate in the April A to Z Challenge. It makes me sad, but I can't change things.

I've been working full time and trying to fit being a mom, wife, choir director, cub scout leader, and friend into the remaining hours. Every once in a while I get some good writing in. It's enough that I haven't "broken" yet, but not nearly enough to finish all the things that I wanted to do this year.

I'm insecure that I'll lose that fire. At the beginning of the year I was really excited about a few of my projects. They paraded and danced through my mind all day and most nights. It made sitting to write easy. Now I'm just drained and tired. I'll open a document and feel let down.

I don't like that feeling.

Theoretically, I know life will move back to my control at some point. Sadly, it seems a long way off.  In spite of the challenges, I have managed to pay for an editor for CHOCOLATE KISSES, formatted it for print (still need to do the ebook and get auditions for audible), purchased covers for all three Eureka Springs stories, and created my website and Facebook page for my pen name.

Oh, and I walked a half marathon last weekend with my hubby and oldest son. Well, they ran, but I walked and had a great time. I even made a new friend that I walked and chatted with for at least 7 miles.

So, I guess I've done a lot, but it feels like I'm treading water. Flailing around and not getting anywhere. *sigh*

Here are my goals for the summer:

1. Finish Empire Rebooted (see sidebar for stats)
2. Finish draft of Landscape Love (2nd Eureka Springs novella)
3. Work on Demon Rising (book 3 in The Magic Wakes series, see sidebar for stats)
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IWSG March 2017--Comfort Zones

I missed last month due to lots of craziness. The good news is my life is finally settling into a schedule. I'm no longer substitute teaching, but have a new job working for my community's POA (Property Owner's Association). It has definitely been a change. Which brings me to today's topic.

Last Sunday, one of the talks at church really struck a cord with me. (We don't have paid clergy, but individual members take turns preparing talks each week.) Anyway, here's what stuck with me.

Nothing great ever came from comfort zones.

The speaker went on to share the following scripture:
Ether 12:27
"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.
Wow, this was exactly what I needed to hear. It confirmed for me that the changes I had been making were good for me, even though they were hard. None of us are perfect, but we can learn and grow stronger when we trust in the Lord.

Okay, I'll move to something more secular for you to relate to. I have a sweet puppy who is very loving and energetic. However, when she gets over stimulated she retreats to her comfort/safe zone. She will lay half way under the couch for half an hour or so until she feels ready to come out.


Sometimes this isn't enough. She will wiggle her way all the way under the couch and stay for hours.


How many times do we do this with our writing? I know I like to stay in my little scifi/fantasy world. I can make up any technology or magic device needed to solve my problems. We need to read outside our comfort zones for the same reasons. We will learn and grow in ways we can never plan.

I've stepped out of my comfort zone in the last four months and struggled to write a contemporary story. It wasn't easy, but I learned so much about myself. I learned that if I worked hard enough I could do it. I'm kind of proud of that.

So, here's my challenge for you. Figure out what your comfort zone is.
Are you hiding there?
What can you do to push yourself forward?


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

March Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

I'm currently pulling out some old bits and pieces of Sendek history in an effort to rework a story I can give for free. So far it's a lot of fun, but I don't know how it will work out in the end. :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IWSG How did January 2017 start for you?

Wow, I hope the first few days of January are not a type of things to come. I spent all day on the 1st and 2nd in the car driving across country to move my daughter into her college dorms. This is what it looked like. 

There was snow, ice, sand from the snow plows caked on my car and windshield, 1 degree temperatures (mostly and average temp of 28 degrees though), disappointing food stops, 314 songs saved on my van's hard drive, 22 hours of singing along to those songs, 1 bag of york peppermint patty minis, 1 box of wheat thins, 1 box of CheeseIts, 1 bag of the soft SweetTart candies, several bottles of water, one nice hotel, one iffy hotel (current without wifi that works!), and one 5-hour shot.

And that's just what it took to get to Idaho! I'll be here through today and head home tomorrow all by myself. I'm afraid it might take several more of those 5-hour shots to get home. 

When I get home, my oldest daughter will also be gone. I had to say goodbye on Sunday, but she left to serve a mission for our church yesterday. My entire home life is changing and my emotions are raw. 

It's wonderful to see them growing up and making wonderful choices, but what will I do without them around? They've grown into such wonderful personalities. I simply like hanging out with them.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

January 4th Question: What writing rule do you wish you'd never heard?

I don't think there is a rule that I wish I hadn't heard. It would be easier to share my favorite rule, the one I've adopted as complete LAW. The one that often negates or diminishes those I might have wish I'd never heard.

Follow your heart.

If you do that, everything else will work out. It's as simple as that. Not, write what you know, but follow your heart and write about whatever it is inside that pushes you to write. 
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