Wednesday, September 2, 2015

IWSG September - If you can't say something nice

This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for September.

It's the 4th anniversary of IWSG!
Alex's awesome co-hosts this month are: 
Dolorah at Book Lover
Please stop by their blogs and say thank you.
And be sure to check the IWSG website.
                                                   There's a big announcement today!

I'm sure you've heard the saying If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. (It was grumbled, sermonized, and snapped at me more times in my youth than I care to remember.) That's a good rule of thumb for relating to others, but it could also benefit us writers when we talk to ourselves.

Next time you find yourself having some negative, insecure, self-deprecating thought, instead of berating yourself, stop and find something nice to say instead.

"My writing is crap. No one will ever want to read this." could become "My writing has improved a lot. If I keep learning, I'll create something I can really be proud of." 

"Between family and work and laundry, I can barely find any time to write. I should just give up." might morph into "Look at how much I've accomplished, even with such limited writing time. Success doesn't exist on only one timetable."

What disparaging thoughts can you think of and turn on their heads?

IWSG is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. It's a monthly bloghop that offers a safe haven for writers to express their feelings and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. It's also a venue for offering support, both in the form of comments and positive posts. Writers of all kinds are welcome. 

We 'meet' the first Wednesday of every month. If you're interested in learning more, click on the link above. And don't be intimidated by the size of the group. We're not expected to visit everyone on the list
I'm hosting a giveaway this month to celebrate the release of Precious Atonement! I would have done it sooner, but getting three kids back to school and hand-making some of the prizes slowed me down. 

Better late than never, right? :P   

As a bonus, the Kindle and Nook versions of both my books are on sale for 99c!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for visiting. :)

Eat at Jo's

Well, you can't really eat at Jo's, but those recipes she posts make you wish you could.

Jo Wake was kind enough to mention Precious Atonement on her blog today. As a special treat, she's including a recipe for a dish that was mentioned in the book. I hope you'll pay her a visit. :)

In other news...

It's my mother's birthday today. 
Happy Birthday, Mom! :D

Precious Atonement is on sale for 99c. 
Only a few days left!

Kindle  ~  Nook

(P.S. Check my IWSG post today for a giveaway.)

Thanks for visiting. :)

Monday, August 31, 2015

C. Lee McKenzie is taking it off!

Her hat, that is. :)

Lee graciously offered to feature Precious Atonement on her 'Hats Off Corner' today. I hope you'll pay her a visit.

ETA: Lee and I seem to be experiencing some technical difficulties.
I worked last night, so I'll sort it out after I've had a nap. ;)


...I'm back.

Lee and I got our dates crossed. I'll be visiting on her blog in September. But you can still click through and enjoy reading about today's guest, Barry Lyga. :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Truth or Lie & Encouraging Thunder

Several months ago (we won't say how many), Eva Solar gave me the Encouraging Thunder award. I'm flattered, but I think Eva's the one who encourages thunder and everyone around her.

I'd seen Eva around the blogosphere, but I got to know her when she joined a private goal group I'm a part of. Let me tell you, this woman is an inspiration. She's been through hell and back and yet, somehow, manages to maintain a positive outlook and a vivacious, supportive personality. Our group and the blogospere at large wouldn't be the same without Eva.

I have the option to name names and pass on the award, but so many people have encouraged me over the years, I wouldn't know where to begin listing them all. So I'll thank Eva and you, too, if you're one of those people, and if you're a regular part of my online life, you are. :)

I cloned myself today. I'm over at Crystal Collier's blog, telling two truths and doing a smidgen of fibbing. If you guess the lie, you have a chance to win a signed copy of Precious Atonement. Hope to see you there. :)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Tips for Writer's Block & Winner Announced!

I'm guest posting on Annalisa Crawford's blog today with my Top 5 Tips for Writer's Block. There's a giveaway, too.

If you entered the Precious Atonement giveaway on Alex's blog last week, click through and see if you won.

Good luck! :)