Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sept. IWSG: Blogging Struggles, Big Girl Pants, & Honing the Craft

What do these 3 things have in common? For me, everything.

It's no secret, I've lost that bloggin' feelin'. I can hear Maverick and Goose serenading me as I write this post. (Yeah, right.) But seriously, folks, the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Since I decided to reduce my blogging down to once a month (IWSG post day), I've not only lost followers, but my comments went down from between 50-75, down to 4. I've been a lousy blogger. I can only blame myself. Really. 

But I'm getting the work done. Perfecting my manuscript. Honing my craft. Every time I make a pass, the manuscript only improves. I won't lose focus of the big picture. Publication. Because truth is, it's why I've set out on this journey.

So, no pity party. I wear big girl pants. 

I have to endure the struggle. No matter what the cost. 

My copy w/ younger sibling scribbles
Honing Your Craft

I read CALL OF THE WILD in 1981. My copy still sits on my bookshelf today. Jack London and his character Buck made quite an impression on me back then. I'd like to share his philosophy about honing your craft.

1. Be decisive, choose something, then attack it.
2. Be persistent, endure struggle, and hone your craft.
3. Develop a routine and be relentless about it.
4. Settle into a groove and make the act of creating part of your life.

This article here goes on to say, Jack London was "horrifyingly prolific" when it came to writing. *whistles* What I wouldn't give to have someone say that about me some day. Wishes do no harm, right?

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IWSG

You can find out more about the Insecure Writer's Support Group here. Visit the link to find out how we're celebrating our 3 year anniversary! You can also join the group on Facebook. Please join me in thanks to Alex Cavanaugh (our mighty Ninja host) and his awesome co-hosts for the September, Laura at My Baffling Brain, Mark Koopmans, Shah Wharton, and Sheena-Kay Graham!

Write on, folks!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August IWSG (Belated)

I had every intention of posting yesterday. Really, I did. However, my husband had other plans. Yesterday morning, he announced we were repainting our wraparound porches. That's 960 sq. ft. of porch. Two coats. Didn't get much else done, but they look great!

Find out more about the Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG)
on their blog or their Facebook Page

So that I didn't completely flake out this month, I decided to go ahead and do a quick, belated post. Hope all is fabulous with everyone out there. Me? Still waiting on a few beta reads of my novel. In the meantime, I'm working on yet another pass & tweaking as I go. 

Debbie Ohi's comic seemed fitting for today's post. Enjoy!





Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at inkygirl.com

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July IWSG: Mixed Feelings About Finding Your Book in a Thrift Shop

First of all, do you buy it? Of course you do! But then the round of questions begin. Who bought it and then gave it away? Why did they not want it anymore? How come they didn't ask me to sign it? Did they absolutely hate it? (Yeah, that must be it.) 

On one hand, it's quite thrilling to find my book on a thrift store bookshelf, but on the other hand, it's quite sad, too. My hometown is a map dot of a town in Texas, so the chance that this person who bought and gave away this copy knew me, is HUGE. So again, why didn't they tell me and ask me to autograph the copy?

I know. Cry me a river, right? Life could be much worse.

I guess the one big positive is my book was for sale (even if only .99) along with tattered copies of popular children's picture books. For once in his tiny, acorny life, LITTLE A. was shelf buddies with a copy of DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!

Yes, in an odd way, Little Acorn's feeling positively giddy right about now. Me? I guess I'll go ahead and scribble this one down in my accomplishment book. 

Write on, folks!

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Have you heard? There's this fabulous group known as the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Once a month, writers around the world meet online to express their fears & insecurities. The best part is support! You're not the only one out there. We're all in this together. :) A huge shout out goes to Alex Cavanaugh, our fearless ninja leader and his co-hosts this month:  Krista McLaughlin, Kim Van Sickler, Heather Gardner, and Hart Johnson.