Wednesday, November 6, 2019

#IWSG: To post or Not to Post ?

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There was a time when I was a savvy blogger. Someone once said I had great web presence. Then I had child #5 and all that went downhill. It takes a lot for me to keep up with this blog with just posting once a month!

I've missed twice in a row a few times and have re-entered my name into the IWSG list a few times. Not proud, but it happens. Ha ha. Then I come across people on that list who don't post at all and I wonder why I don't have that same luck? Why don't the IWSG gods oversee my accidental neglect as they do theirs?

I feel stuck. I suppose my attitude tells me I'm probably not really ready for entering the blogging world again--it takes a good few hours of my day. I feel stretched thin but feel it's important with keeping my finger on the pulse of presence! Or am I fooling myself?

How do you juggle blogging, writing, and real life? What's your formula?






Wednesday, October 2, 2019

#IWSG Lone Wolf-itis

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brown dog near trees during snow
Photo by Jason Abdilla @ Unsplash.com

I have a problem that I struggle with and it's being a lone wolf. I'm the wolf that wanders the wild countryside, feeling forlorn as the rest of the pack frolics in the streambed while I look on. Yet, when I am called to join, I suddenly feel shy and resistant.

Wolves, Park, Wolf, Wild, Nature, Carnivores, Zoo
Photo by Jimoody8 on Pixabay.com

This is the way it is with my writing. On social media, many of my writerly peers gather and share and swap while I look on. I do feel left out as I watch from the borders. However, if I'm invited to join the group as a whole I feel caught and bound.

White, Wolves, Pack, Nice, Animals
Photo by FRESCO on Pixabay.com

Another instance is the critique group: I love hearing about the camaraderie and friendships borne and nurturing that happens there. I watch with envy and yes, you guessed it: The moment I'm invited I have a slew of concerns I'm immediately faced with: 

1- I struggle with just doing 10 pages at a time, especially when I have a stash of completed novels. 

2- Can't we just swap entire books? Because my mind works one book at a time when critiquing, not in tiny segments which drives me absolutely bonkers! (Yes, that means I'm willing to swap entire novels with a single partner as well.)

3- Dividing my work with 2 people or more feels too much for me, especially when I relish the idea of hoarding a single person's attention all to myself (critique partner anyone?).

4- Most of the time, a person in a group doesn't want to meet on an individual basis, feeling it's not worth their time. Really? The power of one is fabulous--think of a tutor with a student. Right?

I'm sure there's more but I can't think of any right now...


Wolf, Lonely, Rest, Sunset, Nature, Animal
Photo by Papafox on Pixabay.com

I realize that I'm an introvert by nature. I thrive with a dedicated writing partner who takes me and my work seriously (and in turn, I am just as loyal and dedicated). I love soundboarding ideas, working through writer's block (I'm good at helping with detangling sticky block messes), cheering and encouraging and carrying, I love the idea of getting together on a regular basis just to write in silence. Ha! I make a good writing coach and partner. Who will take me seriously and not give up? In all the 20+ years I've been writing, I've yet to find someone who fits this. I can't be the only person out there who's this weird!

Am I?


(this video fits me--haha!)

               




How do you go about writing? Are you a lone wolf? Are you a social butterfly? How do you handle 10 pages at a time with critique groups? Do you ever feel the need of having one dedicated writing partner?



Wednesday, September 4, 2019

#IWSG: Movies v. Books

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I have a complaint about movies.

We see someone shoot a gasoline spill which in turns blows up the gas station. We see a young girl beat up three grown men. A man hurls himself off a building and survives to beat the hero another day. 

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If we wrote those scenes into our books, why is it not acceptable and why is it that viewers of motion pictures are more willing to suspend belief? 


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photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash

We authors get lynched for not connecting the dots to logic’s dictation and I find that very annoying. 


Anyone else noticed the same? Or feel the same?




Wednesday, July 3, 2019

IWSG: Social Media Blues

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space gray iPhone 6 with Facebook log-in display near Social Media scrabble tiles
photo by William Iven via Unsplash.com


I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. My initial reason for setting my account there was for business, but since my 7-year author sabbatical, I've lost much of my fanbase and online presence. This wasn't of my own choosing but here I am.

I'm slowly reemerging and Facebook is my main door to online presence. 


I know many authors haven't touched Facebook with an eyelash bat. For the most part, it's what I'm familiar with. I could reevaluate my views/strategy regarding Facebook and approach it differently--how do you do it?

If you haven't touched Facebook, I'd love to know your reasons. If you're on Facebook, what do you like or don't like about it? What works for you? How do you make it work for you?







Wednesday, June 5, 2019

IWSG: My issue with Web Building


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I've been falling in and out of writerly habits, it's been crazy. One thing that keeps jumping back at me is my website. I created one back in 2011 using Weebly. I've listed the books I was working on, the books I've published, events, biography, writing tips ... but I'm just not happy with the layout. I'm not fond of my hosting site anymore--I've always found the drag-and-drop for my pages cumbersome.

My writing is all over the place: I write historical, contemporary, realistic, YA, fantasy, children's, paranormal. What theme should I use for my website's appearance? Something neutral?

Honestly, I've been mulling over how to share my qualms with you for the past year already! Talk about insecure, right?


Macro Photography of Spider Web With Water Drops
photo by Pixabay on Pexels

I'd love to know your thoughts on what an author website should have. What should it not have? What do you think about keeping it simple? I've seen where authors have everything under the sun.

Also, which web builder do you prefer? Why? How did you find yourself where you are with your website if you have one? Thank you for your insight!




Friday, May 10, 2019

Ask an Author Time!



Happy Friday, everyone! For the first time in years, I'm participating in a live Author Question and Answer Panel!

The first time was at a Writer's Conference (LTUE) back in 2012. It was nerve-wracking but SO fun! I loved the camaraderie we developed though we met for the first time--and the audience! What wonderful support they showed us.

This time, we're holding it online! Guess what? You're invited! You can create a guest account and sign in and ask your undying questions to the authors! You'll hear us bumbling around as we answer but we'll have fun.

What have you always wanted to ask an author?


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Masquerade Ball Bloghop: The Unmasking and Book Release Celebration!

BONG! BONG! And the clock strikes the 13th hour and it is time for the UnMasking! Welcome to the world, Masquerade: Oddly Suited!



                               

The Cog Prince









  Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince?

Falling in love, saving the day, and a masque—oh my! The clock strikes the thirteenth hour and Ivy is sucked into a masquerade ball of whirling dancers where the Cog Prince has summoned her. Mysterious darkness seeks their destruction and she alone holds the key. Will Ivy save his kingdom in time?










 Masquerade: Oddly Suited
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Find love at the ball...

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual companion or a date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…




Available April 30, 2019
$14.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 200 pages, Freedom Fox Press
Young Adult Fiction: Romance - General (YAF052000) / Paranormal (YAF052050) / Contemporary (YAF052020)
Print ISBN 9781939844644 eBook ISBN 9781939844651
Order through Ingram, Follett Library Resources, or publisher direct
$4.99 EBook available in all formats


“READ IT! There is something for everyone! Do you want Love? Got it! Do you want vampires? Got it! Do you want time travel? Go it!” - Jessica Renfro, book reviewer

“A diverse collection of m/f YA clean-reads romances to transport readers between the past, present, and future, from the sea bottom to the virtual clouds.” - J. Lenni Dorner, author

"Stories that will chill your heart, bring smiles to your lips, and keep you turning pages." - Beverly Stowe McClure, author


Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database; articles; monthly blog posting; Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram groups; #IWSGPit, and a newsletter.
www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com
Freedom Fox Press
A division of Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
P.O. Box 383, Pikeville, NC 27863-0383
inquiries@dancinglemurpressllc.com




Elizabeth Mueller


THE COG PRINCE
Falling in love, saving the day, and a masque—oh my! The clock strikes the thirteenth hour and Ivy is sucked into a masquerade ball of whirling dancers where the Cog Prince has summoned her. Mysterious darkness seeks their destruction and she alone holds the key. Will Ivy save their kingdom in time?





Author bio
Award-winning author Elizabeth Mueller lives in Texas with her husband, five lively children, five indoor kitties, a few outdoor kitties, seventeen chickens, and a horse named Hazel. While she enjoys homeschooling her kidlets, she thrives as a full-time writer of any genre that captures her heart. She loves to hear from her readers! Email her at elizabeth.mueller.author (a) gmail.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or visit ElizabethMueller.com.

  

The Ball is still afoot, please follow links below for the unmasking!  

Jennifer Lane http://jenniferlanebooks.blogspot.com
Deborah Solice https://thefabulistdotblog.wordpress.com/
CD Gallant-King http://www.cdgallantking.ca/
Chelsea Marie Ballard https://www.facebook.com/masqueradeoddlysuited
Carrie-Anne Brownian http://carrieannebrownian.wordpress.com
Myles Christensen www.myleschristensen.com
Anstice Brown https://dustingthesoul.com
Angela Brown http://publishness.blogspot.com/





Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Day #5 Masquerade Ball Bloghop: A Night Out

Hello! So today I’m hosting one of the authors from Masquerade: Oddly Suited. I’m keeping my guest anonymous as this is the “masked” part of our Ball. Each author will “unmask” his or her own character on April 30th when our book releases. What a way to bring it in! Welcome to the Masquerade Ball blog hop!

So, about my author guest: “I started writing poetry and short stories in my early years of primary school and won my first writing competition when I was a gap-toothed seven-year-old. I used to have a pink and purple typewriter when I was a kid and I sorely wish I had a grown-up version now! I've recently celebrated my 10th 'blogversary'.”

Here’s a sneak peek teaser you will not find in the publication. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Show don't Tell #IWSG


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woman sitting on bed with flying books
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Show, don't tell, they say. Less is more and more is less, they say. Well ... HA!

Sometimes I give longwinded explanations and confuse the masses. I reiterate it into what I think is simpler but still gain a following of mass confusion.

One of my writerly frustrations is teaching or leading. I can do fiction well. But when it comes to something else, it filters out differently from my brain to my mouth. The past few months I've spent hours creating marketing strategies for Masquerade: Oddly Suited and have shared my vision with the anthology authors.

I created some visuals and hope that my effort explains better in depth than jumbled words. My sister once asked me to explain something to her as though she is a 4th grader. I don't want to offend anyone by being too simple.

What are your strategies, techniques, when holding workshops or presentations at author events?


Guess what? Our book releases April 30th! Squeee! We are hosting many events that is building to the climax. We also have an $50 Amazon gift card giveaway:


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About the Anthology

Title: Masquerade: Oddly SuitedRelease date: April 30th, 2019
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press
Genres: Young Adult Fiction: Romance – General / Paranormal / Contemporary
Print ISBN: 9781939844644
EBook ISBN: 9781939844651


Book cover for Masquerade: Oddly Suited
Find love at the ball...

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?
Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. 



Don your mask and join the party…



badge for Masquerade Ball Blog Hop



Thursday, March 7, 2019

Good or Bad? The Perspective View #IWSG


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Please forgive me for posting way past Wednesday! The month escaped me and I remembered too late!

The question of the month is: Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?


photo by TK Hammonds via Unsplash.com


I always write through the protagonist's viewpoint because I have an affinity toward good guys (and gals) compared to bad ones. It's just easy for me to put myself in the place of someone who strives to make right choices and overcome obstacles.

I have written one book through a young man's point of view who's turned into a demon on his 18th birthday. He doesn't really see himself as a villain until he recognizes the harm he's doing to others and is shocked at his behavior. He has internal struggles but doesn't know how to cope with his existence. Though he does have heroics, the characters view him as a villain! Haha


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Another story I wrote is through an assassin's viewpoint but he falls in love with his victim and goes against all odds to protect her and her son against his handler (he does slay a group of people at the beginning of the book).



I suppose it all depends on what my muse wants me to write! What about you? Do you prefer writing through the good guy's perspective, or the bad guy's?












Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Creating is Synonymous to Escapism #IWSG


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photo by Garik Barseghyan from Pixabay.com

Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?



I've always loved drawing. It was the first thing I learned before writing. My mother is an artist and she'd draw me pictures of horses and I'd spend my time tracing over them with my pencil until I was able to go at it on my own.

After years of drawing with pencil, I tried drawing portraits using graphites. I've used colored pencils, soft and hard pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, marker... To say the least, I feel that I've excelled with graphites. I feel unsure about my other art forms.

I've always stayed clear of digital art. I was scared of the learning curve. Then one day, I decided to enter a contest via Webtoons.com and forced myself to learn how to do digital art. It was a learning curve that took me a week to pin down. Whew! I thought it would take me months! One thing, though, if you know how to draw with a pencil, going digital isn't so difficult--it's the learning the applications of the different "buttons" that's the toughest thing!




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using graphites
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using pencil


Image may contain: cloud, sky, outdoor, water and nature
my digital art using oil paints
I've experimented with photo editing and making mock book covers just to see if I could do it. Still a work in progress:



Then there's photography. And cooking. Baking. Cutting hair. Haha!



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my daughter
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Brigham City Utah Temple
  

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cut my son's hair when he was 15
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My daughter's Extreme A-line Hair cut when she was 10.
This was a HUGE challenge as it was my very first one.
I'd gotten the instructions from online.
Glad it came out way cute. Whew!

























Then there's making friends! That's all I can think of for now on what I can do other than write.

Exciting news! The 2019 IWSG Anthology has a new cover!

Ebook available now for preorder! 😝


Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…


My story's title is The Cog Prince. A little about it:
Falling in love, saving the day, and a masque--oh my! The clock strikes the thirteenth hour and Ivy is sucked into a masquerade ball of whirling dancers where the Cog Prince has summoned her.
Mysterious darkness seeks their destruction and she alone holds the key. Will Ivy save his kingdom in time?

Can't wait for its release! 


Though I have other creative avenues, the one that provides the best escapism is writing of course!


What is your form of escapism?













Wednesday, January 2, 2019

IWSG January 2019


Before I say anything
                                  . . .


HaPpY nEw YeAr!!!!!


Now onto the regular programming.



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Today’s question - What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

Well, shame on me because I can't think of anything right now. After 2 months of holidays and battling sickness from my family, my brain isn't cooperating. Also, I've set aside my writing-to-public relations for such a long time that I've fallen off the grid. I need to crank these old wheels again because I'm coming out of hiding!

Guess what? I'm one of the winners for the IWSG Anthology contest. Squeeeeeee! 



Here is the list--congratulations, guys!

Oddly Suited by LG Keltner
Sea of Sorrows by AV Brown
Behind the Catcher’s Mask by Jennifer Lane
A Diver’s Ball by Angela Brown
Fearless Heart by Deborah Solice
The Dark Charade by CD Gallant-King
The Cog Prince by Elizabeth Mueller
Flower of Ronda by Myles Christensen
Remedy by Chelsea Ballard
Charleston Masquerade by Carrie-Anne Brownian 



What methods do you recommend I use to making a comeback into the author world?