(An IWSG Post)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

(For more information and/or a complete list of participants, please click on the above link…)

This month’s co-hosts are Sarah (the Faux Fountain Pen), Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose.

This month’s (optional) question asks, “Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) in which you write? What motivates your reading choice?”

I have been in a reading slump for a good long while now. Don’t know why. But back when I did actually read books, I didn’t care about the genre. I read whatever piqued my interest. Fiction, nonfiction, whatever. All I cared about was a good story. If it had interesting characters doing interesting things, then I was good.

I’d choose a book because it had an eye-catching cover or an intriguing premise. I’d read a book that a trusted source recommended to me. And I would try to read the trends because I wanted to know what people were talking about. (I spend a lot of time being clueless, so when I can get a frame of reference, I like to do that.)

I know a writer who doesn’t read genre fiction. They won’t even consider reading genre fiction. Anything romance, fantasy, mystery, anything like that is an automatic nonstarter. For them, it’s literary fiction or nothing. And it makes me sad. I mean, I firmly believe people should read whatever the hell they want to read, but I occasionally get sad when I think about all the cool stories they miss out on because they’ve dismissed it out of hand like that. Nothing worthwhile there. It’s just genre fiction.

Which is, of course, not the case.

I also get sad when I think about all the cool stories I’m missing out on because of this stupid slump of mine. I hope whatever my problem is I get over it sooner rather than later.

On that note, I’m outta here. Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll try to do better the next time.

Stay safe and well.

March Goals

It’s the beginning of the month, which means it’s time for another action-packed installment of….my monthly goals.

First up, however, is a quick look back at February’s goals and any progress I may have made on those…

I think I may have done this. I mean, I think it’s at least okay enough for the first draft. I suspect the second draft will bring with it some changes, but what else would a second draft do, right?

  • Figure out and complete my February marketing attempt

Yeah, so…I had thought about putting the Terrible Romance Novel (Fine. Love & Other Lies. Whatever.) on sale during Valentine’s Day weekend because it was pointed out to me that I had, in fact, written a romance novel (a fact that, in fact, had not occurred to me earlier) and that Valentine’s Day may be a good tie-in or whatever, but then I…didn’t. Because of course I didn’t.

I did, technically, do something in the way of marketing, but it was quite sad and pathetic and I don’t want to say anything more about it.

I cannot stress enough how NOT GOOD at this I am.

  • Read a damn book

I actually did this. It took me until the end of February, but I finally read a book this year. I am so very sad that this is an achievement.

  • Walk at least three miles every day

I fell short a few days, but the overall average was good. As of the writing of this post, I averaged 3.8 miles per day.

MARCH GOALS

  • Add words to Part III of Full Circle

Last month, I had to kill some darlings, an act which thrilled me to no end. I mean, fine, whatever, maybe the story is at least slightly better for it, and cutting that dead weight allowed me to finish Parts I and II of the story, but whatever. I’m totally not bitter about it or anything.

Anyway, the goal this month is to make some headway on Part III. There’s really nothing standing in my way of real progress here except for, you know, me, so…yeah. We’ll see how it goes.

  • Figure out March’s monthly marketing attempt and then, you know, do it

I was thinking about dropping this goal entirely because it’s making me feel…things. None of them particularly good. But I’m going to try to stick with it a little longer. We’ll see how it goes.

  • Read a damn book

Let’s see if I can keep the streak alive.

  • Walk at least three miles a day

Or, you know, at least on average. The dogs like to walk, so this really shouldn’t be a problem.

I don’t know what the hell this is, but it made me laugh. My dogs don’t actually walk like this, and I think our neighborhood is the poorer for it.

And on that note…I’m outta here. What are your goals for the month?

Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe and well, all.

Writing Community (An IWSG Post)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

(For more information, including a complete list of participants, please click on the above link…)

This month’s awesome co-hosts are Louise-Fundy Blue, Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon.

This month’s (optional) question asks, “Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?”

I am pleased to report that I have.

When I started blogging a thousand years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. I figured it would just be me talking to myself about whatever random whateverness popped into my head that day.

But then I stumbled onto the writing community, which led to this writing community and the opportunity to get to know some truly wonderful writers who inspire me greatly. I even found some friendships that extend beyond the world of writing (yes, there is, in fact, a world beyond writing), and a brand spanking new accountability partnership (I’m not sure I’m holding up my end of this partnership particularly well, but I aim to improve).

And I wouldn’t have any of these things if I hadn’t started blogging. So to you all I say…

Thanks for stopping by today, everyone. Be safe and well.

February Goals

It’s the beginning of the month, which means it’s time for another action-packed installment of MY MONTHLY GOALS!

But before we get to the main event, here’s a brief recap of what I accomplished last month. (And it’s definitely brief for the sake of post length. Definitely not because I didn’t accomplish very much. Definitely.)

JANUARY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

—I added 5,700 words to Full Circle.

I started out the year having some third act issues, so I concentrated on finishing some of the incomplete scenes in the first two acts while my brain worked on the third act problems in the background. This was marginally successful. I wrote words, I deleted words, I ended up with a problem that I shall discuss more in February’s goals. So, progress is being made. Albeit very slow progress.

—I attempted some marketing.

My January Marketing Attempt (that’s a generous use of the words ‘marketing’ and ‘attempt’, by the way…) was to offer to mail bookmarks/postcards for my books to any interested readers. It’s the kind of thing that would be handed out at book events, had I any book events on my schedule. One person took me up on the offer, and judging by the email I received in response, it may even lead to a sale. So…successful-ish? (Yes, you’re probably (rightfully) laughing at me for thinking this could count as some sort of success, but please keep in mind that I am in a serious ‘remedial marketing for anxiety-ridden dummies’ place)

(Also, if you’re in the US & would like some bookmarks of your very own, I’ll be happy to send some your way. Just email or DM me or something.)

—As of the moment I wrote this post, I walked a total of 98 miles in January.

I aim for three miles every day and was, admittedly, lazier in January than normal, but the daily average was almost 3.2 miles. That is what the kids call…

FEBRUARY GOALS

—Figure out the main villain arc in Full Circle

As is often the case in everything I write, the story shape-shifts in unexpected ways, forcing me to rethinking/redraw certain character arcs and storylines and the like. Full Circle has proven to be no different. Yay.

I started reconstructing this arc toward the end of last month and had a brief moment of thinking it might all work out with little reconstruction on every other damn part of the WIP.

Yeah. That’s over now. I wrote out everything I know and don’t know about this arc and from that developed a list of eight items that still need to be addressed in order for this arc to be complete and maybe even (that’s a big MAYBE, by the way…) make some semblance of sense. (Apparently, that’s important to a story? I dunno. That’s just what I hear.)

As much as I may like to, I don’t think I can’t put it off any longer because this arc naturally has a hand in the main plot as well as the subplot. So I think if I want to make any further progress on this WIP, I will have to suck it up and do some deep thinking.

—Figure out & complete my February Marketing Attempt

Can I just say again how much I hate this? I just feel so very clearly NOT cut out for this line of work.

—Read a damn book

Though there are, like, five new releases sitting on the side table in the living room—books I was soooooo excited to pre-order and read—I have yet to even open any of them.

Seriously. What the hell is WRONG with me?

—Walk at least three miles every day

Just looking to stay somewhat active.

And on that note…I’m outta here.

What are your goals for February?

Be safe and well, all.

What’s In A Name?

Today, we’re turning things over to awesome author, Chrys Fey, who’s here to tell us about her latest release and give us some insider information about one of its main characters…

The question…

Why was Detective Thorn’s first name a secret in the Disaster Crimes series until Book 6, A Fighting Chance?

The answer…

Well, because I didn’t give him a first name. HAHA! Simple as that, really. He was Detective Thorn, and many officers or people with titles (such as doctors or individuals in the military) are often called by their surnames at work. Beth and Donovan met Thorn at the police station when he was working on the case against the murderers of Donovan’s brother, an Internal Affairs investigator. So, they called him Thorn, which is actually his surname but is how he’s known by everyone. There was never any need for me to give him a first name. Not until, that is, when Amanda wants to get to know him more and becomes curious about his first name. 

You and me both, honey.

In one scene, Amanda asks Beth what Thorn’s name is, but Beth doesn’t tell her, saying if Amanda wants to know, she needs to ask Thorn herself. It’s Beth’s way of encouraging the two of them closer. Beth knows his name. Donovan knows his name. But they aren’t telling Amanda. Or me.

I ended up posting a poll in my Facebook Group, Fey’s Sparklers, and asking them which name they liked more. A few of the names I had in the poll were: Nathanial, Timothy, Joshua, and Tyler. The name that got the most votes (not listed here) became Thorn’s first name.

Now you’re wondering, what is Thorn’s first name?

You’ll have to read A Fighting Chance to find out!

*A FIGHTING CHANCE is Book 6 in the Disaster Crimes series, but it’s a spin-off featuring a new couple, so it can be read as a standalone.*

Thorn has loved Amanda from afar, giving her whatever she needs as a survivor of abuse—space, protection, and stability. He yearns to give her more, though, to share his feelings, kiss her, love her, but he’s worried the truth will frighten her away.

And Amanda is afraid. She’s scared of her attraction for Thorn. Most of all, she’s terrified of her ex-boyfriend, who is lurking nearby where no one can find him. When she grows closer to Thorn, Damon retaliates, jeopardizing their happy ending.

Up against an abusive ex and Mother Nature, do Thorn and Amanda have a fighting chance?

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About The Author

Chrys Fey is author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept that blends disasters, crimes, and romance. She runs the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club on Goodreads and edits for Dancing Lemur Press.

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