All I can do is cry…

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I wanted to write a post about having gratitude even in the midst of being a Sick Person, but then death smacked me upside the head a few days ago, and then social media flooded with stories of the woman attacked and sexually assaulted by the Stanford student (whose name I refuse to speak), and the lenient sentence he got, and … I just can’t. All I can do is cry. I cry for the victim of that horrible crime, even as I applaud ‘Emily Doe’s’ courage in writing and reading her Victim Statement, and sharing it with the world. It is hard to read. (But I hope you do.) It makes me cry more. But it is also hopeful. That maybe what she went … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 7)

Insecure Writers Support Group

It’s time once again for my ruminations on the art and craft of writing for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. (And if you’re a writer, and you’re not insecure, you’re probably doing it wrong.) (Just kidding. If you’re a writer, and you’re not insecure, please share your secret with the world.) Anywho, I’ve previously told you that we fight writers’ block; to write with balance; to read and write; The Ten Commandments of Writing; getting used to disappointment; and learning how to deal with criticism (a dreaded “C” word). Today, I want to chat with you a little bit more about the business of writing. Many, many authors think that if they do the hard work of writing a book, all of their dreams will … Continue reading

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The Questions with Joy Ross Davis: writer

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Poor Joy. I feel so terrible. I asked quite a while back for people to answer The Questions and Joy kindly answered. Like three years ago. And, my life… happened, or stopped happening, as the case may be. Back then, Joy only had one book out, Countenance, “a suspenseful yet heartfelt story full of intrigue and unexpected revelations, where magic is made in the kitchen and angels can fall in love.” Now she has, erm, eleven! books listed on Amazon! Which just goes to show what can happen if you put your mind to it, and write. You’ve waited long enough for them, so here are Joy’s answers to: The Questions 8. Your favorite book growing up? Your favorite book now? When I was 12, … Continue reading

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Advice for the Over-Extended

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I’m now in a group on Facebook for people who fall in the INFJ spectrum of the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The indicator is an interesting way to learn more about yourself or the people around you. I fall into INFJ, which stands for Introversion, Intuition, Judging, and Feeling. Every time I take the test, I always come out INFJ. This is a screenshot of my most recent results. (The only bit I find interesting is that I would have thought my intuition score would be higher. Otherwise, it’s spot on.) If you’d like to learn more about you, you can take the official online assessment (for a fee), or you can take this free personality test that is based on the MBTI. Also, Thought … Continue reading

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#AtoZChallenge 2016 – Reflections

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]

I am proud and happy to say that I survived the #AtoZChallenge for 2016. Not everyone made it to the end – I think the last time I checked, about 2,000 blogs had signed up for the challenge, and on the current list are 1,344 blogs. (And if anyone would like to gift me with the #AtoZChallenge Survivor Mug for 2016, I would be forever grateful. This was my hardest year yet, and it’s a cool design by Jeremy over at Being Retro, who provides all the artwork for the challenges. For Free.) This is my third year participating in the challenge, and my first year with a theme: #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 6)

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In my last episode in this series, I told you that you need to get used to disappointment as a writer. And to develop thick skin. In this episode, I want to talk about the dreaded C word: criticism. I can’t tell you how many writers I’ve run across who think the words they’ve written were handed down by God himself (or Goddess herself) and not one single word should be changed. This topic came to me because a writer in one of my online groups was complaining about how much she hated criticism of her work. I get it. We slave over the storyline and characters, and it’s our baby, and we want everyone to love it. My very own book, A Spicy Secret, … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – Z is for…

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My theme this year for the #AtoZchallenge is #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with me. … zee end Yeah, so I’m cheating with the topic for this letter, and it appears that I used these very same words for the very last post for the 2015 #AtoZChallenge, but, by golly by gum, I’m tired. I’m all talked written out. And you’re probably all read out, too. I feel bad I fell so far behind on reading other people’s blogs, especially my challenge partners. My personal high point in visits was F is for…, and traffic and comments went down after that. But again, I blame no one. This is a challenge, a race, a marathon; … Continue reading

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