Wednesday, November 7, 2018

#TheIWSG November


It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click HERE. We post the first Wednesday of every month. 
Started by Alex J. Cavanaugh, this hop is all about encouragement. 

The awesome co-hosts for the November 7 posting are: Ellen @ The Cynical SailorAnn V. FriendJQ Rose and Elizabeth Seckman!

IWSG AND CREATIVITY:

This month's optional question is: How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing?

I think I've become more courageous about my creativity. I love to sing and I've been singing on the praise team at my church. I love photography and I've been playing around with that. I love color and I finally told my husband who is a bit of a "white walls and white trim" kind of guy that I really need color in our house. I'm currently painting over white walls and white trim with blues, a purplish off-white, and a silvery gray. My house finally doesn't feel like an institution to me. 
And, my husband has been surprised to find he likes it. (So, I am conquering the white on white world one person at a time! Mwahaha.)

I'm currently doing NaNoWriMo and I'm definitely pushing through some writing walls with creativity this month.



IWSG NEWS:


Check out the Instagram Posts for IWSG or participate by creating your own posts with these themes for each day of November!




The #IWSGPit Twitter pitch is once a year now – and the next one is in January! Don’t miss it.


IWSG Anthology Contest! Winners will be announced January 2!

The IWSG partnered with Write…Edit…Publish and we are hosting a contest for the February theme! 

Rules: Submit your idea for a WEP February theme by November 12 to admin AT insecurewriterssupportgroup.com. Nothing so U.S. culturally bound. Should have wide appeal. 

Prize: Feature in the December newsletter for the winner. And, of course, the winning theme will be the official February WEP theme! 

Deadline: November 12. Winner announced in the November newsletter on November 28. 

Plus December's WEP theme is... 


So, how has your writing encouraged your creativity in life? Are you on Instagram, Goodreads, Facebook, or Twitter? (IWSG is at all of those places.)

Did you submit a story for the anthology? Are you ready for WEP in December? And do you have a great idea for WEP in February? 

Are you doing NaNoWriMo?





















Sunday, October 28, 2018

Anthology Contest and October Wrap-Up

ONE WEEK LEFT!!!
Write. Send it in! You could win!
See all the details here: 
http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/2018/09/the-iwsg-annual-anthology-contest-is.html


OCTOBER WRAP-UP

Re-read: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Hobbit, The Horse and His Boy, and Theft of Swords.
Re-watched: Star Trek 2009, Star Trek: Into the Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond.
Had a late discovery of Grimm on Amazon Prime and watched the first three seasons with my 17-year-old.

Totally new and unplanned viewing: Bad Times at the El Royale. 
Disturbing, unique, and interesting. Definitely R-rated for content. 
My whole family loved the storytelling style - how the movie was sequenced and presented. We watched this at the request of a family member who did not want to watch another superhero movie at this time. (Venom is going on my to-be-viewed-as-DVD list. I, perhaps, have been re-watching too many superhero movies at home this year. Can there be too many?)


Wrote: a dozen micro fiction stories, one of which I submitted. I plan to submit 5-6 more in the first few weeks of November.
Also wrote: 7,000 words on a new draft of Anomalies (previously: Greenling, Seedlings, Generations, Title Death). I think this is the right draft this time. Plan to make this my NaNoWriMo project and finish it for real this time.

Submission responses: 1 rejection earlier this month. 1 in submission-waiting zone.

Firsts: I went to a new-to-me critique group for the first time and liked it.

Grad School: 2 more credits done. (Total of 10 finished so far, 16 to go.)

Teaching: Ups and downs, love all my students, wish they would all turn in their work.
Plus, ran into a few former students and heard about their lives and goals and dreams. (Yay!)

Family and Community: Ups and Downs, some health concerns (not me), and a reason to strongly urge everyone I know to shower love on everyone they know. Suicide is showing up as a real and urgent issue in the community I live in and among people I know. Remember, we don't know what kind of day someone else has had. Let's be kind. Let's find a way to listen. Let's love one another.

Released: Ashes Burn, Seasons 1-7 as an e-book. There's a Reviewer's Special at Smashwords and it's also available for Kindle
















Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ashes Burn, Seasons 1-7 Release and Reviewer's Special

Ashes Burn, Seasons 1-7 is available now!


Ashes Burn, Seasons 1-7 includes all the seasons from the hint fiction fantasy series. Following the lives of the three characters, the story takes place in a unique format of micro-fiction episodes.

Wend runs a strange path to find a new future.
Teresa hunts for the man she loves.
Bryant blazes a destructive path to a new empire.
Who will survive their methods?

Ashes hold the inner heat of fire, the spark and ember of flame.
Like those, micro-fiction holds the spark of a larger story that may grow inside the mind of a reader.

Consider each piece a frame of embers. Picture the story in your imagination.

Please note that micro-fiction is an experimental form of story-writing and the whole series is very short.



Now Available for:



The Reviewer's Special is a Coupon Code I've generated for up to 50 downloads between now and November 29th at Smashwords ONLY. If you use this code, you'll get 100% off and be able to read the whole hint fiction series for FREE. However, this is a limited time, limited download offer. If you like the book or find it interesting, please leave a review. The code is: ZG27Q


Terrified of downloading a FREE series? That's okay. Check out the first and second season for FREE (all the time) via Smashwords.

Help Appreciated!
This series has been a fun, funky bit of fiction writing for me for the past three years. I love it, but I know it's unique in format and not necessarily everyone's cup of tea/coffee/blue milk. 

Because of that, I decided not to do a blog-fest, mass marketing attempt. I think it's probably best read by readers who like micro-fiction, like the series, or just want to help me out by spreading the word in a slow, grassroots way.

If you can/want to help, please either just take all or some of the above material and send it out to the stratosphere or e-mail me if you would like a guest post or if you do a review. Thanks! My e-mail is tyreantigger (at) gmail (dot) com 



Wednesday, October 3, 2018

#TheIWSG October and Poland Excerpt

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.
The awesome co-hosts for the October 3 posting are: 
Dolorah, Tanya Miranda, Chemist Ken, and Christopher D. Votey.

Optional Question this Month: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

Quick answer: Major life events usually slow down or change my fiction writing process and send me deeper into my journal writing. I have a lot of short bits from the last few years - chapters, short stories, massive journal entries (10 pages sometimes), and the like. Currently, I'm painting the interior of my house and my writing has slowed a bit for that, but I'm still working at it.

One event that changes my writing is travel. It's fun, it's usually wonderful, and it's distracting. I write odd descriptions during travel times - I have a 12 page journal entry from a layover in the Toronto airport from my last trip in Poland. It includes two short stories and a description of various people in the airport. I continued that trend on most of my trip, mixing stories with descriptions, and reflections on the trip. 



On an eight day trip with a major time change, I admit that I struggled with jet lag and an oncoming cold. My camera was having issues and I really didn't take as many pictures as I have on past trips. By the time I took my first flight towards home, I had a fever and merely tried to get enough anti-cough medicine into my system to stave off my symptoms enough not to spread my illness. I also had wet wipes and hand sanitizer, but it was a bit of an uncomfortable journey on the way home followed by the worst "regular" sickness I've had in a few years. 

Memorial in a park


However, I'm still very thankful for the opportunity to go and to see a small part of Poland. Poznan is a beautiful city, bustling with regular life, universities, some historical sites, and an amazing race course for flat-water sprint events. However, the race course is on Lake Malta, a beautiful place with a harrowing past. Lake Malta was hand dug by Jews during the German occupation of Poland. Poland is the home of the remains of concentration camps, memories of the Holocaust, and tributes to the Polish Revolution from Communism. I didn't have a chance to visit all of these places, but I did see some and I heard about more of it from other parents who traveled alongside Team USA. 

Tribute to the Polish Revolution in the park where the Pope spoke to Polish Youth


I found myself moved to reflection and prayer more often than bursts of excited tourism on the first part of my trip. I prayed in a park with a tribute to the Polish Revolution, prayed again in a 10th Century Cathedral, and prayed again in another park with a small memorial to the Holocaust. I wrote in my journal in coffee shops and parks.

Stary Rynek  - the historical town square 


Then, I had the fun of spending time with my daughter for a few hours while Team USA rested during the rain one afternoon. I had fun with fellow parents of athletes - just ubering around the city, eating out, and trying to figure out the tram system, as well as cheering on our athletes at the Olympic Hopes Regatta for 15-17 year-olds. 

(Trisha going out to race - blue jersey, red sleeves, second from the left)


Team USA did well this year. Every athlete made at least one semi-final and five athletes made finals. One athlete brought home two gold medals (Her name is Nevin and she's a women's canoeist from Seattle. I think we'll all be seeing her in the Olympics soon). My younger daughter (a kayaker) raced in five different race categories (K1 1000m, K1 500m, K2 500m, K4 500m, and K2 200m) and made semi-finals for each category. 
My daughter


The team from Hungary took the most medals home, followed by the Czech Republic, and Canada. Canadians and Americans cheered our athletes together - unless they were competing against each other - and over 600 athletes from 33 countries competed in the event. Hearing parents and coaches cheering for their athletes in 30 different languages at the top of their lungs is a pretty incredible experience.

Team USA and coaches hanging loose after the regatta ended


As a parent, it's just amazing to see my daughter compete in Poland and to see her love her sport the way she does. I'm just left with a sense of gratitude and abundant blessing. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

#TheIWSG September and the Publishing Path

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Creator of IWSG: Alex J. Cavanaugh aka The Captain


Optional Question:  What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?

Publishing Path - Indie Publishing and Small Press Publishing

So far, I've taken the Indie and Small Press publishing path. When I looked around at publishing houses, agents, and other places to send my work between 2010 and 2013, I couldn't seem to find any who took Christian Fantasy and Christian Scifi. Since I had a Christian Fantasy novel for YA, I grew desperately concerned. 

I couldn't seem to find anyone who published Christian Fantasy or who agented Christian Fantasy unless the authors already had several books of non-Fantasy writing under their belt, or several books of secular Fantasy under their belt. I remember seeing several websites saying they would only look at Christian Fantasy by established authors. What? I didn't want to write Christian Amish Romance (the Christian bookstore shelves teemed with those books at the time) in the hopes of writing Christian Fantasy someday. 

So, I started researching Indie Publishing aka Self-Publishing. I spent two years combing the web for information, checking sources, finding books at the library, and then, with what I thought was great preparation, I self-published and set up a book blog tour and a book signing. The first month felt like a great success! The second month kind of bombed. I didn't know how to sustain sales. I didn't know how to market. I had troubles with my product (I have a post about that), and I floundered, but I kept on writing and working.

Several Indie-Published books later, I still can't say I have great financial success, but I do have awesome readers. And, four years ago, a small press who I knew through an Indie film project  asked me to turn an episode from one of their other projects into a novella. We had good communication at the start of the project, but it fizzled when the book was published. I didn't even know the book was out. (It still is, but I rarely advertise it.) 

However, I know that there are many small press publishers out there and some are excellent communicators. Dancing Lemur Press publishes the IWSG anthologies and since I had a story published in the 2016 IWSG anthology Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life, I've had the opportunity to discover that every communication with Dancing Lemur Press is professional, timely, and helpful. 

In the future, I hope to query agents, send work to small presses, and continue Indie publishing. I don't think there's a need to write myself into just one kind of publishing box.


And, by the way, I have found one small press which does specialize in Christian Fantasy and Science Fiction: Enclave Publishing. Do you know of any others?

IWSG NEWS

The next anthology contest is open!!! 
Word count: 3500-6000

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Theme:
Masquerade
A Masquerade can be a false show or pretense, someone pretending to be someone they aren't. It can be a ball, a fancy dress party, it can be a mask. Open to interpretation.

Submissions accepted: September 5 - November 4, 2018

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (Double spaced, no page numbers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges who will be announced September 5.

Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title.



Tyrean's News

I'm going to Poland to watch my daughter race her kayak! 

Ashes Burn, Seasons 1-7 (the whole, experimental, micro-fiction series) is available for pre-order via Smashwords.


What publishing path are you on? 













Monday, August 27, 2018

August Celebrations

It's been a full month and I didn't post often, so I thought a wrap-up might be in order.

Celebrations of Life

The Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team won the National Championships for the sixth time!

My youngest brought home several medals and qualified as a Team USA teen athlete for the Olympic Hopes (not the big Olympics) Regatta in Poland in September.

My oldest brought home a few medals, despite only practicing for three months ahead of time.

My husband is regaining his health (just in case you didn't hear).

My husband and I celebrated our 22nd Anniversary!

I celebrated my birthday, but the day took a somber turn when I discovered a childhood friend had passed away from an unexpected heart attack that morning. I spent most of the afternoon in mourning. I feel like my life has been shaken and stirred in a somewhat cliched way -  live life fully, take time to tell people you love them - but also in other ways. I remember some advice my friend gave me a year ago, advice I didn't follow, and I'm considering a rather big change-up to follow it. She was right. She usually was. And, she impacted thousands of lives around her as a teacher, counselor, principal, and assistant superintendent - she had a short life, but a life well-lived.

On a fun note, I get to sing with the Praise Team nearly every Sunday these days. It's a blast!

We bought a used car for our older daughter. We packed it up and we packed up the van, then she and I drove to Montana State University to prep her apartment for her second year of college life.

I walked between 6-10 miles a week and rode the exercise bike (no hills inside) between 6-57 miles a week, depending on the week.

I cleaned up our yard  a bit more (trying to keep the wildlife out of the main yard, out of the garden bed, and off the porch - meeting Bambi's dad on the deck or on the way to the trash can is unpleasant, especially when he thinks he owns the place). Less rampant foliage = fewer critter crossings.

I made some tiny progress on my Greenling Chronicles Book 1 revisions (baby steps, but steps).

I tackled some non-fiction project revisions (baby steps).

I re-created four class syllabi for the school year.

I purchased my plane ticket to Poland. I'm so excited to travel and to see my youngest daughter compete with and against athletes from all over the world. There's just nothing like hearing all the parents shouting for their kids in dozens of languages. :)

I decided (99%) that this is the new cover for Ashes Burn, Seasons 1-7 (The whole micro-series, release date October 8th).
Pre-order available through Smashwords and Smashwords' supported retailers.

 Bonus: I didn't realize just how busy life has been until I wrote this. ;p

BTW - I thought I would pick up speed with blogging this summer and fall, but so far, September is looking very busy with life, so I will probably only post twice then. See you for IWSG!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Roller Coasters, Champions, and a Caring Community

For those who stopped by and commented on either post last week, thank you for your kind words, encouragement, prayers, and positive thoughts!

If you haven't heard - my husband is back on his feet and going strong again!

Our family went to Oklahoma City for the 2018 Flatwater Sprint Canoe and Kayak Nationals held by the ACA (American Canoe Association) and hosted by the Oklahoma City Canoe and Kayak Club in the Boathouse District (an incredibly nice area in OKC).

We had a roller coaster week, with my husband going into the hospital the night before the races started and staying there for about 40 hours. I had a cot in his room the first night, but the second night he felt much better so I managed to get some sleep in our hotel. Our daughters (17 and 19) both competed in all of their races and I was able to watch most of them, although I missed a few and I missed some of their award ceremonies.

Our family's team, the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team, is one of the bigger teams in the country despite the fact that we operate out of a public park and off a public dock in a harbor on the Puget Sound (cold salt water). The largest canoe and kayak team is Lanier Canoe and Kayak from Georgia, the team who holds the record for winning the most National Championships.

We had a five-year winning streak, then took second to Lanier Canoe and Kayak last year, and this year - we won again! 

But, what really mattered the most to me this week isn't having my daughters on a winning team. What I loved most this last week is that my daughters are on a caring team and are part of a caring community. I had countless offers of help, prayers, and kind thoughts from our team members and from other teams (specifically, OKC and Bellingham).

And, likewise, I had a caring team of people through the Insecure Writer's Support Group who offered up prayers and encouraging thoughts. Thank you!

To top off the week, my youngest daughter made the team for the 2018 Olympic Hopes Regatta* in Poland. The Nationals competition is the qualifying event for the OHR team and for the Pan-american Regatta in the fall. 28 athletes ranging from 15-17 years of age will represent Team USA at OHR and I admit I'm not sure of the number of athletes going to the Pan-american Regatta (at least a dozen). In addition to that, eleven athletes competing at Nationals had just come home from Bulgaria where they competed in the Junior and U23 World Championship Regatta. (Junior World competitors are 19 and under and U23 means athletes 23 and under.)

*BTW, Olympic Hopes is not the Olympics. Olympic Hopes is a yearly international competition for athletes 15-17.

Again, I'm thankful for the amazing community of people we've been able to meet in this sport. If you like water sports, then I highly encourage you to find a Flatwater Sprint Canoe and Kayak team near you, or check out the ACA website for more options.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

#IWSG August 2018 Be the Tortoise, Not the Hare


FOR THOSE WHO READ MY PREVIOUS POST: My husband is out of the hospital and is doing okay. Thanks for your prayers and encouragement!


Founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh, this encouraging blog hop rocks! All writers welcome!
Co-hosts this month: Lee Lowery, Erika Beebe,  Susan Gourley, and Sandra Hoover.

Optional Question: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

My short answer: Rushing any part of the process isn't worth it.
Be the tortoise, not the hare. 

If a bump in the process happens, take the time you need to traverse that bump, even if it means changing a book release schedule.

My real life pitfall:
I created an unrealistic self-publishing deadline for my first novel, then I had a PC failure and lost my entire, beautifully copy-edited, proofed manuscript. Instead of changing my home-made blog book tour, I spent some sleepless nights attempting to bring my "almost" final draft to the level it needed to be. Afterwards, a friend found nearly 200 mistakes . . . 200! I felt so foolish and embarrassed. Yes, I've fixed them since then, but I didn't have the awesome book celebration I had hoped. I made myself ill with sleepless nights and then suffered the shame of not being prepared. 

I did a bit better on the next two books in the trilogy, but I still pushed too hard in the months before my book releases (ones that I planned). 

So, please, take your time. Even if you have years' worth of manuscripts just cooling their heels on your PC and in your file folder, just make sure you're ready. 

My current way of handling my "hurry, hurry" problem: 
I have at five partial-to-full projects cooling their heels. 

NEWS

My experimental hint fiction series Ashes Burn is 95% ready to go (proofed, edited, formatted for e-book and for tiny paperback), but I'm fiddling with the cover and I'm giving myself another few months to finalize everything. It's a quirky project in a way (more than 200 hint and micro-fiction episodes create the whole story), but the genre is kingdom fantasy with a man on the run from his past, an evil king bent on war, and a sword-wielding princess who's tracking down her man.
I hope to finalize my cover in the next two weeks, then I'll just sit on it and make sure it's ready.
Self-pub release date: October 8th.


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is teaming up with the WEP challenge!

More information found here: WEP

The 2018 IWSG Anthology Contest is Coming Soon!

This year's genre and more information will be released in September!

The IWSG Goodreads Book Club is reading:


The Plan for Summer Instagram

As the admin, I actually have veered a little bit towards Facebook on some Fridays, but having a news and promo day instead of a Follower/Friend or Fiction Friday. Hope that's okay. Please feel free to post and tag us! Thanks!








Wednesday, August 1, 2018

IWSG

I have a post scheduled but it hasn't published and I can't seem to figure out why from my phone, which is all I have at the moment - in the hospital in OKC, not my home town, because my husband is having a health issue.
So, sometime my real post will go live, I hope.
Until then, I hope IWSG rocks.
BTW, I am okay, just dealing with one of life's roller coasters.

Monday, July 16, 2018

5 Reasons to Write with Plot Flexibility + A mom moment


5 Reasons to Write is a Return Series on my Blog

This series includes 5 Reasons to Write ____ (fill in the blank)
If you are interested in guest posting, please see the upper button for ideas, but don't limit yourself to them. Then, shoot me an e-mail, even if the topic you want has already been touched on by someone else.

5 Reasons to Write with Plot Flexibility

Sometimes, we run into a wall of frustration. We have to step back and re-read previous scenes, check our plot points, re-read character profiles, look at our plot map or sticky notes, gaze at our Pinterest board and just ask ourselves: why am I stuck? Is it me? Is it the theme? Is it the characters? Is it the plot? 

Sometimes, it is the plot and we have to change it to move forward.

1. If the plot points aren't lining up with what you're really writing. 


Have you ever written out a 5 to 25 point plot outline and then, after two months of draft, you realize you've drifted far away from your plot outline? 

I know I have. Sometimes, we need to revise the draft, but most of the time, I think it's best to see what the good parts are the page and adjust the plot, instead.


2. If the characters are refusing to do what you want them to do. 


Your character refuses to take another step.

 Every scene feels awkward. You can't write that kissing scene or that sword-fight scene or that intergalactic space battle. The characters just seem to keep slipping out of your grasp and doing everything but what you planned for them to do.

This means it's time to step back and think about what the characters are telling you as a writer. 

Yes, I know they don't really talk, but they are figments of our imagination and maybe, unconsciously, we really want to write a different book than we put in our plot outline. If the characters are being difficult, that might be the case.



3. If showing versus telling seems to involve the minutiae of life.


Readers like fast-paced novels. Although we may want to stop and explore the gorgeous castle library from one book to the next, most readers want a brief description (unless there's a murder weapon or a secret entrance to an underground lair in the library or the love interest is giving all the books to an MC who loves books). 

We also don't really want to know what they eat every meal, unless it's a foodie-based book or a food-centered saga, or if there's poison. One of my writing teachers, Pamela Goodfellow, used to say, "Don't include food, unless you plan to kill someone with it."

Don't include showers, unless you are writing steamy romance or it involves a Bates Motel type scene. 



Take out those minutiae plot points unless they reveal plot or character points. (In the rough draft, they are okay because we might be telling ourselves something about the character that we need to know before we can write more.)




4. If the tension has deflated like an old party balloon.



It's time to figure out why there's no "oomph" to the plot. 

Are the stakes high enough? 

Are the plot points of high tension too far apart? 

It might be time to tighten up the writing and shorten or cut the plot points of "rest."






5. If there is pointless dialogue.


This is similar to point #2. When characters are not doing what we want them to do, we often find ourselves writing pointless, somewhat pouty dialogue. 

Or, maybe we want the characters to interact, but we lost the tension while they were talking. It might be time to cut the dialogue and make them do something while talking in short moments between hurdling over hedges, kissing heavily, fighting for their lives, or sharing a taxi awkwardly with a wild driver careening through the city.



Reason for me to write this post: I recently had problems #1-5 all at once with my current WIP. I decided the book really wasn't hitting the right points for me as a writer because I want the characters to be older and able to handle some grittier stuff. I needed to include villains in nearly every scene (even if they are hidden in the background somewhere, waiting to be revealed later), and my characters were definitely having pointless dialogue in scenes with the minutiae of life on full display, including lots of meals in a non-foodie plot, although I am hanging onto Gran's cookies because they are essential to her character and how she attempts to deflate tension. 

So, out with an attempt at Middle Grade fiction, and onto Young Adult Superheroes (and Villains) with baggage. Same characters, similar, but with a different timeline. So far, my changes have breathed new life into a novel that had lost all forward momentum in draft #2. So, yes, this looks like another major revision/rewrite, but I'm actually excited about it. 


Do you write with plot flexibility or do you have an iron-clad plot outline? What reasons might you have to change your plot?

More plot posts are coming in August!

Mom Moment: My youngest daughter was featured in a news video about Olympic Hopefuls who were training in Oklahoma City for Olympic Hopes, an international regatta for teens:



Summer Sales:

99 Cents for Champion in the Darkness and Champion in Flight for Kindle readers until July 31st.

Smashwords Sale Items until July 31st.
FREE - Flicker: A Collection of Short Stories and Poetry
FREE - Dynamic Writing 1: First Semester E-book
$1.50 Champion in Flight (I couldn't get it to 99 cents and put it in the sales catalog, probably author error).



Don't Forget #IWSGPit is Tomorrow!




Two of the images are free from https://www.flickr.com/people/137643065@N06/