Wednesday, January 3, 2018

#TheIWSG January 2018, Winners, Instagram, Flaming Crimes

The Insecure Writer's Group is a place for writers to share their writer insecurities or tips and to encourage one another. Led by Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh and many administrators, the blog hop this month is also co-hosted by: 

New Year, New Ideas, One Hope
Last year, I had a list of resolutions a mile long. Hyperbole aside, I did have a list of writing resolutions, life resolutions, goals, and ideas that went for three pages on my laptop. I think I pared it down to a mere 15 items that I shared here on my blog at the beginning of 2017.
This year, I'm sticking with a pair of guiding ideas:
1. Six Impossible Ideas Before Breakfast.
2. Hope
All goals, plans, ideas fall under those two and I'm keeping most of them in the "idea" and "plan" stage instead of "resolutions or else" type stage. 
1. Six Impossible Ideas Before Breakfast stands for all writing, drafting, planning, world-building, and creative thinking. 2018 is my year for mucking about in the process of my projects. I'm working on the foundations for projects with all the brick-laying, cement-mixing, mud, and dirt mess that foundation work requires. 
2. Hope stands for my one hope in God. I've gone back and forth here at my blog, trying not to over-state my faith, trying not to under-state it, but the reality is my faith defines me. I am nothing without my hope in Christ. Hope carried me through some tough times in 2017. 
Hope is my cornerstone.

IWSG Question: What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

I have specific word count goals for each day of the week (fewer on weekends) and I plan to write from 8:30-10 each morning Tuesday through Friday, unless I'm substitute teaching. If substituting, I plan to write from 3:45-4:45 Monday through Friday. (I'll write during that time every Monday). 
I have a phone reminder for each day and it's on my calendar for both times. 

Drum Roll .....................................................................
The Winners for the IWSG Mystery Anthology Are:

A Stich in Crime – Gwen Gardner  
Until Release  - Jemi Fraiser
The Tide Waits – Rebecca M. Douglas
Center Lane - Christine Clemetson
One More Minute – Mary Aalgaard
Three O’Clock Execution - S. R. Betler
The Little Girl in the Bayou - J. R. Ferguson
Cypress, Like the Tree - Yolanda Renée
Gussy Saint and the Case of the Missing Coed - C.D. Gallant-King
Special Mention:
Heartless – C. Lee McKenzie

#TheIWSG is on Instagram and I'm the new administrator for it! It's exciting, heady, and ... well, a tiny bit of volunteer work, but I'm ready to instagram on #TheIWSG Writing Wednesdays. Are you?
Come join us here: #TheIWSG on instagram or TheIWSGinsta.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the next IWSG Twitter Pitch Party – Thursday, January 18!

With hundreds of agents and publishers, this one will be ten times bigger than our first event.

Prompt: What is something ridiculous you would save if there was a fire?
Ridiculous is the keyword there. After your family, pets, and important items are safe and sound, what is the one odd thing you'd want to grab from your home?

Ridiculous? My Eeyore Mug. It's a sixteen ounce mug I bought at Disneyland circa 2004. It is my favorite mug, along with a Tinkerbell one I bought at the same time. These mugs have stood the test of homeschooling, writing, late nights, early mornings, and even car trips. Eeyore and I both have a bit of a problem with seeing the glass half full, but the mug helps me remember to look up.

The Wild Rose Press
BLURB: Beth and Donovan are now happily married,
and what Beth wants more than anything is a baby.
Her dream of starting a family is put on hold as
fires burn dangerously close
and Donovan becomes a victim of sabotage.

Their lives may just go up in flames…

About the Author: Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. She’s partnered with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and runs their Goodreads book club. She’s also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.
Author Links: Website / Blog / Goodreads
Facebook / Twitter / Amazon

What are your guiding ideas/goals for this year? Are you ready to instagram with IWSG? What ridiculous item might you grab in a fire?


Erika Beebe said...

I love how you've set reminders for your writing time. Thank you for all your time you spend on IWSG. I plan to jump on the instagram questions soon. Congratulations to all the winners in the anthology this year :)

Cathrina Constantine said...

You've set yourself wonderful goals. We can always Hope, good one. Keep up the good work.

Congrats to all the winners of the anthology!!! Thank you for co-hosting today, Tyrean. Happy New Year!!

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's great that you have a writing schedule. I don't have one, but am more consistently writing. That's a good start for me. Wishing you a great New Year. Hope it's super happy and productive.

And congrats to the anthology winners!

Jennifer Lane said...

Sounds like homing in on your focus for 2018 is an effective way to go. With faith, all things are possible!

That's inspiring about the anthology submissions and winners--way to get your writing out there, writers! And congratulations to Chrys.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like that you'd save the mug.
My faith defines me. We can't ever understate it.
Thanks for co-hosting today!

Ellie Garratt said...

I really like the way you're approaching 2018. Whilst I'm not a person of faith, I agree with Alex - you can never understate your faith. It's fundamental to who you are and defines every thing you do and every decision you make in life.

Thank you for co-hosting this month!

Angela Wooldridge said...

Excellent (and very specific) goals. Good luck with meeting them.
What would I grab in the event of a fire? Clean underwear is the first thing that springs to mind!!

Tamara Narayan said...

Good luck launching the Instagram site. My daughter is our resident Instagram guru. Maybe she can help me out.

Lynn La Vita said...

I admire your writing structure and alternative plans. Your six impossible ideas is fascinating. I'm contemplating ways to incorporate that idea in my creative world. Love your cornerstone. Thank you for co-hosting IWSG this month.

Jennifer Hawes said...

I love Instagram! I will have to check it out! Great job on creating a written plan. Most days I just wing it, sneaking in time to write when the kids are at school or distracted.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Love this - "2018 is my year for mucking about in the process of my projects." Good luck! :)

Nick Wilford said...

I'm glad you have hope and that you're ready to roll your sleeves up and get your hands dirty laying those foundations. That work is so important for a convincing story. Best of luck this year!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Tyrean, you have set yourself wonderful goals for 2018. Hope is also my main focus as I wait to hear back from 3 Indian Publishers on my MG manuscripts.

Rachna Chhabria
Co-host IWSG
Rachna's Scriptorium

Mary Aalgaard said...

Great writing goals, and I like how you claim your faith and how it has helped you through tough times.
Thanks for co-hosting this month!
I'm honored and thrilled to be part of this year's anthology.
Mary at Play off the Page

Megan Morgan said...

Good luck with your resolutions! Those are very good plans. And there's an Instagram now?! I'm so there! Thanks for being my co-co-host today! :)

IWSG post: Taking Chances

Deb R.H. said...

I would not have made it through 2017 without God. State your faith however you want! It's your blog! <3

I also have to get back into the swing of writing things this year. NaNo was a good start, and I did revising in December. Time to pick it back up!

Thanks for co-hosting!

Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor said...

I love the idea of guiding ideas. The first one made me laugh out loud :-) I have a feeling that you have a fabulous 2018 in store for you. All the best in the New Year.

Nancy Gideon said...

Great goals, Tyrean, that are true to who you are. Thanks for starting the year off as a co-host!!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Happy New Year, Tyrean. I agree, there is a strong sense of hope in the air. 2018 is going to be an exciting year for everyone. Without faith, what can we hope for? Not much, I don't think.

Lee Lowery said...

Love the Alice in Wonderland reference! Instagram - sigh. Another perplexing social media forum. My daughter set this up on my phone - possibly I can figure out how to add IWSG without an intervention. :-)

Christine Rains said...

Happy new year to you too! Those are wonderful goals. We're so excited to have you onboard with the IWSG team. :) The mug doesn't sound ridiculous at all. Eeyore is my favorite in the Pooh verse.

Misha Gericke said...

Sometimes, it's better to follow guiding principles instead of strict goals. Do join our Discord chat if you want some accountability. :-)

I also want to set myself specific times to write and/or edit, but I'm struggling to nail down a time that works.'

I hope God blesses you in 2018!

Yolanda Renée said...

Hope is a great word! Your faith makes you, you! Stick to it!

Thanks for your support and work with the IWSG!

Happy 2018!

Loni Townsend said...

Hope is a good thing to have. Grats to Chrys and all the winners in the anthology!

Lidy Wilks said...

Thanks for co-hosting today!
Those are two wonderful goals to have to propel you forward on your writing journey. Here’s to the neverending story of storytelling.
Congrats on becoming the new IWSG Instagram administrator and Happy New Year!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Now that we have Internet again, I need to do my Instagram picture.

Some mornings, wiggling out of bed while bookended by cats is almost an impossible idea.

dolorah said...

Sometimes just having an "I will write" goal sounds lame, but doable.

Live Eyore. Yep, glass half empty.

Chrys Fey said...

Guiding ideas...I LOVE that! Thank you for sharing them with us.

You're the second person to say some sort of mug. That is cute. I have favorite mugs, too. :)

Thank you for participating in my blog hop! I'll try to remember to post a photo on Instagram today.

Victoria Marie Lees said...

Thanks so much for hosting the January IWSG question, Tyrean. Bravo to all who won a place in the IWSG anthology. And Bravo to Chrys on her new release. More power to you all!

Tyrean, I believe our faith is supposed to define us and support us. May you receive every blessing in the New Year.

cleemckenzie said...

Here's to sticking with that plan. It's a good one, indeed.

Cathy said...

I love it when people are upfront about their Christian faith, from a sister in Christ.

You are so organized! May you succeed in every goal this year.

Tyrean Martinson said...

WOW! Thank you for all of the comments and encouragement! I had a sick family member last night with fever, chills, and muscle spasms, so I am getting to The IWSG a little late today - not my first choice as a new admin and co-host. I'll be visiting ...

Pat Garcia said...

I hear where you're coming from about your faith. I too am nothing without my faith. It has been my hope in Christ that has carried me through many dark tunnels in 2017. So stand tall.
Thanks for co-hosting and all the best in 2018.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat G

krystal jane said...

Congratulations to all the mystery anthology winners!! I think guidelines and fewer goals are a great idea in general. I have 7 things I want to accomplish this year, and most of them consist of me taking the time to relax. ^_^

Your writing schedule sounds great!

Chemist Ken said...

My only resolution this year is to finally finish my story. Everything else is gravy. Good luck with the Instagram job. I haven't even joined Instagram yet.

Thanks for co-hosting this month.

BTW, your links to the other co-hosts aren't working.

J Q Rose said...

Hey, what a jam-packed blog post today!! Love it! I know what you mean about trying to find a balance in proclaiming your faith. God bless you for talking about it. Hope is real. Wishing you a productive writing year in 2018 when you accomplish those amazing plans!
JQ Rose

Sherry Ellis said...

Sounds like you have a lot of memories with that Eeyore mug. Someone else mentioned wanting to save their mugs. I can understand that!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Ken - you can do it! And thanks for letting me know about the links. I fixed them.

JQ - Thanks! Hope you have a great year, too!

Sherry - yes, I do. :)

Julie Flanders said...

Aww, I would love that Eeyore mug!! Love all the Pooh characters and have since childhood. <3
Very cool that you're the administrator over on Instagram. I love that platform and was happy to see the IWSG pop up! Even better knowing you're behind it. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Julie - I love all the Pooh characters, too. :) And, thank you for the encouragement!

Jan Morrison said...

Good aspirations for 2018 and I do believe a carefully nurtured attitude will take us where we need to be!

Olga Godim said...

I like your approach - ideas instead of schedules. Much more doable.
I would've joined Instagram long ago - but it is a site for mobile devices, and I don't have one. Alas. Until I get a cell phone, I can't.

Sarah Foster said...

Good luck with your goals! I like the way you've set them up.
Thanks for co-hosting and congrats to all of the anthology winners!

Fundy Blue said...

I like your idea of guiding ideas, Tyrean! You've picked two worthy ones to focus on. I'm wishing you all the best as you tackle them. Thanks for co-hosting today!

Eden "Kymele" Mabee said...

You need to be true to yourself, faith included, in all your choices. I think your two "guiding ideas" are perfect. The Six Impossible Ideas does confuse me some, but more because I have so many ideas of what you could mean... some of which I'm sure are impossible. :-D

And... I think I love your Eyeore mug too, and I've never seen it. But I understand the joy of the "right" cuppa. May it continue to keep you company through new experiences.

Juneta Key said...

I like your plan. I like your words. And I love what you said about the Eyeore Mug reminding you to look up. Wishing a joyful and successful 2018.

Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Diane Burton said...

Thanks for co-hosting this month. I like your saving that mug. Just think of all that it's been through with you. :) Great goals. Hope is so essential, esp. when life gets difficult. Best wishes for a great 2018.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Great idea to set a phone reminder for a set writing time. Best of luck to you in the New Year!

Raimey Gallant said...

My plan is to write everyday until it feels like if I get up in the morning and am not writing, something must be terribly wrong. :)

T. Drecker said...

Sounds like you're all ready to hit 2018. Congrats on the IWSG position. I'll have to actually go to Instagram now :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I admire those of you who write in the morning. I have no creativity at that time of day. All mine is late night.

Liesbet said...

All the best reaching your (writing) goals in 2018 - it looks like you have a very defined schedule to do so - and thank you for co-hosting!

Shannon Lawrence said...

I like the simplicity of your two-prong approach to goals this year. Good luck!

Jen Chandler said...

I'm so happy to see the IWSG on Instagram! I spend most of my social media time there. In fact, I'm hardly on Facebook anymore. Way too negative.

Best of luck with all your goals this year! And I love how you've narrowed yours down to two focuses. Really great focuses, by the way :D

Hope has been a key word for me for years. In fact, this past December, I got my first tattoo (in memory of my Dad) and it has my family's motto in Latin: Dum Spiro Spero. In English: While I Breathe, I HOPE.

Hope on!

Cherie Reich said...

I like the idea of having guiding ideas. Happy New Year, Tyrean!

Gwen Gardner said...

It looks like a reasonable schedule. The best of luck, love and health to you in 2018, Tyrean!

Laurel Garver said...

Planning, dreaming, hoping, and staying rooted in faith are perfect goals. You go, girl!

As for me, I hope to simply nurture more kindness toward my works in progress and enjoy engaging with them. I could feasibly finish and release three projects this year that I've been chipping away at or more often dabbling in. They all deserve better, methinks. More love from their creator, scattered old me.

Doreen McGettigan said...

Huge congratulations for all the winners and to you for such a great schedule. Mine is similar but I use weekly word counts in case I have to meet a client or something else important comes up.
Happy New Year and thank you for hosting.

Liza said...

Your goals seem solid and attainable. Good luck. Thanks for being an IWSG host. Happy New Year!

Michelle Wallace said...

At the moment, I'm on a writing roll and trying to keep the momentum going.
No matter what schedule you have, I always think of you as the 'everyday writer'... it has a solid and practical appeal... and it's inspiring too!

I'll get around to participating in the instagram challenges... just don't know when.
Thanks for co-hosting the IWSG bloghop this month!

(P.S. It's great to have you on the IWSG team. Happy 2018!)

Crystal Collier said...

Simple and sweet. Your goals sound very doable. Huge congrats to all the winners, and whew! Onward and upward.