Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March 2018 #TheIWSG and Corners

The Insecure Writer's Support Group

Alex J. Cavanaugh, the founder, noticed a lot of blog posts from writers mentioning their doubts, concerns, and lack of confidence. He also saw the positive replies they received and realized that the writing community offered an abundance of support. Writers want to see other writers succeed, which is how he came up with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. This group would act as a form of therapy, letting writers post about situations where they need encouragement, or to offer words of encouragement to others if they have experience.
Co-Hosts this month: 

Marching Forward!
March is a big month for me this year. 
I started Grad school! Whoa. I'm working on an M.Ed in Instructional Design at Western Governor's University - it's an affordable, flexible, online program so it fits me where I'm at right now. 
All of the Instructional Design concepts are actually helping me see some of my writing more clearly - kind of an interesting and nice extra that I didn't expect. 
Hours I'll spend on this in March: 50+. It's a huge focus. 

Writing - prepping Ashes Burn for publication. Toying with a Writing Prompt project. Revising/Rewriting Book 1 of The Greenling Chronicles. Specifically, I want to a)get the format part done for AB, b)add a few pages to the Writing book, and c)get through chapter 10 in GC. 
Hours I'll spend on this in March: probably 30-40. 

Teaching - Make the homework clear for the rest of the year (only 10 more weeks for my homeschool students) and start prepping the celebration book - a book of student writing. 
Hours I'll spend on this in March: 40. It's one of the bigger months of concentration for this, even if I only teach in class one day a week for three hours.

Bible Study - I'm in four (four!) groups right now and I have my own personal study going on for Lent. Hours for March: 20-30.

Substitute Teaching - when I can on the "other" days. Who knows on the hours? Between actual substitute need and my days available, I only subbed one day last month. Oy. 

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal / finish a story?

What I could do: go out for dinner, enjoy a good book, go to a movie, dance around the house, sing, shout, and jump up and down.

What I usually do: smile, occasionally dance around the house, then get back to writing. If it's a short story and I feel satisfied with it, I search out a good market for it and send it right away.  
I think I need to take my celebrations more seriously. :) 

Participate when you can, as often or as little as you feel comfortable.

By Corrina Austin

Everyone needs their own special corner...

It’s 1969 and ten-year-old Davy is in a predicament. With two weeks remaining of the summer holidays, he’s expelled from the public pool for sneaking into the deep end and almost drowning. How will he break the news to his hard-working single mother? She’s at the diner all day, Davy has no friends, and he’s too young to stay by himself.

The answer lies in his rescuer, mysterious thirteen-year-old Ellis Wynn. Visiting her Grammy for the summer, Ellis offers to babysit Davy. She teaches him about “corners”–forgotten or neglected areas fixed up special. Together, the kids tackle several “corners” and Davy learns what it means to bring joy to others.

Davy begins to wonder, though. Why does Ellis want to be his friend? Why doesn’t she ever smile? And is Davy just one of Ellis’ “corners?”

Release date - March 6, 2018
$10.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 136 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Juvenile Fiction - Boys & Men / Fiction - Coming of Age
Print ISBN 9781939844392 eBook ISBN 9781939844408
$3.99 EBook available in all formats

“Austin’s message of true friendship and selflessness will resonate


Kobo -

What do you do to celebrate achieving a goal?


Natalie Aguirre said...

Wow! You have so much going on right now and are so productive. Congrats on grad school! Glad it's a good fit for you and helping with your writing.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You have a huge March planned! I'm tired just reading all that.
Congratulations to Corrina.
And good job on the prompts for Instagram.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

You are going to have an excellent and productive March! Go for it! :)

Julie Flanders said...

Wow, that's amazing you are going to grad school in addition to everything else you have going on. You totally rock! :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Tyrean, congratulations on starting Grad School.

You do all the things I do, I go out for lunch, sing and dance and eat chocolates and read books when I'm celebrating a writing achievement.

The Cynical Sailor said...

Obviously you don't sleep. Otherwise, I can't imagine how you get everything done. That is a lot that you have going on :-)

Congrats on grad school. Sounds like a great program and ID is a really great field to get into. In my former life working in corporate la-la land, I used to work in learning and development and did an ID course.

cleemckenzie said...

I like the dancing and singing part of your celebration!

Jennifer Hawes said...

My hubs just finished grad school. He used my editing skills the entire time. Glad he/we are done. Good luck!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Natalie - Thanks! It does help that I see some crossover.

Alex - Thanks! I am excited to get further along with all of my goals, but I really don't have much commute time for anything, and my life is pretty simple otherwise ...

Madeline - Thanks for the vote of confidence!

Julie - Thanks! I'm excited to see how it all works out.

Rachna - celebrating is serious business. :)

Cynical - thanks for sharing your experience with ID! I hope/think there will be some job options when I finish. I do sleep, but I don't have a huge social life so ... it works.

CLee - Thanks! Me, too. :)

Jennifer - Thank you! I am just in the beginning trenches right now, but I know I'll be asking my hubs for some "extra eyes" on my papers.

Diane Burton said...

Dancing & singing? I've never tried that. Hubs would run upstairs to see if I'd fallen. LOL What a great March you have planned. Good luck with those goals. BTW, I saw you're participating in Read an Ebook. Just downloaded Champion in Darkness. Looking forward to reading it.

krystal jane said...

FOUR study groups? Wow! I'm over here, not even writing right now, no kids, not taking online classes, trying to get out of a gathering with friends. I went, but like, seriously. LOL! I feel like I should celebrate more, too. It's a big deal, and I don't often let that sink in.

Michael Di Gesu said...

I'm exhausted just reading about all the things you are doing this month.... I am so impressed.

ALL THE BEST. Where there is a will.....

I don't do much celebrating. I guess I always know that I'll go back months later and tweak a bit here and there. I never seem to leave my projects alone. LOl...

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tyrean - well done and I know you'll achieve all those projects in March ... and then you'll be back to writing more. Good luck with it all - and congratulations to Corrina - cheers Hilary

Chemist Ken said...

What with everything you're doing, your celebration should be to take a really long nap. Whoa, I'm worn out just thinking about everything you're doing.

Cherie Reich said...

Good luck with everything, Tyrean! And you should take your celebrations more seriously. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

No wonder you only subbed one day-- you've got your engine running on all cylinders!

Gene Desrochers said...

That happens a lot...going right into submission mode and ignoring the all-important celebration because we need to know it's going out into the world.

Lee Lowery said...

"March"ing ahead, indeed! Congrats on starting the grad program. You have some great goals ahead of you and it should be a wondrous journey.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Diane - Thanks for the download. I hope you like it!

Krystal - Celebrations are worth it! Thankfully, two of the Bible study groups are pretty low key so the "study" part isn't that wild.

Michael - I know what you mean, but I think we need the celebrations!

Hilary - Thanks! Yes, writing will be into the "less" time slot this month, but it's okay. Summer is coming. :)

Chemist - hmm, maybe that's why I don't get up and jump around much.

Cherie - Thanks! you, too. :)

Elizabeth - pretty much. The Grad program is a sequential, work at your own speed kind of thing, so I'm treating it like a job.

Gene - yes, we do, but it's good to take a moment and say 'hooray' now and then.

Gina Gao said...

Congrats on starting grad school! You sound like you're going to have a busy March.

Lynda R Young said...

Dance, sing, shout, and jump up and down. Best way to celebrate :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I didn't do the math, but it sounds like you have every hour scheduled. Do you sleep?

Erika Beebe said...

How exciting! I bet you end up loving grad school and then you will need to celebrate that when it's done too :)

Olga Godim said...

You have so much going on. Good luck with your March projects.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thanks for featuring Corners today.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Gina - Thanks!

Lynda - Yes!

Susan - yes, I do get some sleep. I just don't work that many hours outside of home, so I'm replacing work type hours with school, writing, and study hours. The hours were for the month, not for each week.

Erika - yes, I am celebrating every assignment finish with a little bit of yoga, dance, or singing.

Olga - Thank you!

Diane - you're welcome!

Laurel said...

Sounds like some napping ought to be part of your celebrating, to offset all the long hours you put in this month. 😀

Cathrina Constantine said...

Tyrean, you always amaze me. What a busy life you lead. I feel I need to do much more for my lenten journey.

Gwen Gardner said...

It doesn't look like you'll have much spare time this month! Remember to take some down time too and take care of yourself. Lots of interesting stuff going on though! Good for you. I don't celebrate much either. Just move on to the next thing :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Cathrina - sometimes, it's busy, sometimes, it's not.

Gwen - no, not much spare time, but I do have a little bit of rest time.

Heather R. Holden said...

Wow, you have so much on your plate right now! I'm beyond impressed with everything you're able to juggle. Best of luck with grad school and all your other endeavors!

M Pax said...

Congrats on grad school! That's awesome. You have lots to manage. I don't really celebrate either. I suppose I should... especially with less writing time.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Congrats on Grad school Tyrean! I can only imagine a degree that lets you learn about determining "the needs and interests of learners, develop a scope and sequence for a learning program, and help students think more effectively" can only help you reach more people in your marketing and writing efforts. Great job and a huge commitment.

Mark Noce said...

Congrats! Grad school is no small thing to tackle. Best of luck! :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Heather - Thank you!!!

M Pax - Thanks! I think celebrations can be just the small things that make us smile, but they are a good idea. :)

Maurice - Thanks! Yes, I hope those skills translate over to both writing and marketing.

Mark - Thanks!