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Insecure Writers Support Group…

It’s that time again! The first Wednesday of the month is Insecure Writers Support Group Day!

Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your writing doubts and the fears you have or have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.

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!

To join us, sign up here:

http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 

Visit our Facebook Page here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/IWSG13

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

I can’t believe this is my 701st Blog Post!

February 7th optional question: What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

This question got me thinking. I’ve written two memoirs and am doing final edits on another nonfiction book. I’ve also ghostwritten my share of nonfiction books. But ever since I was ten-years-old my plan was to write a historical fiction series and occasionally I get the opportunity to work on that dream.

What I love about nonfiction is the truth. Or should I say the authors’ truth because we all know truth is subjective. I think memoir is one of the best ways for us to learn of first-hand witness accounts and to understand historical events and how they affected actual people in their own words and to really get a feel for actual history.

I have always loved research and writing nonfiction involves a lot of research. On the other hand, research can suck up a lot of time so I have to keep myself on a tight scheduleJ

Before writing my first memoir I read one-hundred of them and that definitely helped me to develop a deep respect for those that are willing to tell some difficult, personal stories.

That said I still do love reading fiction…

How about you? Do you read the genre you write?

Be sure to stop by and thank the wonderful co-hosts for this month:

Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

Anthology Invite:

Bucks County Writers Group invites all writers to submit a short fiction story for a forthcoming anthology of (outer worldly, otherworldly, ghostly, angel, alien etc…stories.)

Writers can choose their own topics as long as they stay within the theme. The story can be fiction based on a real story.

The group will be marketing the Anthology and authors will be encouraged to create and/or participate in at least one marketing event.

Publication will be fall 2018

Think: ‘Do You Believe’

Word Length: 3500-5000 words per story.

Payment: $10.00 for each story chosen. $100.00 will be paid for the one entry chosen as the title story.

Infinity Publishing will publish the anthology in both paper back, digital and e-formats. It will be available for global distribution including book stores and libraries.

Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2018.

Submission Guidelines:

Story must be edited prior to submission. Entries must not have been published, including blog posts. All rights return to contributors six-months after publication.

Format:

Use a 1″ margin on all sides Use a title page Don’t number the title page. Include story title, your short bio with any links you want published with your story, and your contact information Begin numbering with the first page of the text of the story. Use a header on each page, including your name, the title of your story in all caps, and the page number. Indent fives spaces for each new paragraph. Double-space the entire text. Use a standard font, 12-point type. Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier is fine.

Send your submission before January 31, 2018 to:

buckscountywriters@gmail.com

 

 

Music Monday and Memories…

I still wonder how it’s possible that after 18-years my body knows, my subconscious remembers. It starts with my body feeling heavy. I get that awful lump in my throat and feel sick.

How does a certain song trigger our minds to recall memories, some beautiful and some so sad? Why did this song randomly play on the radio station I’m listening to today?

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Friday Fragments and the Funniest Thing…

FRIDAY FRAGMENTS

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems and put them together in a Friday Fragments post.

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We haven’t had a good binge watch in awhile so last Sunday we started The Americans. We finished watching season 1 on Sunday and season 2 on Monday. John and I are enjoying the 80’s cars, clothes and music. I go back and forth between wanting to scrutinize my neighbors more and completely ignoring them. I am grateful I am not an FBI or a CIA agent and especially grateful I’m not a spy. Too much stress! There are 4 seasons available now and season 5 starts in March. It’s a good series and if you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend it.

The Americans FX

 

My new Facebook business page resulted in some new clients. I would love it if you could give the page a look, a like and maybe a share.

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Kindness is Sending a Bowl of Berries…

Kindness

 

Those that know me best know that I’ve been preaching kindness pretty much since I started talking. It is a new year and a good time for all of us to do a little soul searching and a lot of kindness generating. The ugliness I have seen over the past six-months has been overwhelming. We all need to take a good long look in the mirror and decide if we like who we see looking back at us. Are we telling little girls who to be or are we showing them by example?

Some psychologists believe that ‘being nice’ isn’t really so nice after all. They believe being nice actually comes from a fear.

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Music Monday Meet Erin McAndrew/Skeleton of Life

MUSIC MONDAY

So many of the happiest memories I have are filled with music. It’s like the sound is woven through them, holding them together. Most of my saddest memories have music attached too. I married a DJ so he has a story for every song he hears too!

Because music is so important to me, such a part of my life I’ve wanted to join in on Music Monday posts for the longest time.

My Music Monday posts will include interviews and music from new and veteran artists from all genres of music as well as the music that has meant the most to me throughout my life.

This week I want to introduce you to another newcomer, Erin McAndrew. She has a beautiful voice, grew up a few towns over and with her college band she played CBGB’s, a place that held special memories of my brother for me. I was sad to see it go. David and his Plug Ugly band- mates played there shortly before he was murdered.

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Women Called the Other “C” Word…

I tried not to get sucked into the ever churning cesspool of endless social media tit -for- tat that goes on around election time. Over the last 8-years it seems to be constant. There doesn’t even seem to be a break long enough to celebrate our wins and grieve our losses.

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Growing up in the Somerton section of Northeast Philadelphia, our house was the actual precinct polling place. A few days before the election our dining room furniture was moved out and the big gray voting machine was brought in. Folks started lining up an hour or so before the poles officially opened.

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A Group for the Insecure and who loves Writing Query Letters?

Writing Wednesday

Typewriter Pink

On Wednesdays I like to share bits of information that I picked up on my journey to publication and preparing to be published again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me back then.

It’s also the first Wednesday of the month which means it’s time for the monthly meeting of the:

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What is a writing coach and do you need one?

Writing Wednesday

Typewriter Pink

Wednesday is the day I share what I have learned on my writing journey and on to publication, marketing and publishing again. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. If you have any tips, please share them with us…

What is a writing coach and do you need one?

A writing coach is a professional writer that you hire to guide you through either the writing, publishing or marketing of a book or to guide you through the entire project. A writing coach can also assist with blogging, essay writing, speech writing and content writing.

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And The Title Goes To…

WRITING WEDNESDAY

Typewriter Pink

 

On Wednesday’s I like to share information I picked up on my path to publishing, marketing and publishing again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then.

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August is the Sunday of Summer and the Election…

Writing Wednesday

Typewriter Pink

On Wednesday’s I like to share information I picked up on my path from writing to publishing, marketing and publishing again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then.

 

August is the Sunday of Summer and this Year it is also the Sunday of another Election Cycle

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