Wednesday, November 2, 2016

INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP AND NEWS

The first Wednesday of November means IWSG. It also is my birthday. Nope, not telling how many.


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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you 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.
Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.
 
And we’re revving up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive! Every month, we'll announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
November 2 Question: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?
 
The founder of IWSG is Ninja Author Alex Cavanaugh.
His awesome co-hosts for the November 2 posting of the IWSG will be Joylene Novell Butler, Jen Chandler, Mary Aalgaard, Lisa Buie Collard, Tamara Narayan, Tyrean Martinson, and Christine Rains!
 
Now for the question: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?
 
Golly, it hard to think of just one aspect. I enjoy most everything about being a writer. (Well, the promo not so much.) If I have to choose one, though, I guess it's creating characters and putting them in different situations to see how they deal with life. I like to see what ideas and solutions to a problem they come up with. Sometimes a character and I disagree. You know how that goes, I imagine. I, the author, try to write a scene a certain way, but the character keeps interfering and telling me that's not the way it is. Bossy little creatures sometimes. You know what? They usually win too.
 
How about your favorite aspect of being a writer?
 
I also have exciting news to report that I can't wait until another time to tell you.
 
 
Yes, my mg/tween contemporary novel I LIVE IN A DOGHOUSE is now in paperback. You know what? It would be the perfect gift for young readers. Add it to your Christmas wish list.
And thanks to Lea Schizas for the neat poster.
 
Short Excerpt:
 

I live in a doghouse. Not twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three
hundred sixty-five days a year, but when my mom says, “Nick, take Lily for a walk
so I can bake this wedding cake, birthday cake, graduation cake, or whatever,” I
pretend I don’t hear her and run to hide in the doghouse.
 
It’s not that I don’t like Lily. She’s okay for an eighteen-month-old, I guess,
and she is my half-sister. Yeah, that sounds weird, doesn’t it? Like she’s only half
a kid. She’s really whole. See, Mom and I were getting along okay after Dad left,
when I was five. Then Jake Walker came into the picture, with Grace, who’s ten,
one year younger than me. (She’s another story.) So Jake is my stepfather, and
Grace is my stepsister. Then Lily was born. My mom is Lily’s mom, but Lily’s dad
is not my dad, which makes Lily my half-sister. And my life’s not my own anymore.
 
 
Silver Winner in the 2015 Children's Literary Classics Awards

Now available in eBook and Print at:

AMAZON

MUSEITUP PUBLISHING

And other stores where books are sold.

What people are saying:

"The story touches on so many issues a blended family faces in today's world that it kept me reading from start to finish. I know middle grade readers are going to love this one. I know their parents will, too." C. Lee McKenzie

"Without giving away the plot (and wow – what a plot!), let me just say that Nick learns that sometimes, the thing you want most in life is right beside you." Darby Karchut

"I Live In A Doghouse is an adorable middle grade read well-suited for both boys and girls. The voice and the story line are both genuine." pksm

"Most importantly--it has something every middle grade book needs: a sweet dog!"
Stephanie Faris

Amen to that. (Also, a sweet cat.)

Happy Reading
 

27 comments:

  1. This certainly is a great group Beverly. I loved the review you gave, made wonderful reading.
    Yvonne.

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  2. Congrats on the paperback release.

    haha yeah, they usually win any disagreement. Stupid characters not wanting to go where I want them to lol

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    1. Thanks, Pat. And those characters are the ones we end up liking the most. :)

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  3. It took me a while because I was reading it to my nephews whenever I saw them, but I finally reviewed I Live in a Doghouse. What a sweet story. We all enjoyed it. :) Congratulations on the paperback release!!

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    1. I'm glad you and your nephews enjoyed the story, Chrys. Thanks for a lovely review. I'm excited about having it in paperback too.

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  4. Boss them right back!
    Congratulations on the paperback. Nothing cooler than holding your own book.

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    1. Absolutely, Alex.
      Thanks, I'm excited. Print books are still my favorites.

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  5. Wonderful you have print copies now!

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    1. I'm happy, Diane. For younger readers I think print books are good.

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  6. Oh my goodness, the concept is priceless! I love it and I'm so happy for you, Beverly.

    It is rather fun meeting these new people in our heads, eh?

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    1. Thanks, Crystal. It was a fun and also hard story to write.
      Yes, new characters can surprise us sometimes.

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  7. Congrats on your new book! I agree with your post 100% about our characters usually winning :-) Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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    1. Thank you, Jamie. Yep, and we love them just the same. Aw, thanks for the "happy birthday."

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  8. Your book sounds wonderful. Congratulations. Happy Birthday! and keep on creating.
    IWSG co-host Mary at Play off the Page

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    1. Thank you, Mary, for your kind words and birthday wishes. My goals are to create more stories. We'll see. ") Thanks for co-hosting this month

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  9. This sounds like a terrific read, Beverly! I can see why you like creating characters and putting them in interesting situations. This creation is clearly a winner. Happy Birthday, BTW. Hope it has been great.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. Characters have a tendency to come alive, almost like real people. I hope young readers think the story is a winner.
      My birthday was quiet, the way I like it, with lovely flowers from one of my sons. Thanks.

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  10. Congrats on getting your PB book in print! That's awesome! I chuckled at your answer to the IWSG question. You're so kind to your characters -- just like you are with us in real life. It's dreadful to admit I'm the opposite -- I'm a dictator and chief torturer of my characters. Even more dreadful to admit is that I enjoy every minute of it! Wishing you a great weekend and much success with I LIVE IN A DOGHOUSE!!

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    1. Oh! I forgot... Happy Birthday!! :)

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    2. Thank you, Lexa. Ebooks are nice, but my favorites are still print. Haha, maybe I'm too nice to my characters and should be meaner. Think I'll try that in my next book. Your characters sure are interesting.
      Have a great weekend too. It's looking rainy here. Perfect weather for writing.
      Thanks for the birthday wishes. I don't feel any older. :)

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  11. The books look and sound adorable. Congratulations, Beverly. And happy happy birthday. I think living in a doghouse would be fun. Lot less rooms to clean.

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    1. Ha ha! That's funny, Joylene. I never though of having less rooms to clean. Thanks for your kind words. It was a fun book to write. Most of it. My birthday was happy.

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  12. YAY to paperback. And I was blurbed up there. I love being blurbed! I read everything on Kindle, so I don't even know whether books are paperback or hardback when I read them!

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    1. Yes, you were, Stephanie. I appreciate your nice review. I enjoy eBooks, but print are still my favorites.

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  13. Congrats on the paperback release! So exciting! I still haven't migrated to ereading- so I appreciate print books that much more. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks, Jess. I read a lot of eBooks, but prefer print. There's something about holding the book in your hands. :)

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