#IWSG – ON A ROLL

Hello all! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

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It’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of the #IWSG family. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

The awesome co-hosts for the November 4 posting of the IWSG will be Stephen Tremp, Karen Walker, Denise Covey, and Tyrean Martinson!

Remember to thank them for all their hard work!! October was a good month for me in many ways, personally and blog-wise. Am I still insecure? Hell yeah, but I’m not going to write about them this month. I’m in too good a mood. 🙂

I’m coming along with the ideas on what I’ll be focusing this blog on in the future. I’ve given myself until the end of the year to re-organize her. Mondays I do book reviews for books that I’ve either bought, won through giveaways, or requested by an author/publisher to read in exchange for an honest review.

If you haven’t heard of the Read and Review Challenge, definitely look into it. ReadRev Founded by Jessica Therrien, it gives authors the opportunity to put one or more of their titles in the R & R Challenge Library, and readers can ask them for a copy to read and review. The best part of it, is that every month a reader randomly wins a $10 Amazon gift card. Guess what? I won for October. Yay!! I’ve dedicated Thursdays for these postings.

Fridays are up in the air for me. There are several different memes that I’m a part of, and they usually post on Fridays. Weekly participation isn’t mandatory, so I’m thinking of alternating posts. I also want to include occasional guest posts, book releases, etc.

I need a special name for Friday posts. Something catchy that shows variety. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I can’t think of one that I haven’t read somewhere else. So, how was your October? Anyone participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

 

 

 

Insecure Writer’s Support Group – CHALLENGE YOURSELF

Hello all! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

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It is time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero and most favorite of my mentors Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this amazing group and it has become THE PLACE to go if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of this phenomenal group. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

 

The awesome co-hosts for the April 1 posting of the IWSG will be Suzanne Furness, Tonja Drecker, Toi Thomas, Rachna Chhabria, Fundy Blue, and Donna Hole!

Make sure to stop by and thank them for all their hard work!

Today also happens to be the first day of the A-Z Challenge for 2015. I’ll be publishing my first post for the challenge in a few hours.This will be my very first year as a participant. To say I’m nervous would be an understatement. 

I thought long and hard before deciding to take part, but I decided ‘Why not’?

Challenge

 Just as I did with my first year of NaNoWriMo, I won’t know if I can complete the A-Z unless I challenge myself. That’s exactly what I will be doing this month. (I also think I have some sort of odd masochistic tendencies…)

What are your plans for April? Will you be joining me for the A-Z? What are YOU challenging yourself to?

Until next month, my friends….

 

 

Insecure Writer’s Support Group – NaNo Disappointment?

Hello writers and bloggers! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and it’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

       Click on the Image to Join!

Click the Image to Join!

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this amazing group and it has become a safe haven for all us insecure writers.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of this phenomenal group. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

 The awesome co-hosts for the December 3 posting of the IWSG are Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins!

I signed up for NaNoWriMo again last month, like I did last year. The difference was that last year, I won. This year, no. I completed 68% of my novel in the 30 days. Damn. I was every word you could think of. Disappointed. Pissed. Sad. Hurt. A Failure. It wasn’t like I didn’t know I could do it. I did it last year. Where did I go wrong

I tried planning this year when I am normally a pantster. I wondered if that had anything to do with it. I tried sticking to my outline as much as I could but would veer off all the time.

There were some unexpected issues I had to deal with personally and I planned an extended weekend long before NaNo, maybe it was that?

Then, the more I thought about it, the more I said to myself, why am I beating myself up? I’ve got over 34,000 more words down on paper (computer) than I did 30 days ago. I’m grateful, truly. It’s 34k+ words of hot mess, but I’ll take it, work with it, make stories, pieces tangible that I can submit, or even better – turn it back into the novel it was originally intended to be.

For those who participated in NaNo this year and made your 50k, whoop, whoop!! Congrats to you from me and all other insecure writers! For those who didn’t make the 50k mark, remember, you’re still amazing! Whether it’s 1k or 49k, you have more words on the page than you did when you started on November 1. In the end, we all came out winners! I’m already looking forward to next year. Perseverance and positivity is what it’s all about. Looking at the bright side of every situation.

Until next month, IWSG’ers.

 

 

 

 

Express Yourself – MBTI Personality

Hello bloggers! It’s time for Express Yourself, the weekly blog hop that posts different topics and updates monthly.

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I’m publishing late this month because I’m smack dab in the middle of NaNaWriMo now but wanted to at least publish a couple of Express Yourself posts this month.

Jackie Felger from Bouquet of Books and Dani Bertrand from Entertaining Interests founded this great meme that has a wonderful group of people with weekly topics that change monthly. They also have a site they co-author together:  Cover Girls.

This week’s topic is a great one!

Nov 10, 2014-Nov. 14, 2014: Do you know your MBTI personality? If so, please share. If not, take the test! Please. humanmetrics.com

Functional Analysis Of The INFP
Based on Jung’s framework of mental functions-by Joe Butt

Introverted Feeling

INFPs live primarily in a rich inner world of introverted Feeling. Being inward-turning, the natural attraction is away from world and toward essence and ideal. This introversion of dominant Feeling, receiving its data from extraverted intuition, must be the source of the quixotic nature of these usually gentle beings. Feeling is caught in the approach avoidance bind between concern both for people and for All Creatures Great and Small, and a psycho-magnetic repulsion from the same. The “object,” be it Homo sapiens or a mere representation of an organism, is valued only to the degree that the object contains some measure of the inner Essence or greater Good. Doing a good deed, for example, may provide intrinsic satisfaction which is only secondary to the greater good of striking a blow against Man’s Inhumanity to Mankind.

Extraverted iNtuition

Extraverted intuition faces outward, greeting the world on behalf of Feeling. What the observer usually sees is creativity with implied good will. Intuition spawns this type’s philosophical bent and strengthens pattern perception. It combines as auxiliary with introverted Feeling and gives rise to unusual skill in both character development and fluency with language–a sound basis for the development of literary facility. If INTPs aspire to word mechanics, INFPs would be verbal artists.

Introverted Sensing

Sensing is introverted and often invisible. This stealth function in the third position gives INFPs a natural inclination toward absent- mindedness and other-worldliness, however, Feeling’s strong people awareness provides a balancing, mitigating effect. This introverted Sensing is somewhat categorical, a subdued version of SJ sensing. In the third position, however, it is easily overridden by the stronger functions.

Extraverted Thinking

The INFP may turn to inferior extraverted Thinking for help in focusing on externals and for closure. INFPs can even masquerade in their ESTJ business suit, but not without expending considerable energy. The inferior, problematic nature of Extraverted Thinking is its lack of context and proportion. Single impersonal facts may loom large or attain higher priority than more salient principles which are all but overlooked.

Famous INFPs-by Joe Butt

Homer
St. Luke; physician, disciple, author
William Shakespeare, bard of Avon
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Evangeline)
A. A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)
Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie)
Helen Keller, deaf and blind author
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Neil Diamond, vocalist
James Taylor, vocalist
Julia Roberts, actor (Conspiracy Theory, Pretty Woman)
Amy Tan (author of The Joy-Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife)
John F. Kennedy, Jr.

That’s my MBTI Personality. What’s yours? I’ll be hopping around to find out That’s it for me this week. I’m going back to my writing now. Until next post everyone.

Insecure Writer’s Support Group – NaNoWriMo Time Again!

Hello everyone in the writers world! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

Click on the Image to Join!

Click the Image to Join!

It’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of this phenomenal group. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

The awesome co-hosts for the November 5 posting of the IWSG are LG Keltner, Donna Hole, Lisa Buie-Collard and SL Hennessy!

It’s time for me again – my first week of NaNoWriMo and it’s been, in a word, BRUTAL. October was supposed to be the month where I outlined, researched and did as much as I could to prepare for this month, but it was busy as hell.

I’m not complaining, mind you. I did what I could; normally, I’m a pantster. I wanted to try plotting to see if that would help me. With all the running around, organizing and taking care of business I had to do last month, I couldn’t focus the way I needed to, that’s all.

I’ve donated money to NaNoWriMo since I started with their Camp last year. It’s done wonders with helping me in my recovery. Writing does help heal. It’s helped me set goals for myself, made me focus, and given me much-needed positive reinforcement that I wasn’t receiving from my outside world. My NaNoWriMo participant badge is on my sidebar and if you’re so inclined, please click on the link to donate. All proceeds go to NaNo and you can read about what they do with donation dollars.

I’ve done pretty well so far. I’m trying to stay within my outline, but I notice my story tends to veer off course a little. I know where I wanted the story to go, but it seems to be taking me somewhere else. I figure it’s only Week 1 so I’ll see what happens.

If anyone else is doing NaNo this month, friend me. We can support each other! That’s how I did it last year! Until next month.