Yes! The anthology is now available to buy. On this #IWSG first Wednesday of the month, I’m posting more about my story, Heartless, at the Tick Tock A Stitch in Crime website. Please come by and say hi there!
In keeping with the Easter Bunny theme of the month, I’m hopping around a lot. Today I’m posting HERE. Please do some hopping of your own and meet me there!
Well, I made it through March–barely. If you saw my FB post, you’ll know my computer crashed on Friday! Anyway, this is my last post for the month, and next month I’ll be posting on Tuesday, April 3 for the #YASH (Young Adult Scavenger Hunt). Come see. There are over a hundred book being given away. AND IT’S FUN.
On the first Wednesday–#IWSG–I’ll be at Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime. We have a super blog, so please come for a visit. I’ll leave a reminder here with a link, so I hope you’ll pop over and see what’s up there.
I’ve featured authors who are in that anthology, and today we have the last author of the month and a chance to chat about the publisher, Dancing Lemur Press. Take it away.
Juggling all of the authors can feel like herding cats sometimes. We have to keep track of each story’s edits, author information, and coordinate marketing with a group rather than an individual.
What’s refreshing is the variety that comes with so many viewpoints. Ideas pour forth in terms of promotions. Each writer is in a different location, broadening the marketing reach. Yet they all come together into one powerful dynamo.
For some of the writers, it’s their first publication, and that is just a joy to behold. Plus the stories are unique, which adds a little spice to the editing process. That will also add some spice for the readers.
Thanks for back story from the publisher’s point of view! And what you wrote about spice is so true. I read all of the stories, and each of them has a unique take on the theme. There’s something for every reader, and yet all will appeal because they are well-written.
Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
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And now here’s Mary Aalgaard.
This is my first publication outside of magazine stories and producing my own play, and what a great way to start! The other authors are all creative and supportive. We’re working together to promote the book with such great energy.
Mary Aalgaard is a playwright and piano/theater teacher, living in the heart of Minnesota. She writes theater reviews and supports the arts through her blog Play off the Page. She teaches youth theater workshops in the Brainerd lakes area, writes articles for regional magazines, and works with both seniors and youth in multi-generational programs to enhance quality of life and build community. Her website is PlayoffthePage.com. You can follow her on her Play off the Page Facebook page, @MaryAalgaard on Twitter, and email her at Mary@playoffthepage.com.
I’m not doing a quiz this week…I know how disappointed you are, but it’s time for a spring break. Class dismissed.
Did you guess the authors for each of these justice themed books? Here are the answers.
A. Absalom,Absalom! is William Faulkner’s masterpiece. Its complex, fragmented structure is a reading challenge, but wow, does it belong among the literary greats in America.
B. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee hits the themes of racial injustice and the destruction of innocence. This author went to core issues of “class, courage, compassion, and gender roles in the American.”
C. The Dispossesed by Ursula K. LeGuin tackles the fight for social justice, economic inequality and racial inequality in this futuristic novel.
S. In The Crucible Arthur Miller used the Salem Witch Trials as an allegory for the anti-communist Red Scare and the congressional hearings of Senator Joseph McCarthy going on in the United States in 1953.
Quote of the Week: “I tend to be drawn to the weirder, darker stuff. Horror and sci-fi anthologies.” Unknown
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My favorite thing to do at the end of a project is to get outside and take a long walk or hike. Then I love to think about anything that’s not related to the story I’ve just completed. Like this little bit of information about Wednesday!
It seems that the name Wednesday came from two different gods, the Germanic god Woden (Odin) was one. However, if you look at the Romance languages, (French: mercredi and Spanish: miércoles) it’s the Roman god Mercury who brought the modern word to us. The Germanic story is that Woden created earth and sky from the dead body of a giant named Ymir. He also created the first man and woman from an ash tree and an alder. This guy was tireless, because after fashioning the planet and the human race, he established the laws of the universe. Impressive!
I also like to pick up someone else’s book and dive into it. I appreciate all the work that’s gone into it, but I’m so relieved that I didn’t have to do it. Here’s a new release from Dancing Lemur Press. Corners by Corina Austin that I plan to dive into.
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, 6×9 Trade paperback,
Print ISBN 9781939844392 eBook ISBN 9781939844408
$3.99 EBook available in all formats
“Austin’s message of true friendship and selflessness will resonate…strong addition to the realistic fiction genre.” – Library Journal
“This book was so engaging! Five out five stars.” – TDC Book Reviews
“This is a story about love and loss, wrapped in a blanket of friendship… reminds me of the storytelling method used in The Princess Bride.” – Gina @ Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
“I hope you enjoy making a corner once you’ve read this sweet emotional read.” – Nayu’s Reading Corner
Corrina Austin grew up in the 1960’s. She became a mother of four and an elementary school teacher, but always found time between work and family for writing. From childhood to the present, if she wasn’t reading a book, she was writing one. While honing her craft as a writer, Corrina strives to infuse the ordinary with beauty, whimsy, and connection. She lives in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.
Thanks for stopping by this first Wednesday of March. Please come back. And if you’d like to read Alligators Overhead, I’ve got a Goodreads Giveaway going this month.
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I used to have a schedule for just about everything, but I’m not too good at sticking with any of them. Here’s mine for 2018.
I’ve been in a “personal purgatory of self-doubt” these past few months, and I couldn’t figure out why until I stumbled on an article about the insecure person’s personality. And Kapow! there it was. For one thing, I was reacting to the “humble brag” on Facebook. You know the author who “must drag themselves to their next signing.” Sigh. Such a chore. For another, I have a friend whose life is perfect and obviously quite enviable…according to them. How can it be that their life is spot on while mine isn’t?
After I read the article, I committed these quotes to memory:
“The insecure person tries to make you feel insecure yourself.”
“If you don’t feel insecure in general, but only around certain people, it’s likely they’re projecting their insecurities onto you.”
“The insecure person drops the ‘humble brag’ far too often.”
Armed with this information, I have no time for insecurity today, but just in case hugs are needed, here’s one and a quote to help ease anyone through those less than secure moments.
“People who are constantly bragging about their great lifestyle, their elite education, or their fantastic children may very well be doing so to convince themselves that they really do have worth.” Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., ABPP
As you must know there’s a new anthology arriving in 2018. I love the title. Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime. There were eleven winning entries, and each story while unique had to be based on the Tick Tock theme.
I’ll be putting in an appearance, too, [BRAG ALERT!] with my first attempt at something a tad gory. I’m still wondering where that story came from. Maybe some evil lurks in this heart and I’m just getting in touch with it.
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December 6 question – As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?
My answer is OF COURSE. I know so much more now than I did when I started. I’d do more research on the publishers that I subbed to. I’d never rush to publish anything. And I’d take more time off to clear my head. If you ask me this question ten years from now, I’ll probably have a similar answer. I’m making mistakes all the time. Fortunately, they’re different ones.
I’m going with THE THING as my remake choice. Not because it’s a fabulous movie, but because the 1982 version made me laugh more than the 1951 version. Besides, it takes a lot of hutzpa to do something so bad twice. Join in the REMAKES BLOGFEST FUN. See what other remakes people are choosing.
Keep your eye out for the next Insecure Writers Support Group anthology. The stories are on their way to the judges, and before you know it, you’ll be able to read a collection of spine-chilling tales. TICK TOCK. The clock’s ticking toward another anthology for your reading pleasure.
I have a bit of news. I returned from France to find that one of my more literary stories had won a place in an anthology called Lost. And it was a Judge’s Pick. They notified me that the publication date is early December. I’ve always thought about taking a creative writing course, but I’ve never gotten around to it. Now I’m more motivated.
Remember to take a look at L.X. Cain’s Bloodwalker. It will give you some chilling moments all along the way to the end. If you don’t have time to read it right now, add it to your Goodreads‘ list and read it later.
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FRANCE, continued. This was going to be a very different kind of trip. The barge down the Canal Du Midi was the first leg of our journey, and will always be memorable. It started in Carcassonne, a medieval city with the prerequisite castle (LaCité) and moat–dry, but a moat, nonetheless.
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