The last post of 2019 is rather nostalgic for me. So much has happened in these 365 days–some wonderful, some not so wonderful. This is my first full year living alone, and there were times when I thought, “Nope! Can’t do this.” And then, I did.
Traveling helped. I revisited Athens, and had my own Odyessy around the Greek Islands. Morocco was next, and I learned so much about this fascinating part of the world.
Not Guilty, my fifth contemporary/realistic novel was published. I didn’t think I was going to make it, actually. The acceptance from the publisher came about a week before I left for Morocco, and I didn’t have a clue how I was going be on the road and get ready to launch a book. Fortunately, I was smart enough to know I couldn’t do it alone and hired MC Book Tours. They did a great job, and the launch went off without a hitch.
The book’s out to good REVIEWS, of course, I could use more, but that’s a given. I wish readers understood how important reviewing really is these days. Some do, but many do not!.
And now to the Wednesday business! Be sure to check us out on Twitter. Remember the next Twitter Pitch is JANUARY 15! Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSGPit.
DUE TO NEW YEAR’S DAY FALLING ON A WEDNESDAY, WE WILL BE POSTING JANUARY 8 RATHER THAN JANUARY 1!
Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG 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. The co-hosts for the December 4 posting of the IWSG areTonja Drecker, Beverly Stowe McClure, Nicki Elson, Fundy Blue, and Tyrean Martinson!
Remember, the question is optional!
December 4 question – Let’s play a game. Imagine. Role-play. How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? Tell the rest of us. What would you change or improve?
I have three more stories that I would like to see published. One is with my agent, one is sitting on my C-Drive while I decide how to manage it, and one is in draft form and out to a beta reader. If these books make their way into the world, I’m thinking it’s time to take more hikes, do more traveling, and maybe attend to all of those chores I’ve put off while laying down one word after another.
Now’s the time for those Holiday Treats–the winners of the anthology contest. Here they are! Congratulations to all of them! The stories are awesome.
The Third Ghost – Yvonne Ventresca http://yvonneventresca.com/blog.html
A World of Trouble – Rebecca M. Douglass https://www.ninjalibrarian.com
Winter Days – Katharina Gerlach https://www.katharinagerlach.com
Feathered Fire – Roland Clarke https://rolandclarke.com/
The Ghosts of Pompeii – Sherry Ellis http://www.sherryellis.org/
The Blind Ship – Bish Denham http://bish-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/
Return to Cahokia – L.T. Ward
Dare Double Dare – Louise M. Barbour https://selkiegrey4.blogspot.com
Simon Grey and the Yamamba – Charles Kowalski https://charleskowalski.com/
The Orchard – Beth Anderson Schuck https://twitter.com/schuck_beth
On my Email Connect this month, I’m giving away three signed copies of Sign of the Green Dragon and digital copies of Bouhaki, a bit of feline Christmas escape. Merry Christmas. If you don’t celebrate that holiday, then Happy Hanukkah or Yule or Pancha Ganapati or Bodhi Day.
Did you sign up for WEP? There’s still time, and this theme is ripe for some very special posts.
One more bit of great news is from J.Q. Rose. Her latest book is non-fiction, and it’s a perfect gift for someone thinking of writing memoir. Your Words, Your Life Story will help you spark and share your memories.
And if you’d like to jump into this Advent Calendar Event for Writers, do it here. Some great gifts await!
Quote of the Month:
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” T. S. Eliot