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  1. Loni Townsend
    January 15, 2019 @ 17:16

    I’m late getting here but grats on being a paid writer! And the new editor had me so annoyed (since I do all my posts in the HTML view), that I installed the plugin to give me the old WordPress editor back.

    I’ve always found structure interesting, and I can usually understand it, but I never know how to apply it to my books. I write in multiple POVs, and I’m never sure how structure is supposed to work when I’ve got four intertwining subplots. *sigh*

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  2. J.H. Moncrieff
    January 8, 2019 @ 22:24

    Man, people ask some insensitive questions! Asking a struggling writer if they’ll ever finish the book is ill-advised, to say the least. I wonder if people in other industries have to deal with this kind of thing?

    In any case, I have faith that you will finish the book, Juneta. Wishing you a happy and productive 2019!

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    • admin2
      January 8, 2019 @ 22:25

      Thank you. You have been an inspiration. I really enjoy visiting your blog.

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  3. Christine Rains
    January 8, 2019 @ 14:57

    Happy 2019! 🙂 Wonderful that you will be publishing one or more things this year. I will always be happy to have you guest post on my blog when you’d like.

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    • admin2
      January 8, 2019 @ 22:24

      Ah, thank you. I may be hitting you up for that. LOL.

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  4. Toi Thomas
    January 5, 2019 @ 18:13

    Happy New Year, Juneta, and thanks bunches for stopping by my blog.
    Those are some tuff questions. I’m glad to see you have a plan for publication in 2019.
    I love the sound of your anthology. Wish I had a story for it, not sure I could whip up anything good in such a short amount of time. Every time I come here, I keep saying I need to check out medium. I’m going to do it this time.
    Looking forward to what this year has in store for you.

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    • admin2
      January 8, 2019 @ 22:23

      Medium is an interesting platform. I am enjoying it.

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  5. Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine
    January 5, 2019 @ 13:55

    Good luck with your writing this year and getting something published. =)

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    • admin2
      January 8, 2019 @ 22:22

      Thank you. Same to you.

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  6. Gwen Gardner
    January 5, 2019 @ 11:11

    I rarely tell anyone I’m a writer. It’s too complicated. Lol. You have a lot in the works, Juneta, and one day you are going to flood the market! Well done!

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    • admin2
      January 8, 2019 @ 22:22

      I do so hope you are right. Thank you.

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  7. Lynda R Young
    January 5, 2019 @ 03:40

    oh my gosh, I’ve heard those questions too. Now I don’t tell people I’m a writer–unless I have something specific I want to share 😉

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    • admin2
      January 8, 2019 @ 22:21

      LOL, I’m not so quick to tell either.

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  8. Louise (Fundy Blue)
    January 4, 2019 @ 20:22

    Hi, Juneta! Believing you can and will finish you book is an important milestone to reach! I’m approaching that point on the journey, but I’m not quite there yet. I keep thinking if I’m acting like I’m going to get there, and taking the necessary steps, I’ll get there. So keep on keeping on and don’t let any pesky questions discourage you. I’ve taken to saying “I find writing challenging, and I’m a slow writer, but I’ll get there!” All the best to you as you pursue your writing goals!

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    • admin2
      January 8, 2019 @ 22:20

      LOL, yes believing is a milestone. I’m already wavering lol. The angst of a writer. Wishing you lots of success and progress in 2019.

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  9. Cherie Reich
    January 4, 2019 @ 16:38

    I hate questions that lead to when a book will be out. Most of the time, I just don’t know. Life finds a way to butt in when it’s least wanted.

    Happy New Year!

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    • admin2
      January 4, 2019 @ 17:37

      LOL, Happy New Year!

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  10. Elizabeth Seckman
    January 4, 2019 @ 16:01

    I hate technology some days. I have the hardest time adjusting to new formats. I get so mad when my writing or blogging time gets eaten up by something as stupid as trying to figure out how to post a picture.

    Congrats on the paycheck. That’s pretty sweet!

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    • admin2
      January 4, 2019 @ 17:36

      Thank you. Yeah, that irritates the crap out of me too.

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  11. Patsy
    January 4, 2019 @ 13:16

    I don’t mind what people ask about my writing – I’m just pleased they’re showing an interest.

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    • admin2
      January 4, 2019 @ 13:29

      Normally I don’t mind either but that particular conversation was NOT born out of genuine interest in my writing because they wanted to read it. It was to hammer home another point without getting ugly about it. The conversation was still disrespectful if not ugly. So I probably was not clear why I illustrated that one but that was why. Disrespect acting like being nice—ah not.

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  12. C. Lee McKenzie
    January 3, 2019 @ 17:33

    Why is it taking so long? That isn’t a question. That’s a condemnation. Have they ever tried their hand at writing a book? If not, I’d tell them take a shot and see what it’s like.

    I wish WP would take a page out of Mail Chimps book and make their program intuitive. I’m still hunting for the READ MORE link in this new iteration. Have you found that yet?

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    • admin2
      January 3, 2019 @ 19:51

      You are so right. Gear specifically to make you feel your goals are unrealistic and a pipe dream.

      An intuitive WP now that would be cool.

      As matter of fact, when you are in edit mode. In the upper left-hand corner, there is a + sign, the backward and forward button, content button and navigation block. Click on the + and then scroll down to layout elements, click that open, and “more” they took the word read out of it but does the same thing. It is in the middle of the list.

      And thank you for asking because in rechecking where I had seen that I looked some more and found my tweet widget so it is still there.

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  13. Pat Hatt
    January 3, 2019 @ 15:14

    People have no clue when they ask such things. And usually they are the same people that have no chance of writing one indeed.

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    • admin2
      January 3, 2019 @ 19:43

      So true. They also are trying to make you feel bad about not having published several books or making living publishing books if you have not reached that point.

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  14. Julie Flanders
    January 3, 2019 @ 10:26

    Congrats on publishing behind the pay wall – that had to feel great! And best of luck with finishing the book in 2019. I’ve no doubt you’ll do it!
    Happy New Year!

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    • admin2
      January 3, 2019 @ 19:42

      Thank you. I hope so. Happy New Year to you too.

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  15. Victoria Marie Lees
    January 3, 2019 @ 10:23

    “Oh, you wrote a book?” I love this. You’re a writer and all writers write books. No, I haven’t written a “book” yet either, Juneta. I am still writing it. But I have published short stories. It’s a shame that not many people feel this is writing. Nor do they feel online writing or editing or marketing part of being a writer. Sorry, Juneta. Once I get started…

    Great post! All success to you in 2019.

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    • admin2
      January 3, 2019 @ 19:41

      Yes, short stories I have published too. No worries. I get it. Wishing you much success too in 2019.

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  16. Mary Aalgaard
    January 3, 2019 @ 07:35

    Your mind must be constantly working and creating stories. Looking forward to hearing what you publish in 2019 and beyond!

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    • admin2
      January 3, 2019 @ 19:40

      Thank you. Me too, lol, just kidding. Happy IWSG!

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  17. Adrienne Reiter
    January 3, 2019 @ 02:11

    WordPress is finicky for sure. I love the, “Only four?” response. People hear of others writing books over a weekend – which is inhuman – and have misconceptions on how long it truly takes. Happy IWSG Day!

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    • admin2
      January 3, 2019 @ 19:38

      Yeah, lots of misconceptions out there and judgments regarding people who not known authors in the Stephen King category.

      I gripe about WP but I have not found anything I like better for my requirements and as low cost.

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  18. Olga Godim
    January 2, 2019 @ 21:57

    I have a WP site, but hosted by WP, not self-hosted, so no plug-ins are allowed. My site is pretty simple and easy to post and do most things I want. Also, I try to avoid switching to ‘new editor’ or ‘new experience’ or anything like that. They sometimes offer, but I consistently resist the temptation. If the old things work, why risk spoiling them?

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    • admin2
      January 2, 2019 @ 22:18

      I host with tigertech.com and use WP.org because I don’t want to lose my content in case WP decides the change all the rules like Amazon is always doing. This way I own my content and I am the one who decides what comes down. However, WP widgets working with WP updates is another matter which forces you to change the way you do things but does not affect my content on my website being available. I am working on my brand and don’t want to have to switch either. I also if I want to do affiliate I cannot do it on free WP, so there is that too.

      If you are happy with what you have I definitely agree. I do like mine so although frustrated with the editor thing I still like my what I have and WP has one of the best layouts and option using WP.org.

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  19. ChemistKen
    January 2, 2019 @ 21:55

    Sounds like you have plenty to keep you busy this year. Good luck. And four years to write a story sounds pretty natural to me. Then again, I am a slow writer, so what do I know?

    I’m thinking of changing from Blogger to WordPress sometime in the future. Stories like yours makes me wonder if I really want to do this or not.

    Have a great 2019!

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    • admin2
      January 2, 2019 @ 22:22

      I want to get faster so I can put a two to three books a year if I want to. I am hoping after completing the first one I will know more about how I operate to manage a better prolific schedule.

      I like WP despite my frustration with the editor right now. I resist change. It really is not all that bad there is a lot of cool stuff with the new editor too. You can get a widget that allows you to use the old editor, but I would rather learn the new one. Despite the frustration, I like learning new things.

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  20. CV Grehan
    January 2, 2019 @ 21:19

    Argh, Gutenberg! I feel your pain there, Juneta. I found a plug-in that allows for changing the colors of inline text. Word by word, rather than entire paragraphs by default: Advanced Rich Text Tools for Gutenberg by Ella Van Durpe.

    PS: I love story structure. One of my favorite parts of writing fiction is assembling the bones.

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    • admin2
      January 2, 2019 @ 21:38

      Thanks for the tip. I will check it out.

      Yeah, I have learned to love story structure. Who have thought this panster would say that. I found by knowing the 5 plot points it helps get over the humps as I figure out where I need to go without knowing the story until I write it. So panster is still happy.

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  21. Lee Lowery
    January 2, 2019 @ 18:03

    PAID for writing! Woo hoo! Love the dancing Skelator (or whoever he is – probably showing my age).

    So yes, this writing stuff takes awhile. Non-writers don’t have a clue. Good for you on publishing this year – I am going to finish the novel I am working on right now (I also have some others tucked away). Wishing you a productive 2019!

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    • admin2
      January 2, 2019 @ 18:57

      Cheers to you too and finishing. Thank you.

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  22. Karen Lynn
    January 2, 2019 @ 15:58

    Good luck with the Anthology! It sounds like a great idea. I’m with you on questions that don’t really understand the time frame involved in writing and publishing a book. (Although I do think they’re well-meaning for the most part.) Happy New Year!

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    • admin2
      January 2, 2019 @ 19:00

      Thank you. Yeah, if you don’t get it, you don’t get it. Happy New Year.

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  23. J.Q. Rose
    January 2, 2019 @ 13:23

    Oh, my head is spinning with all your plans and activities. I tried WP and Blogger when first blogging and blogger won out. Perhaps it’s not as classy as WP, but it made more sense to me in 2011. Grumpy Gods sounds like a fun one to put together. I look forward to reading it.
    JQ Rose

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    • admin2
      January 2, 2019 @ 19:01

      I have looked at Blogger but I have had WP, geesh, way back when before it was the thing, so was more used to it. I had yahoo before that.

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  24. Anna
    January 2, 2019 @ 12:51

    I thought I was tough, but you hanging in there (four years) and still plugging away has set the best example. We write for the love of writing. Not everyone gets it. But you do.

    I hope 2019 brings your all that you deserve. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    • admin2
      January 2, 2019 @ 19:03

      Honestly, it is more than 4 years but seriously moving that direction for four, even if slowly. Yeah, I write for love. Started with Star Wars fanfic.

      Wishing the same for you. HUGS 😉

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  25. Alex J. Cavanaugh
    January 2, 2019 @ 11:21

    Sorry WordPress is frustrating you,
    There is no good answer for why it takes so long…

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    • admin2
      January 2, 2019 @ 19:04

      It is what it is with WP but it is the one I know so stick with it.

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  26. Natalie Aguirre
    January 2, 2019 @ 08:51

    How awesome that you’re co-authoring a book that is being published in a few months. Let me know when it happens and I can mention it in Follower News on my blog. Happy New Year!

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    • admin2
      January 2, 2019 @ 19:04

      Thank you. I will definitely let you know. Happy New Year.

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  27. L. Diane Wolfe (@SpunkOnAStick)
    January 2, 2019 @ 08:05

    People ask some of the most negative questions when you say you’re a writer.

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    • admin2
      January 2, 2019 @ 19:05

      Yeah, but one day. I’ll be smiling. I hope.

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  28. patgarcia
    January 2, 2019 @ 07:16

    Happy New Year!

    Had to laugh about the question about people asking you are you still working on the same book. I will have been working on the first book in my serial for ten years November 2019. It’s not that I haven’t written other things. In fact, I’ve written the fourth drafts of the first three books, but people are always amazed. Many think writing a book is an overnight thing.n

    Wishing you much success for 2019.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    • admin2
      January 2, 2019 @ 19:07

      hey, that is the love of the story. Truth is it has been longer if count some other things in. Dang girl you go. If I’d just completely finish one draft I’d be really happy, well, for a short while.

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  29. Raimey Gallant
    January 2, 2019 @ 04:28

    When I’m stuck, I definitely try to figure out what’s making me feel that way, and often, it’s that I feel I need to know more about something. We’re on the same page! I really, really, really love this series on structuring story, and several of my talented author friends also refer to it when writing: https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/secrets-story-structure-complete-series/

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    • admin2
      January 2, 2019 @ 19:09

      Yeah, that is a good series. I am one of her Wordplayers on FB. I own the books, workbook, and software. I do better with the shorter stuff like 5 plot points, 7 points because I am a panster. I get overwhelmed with all that other although I love her stuff and many others. Read them all. Try to learn what I can.

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  30. Ronel Janse van Vuuren
    January 2, 2019 @ 02:40

    Good luck with your writing goals for 2019!

    I still have to read this month’s book 😉 But I will be ready for the discussion date… I hope.

    Yeah, the new WordPress editor is a bit tricky to get the hang off — but I have found a couple of excellent features in it 🙂

    Happy New Year!

    Ronel visiting on IWSG day 2019 Goals, Resolutions and Questions

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    • admin2
      January 2, 2019 @ 19:12

      Thank you. You too.

      I am rereading to refresh my mind.

      Yeah, there a few things to like and I am getting better at it. But can’t figure out how to get the twitter plugin for a tweet to work and another one.

      Happy New Year.

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