First I am starting with some of my official news related to Storm Dance Publications.
Call for Submissions Halloween Edition GOG
Grumpy Old Gods Vol. 3 Halloween Edition
Spooky Myths, Legends, Hauntings…
Deadline: June 29th, 2019
Details in the
If you don’t know, I’m officially published on Amazon.
It is a short story, but it is a story I will be paid for writing.
I dropped the ball!
I didn’t get my form for an ARC up when we released Grumpy 1 March 30th. However, we are still looking for people interested in reviewing. If you are interested in reading a free ARC just fill out this form. and I will get back to you.
If you like it and would like to leave us a review we’d appreciate that too. It is not a requirement.
If you want to check it out first here is a link to the book blurbs.
Now on to IWSG post…
Twitter is @TheIWSG Hashtag: #IWSG
INSECURE WRITER’S SUPPORT GROUP
Writer’s supporting, encouraging and learning from each other. Post on your own blog about your struggles, your triumphs, and your successes. Talk about your works in progress the good, the bad and the ugly or some other writing relating topic on your mind. Read others, interact, comment, and grow within this wonderful author community. Every month there is an optional question for those who may need help figuring out what to post about.
OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question:
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? (This question is always optional)
I can’t remember one particular experience. It was more an accumulation over time experience: awareness. What people have said to me in their reactions to the different things I have written helped me form this impression.
I wish I did have a memory to share but nothing specific comes to mind, or at least when I want it to, so I can add it to this post. LOL 🙂
I am somewhat of an emotive writer. It is one of the 3 words I chose to describe my writing and placed on my site under the site title center main page. It is what I want to do in writing touch others emotions, minds, and spirit to some degree. If I had chosen a fourth and fifth word it would be to inspire and captive,
EVOCATIVE – COMPLEX – MYTHOLOGICAL
The idea for this came from a word game another writer C. L. Roth introduced me to, where you make a list of words that describe your writing or you want to describe it, and then you start eliminating words. You can only pick 3 words that best fit and describe your writing in what you want the reader to get from it. The above were the three words I settled on.
Want to play the game for yourself? You can. You will find the rules and parameters here. The password is in small letters. Password: three words
Other words I might have chosen: entertain, escape, adventure, heart, intelligent. But you can only pick three words. My three words above won out. I give some reasons for my choices in the game if you check it out.
I learned that power words, active words that denote movement, descriptive words, and action words can make a big difference in a deeper and more connective reader experience. Small word choices can totally remake a story. I am still learning how to do that.
How to Make Readers Captivated Using Deep POV on Medium by Bre Miche –
She has a workshop starting in May about how to use descriptive body language.
I would love to take but can’t right now. You can find out about that here.
You can watch a short video a look at the class with some wonderful examples of what I was speaking about here.
News & Insecure ANGST:
News is we are doing a third Grumpy Old Gods anthology: a Halloween edition. We are sorting and reading stories for Grumpy Old Gods two now. The tentative publications date is late June early July. We will set a real date once we make our final selections.
I joined Mediums Partnership Program in December 2018. These are my first four posts. I have not really figure out what I want to write about, so I am kind of playing around with whatever fits the mood.
I don’t feel like they are my best efforts, but I have been unsure about what I want to write about overall. These are just first efforts. I will figure it out. I need to get the right mindset about it too, which I don’t really have yet.
I made $7 on the first post-Dec-Jan and .03 cents on the second in Feb, none on the third. I just posted the fourth post on Sunday, so no data yet.
If you have a free account on Medium, don’t forget to clap, because claps count similar to reviews, letting Medium know people are reading. The more people show interest the more likely the post will be picked up for curation and shown to a larger audience of Medium readers.
If you don’t have an account you can’t clap but you can still read with my friend links.
And the only claps that count toward getting paid are those who are members of the partnership program, but all claps matter for getting Medium’s attention for curation.
Here are my Medium Friend Links, so you can view behind the paywall whether you are a member of Medium or not. Don’t worry you don’t have to sign up to view using these link you just can’t clap.
- A Search For Home. (A piece created using a writing prompt in my FOtM writer group.) (In case you are wondering, FOtM = Fellowship of the Muse(s). The logo is on my sidebar-Side bar Logo created by Kirsten Bolda)
- The Cinderella Guide (A Parody of Life)
- A Maurader Christmas (A short story)
- Surviving Life Drowning in Self Help (The most recent)
Our Next Writing Craft Read
Our next book for April and May will be Method Acting for Writers: Learn Deep Point Of View Using Emotional Layersby Lisa-Hall Wilson. Discussion Day will be May 22.
The cage can be real – a prison, a basement, a walled enclosure. It can be metaphorical – a bad marriage, an abysmal attitude, a mental block, a deal gone horribly wrong.
A war veteran trying to cope with PTSD, reconnecting with a lifestyle that no longer fits. A schoolboy facing the misery of cyber bullying. A young woman in a cycle of poor body image. A creative stuck in a dead end job. Any situation that can entrap and make a character feel claustrophobic.
How will your bird break free? or will s/he choose to stay?
VISIT WEP for rules to contest. Partner with IWSG for more writing fun. Check website for previous winners and prizes.
There were a lot of Author Spotlights this month so you can check them out here. OR (recommended) to make it easier to access without scrolling you can look on the sidebar under recent post list next to this post. I have made it so the posts for the month will appear in that list for convenience.
When I have just a few spotlights it is easy enough to post a list here but when there are several, and April has been busy, formatting takes a lot longer than I have time to devote to it, so came up with this solution in the sidebar.
WANT TO BE A FEATURED GUEST IN MY AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT?
Author Spotlight Guidelines
LET ME KNOW HOW I CAN HELP