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ISWG How Do You Push Through The Negativity?

It's time for another installment of the ISWG. For those who would like to learn more about this supportive and helpful membership, please click on our illustrious host's name:  Alex J. Cavanaugh

As many of you may know, I submitted my novel PAWN OF THE GODS, for publication on Kindle Scout.  Unfortunately, I was short-listed. On the up side, I received three pages of feedback from the editorial team, noting the good, the bad and the ugly.  I've since implemented the proposed changes and am preparing to self publish on Kindle Unlimited.

Although I've tried to look at this experience from a positive lens, how the editorial team took time to read the book, gave feedback, et.al,  as each year passes, I become more insecure about my path as a writer. I'm half way through my second novel, and I can't help but wonder if I'll ever make it. Am I good enough? I'm sure other writer's struggle with the same questions, but this month it really hit me and althou…
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Biting My Nails To The Nubbs

It's time for another installment of the ISWG, hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavanaugh.  For more information about this group, click here .

I've never been a nail biter until now.  As many of you know, my novel PAWN of THE GODS was part of a publishing campaign with Kindle Scout.  It ended a little over a week ago and still no word.  Although some might say, "No news is good news." I've received conflicting feedback about this. One writer told me  the winners are announced within the first few days, while the others are thrown into the slush pile to be sorted. Another writer told me the opposite, which leaves a lot of gray area.

So, here I sit, waiting and waiting, biting and biting my nails to the quick, wondering, is there hope? I suppose there's always hope, but I'm feeling very vulnerable and insecure about my book right now.  I've put my writing out there to be shredded by pro's, and I fear they'll caution me not to quit my day job, …

Feeling Vulnerable

It's time for another installment of the ISWG, hosted byAlex J. Cavanaugh. To learn more about this wonderful group, click on the preceding link.


I've posted my novel PAWN OF THE GODS on Kindle Scout, a publishing program ran by Amazon. It allows unpublished authors to post their work for thirty days. During that time, readers log on, read the excerpt (or not) and if they like what they see, they nominate the author for publication. At the end of the campaign, the nominations are tallied and the board votes on which books to publish. 

PAWN OF THE GODS has been up for a little over a week.  It was on the Hot and Trending list for nineteen hours, and more than one thousand seven-hundred visitors have viewed my excerpt.  All good stuff right? If that's true, why the hell am I so insecure? I suppose it's because I'm putting myself out there. It's tough to do, especially with such stiff competition. 

This said, if any of you are interested, I posted my link below.  If …

Pushing My Luck

Hello All,

It's been a couple of months since I updated my blog. I know, how shameful of me. I was enrolled in nursing school and it zapped every waking second of my days.  I've since decided that it wasn't for me, and well, what a relief.  This said, I'm probably pushing my luck since I haven't been on here for so long, but if any of you are merciful enough to forgive my absence, I'd appreciate it if you'd read the below blurb about the launch of my novel, PAWN OF THE GODS on Kindle Scout.  It's only up for thirty days so any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

The thirty day launch for my novel, PAWN OF THE GODS began this morning on Kindle Scout. 

How It Works
My book is posted for thirty days, along with hundreds of others in various genres. Readers click the following book link: PAWN OF THE GODStake a gander at the first five chapters of the story, and decide whether they believe it's good enough for publication on Amazon. If the answer is y…

Opinions Pleaaaaaase!!!!!

Hello All,

I recently began a new WIP.  Although I'm happy with my outline, I've struggled with the beginning. This said, I wrote two opening paragraphs. Both lead to the same place, but they take a very different paths to get there. I just can't decide which one I like better.  If you have a minute or two, I'd  appreciate it if you'd give your opinion. Which paragraph would keep you reading?  Also, please be mindful that these are very raw first drafts.  I'd be happy to return the favor anytime.  Thanks in advance for your help.

Opening #1A cold chill broke across my arms when he entered the room. It happened every time I saw him. By now you'd think I'd be used to him Yet, here I sat, dreading his very presence. You see, to everyone else he was a man of flesh and blood. A man who devoted his life to treating the sick.  To me, he was Doom—bringing false hope to the incurable—deliverer of tragedy, ready to do his worst.  My dad and I had been confronted…

From The Dust Marinade to a Gourmet Work of Fiction

Hello all, it's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh.  To learn more about this wonderful membership please click on the preceding link.


After several weeks of juggling family and nursing school, I finally get a much needed break. Specifically, Spring Break. Woo hoo!!!! Unlike some students who go wild during this time and head to the beach for fun in the sun, I plan to hunker down at my desk and catch up on my writing. It's been a month since I've written anything, and I'm jonesing to escape into my world of fiction.

My short story is about two-thirds complete. If all goes according to plan, I hope to have it done by the end of next week. Then I intend to pull my first novel from its dust marinade,  and return it to the writing kitchen, where I hope to create a gourmet work of fiction.  If I can find the time.

Once school resumes, every second of every day is consumed by my studies. I truly feel like a fish out…

Flexing My Writing Muscles

Hello all, it's time for another installment of the ISWG hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. For more information about this group, please click on the following link: Insecure Writer's Support Group

First of all, I want to wish each and everyone of you a happy New Year. In my experience people reserve their first post for NY resolutions, etc, but I've decided not to bore you with promises.  What I will say is I'm looking forward to a fresh start--New Year, New Me.

Due to all the stress that comes with returning to nursing school, I haven't written at all. However,  I did make it to my writer's group last month.  After missing three months of meetings, I felt a little out of sorts.  The sense of familiarity and comradery I usually encountered with the members was somehow off   I didn't let it get me down.  Instead, in the spirit of the New Year, New Me thing, I endeavored not to miss anymore meetings.  I've also come up with an idea for a short story.  It'…