Created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the IWSG's purpose is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
To join, simply sign up by clicking on Alex's name above and adding your name to the linky list. Then post the first Wednesday of each month and visit your fellow bloggers to lend your support.
This month's co-hosts are Tyrean Martinson, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan,Jennifer Lane, and Rachna Chhabria!
This month's optional question: "What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?"
I used to be able to keep a writing schedule, but it's simply not realistic for me anymore. The closest I have to a schedule is that I try to block out either a full Saturday or Sunday for writing time. I fell off that schedule over the holidays, but am hoping to get back to it once the kids are back in school. Other than that, I write at night when I can.
Next week I'll be doing my annual wrap-up and goal setting.
Before I get to the links and my December submission stats, it's time for the Flaming Crimes Blogfest!
What is something ridiculous you would save if there was a fire?
I did actually have to pack up to flee a wildfire (Waldo Canyon), and I was trying to remember if there was anything weird I packed. I can't remember anything weird, but I did take four tiny urns I have with the ashes of family members. Actually, I forgot them at first, but a friend who came to help us evacuate grabbed them for me. I figure some people would think having them in the first place was weird, let alone evacuating with them.
Series: Disaster Crimes #4
Page Count: 304
Digital Price: 4.99
Print Price: 16.99
Rating: Spicy (PG13)
BLURB: Beth and Donovan are now happily married, and what Beth wants more than anything is a baby. Her dream of starting a family is put on hold as fires burn dangerously close and Donovan becomes a victim of sabotage.
Donovan escapes what could've been a deadly wreck. Their past enemies have been eliminated, so who is cutting brake lines and leaving bloody messages? He vows to find out, for the sake of the woman he loves and the life they're trying to build.
Amidst a criminal mind game, a fire ignites next to their home. They battle the flames and fight to keep their house safe from the blaze pressing in on all sides, but neither of them expects to confront a psychotic adversary in the middle of the inferno.
Their lives may just go up in flames…
About the Author: Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. She’s partnered with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and runs their Goodreads book club. She’s also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.
Stat time! Each month I post my submission stats to keep myself accountable. In December I had:
1 withdrawn from a market I think has gone under
0 acceptances (until the 1st of January, but that's for next month!)
Sent 0 novel queries (I won't be again until February because of the rush of NaNo submissions.)
0 novel query rejections
I have a total of 12 submissions out for short stories
I have a total of 5 novel queries out to agents
Now for some links. Bear in mind I'm not endorsing these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence when submitting.
Carrion Blue 555 is seeking work inspired by "The Garden of Earthly Delights." Accepting fiction, poetry, plays, and other formats you might want to try. Up to 7000 words. Pays a half cent per word. Deadline January 31.
Nashville Review is seeking fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Up to 8000 words. Pays $25 or $100, depending upon submission type. Deadline January 31.
NonBinary Review is seeking poetry, fiction, essays, and art that relate to "The Little Prince." Up to 5000 words. Pays $.01/word. Deadline January 31.
Hyperion & Theia is seeking fiction, poetry, and art with the theme Rebus. Word limit varies per type of submission. Up to 7499 words for short stories. Pays royalties. Deadline January 31.
Nightscript is seeking strange tales for Volume IV. 2000 to 7000 words. Pays $20. Deadline January 31.
The Writers Circle is seeking short stories and poetry for their anthology. 500 to 10,000 words. Pays in royalties. Deadline January 31.
Alchemy Press is seeking horror short stories that pervert reality for their Book of Horrors. 3000 to 6000 words. Pays .5p/word. Deadline January 31.
Do you have a writing schedule? What's your writing insecurity? How does Chrys's new book sound? What about that cover? Any of these links of interest? Anything to share? Are you submitting?
May you find your Muse.