Wednesday, May 2, 2018

IWSG - Forward Progress, Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, & Links

It's the first Wednesday in May, which means it's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, created by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Purpose: 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!

This month's co-hosts are:

This month's optional question is: It's spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

For me, spring doesn't inspire me to write, though it's my second favorite season (fall wins!). I don't think there's a season where I write more than usual, but I often write less than usual in the summer.

I've been so busy and tired, I haven't finished a new short story since the last week in January. But yesterday I finally got one finished, and I'm hoping this means I'll catch up and make progress again. I've started a bunch, but not finished them. Here's to getting more done!

In keeping myself accountable, I list submission stats each month. April:

2 submitted
3 rejections
1 acceptance
7 currently on submission

The IWSG anthology is out! 

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

The clock is ticking...

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...

$14.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 204 pages, Freedom Fox Press
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

“Each story is fast paced, grabbing the reader from the beginning.”
 - Readers' Favorite, 5 stars

“I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of thought-provoking crime stories.” - Denise Covey, author

Tick Tock links:

Now for some links. Bear in mind I'm not endorsing these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence before submitting.

Accepting Submissions:

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing is seeking horror short stories with a pizza theme for Tales From the Crust. 1000 to 5000 words. Pays $.03/word. Deadline June 1. (Note: I have worked with PMMP via Dark Moon Digest, and they're wonderful to work with.)

Goblin Fruit is seeking fantastical poetry. Pays $15. Deadline June 1.

Splickety Spark is seeking romance for The Aww Factor. Up to 1000 words. Pays $.02/word. Deadline June 1.

Feed Your Monster is seeking flash fiction and short stories. Up to 1000 words for flash, 3000 words for short. Pays a small amount per publication. 

The Patchwork Raven is seeking short stories set in different countries (one for each country) for a project called Backyard Earth. There will be one book/anthology per inhabited continent. Up to 5000 words. Pays $25.

Of Interest:

Dancing Lemur Press is seeking an intern for marketing research and development. See the link for more details.

What are your insecurities as a writer? Do you write more in spring? Will you be buying Tick Tock? Did you submit in April? How'd it go? Any of these links of interest? Anything to share?

May you find your Muse.


  1. There's no particular season that inspires me more than others. I kind of wish there was in a way because I could work around my creativity peaks and troughs better. Cheers - Ellen

  2. Congratulations on finishing one of your short stories. Fall is my favorite season, too. I think it's because it acts like it's supposed to, up here in Maine anyway.

  3. Congrats on finishing your stories! If I wasn't already part of Dancing Lemur Press I would put my name in for being an intern. It's a great opportunity.

    P.S. Fall is my favorite season, too. I always feel inspired then. :)

  4. Good luck on getting more done in May! And thanks for the links.

  5. Congrats on your story! I managed to start off May right by writing a short piece yesterday. I need to get back into submitting. Yay for Tick Tock! It's a fantastic collection.

    P.S. You did an awesome job with the IWSG newsletter. :)

  6. Awesome you finished one!
    And yes, you did a great job with the newsletter.

  7. I hear you about being tired. Glad you were able to finish a story, and I'm wishing you a much easier May. I heard once that it doesn't matter what speed we're going, as long as we keep moving.

  8. Thanks for giving Tick Tock a shout out here to day. I can't believe we've launched. Congratulations on that story acceptance. Acceptance letters always makes me feel a lot better about life in general, and writing specifically--no matter what the season. :-)

  9. Congrats on your acceptance! Hope you get back into a great routine.

  10. I love autumn too :-) Congrats on your story being accepted.

    Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer's Support Group day: Autumn Decisions

  11. Best of luck with your writing! I'm sure you'll get back into the swing of things.

  12. Congratulations on finishing your short story and especially on your submissions! It is great that you use the hop to help keep you pushing forward. Like you autumn is my favorite season followed by spring. However, I am definitely more inspired to write in the fall and explore artistic pursuits (painting, drawing, photography) in the spring.

  13. Dang, you're good about those submissions. How do you keep on top of everything? :)

  14. Congrats on the story.

    Fall is definitely my favorite season.

  15. I love autumn too - my favorite season.
    Congratulations on your accepted story.

  16. My sympathies on the exhaustion since January. I don't blame you at all. I limped toward my current WIP. But you're still doing great!

  17. You always have some irons in the fire. Summer is my slowest writing month, winter is best. Cold keeps me inside.

  18. Woot on the acceptance! Best of luck getting into the writing groove!