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:
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:
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.
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.