Hi all, it's time for the October (holy cow...October!) Insecure Writer's Support Group!
Created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the IWSG serves as a virtual place to give and get support for your writing insecurities.
This month's optional question can be found on Alex's blog, on the IWSG page.
September has been a month of many insecurities. I took a couple hits to the ego that made me question why I put myself through all this. However, these two things wouldn't have been enough to sink me so low if I hadn't already been stressed out and depressed to begin with. I think a lot of our writing insecurities play off things happening in our non-writing lives, as well, sometimes causing them to expand out of proportion.
Of course, without a few ego blows, how else would we stay modest and down to earth? Oh, wait, I was never going to think I was the most awesome writer in the world, so please no more slights. Thanks, world!
In other, probably related, news, I'm back in college to get my business degree! I started back last week. As it's a college that allows me to accelerate, I'm hoping to be done by summer. This also means I will likely only be blogging on IWSG days.
Given, since I started writing this I've been ruminating over the big lows I had in the last couple weeks. If I find that my meaty school schedule is making it so I can't write, I will be backing down and planning on completing it in two terms (so one year). Part of what upset me is that I got so busy with day job stuff and volunteer job stuff that I made writing my last priority. Because of that, I fell. Publishing seems like exercise: it only takes one brief slip to make you have to start over, yet it's always a struggle to try to keep up momentum. I lost a lot of momentum over the last couple years. I was thinking about where I might be with things had I not put everything else first. And it made me sink like a rock, emotionally.
Now that I've worked through these thoughts and figured out the source of the lows, I can move forward and start trying to gain that momentum again.
If you've read my book "Bruised Souls & Other Torments," would you consider putting a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads? Frankly, my book release flopped. The timing was horrible. I couldn't heavily advertise or do anything fun online to promote it, because it came out just as the pandemic took off, and I didn't foresee we'd all still be isolated this late in the game. I only have a few reviews, and because my sales on both books have fallen, partially courtesy of so many canceled events, I can no longer find my books in an Amazon search. I have to find one of the anthologies I'm in and track from there. How are we supposed to have sales if Amazon buries our books? I've seen other people post about this issue, too.
Any help on the review front would be appreciated!
I had a new release last week! And guess what? It's not horror, just dark fantasy. My story is Of Earth and Fae, and mixes together Ute and Irish lore.
Ride through the sky with the Wild Hunt!
A fierce host rides across the winter sky at night
In wild pursuit of whoever crosses their path
Peals of thunder follow the horses as they gallop through the clouds
Fire flashing from their hooves
The baying of the hounds echoes across the sky
Their sharp teeth glinting in the light of the moon
The Huntsman blows his horn, and the Fae ride behind him
Their faces both beautiful and terrible to behold
When the nights are long and the winter winds howl, stay inside
Lest you cross the path of the Hunt...and become their prey
The Wild Hunt contains thirteen stories based on the wide and varied folklore of the Wild Hunt. In some tales, the leader of the hunt is Odin; in others it’s King Arthur, Herodias, or Herne the Hunter. Sometimes the riders are Fae; sometimes they are specters, or skeletons, or strange beasts never before seen by mortal eyes.
But no matter who the hunters are, you definitely don’t want to be the one they’re after...
Let the Wild Hunt begin!
Time for my September submission stats:
1 implied rejection (learned I wasn't in it when they announced it was for sale, which was one of the ego blows mentioned above)
3 novel queries sent out
15 stories currently on submission
What are your insecurities? Have you ever really screwed up and lost your momentum? How did you recover? Have you been submitting?
May you find your Muse.
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