Wednesday, December 4, 2013

IWSG Day

Yikes! I am crazy busy and the December IWSG Day is upon me...


Howdy, Insecure Writers! Thanks for showing me the way, Candi! And thanks to the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this awesome group, over three hundred strong! Visit as many as you can!Yes, it's time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group!
The awesome co-hosts for the December 4 posting of the IWSG will be Julie Flanders, Heather Gardner, Kim Van Sickler and Elsie is Writing!

With no further ado.
Visions  of "literary grandeur"dance in my head...
hummm...

On the Twelfth day of Musemas,
My genius gave to me:
Twelve stellar reviews,
Eleven lit awards,
Ten thousand followers,
Nine viral clips,
Eight royalty checks,
Seven perfect revisons,
Six bluebird opportunites,
Five fan letters,
Four agents calling,
Three new contracts,
Two great ideas,
and a full request in the email.
 
I hope it goes this way for all this month!

Please check out
my serious side
over at Seize the day.
This is my backyard,
you know, you can't see it
from the street,
and in keeping with
the spirit of the Yellow Submarine,
I write everything here in broken prose,
because, yes, that's how
many of us feel.

Thanks for dropping by!
In the words of the great poet,
Sir Paul McCartney,
"We all live in a yellow submarine."

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

IWSG Day


Howdy, Insecure Writers! Thanks for showing me the way, Candi! And thanks to the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this awesome group, over three hundred strong! Visit as many as you can!Yes, it's time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group!

The co-hosts today are CD Coffelt, Tina Downey, Isis Rushdan, and Michelle Wallace! Please be sure to thank them for their time and effort to make all IWSG members feel welcome.

Another month,
oh, insecure ones!

Yes, the dream is achieved!

I sold a novel!
PLUMB CRAZY!

Now my life is all rainbows.
I don't have to clean house no more.
Grocery shopping is off the to-do list
My day job, pffff.
My volunteer gig, a snap.
The mini-van brakes were fixed miraculously.
The cat boxes magically emptied.
The garage organized itself.
All my relationships are suddenly awesome.
Dust retreated from all surfaces.
Laundry jumped into the washing machine.
The Chrismas party invites wrote themselves.
I am faster, better, stronger...
And that's so good,
because I have new book to market,
I have another one to write.
I'm speaking at a school, a conference,
this week.
I have to stuff to do.
And look I have all this time...

Laughing my head off.

I usually do all my upbeat
positive blogging
over at Seize the day.
This is my backyard,
you know, you can't see it
from the street,
and in keeping with
the spirit of the Yellow Submarine,
I write everything here in broken prose,
because, yes, that's how
many of us feel.

Thanks for dropping by!
In the words of the great poet,
Sir Paul McCartney,
"We all live in a yellow submarine."

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Question Poem

I've been writing scraps of poetry since I was a teenager. I have stacks and stacks.  I like to ask hard questions. I like that they don't have answers. Like the great poet Bob Dylan said, "The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind."

Here's one:

The late night steals up
My mind races here,
Reaches there.

If I were the author
I would not write
My world this way.

Am I a twig
pulled by rushing water?
Have I no choice?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

IWSG: O Happy Day!




Howdy, Insecure Writers! Thanks for showing me the way, Candi! And thanks to the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this awesome group, over three hundred strong! Visit as many as you can!

The awesome co-hosts for the October 2 posting of the IWSG will be Julie Luek, Rachna Chabria, Beverly Fox, and Ilima Todd!

So here is the post folks: I wanted to be published
In YA.
I decided to get an agent.
After 68  nos or not even bothering to replies,
I reached a new low in my writer's journey.
The whole agent thing was not working.

I joined:
the INSECURE WRITERS SUPPORT GROUP.
In June,
IWSG peeps gently suggested
I consider self-publishing
or small publishers.
I considered self-publishing first,
but it took a vanishing commodity
known as money,
For stuff like editing,
formatting and nifty covers.
I had money
for food, water and shelter,
But she had no money
for extras like self-publishing.
So small publishers!
It turns out that means epublishers.
So epublishers!
She researched various epublishers
that might be interested in her book,
a nifty book called PLUMB CRAZY.
She sent out to five epublishers.
And tada, in September:

Here is the Publisher's Marketplace blurb:

Molly Blaisdell's PLUMB CRAZY,
a 5-year high school reunion stirs
memories of the craziest summer ever
and a chance to try again with the one who got away,
 to Georgia McBride at Swoon Romance,
in a nice deal,
in a 2-book deal,
for publication in May 2014 (World).
Audio, Film/TV and Translation
via Schulman...

Oh, sage ones, offer advice
for the next steps!

Finally, I usually do all my upbeat
positive blogging
over at Seize the day.
This is my backyard,
you know, you can't see it
from the street,
and in keeping with
the spirit of the Yellow Submarine,
I write everything here in broken prose,
because, yes, that's how
many of us feel.

Thanks for dropping by!
In the words of the great poet,
Sir Paul McCartney,
"We all live in a yellow submarine."




Wednesday, September 4, 2013

IWSG, it's easy!


Howdy, Insecure Writers! Happy 2nd birthday! Thanks for showing me the way, Candi! And thanks to the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this awesome group, over three hundred strong! Visit as many as you can! September’s co-hosts are: Chemist Ken http://hogwartssabbatical.blogspot.com/, SL Hennessey http://pensuasion.blogspot.com/, Michelle Wallace http://www.writer-in-transit.co.za/,Joylene Nowell Butler http://cluculzwriter.blogspot.com/.

Another month of living on
a cracked-egg rock crust
wrapped around a ball
of molten lava.
Another month of
cloudy with a chance of
hurricanes, ELEs, supervocanoes,
earthquakes, fire storms,
tsunamis, and sharknados!
It's no wonder I'm insecure.
What makes you insecure?

This month I've spent some time
in my comfort zone.
Yes, writers!
I has been writin' words!
Love, love, love
splashing words on the page.
Borrowing from
the great mystic
John Lennon:
"Nothing you can do
but you can learn
how to be you in time.
It's easy
All you need is love!"
Thanks to all the encouraging words,
o fellow insecure ones!
And Huzzah to
 MPax this month!
She offered some high octane
self-publishing advice!
I learned
to self-publish
I need money.
Not billions and billions,
but a couple of Ks help.
Not crazy impossible $$$.

Okay,
do the math, Brain,
get a better day job!
I applied for two.
The world did not
collapse
around me.
No job yet
but I feel possibilities.

I'm still not sure
if I should self-publish
but I know that it's not
a"pick the prize behind
door number one, and it's
over situation,"
and I am breathing easier.

After three months
with Insecure Writers,
the therapy is kicking in!
Añjali Mudrā or Pranamasana!
I bow and honor you!

Finally, I do all my upbeat
positive blogging
over at
Seize the day.
This is my backyard,
you know, you can't see it
from the street,
and in keeping with
the spirit of the Yellow Submarine,
I write everything here in broken prose,
because, yes, that's how I feel
about the publishing

end of writing
much of the time.

Thanks for dropping by!
In the words of the great poet,
Sir Paul McCartney,
"We all live in a yellow submarine."

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Insecure Writers, the Original Waffle Cone Wonders...


Howdy, Insecure Writers! Thanks for showing me the way, Candi!  And thanks to the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this awesome group. Go check out the other participants too. Thanks to the moderators too:  M. Pax, Karen Walker, and Melissa Maygrove

Several of you
cheered me toward
self-publishing last month.
I mean, really cheered,
but...
I am scared about
self publishing!
I haven't tried it.
It feels like it undercuts my one true strength.
I am the original team player,
but a team of one --
and I'm the one -- yikes!
The fact is me and alone
don't really mix.
I need people! 
I work well with groups. 
I'm flexible. I listen.
We get stuff done...
All alone, I tend to read books,
not write them.

Problem two, what about money?
I'm searching in the couch
cushions for
electricity bill
cash.
I'm not the heir of some modest fortune,
hence no cash to burn
on book covers, fomatting,
copy editing, line editing,
proof reading, blog tours.
All this necessary stuff
freaks out the dyslexic in me.
I don't know how
to finance a self-publsihed book.
No clue.

Another problem,
I wish I were a
nice a tidy writer,
paddling around in one genre
with singleness of purpose,
this would be a no-brainer,
but
I write in multiple genres,
for multiple age groups.
I write middle grade fiction.
Do young kids read ebooks?
I write YA fiction.
I write non-fiction and history picture books
about, you know, what ever floats my boat.
(I know, who does that?)
I write science fiction, gothic,
heartwarming fiction, fantasy and comedy.
Does anyone do this? 
How do you self-publish
a galaxy of stories like mine...

So insecure writers,
the original waffle cone
wants to know what you think:
should I try to self-publish,
given all these barriers:
organization-love, money, and
Eclectic-ness.
What are your thoughts,
oh, gurus of the insecure?

Finally, I do all my upbeat
positive blogging
over at Seize the day.
This is my backyard,
you know, you can't see it
from the street,
and in keeping with
the spirit of the Yellow Submarine,
I write everything here in broken prose,
because, yes, that's how I feel
about the writing
much of the time.

Enough of my drama,
in the words of the great poet,
Sir Paul McCartney,
"We all live in a yellow submarine."

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Insecure Writers welcome to the Yellow Submarine!


Howdy, Insecure Writers! You were recommended to me by Candi!  Thanks to the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this awesome group. Go check out the other participants too.

I do all my upbeat
positive blogging
over at Seize the day.
This is my backyard,
you know, you can't see it
from the street,
and in keeping with
the spirit of the Yellow Submarine,
I'm going to write
everything here in broken prose,
that's how I feel about my writing anyway.

My story...
I've been writing for almost fifteen years
with modest success:
I have 30 mostly educational
picture books and easy readers
and around 1000 articles.

Here's the deal -- I really truly am a novelist.
I've had about 50 rejections a year,
since I began submitting
Here's the list of 7 novels:
Fractals, followed by Tornado Allie,
then Jimmer, Eating Snot, Crying for the Moon,
then Plumb Crazy and now Profit.
and they have received  around 750 no's.

I am afraid.
Of what?
That no one is ever going to read my books.

The  no's haven't all been bad.
Agents and editors have read many of my works
and they are liked universally,
but not loved, and you need someone to love your work,
everyone says so,
all you need is love.
Love is all you need.

My biggest dilemma --
I hunger
for readers to find my stories
to love them.
The need gnaws at my insides.
I don't know which way to go.
I mean,
I'm the insecure writer
and it's complicated.

Enough of my drama already,
I will save some for next month.

Telling someone does help.
Thank you for your time.
In the words of the great poet
Sir Paul McCartney,
"We all live in a yellow submarine."

Friday, March 8, 2013

Live

Life surprises.
Takes your breath away.
Turns a corner you didn't expect.
No matter where you jump
How you turn,
You will never
Be ready.

Roll, stop, or move.
Open and receive.
Let the whirlwind
Shape you.
Never second guess,
Play what if,
Embrace: it is.
Live.