IWSG Book Review (1 June 2016)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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I’ve been asked to review a book. My first review. To the reader books represent an investment in time, energy, and money. The author probably invested buckets the blood, sweat, and tears to get the book written and published.

I often make buy decisions based on reviews. I’m uncertain what to include and want to be fair to both sides.

As an author what would you like addressed in a review? Pacing? Character development? Was the story engaging? or what? Should a negative be included to show a balanced review?

OFF TOPIC: I am seeking minimally invasive low back pain treatment for my husband. He  has been suffering from severe low back pain for three weeks and can barely walk. If you have a suggestion I’d love to hear from you.

Please send email to sv.lavita@gmail dot com. Or leave a comment below. I’m grateful for any recommendations.

I appreciate your time and suggestions. Thank you for stopping by.

TROUBLE BY ANY OTHER NAME (May 25, 2016)

If you enjoy reading Fantasy, check out Trouble By Any Other Name (Sequel To: Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble) by Lori L. MacLaughlin.

Title: Trouble By Any Other Name
Sequel To: Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble
Author: Lori L. MacLaughlin
Release Date: May 16, 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Trouble By Any Other Name

ABOUT THE BOOK

Tara Triannon is no stranger to trouble. She’s yet to find an enemy her skill with a sword couldn’t dispatch. But how can she fight one that attacks through her dreams?

IWSG: Seeking Gripping Real Life Posts (May 4, 2016)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG), the once IWSG Badge-smper month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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I am seeking examples of real life blog posts that filled with the five senses. Suitable length for blog readers with diminished attention span. I’m not interested boring talking-heads travel logs, flat sense-lacking memoirs, or National Geographic quality photo pages.

Here is an excerpt from my latest post Failure to Launch Part 3 of 3:

…Once inside, I looked around, trying to make sense of the strange equipment. What are those weird-looking things attached to dangling hoses? A soft hissing from an unknown location snaked through the room. Overhead, strong white lights washed over me. The faint smell of alcohol and soap teased my nose. Surgical personnel, dressed in white, moved silently. A masked nurse gently turned my hand and swiped my wrist with cold, wet gauze. This time the needle easily found my vein and I slipped into slumberland…

My goal is to write gripping posts about real life events. I’d like to enrich my writing by reading other real life posts (not fiction, please).

Have you discovered a blog site that fits this description? If so, I’d love a link to their Website.

Thank you for stopping by and your support.

IWSG Prison Visit Excerpt (April 6, 2016)

ISWG BadgeIt’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG), the once per month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. You can find all the participants at the IWSG site and join yourself if you haven’t already.

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Welcome IWSG visitor.  I write about my experiences on land and sea. My home is LA VITA, a sailboat, moored in Mexico. Below is a brief excerpt from my visit to a local prison.

QUESTION: It’s been suggested, I’m an oral story teller. Any suggestions for digging out the good stuff that seems to remain hidden? How do *you* extract emotions and feeling and get them on the page?

Below is an excerpt from recent visit to a Mexican prison. I don’t come even close to describing my emotions or the situation.

Post Excerpt

Our personal information was entered into the prison database before we could visit. The clerk snapped our ID photos; followed by fingerprinting. No more ink-pads and smudgy fingers, the Mexican criminal justice system was high tech. I placed my tips on an electronic fingerprint recording device.

Something was wrong and the prison staff was not happy.

I asked Vivian, “What’s going on?

The device cannot read your fingerprints,” she said.

Good grief, I’m in a penal institution that lives and breathes on its ability to identify criminals. They rely on fingerprints…and I don’t have any? WTHF is going on? This is a stunning revelation.

After a 20-minute back-room discussion, I was given a special pass and granted permission to proceed.

IWSG Research and Subject Matter Expert (Mar 2, 2016)

ISWG BadgeIt’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG), the once per month blog fest invented 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!

You can find all the participants at the IWSG site and join yourself if you haven’t already.

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Okay. Here are the questions about ==research==

Fiction
1. What is the depth of research for actual truth as opposed to just “making it up” from nothing; total fiction?
2. Where do you find SMEs (subject matter experts) in sensitive/classified areas that will provide specific info or do you just make it up?

IWSG-Five Senses (Feb 3, 2016)

ISWG BadgeIt’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG), the once per month blog fest invented 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!

You can find all the participants at the IWSG site and join yourself if you haven’t already.

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Welcome IWSG,
Thank you for visiting my blog.  This month I’m intrigued with new concept (to me). I write non-fiction true life adventures. My goal is to breathe life into my writing by adding the five senses (hear, see, smell, feel, and sense). I’m fuzzy how to write my thoughts without showing. Any suggestions? Websites that discuss this topic?

For the first time, I deliberately experiment with the senses in this post, Failure to Launch, Part 3. Feel free to comment. I appreciate your time and thoughtfulness.

Failure To Launch, Part 3 of 3

CONTINUED FROM PART TWO

The needle pricked as it entered my arm. On her third try, I asked, “What’s the problem?”

“Your vein is collapsing,” the nurse hovered over my wrist, hypodermic needle in hand. She shook her head in frustration and walked away. I was confused and relieved she stopped poking me. Rick tucked the soft warm blankets around my shoulders and whispered, “It’ll be okay.” I gazed into his deep blue eyes and drew his reassurance to me.

My mind jumped to a new question. What if Dr. Valletta, my surgeon, hadn’t forgiven me? Yesterday, I seriously challenged his authority. No chance to apologize. Guilt washes over me.

Rick stood beside me and rested a comforting hand on my shoulder.

Two nurses arrived and one announced, “Time to go.”

Holding up my wrist, I said, “The IV isn’t in my arm,”

IWSG-Rage (Jan 4, 2016)

InsecureWritersSupportGroup2Its the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG), the once per month blog fest invented 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!
You can find all the participants at the IWSG site and join yourself if you haven’t already.

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Hello IWSG,

This is my first post and I’m interested in learning from other members if this happened to you and what that you did about it.

Failure To Launch Part 2 of 3

CONTINUED FROM PART ONE

Rick and I are on high alert. We’ve been driving for three solid days on this endless gray highway. The detour sign is missing. A truck driver, using hand signals, shows us which lane to take. “Look out,” I shout, pointing straight ahead. Traffic is diverted into our oncoming lane. We proceed on faith.

“Good grief, we’re on the wrong side of the double yellow line.” I warn.

ONCOMING TRAFFIC

ONCOMING TRAFFIC

“Yeah, I see that.” Rick looks around, double-checking the direction of the traffic flow.

We share the highway with 18-wheelers. Dirt graders and construction crews repair miles of deep ruts and pot holes. Flaggers in orange-vests stand under the sizzling sun, listlessly sweeping their flags side to side. Tomorrow, we plan to cross the border to the States. I’m so ready for a decent WiFi connection.

Failure To Launch Part 1 of 3

Dock lines are curled and ready to toss. Waypoints charted from marina to destination. LA VITA is ready from mast to keel. Rick and Lynn are primed to go. It’s two weeks before Christmas 2014.

“Time to raise the dinghy and tie her down on the foredeck,” says Rick reaching for the halyard. “I’ll pull the dinghy on board while you crank the winch, okay?”

WINCH and HANDLE

WINCH and HANDLE

“Sure, I’m ready. Let’s do it,” Lynn replies.

Lynn grabs the winch handle with both hands and pushes. The winch barely moves. Lynn slumps on the deck, rubbing her arms. Her shoulders ache. She fails to raise the dinghy.

“What’s wrong?” Rick asks.

“I can’t turn the winch. I can’t raise the dingy. I don’t have any strength.”

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