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IWSG: Time to Write? (7 September 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!

The awesome co-hosts for the September 7 posting of the IWSG will be C. Lee McKenzie, Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata!

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SEPTEMBER’S QUESTION: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

ANSWER: The short answer is I write in ‘snatches’. For years, my constant companions are 3 x 4 inch spiral notebook & pencil. I load these little diaries with literary gems, memories, and shopping lists.

Recently, my husband and I rented a house in France for two months. We were constantly on the go. Without time to flesh out a story, I’d jot notes while riding the bus or waiting in a train station.

Flipping back through these pages, my eye stopped at a notation about Grisette, the cat we agreed to feed.

Snatch: Before dawn and our first morning in the house. I was trying to remember where they stored French press and coffee. Groping my way to the kitchen, I discovered Grisette‘s first offerings by stepping in the wet slimy guts.

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Grisette’s First Corpse: Guts and Head (Click to Enlarge)

Most nights, between midnight and 3am Grisette would MEE-0-OW until Rick woke up and said, “Good kitty.” Once her offering was acknowledge, she’d crunch, crunch, crunch, and swallow the corpse.

Thanks to my snatches-style diary, I can say with complete confidence she presented and ate over 51 dead or almost dead mice. Bon Appétit.

IWSG: First Piece of Writing (August 3, 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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QUESTION: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer?

Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

ANSWER: My first serious piece of writing was published in 2012, The Heroic Path to Self-Forgiveness: Change Your Story, Change Your Life – by Dr. Marion Moss Hubbard.

My contribution is Chapter 24. Prompted by the IWSG question, I revisited my piece and was once again reminded of the power of forgiveness.

My motto: FORGIVE TO LIVE.

CHAPTER 24. Lynn’s Story: Living In the Present (502 words)

After my son and daughter were on their own, I would lay awake each night going over my failings as a parent. Night after night I recalled events and situations I should have prevented or handled differently. The mental self-flagellation went on and on.

IWSG Best Comment (6 July 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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What’s the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

Before I answer this question, I must give credit to La Cruz Writers’ Group that forced my metamorphosis from analytical technical writer to storyteller. A couple of years later, two members influenced and refined my writing through editing and coaching. They are Marie Beswick-Arthur and Joylene Nowell Butler.

Recently two comments helped quiet my critical voice (temporarily).

“Lynn I want to commend you on your emerging writing style. I think you are beginning to find your voice. As your descriptions become more precise the mental images become more vivid. I remember you saying when you first joined the writers group that you were dependent on photos to tell your story. As I read your tales I am creating photos in my head. Keep stretching! Your style is emerging! Good progress!”–Lee

“You do have an amazing story telling ability, and I think you’ve learned to trust the writer in yourself.”–Marie

My internal critic is quick to say, “You have a lot to learn. You’re too old to become a good writer. You don’t have enough self-discipline to learn to write.”

My internal flame continues to burn and replies, “You have the ability to see stories in everyday life. You can control your time. You are alive, keep writing.”

Thank you Chrys Fey and Insecure Writers Support Group for asking this question.

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.

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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.

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