Story Reviews for ‘Voyagers: The Third Ghost’

Today on the IWSG Anthology blog, fellow author and blog-co-ordinator, Louise MacBeath Barbour has created another excellent post and reviewed each of our stories. Read more and get inspired here:

https://iwsganthologies.blogspot.com/2020/05/story-reviews-for-just-released.html

#IWSG – Rituals and Rites

As the first Wednesday of May approaches, I’m attempting to write my IWSG monthly blog post. But I’m celebrating the release of the IWSG anthology, Voyagers: The Third Ghost due out on May 5, 2020, which includes my short ‘Feathered Fire’ – so I can’t be Insecure.

First off though, I’m grateful the Ninja Captain himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh created the Insecure Writer’s Support Group as they do such amazing things for writers, from the annual Anthology to friendly advice for all us vacillating writers. Many thanks, Captain Alex, for keeping me inspired to keep scribbling and submitting.

There are more details on yesterday’s release here:

https://rolandclarke.com/2020/05/05/celebrate-voyagers-release-day/

Anyway, on to the monthly question which I wanted to evade this time. Too much backlog or too much celebration? Whichever, so as usual apologies in advance for the slow visits on my part – I’m still wading through earlier IWSG-day posts, including last year’s. And now there’s the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge posts which accumulated in April.

May 6 question – Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

Zone ritual 1 – Space Clearing

Zone ritual 2 – Mug of Coffee

Zone ritual 3 – Close emails & open Power Thesaurus, Scrabble Word Finder…………….

Or are these evasion rituals? Or desperate measures? Although, not as distracting as going into an online game. Time to dive down a rabbit-hole for a few hours.

The truth is that I tend to turn to the notes scribbled in one of my notebooks. I’m a plotter so over time I scrawl ideas, then plotlines or directions down. So, when the moment to write in Word or Scrivener becomes immediately crucial – like now – I have a roadmap…or a skeleton plan.

Okay, how do I get there: dream or lying in bed musing. My muse works the night shift with me.

However, as a retired journalist, I’ve been forced to create articles instantly – cold with no coffee, dreams or muse, but usually rough interview notes. Deadline looming as the clock ticks. That entails a messy rough draft and a rapid re-write.

A fifth draft and beta readers are a luxury in comparison.

Time to wanderlust for an idea for the next IWSG Anthology competition – when I’ve finished raiding a tomb.

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The awesome co-hosts for the May 6 posting of the IWSG are Feather Stone, Beverly Stowe McClure, Mary Aalgaard, Kim Lajevardi, and Chemist Ken!

(As always, you must agree these guys are the best. Especially as they all have concerns, fear and insecurities. But they fight on, so ticker-tape applause for all of them – plus toasts with the best brew available.)

Purpose of IWSG: 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!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

Celebrate Voyagers Release Day

Today is release day for the IWSG anthology, Voyagers: The Third Ghost so I’m celebrating along with my talented fellow writers.

If you are tempted – of course you are – these are the purchase links:

Amazon:        

Print https://www.amazon.com/dp/193984472X/ 

Kindle  https://www.amazon.com/Voyagers-Third-Ghost-Yvonne-Ventresca-ebook/dp/B083C4WPR5/ 

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/voyagers-yvonne-ventresca/1135912991?ean=2940163430857 

ITunes: https://books.apple.com/ca/book/voyagers-the-third-ghost/id1493413956 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/voyagers-the-third-ghost   

If you are curious to know more, why not visit Thoughts in Progress where Mason Canyon invited us to share our thoughts behind our stories – well, I focused on the Pros and Cons. Anyway, you can learn more about the other authors included in the anthology and their stories at: 

https://masoncanyon.blogspot.com/2020/05/voyagers-third-ghost-part-1.html?showComment=1588709051922#c4183004857915954227

The other authors will share their thoughts this Thursday and on Tuesday (May 12th).

Have a great day. Stay safe, sensible, and inspired.

IWSG Anthology Featured Author — Sherry Ellis

Today on ‘Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic’, my fellow IWSG author Sherry Ellis is the special guest for a Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday feature about the upcoming (tomorrow, May 5th!) release of the ‘Voyagers–The Third Ghost’ Anthology. Read the interview here:

https://authorjunemccraryjacobs.blogspot.com/2020/05/mmgm-voyagers-third-ghost-anthology.html