Happy Insecure Writers Support Group Day. IWSG is the brainchild of Ninja Captain 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! Thanks, Alex, for starting this group and keeping it going.
Thanks to this month's awesome hosts: Lee Lowery, Juneta Key, Yvonne Ventresca, and T. Powell Coltrin!
OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question:
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
I was in grade school--maybe 3rd or 4th grade--when I encountered bullying. My mother drilled into our heads that "sticks and stone may break your bones, words will never hurt you." I totally disagree. Words do hurt. But, I guess that's why I never told her about the nasty things kids said. I figured she'd say ignore it, or don't let it bother you.
Easier said than done.
I don't remember getting hit during recess, but I do remember taunts. Words do hurt. Mean words have the power to make you forget good times. When young teachers curry favor with their students--aka the cool kids--they ignore complaints from outsiders.
Thank goodness, we didn't have social media when I was in grade school and junior high. I was lucky to go to a different high school than those "cool kids" so I got away from them. I never wished ill of those bullies. I hope their children and/or grandchildren are/were never bullied. But if they were, I wonder if they recall their own bullying.
Words hurt. We have to be careful how we use them.
On a happier note: last month, I shared how I uploaded the wrong file to Amazon, one full of typos and other errors. You all were so supportive. Your sympathy and kind words helped more than you can know. Amazon helped as soon as I told them what happened. They said they sent out emails to those who purchased Rescuing Mara's Father the first few days after it was released saying that an update was available. (I didn't receive one, but maybe they didn't think I needed it.) If you purchased my book, check your "Devices and Content" to see if an update is available. I do apologize for the inconvenience. Anyway, I'm happy they responded and helped me fix the situation.
My "official" blog tour ended last night. I have a couple of guest spots in May. Special thanks to all the IWSG members who offered places on their blogs or who spotlighted my new release. As I've often said, you all are welcome to visit me when you have a new release.
The Anthology is available now.
Find love at the ball…
Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?
Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…
I hope the month of May brings lots of inspiration.
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