Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Insecure Writer's Support Group, Revolution 2050 Release

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Today’s question -
When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing? 

What writing life?

I think I actually write better when times are darker. Writing is an emotional release for me and I use it as such to get through those rainy days.

Now if someone could just give me a 40-hour day, I could write.

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Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. is launching a new marketing campaign aimed at libraries. This includes library request forms that readers can email or take directly to their local library. The form presents the library with all the information it needs to order a copy for their shelves.

We’ve sent request forms to some of our authors, but I know many of you are also fans of these authors and are in a position to help. If you would like a pdf copy of the form of any of the following titles, please let me know or send an email to inquiries @ This is a great opportunity to support a fellow author and if you’ve not had a chance to buy the book, a chance for you to read it courtesy of your local library.

Bloodwalker by L.X. Cain
CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh
Cling to God by Lynda R. Young
Corners by Corrina Austin
Dragon of the Stars by Alex J. Cavanaugh
He Gave Me Barn Cats by Maria Santomasso-Hyde
Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life - IWSG anthology
Parallels: Felix Was Here - IWSG anthology
The Remnant - William Michael Davidson
Revolution 2050 by Jay Chalk
Some Very Messy Medieval Magic by C. Lee McKenzie
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime - IWSG anthology
Tornado Warning - Tamara Hart Heiner
Under a Purple Moon - Beverly Stowe McClure

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I’m happy to announce the next release from Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.:

Revolution 2050

by Jay Chalk

Samuel Moore is living a dystopian lie…

After a civil war, the North American Commonwealth now dominates the eastern half of the former United States. Controlled by a totalitarian regime called the Directorate, the NAC demands compliance, awareness, and unity. A Directorate member and teacher, Sam enjoys the benefits while skirting the forbidden.

Then Sam encounters Katie Spencer. She sneaks him a short wave radio and he hears the Western Alliance broadcasts. Katie also reveals a video she captured of NAC death camps. Sam realizes he’s involved in a nightmare that could shake every foundation.

With the video broadcast date approaching and several students desperate to escape to the Western Alliance, Sam is forced to decide. Remain loyal to the Directorate? Or abandon all he’s ever known to fight for freedom?

Release date - April 3, 2018
$19.95, 6x9 trade paperback, 330 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Science Fiction (FIC028000) /Dystopian (FIC055000)
Print ISBN 9781939844439 / EBook ISBN 9781939844446
Order through Ingram, Follett Library Solutions, or from the publisher
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

Jay Chalk is a twenty-year veteran high school teacher of government, U.S. history and English. He's the author of several novels, two of which are speculative fiction, and he's currently working on a third, hoping to tie them into a possible trilogy. He lives in East Texas and when not teaching or writing, he's flying or playing the guitar.

Purchase at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / BAM / iTunes / Nook / Kobo / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Goodreads


nashvillecats2 said...

I started writing poetry after I had two berevements in a short space of time many years ago. I found it a release of stress and strain.
Enjoyed your post as always Diane.


The Cynical Sailor said...

Congrats to Jay on his release. Loving the library campaign! Would be awesome to see some of these books in local libraries.

Cheers - Ellen

Ellie Garratt said...

Jay's book sounds like my kind of read. Congratulations, Jay!

I'm the opposite with writing. I find it hard to switch off and write during tough times.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Hope things quiet down (at least a little) for you soon!

Love the cover for Revolution 2050.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Congratulations to Jay for what sounds like an intriguing story.
I hope you can find some time for your writing. Maybe a Day for Diane every now and then.
Have a great week.

Yolanda Renée said...

I write during the darkest times too, it's just not publishable. It's the completion of the fun projects that suffer.
Congratulations on the new book release, no wonder you don't have time to write!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Ellen, we'll be working on it.

Elizabeth, I gave my illustrator no direction and what he came up with was brilliant. That's a tip for me. LOL

Beverly, I need one of those.

Yolanda, and we have two books next month and then one in the beginning of June.

emaginette said...

What a great marketing idea. Best success!

Anna from elements of emaginette

J.L. Campbell said...

Yes, writing does provide release for me as well. When the story takes over, the world falls away and it's just me and my characters.

Congrats on the new release!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to Jay!
Excited about the library marketing.

cleemckenzie said...

Love the library forms and others are saying the same. Great idea!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Diane, writing is an emotional release for me too, I can work off a lot of my anger and anxiety when I write. Now if only someone gives the two of us 40-hour days, we could write so much then.

Sherry Ellis said...

Congratulations on Jay's new release! I think the library campaign is great. I've been trying to get through the list of books you've published to support all of the authors. There are so many good ones!

Chemist Ken said...

Do you really want a 40 hour rainy day?

Congrats to Jay.

Christine Rains said...

Congrats to Jay! I've always felt that writing was therapeutic too. A 40 hour day would be nice if I was guaranteed a lot of naps! :)

Juneta key said...

Congrats to Jay!

I learned to write in joy but now I need to be able to write in dark times, however, that is whole other set of new skills to acquired and I am having lots of bumps. I have been doing it long enough now you'd think I do it better by now.

Pat Garcia said...

I'm still looking for that forty hour week so that I could write. I don't think they exist. Writing demands its own rhythm and timing, which is always outside of our comprehension. :-)
All the best.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Libraries deserve our support. I love seeing local authors' book there. Congrats to Jay.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, L, Diane!

CONGRATS to you and Jay on the new release! Great idea to have libraries more involved! It is a great way to read many wonderful novels without having to spend so much money buying them.

Thanks for you positive comment. I means a lot! It is so nice to be writing again!

J E Oneil said...

I guess it depends on how much I like what I'm writing. If I really like it, then I can write during anything.

Erika Beebe said...

You are one of the hardest working Cat loving women I know. :) I want a raise in the hour cap too :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

I could write too if I had a 40 hour day. Not sure I'd want all that time every day though. Congrats on your new book being published.

Gwen Gardner said...

I try to stay away from the darker side (it's scary!). Writing cozies is on the lighter side of the spectrum for me and I've discovered I'm just not cut out to write anything else. AT least for now.

If you find out how to get a 40-hour day, let me know!

Crystal Collier said...

I'll take a 40 hour day too if you're handing them out. ;)

Actually, our library system has an online request system, and I regularly recommend titles. They don't always go for them, but I have to say they do about 50% of the time.

Anonymous said...

I love that you want a 40 hour day, not just a 40 hour work week. I'll just take some extra money so I don't have to work at all and then have all that extra time in my day for writing. :)

Congratulations, Jay! Also, cool deal on flying. My first hubby was on track to be a pilot but was grounded when they found out he was colorblind. This was a hundred years ago. haha


Carol Kilgore said...

Jay's book sounds great. Always happy to learn of other Texas writers :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congrats, Jay! Love the book!

Jen said...

Congratulations to Jay! Also, YES to the library request forms. I'm going to print mine out at work (my computer and printer currently aren't speaking).

When writing times are tough I put on a playlist that I've made for a story and let the music fill me with the scenery, the sights and sounds and smells that I need to get back into that world and tell that story. If I'm not working on a particular tale, I just read. I always get inspired when I read good writing.


Pat Hatt said...

Congrats to Jay!

The library marketing is a great idea indeed.

With a 40 hour day I could release way more novels a year. I'll take it too.

Tamara Narayan said...

Jay's book sounds really good. I love dystopian themes like this.

I'd also like a 40 hour day, please. Then again, my girls might fill up those hours with more fights. Maybe 24 is enough after all.

Olga Godim said...

I know what you mean about writing being an emotional release. I channeled some of my darkest thoughts into fiction, and the stories that came out of it are among my best.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Lee, I'm glad they are a hit.

Rachna, yes indeed.

Sherry, I really appreciate that and I know the other authors do, too.

Ken, sure! I could stay inside and get stuff done.

Erika, thank you.

Crystal, take advantage of that.

Hi Jen! Which ones - I can send all of them. LOL

Sandra Cox said...

This sounds like a great read. And what a wonderful idea to launch a marketing campaign directed at the libraries!

Jemi Fraser said...

Redo sounds great!
I’ve been working on library requests for Tick Tock already

Liz A. said...

So many people say when things are going badly, writing it out is a great way to cope. Glad that works for you.

Lee Lowery said...

I love dark, stormy days to fill me with energy and inspiration! The new library program is great - I'm taking requests to our library this week.

Nas said...

Congratulations to Jay! Sounds an interesting story premise!

Nicki Elson said...

Such a cool perspective Jay's story is from. Please send me the library PDFs for the IWSG anthologies - :)

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

I'm with you on needing a 40-hour day to get everything done! I'm sure I'd still wind up with only an hour or so to write, though. said...

I'll give you a 40-hour-day if you return the favor. I could get sooo much done.

Fundy Blue said...

If you figure out how to get that 40-hour day, Diane, let me know! I need one too! I asked Alex to send me the pdf for his books. I've bookmarked your post so I can come back to your IWSG authors. I would like to read some of their books. I prefer to recommend books that I have read. Congratulations to Jay on the release of his book. I wish him every success. Take care!

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

A 40-hour day would be good, but what I learned was that no matter how much time you have for writing, it's never enough. That's why deadlines work for me. They give me a focus.

Jennifer Hawes said...

Congrats on Jay's new release! I'm hoping a 40 hour day happens soon, so I can get back on track!Good luck with the library program.

H. R. Sinclair said...

When things are dark, I tend to paint or draw, but more and more I'm shifting to writing. Both are great outlets.

Nick Wilford said...

That sounds like a great idea and a good way of getting more books into libraries. Don't know if it also applies in the UK though?

Yes, there's something romantic about hunkering down to work with the rain lashing down outside... said...

Congratulations to Jay. That sounds exciting, class cover too.

J.Q. Rose said...

40 hour day? I suppose you could sleep longer or work more or eat more? Not sure if I'd prefer that. I think a reader can request their library order a book through I've done it, but kind of forgot how!
JQ Rose

M Pax said...

I may put writing aside now and then, but I can't not write. I always go back to it. I could use a 40 hour day, too.

Chrys Fey said...

Congrats to Jay! And the library marketing campaign is a great idea!

Sandra Cox said...

Kudos to Jay for teaching twenty years. That's a healthy amount of time to be passing on knowledge.

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Sounds like a good book. Congrats to you and to the author!

Cherie Reich said...

I would like a 40-hour day as long as I don't have to do the day job more than 8 hours of it.

Congrats to Jay!

J.H. Moncrieff said...

That new initiative is a great idea. Anything that makes it easier for librarians is brilliant.

I hear ya on needing a longer day. Then maybe I'd actually get to sleep sometimes.

Sandra Cox said...

You have so many irons in the fire. If you want to write you probably have to take a vacation:)

Sandra Cox said...

Happy Thursday, Di!
Hope your day is productive and your evening pleasant.

DMS said...

I would like a 40 hour day too!! That would help me get a lot done. :)