Wednesday, July 03, 2024

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group and Garden Booming

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

The question for today: What are your favorite writing processing (e.g. Word, Scrivener, yWriter, Dabble), writing apps, software, and tools? Why do you recommend them? And which one is your all time favorite that you cannot live without and use daily or at least whenever you write?

Word I use daily, but I also use Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition software. (It works better for nonfiction than fiction.) Plus Word Cloud is always fun to see what words one uses the most in a manuscript.

Those of you who are members of the IWSG Facebook, don’t forget to add your link there to the Wednesday IWSG post.
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Some of you saw this on Facebook, but it’s a good portion of my garden, growing like crazy. Quite a few herbs are on the back deck and the blackberries are out of sight to the left.

Through with raspberries and now blackberries in full swing. Also harvesting squash (which I DIDN'T plant!), lettuce, green beans, basil, cilantro, rosemary, catnip, and oregano. (I love my Hydro dehydrator.) Soon we'll have tomatoes (also DIDN'T plant), potatoes, jalepenos, more lettuce, garbanzos, carrots, green onions, more herbs, and a squash Kerri sent me from Texas. (Plus I grow sprouts year-round in the house.) Hope to try rhubarb in the fall along with fall lettuce.

Good thing I have a freezer in our garage!

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group

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

The question for today: In this constantly evolving industry, what kind of offering/service do you think the IWSG should consider offering to members?

Personally, I’d love a way to connect reviewers to authors and publishers. Yes, we have a database of reviewers, but a listing of writers & authors who review books would be helpful.

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I had a great time last month at the Pennwriters Conference in Lancaster, PA – Amish country. Everything was first class, from the resort we stayed at to the amazing catering. Saturday night was the mystery social and a lot of fun.

I also got to meet author Susan Gourley! She was sweet enough to purchase my latest book.

I made some new friends and we’ve found one another on Facebook.

My workshops and panel discussion were all well received. I appreciate everyone who attended.

It’s also a beautiful area, and I highly recommend both the conference and Lancaster, PA.

What service would you like to see? Have you been to a writers conference lately?

Tuesday, May 07, 2024

Fourth Bubba & Squirt Now Available!

Bubba and Squirt’s Shield of Athena by Sherry Ellis

A Greek Goddess and a Mythical Monster!

When Bubba and Squirt travel through the mysterious vortex on a quest to save their father, they end up in Athens, Greece where they meet an old woman known as the Oracle of Delphi. Her intriguing riddles set them on a path that leads to the Netherworld, a place where danger lurks around every corner.

With the help of their new friends and some unlikely allies, they must defeat the monster that holds their father captive. Will they succeed or be trapped forever in the labyrinth of the Netherworld?

$8.95 6x9 trade paperback, 114 pages
Juvenile Fiction - Action Adventure / Fantasy & Magic / Legends, Myths, Fables - Greek & Roman
Print ISBN 9798988625100 / eBook ISBN 9798988625117 $3.99

Sherry Ellis’ Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China won the Reader’s Favorites Silver Medal for the Children's Grades 4-6 category.

Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Author website / Bubba and Squirt website / Facebook / Twitter

Links: Amazon / iTunes / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / Goodreads

“This is genuinely one of my favourite sibling adventures. It has all the good stuff, friendship, dangerous moments, humour, and magical powers.” – Nayu’s Reading Corner

“…this book is a positive addition to both its own series and to library collections for adventurous middle grade readers.” – Mary R. Lanni, author

“One of my favorite things about this series is the cultural and historical mix. This is a lovely read, especially for the younger end of the middle grade audience.” – Bookworm for Kids

“A fast-paced adventure that didn't stop until I turned the last page.” – Stephanie Robinson, author of The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

“Shield of Athena continues this roller-coaster adventure with Bubba and Squirt testing and expanding into their courage, intelligence, and ability to work together. Shield of Athena is an exciting adventure with lots to teach readers, perfect for the middle-grade classroom.” – The Children's Book Review

I’m also going to be at the Pennwriters Conference in Lancaster, PA next week, May 16-18th. I’m sharing two workshops and participating on a panel. I’ll also get to meet author Susan Gourley, who is on the committee. If you are attending, let me know – I’d love to meet you!

Wednesday, May 01, 2024

The Insecure Writer's Support Group and Distractions

Today is my 33rd wedding anniversary, so I will be taking a break from this month’s IWSG post.

However, I am posting at the Insecure Writer’s Support Group site today about writing distractions and invite you to visit there.