Wednesday, January 7, 2015

An Introduction for the New Year #IWSG

I hope everyone had a brilliant break over Christmas and the New Year. Mine was super relaxing and fun. Everything I needed.

At the IWSG, we thought we’d start the New Year with a small introduction. So here goes:

As some of you know, last year saw a few changes in my life. I’ve taken on even more. Not only do I call myself a writer, but I’m also a game developer for the IOS platform, a 3D animator, a 2D artist, a narrative designer, an administrator for the IWSG, a photographer, a fully-fledged geek, a composer, a crazy person.

I write sci-fi short stories and sci-fi and fantasy novels for young adults. I’m also an editor because it appears I’m far better at spotting flaws in other people’s work than in my own. Which is common and also why every writer needs an editor, no matter how much they cringe at the red pen.

Above all, I’m a Christian. I’ve even written a daily devotional and hope to self-publish it this year—as soon as I find the time to work out how.

So that’s me in a … well, nutshells are too cramped, so let’s call it a treasure chest encrusted with shinies. Because I like things that sparkle.

How about you? Tell me a little about yourself. Have you also taken on a lot more than you ever imagined you could handle? How did you manage it?

Note: As a consequence of taking on so much, I’ve decided something has to give. Last year I tried to do absolutely everything and it didn’t work. So, I’ll be officially stepping back a little more from blogging and will only be posting once a month on IWSG day (the first Wednesday of every month). Occasionally I’ll need to post more, but that will be special circumstances only. I hope everyone will understand. 

Photo: I took this pic on Mare in the South Pacific. It's the epitome of relaxation.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Wishes

David, my brother, asked me to pass on his thanks for everyone's support with his efforts to raise money for prostate cancer. My 'Making a Difference' post has the details about his efforts. He still has a long way to go, so if you could share this link,, or consider donating a small amount, that would be awesome. Again, thank you so very much.

Also the health concerns I had a couple of months ago are now officially over after I was given the all clear. Yay! Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year. The IWSG Team has also passed on their Christmas wishes over at our website.

I will return for the first IWSG posting in the New Year, Wednesday 7th January.

What will you be doing over Christmas? (pop on over to the IWSG site to find out what I'll be doing)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Making a Difference

There are many things we do that make a difference in this life. Often they are underestimated, such as a smile or a word of encouragement. My brother, David, has recently decided to make a difference early next year by helping the people of a small village in South America and at the same time, raising money for prostate cancer.

His trip sounds amazing. Over two weeks in Peru! During that time, he’ll spend a few days in a village to provide help to the locals in the form of teaching, helping out around the village, and the medical people going along will do vaccinations. He’ll also trek up to Machu Picchu. As exciting as the trek sounds (I’ve always wanted to visit that ancient, spectacular ruin), I honestly think he will gain the most from his time in the village. There is no substitute to helping others.

If you’d like to help David raise money for prostate cancer, then click here:

You can also help by sharing the link.

None of the money donated will go to David or his trip. All of it will go to the Mater Foundation for prostate cancer research.

What was a special, little thing that someone did to make a difference to you? Have you ever travelled to Peru or some other remote place?

Photo: I'm sad to say, I did not take this photo. It's by Hernan Irastorza

Monday, December 1, 2014

Now Available: The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond #IWSG

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
Guide to Publishing and Beyond

Now Available!!!
And it's FREE!!!

Happy days!

Tapping into the expertise of over a hundred talented authors from around the globe, The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond contains something for every writer. Whether you are starting out and need tips on the craft of writing, looking for encouragement as an already established author, taking the plunge into self-publishing, or seeking innovative ways to market and promote your work, this guide is a useful tool. Compiled into three key areas of writing, publishing, and marketing, this valuable resource offers inspirational articles, helpful anecdotes, and excellent advice on dos and don'ts that we all wish we knew when we first started out on this writing journey.

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*NOTE: If Amazon still isn't offering the book for free (we've been on their case about it for a while now) then you can get your free kindle edition from Smashwords.
Because of certain unexpected factors, I won't be able to post on Wednesday. This will be my IWSG post. Mainly I just wanted to say how excited I am about our book finally launching after months of hard work, writing, editing, collating, formatting. (I've lost count how many times I've read through it). While the IWSG team put it together--including Alex J Cavanaugh, Michelle Wallace, L Diane Wolfe, J L Campbell, Susan Gourley/Kelley, Joylene Nowell Butler and yours truly, Lynda R Young--it's a book that wouldn't have been possible without the generosity, enthusiasm and talent from our long list of contributors. You can all be super proud of this publication.

A big thank you to all the members of the IWSG who have made this group what it is today. You guys are truly awesome.

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Importance of Taking a Break from Writing

As some of you know, I've been away for the last two weeks. I completely unplugged from the internet and went on a trip to get away from everything. What did I do? I went on a cruise. And wow, what a cruise.

Hubby and I went to the South Pacific Islands and pretty much did nothing the whole time. Having no access to friends and easy information via the net felt strange, but soon we reveled in the joy of sunshine and relaxation.

I had planned to catch up on a mountain of reading and maybe a little writing. Instead I slept. A lot. Sheer bliss. No pressure to think up new stories, fix old ones, achieve, produce, or make and maintain connections. No push. No rush.

Initially that familiar sense of guilt nagged on my thoughts. I should be writing, or in the least, reading! There's ample opportunity. Then I decided to sweep that guilt away. The result? Now that I'm back, I find myself  full of creativity and bursting at the seams with fresh ideas and a renewed passion.

My advice to anyone struggling with a lack-luster creative drive, take that break. Not a partial, semi-break, but a full and proper break where you take away all the pressures and just be wonderful to yourself.

When was the last time you took a proper break? What do you do to be wonderful to yourself?