July IWSG: Furry Farewell

My first author photo with my furry muse.
June was a rough month. I had to say good bye to my furry writing buddy. He's been my shadow for so many years, it's been an adjustment not having him around. In his last days, he couldn't walk well, but he hated to be left behind, so I'd have to carry him from room to room. If not, he'd cry- real heart-wrenching howls like he'd 
been abandoned in the wild. I know compared to the many ills in the world, losing a dog isn't that big a deal, but still...it's an adjustment. 


Working from the recliner; he'd be content to be the foot warmer. 

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Thanks to this month's awesome co-hosts:Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox! Thanks guys! 

As for insecurities, in the beginning of June, we went to the beach. And then there was the doggy trauma. I didn't feel much like working. I had all the energy of the laziest slug working its way across a summer sidewalk. The more time that passed, the farther I fell behind. Trust me, being that far in the rear can even the most vivacious slug feel worn out and insecure. You know that feeling...where do I even begin to catch up? Then there is the self doubt: is the old author-life plan even feasible? And even worse...do I even care enough to care about striking things off the to-do list?

But as June ends and the first Wednesday of the month calls, I feel that obligation to write my post. The community connection starts to pull at my writer spirit and by the time I am editing and tweaking this final line, I think: time to shake it off and get the booty back in the chair.

That's the beauty of the IWSG.



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July 1 question - There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

 I suppose it would be awesome if books became more popular than YouTube. 


Congratulations to Annalisa Crawford! Her new book comes out next week and it's a wonderful, angst-filled tale that will haunt you long after you read the final page. 



Living on the streets is terrifying and exhausting. Grace’s only comforts are a steady stream of vodka, and a strange little boy who’s following her around.

At nineteen, Grace has already had a child and endured an abusive marriage. But she’s also had her baby abducted by her vengeful husband and been framed as a neglectful mother. Even her own parents doubted her version of the story. So she did the only thing that made sense to her—run away.

The streets are unforgiving. Winter is drawing in. And Grace isn’t prepared for the harsh realities of survival. At her very bleakest, a Good Samaritan swoops into her life and rescues her. With a roof over her head and food in her stomach, she longs to see her baby again.

But nothing ever comes for free.
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The annual anthology contest is open!

Theme: Dark Matter

Submissions accepted: May 6 - September 2, 2020
Guidelines and rules:

Word count: 4500-6000

Genre: Science Fiction
How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your full contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.
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