Wednesday, February 1, 2023

NEVER JUDGE AN AUTHOR BY THEIR BOOK COVER

 Hey! It’s the Monthly Blog Hop for the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

The awesome co-hosts for the February 1 posting of the IWSG are Jacqui Murray, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Pat Garcia, and Gwen Gardner!

February 1 question - If you are an Indie author, do you make your own covers or purchase them? If you publish trad, how much input do you have about what goes on your cover?


If it’s one thing I’ve learned in my life...

It’s that while I’m good at some things...

There are some things I’m just not good at...

Like designing book covers. 

To me it’s like when people say, 

“Oh, writing a book seems easy.”

They don’t have a clue, do they? 

So when I think I can design a book cover...

I know I don’t have a clue...

And that’s not to say some writers can’t design a book cover

I’ve seen many.

But for me...

I know there are more qualified artists and designers out there .

For my book, AZAEL’S LOT

I hired a designer from Germany on Fiverr



The process was easy and the price right.

And truthfully...

I’m insecure enough about me being a writer...

I didn’t want to add another layer of insecurity...

Wondering if my book cover was good or not.

So?


What book cover choices did you make?


And for those who traditionally pub’d... 

Did you have any say-so?

How much?

And... were you happy with the results?

 

Always, 

Em-Musing



Here’s a link to the newest trends in book covers for 2023

 

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

SAY THE WORD - BE THE WORD

 Hey! It’s the monthly blog hop for the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It happens the first Wednesday of every month where a question is offered that you can answer on your blog. The question is optional, but you’re invited to visit other’s blogs and leave a comment. 

The awesome co-hosts for the January 4 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pett, Debs Carey, Kim Lajevardi, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and T. Powell Coltrin!

January 4 question - Do you have a word of the year? Is there one word that sums up what you need to work on or change in the coming year? 

                                        ~~~

I like this question...

But I had to think for a moment before I got my answer...

Because I’ve never had just one word... 

That sums up what I need to work on or change... 

Rather I had sentences:

Get off your lazy butt. Write!

How old will you be before you finish writing this book? Write!

Stop excessive cleaning!  Write!

You’ve watched enough Netflix. Write!

Get off social media. Write!

But if I had to pick just one word for this year...

It’d be "determined".

Yup…determined.
I’m determined to get this W.I.P. manuscript to an editor!

I’m determined to research agents—and send queries!

I’m determined to update this blog!

I’m determined to get published!

And most of all...

I’m determined to be determined!!

And you?

What’s your word? 

Oh, and... 





Always,

Em, Musing

 



P.S.  Sorry I missed December’s blog post. I cannot lie...I had so much going on that I plum forgot.

       

Also, when thinking about the "word" 

       Three songs came to mind:

       Grease is the Word - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gqiyqu1GVE

       Bird is the Word - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doopjZnA4MU

       The Word  -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfBEqiEhCgM

     


Wednesday, November 2, 2022

NOVEMBER TIDINGS


Hey! It’s the monthly blog hop for the 
Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It happens the first Wednesday of every month where a question is offered that you can answer on your blog. The question is optional, but you’re invited to visit other’s blogs and leave a comment. 

Purpose: The Insecure Writer Support Group is for writers of all genres no matter what part of the writing journey you’re on. It’s a safe place where you can share your insecurities, struggles, your triumphs, or offer a word of encouragement for other writers.  This group is all about connecting with other writers. Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.  Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!   

The awesome co-hosts for the November 2 posting of the IWSG are Diedre Knight, Douglas Thomas Greening, Nick Wilford, and Diane Burton!


November 2's optional question- November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not?



Several years ago, I participated in NaNoWriMo...

And wrote 30,000 words... 

And for the record...

I’m a pantser, meaning I let my creativity flow on the go...

So, NaNo shouldn’t have been so daunting...

But the pressure each day to perform... 

Felt as uncomfortable as not wearing any pants at all. 

So no, no NaNo for me this year.


Next up— Día de Los Muertos... 

(Not the same as Halloween)

Day of the Dead is  traditionally celebrated...

November 1st and 2nd...

But the fiestas can start a day before... 

And often they’re in the streets with parades.




When I first moved to Mexico I was told the tradition...
Of Día de Los Muertos was families sitting in a cemetery... 

With food, drinks, & gifts for a loved loved one if they were to show up. 


It seemed creepy... 

But only because I've had several supernatural occurrences...

And I will never tempt any more “visitations.”

(I do believe in ghosts, I do, I do, I do)


I’ve since learned that not all Mexicans... 

Celebrate by sitting in cemeteries...

Rather, they'll make a small altar in their home...



              

Honoring the deceased with photos,candles, 

marigolds, food & drink...




And sometimes Sugar Skulls..

Large ones are for decoration...

And the smaller candy ones are to be eaten.










And of course Pan de Muertos is found everywhere.




And if you can’t tell, the top is the image of a spider.  





 And take a look around...there are Catrinas everywhere.
















The first ever Catrina made her appearance as a newspaper illustration in 1913 by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada. It was a critique of Mexican women back then who used make-up and fashion to assimilate to European standards of beauty.



But dressing in costume like a Catrina is a recent occurrence, say in the last twelve or so years..




When COCO—the musical film about Dia de Los Muertos—came out...


I loved it, and it gave me a better understanding... 

Of Mexico's Dia de Los Muertos...

And I’m more respectful of this tradition now.


But getting back to Catrinas...

Kelly Bandalos, a great artist friend of mine from L.I , NY has collection of pastel Catrinas...plus a whole lot more.





And offering even more Skull Artistry is Michell Kott,  my creative cousin from Philly whose media is photography


    


And here's her website: https://www.michellekott.net  Check it out for all her fabulous photos.

So? 
Doing NaNoWriMo?
Or ever been to a Dia de Los Muertos fiesta?
Or seen a ghost? 

Always,
Em-Musing

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

GOOD, GOOD VIBRATIONS

                                                                            

Hey! It’s the monthly blog hop/ known as the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh

If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers please join us the first Wednesday of every month where a question is offered on the IWSG blog that members answer in their blog post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, or a personal experience. Answering the question is optional, but why not  visit some blogs and leave a comment. Your words are appreciated. Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! 

The awesome co-hosts for the October 5 posting of the IWSG are Tonja Drecker, Victoria Marie Lees, Mary Aalgaard, and Sandra Cox!

This month's question: What do you consider the best characteristics of your favorite genre? Remember, the question is optional!


The best characteristic of my favorite genre?

Laughter!

After all I'm writing Humorous Women's Fiction...

So, I better make some readers smile.

Back in  ‘66...

When Flower Power and hippies came onto the scene...

The Beach Boys put out the single “Good Vibrations”



Though not my favorite band or song...

(I preferred the Beatles and Bob Dylan) 

The concept of Good Vibrations stuck with me.

Fast forward to about ten years ago

When I became fascinated with the healing power of vibrations. 


According to Albert Einstein “Everything in Life is Vibration.” 

  

And laughter is one of the highest vibrations


I’ve learned there are many levels of vibrations...

And all affect our body and mind. 

According to several scientific studies —Laughter produces a series of electrical impulses that eliminate negative energy from our brain. 


Call me kookie...

I make a concerted effort to laugh every day. 

 

And why not?

Besides laughter being healing... 

It feels good...

There are no bad side effects... 

Unless you laugh so hard you get stitches...

And it’s free!

Therefore...

I conclude Humorous Women’s Fiction is a healthy genre.

So?

Do you love to laugh?

What makes you laugh the most?

And what’s your favorite genre’s best characteristic?

 



Always,

Em-Musing

 


Wednesday, September 7, 2022

MURDER GO NOT SO LIGHTLY

Hey! It’s the monthly blog hop/ known as the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers please join us. The first Wednesday of every month, a question is offered on the IWSG blog that members can answer in their blog post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, or a personal experience. Answering the question is optional. Please consider visiting some blogs and leaving a comment. Your words are appreciated. Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.  

 The awesome co-hosts for the September 7 posting of the IWSG are Kim Lajevardi, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguirre, Olga Godim, Michelle Wallace, and Louise - Fundy Blue!

This month's question:  What genre would be the worst one for you to tackle and why? 


For shootin’ sure

The worst genre for me to tackle would be True Crime 

I can write and read about blood, gore, and torture in a novel

Because it’s fiction. 

But I couldn’t write a book based on real horrific circumstances

I wouldn’t want that horror in my psyche.

Back when I read Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood  


I was creepily fascinated until I learned it was based on the real murders of the Clutter family in 1959.

It was called a “nonfiction novel”

And some still pose the question:

Is In Cold Blood a creative work? A novel? Or journalism? 





I also learned that Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird helped Truman wih the research of In Cold Blood. Both grew up in Monroeville, Alabama and were best friends and remained close until              Truman's jealousy over Lee's  success caused them to go their separate ways. Didn't know that.


 



But what surprised me the most was learning that Truman Capote also wrote 

Breakfast at Tiffany's .

Oh, the dichotomy Truman!

Romantic comedy & Neo-noir.




But I guess that’s the fun of being a writer, isn’t it?

We’re not just storytellers

We create characters and build worlds

With the freedom to write

Whatever our fertile brains desire.

So?

Which genre wouldn’t you tackle?

 

Always,

Em-Musing