Wednesday, February 7, 2024

 


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

The first Wednesday of every month, we announce an optional 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. Remember, the question is optional!!!

         The awesome co-hosts for the February 7 posting of the IWSG are Janet Alcorn, SE White, Victoria Marie Lees, and Cathrina Constantine!


February 7 question: What turns you off when visiting an author's website/blog? Lack of information? A drone of negativity? Little mention of author's books? Constant mention of books?

Hmm?

Gotta think about this for a sec.

Okay, here’s my answer...

I don’t usually go to author’s websites (sorry)...

There’s no particular reason I don’t...

Other than I don’t follow any author that attentively.

But I do love author blogs... 

I find them more interesting, interactive...

And in some cases more fun.

I think blogs show more about the author's personality than a website.

But then I got curious...

Stephen King, for many years, was my all-time favorite author... 

So, I went to Stephen’s website and...

Wow! 

Amazing!

Everything about him is there...

But truth be told...

I don’t know many more times I’ll visit King’s website again... 

Unlike his book: On Writing...

Which I ‘ve revisited many times.



Have you read On Writing?

And what are your thoughts on author websites?






Always,

Em-Musing

 

P.S.  Stephen King is such a prolific writer which makes me wonder. . .when he 'passes over'. . .will he become a Ghost Writer?

 

 


Wednesday, January 3, 2024

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

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

The first Wednesday of every month, we announce an optional 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. Remember, the question is optional

The awesome co-hosts for the January 3 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler, Olga Godim, Diedre Knight, and Natalie Aguirre!


January 3 question: Do you follow back your readers on BookBub or do you only follow back other authors?

 

Good question this month...

Only wish I could answer it...

I don’t have a presence on BookBub yet...

But I did check it out... 

And I definitely will get on it... 

When my current manuscript gets out there... 

Traditionally pub’d or otherwise. 

I’m curious to read other authors’ comments. 

I’m travelling now so this is all I have for today’s post.

Happy New Year to all...

And may your writing be joyous, fulfilling, and prosperous.


 

Always,

Em-Musing


Wednesday, December 6, 2023

JUDGING A BOOK BY?

 

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

The first Wednesday of every month, we announce an optional 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. Remember, the question is optional.

         The awesome co-hosts for the December 6 posting of the IWSG are C. Lee McKenzie, JQ Rose, Jennifer Lane, and Jacqui Murray!

 

December 6 question: Book reviews are for the readers. When you leave a book review do you review for the Reader or the Author? Is it about what you liked and enjoyed about your reading experience, or do you critique the author?


Reading as a writer...

I’m always in editing mode...

It’s hard not to notice grammatical or spelling errors, 

the overuse of certain words, and sometimes inconsistencies. 

But hey...

That’s what editors were supposed to have caught. 

I don’t fault the author.

Regarding reviews...

I don’t often give one...

But when I do...

It’s a positive review for other readers’ purposes.

So far as critiquing...

That’s a different critter...

That goes deep into the nitty gritties. 

I believe getting critiques should be done before the book is 

published when there’s still time to make changes...

Because what’s the point of critiquing afterwards?

To hurt the author?

Both their feelings and possibly potential sales?

That’s not nice.

Reading a book is so subjective...


Just because I don’t like it...

Doesn’t mean others won’t love it...

And millions and millions of copies will be sold.

Case in point for me: Fifty Shades of Grey



What about you?

Do you leave reviews?

And have you ever not liked a book that turned out to a runaway bestseller?

 

Always,

Em-Musing

      



Wednesday, November 1, 2023

NANO, NANO, BOO BOO


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

The first Wednesday of every month, we announce an optional 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. Remember, the question is optional!!!

The awesome co-hosts for the November 1 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, Jean Davis, Lisa Buie Collard, and Diedre Knight!

November 1 question: November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not?


Oh, NaNoWriMo...

You’re a tease...

I’d be fun to partake this year...

With thousands of other writers...

But…

You’d take up too much of my real writing time.

I did play with you a few times years back... 

Then, I thought…

I’ll just write whatever comes to mind...

Or work on my current W.I.P. Easy-peasy.

But my muse was not amused.

 

What’s this?

You think you can write without me?

I’m the one who helps you create plots & subplots, 

Character arcs and constructing chapters. 

You, of all people, should know...

I DO NOT work well under pressure.

However...

When you get an agent and work on something...

That has a “real” deadline...

Well, that’ll be a different story.

I’ll be your writing genie...

Making your words fly across your keyboard... 

As swift as Aladdin’s magic carpet...


And your writing wishes will be my command. 

What about you?

Yay or Nay to NaNo this year? 


Always, 

Em-Musing


Wednesday, October 4, 2023

INTELLIGENCE FOR HIRE


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

The first Wednesday of every month, we announce an optional 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.  Remember, the question is optional.

The awesome co-hosts for the October 4 posting of the IWSG are Natalie Aguirre, Kim Lajevardi, Debs Carey, Gwen Gardner, Patricia Josephine, and Rebecca Douglass!

October 4 question: The topic of AI writing has been heavily debated across the world. According to various sources, generative AI will assist writers, not replace them. What are your thoughts?


Very timely topic 

Considering the recently-ended 148-day Writers Guild of America’s strike that was mostly about AI—the use and misuse of it.

Me?

I think AI is a handy tool…

And it’s already here, 

Who doesn’t love Goggle Search, Google Translate, Google Maps,

Siri, Alexa, and so many more. 

Me?

I love, love, love Grammarly for editing.

For content writing, ChatGPT is useful...

As it searches the Internet for content...

But... 

There are downsides... 

Some argue that one cannot be sure AI isn’t giving biased information or misinformation.

Does AI  cross ethical boundaries? 

And then there’s plagiarism.

That's a biggie...

There's no guarantee that AI is not giving you someone else's work...

How can someone possibly research to find that out?

There’re already cases in court. 

But here's my thoughts on Authors vs AI... 

What AI cannot do...

Is create 100% original ideas... 

They can't ponder over a glass of wine about story development...

Or decide character arcs with a cup of coffee... 

There's no way AI can have a  muse... 

They can't brainstorm with other writers...
They can't experience something and feel an emotion...
Because they have no emotions...
No spontaneity...
Their intelligence hasn't the capability.
AI can only mix, match, and duplicate what it gleans off the internet...

Or what it's been programmed to do...

AI will never replace the creativity of a writer's brain.

And you?

What are your thoughts?

(only humans can answer)




Always,

Em-musing


Here's an interesting link about AI from LINKEDIN

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

IN DREAMS WE?????

Dreams are so interesting, profound, sometimes scary.

I’m impressed (or bored)...

When people tell me their dreams...

And after 20 minutes...

And every little detail later...

It sounded like they wrote an entire script to a movie. 

Wow!

Me?

I woke up the other day...

Saying WEEE doggie!

I had no idea where this saying came from...

But I kept saying WEE doggie all day.

And then I had a vague recollection...

That it was from an old TV Show...

So, I Googled it and sure enough...

Jed Clampett of the Beverly Hillbillies

Used to say WEEE doggie a lot.

But I haven’t been watching old TV shows...

And I never even watched the Beverly Hillbillies.



Jed Clampett

So?

What happened during my sleep...

That stuck in my craw...

And kept me saying WEEE Doggie all day?

Anyone have a clue?

Or why a rationale woman such as myself...

Would walk around all day saying...

WEEEE doggie?

 So tell me...

What's the weirdest thing you woke up with from your sleep?


Yours truly,

Em-Musing


P.S. I think he's actually saying Welll Doggie

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY


INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP
                             12 years and still going strong
                                                   
                                  ALSO...


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

The first Wednesday of every month, we announce an optional 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. Remember, the question is optional!!!

 The awesome co-hosts for the September 6 posting of the IWSG are Sonia Dogra, J Lenni Dorner, Pat Garcia, Sarah - The Faux Fountain Pen, and Meka James!

 

September 6 question: The IWSG celebrates 12 years today! When did you discover the IWSG, how do you connect, and how has it helped you? 


Hmm? Not sure how I discovered IWSG....

But I remember I was looking for a forum... 

To put all the little writings that I was doing... 

But had no place to put them.

Also...

I wanted to find a place to connect with other writers.

Not sure exactly how I stumbled upon IWSG... 

But what I do remember...

Is when I joined...

The first post I put up...

I got only one comment...

It was from Alex...

I was thrilled and felt validated... 

That he took the time to comment...

And I’m thrilled that he still does. 

The ISWG felt like home way when...
And even today.

Thank you, Alex


Always,

Em-Musing