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Insecure Writer’s Support Group October

It’s the first Wednesday and you know what that means! Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Awww, yeah. Come bask in the support, my friends, and know you’ve entered a judgement free zone. Possibly the only one left on the flame filled inter-web. As always you can sign up to be part of the group here. The awesome co-hosts for the October 2 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor! The optional question this month…

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Friday Favorites is Totally Adorkable

August 23: Favorite Nerdy Characters Quick internet searching tells me that a nerd is defined as; “a person seen as overly intellectual, obsessive, introverted, interested in obscure or not-popular things, and lacking social skills.” Basically? I am ALL OF THOSE THINGS. It’s like the internet knows my life! (Hi, yes, agents of Big Brother, in all honesty I do hope you enjoy my blog. Quality geek content here.) I am a nerdy-shaped peg and I have found my perfect nerdy-shaped hole…

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Friday Favorites is Gonna Be Me

August 9: Favorite Books that Define You Watch me rebel this week by listing the authors who have defined me. If I started listing books we’d be here all day and I don’t think we’re ready for that conversation! Consider these authors the most favorite, the ones I can quote without pausing to think, the ones who fill my shelves…the ones whose books helped shape the (admittedly slightly twisted) spaces in my soul. Robin McKinley “Roses are for love. Not silly…

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Friday Favorites goes ‘Freedoooom!’

  I couldn’t resist the Braveheart homage in the title. So sorry to hit you with bad puns on a holiday Friday. I’ll make it up to you with a fun mix of books which promote rebellion against tyranny, murderous mutiny, and much use of uprising to promote the plot. Enjoy! July 5th favorites is: Books about rebellion/freedom 1. Redwall & Mossflower, Brian Jacques Think ‘Game of Thrones’, but with cute animals like mice, rabbits, moles, squirrels, shrews, and badgers. It…

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Guest Post: In Which there are Dark Desires

Today we’re celebrating with a fellow Insecure Writer’s Support Group member Ronel the Mythmaker, on the release of her newest eBook, Dark Desires. In fact, the idea for the book started with a prompt from the IWSG, so it’s definitely something for all of us in the group to be excited about! In Ronel’s own words: In 2018, the IWSG held a writing competition for their annual anthology with the theme “Masquerade”. Instead of going for the obvious masquerade party (I…

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Friday Favorites Will Set You Up on a Date*

* A virtual date, with a fictional character. I mean date in the metaphorical sense here. Sorry. Didn’t want to get your hopes up to Match.com standards here. Look, I can barely people on the best days and setting other humans up with dates is WAY out of my skillset. I’m incredibly lucky to have a man who not only gets but encourages my crazy. (Give a mechanic a shot, they make pretty awesome partners, is my best real-life advice.)…

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Guest Post: Happy Book Birthday to The Winner’s Circle!

A very special welcome to another member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group today! Her Baby-Boomer Chick Lit novel The Winner’s Circle is out today. Welcome to the blog, PJ Colando! PJ Colando was born and raised in the Midwest, yet unabashedly aspired for adventure elsewhere, following her parents’ model. She lives in southern California with her family, hobbies, and pets. PJ is the author of three novels in the acclaimed ‘FAITH, FAMILY, FRENZY!’ series and two books of memoir. Her short…

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Top Ten Cozy, Wintry, Snuggly Books

It’s currently snowing and you know what? Watching the flakes drift down, inhaling the steam from my spicy orange tea, it’s the perfect time for a cozy read. Yes, please. These ten books are all tried and tested favorites. They usually only come out when life is sucking major donkey balls, I’m sick, or it’s a snowy day like today. I can guarantee you that after creating this list I’m going to sit down with one or five of them…

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Top Ten Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Sometimes a long book, like a really long one, can be the most satisfying read. Short stories have their own charms, regular size books are satisfying, but when a good author has you in hand a thousand page book just feels like dropping into a new world and staying there. You really get to know the characters, the setting, the rules of the world…let’s face it, the author has basically teleported you straight there. When it comes to worldbuilding, size really…

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Books That Lived Up to Their Hype

Watching a book get smeared all over popular culture is a bit anxiety-inducing for me. When a book has legions of adoring fans, I want to trust them. I really do. They must like it for a reason, right? It’s popular and everyone seems to love it. But will I love it? Is it too hyped? Does it deserve all the praise? Wait, did yet another person just rate it five stars on Goodreads? Every bookworm knows this feeling. It’s anticipation, mixed…

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