insecure2bwriters2bsupport2bgroup2bbadgeIs it the first Wednesday of July already? Wow, is it me, or did June go by really quickly? Regardless, if you haven’t been keeping up with what I’ve been doing, then welcome to my new blog!

For those who don’t know, IWSG is a group where people can share their writing struggles and offer encouragement and support to other members. To sign up, click here.

This month, the co-hosts who are helping IWSG’s founder, Alex J. Cavanaugh, manage this great group are…

Yolanda ReneeMadeline Mora-SummonteTyrean MartinsonLK HillRachna Chhabria, and JA Scott. Do be sure to pop by their sites and thank them!


Between critiquing, writing In Pain and Blood and The Vengeful God, reading over Dark One’s Mistress for its re-release, and the bumping along of keeping up with my daughter’s social life… I’ve been way too busy to feel insecure. Heck, just writing all that makes me feel like I need more hours in the day.

So I’m going to focus on the question posed on IWSG’s sign-up page…

What’s the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

It’s so very like me, like perhaps most people, to focus on the negative things said to me throughout my life, so guess it’s no surprise that writing is the same. I can clearly recall a review that told me a premise I’d used was done better in a novel that’s practically older than I am. If I went by that rule, I’d never write another word again!

But the good… Praise is something I can’t deal with. Often, I just end up crying.

I’ve a number of nice things said about my novels. Way back before The Rogue King was published, I’d a person say it reminded him of Edgar Rice Burroughs… The style, I believe. In fact, I get that a lot. Not the comparison to Burroughs, but my style seems to remind people of older novels.

There’s one piece out of a review for The Rogue King that I read whenever I feel down…

I have enjoyed Science Fiction since I was a child (a long time ago) and the genre has seemed to have deviated from stories by Heinlein, Asimov et al but she resurrects that genre.

Never fails to put a smile on my face.

14 thoughts on “#IWSG

    1. Oh, I’ve been even busier since my aunt tripped yesterday and did something to her shoulder. Half way through the day and have barely had a chance to think about writing.
      Thanks. 🙂


  1. I do the same thing, focus on the negative comments instead of the positive. That’s why this month’s question is so relevant. It forces us to think about happy times. You have an impressive amount of books. Love the covers.

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    1. I think I remember reading or being told or something like that, that we are more likely to believe the negative things than the positive. That it takes like a lot more praise to wipe out one bad word.
      And thanks, I made a number of the covers myself.


  2. You’re right, your life is so busy that you don’t have time to be insecure at the moment and that is wonderful. And the quote comparing your book The Rogue King with Heinlein and Asimov is fantastic. That is a great buildup.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,

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    1. It’s rather a mixed feeling, with mild squeeing over top of everything. I’ve never read anything by either author, so I do wonder what it is about my story that evokes such a tie.


  3. Great feedback, I’m glade you smile when reading it! But you’re right too, we do focus on the negative, that one review that cuts us to the quick. We need to stop reading those, and remembering them. Wonder why that is?
    Wishing you all the best. You’ve got a full plate. Grasp the positive and move forward!

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