Wednesday, July 6, 2022

IWSG ~ Living In A Fictional World

Hi Everyone! I've been away for a bit. Nothing new to share other than our fourth kiddo graduated from high school. YAY! We can finally put his high school Covid experience behind him. He had a tough time. Other kids had a tough time. I'm sure someone you know of or maybe your kids had a tough time. 

When you step back for a minute to get a better view of the past 2 1/2 years, it's not hard to see that we really were all in this together. I hope we never, ever forget that.

Okay, moving on to this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group's (optional) question:
If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose?


Need I say more???

No, seriously. When I was really little, I was a night owl. Okay, so I still am. I loved staying up late because that was when my imagination came to life. I'd imagine my bed being a car speeding along the track at a NASCAR race. Or a ship sailing the ocean blue to some far off land yet to be discovered. And, of course, my bed became a magic carpet, where I picked up a dancing monkey, a kangaroo that played poker, and a horse that sang. But the best make believe always came with whatever rested behind my closet door. So when I found out about the wardrobe in Narnia . . . yup, I was done. And then there was all the amazing landscapes and characters and conflicts, not to mention all the Christian metaphors and parallels - this, without a doubt, would be my ideal book world to live in.

*My second would be WHERE THE WILD THINGS LIVE 

Please join me in thanking our July co-hosts: J Lenni Dorner, Janet Alcorn, PJ Colando,


Jenni Enzor, and Diane Burton!
You all are amazing! For more IWSG posts or to join in every month, click on the image. 

What about you? Please share. I'd love to chat! (Been missing everyone.)



Wednesday, April 6, 2022

IWSG ~ Lah-Lah-LAH

This next Insecure Writers Support Group optional subject to discuss - basically, a question - is one that I've grown softer on over the last couple of years. 

Let's preface the discussion by saying this: Without a doubt, I am an in-the-hand, must-feel-paper, and bask-in-the-scent of a physical book kind of gal. Can't help it. It is what it is. Just like the fact that my eyes are dark blue. But unlike the fact that my eyes are blue, my need of 'feel' for physical reading can expand and grow.

Audio books can be super convenient. Like when I'm trying to do two things at once like read and walk the dogs or fold the laundry and get some reading done; listening/reading is pretty handy in the car, too. But again, that's not my preferred way to read a book. We can leave it at I've grown to appreciate the versatility audio books provide. Now saying that leads me into today's optional question:

Have any of your books been made into audio books? If so, what is the main challenge in producing an audiobook?
Yes, my young adult book Marked Beauty was made into an audio book. I have to say that the process was absolutely fascinating to me. My publisher allowed me to search for possible voice readers from a couple huge databases. So, from an author's POV, I'd have to say that the endless list of voices I listened to began sounding the same after a while. That was the biggest challenge for me. Haha... My publisher's biggest challenge? I'm not sure. I'd have to ask them, which would probably make for an interesting article. I just might do that.
What about all of you? Like audio books better than physical books? Doesn't matter? And you authors out there: has one of your books been made into an audio book? 


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