Wednesday, June 2, 2021

IWSG ~ Drafting Distance + Other Cool Stuff

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

Here we are at yet another passing month, which means another Insecure Writers Support Group monthly question. 

What's IWSG, you ask? It's a group of writers who lend support, encouragement, and guidance to each other. Once a month, we share our insecurities about writing, marketing, and the publishing industry. On occasion, we also share insecurities or struggles from our daily lives. Want to take part? Click on the image at the end of my post. We'd love to have you join us!

This month's question is: 

For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt? 

I remember when I first began writing. The thought of 'shelving' a manuscript was almost as offensive to me as was eating liver when I was five years old. 


But as with all things in life, once we gain experience and experiences wisdom abounds . . .

Now, with a few published novels under my belt and a couple on deck to be released, I've come to appreciate the clarity distance provides from a drafted manuscript.
Distance gives me new eyes. Sometimes I find it's also given me a new attitude about a scene, character, or setting I've written about. I'm always amazed at my altered perspective when I read a piece I've allowed to sit for a while. It's kind of like cooking. Over the years, I learned that allowing some dishes to set and simmer, adding spices and other ingredients in time, makes them more flavorful and potent to the pallet.

Other Cool Stuff I Was Talking About:

I might not be posting here often anymore, but I still am a current contributor to a few other sites. Here are a few of my most recent author interviews and even a spooky MG post.

  •  I chatted over on @MixedUpFiles with the lovely Marie Arnold about her latest middle grade book THE YEAR I FLEW AWAY. 
    •  In this magical middle-grade novel, ten-year-old Gabrielle finds out that America isn’t the perfect place she imagined when she moves from Haiti to Brooklyn. With the help of a clever witch, Gabrielle becomes the perfect American — but will she lose herself in the process? Perfect for fans of HURRICANE CHILD and FRONT DESK     
  • And then there's my conversation with author Cliff Burke about his MG book AN OCCASIONALLY HAPPY FAMILY over on @MixedUpFiles.
    •  Gordon Korman meets The Great Outdoors in this funny and moving debut about a boy who goes on a disastrous family vacation (sweltering heat! bear chases!) that ends with a terrible surprise: his dad’s new girlfriend.
  • Author & Cartoonist Michael Fry shared his book GHOSTED with me over on @MixedUpFiles, too!
    •  From the best-selling author of the How to Be a Supervillain series comes this laugh-out-loud, heavily illustrated story of a shy boy, his best-friend-turned-ghost, and their bucket list of adventures and dares. Perfect for fans of the Timmy Failure and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Psst . . . and if Michael's name looks familiar that's because he's the successful cartoonist of the internationally syndicated comic strip OVER THE HEDGE.

 Thank you to this month's co-hosts! J Lenni Dorner, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, Lee Lowery, and Rachna Chhabria! Click on this image to find other participating writers or to join our group!


Monday, May 17, 2021


Happy Monday Morning!

It's been a while since I spotlighted a new middle grade release on my blog. So today is a special day because I have Elaine Kaye's next book to share with you! And make sure to scroll to the bottom to enter for your chance to WIN her GIVEAWAY!



Series: A Bad Fairy Adventure (Book 2)
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Pages: 60
Ages: 7-12 


Will Thistle ever escape the nickname Bad Fairy?

Thistle Greenbud thought the nickname Bad Fairy was behind her, but she can't escape it. Someone is spreading a rumor about her that just isn't true and can ruin all of her hard work in getting into Advanced School. What fairy would do such a thing?

As if that's not bad enough, Thistle's dad goes missing. Not a single fairy in Tinselville has seen him. He's vanished like pixie dust. Her mom is distraught, and Thistle is worried. Where could he be?

Thistle and the Flutters, along with Dusty and Moss, are on both cases. Can they find out what happened to her dad and solve the Bad Fairy rumor? Thistle hopes so!


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Name – Orla

Role – Thistle’s mom

Hair Color – Golden-brown

Eye Color – Honey

Wing Colors – Yellow and gold

Favorite Food – Dandelion salad

Favorite Drink – Herbal tea with lots of honey

Personality – Gentle, caring, sentimental, sensitive

Likes – Knitting, baking cookies, gardening, helping others

Dislikes – A messy kitchen and when Thistle zooms through the house


Name – Herb

Role – Thistle’s dad

Hair Color – Black

Eye Color – Black with white specks

Wing Color – Mahogany

Favorite Food – Cauliflower

Favorite Drink – Chicory coffee

Personality – Brave, generous, smart but silly

Likes – Working at Sparkles Factory making fairy dust, going to the Spring festival

Dislikes – Fairies who cause trouble for other fairies



We are nearing the edge our village limits when we see the abandoned house hidden in tall weeds. The night grows darker as we huddle in a fern thicket. “It sure is spooky out here,” Lacey whispers and shifts closer to Moss.

“Let's move in closer,” Dusty says. “Moss and Lacey, you go to the other side of the house. Find a crack in the wall to see inside. Thistle and Rose follow me.” He looks back at Moss. “If you see anything strange, flick your flashlight on and off three times.”

“Then what?” Rose asks, munching on another berry.

“We’ll meet…um…” Dusty looks around and then points. “Over by that fern thicket. Is everyone clear?”

We nod and fly as low to the ground as we can. Once we reach our positions, we hunker down and wait. Time goes by as slow as a worm while we wait. It gets darker. After a while, boredom creeps in.

“What's that?” Rose points behind us.

Dusty and I turn to see a shadow coming out of the woods, heading straight for us. Boogles! No, wait. There are two shadows!

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BAD FAIRY: Amazon / Nook / iBooks / Kobo




PRIZES: 3 signed paperback picture books (Pea Soup Disaster, The Missing Alphabet, Slow Poke), three handmade bookmarks, plus a goodie bag and worksheets.

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Elaine Kaye is the author of A Bad Fairy Adventure series AND A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup Disaster.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.

Thank you so much for sharing Thistle's continuing story with us! Wishing you much success, Elaine.



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