IWSG Day, Kait Nolan Release, and Travel Photos!

Hello to another Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

Insecure Writer's Support Group

A database resource site and support group for writers and authors. Featuring weekly guests and tips, a monthly blogfest gathering, a Facebook group, a book club, and thousands of links – all to benefit writers! #IWSG

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post. And please be sure your avatar links back to your blog! Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.   

You ready?
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

September 1 question - How do you define success as a writer? Is it holding your book in your hand? Having a short story published? Making a certain amount of income from your writing?
The awesome co-hosts for the September 1 posting of the IWSG are Rebecca Douglass, T. Powell Coltrin @Journaling Woman, Natalie Aguirre, Karen Lynn, and C. Lee McKenzie!

I think my answer to this question has been changing by the decade:
1990s: If only I could publish a book
2000s: If only I didn't have writer's block
2010s: If I could just land an agent...
2020s: Look how many books I've written in all this time! Some of them are ready for the world, others need a lot more work. I have a few short stories, some stray poems, all kinds of stuff (even a play!). I can definitely, easily call myself a writer.

In other book news, there's a new Kait Nolan out!

Don't You Wanna Stay
Men of the Misfit Inn - Book 3

The Money Pit meets Fixer Upper in the next installment of the Men of the Misfit Inn series.

After a lifetime spent trying to prove he's not a screw up, contractor Wyatt Sullivan is ready to take his YouTube channel, DIWyatt, to the big time. But he needs more than the one-man flips that built his reputation. He needs something truly big to impress network execs enough to give him his own home improvement show.

After a messy, ugly divorce, publicist Deanna James can't afford another mistake. So when she wakes up from a night of too much wine to find out she's bought a historic monstrosity of a house in an online auction, she panics. If she’s going to sell it and not lose her shirt to her ex-husband, she’s going to need some serious help. But how will she afford it?

Wyatt's just the guy to ride to her rescue. He'll take on the job if she'll let him film the process. Deanna sweetens the deal with the added bonus of using her PR skills to raise the profile of DIWyatt enough to impress the suits. There's just one problem: They both have to move in.

As they battle home improvement hell and rising attraction, can they keep from giving the viewers more of a show than they ever intended?

This was a delightful read! Quick (though not really fast-paced, it just kept moving forward), and sweet, and a story that hit all the right buttons: love, reaching for your dreams, taking a leap of faith, a miraculous dog rescue, and more. I love the sense of community in these stories, and the diverse extended family that supports each other. 

Two RiP notices: Sean Lock and Charlie Watts.

And now some photos from a recent trip.

What's special about these? They were taken by my daughter! I gave her one of our old digital cameras and she's been having fun with it!

Have you discovered a new hobby recently?


Hi Deniz - can see your point about success in writing ... my blogposts are enough for me ... I did contemplate at one stage writing up a book or two, but kept happy with my blog.

Emily - those are delightful photos ... definitely worth showing us - living in Switzerland must be so much fun ... gorgeous views and so much to learn. How interesting I thought your daisy plant was convolvulus against a blue sky, but now I see it's daisies against a blue shuttering!
Congratulations Deniz to you and the family - cheers Hilary
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks so much, Hilary!
You are a successful writer!
I envy your travels.
Natalie Aguirre said…
My definition of what succes means has definitely changed over the decades like it has for you. Congrats on your book release!
Leigh Caron said…
You are successful! LOve the photos...especially the ones with flowers. They're beautiful!
Nas said…
Aww...Emily takes such cool shots and I remember her as a baby! Beautiful photos. You need to set up a photo blog for her to post.

Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks, all!
Ooh, that's a great idea, I think she'd have fun with a blog!
Denise Covey said…
Beautiful photos Deniz! Everyone's writing success is their own. Not enough hours in the day to get all that writing done.
Rajani Rehana said…
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Beth Camp said…
What a neat (and efficient) way to show how we change as writers (and identifying ourselves as writers) over time. I'm going to explore that idea in my day journal! Thank you. The pictures Emily took are so evocative of appreciating being in a particular space and time. Nice. And I also liked how you integrated that dreaded task of marketing right into your post! Yes! May you find many new readers -- and write on!
Jemi Fraser said…
Success does indeed change as we learn and grow!
Love the pics - your daughter has a terrific eye!
Michael Di Gesu said…
Hi Deniz,

WOW... your little girl is certainly growing up and she has a GOOD EYE. The pics are wonderful! My, you certainly have written so much over several decades...yes, I would say, you are a success! Happy to see you are all happy and safe!
Deniz, how truly amazing! Counting steps decades at a time...I've never thought of that but it does surely put things into perspective, doesn't it? you're so inspiring.

Thank you for dropping by and commenting on my blog!

♥.•*¨Elizabeth Mueller¨*•.♥
PS--I love the photos taken by your daughter. What an artist!
Damyanti Biswas said…
Those are terrific snapshots!
And thanks for sharing your decades of writing with us--that's a longa nd satisfying journey.