Poked by the Finger of Inecurity - IWSG & 25 Roses

Wednesday, May 7, 2014




My IWSG post is late, late, late, but I’m more insecure about my capacity to remember stuff than about my writing. I remembered about posting last night, but then today dawned and I clean forgot about today’s IWSG business until I visited a friend’s blog five minutes ago

These last few months have been spent working on one magazine that cannot seem to be finalized. That plus editing a novel for another writer, and the A-Z has meant that I haven’t been able to do anything fictionwise for myself. In the last two days though, I’ve managed to work on my own edits a little bit.

Getting back into my story has given me a new burst of energy along with the urge to write. The finger of insecurity poking me right now has to do with how much writing I’m not doing and the fact that I also have to organize myself so I’ll be more efficient. With two publications on the front burner this month, plus the one that I hope will go to print—sooner, rather than later—I’d better get cracking now.

Are you super-organized or do you get sloppy, which leads to feelings of insecurity? Have you visited the IWSG members here? See you on the rounds. 





This week, Stephanie Faris is hosting a hop to reveal the cover of her next book - 25 Roses. Without further ado, here we go! 


Blurb:
Valentine's Day means one thing at Stanton Middle School: students will send each other chocolate roses. Each year, Mia Hartley watches while the same group of students gets roses and everyone else is left out. This year, she decides things will be different. As the student assigned to write names on the cards, Mia purchases 25 roses and writes her own cards, designating them to 25 people she's personally chosen. But she soon learns that playing matchmaker is much more complicated than she thought it would be.


Stephanie Faris

My first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, is now available from Simon & Schuster's Aladdin M!x, with my second book, 25 Roses, coming out in 2015. I am represented by Natalie Lakosil of Bradford Literary Agency. I live in Nashville with my husband. 

Visit: Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook

31 comments:

  1. No worries on being late!
    Time is always an issue. To much to do.
    I am really organized though. I have too much to juggle - I'd forget everything otherwise!

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    1. I need to get back to doing what works for me. Write everything down.

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  2. Yay! Thank you for featuring me. I run my own freelance writing business, so I have to be organized...but I do often find that, oops, I'm running close to the end of a deadline. Last night at 9pm, I realized I hadn't written the 300-word blog I'm supposed to post for a client every M, W, and F at 6am. So I had to wake my brain up and write it so I didn't have to get up early this morning!

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    1. Happy to help, Stephanie. Those deadlines do seem to come closer when we aren't looking. :)

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  3. I get sloppy, hence the no blogging as of late. I'm impressed that you can keep it up!

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    1. Emily! Happy to see you here. Gotta come see what's been happening with you.

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  4. Someone as busy as you are Joy, has a good excuse to forget the occasional post...but you're just a bit late thanks to the timezones. I love Stephanie's cover!

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    1. Denise, I have a little more time now so I'm trying to get more organized.

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  5. Funnily enough Joy, you sound like some of the social workers in my office. For everything they get done, they lament something that is just waiting for . . .

    Well, don't mean to be a downer. Sometimes I feel guilty in my writing - and working - life that I'm not stressed out as much as others about, well, how much time everything takes. Maybe I don't take either activity seriously enough. I hope you have some chill time, and are able to enjoy it.

    By the way; yes, I'm sloppy :)

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    1. I should be thankful for what I do get done, but I'm greedy for my fiction time and haven't had any in months.

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  6. When I read "insecure about my capacity to remember stuff than about my writing..." I breathed a sigh of relief... phew!
    I mean, you have 13 books? under your belt, so I'm thinking (hope it's not too presumptuous) you shouldn't have too much insecurity with regards to your writing.
    I'm trying to get back into the writing mode... work on something new...

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    1. You hit it right, Michelle. I 'm now trying to make the time to write.

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  7. You sure are busy Jo. Glad you got some time with your own work. You have written and published a variety of work and you should be proud. 25 Roses has a wonderful cover and Stephanie deserves congrats.

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    1. Thanks, Sheena. I should be more grateful. Kudos to Stephanie.

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  8. I'm so organized, my lists have lists. But that also means I'm caught in a neverending loop of trying to get things done.

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  9. Been seeing the 25 Roses cover every where! It looks great!

    I HAVE to stay organized or I get a little stressed. I organized my pantry the other day and put labels on all of the shelves because the clutter was really getting to me (there's probably a therapist I should see for that one). :P

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    1. There's nothing wrong with being organized. It makes life a LOT easier.

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  10. I have lists and reminders on my pc and calendar, and I still feel unorganized and forgetful.
    It sounds like you have a very full plate of projects, so being a day late with IWSG is totally understandable.
    I hope you find time to enjoy creativity in your writing and have fun with it!

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    1. Yup, hoping to get that fun time too.

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  11. I understand that lack of organization AND/OR other things stealing your writing time. It can be difficult to sift through it all and determine what has the priority. Hang in there!

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    1. Priority is an important word that will be the focus for me this month. Lots to get done, but I'm sure it'll happen.

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  12. I go through phases where I'm super organised and others when I most definitely aren't. I think I'm somewhere inbetween at the moment, lol. Wishing you all the best with everything you are doing.

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    1. Thanks, Lynda. I'm trying to go back to writing everything down. That's helps.

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  13. You've been tagged!

    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com/2014/05/tagged-my-writing-process.html

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  14. It was nice meeting you during the challenge. I missed joining the , but hopefully next time. I'm not super organised. It's more like organised clutter. I know where everything is in my pile of stuff, etc. Michelle @ http://www.writer-way.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey, Michelle. I don't have a lot of desk space and that in itself causes me not to be able to find anything when I need to. :)

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  15. Been struggling with the remembering thing, too. So many calenders; my phone doesn't help much since the notifications don't work. Ugh...

    Btw, I love Stephanie's cover!

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  16. I haven't been organized since having kids, lol! Seriously, organization? What is that? I envie people who manage a heavy schedule and also stay organized, I guess being organized is how you stay on top of it all. I'm usually the one buried underneath hollering for a life line. :)

    25 Roses sounds super cute, btw, Congratualtions Stephanie!

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