Wednesday, September 4, 2019

IWSG: September and Fun Times With Authors

This summer was (Is it was already? Where did summer go?) full of various events where I joined other authors to meet readers and sign books. My fall and winter schedule look much the same, so if we haven't connected yet and you're around Michigan, there's still plenty of opportunity.

In between all this being out of my writing cave and talking to real live people, I've been happy sitting in the dark in my comfy chair at all hours (because sleep and I aren't on good terms), wrapping up edits on Chain Of Grey: Book Two of The Narvan. My plan is to have it in your hands before Christmas, but that depends on the publisher's plan, which as you may understand, is out of my hands.

Before we get to this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group question, how about some pics of where I've been recently?
It was the afternoon of day three of the Newaygo Logging Festival and the crowd was beginning to thin.
When Authors are left to amuse themselves... 

Bitsy joined me on day two of the Logging Festival. All the attention wore her out.
She claimed my lap as her bed and my hand as her pillow. 

I shared a tent with author Ingar Rudholm for the weekend.
The local police force unwisely made us junior officers on day one.
Apparently, this did not mean we could arrest people for grammar infractions. Oops.

For two weekends, I shared a tent with author Lon Hieftje.
For once (or twice?), the weather was beautiful.

Fourth of July weekend is annually spent with a wonderful bunch of authors in Muskegon
at the Lakeshore Art Festival. We have two giant tents full of twenty-some authors of many genres.
It was super hot this year, but we stayed hydrated and met lots of new readers. 

If you're ever up in Traverse City, stop by Bookbrokers in the Grand Traverse Mall for a good selection
of books by Michigan Authors. The staff there is awesome too, by the way.

If you're not familiar with 
Group, check it out here 
and find links to all the other 
participating writers.
And now on to this month's question: If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?

I'm sure some of you have wonderful faraway places you'd rather be. Inspiring places, full of interesting people and beautiful scenery. Me? My one place is right where I'm sitting at this moment. In the chair that knows just how to ease my back, with the stool that keeps my legs and feet at a comfortable height. In a room filled with things that inspire me. Where electricity and wifi aren't an issue and food and drink are only a flight of stairs away. This is a place where I can go any time of the day or night and not be in anyone's way. Where weather is never an issue and the temperature is always the same.

I'm good right here, thanks, but you go on and write wherever works best for you and your story. I'll be sitting here, talking to people that only exist in my head and on my pages, probably in the dark, with my fuzzy blanket on my lap and likely in my robe. Because this is my favorite place to be.


  1. Aww summer "was" makes me sad, but it's gotta be. I guess. Home is the best place for writing for sure.


    1. Fall is fun too. I didn't take any vacations this summer so it really flew by.

  2. Hi Jean - glad you some good weather ... Lon Heiftje looks fun to be sharing with ... I imagine a few giggles. Good for Bitsy ... she got the good spot ... yes I'm good at home as long as there's peace and quiet ... cheers Hilary

    1. Lon is fun to hang out with. Even if he does have to put up with people wondering if he's my dad. Ha! Nearly every time I share a tent with a male author, someone that day assumes he's my father or husband. Heaven forbid, that I might share a tent with a guy that isn't related in some way.

  3. Having a favorite place to write sounds wonderful! I love that it's everything you want and you have it already!
    Those events look like a lot of fun!
    Happy writing and finishing in September!

    1. When we built our new house, we did so with the intention of making it work best for our needs. Everyone got their own space. No more writing desk crammed in the bedroom or trying to write on the couch while the kids play xbox for me. Finally. :)

  4. Looks like you had loads of fun at the festivals!

    There's no place like home. That's a fact.
    I can tell that your writing space is your sanctuary - a place you can go to at any time and not have to worry about the weather. That's exactly how it should be.
    Happy IWSG Day!

    Writer In Transit

  5. You & I are like-minded about our writing spaces. Cozy, comfy, with familiar things around us is so inspiring. Have fun at the future events, some of which we get to do together. Yay!

  6. Great pictures. My place is at home but dream place is usually someplace near water.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit


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