Thursday, June 29, 2023

June is already July and IWSG

Sooo...June flew by so fast that I forgot my monthly post. To be fair, I had nine back to back weekends of events. Everything was a blur. In fact, it's still a blurry. My schedule doesn't slow down until October.

June in summary: It was good. It was busy. Many books were sold. Chickens did a lot of traveling.

A few highlights of that whirlwind:

Lakeshore Art Festival - Muskegon, MI

Cherry Capital Comic Con - Traverse City, MI

Royal Stagg Renaissance Festival - Marshal, MI

Magical Realm Fantasy Faire - Charlotte, MI

Niles Renaissance Faire - Niles, MI

Onward into July. I'm still slowly, oh so slowly, plugging away at Frayed in between events, an editing job, and both of my kids moving to different places, from different places, at the same time. One for the fourth time (youngest), one for the first (oldest). For those wondering, this is not a recommended parental participation event. Muscles are sore, schedules are tight, and already scant free time is non-existent. On the plus side, as of reading this, our house is officially spawn-free. Hooray! I mean, I love my spawn, but it was time.

Tears of the Tyrant is currently under other editing eyes. I have NaNoWriMo projects lined up for November. Writing things are happening. Slowly.

Where can you find me in July?

June 30 - July 2  Capital City Comic Con in Lansing, MI 

July 23  Kogan Con in Grand Haven, MI

July 29 Island Art Fair in Grand Ledge, MI

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June's Month's Insecure Writer's Support Group question was:

If you stopped writing, what would you replace it with?

I'd probably dive back into gaming. Back when I was a young person without children, I spent a lot of time in world building games (sim-anything and tycoon-anything) as well as games like Fable and Bard's Tale. Every now and then I get a little itch to sink back into that, but I just don't have time for it along with writing (and all 'writing' entails at this point in my writing career). 

Or get more fully back into art. I had to pick my one thing to spend time on in addition to kids. Writing won. Now that my kids are grown and my non-work time is no longer eaten up with kid activities and parent volunteer obligations, I've had the opportunity to dip my feet back into a few artistic endeavors with painting and drawing. And sewing. And beadwork. And cross stich. Arts and crafts, oh my. 

Or maybe I shouldn't stop writing.   

And July's question is: Where do your story ideas come from?

Everywhere. Conversations with people, dreams, random thoughts, watching tv, or reading an article or book. Sometimes a character name pops into my head and I start building a character around it and oh hey, then I need a conflict and a plot. Ideas are everywhere. If only the same could be said for motivation and time.


  1. Hi, Jean! Wow, Blogger is making it hard to comment these days, it took about five attempts signing in before the comment box appeared!

    You really do have a busy schedule! Are you able to make these fairs pay for themselves? The few fairs and festivals around here charge more for a stand than I'd ever make back in book sales!

    I've started to find time for art alongside writing these days. Completed a couple of paintings in the last year that were not book covers. First time in about 20 years.

    1. Yes, events are profitable. I typically sell 30 to 90 copies at a given event. Sharing booth fees with other authors, getting a bulk booth rate as part of an author section or a smaller artist booth helps cut costs.

      Congratulations on your return to painting! It's gratifying to get back to hobbies that have fallen by the wayside thanks to life.

  2. Hi Jean - you've been ultra busy ... just enjoy yourself - which by the look of the photos you obviously are ... cheers Hilary

    1. I do have a good time meeting readers at events. Weather is often the biggest challenge but I've learned to be prepared for a whole lot of mother natures tricks.

  3. Whoa, you are way too busy! LOL, but at least the house will be quieter ;) I'm Gwen, co-hosting today for the IWSG

  4. Look at you all dressed up! Wow, you do so many events.


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