Tuesday, September 5, 2023

August IWSG and A Narvan Cover Reveal

August was insane. Yes, okay, fine. All my months are insane, but this one was more so than most others.
Kay-Kay and I started out in my home town at an art fair which was easy and busy all day.

Then Kay-Kay and I traveled back and forth to South Haven for a weekend for another art fair where we met lots more readers. 

Then things got crazy. Laya and I traveled to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for yet another art fair. We camped and did some exploring and in the process, ended up in a lot of people's vacation photos. As it turns out you apparently don't see a lot of people taking their chickens on touristy walks. I may have also composed another children's chicken book while I was there. The words are not yet on paper but reference photos were taken. 

After a long weekend up in the UP, Laya and I headed down to Indiana for our last renaissance faire of the year where we had a great time and met lots of new and returning readers. 

Then, finally, Kay-Kay and I traveled to Newaygo for the annual logging festival. You can't beat chainsaws and chickens. But not close together. That would be bad. 

Now that insane August has passed, we move into a more sedate pace for the rest of the year. This is very good as I need to wrap up the blurb, proofing, and formatting on Tears of the Tyrant, a Narvan companion novel (book 4.5 for those keeping track). 

Did I mention a cover reveal? Oh, I did. Bloggers get the first look at the newest Narvan novel cover right now!

Where will I be in September? You can find me and Author Vera West in at the Kalamazoo Expo Center Craft Show on Sept 30. That's right. Just ONE event. Whew!

If you're not familiar with 
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participating writers.
That brings us to this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group portion of the post! Happy 12th birthday to IWSG! 

I discovered IWSG from my local author pal, Diane Burton. She even gifted me with a IWSG mug. Woohoo! From the looks of it, I first joined in the monthly posts early in 2016. Holy cow, has it really been that long? 

Thank you IWSG for the kick in the butt to at least post monthly on my blog. Since starting this blog in January of 2010 and being fairly active for years after that, I'd been struggling with the motivation and inspiration to keep up with posting with everything else I always have going on. No seriously, it's always insanely busy here. I know no other way.

I've meet some new blog friends, learned things from members' blog posts and have enjoyed being part of the author community. Thank you all for for being you!  


  1. I found out about the IWSG through blogger friends too. I admire how you're out there every month at various fairs selling your book. I don't think I could stay as motivated as you. And congrats on your book cover. It's awesome!

    1. Thank you! Events do take a lot of motivation, but it's so much fun meeting readers in person. Meeting returning readers is even better. ;)

  2. The cover is awesome!
    Always in awe of your busy schedule.
    And very cool you have a mug.

    1. Thank you! I'm excited to get this book into reader's hands.

      The mug has served me well!

  3. Hi Jean - love it that you take your special chickens around with you to events ... you're always very busy ... but well done on the book, its cover reveal: cool! ... and then a quieter September - all the best Hilary

    1. People of all ages love meeting the chickens. The chickens love the attention. And all the extra treats.:)

  4. You definitely had a busy month! Love that the chickens got to come along.
    Congrats on the cover!

  5. Happy Cover Reveal! And thank you for introducing me to the IWSG. It has been a fun ride!

  6. Hi, One of the things that the IWSG does is to give us that kick we need to get up and do our thing. I'm happy to hear you're writing. Stay with it!
    Shalom shalom

  7. Reading your posts is exhausting to me! Hope you're enjoying a slightly calmer month.


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