IWSG: New Christmas novella released

IWSG: New Christmas novella released

To paraphrase Poltergeist, “I’m ba-ack.” At least for now. When Alex Cavanaugh, the great leader of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, suggested I make my monthly newsletter post an IWSG one so I didn’t have to leave the group, I...
IWSG: A fond farewell

IWSG: A fond farewell

Something had to give. I’ve known it for some time now. I just couldn’t figure out what. Or maybe the truth was I didn’t want to admit it — even to myself. But, after seventeen years of blogging, I’m hanging up my hat. I thought it would...
IWSG: Spinning in Circles

IWSG: Spinning in Circles

Hello Insecure Writing friends (and wonderful readers), Does anyone else feel like they’re on a sadistic merry-go-round? Mine looks like this… 1. I get a writing-related job to support my dream of being a full-time author 2. The writing-related job...
Afraid something’s lurking under your bed?

Afraid something’s lurking under your bed?

You’re not alone. Many of us grew up scared stiff of someone — or something — hidden under there, waiting to pounce. Even worse, this urban legend has some truth behind it. Several hotel patrons and staff have discovered bodies concealed under beds...
Scary True Stories: The day the music died

Scary True Stories: The day the music died

What happens when the thing you love most is suddenly stolen from you? Natalie Purdie had a passion for dancing. From the age of eight years old, she “ate, slept, and drank” dance. “Dancing was my life,” she says. When Natalie was sixteen, her...
IWSG: Learn marketing & how to win NaNoWriMo

IWSG: Learn marketing & how to win NaNoWriMo

For today’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group post, I thought I’d help with others’ writing insecurities instead of whining about my own for a change. 🙂 Due to the pandemic, I’m now able to share what I’ve learned in the marketing and...
Mysterious Places: The real Mary King’s Close

Mysterious Places: The real Mary King’s Close

Before Covid, one of the places I was excited to visit in Edinburgh, Scotland was the Real Mary King’s Close. Located under the Royal Mile, in the historic Old Town area, the Close (a Scottish term that means “alleyway”) is Edinburgh’s only...