Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wednesday Scramble

Thursday's Guest

I have a special guest for mystery/suspense/thriller writers tomorrow. Joseph L. Giacalone is the author of The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators and a law enforcement veteran with a special interest in cold cases. I hope you'll stop by tomorrow and read his post on "The Bill of Writes."

Elspeth is at it again

If you didn't read Elspeth Antonelli's "10 Lessons for Writers" post at It's a Mystery blog yesterday, you missed a bit of fun (especially if you're a writer).

Insecure Writers Support Group

Yesterday Alex J. Cavanaugh posted a few answers and tips for those bloggers participating in the Insecure Writers Support Group. This is the day (the first Wednesday of every month) the 102 insecure writers who signed up get to share their pain and misery in an angst-filled post at their own blogs.

Although I didn't sign up to share my pain, I do plan to visit as many of the participating bloggers as I can and see what they have to say, perhaps leave an encouraging comment here and there. I notice quite a few of my blogging friends on the list. Are all writers insecure? What do you think?

A Chicken Soup for the Soul Callout for Heavenly Stories

I saw this notice on Donna's Book Pub yesterday, so wanted to share it here. You all know about Chicken Soup for the Soul, so I don't have to explain. Here's the link to the publication's current list of Possible Books.

"Being an At-Home Writer" at Raintree Writers Blog

The critique group I belong to is called Raintree Writers (because our original group was formed after taking a novel-writing class at the local Senior Center which is located on Raintree Drive).

We have a website and blog, and hope to start posting more articles to celebrate the writing life. You might enjoy this one from April Moore, author of the soon to be published nonfiction book on the Folsom 93, the 93 men hung at Folsom prison before the practice was abandoned.

What I Did Yesterday Afternoon

I worked and worked and worked getting things done in advance of the writer's conference this weekend. And that's what I'll be doing today as well. So much to do, so little time.


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - Oh, I couldn't agree more about Elspeth's fantastic post! Folks, do take a peek :-).

And I look forward to Joseph's visit tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm glad you're benefiting from being involved in writers' groups. That can really be helpful.

Mason Canyon said...

Looking forward to your special guest tomorrow. It's been a busy week and your Wednesday Scramble is a great way to catch up. Thanks.

Thoughts in Progress
Freelance Editing By Mason

Dean K Miller said...

Enjoy the conference. Keep your chocolate stash safe...I hear there's a few choco-villans attending!

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Ah shucks, ma'am, yu're too kind! Seriously, thanks for the mention, Pat. And thanks to Margot for her kind words too! I'm off to check out some of these links...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for mentioning the support group. I think there's 118 signed up now. Wow!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Margot and Mason, Joe's post was an eye-opener for me. There are things in there I definitely didn't know...and just happen to impact my suspense novel. Sigh.

Dean -- I hope you're not talking about Diana. She's my roommate this year. :)

Elspeth, your posts brighten my day like no other.

Alex -- I'll be making the rounds later today to see who whines the best. Maybe there should be a weekly award?

Marlena Cassidy said...

The Insecure Writer's Group is pretty awesome, from what I've read so far. Loving it.

And I can't wait for tomorrow!