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IWSG: You're Gonna Know My Name

So, I was riding around town with my hubby the other day, and we had our usual debate over what music to listen to. Usually, I let him choose. However, I just wanted to hear my music. I tend to like all kinds as long as I connect with the lyrics or sometimes just the vibe coming through.

Well, I played him a song that I love because I feel like it contains a good portion of the thoughts running through my head ALL OF THE TIME. He didn't care for it. He thought there was too much confusion and yelling.

I simply smiled and said, "Welcome to my life. At least the one I'm living inside my head."

Do you want to hear? I bet many writers participating in the IWSG will relate in some part.

It starts with the chorus, but that first line after feels like my insecurity, "Sitting at the bottom of a well, in hell...I'm nervous thinking how can I, what can I, will I ever do?"

There is a lot going on in my life right now. Today is the first day of the next Kickstarter project to sell book boxes for the Seasons of Sugar Creek series (sweet romance). I'm doing it with three other authors, which is helpful, but I still have all these fears running through my head.

Such as:

  • will anyone want my book

  • is it too soon after sending the rewards for the last Kickstarter

  • will the fact that one book still hasn't been sent from the last one affect this project

  • when I need to do a project to fund my next audiobook, will people step up again next month

That's all sitting on top of the fact my next science fantasy book releases on February 21st this month. I'm trying desperately to finish up all the edits and formatting while second-guessing every decision I made in the last three months regarding it.

Why doesn't this get easier? It's not like this is my first book.

The only way I'm getting through it is this. I get up every day and sit down at my computer and work hard. All I can do is my best. And that has to be enough. I just wish it felt like enough.

How is your writing going at the moment?

Feel free to check out our Kickstarter. My book is CATCH ME IF I FALL by River Ford.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG. The awesome co-hosts for the February 1 posting of the IWSG are Jacqui Murray, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Pat Garcia, and Gwen Gardner! February 1 question - If you are an Indie author, do you make your own covers or purchase them? If you publish trad, how much input do you have about what goes on your cover?

I'm an Indie author who can't design covers to save my life. So, I definitely purchase them. I've been lucky enough to have a couple designed by family or friends. My brother-in-law did STELLAR CLOUD, and my daughter did all the new covers for THE MAGIC WAKES series. My friend is doing the vector covers for the SEASONS OF SUGAR CREEK series. Everything else I've either purchased directly from a cover designer or found on

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