Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Vacation is over

Where does the time go? School starts earlier and earlier. I have only 2 weeks left of summer break, but some states have already begun! I have a lot to prepare and plan--especially with 2 newish classes, but this year, I'm putting it off a little longer. Probably because of all the school related activities I did that took up most of June.

August IWSG
But I was very productive in July, and I am happy to report for this month's Insecure Writers Support Group that I finally uploaded DISPOSAL as an ebook (totally forgot I didn't do that!) 
AND... CONDUCTION is now in the polish/publish phase. This part of the writing journey is tough and time-consuming, so I might not get it done by the end of this year as I would like, but I'm going to give it my best shot! Anyone interested in a critique partner exchange, let me know!

Puppy Update
We are also picking up our 3rd puppy (yes, I said 3rd) in mid-September. The two we have now are growing up so fast and much better behaved and more manageable, so what's one more? haha. It's funny how having them in this way reminds me of my boys: the two oldest  are very close in age and my youngest a few years behind them. And if the personalities hold, the last one will be the most easy-going. They sure make life fun and keep us young!

Help Wanted
Back to my CONDUCTION publishing goal. I am seeking help with: a cover, editing, and Goodreads--and I'm willing to pay $$. I'm putting this out there to my writing friends first, and if you have any recommendations, I'll take those too! This writing gig is too vast to get it all done by myself when I also have a very busy full-time job. If you have any advice, feel free to share that as well.

Lastly, we have three great posts coming up at the IWSG Anthology website:
8/2 - Getting Middle Schoolers Excited About Reading by Sherry Ellis
8/9 - Wait For It... Patience Through Metaphors by Bish Denham
8/16 - TBD by Ellen Jacobson

We have a few opening left in 2023, but we'll need more in 2024. Let me know if you're up for it.

Hope you are finding time and motivation to write this sultry summer 
And as the sun sets on this hot and humid season,
We will welcome my favorite time of year... 



L. Diane Wolfe said...

I don't believe our cover artist could do your style but I do recommend our editor, Lynda Dietz.

Three pups! Oh my goodness.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Three Goldens? You have tripled the cute factor!

M.J. Fifield said...

Three puppies??? WOW!!! So, so adorable!!!

Hooray for all your writing progress—I'm so excited for you. (I could probably help with editing, if you want.)

Carrie-Anne said...

Congratulations on your productive writing month! It feels so good to get a lot done, even when it's hard work.

Patricia JL said...

Congrats on the book progress!

More puppies??? You better share pics!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

After the last boy left the nest, I got a cat to add to my pet zoo. I think we're so used chaos raising boys that a quiet house is uncomfortable.

I always use Carrie Butler. She's my go-to for all things book help.

When you're done, check with me and I'll see if I have time to beta. Right now I am overwhelmed, but I have high hopes for a quieter fall.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara - gosh you are busy ... three puppies - delightful and your youngster keeping you both 'with it' ... good luck with all things - cheers Hilary

Kim Elliott said...

Three puppies!? You will be busy! It’s crazy how school schedules are so different everywhere. We go through the very end of June and then start at the beginning of September. My kids are looking forward to it…and so is mommy!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

3 pawed friends? You are busy. Good luck with school. The summers seem to get shorter and shorter. Hope you find a good cover artist.

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