Staying True to The Plan #IWSG


It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.  Our awesome co-hosts today are Eva Solar Melanie Schulz, Lisa-Buie Collard, and Stephen Tremp!

It’s almost midnight on the first Wednesday, and so I have a little while yet to write my IWSG post for this month.

Finding Balance and Staying True to the Plan.

When it comes to my writing and publishing career, something that I face on a regular basis is staying on plan. I have meetings with myself to regroup and make sure that I’m tending to the things that need tending for my career plan. But being a writer in today’s world doesn’t mean only writing.

There are so many things vying for attention. Amazing communities and groups, writing projects and events available to take part in, there are invitations to join in on things and requests for help from people who need a nudge or some guidance or to borrow a skill set. There are marketing ideas and promo opportunities. All of these things are useful and worthwhile.

But they all take time.

How do you maintain a balance in all the things while staying in tune and current, connected to your communities, being helpful, and still writing and marketing your work?

I do know that being mindful has helped me stay on task. I have a plan for the year and there are certain goals I am working to hit. And for the most part, I am able to let whatever I’m contemplating be framed against that. Having a plan is like having a great filter. It keeps me doing the things that help me stay true to the plan.

But there is always that little whisper: What if the plan needs adjusting so you can do this or that? It’s such a weird vibe for me. I don’t tend to focus on what if. And yet, there it is.

So, I’m curious to know if anyone else experiences this, or if I sound crazy! ;)

Had a Great Fall – The Wish Makers Book #4 has a cover!

My local author friend, Shawn McGuire is about to release the fourth book in her fabulous Wish Makers series, and I am delighted to share the cover with you!

But before we go there… let’s take a gander at the covers for books 1, 2, and 3, too!


If you haven’t yet read any of the books in this series, you should. They’re excellent and have a touch of magic, and they dig into some real issues teens face. You can read more and buy the books here:

Sticks and Stones

Break My Bones

Never Hurt Me

And so, without further ado… behold book #4:



A new home in a new state. The chance to get away from the relentless bullies and reinvent himself. Then on the first day at his new high school, Robin Westmore finds himself in the exact wrong place at the exact wrong time and right back into the role of victim. All Robin can do now is wish for the harassment to stop.

Being the leader of the genie world is not what Desiree expected. The Guides aren’t happy with her or any of the decisions she makes. The only thing they all agree on is that they want their old boss back, but Kaf has vanished, leaving the Guides in shock and Desiree with a broken heart.

While Desiree hides from her responsibilities, Robin disappears into the video game he’s created. There he finds excitement, adventure, and control. When the game presents him with an escape from his tortured life, will he take it?


shawnmcguireShawn McGuire is the author of young adult novels that blend contemporary settings and issues with a touch of fantasy and magic. She started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that’s episode IV) as a kid. She couldn’t wait for the next movie to come out so wrote her own episodes. Sadly, those notebooks are long lost, but her desire to write is as strong now as it was then.

Her books deal with harder topics (death of a sibling, divorce, dating violence, bullying, and teen suicide) because she believes it is important to talk about these things. Those kinds of topics can be hard to handle and a bit overwhelming, so she infuses a bit of humor in her work as well because she also believes that a sense of humor can help you get through just about anything.

Shawn lives in Colorado with her family where she spends her time reading, cooking and baking, practicing yoga and meditation, and hiking and camping in the spectacular Rocky Mountains.

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