IWSG Day, Re-Reading and Writing Progress Report #1


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Happy IWSG Day! It’s the first Wednesday of a new month. And as always we’re coming together again to share our writing woes and triumphs. Thanks for bringing this writing community together goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

The awesome co-hosts for the May 6 posting of the IWSG are Feather Stone, Beverly Stowe McClure, Mary Aalgaard, Kim Lajevardi, and Chemist Ken!

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So what’s going on with me this month?

Well, I’ve made a good dent in re-reading some of my favorite re-reads. First I started with historical romances. And thanks to Kris for figuring out the name of the book I couldn’t remember. Then I moved on to time travel romance. Now I’m reading romantic suspense and only have three more books to go to meet my re-reading binge goal.

But the big news is that the anthology featuring my romance short was released on April 21st. On the other hand, another short was not so lucky. I had a good feeling about this one, more than the one accepted. In the end, I was told they’d welcome any submissions for further anthologies. So that’s good news still, right?

Anyways, Temptation Press The Matched Game is available in ebook and paperback at their book shop. And on Amazon.



To keep up with some semblance of normalcy I’ll be on my annual blogging break. So I will only post once a month, every IWSG, until September. Now, here’s my first tri-annual writing progress report of 2020.


  • Submitted romance short story “Sensual Delights” to Temptation Press The Matched Game anthology
  • Submitted romance short story “What Happens in Caribana” to Violet Press Only One Bed anthology


Spring/Summer Writing plan:

  • Continue to observe and be alert to when Carina Press Dirty Bits is open again for submissions
  • Submit “What Happens in Caribana” to Omniverse Press Only One Bed Anthology
    • Find other presses, magazines, anthologies, etc to submit short to



  • No new stories added on Wattpad



  • Revised and edited menage romance short story “The Anniversary Present”
  • Wrote, revised and edited online dating romance short story  “Sensual Delights” at 6,211 word count
  • Wrote, revised and edited only one bed romance trope short story “What Happens in Caribana” at 5,767 word count


Spring/Summer Writing plan:

  • Write draft of age gap romance short story/novella “The Reunion”
  • Review, rewrite, revise and edit urban fantasy “Hellsgate
  • Extensively outline and preplot Hellsgate sequel as possible NaNoWriMo 2020 novel

-As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I'm not sure that I'm going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says 'You are

May 6 question – Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

The only ritual I use to help get into the zone is audio related. Specifically music. Though I can write without it. But without music, especially the genre geared playlists I’ve created…let’s say my word count is rather dismal. I’m much more prolific and my fingers fly across the keyboard when I have my music playing.

Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Has the quarantine affected your writing? Have any writing news to share? Do you like to re-read books? Have any favorite books you’ve read over and over and never tire of?

on a blogging break



    • Thank you Alex. I’d love that. Don’t know how I’d lived and wrote before I discovered music as being my way into the zone. With the blogging break, my mind is free to focus on my writing instead of trying to come up with new blogs posts.


    • Thanks Yolanda. Hoping with this break I get to finally complete my novel. And hopefully within two more years it’ll be ready to query.


  1. Isn’t it funny how that works? I’ve sent work off certain that it was a perfect fit for a venue only to have it rejected and sent off long-shots that paid off. I’ve given up on trying to prognosticate and just keep sending my work out and hoping! @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

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    • I know. Maybe I should do the opposite and think to myself it won’t get accepted over and over and have the opposite happen. Or just give up trying to prognosticate and send my work out into the world.


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