Quote of the Day: Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women. Nora Ephron
Today is 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. You can also visit the founder Alex J. Cavanaugh for more info and links.
April 6 question – Have any of your books been made into audio books? If so, what is the main challenge in producing an audiobook?
So far, I have only one short story published and numerous articles, all print or online. I’d love to have my books or short stories on audio. In fact, I’ve been thinking about the short story I’m working on as a good start. Since it’s original work, I can record myself reading it and share it on a book app. Has anyone done that? What format did you use?
I’ve been in a writing mentorship group with author Candace Simar since September. I’ve put my novel on hold. It needs more suspense. The road trip is the setting, but the story needs more meat. In the meantime, Candace has been challenging us to write short stories. I really enjoy writing them. I have one short story published in the IWSG anthology Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime. It’s one of my favorite stories. I’ve completed two more, and sent one off to the Talking Stick Anthology. We’ll hear back soon if it gets accepted. And, I’m working on a longer short story, up to 6000 words, and and a shorter one, up to 500 words for the class. Either one of those would be good on audio.
I’m back at the theaters, now, in person, which I love, so I’ve been posting more theater reviews. Also, spring is officially here, but you couldn’t tell by looking out the window today. We have several inches of snow here in Minnesota. Ugh! Still, we can see the sunshine at the end of the long white tunnel, and road trip season will soon be upon us. I can hardly wait!
Hope all is well in your spot on the globe.
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A writing mentorship group… interesting. I hope you’ll post on that later. I’d love to know more. Happy IWSG day, Mary.
Thanks, Joylene. It’s great. We meet once a month. Very supportive group, and Candace is so encouraging.
A book app! Good idea.
Cool you have a mentor.
Honing your skills on short stories will help a lot with your novel.
You have your drama troop. Try getting them involved. I bet you could manage a short with them.
Anna from elements of emaginette
That would be amazing!
That’s awesome that you are in a mentorship program. And cool you’re back in the theater. I’m on the board of a community theater group. We just started up again this year, and I’m producing the current play.
How fun! What play are you doing? Such a great way to build community.
The mentorship group sounds cool! Keep up with your short stories. In a lot of ways I find short story writing harder than novel writing.
Thanks, CD. It is challenging to stick to the word count and focus on the storyline, keeping it tight and wrapping it up in a shorter amount of time.
If short stories are working for you right now, stick with that. You’ll get back to your novel at the right time. I don’t know about any book apps to share audio work – sounds interesting!
Sounds like your group is inspiring you toward success. Congratulations on your published story and best wishes for more to come!
It must feel wonderful to take a seat and wait for the curtain to rise again! That is always such a thrill.
I look forward to hearing more about your short stories!
I’m glad that you’re back to live theatre again, Mary! I had a lot of fun with theatre in university. I might be the only geologist who came through my university with enough theatre credits for a minor ~ LOL! I really need to see a production. It’s been way too long. Happy short story writing and publishing!
Thanks, Louise. I hope you have some good live theater offerings in your area. Maybe try something that is new to you!
An in-person writing mentorship group sounds wonderful! I need one of those. Since you write plays, that genre also lends itself to audiobooks. Good luck with the short stories, Mary!
I love writing short fiction.
Thanks, Michelle. It would be fun to record a short play, as well. I hope you find your in-person group!
Congrats on your publications! I’ve never been good with short stories. They always refuse to stay short and I end up with another full-blown novel on my hands. Have fun with your theater group! I hope your snow goes away soon.