Ciao, amici! First, let me start by saying yes, the title is different but no, the content hasn’t changed. I’m adjusting my blog calendar a bit and thought I’d change the title of Friday’s links posts to something a bit more manageable. But I’ll still have the quote of the week, a brief rundown of why that quote spoke to me, and all the wonderful links I found around the web.
So, let’s get started.
I’ve been thinking about Erma Bombeck a lot lately. I know, it makes absolutely no sense for an author of dark sci-fi to be dwelling on housewife humor.
Can’t help it. I’m a huge fan of hers and she’s been on my mind.
When I first found her work, I was young. I wasn’t working, keeping a house, or raising kids. Yet I found her hilarious. Now that I’m a working wife and mother? I can’t relate to anyone more. And I find her even funnier.
I think she’s on my mind because I’ll be an empty-nester soon, and I’m going to miss so much without my kids in the house—even the annoying things that nearly drive me to drink. You know, the things Bombeck made us all laugh about.
When I was looking up some of her quotes, I laughed. I cried a little. Then I found the one quote that really spoke to me as a wife, a mom, and a writer.
It takes a lot of courage
to show your dreams to someone else.
Isn’t that the truth? Being vulnerable to someone is hard. We have intimate relationships with family and friends, yet sometimes it’s difficult to share with them, even in our safe spaces.
Readers, imagine how difficult it is for us writers to share our imagination with strangers?
I’ve branched into a new genre, and I’m writing faster than ever. I think it’s my best work yet, but I also have doubts.
Thank God for pioneers (like Erma Bombeck) who paved the way for writers like me to take our deepest emotions, lay them bare on a page, then share them with the world.
And that puts a different kind of smile on my face.
It’s time to be courageous and share your stories of overcoming doubt in your writing career. What you have to say just might be what a brand new writer needs to hear. Let’s talk about it below.
And now, this week’s writing links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
- Share a Review Day: The Gate | Marcia Meara Writes
- Book Review: The Scout | Joan Hall
- Book Review: The Scout | Mae Clair
- Book Review: The Body in the Gravel | Me
- Scrivener’s Meta Data | P.H. Solomon
- Expansion Pack: The Stakes Character | C.S. Boyack
- Five For Friday: Funny Writing Memes | Harmony Kent
Posts by others in the industry:
- Knowing When You’re Out of Deep POV | K.M. Allan
- Sci-Fi July | Steps to Getting Published
- Advancing Story with and without Trauma | Morgan Hazelwood
- Famous Author Writing Tips | Nicholas C. Rossis
- Researching Historical Crime | Kill Zone
- Conflict: Being Forced to Move | Writers Helping Writers
- Effective Use of Description | Fiction University
- 8 Tips to Increase Blog Engagement | IndieReader
- Writing Emotional Truths | Fiction University
- Sense of Place | Kill Zone
- Smart Book Promo | Writers Helping Writers
- 10 Writing Tips | Shelley Wilson
- Character Descriptions | Jami Gold
- How to Start a Chapter | Now Novel
- The Cover Design Brief | Novel Marketing
- Multiple POVs | Jami Gold
- Naming Characters and Titling Books | Re:Fiction
- Naming Places and Objects | Re:Fiction
- Engaging Dialogue Exchanges | Writers Helping Writers
To make you smile:
- Humor from Debby and Sally | Smorgasbord
- Bug Off | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Cat Nannies | Smorgasbord
- Handy Abbreviations for Readers | The Storyreading Ape
- Monday Funnies | The Storyreading Ape
- Happy National Parents Day | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Laughter Lines | Smorgasbord
- Musical Travels | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Lucy and Twiggy Stay Cool | John W. Howell
And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.
Have a great weekend! Arrivederci!