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HAPPY JULY, RWISA!

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Look what they have!  We are so jealous, right? Looking good Wendy, Jan & Denise!

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  1. Happy Saturday, everyone! We are just two days away from the 2020 RRBC Writers’ Conference and Book Expo! I put up a blog post today and I would appreciate it greatly if you’d go share it on all your social media platforms! https://jansikesblog.com/2020/08/08/rrbc-writers-conference-book-expo-wcbe20-rrbc_org/

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  2. The RRBC Pipeline Magazine is so full of wonderful things! The “Letters to the Editor” is quickly becoming one of my first stops in the magazine! Nonnie is always so gracious with her answers to some hard questions. She sets a great example for us to follow. I’m getting really excited about the 2020 RRBC WC&BE!! How is everyone? I hope everyone is staying safe and is busy creating! Happy Friday!

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  3. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing writing community here at RWISA! There is nothing like it out there and never will be! The networking, the support, and the opportunities are unique and wonderful! I try to say it often, but “Thank You, Nonnie,” for having such a huge vision! I’m a lucky duck to have found this home to be nurtured and to grow! May we never stop learning and growing!

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    • I want to second that sentiment. RWISA is helping me become the best writer I can be through kind and generous collaboration and critiques. This truly is a home of writers who genuinely care about one another. I am grateful to be among you all. 🙂

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  4. Yes! Yeah – Conference time RRBC style!!!!

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  5. Happy Friday, RWISA members! July is almost completely gone and our RRBC 2020 Writer’s Conference and Book Expo is right around the corner! I’m super excited about the workshops and the fun games!

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  6. Yvette and Jan, how awesome you both went on holiday. I’ve been missing in action a bit, too, as I’ve been covering 6 days a week as my work mate was off sick for the last 2 weeks. Thankfully she’s well enough to work tomorrow, so I get a day off – so much to ctach up on!
    I’m looking forward to Saturday when my son plays his first rugby game this (very belated) season. He had a practice tonight and there was more mud than boy!

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    • How wonderful that your son gets to play his first rugby game! Yes, it is a belated season, but at least they are getting to finally play. That still isn’t happening here and the way our numbers keep rising, not likely to happen any time soon. Enjoy!

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    • I miss watching my son play flag football, but I’m not ready to have him so close to people, especially since COVID cases are out of control in my county. I’m trying to enjoy my last few weeks “off” before the craziness of school starts again. I already feel the stress trying to creep into my days, but I’m holding it off as much as I can. Lol! 🙂

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  7. Hi, everyone! Just checking in now that I’m back from my week-long nature vacation. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, which is a bit overwhelming, but I’m trying to spread it out so that I can hold onto the peace that I collected while I was on vacation. Lol! How is everyone else doing?

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    • I had a wonderful getaway as well, Yvette, and yes, catching up is not easy to do, but definitely hold on to your peace. If I close my eyes, I can still hear the ocean. 🙂

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  8. It’s very quiet over here in RWISA Land. I do hope everyone is doing well. I am leaving tomorrow with my family to enjoy the sun, sand, and water on Bolivar Island for a week. I will catch up when I return. In the meantime, stay cool. It’s hot in Texas!

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    • harriethodgson July 11, 2020 — 5:19 pm

      It’s very quiet in Rochester, Minnesota. Thunder storms have been rolling through, alternating with sun, and then another storm. My husband requires more care these days and that takes up most of my time. Have a good holiday Jan.

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    • Sounds like bliss, Jan – I wasn’t joking when I mentioned to your daughter that I planned on being adopted into the family! Enjoy, family, and beach life – what a perfect mix!

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  9. Happy 4th of July, RWISA members! Stay safe and enjoy!

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  10. Tick tock to the 30th June deadline to place your nomination for our 1st ever RWISA Book Award – you can only choose one! Make an author’s day by nominating your fav!!!

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  11. Hi, all, I want to let you all know that I just upgraded and uploaded the interior of my book titled: PREGNANT FUTURE, my book of the month of June, thanks to Yvette Calleiro. She read it and to my shock found a lot of formatting issues in it that I had to quickly repair,
    If any of you have a copy of this book already on your Reader, please, go quickly to Amazon.Com to exchange it for free.

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  12. Hello, everyone! I’m just dropping in to wish you all a wonderful, safe weekend! I’m busy and I’m blessed! Take care!

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  13. harriethodgson June 24, 2020 — 4:23 pm

    I’ve been busy proofreading my children’s grief workbook, From Darkness to Sunshine, before it goes to press.Also written two articles and another grief book for kids ages 8-12. Today I’m going to try combining doodle art with watercolors. As always, I’m caring for my husband.

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  14. Hi Everyone, remember if you come across any RRBC authors who you think should belong in RWISA – ask them to apply. Cheers, Wendy

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  15. It’s mighty quiet over here in RWISA land. How is everyone doing? I’m in the wrap-up phase of my two short stories for the 90-Day Alpha/Omega Beginning to End short story contest and am super excited about uploading them to Amazon and start getting feedback from readers! I hope the silence over here just means that everyone is super busy reading and writing!

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  16. I do hope everyone is doing well. Texas is heating up with triple digits today and tomorrow. I’m curious. What is everyone reading? I want to start something new and I want something that will grab me and not let go until I reach the end. 🙂 Recommendations from the RWISA catalog?

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    • It’s in the 90s here in Miami, but the humidity makes it feel so much hotter. As for books to recommend, where do I start? Lol! Books that will grab you and not let you go until the end:

      – A Perilous Thirst by Rhani D’Chae
      – This Second Chance by DL Finn
      – No Pedigree by Nonnie Jules
      – Slimmer by Wendy J Scott (in a humorous way)
      – Finding Billy Battles by Ron Yates

      You’ve probably already read all of those, but those are my picks. 🙂

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    • I’m currently reading the Chronicles of The Diasodz by Yvette Calleiro – this is a series you can get your teeth into!

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    • D.L. Finn, Author June 19, 2020 — 8:15 pm

      It’s heading up in the temperatures here, too, Jan, as is a bad fire season and power shut-offs again. I’ve come to dread this time of year even though I’ve always enjoyed summer.

      I’m just finished “Summer of “77” by Robert Fear and really enjoyed that and I’m just getting started on “The Green Door ” by Heather Kindt. There are so many good reads in our catalog its hard to pick:)

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      • I have The Green Door on my kindle. I have to check if I have Summer of ’77. I think I might. Right now, I’m reading The Altar Boy. I agree with you. Our authors are extremely talented! 🙂

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  17. Hi, everyone! I consider you all the best of the best, so I am hoping one or two of you may be able to help me. I am looking for a beta reader or two to read my WIP and tear it apart. Lol! I know some of you beta read every now and then, so if you are interested, please send me a message on Twitter. If you don’t have the time but you know a beta reader who you value and would like to share, please send that info my way as well.

    One of my WIP is my short story. I’ve never published a short story, and it’s not my go to genre, so I’d love to get some feedback on it. The other WIP is a young adult contemporary novel. It’s about a junior in high school whose mom marries a man who doesn’t know how to stay in his own bed.

    If you are interested in reading either, please let me know. I would happily return the favor for one of your WIPs. As an intensive reading/Language Arts teacher, I spend hours finding mistakes in my students’ writing. Lol! It’s just not so easy to find your own. I know you all can relate. 😉

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  18. We had a great general meeting today. It was fun, too.

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  19. The RWISA General Membership meeting today was awesome. It was so great to see a lot of members participating and I hope it’s a sign of things to come! May is all but gone. Time to put finishing touches on my short stories for the 90-Day Alpha/Omega Beginning To End Short Story Contest. Then it’s on to formatting. I have jumped ahead and made book covers. Heck, that’s my favorite part!! I love the new RWISA Wall of Fame!! Another great idea from Nonnie. Thank you, Nonnie, for all that your two hands do! You are amazing!

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    • I have my book cover made as well! 🙂 I have my short story with a couple of beta readers. So far, they have only found a few things, so I’m hoping that means the rest of it is great! lol! Now, I’m just spending some time away from it so that I can come back to it with fresh eyes.

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    • I agree, Jan, the Zoom forum is fantastic for meetings, and I adore Nonne’s creation of the RWISA Hall of Fame.

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    • D.L. Finn, Author June 6, 2020 — 12:53 am

      I’m looking forward to reading all the entries. I’m still working on mine and can’t get it done on time, but will still finish and get it out.

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  20. I know Memorial Day is only a U.S. holiday, but I wish everyone a great weekend here and abroad! Normally, this is the weekend the lakes and parks are full. I have a feeling it will be a bit different this year. Everyone take care!

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  21. Hi, everyone! I haven’t been writing or reading this past week. It’s been a bit crazy as I’ve been interviewing different companies to put solar panels on my house. The school year is almost over (8 more school days), so that is getting a bit crazy as well. I am very much looking forward to June 4th. Lol!

    Although I haven’t written in the past two weeks, I am very excited about a YA contemporary novel that I have with my beta readers right now, and my short story that is also with beta readers. I made my first cover on Canva. I have no idea if I did it right, but I guess I’ll find out when I go to upload it. Lol! And now, I’ve got to get back to writing Drake’s story.

    Anyway, just touching base with you all. Hope all is well! 🙂

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    • My favorite part of the short story contest, besides creating the story, is the cover, Yvette. I love Canva and they’ve made it so easy! I can’t wait to see what you came up with!! I have created both of my covers as well and getting ready to start putting it all together. I look forward to reading your story!!

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  22. Have you all ordered the new #RWISA t-shirt? I chose a pink one – what colour are you getting?
    Hurry and pick your one before this campaign ends.

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  23. The RWISA Chat forum has gotten very quiet. I know everyone is super busy, as I am too. I try to remember to stop by and see what all I’ve missed over here and finally started putting it on my calendar. I have lots of balls I’m trying to keep in the air and sometimes, I lose sight of a few of them.:) But, eventually they land on my head and I get them back up. Everyone, take care. As we re-open Texas, I’m afraid we are going to see COVID-19 case numbers soar. But, all I can do is try to keep myself safe and well. Enjoy your weekend!

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    • I, too, am juggling a lot of things, but I’m grateful for all the distractions from being stuck at home. I’ve actually put reminders on my phone to help me remember to come here and check in with everyone. I’m loving our RWISA Rise Up blog tour! Each piece has been so powerful. 🙂 Miami is opening up on Monday, but I will be staying home for a while. Palm Beach county, which is about an hour north of me, opened up last week, and they already have a potential new hot spot of cases. So, I’m not in a rush to go anywhere just yet. Lol!

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    • Yes, I’m multi-tasking all over the place, so I sat down and wrote a list to keep track.

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  24. The “RWISA Rise-Up” Blog Tour is off to a GREAT start. I have been running all over the place today to keep up with shares and comments. Wow!! I love that kind of support. “Depression Soup” is being well-received! Whoo Hoo! I can feel my mom smiling!

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  25. Wow! May already! Unbelievable! They’ve lifted some COVID-19 restrictions in Texas, and I have some fears about that being the right thing to do. But, all I can do is keep myself as safe as possible. I replanted a huge Aloe Vera plant today and several of the large stems broke off, so I googled how to preserve the healing aloe and found that I could scrape it off, blend it, and add lemon juice to preserve it. So, I now have aloe in my refrigerator ready for use. I couldn’t stand the thought of wasting them.

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    • Take care, Jan, we are hoping to move down to Level 2 next week in NZ. I’ve been back at work for the last 2 weeks – locked inside the building, on my own with no internet (big sigh!). I miss people!!!!

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    • Jan, I’ve been watching what they are doing in Texas and I’m so annoyed with Abbott, I shake when I see him speak. He is one of Trump’s mouth pieces – doesn’t care that we could all die, just as long as the economy opens, in hopes that Trump will be re-elected. Texas is my home state and I’m livid with him as Governor.

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  26. My hurricane impact windows are finally installed, and my house is clean and back to normal. That was super stressful for me, but I have a new peace in my heart knowing that my house is protected for the future hurricanes. I just finalized the book cover for my soon-to-be released book. It took several takes, but I think I finally have a winner. The book right now is with beta readers. If any of you are interested in doing some beta reading, let me know. 😉

    Now that my house is back together, I am now focusing on the short story contest. I get back to writing tomorrow. I’m so excited about the story, although it’s a bit challenging for me because it’s supposed to take place in the 1920s, and I know very little about that time period. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction. I’m researching the language style from back then as well as clothing, lifestyles, etc. Hopefully, I can do right by that time period. Fingers crossed! Lol!

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    • Hi Yvette, I’m glad your house is sorted & you are back writing.
      Between you and Jan, you’ve both inspired me to get cracking on my short story entries, too.

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      • Yvette, I was so inspired by your mention of a cover, that I spent last night creating a cover for one of my Alpha-Omega stories – so now I have the title and a cover (without having written a word for the story!!!).
        I’ve had an idea for this story for ages and was eventually planning to write it, I always knew what the title would be. Today, I started working on a rough story outline. Now I have the main character sorted, complete with a name.
        Thanks for the nudge!

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      • That’s awesome! I love your stories! 🙂

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    • Hi, Yvette. So glad you can peace of mind about any future hurricanes. As I have said before, the beautiful thing about short stories is getting to experiment writing in different genres. I’ve never tried historical fiction, but who knows, I might. This year, I’m writing a Western and a Contemporary Fiction. Another really cool thing about short stories is when you upload to Amazon, there are so many subcategories you can put them into that may not have the numbers some of the main categories do. Best of luck. I know it will be a well-written story for sure!

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  27. I am so honored that RWISA chose “A Soldier’s Children” as the April BOM! The support has been amazing! I am knee-deep in writing my short stories for the 90-Day Alpha/Omega Short Story contest at RRBC. I’ve never written a western before – a new challenge. To me, that is one of the coolest things about the contest – trying different genres. I hope everyone is doing okay, staying well, and safe!

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    • Jan, I’m sure it will be fabulous! Going for hat trick!!!

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    • I just finished reading it the other day. What a great story! I haven’t had time to write the review, but it’s coming. I’m also working on my short story. It’s a slow process right now because I have had people over at my house to install hurricane impact windows, and they are making a mess. Lol! Actually, they are doing a great job, but there is dust everywhere, and my anxiety doesn’t handle change well, but I’m good. They should be done by tomorrow, and the inspector should be here on Monday, I believe. Then I can clean this house from top to bottom and reinstall all of my shades. And THEN, I can get back to my new normal. Lol!

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  28. Happy belated Easter everyone!!!
    So good to see a crowd in here. Take care xxx

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  29. Happy Easter, everyone, at #RWISA! Stay safe and be well!

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  30. Happy Easter, Everyone! With all that’s going on, it’s just good to reach out and agree that things are well with each of us. I look forward to the return of normalcy or a semblance of it. I appreciate each of you and your posts are what makes my day!😍

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  31. Happy Easter, everyone! What an Easter we are going to have this year! Yesterday, I told my family that whatever happens, we are going to have an Easter feast to celebrate the end of our forty days Lent fasting. It will not be a feast like every other Easter feast of years before, but we WILL celebrate it!

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  32. The whole world seems to be intent on hoarding toilet paper! Visit ebay and purchase a water spray cleaner.It connects to the mains by a simple T fitting at the base of your toilet and does away for the need for toilet paper. It acts as a mini bidet.
    Stay safe everyone.

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  33. Happy Easter weekend, everyone. Stay safe and healthy, my fellow writers. Easter is a time of HOPE, RENEWAL, and LIGHT will always be at the end of a dark tunnel.

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  34. I injured my foot more than a month ago. At first, my doctor thought I had broken a bone. Then she called and said she thought it was a form of arthritis. But I’ve broken a bone in this foot before and know what it feels like. My diagnosis is a broken bone and I’ve been hobbling around with a boot on. Of course, people ask me how I injured my foot and I have no idea. Being a writer, I’m tempted to say “skiing in the alps” or “surfing in Hawaii” or “walking the Great Wall of China.”

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  35. I live in Rochester, MN and the forecast is snow on Easter. Being Minnesota, we could have a heat wave the next day.

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  36. Happy Easter weekend, everyone! It will be a very different Easter for all of us. Normally, both my daughters and all the grandkids are gathered to hunt Easter eggs together and basically create havoc. I will miss that. But, maybe next year. The most important thing is that we all stay safe and well! I will be staying home and reading another great book by a RWISA author!

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    • Thanks for reminding us that staying safe and well are the most important things in our lives. A quiet Easter can still be a lovely Easter thought, in Minnesota, it’s supposed to snow.

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    • D.L. Finn, Author April 16, 2020 — 5:03 pm

      Happy belated Easter, Jan. It a different Easter shared virtually, but we still shared it. Although a 20 pound turkey was a huge overkill for two. Still eating it:) I’m reading a book by a RWISA author, too!

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