Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Up In Flames (IWSG + Flaming Crimes Bloghop)

Hey everyone. It's Double Blogfest Day on My Pet Blog, and we've got a lot going on, so we're going to jump right into it. If you're here for the IWSG, please keep on reading. If you're here for the Flaming Crimes Blogfest, scroll on down.


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It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writers Support Group. (Click on the link for more information, or a complete list of participants...)

This month's co-hosts are Tyrean Martinson, Ellen @ the Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Jennifer Lane, and Rachna Chhaabria.

This month's (optional) question asks, "What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?"

On Monday, I blogged about my goals for 2018 which laid out four big writing goals—publishing three books, and completing the first draft of a fourth (I won't get into details here—you can check out the post, if you're interested)—to be completed by the end of the year.

What I didn't blog about was how I then break up those goals into monthly, weekly, and daily goals because my goal posts are long enough already.

Today's goal, for example, is two-fold.

1. To not burst into tears when I think about the latest and (not to sound super dramatic or anything...) most soul-crushing setback in my quest to publish Second Nature. (Again, not to sound dramatic...)

2. Work out a new weekly and monthly plan that the aforementioned setback so willfully destroyed yesterday.

I'm really starting to get a complex here. But eventually I will run out of delays and setbacks, right? I mean, at some point, there will just be nothing left to get in the way, right?



Next up, is the Flaming Crimes Blogfest, hosted by author Chrys Fey, who has a brand new book out today—the latest installment in her Disaster Crimes series.

Congrats, Chrys!!


Participants are asked to answer the following question:


What is something ridiculous you would save if there was a fire?


So, last April, my area of Florida was more dry than usual, and a series of wildfires broke out. One such fire broke out very near our house. I was in a car on my way to Maine at the time, but The Man sent a text informing me of the situation and how people were preparing to evacuate. I called him to tell him the pets' packing list and the exact order that pets and all of their required items needed to go into the car. (I may have a slight case of OCD. Whatever.) This was then followed by a request that he save the following:

—My hand-drawn map for my fantasy series
—The storyboard (the little one, not the big one) for my WIP at the time
—My collection of Ellen Emerson White books that I've had since the seventh grade
—The little pewter pegasus on my desk (he's a story inspiration that I would be devastated to lose)

and then I told him he could save whatever else his little heart desired. Which I'm sure he greatly appreciated. And followed to the letter.

Fortunately, the fire department and national guard were able to get the fire under control, and The Man never had to evacuate. But boy, that was a nerve-wracking day–and I wasn't even in Florida at the time.

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Beth and Donovan are now happily married, and what Beth wants more than anything is a baby. Her dream of starting a family is put on hold as fires burn dangerously close and Donovan becomes a victim of sabotage.


Donovan escapes what could've been a deadly wreck. Their past enemies have been eliminated, so who is cutting brake lines and leaving bloody messages? He vows to find out, for the sake of the woman he loves and the life they're trying to build.


Amidst a criminal mind game, a fire ignites next to their home. They battle the flames and fight to keep their house safe from the blaze pressing in on all sides, but neither of them expects to confront a psychotic adversary in the middle of the inferno.


Their lives may just go up in flames…




About The Author

Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. She’s partnered with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and runs their Goodreads book club. She’s also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.



Find her online: Website | Blog | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter 



38 comments:

  1. How terrifying to know your home was in danger while being so far away. Glad you got a happy ending on that one!

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    1. Yeah, that was not a great text to receive while on the road. I've never more wanted the ability to teleport between places. :)

      And yes, I am so grateful we had a happy ending!

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  2. Eventually you will run out of obstacles.
    That would be scary, especially since you were away from home at the time.

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    1. I really hope you're right about those obstacles because this is just getting ridiculous. :)

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  3. I'm dying to know what your soul-crushing setback was but I'm too polite to ask. I had what felt like a s-c d on a novel that I'm flogging, or so it seemed at the time. Now I just keep patting it on its tiny head and sending it out again. Maybe all those novels are like the first pancake and the good one is coming up. Or not.
    Glad fire didn't attack your house.
    Keep on keepin' on.

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    1. Someday, I may blog about the soul-crushing experience, but not today. I'm still trying to find a way to around things. Not that I have an issue with acceptance...because I don't. (Except I do. I really do.) :)

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  4. You do have a great system in play, and yes, we all eventually run out of obstacles. But hopefully never chocolate! All those seem very reasonable to me to save from a fire. I'd save my whole office if I could!

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    1. I know...I really want to just fireproof my entire office. But after that experience, I guess I really knew what was most important to me. :)

      And so far, the chocolate supply is holding. If we get down to critical levels, I'm not really sure what I'll do. (you know, besides go to the store to get some more...)

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  5. Yes, breaking down goals is the best thing to do. Though...I still think you're nuts wanting to publish three books. LOL!

    Yup. I remember those fires. I'm glad your house was safe. The fires that threatened my home when I was a child happened in April, too. It's a bad month for them.

    Your little pewter Pegasus is a must-save.I think I remember you blogged about it before. :)

    Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

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    1. Oh, I am totally nuts. :)

      Congrats again on your release!

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  6. Eek, that sounds like a scary time with the fire, even if you weren't there.

    Sorry to hear things went south with your plan. I hope something even more incredible pops up to turn things around.

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  7. It sounds like you are going to own 2018. I look forward to watching your progress as you plow through setbacks and forge through barriers to win all the goals.

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    1. I hope I end up owning 2018. That would just be the greatest feeling ever. Of course, I would be immediately suspicious of that feeling, but that's another set of issues altogether. :)

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  8. You'll get those books published eventually. I know it. Then we'll all say they were worth the wait. ;)

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  9. How terrifying to fear you might lose your house! I'm glad the fire was put out before it reached you!

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  10. Did you have another setback?

    The list of things to save that I would've given my husband would have been huge.

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    1. Yeah, there was another setback. I'm super happy about it. But I'm working on a solution. I will figure something out eventually.

      And see, I thought I was very good to have only four things on the list, and you know, give him time to throw a few of his own things in the car. :)

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  11. How scary that must have been! I'm glad you didn't have to evacuate. Love your list of things to save. :)
    Wow, publishing three books! That's awesome and I feel sure you will meet your goal.

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  12. Best of luck with your goals! Breaking them down is so helpful. I hope the setback isn't as bad as you think it is. Happy New Year!

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  13. That setback is such a shame. But you're right. Eventually there will be nothing left that can possibly delay it. I hope.

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  14. I've found that there are no shortages of setbacks.

    And I know what the whole fire evacuation thing is like. We spent October doing that.

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  15. Sometimes it feels like a project is cursed. I hope you exorcise all these demons soon and that the finished book is all the better for these trials by fire. @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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  16. Hope everything starts to go well after the setback. I know you can finish this book!! And I can't wait to read it!
    That would be so nerve-wracking not being at home with a fire so near. Glad everything worked out.

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  17. How scary and enlightening as taken from a real life experience. Happy 2018. Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  18. Having been in that "why this, now?" state more times than I want to count these days, I totally get how frustrated you must be trying to get Second Nature out. Here's to making the new plan of action and a successful execution.

    And.. ack! I mean, I love your fire tale and your list, but... ack! That is so scary. I can't even imagine my hubby finding our pets in an emergency. They're master hiders.

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  19. I don't know what your setbacks are, but "no wine before it's time" is a good motto to go by. When your book is ready, it's going to be some fine wine!

    When we lived in the wood in Colorado, there was always the threat of fire every summer. We kept the important stuff packed and ready to go :)

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  20. How scary to realize your home might go up in flames while you can do nothing because you're too far away. Teleportation would've really helped. That little pewter pegasus had to be saved. They say what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. I've doubted that at times until I realized it's true. Whatever soul crushing event happened will (eventually) make you stronger. Wishing you success with your goals for this year. I'll bet you accomplish them.

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  21. Well, now you have your list from experience. Glad your house didn't get hit with fire.

    Oh no, what setback happened now? I'm sorry. I hope publishing your book moves forward without any other obstacles.

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  22. Wow, you didn't even have to think about Chrys' question. You had already lived it. Good luck with your 2018 plan.

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  23. What, no by the hour goal? LOL; well, at least you have a plan.

    If I sent my hubs a list of things of mine to save he'd say "uh huh", grab his golf clubs and be gone in a flash.

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  24. Sorry to hear that you experienced a "soul-crushing" setback with regard to Second Nature. Hope everything is okay, but I suspect your soul was just compressed, not crushed. I have a feeling you're more resilient than that. Thanks for the post. Happy writing, and happy 2018! May the new year bring you wonder and joy.

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  25. I'm so sorry about Second Nature giving you troubles again. I hope you figure it out soon! Let me know if I can help. :-)

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  26. Oh, gosh, so sorry you have another setback to deal with when it comes to Second Nature. The universe always has way too much fun screwing up plans like that. (I know from personal experience.) And wow, your goals for 2018 are impressive. Best of luck with them!

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  27. Yay for Chrys!

    Okay, so here's how I deal with setbacks, because with 5 kids, you have to bet I run into them. Every day. My deadlines are flexible. I have daily goals for what I'd like to accomplish, but only one or two things are MANDATORY, and everything else can be accomplished some time in the upcoming week or month. The flexibility is what saved me from a stress-athon, because believe you me, I'm a stresser. Anyhow, I'm wishing you a little more calm and epic progress in the coming days, weeks, and months.

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