Tuesday, March 1, 2022

March IWSG - Scenes and Rings

It's March.

I spent February working constant overtime. It was brutal. Some days I had up to 15 employees call out. Two new employees quit after only a week. Childcare is not for the weak. 

And my personal in-progress list seems to enjoy growing. Nothing gets marked off, but I still keep adding things. I just can't help it. I want to do it all! Besides, this list is for me! So I am doing a six-week workout challenge, slowly making my way through yoga teacher certification, taking an online course, starting a new garden from scratch, and trying to do plenty of writing and reading.

While my blog content is lacking, I assure you there is plenty going on behind the scenes. Speaking of scenes, this month's question is about conflicting feelings regarding scenes. I am still in the editing phase for my novel, and I can't say there is a particular scene I have felt conflicted about for a specific reason. Mostly, I just keep questioning each scene and trying to make sure the plot keeps moving forward.

I'm fueling my inspiration with as much reading as I can! I signed up for the Space/Time Reading Challenge. If you haven't been by to sign up, you should! While you are there, read a little bit about the creator Jemima Pett. She has a recent book release that would be a great fit for the challenge. Let me tell you about it!!

Book: Zanzibar’s Rings (Book 3 in the Viridian System series)
Author: Jemima Pett

Blurb: A galactic crisis: the entire comms system destroyed. No waypoints, no navigation aids, no database access... and how will spaceships in flight get home--or to any destination? Dolores is stuck in warp with a very dangerous passenger, Pete gets his shuttle back home on manual. But why does anything in close contact with pure orichalcum fix itself? Just flying through Zanzibar's Rings solves the problem--as the Federation's Fighters find, as they descend on the Viridian System to take possession of the planets.

This third book in the series wraps up the adventure that started with The Perihelix and continued with Curved Space to Corsair. It is a self-contained story with references to previous events, but no prior knowledge is required.

Zanzibar’s Rings published 22nd Feb 2022: Amazon, iTunes, B&N and Kobobooks.

Social media links:
Visit Jemima’s website at jemimapett.com or connect with her at BookBub, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram and Pinterest.

Thanks for being an inspiration, Jemima!

And for more inspiring authors, see our co-hosts this month!

The awesome co-hosts for the March 2 posting of the IWSG are Janet Alcorn, Pat Garcia, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!


  1. You have a lot going on in life! That's all right.
    I've downloaded Jemima's new book and have it ready to read. Thanks again for reading mine.

  2. Thanks for featuring my book in among everything else. You just take care of yourself in among all these pressures.

  3. Sorry you had so many employees out. How awesome you're going to be certified as a yoga instructor. It's amazing you've been able to find time to write too.

  4. I saw your blog title and had to visit! Figured you must be on of "My People". Yep, you are. The things on those back burners are what keeps us going as writers because we want time to write them all!

  5. I might sign up for that challenge. I don't read time travel, but I do read sci-fi. I wonder of re-reads count. I just re-read one of Bujold's Vorkosigan novels.

  6. You are certainly busy. I'm trying to be but it's a constant battle. Good luck with the challenge.

  7. Good luck with your yoga certification, and wow, childcare. Lots of karma points to you. May your March be more relaxing so you can get some reading in. :)

  8. I know what you guys are busy doing, so I can imagine there's not much free time.

    Those flowers you brought us are still alive and there is a fresh bloom on it.

    Plus when I jumped over, I saw you'd reviewed Alex's book - thank you.

  9. These past two years have been a challenging time for workers and employers. A long string of overtime days gets old very fast. You certainly provide an important service, Steph, one that is highly undervalued in our society. It's good that you are balancing work with exercise. I hope that you have an easier March!

  10. I miss my days of work and overtime--well mainly miss those paychecks. But retirement isn't bad either.

    I recently finished an older sci-fi novel called Stand on Zanzibar. First book I've read in quite some time. Hopefully I'll get back into reading more.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out