Monday, July 24, 2017

Hero Lost, Mysteries of Death and Life, Part 4

Last installment of my Featured Follower of the Month 

Hero Lost Mysteries of Death and Life
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Print ISBN 9781939844361 $14.95
eBook ISBN 9781939844378 $4.99


Each author has submitted a favorite inspirational quote.
Thank you, authors!

Yvonne VentrescaThe Art of Remaining Bitter
“All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. . . .You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”—Ira Glass

Renee CheungMemoirs of a Forgotten Knight
“This is The Great Work, and all you have to do is choose it, not look back and never fucking stop until you're in your box, under the dirt and flowers are growing between your teeth.”—Warren Ellis

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Sarah Foster, The Last Dragon
“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”—Gustave Flaubert
I've finally changed the cover on Sliding on the Edge. For better or worse, here's the new one. I'm keeping it a #freebook to celebrate finally getting this done. 

Scarred. Scared. Alone. 
Can sixteen-year-old Shawna Stone overcome her inner suffering and transcend the past? 

Only three days left before #IWSGPit. Are you ready?

Don't miss the July 30 deadline for the next IWSG Anthology. 

Quote of the Week: "The art of the creative process is not seeking and finding; it's bumbling." Jonathon Safran Foer, American Novelist


  1. The quote Sarah picked is so accurate. I'm sure every artist feels that way.

  2. Love the new cover!
    Thanks for the anthology shout-out. :)

  3. I love the cover too! All the quotes are so great :)

  4. The quotes sure ring true. crap and more crap until we get passed that gap.

  5. Thanks for featuring us and congrats on the new cover!

  6. Thank you for the feature! Wonderful cover!

  7. I could name hundreds of very popular writers who don't have good taste at all :))

  8. It's cool, the books IWSG is doing.

  9. Hi, Cheryl!

    I love these inspirational quotes. How true it is that being able to recognize great writing is one thing; being able to pry it out of your mind, heart and soul and get it committed to the printed page is another. A common theme that runs through these quotes is that you need to keep going, keep producing, keep honing your craft, because it is the only way to develop into a great writer. Quitting certainly won't get you there.

    Have a wonderful week, dear friend Cheryl!

  10. Another good post, Lee. What a talented group!

  11. I'm really enjoying the quotes from the anthology authors. Your new cover rocks.

  12. Love those quotes. And today (co-incidentally?) all of them focus on the determination and drive that every writer (and person) NEEDS.

  13. I really enjoyed these inspiration quotes. ISWG certainly has been productive. 4 anthologies!

  14. I love the new cover for Sliding on the Edge. The horse is perfect for the story.
    Great quotes too. Your blog is always so informative and fun to visit.

  15. Love the Ira Glass quote. It makes me feel better about my own fumbling.

  16. All of the stories were great, of course, but these three were my favorites. :)

  17. I enjoy reading quotes that inspire others.
    Your cover is wonderful. Love anything with a horse on it.

  18. I can identify with the Flaubert quote - I could have written it myself, although... you know... less eloquently :-)

  19. Thanks again for supporting the anthology and sharing our quotes :-) I particularly like Sarah's quote. That one really resonated with me. Hopping over to Amazon to get a copy of your book.

  20. Fantastic quotes! Lots going on with the IWSG. :)

  21. Hi Lee - congratulations on your cover ... love it ... and this anthology series gives us lots of reading material ... quotes can always hit the spot ... cheers Hilary

  22. Love your new cover for Sliding on the Edge. I am also a huge horse person- so it pulled me right in. :)


  23. Wonderful quotes. Personally, it's hard getting past that hump and letting yourself get better...but once you do...

  24. The Gustave Flaubert quote certainly rings true.
    Congratulations on the new cover I think it's great.

  25. I love that new cover! Congrats. I really need to dive into the anthology. It's still sitting on my kindle waiting for me.

  26. The violin quote caught my eye. I know exactly what it's like to have your fingers not cooperate with your mind and ear! ;)

  27. The new cover is great!

    As for the quotes, I can't even choose a a favorite this time, but can completely relate to what we do never feeling good enough. My hubby and all my kids are musicians, and I'm forever hearing, "Well, it's not what I was aiming for," or "That's not how I heard it in my head," when someone gives them a compliment. It's a great thing to keep us motivated to do better as long as we don't allow it to cripple us.

  28. Hey Lee!

    I cannot choose between the quotes. All are thoughtful in their own way.

    Well done on your new cover, Lee and I'm not just horsing around when I state that. I have a new cover. Goes real well with my pillow cases.

    Yep, as paw usual, um, as per usual, I is like your starstruckest fan.

    Gary :)

  29. I like Sarah's quote, too. Although, for me it's more like a painter. I can see the images but struggle to turn them into words.

  30. Love your new cover!! And loved all the quotes but I had to chuckle at Sarah's as the first line is how I feel about my writing 24/7. Ugh!!
    Hope you are doing well, Lee!


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