Wednesday, April 5, 2017

D is for Defamation and The Insecure Writer's Support Group: April 2017

For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I’m writing drabbles based on words I got from a random word generator.  A drabble is a short piece of fiction of exactly 100 words.



Panic bubbled up inside me.  “Take it back!” I demanded.  My fists were clenched at my sides, and my whole body trembled like a leaf in the wind.
Amy shook her head, her face disgustingly smug.  “No.  Everyone is going to hear about this.”
I couldn’t remember the last time I felt so helpless, and I didn’t know what to do.  “Don’t you dare!  You can’t tell anyone . . .  That’s defamation!”
She smiled.  “Yes, I can.  It’s not my fault you lied to everyone.  You said you hate Star Trek, but I have proof you love it.  I found your fanfiction!”

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means!  Let's convene the next meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group.  Our leader Alex J. Cavanaugh has rounded up a wonderful group of co-hosts this month: Christopher D. Votey, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey.

Be sure to check out the IWSG website!

I'm not feeling too insecure this month because I've gotten a lot of good things accomplished so far this year.  I've submitted three short stories, and I have two more short stories in the works.  I'm also a few thousand words into a YA science fiction novel that I've had rattling around inside my brain for a couple years.  I'm eager to see how the rest of my year goes.  If I can get the first draft of that novel done by the end of the year, I'll be really happy.

Now for the question of the month!

Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, and publicity for your book? What were the results?

In terms of marketing specific books, no.  However, I'd say the A to Z Challenge has been good to me over the years. Adam's Apple and the Infinite Regress wouldn't exist without it, nor would various other pieces of flash fiction. I've met a lot of great bloggers who've seen my writing thanks to the challenge, and that's great for networking.

For any of you who have used the A to Z Challenge to market one of your books, how did it go?  What advice would you have for your fellow authors?


  1. Awesome Drabble- i was not expecting it to be over a TV show- but I loved the twist!

    Decadent Kane Visiting from the A-Z Challenge
    Paranormal Romance Author

  2. Great drabble! Yeah, blog hops are great for networking :-) Happy A-to-Z-ing.

  3. Fan fiction! Haha, what an awesome twist.

  4. Nice hook in the story. I approve!

    And the A-to-Z is useful in the same way as any other blog hop: making connections and friends. One or two new actual friends is more valuable than 100 empty comments. So focus on quality of your interactions, not quantity.

  5. I'm really glad you took your Challenge story and made a book out of it. I really enjoyed that one.

  6. The twist is great - ah, the dilema of the geek :)
    Tasha's Thinkings - Shapeshifters and Werewolves

  7. I love the challenge within the challenge, to use the random word generator. Great way to stretch yourself! And yes, I dig the twist.


    #AtoZChallenge: D is for Do What I Do

  8. Too funny! Kept me going till the end and I burst out laughing...

    D: Dominica & D-Day Museum
    DB McNicol, author & traveler
    Theme: Oh, the places we will go!

  9. Ooooo drabbles, lovely drabbles. Excellent examples from which I can learn the art!

    Bunny and the Bloke

  10. too funny. my fan fics will never see the light of day. hee hee. plausible deniability.

    great post.

    Djinnia and the English Language

  11. LOL Well, that was not the ending I was expecting.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  12. Keep writing that YA sci-fi story!