Supportive, Experienced, Inspiring, Uplifting –
a few of the key words that describe #IWSG.
I’ve observed several writer-help sites. Few have been as supportive and experienced as Ninja Captain’s #IWSG – Alex J. Cavanaugh and his members. The people here are in my ‘hero’ category. Years ago I joined thinking that there might be a few helpful tidbits. Today, what stands out are the great relationships I’ve gained. Here are other writers who I’ve come to know as friends. Whatever my need, I’ve always received spot on advice from someone who understands the frustration, confusion, etc. writers experience from time to time.
Let me say here and now (while doing my happy chicken dance) to everyone in IWSG, especially Alex, “Thank you, baby. You’re the best!”
Alex is revving up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive! “Every month, we’ll announce a question that members can answer in the IWSG Day post..”
December 7 Question:
In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?
SO MUCH TO DO, SO LITTLE TIME
My apologies if I’m disappointing you, but my passion to write another novel has dwindled. The fact that sales have been dismal is not the cause. Lately, I’ve been so frustrated with book pirates and readers who brag about getting books without paying for them. No, it’s not enough for me to write because I enjoy it.
The other day I fantasized removing my computer from the house; to never feel compelled to check my email, or write another blog post, or wonder if my marketing program is effective. It then felt as if I had been freed from shackles and now could breathe without restraint.
I think I’ve been working far too hard for far too long sitting in this chair while so many other exciting opportunities are waiting for me. So don’t be too surprised if, by the coming spring, I’m only an occasional visitor at my blog, perhaps diving in to share my excitement in a new adventure. I want to return to my paint brushes, explore new trails for my dogs and me, and deepen my journey within. I recently completed another program with my shaman guide – no words can describe ….
My plan? At this stage in my life, my hope is to simply take each day as it comes and follow my heart’s desire. There may be a another novel, or a novella. Or not. I pray I may wake each day with the consciousness to appreciate the intoxicating fragrance of the rose in my garden, and the blissful kisses from Sammy and Jade.
Forbidden is finito.
Year 2047, City of Samarra, capital of the Republic of Islamic Provinces & Territories
Fifteen American travelers have vanished Surrendering to a corrupt mayor’s demands, the devout Muslim and police captain becomes the reluctant keeper of his city’s bloody secret – and the witness, Eliza MacKay. Captain Sharif is horrified to discover that if he exposes the cover-up, his family will suffer dire consequences.
Sharif’s only hope is to prove his government is free of guilt. Secretly, he hunts forensic evidence and discovers the shocking truth. Cornered by a CIA agent and hitmen, Sharif and MacKay run for their lives. Murder and kidnapping derails Sharif’s resolve to see justice served.
Sharif is tortured by his deepening passion for the impetuous Eliza MacKay in spite of her struggle with PTSD. Islam forbids the intimacy he craves. In desperation to save Eliza, Sharif initiates an act most forbidden and fatal.