Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Adolescent Antics At Assisted Living & IWSG

Funny/by A Place For Mom Senior Living

My mom was on her best behavior, as she was navigating her way through assisted living. Her insecurities flared up whenever a new person peered out of the doorway. She was the freshman in the land of scrutinizing seniors. A lone redhead in a sea of blue haired ladies. My mother thought it would be easier to keep to herself. I pleaded with her to have dinner with everyone, but she was determined to keep to herself. When I asked her why she wouldn't join the others she replied, "Because they're a bunch of old people."

Soon after, she began receiving dinner invitations from the other residents, and joined the "in-crowd." She enjoyed hanging out with the gals, but didn't share their views on the male residents. While most women would jump at the chance for companionship, my mom would rather roll her walker over most of the men she's met. "I would never go out with him. Do you know what he has the nerve to do?  He saturates his food with pepper before he even tastes it. I don't know how his wife puts up with it."

I couldn't believe my ears, "You never mentioned he was married."

To which my mom replied, "What does that have to do with anything?"  Of course, my mom was only kidding. He preferred salt.


This brings me to the IWSG. Part of the story was factual, yet it was mixed with a dash of fiction. If I tried to categorize it, I would call it faction, or would fictual be more accurate? Needless to say, my mom started out as an insecure newbie, until she became more comfortable in her new surroundings. The same can be said for many of us before we joined  Alex J. Cavanaugh's, Insecure Writer's Support Group. Alex and the gang are always there to provide endless support, and pour pepper on our wounds when we need it the most.

Monday, March 23, 2015

We Can All Relate To Nick Wilford's: A Change of Mind

When our boys were growing up, I often struggled with following through on threats and punishments that I made in the heat of the moment. Many of our "discussions" revolved around making even the slightest changes. Changing from considering everything finger food to eating with utensils, changing their dirty clothes, and constantly changing their rotating bedtimes were only a few on the list.  As hard as I tried to invoke strict bedtime rules, they would usually charm their way into staying up later, and they learned early on how easy it was to get me to change my mind.

Though they're all grown up now, I've noticed that some things never change, but maybe this will help:

Congratulations to Nick on his latest release!

Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Contemporary speculative fiction
Cover Design:  Rebekah Romani
Release Date: May 25th 2015

A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around.

But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…

In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone.

The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world.

In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn’t work for him.

Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition.

The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.


Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working, he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. You can find him hanging out on his blog or on  Goodreads or Twitter.

Preorder Links: Amazon USAmazon UK

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Pair To Remember


Flap, flap, flap,
Driving to the store.
Where's my grocery list?
I'll be back for more.

Flap, flap, flap,
I've lost my phone again.
I thought I left it upstairs,
Better check the den.

Flap, flap, flap 
Hurrying to the gym
Wait, I don't belong here.
Look at the shape I'm in.

Flap, flap, flap,
What's that actor's name?
He was in that silly movie,
This is driving me insane.

Flap, flap, flap,
"Do you hear that flapping, Ma?"
"Well, I wasn't gonna say anything,
But you forgot to wear a bra."

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

When A to Z and IWSG Collide


It's time for another edition of the Insecure Writer's Support Group Be sure to visit this encouraging group of bloggers. This year the first Wednesday in April coincides with the letter "A" in the A to Z Challenge.

Though I didn't participate in the festivities last year, the first Wednesday in April 2014 corresponded with the letter "B" of the challenge. Since I still haven't begun writing my twenty six posts for April, I thought I'd take you through the best or worst of "B"s.


In 2011, I wrote about Battling Bulges. As writers, we often need to trim the fat from our stories, before we become overstuffed on adjectives, and run-on sentences.

The following year was all about the Brutality of Bra ShoppingMany readers are in search of an uplifting experience, and it's our job to provide it for them. Though sometimes it's difficult to find the perfect fit, especially when our audience outgrows our material. Somehow that didn't happen in our YA days.

In 2013, my "B" topic was on Beauty Shop Bullies. This subject provides three options for the IWSG.  Bloggers have their choice of beauty shops, bullies, or both. Though I can't imagine anyone else has encountered an eighty something year old bully at their mother's beauty shop. There are bullies who do try to discourage us from writing, and there are plenty of writers who are insecure about their hair. Although we can all agree that Alex  and  Arlee are a cut above the rest.

Please keep in mind that the  IWSG meets on the first day of the  A to Z Challenge, so put your "A" game on. I look forward to participating, and cheering on the wonderful A to Z blogging community. I'll never forget my very first challenge in 2011. It was shortly after I started blogging, and I had no idea what to expect. When I told my mom I was going to be extremely busy that April, she replied without missing a beat, "I'll try not to die this month." Thankfully, she kept her promise.