Thursday, June 7, 2012

Belated Insecure Writer's Support Group & Tattered Cover

The Tattered Cover
All blame for the delay in my IWSG post this month lays on the shoulders of my spectacular, truly amazing Colorado vacation! The clean mountain air has me a little spacey, head in the clouds, literally.

This month, I'm feeling fairly well, so this The Insecure Writer's Support Group post will be geared to inspire others needing a bit of light in their lives. Need a shoulder to lean on? Just ask. Need advice? I'll do my best. :) Need support? You got it! My email is candice.fite@gmail.com. To check out Alex J. Cavanaugh's awesome blog and writer's support group, click on the link above.

Here's a little inspiration.

I’m sitting in one of Denver’s most unique bookstores, the Tattered Cover. Filled with books of all flavors, I’m in book heaven. (Do you wish you were here, too?) I’ve waited years to visit this store. They even have their own printing press called the Tattered Cover Press. After I do a bit of research about the small press, I will post my findings here on my blog.

Wandering around here, a writer can only be inspired. For all you IWSG peeps, IT (the ultimate goal of publication) can be done. 

The scent of printed pages, adorning these shelves, lures me around each corner, beckoning me to graze my fingertips across the artful covers.  Ah, a book-lovers paradise. As I meander the hardwood pathways, I visualize my books, all of them, here. One day, I promise myself.

Being a part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, an online writing community, keeps the hope alive for me. Checking in with my fellow writers once a month forces me to stay in the real. A place where the writer needs to be in order to achieve his or her dreams of success. 

Writing is lonely enough, but without support, one can tumble down a dark hole. Picture slipping down into a creepy, black crevice, without a flashlight, wicked talons from unseen creatures snatching at you from behind damp rock walls, gashing open your knees and elbows as you stumble along the abyss. Writing alone can be a hellish nightmare. 

Adorable display in honor of  Maurice Sendak
Even if you’re a published, well-to-do writer, you can still benefit by joining the IWSG. Helping others, struggling and novice writers, can prove to be an inspiring and rewarding experience. Go ahead, reach out and make someone’s day. 

Note: If I haven't checked by your blog recently, forgive me. I'm trying to make my rounds through the newer IWSG members first. :)) No worries, I won't forget you. 

Stay tuned for my next post about my adventures at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. 0_0

26 comments:

  1. Those pics are awesome! I can smell the bookstore now :) (Bookstores have the best smells :))

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  2. Candilynn, this is just what everyone needs to stay motivated! And never worry about a little late.

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  3. I so envy you that trip to Colorado and to that bookstore! My dream vacation. New Zealand move over!

    I actually wrote TWO Insecure Writer Support posts, then grew dark with the cover of John Locke's latest million seller. DayStar paid me a visit tonight. And from THE RIVAL (my book which you so graciously spotlight to the right over there) you know who he is! Delightful company for a brooding writer. Not!

    Have a GREAT time in Colorado. I await your next post with great pleasure, Roland

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  4. Yes, one has to keep the dream alive .^_^ Can't wait to see your Colorado pictures.

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  5. @Kelley, yes, the scent was intoxicating to say the least. :)
    @Alex, I was feeling so inspired that day in the bookstore, I had to share the sweetness. :)
    @Roland, my Colorado trip has come to an end. :( We're packing up this morning and headed for Amarillo today. I've had one of the most thrilling trips to date! I have so much to tell. :)
    @Angelina, I'll be working on the post on the drive home for the next two days. I hope to have it up and for all to view by Monday or Tuesday. :)

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  6. I feel like taping a picture or two of that bookstore to the desk or up on a vision board would be a great motivator. It looks so awesome! I can only imagine going into a bookstore that actually prints would be like going into a coffee shop that still roasts. What an experience! I can't wait to hear about your stay at the infamous hotel. :)

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  7. Hi Candilynn! A few of things: first, I want to say hi from one IWSGer to another :) Second, I really appreciate the comment you put up on my friend Paige Lollie's blog. I've been trying to encourage her for a long time, but I think hearing that same encouragement from others as well might help inspire her to find her true self. She's a wonderfully loving person and I thank you for taking the time to be so kind to her. Third, you have a new follower for life!

    Best,

    -R

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  8. What an amazing place! Sounds like you had a great trip. I cry walking into special libraries and I reckon this bookstore would run a few tears for sure!
    Just beautiful!

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  9. That's a great idea, Michael. I think I'll hang a picture above my computer as well. Speaking of the Stanley, we had an interesting experience, to say the least. ^O^

    Randi Lee, that's one of the nicest, sweetest comments I've ever received. I will continue to check in with her and you. :))

    Escape Artist, I spent almost 3 hours in there. I felt intoxicated by the time I left. :)

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  10. My favorite thing to do is to spend time in book stores. The one you visited sounds so special. Wish I had known about it when I went to Denver a few years ago.

    Nice visiting your blog. Thanks for your kind words on mine. Take care.

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  11. Sounds wonderful! Thanks for taking us along too.

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  12. I wish I was there at the Tattered Cover too. I love books, and places that have them
    I just found your site today and love it so far, I'm looking forward to reading more.

    take care, :)

    Andrea

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  13. Great post! I'm definitely inspired...to go lurk in the nearest bookstore. Mmm, books. :D

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  14. Myrna, If I'm not mistaken, there are two Tattered Covers in Denver. One is quite larger than the other. I went to the one downtown in Denver. Thanks for your visit. :)

    Honey, You're welcome! I so enjoy bookstore visits. :)

    Andrea, Awe, thank you for the sweet comments about my blog. :)

    Sarah, Thank you! It doesn't take much for me to get inspired in a bookstore. The Tattered Cover was so special and unique, so I was definitely on overload.

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    1. Great post. I love the picture. It's comforting to know that these kinds of places still exist! This writer's support group sounds interesting. Can you tell me more about it?

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    2. Hi Katie! The Insecure Writer's Support Group is organized by Alex Cavanaugh. Great guy and great group of bloggers. We officially post once a month (on our own blogs) about anything we're feeling insecure about or something positive someone may be able to find helpful or supportive. We post our IWSG post on the first Wed. of the month. During that week, I try to visit as many of the members' blogs as I can, checking in with them. It isn't mandatory to check in with everyone, because there are so many, but we all do our best. :))

      A lot of my regulars started through the IWSG. Many of them check in with me weekly. :)

      You can gather as much support as you need. All you have to do is reach out to someone. I've never had anyone turn me away. I always walk away feeling better than I started.

      I don't believe you have to wait until the first Wed. of July to sign up. I'm almost positive (if you click on the link above) you can sign up anytime. I follow Alex by email, so I stay up to date with all the goings on or at least try to. O_O

      If you have any more questions, you can email me anytime.

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    3. That's sounds really great. I just added my blog to the list. I think in July I'll start this up! Thanks so much for the tip!

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  15. Hi Candilynn. the Tattered Cover sounds truly heavenly. I'm so jealous! I just joined the group, but I've been stalking everyone for awhile so I know how wonderful this group is.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    1. Hi, Cherie! I'm so glad you signed up. I look forward to "stalking" you, too. :))

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  16. Ha! Found your *real* blog. Leave it to me to get lost. :P I love this header, too. Niiiice. ;) I just read you are from Brenham. Dh and I got married at a church in Chappel Hill. I love that area up there. :)

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    1. Yep, from Brenham, home of Blue Bell Ice Cream. :)) Chappel Hill is lovely too!

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  17. Candilynn, that book store is seriously cool. A great place to get inspired! Thank you for stopping by my blog for IWSG. It's my first month and I love how friendly and supportive everyone is. Good luck on your writing!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Jennifer. :)) I'm so glad you are enjoying the IWSG!

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  18. Actually there are three Tattered Cover locations in the Denver area, but the LoDo location you visited is by far the coolest. of course, the Colfax location is right next to the best record store in Denver, so that's where I go. Lucky me, I live here, so I can go any time I want. Hope you enjoyed Colorado!

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    1. Ahh, 3 locations??? I must visit the other two next year. I put in a flower garden for my sister in law last week. Next spring, I'll be planting a veggie garden for her. You are a lucky duck living there. It's a beautiful & fun city.

      Three Tattered Covers...I'll be in hog heaven. :P

      Thanks for the visit!!

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  19. Better late than never (from IWSG). Great post...and that looks like a bookstore I'd love to visit!!

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