ISWG Meet Angelique, Life and Blog Preserver

Hi, all. Sher here with my monthly post for the Insecure Writers Support Group started by Alex J. Cavanaugh, awesome ninja master of bloggers.

If all goes well, when this posts I’ll be on my 40th anniversary cruise to the Bahamas. I can’t believe it’s been that long. But looking at the only wedding picture I ever scanned to the computer really brings the point home. Boy, were we young.

This won’t be the first time I’ve been away where I couldn’t blog during an important event. I’ve always worried about having good blog support in case I want to take an extended vacation or go on a mission after hubby retires. Last year, I invited Paul R. Hewlett to blog with me to share the load, and he’s been great! But he works full time and is going back to school soon, so to lighten everyone’s load I still kept my eyes open for another helper who I could help in return.

Guess what?

I found one and wanted to share the good news! Since we’re allowed to share what’s making us feel secure, this month I want to introduce my new life and blog preserver, Angelique Bodine. Letting Angelique take over while I’m gone and visit your blogs to get to know some of you sounded like the perfect way to start what I hope turns out to be a long term blogging partnership with a lot of fun book reviews to follow.

Everyone ready? Meet Angelique!

Hi all, Angie (aka Angelique) here. I’m the newest member of the Sher A. Hart blog family. I’m writing to tell all you readers who I am! Sher told me that this post is usually her Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG) post. She mentioned that it is supposed to focus on struggles we are having as writers or things that are helping us stay afloat. This month she claims that I am that “thing” helping her stay afloat—her blog preserver, if you will. I write as a hobby, nothing more, and perhaps that is because I, myself, am insecure as a writer. I hope that, through my flaws, I can still be a “blog preserver” and do more good than harm.

I am an editor. I recently graduated with my bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. My degree is in linguistics with a minor in editing. As part of the minor, I learned some design, some writing techniques, and a lot of editing skills. I did a short internship with Stowaway, a travel magazine. I was on the staff of the Spring 2013 issue. You can check it out at I also speak fluent Portuguese and limited Spanish, in case that is useful information to anyone.

As a new mother I have been trying to get into the freelancing scene as an editor and I jumped at the opportunity to join Sher’s blog. I greatly appreciate and support the commitment to good clean literature. I personally enjoy reading middle-grade and YA books for my own entertainment and have been picking up more and more children’s picture books as my little guy gets bigger. I am sure that I will enjoy contributing to the book reviews posted here.

As information to any writers that may be reading here, I like to read fantasy and any kind of fairy tale. I also enjoy science fiction and mysteries, but my weakness is for teenage girl dramatic humor. If done well, I find it hilarious. I’m not sure if there’s a name for that exact genre. I am currently in the process of writing a teenage humor drama myself. (How’s that for a genre name?) Though I only write as a hobby, I do enjoy reading others’ writing and I feel that I have a knack for organization. I can tell what’s missing from a story or how to put things in order to be more clear. In other words, I make things clear and easy to read. Though I enjoy reading, I am a lazy reader and if I have to fight to understand what a writer is saying I get frustrated. Instead of enjoying the book, I rewrite the sentences and paragraphs (and sometimes chapters) in my head as I go along and sometimes pick a new book to read.

Summing up, I love good, clean, organized, and easy-to-read teenage humor drama. Just kidding. I love good, clean, organized and easy-to-read literature in general. I am excited to be a part of the blog and I can’t wait to get to know some of you readers and writers.

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. Welcome, Angelique! So nice to meet you! I am sure you will do an excellent job on the Sher A. Hart blog. What a wonderful addition to Sher and Paul.

    I love fantasy books too! I had to laugh when you said you rewrite sentences and paragraphs in your head when the writing isn’t clear (I can only imagine what it is like to be an editor reading a book).

    Sher- Congrats on 40 years! WOW! Hope your cruise is amazing. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the welcome and I am sure Sher will be glad to hear the congrats when she returns. I’m glad you can find humor in my sentence rewriting. It can be both useful and irksome. 🙂

  3. Angelique Boutique! Okay…had a little fun with your name, but it flitted off my lips so naturally. I love your real (?) name. It has a New Orleans flair to it. A romance novelist’s name.

    So this is Sher’s blog and you post here? How many times a week or month? I really enjoy your writing. You mentioned mine being easy to read, but yours flows just as well. Very smooth and nice. Hope to see more of you. You’ll have to let me know your posting days.

    M.L. Swift, Writer

  4. Sher, Happy anniversary! Have a fantastic time on your cruise. May you find some literary inspiration while you’re out there!

    Paul, Good luck with going back to school. What will you be studying?

    Angelique, Welcome!!!

  5. Welcome to the blog, Angie. I’m sure you and Sher will get along just fine.

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