Wednesday, March 3, 2021

IWSG: The Genre Preference
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Writers have a genre preference in story-creating but is it the same for those downtime moments when they reach for something to read?  Welcome to the question of the month!

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Whenever I read fiction, it's typically the genre I love to write about and that's romance! It captures my heart every time! There are those rare moments I am up for the challenge to write outside of my genre like I had with IWSG's Anthology Contest on Dark Matter (it is sci-fi and I didn't include romance).

I mainly read romance because I find it inspiring! It fuels my muse and every dull moment, though I rarely come across those in a day.

I once had a friend tell me that writers must be avid readers of all sorts of books. I digress; I have been writing for over thirty years and have not felt the need to read horror. I am, however, open to trying genres outside of my comfort zone, but the elements of the book (plot, setting, and characters) must speak to me before I give the book a try.

How about you? Do you only read what you write? Do you believe that all writers must read everything under the sun?

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

IWSG: Blogosphere Friendship
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February's question is: Blogging is more than sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?

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It is true, wherever a person goes, they take a chance at meeting new people and forming new bonds of friendship. I've met so many lovely bloggers the past ten years and it is exciting to stumble across them on other social platforms. It's like coming across them at the grocery store after only seeing them at writers conferences.

One of the best events I've made friends on the blogosphere was during the A to Z challenge! It's like speed dating, friendship style!

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It is so nice to have you recognize me as well and be just as enthusiastic.

What about you? What has been your experience with friendship building on the blogosphere?

Thanks to the co-hosts: Louise - Fundy Blue , Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon!

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

#IWSG: Other People's Books & anthology Winners!
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January 6 question - Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?

Characters that I can't empathize with as well as forcing me to believe something just because the author said so.

A good author is like a good waiter: if they do their job right, you will never notice them. 

IWSG Anthology winners!!!
Dark Matter: Artificial

An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Discover dark matter’s secrets…

What is an AI’s true role? Will bumbling siblings find their way home from deep space? Dark matter is judging us—are we worthy of existence? Would you step through a portal into another reality? Can the discoverer of dark matter uncover its secrets?

Ten authors explore dark matter, unraveling its secrets and revealing its mysterious nature. Featuring the talents of Stephanie Espinoza Villamor, C.D. Gallant-King, Tara Tyler, Mark Alpert, Olga Godim, Steph Wolmarans, Charles Kowalski, Kim Mannix, Elizabeth Mueller, and Deniz Bevan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a journey across time and space. Prepare for ignition!

Release date: May 4, 2021
Print ISBN 9781939844828 $14.95
EBook ISBN 9781939844835 $4.99
Science Fiction: Collections & Anthologies (FIC028040) / Space Exploration (FIC028130) / Genetic Engineering (FIC028110)

What are your pet peeves when it comes to reading other people's books? Have you been able to suspend your disbelief while reading a poorly-written book?

Thursday, December 3, 2020

IWSG: Writing the Times
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The fearless co-hosts for the month are Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney, Liesbet @ Roaming About Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre!

Before I address the question of the month, allow me to express how strange 2020 has been. Not only the Covid19 Pandemic but so many other crazy things are happening around us at breakneck speed--I find myself at the epicenter writing away as best as I can considering the circumstances. Whew, what a year. 

What goals were you able to accomplish? Do you have others in mind for 2021?

Okay, now what you've come for!

December 2 question - Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why?

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For me, life happens nonstop whether by month or day. It doesn't make a difference when I have a houseful of kids and homeschool--it is busy every day, every month, every year!

I do find, however, that I am more productive during the wee hours of the morning when everyone is still asleep.

Merry Christmas, everyone! I pray 2021 is a better year for everyone!
How is it like for you?

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

#IWSG: Why do I Write what I Write?
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The question for this month is why do I write what I write? That is a very intriguing question. I've been writing for about 30 years. The main thread I've written is romance. I enjoy the thrill of feeling loved, cherished, and watched over--of which I missed out on while growing up.

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Writing has always brought pleasure and fostered escapism. It's as though I'm experiencing firsthand what the characters are.

I started out with high fantasy because world-building came naturally to me. Centaurs, goblins, elves, gods, monsters. It's been decades since I've touched on this genre, and I plan to explore that again in the near future. I believe it will be like visiting an old friend who has not forgotten me!

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 I started dabbling in realistic fiction in 2011 and haven't turned back since (discounting historical which is my utter favorite right now--it takes place in Renaissance times where chivalry was ALIVE!) Le sigh.

F. Hayez, The Kiss, 1859. © Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, Italy / Bridgeman Images

Romeo and Juliet painted by Frank Bernard Dicksee in 1884

Because chivalry extended into the Regency Era, I also plan to dabble there a few to try my hand. It should be an easy transition, right? Haha!

I've written a thriller where the love interest is killed because of poor choices but that was my entire point of the book--almost like a cautionary tale. My books tend to be uplifting and light. Ahem...

I find my writing as a great means of escape. If I had the choice to go to the movies or two hours of uninterrupted writing time, of course, I'd choose writing! Writing is beautiful!

I would love to know what your reasons are for writing?