Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG
Every month, our wonderful leaders announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
I like this month's question. I'll add the suggestion that if you purchase covers, you might share a bit about how you source them, to help others in search of covers.
For me, I've largely purchased my covers, custom designs by Dani English at Kanizo arts. I have done some on my own--ebook covers for my short-story collections. I'm not really a visual artist, but I do have some amateurish fun with Photoshop and am pretty happy with the results. I think that if you write in genres that use photos on covers, as opposed to original art (almost universal in cozy mysteries), it's worth working up some Photoshop skills and playing with doing your own--but if they don't look good enough, bite the bullet and pay.
That out of the way, I'll throw in my writing progress update. I've written a couple of bits of flash fiction, and have a more coherent vision of what my class down at the senior center is looking like. Oh--and I sold a story, something that hasn't happened in a very long time, so a little celebration here. That leaves one on submission, and two I'm working on to send out.
Still, perhaps the most amazing success is that I've finished my Xmas letter, well ahead of my usual schedule (but still have to mail it out, of course--that can take a while too). That's the letter I send to friends and family. You know, the one that most people do before the holidays? Which may tell you all you need to know about my relationship to time.
I've also read a number of books, with reviews and commentaries starting to come out on the blog. Many of the books have to do with my mission to educate myself about trans persons, in the weeks since my adult child came out to me and the world. Her journey, IMO, is her own business and I won't be trying to write about that. My journey I am preparing to talk about. Short version: I have direct experience of what is worth grieving over. My kid finding her way to greater happiness is not something to grieve over. Shock and confusion are inevitable, but sorrow? Not really.
That's all I have to say for today, but I'm sure I'll have more thoughts as time goes on, aside from the one that wandered in the other day: is Big Al of the Ninja Librarian books trans? You could read it that way.
Congrats on selling the story! If you want to join a reading community focused on LGBTQ+ books, here's one on Instagram (they share reading recommendations, there are reading challenges and more): https://www.instagram.com/queer_lit/?hl=enReplyDelete
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Thanks! I'm not on Instagram, but I'm getting lots of good reading material piled up in any case!Delete
Congrats on selling a story. And it's awesome you'll be teaching a course at your local senior center.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I got another story back with a rejection yesterday, so it balances out. But for the first time ever I turned that one around and sent it right back out there! Big steps!Delete
Congrats on selling the story and getting closer to figuring out how you want to do the teaching course.ReplyDelete
I'm definitely making the class up as I go along, but with only 4 students we can always just have good discussions of what makes writing work :)Delete
I had to laugh about your Xmas letter, Rebecca. I gave up on mine completely. Time is what I struggle with most. Congratulations on selling your short story, and kudos to you for teaching a course at a senior center. Have a great February!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the support, and I want to let you know I enjoyed your blog post--but couldn't comment (I get this a lot these days, both Blogger and Wordpress. Maybe the internet is trying to tell me I talk too much?)Delete
Yes, you could read Al that way, I wondered sometimes, but really she's just a tomboy, like me. Mind you, people have wondered about me, but ...ReplyDelete
When I wrote her, I was thinking tomboy (like me), or just the utility of passing as male in a society that limits females--I thought she first did it for safety. It was funny to suddenly wonder about that after 10 years!Delete
Perhaps that says a lot about the continuum of gender and male power bias :)Delete
Congrats on the story!!!ReplyDelete
I think all of our trans friends are some of the bravest people we know. Seeing our children happy is one of a parent's greatest joys - I'm glad she's in a happy place!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Congratulations on your writing and your story acceptance.ReplyDelete