IWSG and Weekly News

Welcome back to another monthly Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) post. Believe it or not, it is the beginning of December, and we are wrapping up yet another year. Shock, awe, and possibly curse words belong here. Use your imagination as to which words I used. 🙂 The amazing co-hosts for the December 1 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, Diane Burton, Louise – Fundy Blue, Natalie Aguirre, and Jacqui Murray! If you haven’t already, check them out.

The optional question this month is– In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?

Ohhhh, interesting. Stress is the easy part. I get stressed as I’m struggling to build elements of voice and story that support both the characters and the idea I’m noodling. These stressors are often recurring. I may think I have the overall arc developed, but when I attack subsequent drafts, a new piece can slip into place that causes massive shifts. Talk about stress.

But, and this is the weirdest part of growing as a writer, it is those same processes that lead to the happiness at the center of my writing. Working through the change characters, story elements, and my brain needs to make to accommodate what needs to happen to make readable scenes, is at the heart of why I love writing so much. There’s an inherent pleasure in figuring things out, especially challenges which I didn’t think I could. Perhaps I’m a masocist. At least I’m a masochist with a some fun news stories up my sleeve.

This first story needs next to no commentary from me. I wish them a safe journey, even if it may be a big squishy.

https://www.npr.org/2021/11/07/1053383188/a-broken-toilet-on-spacex-capsule-means-astronauts-will-return-to-earth-in-diape

This next story is the epitome of a gargantuan task. Can you imagine mapping 100 billion cells? I heart scientists so much!

https://theconversation.com/mapping-how-the-100-billion-cells-in-the-brain-all-fit-together-is-the-brave-new-world-of-neuroscience-170182

I leave you with a little holiday music. See you in seven.

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Two Weeks Off

See you in fourteen.

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IWSG and Weekly News

It’s time for another posting of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). I’m helping co-host this month along with these awesome writers: Victoria Marie Lees, Joylene Nowell Butler,Erika Beebe, and Lee Lowery! Check them out!

The optional question this month isWhat’s harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb?

Absolutely the blurb. Titles are easier than blurbs for me. That’s the quickest I’ve ever answered one of these.

Time for some news.

I’ll just drop this happy story here. We need more of these. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/2-dogs-save-owner-on-mountain_n_6180f016e4b0ec286d3124ea

The physics of baby ducks. So cool! https://www.sciencenews.org/article/physics-why-ducklings-swim-row-behind-mother-duck-waves-energy

I leave you with a fun song. See you in seven. https://youtu.be/mW1dbiD_zDk

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Weekly News

Happy Wednesday! We’re about to close out October. Fall, folks. Cool temps, orange and red leaves, and yummy hot drinks. I’m in heaven. Time to share some news to also share the good mood.

This first story has some really messed-up pumpkins. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/mums-left-terrified-after-dilation-25315767

My science story this week is the stuff of nightmares or great horror. 😉 https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tongue-eating-louse-found-in-texas_n_6171a5dbe4b010d9330e4b06

I leave you with another beloved oldie. Enjoy, and I’ll see you in seven! https://youtu.be/lDByv7HoAyg

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Weekly News

Happy Wednesday! We are halfway through October, weeks away from Halloween. Spooktacular times are coming. Enjoy if you partake. If not, at least there’s lots of candy. But first, news.

Those are some pricey cookies. https://www.npr.org/2021/09/26/1040779728/pokemon-oreo-cookies-ebay-pikachu-mew

Tweaking brain cells can be key in learning. Not just for us, though. I’ve been learning more about AI lately, and my writing brain is blowing up with the possibilities. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/10/211006112626.htm

I leave you with an oldie but goodie. Enjoy, and I’ll see you in seven. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_zBwRDEFMRY

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IWSG and Weekly News


The amazing co-hosts for the October 6 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pett,J Lenni Dorner,Cathrina Constantine,Ronel Janse van Vuuren, and Mary Aalgaard!

The optional question this month is–in your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?

The only thing that comes to mind is writing from the POV of a parent whose child dies. I can’t imagine being able to handle writing something like that. Other than that, I don’t necessarily have topic boundaries, and I love bad words. So…

Time for some news.

This is not the first time I’ve heard a similar story, but I would have loved to see the faces of the other people searching for the guy. *insert facepalm here* https://www.huffpost.com/entry/beyhan-mutlu-missing-joins-search-party_n_6157255be4b008640eb3e819

Science and poetry are far more natural partners than anyone would have guessed. This is pretty cool!

Last up, a song. Enjoy, and I’ll see you in seven.

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Week Off

I’ll see you next week.

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Weekly News

Welcome back to another Wednesday. This one marks the first day of fall 2021. Leaves, cooler temps, and yummy foods. Finally!

Fall is not the only news today, though. Cows can be potty-trained. That’s all I need to say, isn’t it? 😂 https://www.huffpost.com/entry/cows-potty-train-mooloo_n_613f7144e4b0dda4cbd2091b

Several science fiction movies have warned us about this moment, but science is ignoring them. What could go wrong? https://scitechdaily.com/startup-colossal-biosciences-wants-to-bring-woolly-mammoths-back-from-extinction-it-might-not-be-such-a-bad-idea/

I leave you with a old favorite of mine. Enjoy! I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/_zBwRDEFMRY

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Weekly News

Welcome back for another wonderful Wednesday. Why wonderful? It’s fall. My favorite season. I’m loving life as I look forward to falling leaves, coolers temps, and so much potential change. As a result, I’m in a major music mood. Enjoy!

That’s all for me tonight. See you in seven!

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