IWSG and Weekly News


It’s time once again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. We’re an anxious gaggle of worrying writers, bodies curled over our keyboards, fingers cramping from agitated typing. It’s an image to behold. Don’t allow yourself to miss it.

The fabulous co-hosts today are Patricia Lynne, Lisa Buie-Collard, Kim Lajevardi, andFundy Blue! Yes, one of them is me, and I did call myself fabulous. What can I say?

In place of answering the optional question this month, I’m instead sharing the winners of the anthology contest. Way to go!

IWSG Anthology Contest Winners

Oddly Suited by LG Keltner
Sea of Sorrows by AV Brown
Behind the Catcher’s Mask by Jennifer Lane
A Diver’s Ball by Angela Brown
Fearless Heart by Deborah Solice
The Dark Charade by CD Gallant-King
The Cog Prince by Elizabeth Mueller
Flower of Ronda by Myles Christensen
Remedy by Chelsea Ballard
Charleston Masquerade by Carrie-Anne Brownian 

The top story has the honors of being included in the title. LG Keltner’s story came out on top! The official title of our next anthology – Masquerade: Oddly Suited. Congratulations, LG. (She was also in the top spot for our first anthology, Parallels: Felix Was Here.)

The IWSG Admins spent many hours reading the entries and fourteen were sent to our special judges. We certainly wish to thank them for taking time away from their own work to read the entries:

Elizabeth S. Craig, author
Kelly Van Sant, agent at Red Sofa Literary Agency 
Elana Johnson, author
DL Hammons, Write Club founder
S.A. Larsen, author
Kristin Smith, author
Gwen Gardner, author and previous IWSG anthology winner

That’ll do it for my IWSG post. Time for some news.



I love the collective sense of humor our police have. This is just another social media win from the same people who have given us the fabulous lip sync battles. The men and women in blue have won the internet.


This is the second year in a row I’m posting about a Santa gathering. I had no idea Claus World was so happening. Hang ten, guys!


In science this week, a possible secondary reason for one of our planet’s mass extinctions: supernovas slayed our water beasts. Megalodon didn’t stand a chance against radiation. I can’t really say I heart the science of mass extinction, but learning about it helps us know how to protect ourselves in the future. I definitely heart that!


That’s it for me today. See you back here in seven.

About kimlajevardi

I am a forty-something-year-old writer. I'm currently drafting my second book. I've also written short stories, poems, and some non-fiction over the last several years. My interest in writing formed during countless hours with my nose tucked in books. I may have even been clutching a novel as I was born. :)
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34 Responses to IWSG and Weekly News

  1. Christine Rains says:

    Congrats to the winner! Those links are so much fun. Thank you for co-hosting this month. 🙂

  2. This anthology has another great collection of stories from our pool of talented writers.
    Happy New Year and thank you for co-hosting the IWSG this month, Kim!
    Writer In Transit

  3. Beverly says:

    Congratulations to the winners of the Anthology. Looking forward to reading their stories. Thank you for co-hosting this month. Have a great New Year.

  4. Gina Gao says:

    Thank you for co-hosting! Have a great new year.


  5. Ahaha those police officers have a great sense of humor! Love it! Thanks for co-hosting and Happy New Year!

  6. cleemckenzie says:

    IWSG has a lot of news this year. Thanks so much for being one of the hosts for this First First Wednesday of 2019.

  7. jenlanebooks says:

    Thanks for co-hosting! I’m definitely excited to be part of the anthology and grateful for the judges’ time. I don’t know how police do their jobs–I hope humor helps them through the day.

  8. Thanks for co-hosting. Happy New Year!

  9. patgarcia says:

    Happy New Year!
    Congratulations to all the Anthology winners. What a way to end and begin a year. Beautiful.
    Wishing you the very best for 2019 and thank you for co-hosting.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  10. lgkeltner says:

    Thank you for co-hosting! I love the cops mourning the Krispy Kreme donuts. That gave me a good laugh.

  11. Diane Burton says:

    Congrats to all the winners, and thanks for posting them. Can’t wait to read them. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

  12. chemistken says:

    There always seem to be so many possible explanations for mass extinction events. I wonder if we’ll ever get them all sorted out. Have a great 2019 and thanks for co-hosting this month!

  13. Sara says:

    Congratulations to all the winners!

  14. Thanks for co-hosting today, Kim! I hope you’ve had lots of fun visiting about. I enjoyed your funny police donut link and the Santas relaxing and surfing at the beach. With my geological background I definitely heart the science of mass extinction ~ so thanks for the link to the interesting article on the Pliocene extinction event and its possible supernova(s) cause. Happy writing in 2019!

  15. CV Grehan says:

    Thank you for co-hosting, Kim. Congrats to the anthology winners!

  16. Juneta says:

    Thanks for co-hosting. Happy IWSG!

  17. Thanks for co-hosting this month. Blessings!

  18. Thank you for co-hosting and for revealing the newest anthology winners. Congrats to all and thanks to the judges! Happy 2019!

  19. Crying over a burnt Krispy Kreme donut truck – LOL! Come on guys – everyone knows Dunkin’ Donuts are better.

  20. Tonja Drecker says:

    Congratulations to the winners! Thanks for co-hosting this month.

  21. Victoria Marie Lees says:

    Bravo to all IWSG writers who won a place in the new anthology. More power to you! It is such an honor to be amongst such celebrated writers. Thank you!
    Thanks for co-hosting this month’s IWSG bloghop, Kim! All the best in 2019.

  22. Lee Lowery says:

    Congrats to all the Anthology winners! And yes, co-hosts are always fabulous (I’ve been one, as well).

  23. That’s a lot of surfing Santas…
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

  24. Jemima Pett says:

    Thank you for hosting this month’s post.
    Well done to all the winners – I’m looking forward to reading the Anthology 🙂

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