IWSG and Weekly News

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It’s time once again for the monthly hop through the twittering blogs of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to view the collective neuroses of far-flung twitching writers, you’re missing out. Click on the link above to rectify your error. You won’t regret it.

My awesome fellow co-hosts for the June posting are: Diane Burton,Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

The optional question this month is: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?

Hmm … I have written shorts in multiple genres, but my novels are in two quite different camps: fantasy and contemporary. While I love the ability to use the modern era, technology, and lingo, I enjoy fantasy a tad more. Fantasy lets me stretch because of the world building. So, not only do I have to weave character arcs and plot lines, but I get to imagine how those things are influenced by or influence the very aspects of the world that exemplify the experiences of my characters. And when that world needs tweaking to cause or impact said arc, I can adjust it. It’s my own little slice of god-like power. Mwahahaha.

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Time for some news.

Dumb criminals meet blowtorch. Um…yeah. *Facepalm*

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/florida-thief-atm-blowtorch_n_5cf7da1de4b01302de35087f

I think the driver owes that bird some seed.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/photobombing-pigeon-speeding-ticket_n_5ced545fe4b0ce71b7493022

Feathers came before birds, meaning we have to rethink some of our dinosaur images. Science blows my mind. Again.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190603124542.htm

That’ll do it for me this week. See you back here in seven.

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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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67 Responses to IWSG and Weekly News

  1. Hey, I’m a forty-something-years-old writer as well! 🙂

    As a non-fiction writer (articles, blog posts, and a travel memoir), I’m curious to try my hand at fiction one of these years. Although, I have so many other non-fiction ideas as I travel the world, that it will be another 40 years before I ever have time to play around in a fantasy world. Sounds exciting and far-reaching, though! Thanks for co-hosting this month!

  2. Lidy says:

    Definitely see and understand and feel the same way about feeling god like when it comes to worldbuilding. It’s like having the big bang at your fingertips. Thanks for co-hosting this month!

  3. Nick Wilford says:

    I love being able to “play God” too, but it feels like a big responsibility! You can’t just change something arbitrarily. But that’s part of the fun, building up a whole world with its own rules and conventions.

  4. Deb R.H. says:

    I can’t tell if my post made it through when WordPress signed me in. If not, thank you for co-hosting! And I also love being able to create new worlds with fantasy and tweak them how I need them for the story.

  5. mirymom says:

    Superhero has let me straddle those two genres, dealing with unrealistic events while still in a mostly-realistic setting. @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

  6. Toi Thomas says:

    Thanks for co-hosting this month.
    I like your description of writing fantasy.
    I too enjoy the speculative genres.

  7. Juneta says:

    I love to world build too. My muse likes to complicate it all she can. Happy IWSG!

  8. I admire anyone who can create a whole world! I like SciFi, but haven’t wanted to write it just because of having to build a whole new world! Thanks for co-hosting this month!

  9. Kalpana says:

    I enjoy reading fantasy and marvel at writers who create those worlds. I’ve never tried my hand at writing it though. Thank you for cohosting the IWSG this month.

  10. I’m in total awe of the fantasy writers, especially high fantasy, who create amazing worlds from scratch, complete with distinct rules/laws/lifestyle/language/culture etcetera. I’m sure they have loads of fun.
    Thanks for co-hosting the IWSG this month.

  11. Beverly says:

    I’ve never written fantasy, but it sounds like fun, so may try it one day,
    Thanks for co-hosting today.

  12. Diane Burton says:

    Sci-fi is a lot like fantasy where you can create your own world, your rules, etc. Enjoy whatever genre you write in.

    Thanks for co-hosting this month.

  13. Pat Hatt says:

    Can sure do a lot with fantasy. A fun one indeed.

  14. I hope you enjoyed co-hosting IWSG this month – I know I did. 🙂

  15. chemistken says:

    World-building can be fun, but trying to make sure everything works together without breaking anything can be hard. Thanks for cohosting this month’s IWSG post.

  16. Yes, being able to manipulate not just the characters, but the setting, culture, or physics of a world does give an author a lot of power. (Like going from a T-rex to a chicken?! What a world!)
    Thanks for being a co-host!

  17. I feel God like writing my noir mysteries for sure. Even though there’s a gun toting ax murderer my heroine always gets away. Well, almost always ;). Thank you for co-hosting!

  18. mlouisebarbourfundyblue says:

    Mwahahaha ~ It is fun to feel a little god-like! Thanks for the link to the article on feathers ~ fascinating! And thanks for the laughs with the ATM and the bird. I always appreciate a good laugh! Thanks for co-hosting too. I hope that you have had a great day!

  19. I love writing fantasy for the same reasons. Smacking my head after those stories also.

  20. Gwen Gardner says:

    Heh, we’re all a bit god-like with our world building 😉 Thanks for hosting!

  21. I have to admit, that’s why I like writing fantasy too. I like to stretch that box and blast it open.

    Thanks for co-hosting this month

  22. Olga Godim says:

    Yes, ‘god-like power’! That’s why I write fantasy too.

  23. That part of fantasy is so darn appealing. Historical fiction–what I write of late–just can’t match that.

  24. michellenebel says:

    Thanks for co-hosting IWSG! I think there’s a little part of every writer that enjoys that “phenomenal cosmic power” aspect of controlling the worlds we create 🙂

  25. Sarah Foster says:

    Creating a fantasy world is definitely fun to do.

  26. That pigeon reminds me of the goose that smacked Fabian in the face during the premier of roller coaster Apollo’s Chariot.

  27. cleemckenzie says:

    Mixing genres is a great way to stay fresh, and I like your combination. Thanks for being a co-host for this Wednesday.

  28. Lee Lowery says:

    I love sci-fi and fantasy for the flexibility in not being bound/limited by our modern technology. In my current WIP, I tend to feel bogged down by technology, mainly because it changes so fast and I think my novel will be seriously dated by the time it hits print.

    Thanks for co-hosting today!

  29. S.E. White says:

    Definitely fascinating to work with all the possibilities fantasy has to offer. It’s limitless! Happy IWSG day,and thanks for co-hosting.

  30. diedre says:

    What an entertaining post! I like the feeling of “God-like power” too. It doesn’t seem to matter what genre I write in that something supernatural isn’t afoot, and I rarely include technology unless in reference to transportation.
    Thanks for co-hosting!

  31. That’s why I like science fiction and fantasy.
    That’s hilarious about the bird obscuring the driver’s face. Maybe they should aim the camera at the license plate instead?
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

    • kimlajevardi says:

      Lawyers got them on just dong plates because people borrow, share, or steal cars. They have to show the person in court. That’s why the guy owes the bird a mega-bag of seed. 🙂

  32. I love the world building in fantasy too, and you can mix genres with it too. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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