IWSG and Weekly News


It is time once again for my monthly posting for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). We’re a fun-loving group of insecure writers who reach trembling fingers through our virtual keyboards to find connection beyond our keyboards. Come join us.

The awesome co-hosts for the September 2 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, J Lenni Dorner, Deniz Bevan, Natalie Aguirre, Louise – Fundy Blue and me.

The optional question this month is – If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why?

The truth is the question is hhhaaarrrddd. I love so many books and authors. If I have to choose one (argh, curses), the answer would be: Naomi Novik. I love everything of hers I’ve read. If you haven’t read her, go. Now.

Short but sweet posting this month. Now, it’s time for a news and music snack.


This first story is “unbearable.” 🙂


And in science news today, puberty may not be great for your skin or your voice, but it could provide a window to help repair childhood trauma. That matters–a whole hell of a lot for many kiddos out there.


I leave you with a new favorite. See you 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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49 Responses to IWSG and Weekly News

  1. Lidy says:

    Thanks for co-hosting this month! Added Ms. Novik to my TBR list.

  2. Juneta says:

    Thanks for co-hosting. I will check out that author. Junetakey.com

  3. Thanks for co-hosting today, Kim! I’ve never head of your favorite author/beta partner. But, that is also true for most blog posts I’m reading this month. I guess I’m totally “under-read” in American/English literature! Happy Sunday!

  4. Arlee Bird says:

    I can add to my list of authors I’ve never heard of with your beta choice. Must be a good one.

    Thanks for co-hosting.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  5. soniadogra says:

    Thank you for co-hosting. Added to my TBR.

  6. mlouisebarbourfundyblue says:

    Thanks for co-hosting today, Kim! All three of your links were great. “Song of Durin” ~ Wow!

  7. Good choice! Thanks for co-hosting today! @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

  8. jlennidorner says:

    Added another to my TBR pile. Thanks for wanting such a cool author as a beta!

  9. Steph W says:

    Thanks for the recommendation! I am getting one of her books for sure!

  10. diedre says:

    Fascinating research regarding the possible healing properties of puberty. When it comes to children there just shouldn’t be bad memories.
    Thanks for co-hosting!

  11. S.E. White says:

    Short and sweet post today! Naomi Novik is a fabulous writer, I think she’d have lots of good solid advice. Thanks so much for co-hosting this month!

  12. Mary Aalgaard says:

    Cool. Thanks for co-hosting this month!

  13. Jemima Pett says:

    Thanks for co-hosting this month 🙂 I must check out Naomi Novik.

  14. Loni Townsend says:

    Ooh. It was just this past year that I picked up His Majesty’s Dragon to explore her work. Good recommendation with Naomi Novik. Thanks for co-hosting!

  15. At least Teddy doesn’t have to wear a mask and you can cuddle him!

  16. Jennifer Lee Hawes says:

    It’s fun seeing who everyone would choose as beta-readers! Wish this could come true.

  17. It was hard to narrow it dow to one author!

  18. It is funny when it’s a toy. KInds scary to think what would have happened to a person! Maybe they would just catch it and be thrilled. Note to self: Bring glove and helmet to next in-person baseball game.

  19. nancygideon says:

    Thanks for co-hosting, Kim and for sharing that beautiful song to start my morning!

  20. Toi Thomas says:

    Thanks for co-hosting this month, and for the weird news. Poor teddy. I too enjoy Naomi Novik.

  21. Thanks for co-hosting, Kim. I’m definitely checking Naomi out. Never heard of her.

  22. patgarcia says:

    Another author that I’ve never heard of. It amazing how many people write books.
    Thank you for co-hosting and have a great month of September.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  23. Oh, that poor Teddy Bear! LOL Can we say he took one for the team?

  24. I’d seen the clip with the Teddy bear. Hilarious!
    Thanks for co-hosting today.

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