IWSG and Weekly News

It’s time once again for my monthly post for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). If you’re a twittering writer looking to virtually connect with other nervous keyboard junkies, join. Connect. Insecure together is far superior to insecure alone. Our awesome co-hosts today are Sarah – The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose!

The optional question this month is – Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

I definitely read widely. Contemporary, fantasy, sci fi, thrillers, etc… In truth, though, I think I go through little obsessions. When I find an author or niche that I adore, I will inhale books from that corner of the publishing world for a while, grow tired, and then find another corner to fixate on. Even though I’m currently enthralled with a small YA fantasy fixation (Wicked Saints, The Thief, etc…) I had a major obsession over Seanan McGuire’s stuff last spring into summer. Middegame is what started it, but Every Heart a Doorway continued it. I am a reader first and foremost.

I’m motivated to the greatest degree by strong/interesting characters, but the overall intersection of the plot arc(s) and emotional arc(s) make the story hit me hard. I need to feel growth or change. If I feel the world and the moment, the author has me. 🙂

Time for news nuggets and a song to round out my Wednesday.

My first story today has the potential to reveal a mysterious sea monster. Please let it be a sea monster. Please. Ignore the hypothesis of a washed-up basking shark. It’s a sea monster, I just know it. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/mystery-23-foot-sea-beast-23597327

The title of the next article says it all. I bow down to the ogre-faced spider and it’s hearing. Science rocks! https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ogre-faced-spider-hearing-catch-insects-prey-air-sound-sight

Here’s a taste of Kansas to end things. Grew to love them from watching Supernatural. Have a great rest of your week, and I’ll see in seven. https://youtu.be/P5ZJui3aPoQ


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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6 Responses to IWSG and Weekly News

  1. Victoria Marie Lees says:

    This is great, Kim! I totally agree. Story is about change. It is about the intersection of the internal and the external arcs. I need to feel that growth or change, too. All best to you!

  2. L. Diane Wolfe says:

    A YA fantasy was the latest release from DLP.

    Always loved Kansas. Did you know that song is from the movie soundtrack to Heroes featuring Henry Winkler and Sally Field?

    • kimlajevardi says:

      I didn’t know it was part of that soundtrack. I heard it for the first time while watching Supernatural. Fell in love hard with a handful of Kansas songs from that show.

  3. It’s all in captivating story, isn’t it?
    Maybe that’s one of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters?

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