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Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers resources, tips, timely news,
how-to’s, and don’t do’s – all the support we writers can use to make the most
of our craft.
We meet on
the 1st Wednesday of every month. Feel free to browse around and
mingle. As in the words of IWSG founder and “Cassa Series,” author Alex Cavanaugh, “Your words may be the encouragement someone else needs” Join us!
We had one
humdinger of a storm soon after last month’s post. It was one of those sneaky
mid-night especially destructive Monsoons complete with window-rattling thunder
and lightning bolts roughly the width of Parthenon columns. It was one of those
massive electric bolts that started the Bighorn Fire in our beloved Santa
Catalina Mountains – in an area just above our house.
Many of the 114k-plus acres that ended up perishing over the course of 25 days hadn’t burned in over 1100 years. The sheer magnitude of displaced wildlife is appalling and beyond tragic. Authorities are pinning the losses primarily on the invasion.
year, such as it’s been, has taught us anything, it’s that invasions come in
many forms. The aggression that significantly impeded the Bighorn Fire battle
was that of the omnipresent and highly-flammable Buffelgrass, a non-native
grass initially peddled as erosion control and livestock forage. This historic
fire has drastically changed the landscape, and possibly the entire ecosystem
of our mountain range. Going forward, we can only hope that future promoters of
lousy experiments aren’t as careless in their duties as desert sentries.
giving too much away, I’ll just say that the Bighorn Fire may have radically
changed (in a good way!) the ending of a book I plan to release later this
As for the
book I’d planned to release in July (still do, actually): I was at a point
where all the pieces were coming together nicely. I’d even approved a cover. Yet,
there remained a pervasive sense of – apathy. Why wasn’t I excited about this? It
wasn’t until I showed the cover to a trusted friend who asked, “What’s the book
about?” that the reason for my lack of enthusiasm was as plain as the words on
the cover. Ugh, that title had to go. It was surprisingly painless and had the
same effect as hanging a Suncatcher at my
titles, I read a startling YA tale called “Tsantas” by C. Lee McKenzie this month. It’s sure to become the next Best Campfire Story
to the (optional) IWSG Question of the Month:
There have been
many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would
like to see happen in the next decade?
afraid to contemplate the lengths to which the industry, as well as technology,
may one day evolve. I’d like to see more emphasis on author talent; rather than
affiliations in terms of publishing. I can’t fathom an interest in any mystery
a computer might write. I’m quite content to write – and share, as I do with
the technology available today.
|See ya soon!