Wednesday, June 2, 2021

IWSG: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 ~ The Sweet and the Maddening


It's the first Wednesday of the month,
the day that members of the
Insecure Writer's Support Group
share their writing struggles
and writing successes
and offer their encouragement
and support to fellow writers.

To visit the IWSG website, click here.

To become a member of the IWSG, click here.

Our wonderful co-hosts who are volunteering today,
along with IWSG Founder Alex J. Cavanaugh are J. Lenni DornerSarah FosterNatalie AguirreLee Lowery, and Rachna Chhabria.

I hope you have a chance to visit today's hosts and thank them for co-hosting.
I'm sure they would appreciate a visit and an encouraging comment.

Every month the IWSG announces a question that members can answer
with advice, insight, a personal experience, or a story in their IWSG posts.

Or, the question can inspire members
if they aren't sure what to write about on IWSG Day.

Remember the question is optional.
This month's featured question is: 
For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?
Happy June, Everyone!
I'm so happy that it is June 2021 and not June 2020!
We're much closer to the world returning to normal.
My fervent hope is that everyone around the world
will be inoculated against Covid as soon as possible.

I must apologize for not making the rounds as much as I wanted on May's IWSG Day.
Furthermore, I must apologize because I didn't reply
to all the kind people who commented on my post.
May was a lost month for blogging and writing for me,
and I'm afraid to tempt fate by saying June looks promising for those activities.

Nothing bad has happened,
and Terry continues to recover from his heart attack.
I've just been repeatedly pulled away from personal activities I long to return to.

Sam ~ A Very Sweet Distraction
He and His "Pack" Visited Us Unexpectedly in May
May 27, 2021  Aurora, Colorado, USA
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue All Rights Reserved

Finch Wars ~ An Ongoing Fight to Outwit These Determined Little Birds
Not even rocks, a large vitamin bottle, and a scrub brush
will deter the finches from trying to build a nest on top of our outdoor speakers!
They sit in the cottonwood next door and wait for their chance. 
May 26, 2021  Aurora, Colorado, USA
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue All Rights Reserved

With regard to this month's question,
I usually don't shelve a first draft before rereading and redrafting it.
I typically reread what I wrote the previous day before I start writing the following day.
Often, before I end a writing session,
I'll make notes about what to do next when I return to the draft.

Since I'm always trying to beat a deadline,
rereading and redrafting usually follow the first draft immediately.
I wish that weren't the case, but that's been my pattern since I was a child.

Are you considering entering this year's IWSG Anthology Contest?
Sweet Romance?  First love?  Groan.  
This genre intimidates me more than any other!
I have an idea though!  We shall see!

I appreciate you all so much, and I will get back on track.

Happy writing in June!

Till next time ~
Fundy Blue 

If you haven't read this year's IWSG anthology Dark Matter:  Artificial
I encourage you to do so.  It is excellent!  I enjoyed every story.

Dark Matter: Artificial
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Discover dark matter’s secrets…
What is an AI’s true role? Will bumbling siblings find their way home from deep space? Dark matter is judging us—are we worthy of existence? Would you step through a portal into another reality? Can the discoverer of dark matter uncover its secrets?
Ten authors explore dark matter, unraveling its secrets and revealing its mysterious nature. Featuring the talents of Stephanie Espinoza Villamor, C.D. Gallant-King, Tara Tyler, Mark Alpert, Olga Godim, Steph Wolmarans, Charles Kowalski, Kim Mannix, Elizabeth Mueller, and Deniz Bevan.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a journey across time and space. Prepare for ignition!
Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database; articles; monthly blog posting; Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram groups; #IWSGPit, and a newsletter.
Release date: May 4, 2021
Print ISBN 9781939844828 $14.95
EBook ISBN 9781939844835 $4.99
Science Fiction: Collections & Anthologies (FIC028040) / Space Exploration (FIC028130) / Genetic Engineering (FIC028110)