Wednesday, February 3, 2021

February IWSG post and my Blog Buddies


2021 is moving at a brisk pace. We are already one month down. I’m quite positive that this year will be way better than 2020. 2020 was one unforgettable year that I want to wipe away from my life.

With a new month its time for our IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post. IWSG is an online group of writers and the first Wednesday of the month sees our IWSG blog post, where most of us smartly build our posts around the IWSG question of the month. Do visit the IWSG website to see all the amazing activities of the group.

Lucky for us Alex J Cavanaugh got the idea to start IWSG. He is the successful author of several amazon bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars, with more bestsellers on the way.

I did something very different in January. I recorded my first ever video interview. I was nervous, it was something new, but as I had been postponing it for a long time, I decided to be bold and go for it. And I must tell you it was fun once I got over my initial reluctance. Will share the link after its posted on the House of Books and Tales website and YouTube.

February 3 question - Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?

I completely agree. Blogging was a start of wonderful and enduring friendships for me. I started blogging in March 2010 and I must say I have made many awesome friends along the way, every year. I even found my critique partner Mark Noce via my blog.

If I hadn’t started blogging I would never have met such talented authors and come to know about their books. All these wonderful humans: Alex Cavanaugh, Elizabeth Mueller, Elizabeth Varadan, Madeline Mora Summonte, Jennifer Hawes, Natalie Aguirre, Michael Di Gesu, Michelle Wallace, Tara Robinson, Diane Wolfe, Carole Ann Carr, Lynda Young, Carol Riggs, Lee McKenzie, Gwen Gardener, Nick Wilford, Mary Pax, Mark Koopman, Stephen Tremp, Alexia Chamberlynn, Arlee Bird, Chrys Fey, Tyrean Martinson, David Powers King, Al Diaz, and Rahul Bhatia, are there in my life, courtesy my blog.

P.S. I may have forgotten some names. My apologies to those blog buddies.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

My January IWSG Post and my turn offs in other people’s books


Happy New Year Everyone!

2021 has me excited. I hope and pray we have left the worst of Covid behind us. And with the vaccination starting in some parts of the world, things are definitely looking brighter.

I’m excited to see what 2021 has in store for all of us.

Its time for the first IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post of 2021. IWSG is an online group of writers posting on the first Wednesday of every month and more often than not, our posts are writing related, though many of us have taken the answering the IWSG question route, building our posts around the monthly IWSG question. January 20, will also see the IWSG Twitter pitch contest (#IWSGPit). So, peeps get the pitches ready. Make them sparkle. Do visit the IWSG website for more details about the Twitter Contest.

IWSG was created by Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh. He is the successful author of several amazon bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars, with more bestsellers on the way (I’m sure they are lurking around inside his mind, waiting to emerge.)

The awesome co-hosts for the January 6 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren, J Lenni Dorner, Gwen Gardener, Sandra Cox and Louise - Fundy Blue!

January 6 question - Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?

I really get bugged if a writer has not done justice to the plot, or if there are glaring holes through which I can see the gaping errors in the story. I also dislike inconsistency in both writing (sentence structure and grammar) and the story. As a book reviewer for 2 newspapers, I have had the misfortune of reading several books where I felt that the writers didn’t do justice to the story, or the genre or the characters (made them one-dimensional). And sadly, I had to point it out in my reviews, and I ended up making a few enemies in the process. But my conscience wouldn’t let me lie.

I just hope someone else doesn’t find the same flaws and faults in my story.

What about you all? What frustrates you about other people’s books?


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

My Most Productive Months and December IWSG

There is a huge sigh of relief from my side, as 2020 is inching to an end. A year that saw most of us cocooned at home, with all kinds of uncertainty looming large on our personal horizons, keeping a safe distance from the outside world, spending more time with masks and sanitizers than we have ever spent in our entire lives. Hope 2021 sees Covid-19 finally going away from all over the world. Where are you Miss Vaccine?

As I have restricted my blogging to just once a month on IWSG days, I look forward to that a lot. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online writers’ group posting on the first Wednesday of the month. IWSG discussions centre around all aspects of writing, publishing and marketing. Do visit the IWSG website if you haven’t already done so.

IWSG was started by the multi-talented captain cool Alex J Cavanaugh, author, blogger, musician always ready to spread goodwill and cheer, constantly supporting and promoting other writers. Alex is our Santa Claus with his bag of goodies (read support and help). Alex is the author of several amazon bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars, with more bestsellers on the way.

 As there is a question of the month to build our post around, it comes as a saviour for many of us, who at times run out of topics.

December 2 question - Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why?

Yes, for me definitely there are some productive months like January (I am in a hurry to set a target for the year and achieve my writing goals) March and April (I always try writing new stuff in those months, July (from the past few years I give myself a birthday present in the form of some writing, a picture book, a chapter book or stories), September to November (where I tend to revise and polish my manuscripts a lot). This year I wrote a lot from March to September as I was on a deadline and had to submit my new book to my publisher. There are some months where I tend to go slow on my writing.

What about you all? Any special months where your productivity is at its peak?

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year in advance.