Wednesday, April 7, 2021

IWSG and the Risks We Take

 

Today is the first Wednesday of the month and that means it is time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG) post. Let's dive right on into this month's question:

Are you a risk taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your writing?

My answer: Yes

If you've read Neverlove, then you'll know that it tackled familial sexual abuse and suicide. Those aren't "dinner table" topics. What might also be controversial is the way I handled the follow up. We don't all have a "healthy" or "unhealthy" way in which we respond to the tragedies that slice into our lives. Sometimes, all there is is the getting up and figuring out - stumbling a bit along the way - how to go on, exorcising our demons in different ways.

I'm doing something a little risky now as well, though not in writing. 

I've accepted a new position (paying gig) that is going to require an immense amount of change and re-learning while at the same time I am a fellow in DS4A, which means I am tackling coding and programming, two things I haven't done since my early 20's many, many moons ago.

So I'll be a bit busy and will likely just have IWSG posts until fall...and that also means my writing is on pause.

Not forever stopped though. 

So what about you, any risks with writing...maybe even a new risk you're tackling in your life's journey? Share here and be sure to stop here to use the Linky List to hop to other IWSG blogs and see what's what around the blogosphere.



Wednesday, March 10, 2021

After...

 


Life can be quite the journey...

It's been a few weeks since hell froze over in Texas and things we take for granted, like electricity, water and comfortable shelter, were considered "unicorns" for those of us who had to go without.

When utilities returned, I found myself turning on lights in rooms and pausing just a moment to release the breath I'd been holding.

Now, I find myself pushing my grocery buggy to the candle aisle and grabbing a few...just...because. It feels necessary in a way that I can't explain.

I'm looking to purchase a few bricks and terracotta pots to create the little "candle heaters" that got shared as a hack while the electricity was out. 

I have enough charcoal to cook on the grill each day for several months.

After....

After a traumatic event things feel...different. But this isn't my first time dealing with something life-altering. 

Have you experienced an unexpected event and how did you deal with the after?

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

IWSG & What's Your Genre?

 

First Wednesday of the month means something special:

Time for Insecure Writer's Support Group posts!

I'll dive straight into this month's question then share my thoughts. Please comment and click here to hop to more IWSG places to find out what other bloggers share about the question, their thoughts, their dreams, or whatever they're opening their hearts to share. 💗

QOTM: 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?

Me? Well, I read to escape.

As a kid, the characters in Tolkien or Lewis's fantasies or Judy Blume or Beverly Cleary stories seemed like lives so far removed, their problems cute or fantastic instead of painfully real. As I grew older and discovered Terry McMillan, Eric Jerome Dickey, and E. Lynn Harris, it was fun escaping into the drama on the pages while doing my best to keep the drama in my own life to a minimum. At the same time, Stephen King's Gunslinger series called to me, as well as Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth and I simply had to revisit Narnia again as an adult.

While the stories I write tend to be fantasy/urban fantasy or contemporary romance, I can certainly find myself enjoying Lee Child or David Baldacci for the thrill of the escape.

What of you, dear reader?

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

What Do You Do?

 

This picture is a bit of a representation of what last week was like:

Beneath water with an idea of which way is up and doing what I can while under water. The difference being the girl in this picture likely has some control in being able to punch up to the surface...

And I did not.

I did not have control over my home being one of the homes with no electricity - not rolling blackouts - but zero power. Generators are great and all but not something you want sitting on your kitchen floor. I'm not sure the generator can run 24 hours a day for 4 to 5 days straight. Living in a duplex I wasn't sure where I could hook one up and well, they sold out along with battery powered space heaters. 

Then the roads were pretty bad, so bad that a daughter and mother trying to take food to a family member couldn't make it up our street (slight incline) and got stuck at the foot of my driveway. I bundled up more (already bundled in the house due to lack of electricity) and joined a couple of other neighbors to help them.

What do you do when Snowmaggedon dumps snow and ice on a fragile infrastructure that has long needed updates? Well, you save yourself through creative survival techniques. While I am not a prepper myself, I've always respected things some preppers share regarding surviving hard times. And it was good to see that while systems failed, we as humans reached out to each other, checked up on one another, opened homes and warming shelters to those without, shared food when Snowpacolypse hoarding left seniors and the most vulnerable with little to nothing.

Yeah, I was glad to see what more of us did.

Do you know what you would do in a situation like this? Sometimes, you just don't know until you're in the thick of it.


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

A Note to 2021

 Dear 2021,

Hey, listen...I know that the temptation to be competitive can be strong. This past-year-which-shall-not-have-its-number-uttered set a pretty low standard in the Limbo Game of Life, and I wanted to share with you that you can be different, better actually, provide fodder for living, not just existing or being "glad to be on this side of the dirt" as the basis of a good day.

2021, I get that you aren't responsible for some things that carried over and some things that have been around so long that they are part of the weathered and broken pieces of what make us...us, but where you can, please allow hope and discernment to flourish. Both seem to be lacking, especially in places of power where they could help the most.

I appreciated the quiet birthday on February 13th and the time chilling with my kiddo and my furbaby for Valentine's Day. The Alaska-like weather was...something, along with the various other cringey things that may have gone on. So here, enjoy some dessert and let's start working towards days improved.


Who am I to ask this of you?

Well, I don't claim to be any kind of celebrity. I'm just a humble mom, hard worker, and writer still dreaming of potential that can be fulfilled.

Sincerely,

Angie in Texas