Friday, April 30, 2021



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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The #1 Reason All Writers Take Risk. #IWSG #AmWriting #Noir #Blogging #Mystery #Horror #Marriage #Linguistics

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Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

Every month we announce a question. The question is optional. Share advice, ask questions and help others seeking answers HERE.

The awesome co-hosts for the April 7 posting of the IWSG are PK Hrezo, Pat Garcia, SE White, Lisa Buie Collard, and Diane Burton!

April 7 question - Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?

I believe all creative output involves risk. As an independent content creator and social media specialist I wear many hats. My last writing assignment involving travel sent me to Japan. It seems like a lifetime ago, and it's only been two years. 

Adjusting to different brands for multiple clients requires me to shift voice and perspective. My personal projects, noir mystery novels, horror/sci-fi shorts, auto-bio books and essays, are where I can let my guts show.

I try to make work that is accessible to everyone. To the best of my abilities I write to the smartest person in the room. I challenge my own beliefs, philosophies et cetera. While you don't have to be an intellectual to digest my work I believe my work also appeals to the intellectual. Hope springs eternal.

Lots of subjects gnaw at me, and I compulsively ask questions.

Take the history of our language. Even our modern colloquialisms. When we're married we're off the "meat-market".  Linguistically speaking the terms bride and groom dehumanizes the sanctity of marriage, but does it really? The term bride comes from the bridal-bit used to steer the working beast here and there. The bridal bit insures it obeys. The groomsman/men are the masters who groom and command the animal. 

I've been married before. I didn't feel any of those things. Then again, just because we didn't invent the rules doesn't mean we can't win the game. Am I dressing down marriage as a mere game? No way! A game is fun, and something you can win. According to linguistics marriage is a blood-sport. 

This is why writing is a risk. It allows us to be at odds with ourselves. The longer my friends and family don't know what's going on inside my head the longer they wont feel the need to sleep in shifts.

Creating involves risk.

See? I'm doing it again.

What do you think? Are you a risk taker when writing?

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

2 Ways To Pinpoint Genres You're Inclined to Read vs Write #IWSG #amwriting #amediting #CottonWolfPublishing


It's the first Wednesday of March. Time for another of Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group post. We share advice, our fears and let the optional monthly questions inspire us to discuss what's been either inspiring and/or eating away at us. Join us by clicking HERE! 

March 3 question - 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?

The awesome co-hosts for the March 3 posting of the IWSG are Sarah - The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose!

1. Take Inventory -

When it comes to my reading preferences I'm all over the shelving map. My personal library is organized into sections alpha by author. The only section alpha by subject is my auto/biography section for obvious reasons. I collect biographies on Sidonie Colette. A performer, journalist, novelist and play write with a mind blowing repertoire. Colette has her own section. It sits prominently among the Cs in my biography section next to french windows on the left-side of my study.

The rest of the sections are as follows: Fiction, Mystery, History, Poetry and Plays, Philosophy and Religion, Music, True Crime, Science, Psychology, Art, Science Fiction and I'm probably leaving out a few subs. Having worked at 3 indie bookstores in the SF Bay I own A LOT of books. My library is the largest room in my house. It practically is my house. When guests ask if I've read them all I gently shoo them away to prevent them further offending my collection.

My editor on desk in "The Library" giving me her now perfected condescending yet concerned look.

I wish I could take a picture of what my library and writing desk look like now for this post. I swear it's tidy and organized. But I'm up in Truckee.

Chillin. Literally. 

With moms and dogs. 

2. What Compels You The Most? What Gets You Excited?

My writing mostly consists noir mystery novels, Horror/SciFi shorts and autobiographical work. Remember the old adage, "You'll be best at writing what you most enjoy reading?" Readers can tell when the passion and intensity resonates on the page. We take the time to flesh out what we cherish. 

To keep the lights on I've been copywriting, content creating and ghost writing on a myriad of topics and genres. This forces me out of my comfort zone intensifying my love for travel and learning. 

What genres do you most enjoy? Why? 

I heart comments, and always return them unless I'm possessed by sprits or abducted by aliens. Each month I look forward to the one day I get to absorb the posts of our community. 

Happy IWSG Day!

#IWSG #amwriting 


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

3 Reasons Blogging Is More Than Sharing Stories #IWSG #AmWriting

It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Join us by clicking HERE! Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. 

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?

3 Reasons Blogging Is More Than Sharing Stories -

1. Art isn't created in a vacuum. These trying times call for more digital contact. We can't invite people for coffee or long inspirational lunches. We can't pen each other's thoughts in person without breaking pacts with our Covid pods. We can reach out to groups online such as this one.

2. Inspiration. Interfacing via our blogs and other social media platforms has been a necessary outlet to prevent total isolation and follow another's work. Through the posts of others I've mined treasure troves of inspiration on IWSG Day. I enjoy learning the process of others. It's helpful to watch another writer's progression in their craft, and learn how they overcame creative obstacles.

3. Perspective and support. Visiting a fellow writer's blog forces me out of my own head to learn and appreciate another's perspective. It's an unselfish give and take. There's room for many stars in the filament, and that's a beautiful thing.

What does participating in the blogosphere mean to you? Happy IWSG Day!  


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

What throws you out of a book? #IWSG

 So strange. I noticed a few of my blog posts are missing. Were they deleted when Blogspot updated its platform? I don't know, but it's annoying.

It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Share and receive support by signing up HERE!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

The awesome co-hosts for the January 6 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren , J Lenni Dorner, Gwen Gardner 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 try to read everything, both good and bad. It's rare for me to cancel an investment in reading someones work. Continuity issues as well as a lack of authenticity in the work can make me put a book down. When there are holes in a story I get frustrated.

Mark Twain said, "Write what you know." 

Another writer said, "Write what you want to know." I forget who the quote's from.

When I'm reading work that smacks of inauthenticity; work you can tell was fleshed out because the topic's hot right now and the writer's heart and head just isn't into it, it's hard for me to keep going.

JT Leroy was a young gay writer and former trans prostitute suffering from AIDS in San Francisco. He exploded on the literary scene creating tons of buzz in the publishing world. Eventually he/she was outed. He didn't exist. The writer was really a woman named Laura Albert who was in her forties from New York. I tried reading the book, Sarah and just couldn't get into it. I knew too much and almost wished I didn't. 

I watched Author and The Cult of JT Leroy documentary. While the story of this imposter was fascinating, it diminished my desire to read the work. JT Leroy's short stories and novels were touted as fiction based on Leroy's true life tale. Laura Albert, while a talented writer grew her career by creating an avatar out of her sister in law, Savanah Knoop who wore a wig and pretended to be a boy to the public. JT Leroy said he hung around Skinheads and hustled on Polk Street. The problem was there were no Skinheads in San Francisco in the 90's and no one knew him on Polk Street. Laura's avatar itself had a problem with continuity in public. Savanah details this in her book, Girl Boy Girl.

Just like the title of my blog says, there's more fact in fiction. I love to read all genres. It's rare I give up on a book. What makes you put down a book?

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Winter Writing Malaise #amwriting #IWSG #Noir #Mystery


It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group post a la Science Fiction writer, Alex J. Cavanaugh. Join us by clicking HERE!

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

The awesome co-hosts for the December 2 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney, Liesbet @ Roaming About Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre!

In 1816 Mary Shelly, her husband poet Percy Bysshe Shelly, Lord Byron, and his physician John Polidori were all trapped indoors due to formidable weather. To pass the time they wrote horror stories to entertain each other. Voila! Frakenstein was born. 

How amazing is that? If only! During the cold holiday months all I want to do is read, think about writing, plan on what do to with my writing, plot what I'm going to write, but not do any actual writing. During quarantine lockdown I get this general sense of malaise while wondering if I just wasn't cut out to be a real writer. Then, I remember. Shelly had no internet. No Netflix. No Hulu. No Amazon Prime. In 1816 if they weren't reading or writing they were making dolls out of cornhusks and staring at fire.

On a run.

It's easy to feel adrift during intense isolation from family and friends. We feel a shift in our ambitions making it hard to stay on track, or at least I do. For the rest of the winter I plan on celebrating the bare minimum. Keeping to my deadlines, social distancing, hot pilates via Instagram calls, and power pilates in the park. 

Does anyone else feel the same way? Winter ever slow you down, or do you stay consistent with your productivity throughout the year? Hope everyone is staying safe. Happy Holidays!