It’s that time again. It’s the first Wednesday of the month and my fellow blogging writers and I are doing it again. This writing journey is not easy but Commander Peter Quincy Taggart said it best: “Never give up. Never surrender.” And thanks goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh for creating this support community. So we can do just that. For ourselves and each other.
To find out more about the group and/or maybe even sign-up, click on the badge above. And don’t forget to check out today’s co-hosts: Nancy Gideon, Tamara Narayan, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Michelle Wallace, and Feather Stone!
Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG and handle is @TheIWSG.
Happy IWSG Day! What’s going with me this month?
Well, I’m preparing for my much needed blog break. But don’t worry, I’ll still pop up back into society for IWSG. Even have a blog post or two that I couldn’t not blog about during my break. Until then, I have two more official posts in May before I go on break.
In the meantime, I’ll continue working on my adult romance Dreaming of You. I’m two-thirds in and just wrote my first bedroom scene. To the romance writers visiting today, let me pick your brain. What can be improved during the rewrite and revise/edit stage? Do you think the chapter is too short? Too long? Does it have enough emotions/internal sensations and evoke the senses? Does it have too much or too little inner dialogue? Mental response? And most importantly is the chapter scorching, meh, or cold fish?
Hopefully, I should be close to writing the words ‘the end’ just in time for Camp NaNoWriMo in July. Afterwards, I’m going to put it away and let it stew a bit. For camp, I’m dusting off my urban/portal fantasy novella The Soul Traveler.
While I’m doing that I’ll be looking for presses, journals, contests, etc to submit my poetry to. As well as editing, revising and rewriting my NaPoWriMo poems (I won :-D) for my second chapbook Triplicity (temp title).
If you’re familiar with my poetry and know of a press or journal that’ll be a good fit, let me know. If not, here’s some of my work on VerseWrights. If they accept previously published work, that’s a plus in my book too.
What’s going on with you this month? Did you do Camp NaNoWriMo or NaPoWriMo last month? Did you meet your goals, complete the challenge? What do you plan to do next?
May 3 Question: What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?
Easy. Wicca spells, numerology, familiars and elemental spirits. And the most interesting was how geography, religion/community effected the witch trials. In Salem, an accused witch was often tested and found guilty. And punished by fire, drowning, etc.
An accused witch in colonial Virginia often had the case dismissed. Or received a fine or lashes. Why? If I remember correctly, it was because colonial New England was mostly Puritan. They had a stricter, more rigid moral code. And were a big believer in harsh punishment of sins. Satanism and witchcraft was sin numero uno.
Colonial Virginia weren’t as comfortable using those particular punishments. Also, colonial New England had a harsher climate compared to Virginia. So more than likely suffered more crop failures. Which also spurred dislike and jealousy towards their more successful neighbors. Or pointing fingers at undesirables as the cause of their misery. Giving birth to the witch hysteria.
Virginia’s most famous witch, was found guilty and convicted, was Grace Sherwood, the witch of Pungo.
PS If you have a hankering to guest blog or have a book promotion during this time, I’d be glad to feature you. I post on Mondays, so if you have preferred month and date, contact me.