Wednesday, October 3, 2018

IWSG: October 2018 Version

It's October already. Fall is here though the weather this week is more like late August style. Looking forward to cooler nights. It's also the first Wednesday which means IWSG monthly blog fun. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh, we're all able to be part of this supportive group. Find the entire list here and join us in reading some terrific blogs today.

Best wishes to all who have entered the latest anthology contest. There are so many terrific writers in this group that I'm glad I don't have to make decisions about what stories are selected.

The IWSG question of the month:

How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

I know many writers have been helped through a difficult time by writing. That is not me. When some major event occurs in my life, I don't write. Writing is a job to me. One I love and enjoy, but it's not where I go as an emotional outlet. 

The first book in my newest space opera romance series is now available on Amazon. The Alien and the Teacher has me very excited to be writing about space again. The second book in the series is on its second set of revisions and the third is started. Adventure in the stars with a bit of romance.

On clear nights in the darkest places, approximately 3,000 stars are visible to the naked eye. The Old Farmers Almanac

On the personal front, my granddaughter is a real joy. She learns new words every day. We dance to music a few times per day. Play chase outside. Go on at least one field trip per week. (State museum last week) Do the shopping and cleaning. Go to library reading class once per week. And that doesn't count all the reading and playing with toys we do. You'd think I'd be exhausted, but she energizes me. Grandma has to keep up.

"Children have more need of models than of critics." Joseph Joubert

Poldark is back on PBS. It started its 4th season last Sunday. The show gives an insight to the plight of the poor and the callousness of the rich and landed in England in the years post-American Revolution.

None of the new shows have caught my interest totally. I watched the new Magnum, because who isn't curious to see how anyone can replace Tom Selleck? It's okay so far. Watched the first Manifest and tuned out in the middle of the second episode. Lot of mystery but it was moving too slow for me. The Gifted is back and again, it's okay. I'll stick with it for a while.

Any new shows catch your interest? I'm looking for recommendations. Is your writing every a comfort or is like me, the job? Signs of fall in your neck of the woods?


  1. That's cool your book is available elsewhere now.
    Only watching a couple of new shows. NetFlix and Prime get most of my viewing time. As does MST3K and RiffTrax!

  2. Congrats on the new book!

    No new network shows right now - just the usual handful, minus The Middle, which I really miss. I have a few waiting on my Netflix list, but I don't know when I'll get to them.

  3. "On clear nights in the darkest places, approximately 3,000 stars are visible to the naked eye. The Old Farmers Almanac" Awesome!
    I'm not really watching television anymore. While ill, I rewatched "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" which never fails to entertain. As for series I usually enjoy, it's like they've lost direction after a couple of seasons. So I'm reading a lot instead. Happy IWSG day!

    Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer's Support Group day: Course Correction

  4. That is interesting to me that your writing is not an emotional outlet to you. It might be mine. Writing is TRULY a job.

  5. My mother loved Tom Selleck and would be appalled by anyone else in the role.

  6. I haven't been able to check out Magnum yet - not sure I will. Loved Selleck in that role :)
    We finally go Netflix so I'm rewatching Dark Matter right now :)

  7. Writing isn't where I go when things get tough, either. I usually just don't have the energy for writing.

  8. We see writing in the same way. When I'm upset about something in my life, writing takes a back seat until I can give it the attention I want to. Loved that quote of Joubert's.

  9. I've recently started New Amsterdam, which is a medical drama show. As interest as the premise of a new medical chief changing things up in the hospital (based on a true story), I find that a lot of the writing is rather cliche of what you might expect to see in any medical drama. I'm hoping that the show turns around and tries harder.

  10. I am the same as you about writing during life changes. Congrats on your book and glad you're writing more again.

  11. I'm kind of like you in the sense that stress interrupts my ability to write. I need to be in a certain state of mind to do it. And it's so nice to hear about your granddaughter. I hope you're having a lot of fun with her.

  12. Sounds like you are having a great time with your granddaughter.

    haha if I classified it as work, I'd need to get a few more jobs to pay the bills.

    Congrats on the new book being on Amazon.

    Nah, not a single new network show caught my interest. More of the same hum drum crap.

  13. My morning pages used to be where i dumped everything, but i haven’t done that in quite a while.

    Congratulations on your newest release!

  14. Congrats on the new book!
    None of the new shows have really caught my eye. Between returning shows and Netflix, I probably watch too much TV, anyway.

  15. Hi Susan - I suspect your granddaughter will set your creative buds a-rolling. Good luck with the new placement and then your future books too. Some tv is good - so much is hook line and sinker ... not so good! Cheers Hilary

  16. Congrats on the release! Wonderful how your granddaughter keeps you energized. My kid just zapped my energy the days he was at home before elementary school. No new shows have caught my eye yet. We'll see what the new season brings.

  17. I don't watch much TV so I can't comment other than I saw the picture of the replacement Magnum.
    Unlike Tom Selleck, he's NOT wearing an Aloha shirt! How can they claim this is set in Hawaii if the lead isn't wearing Aloha wear?
    I was stationed in Hawaii from Jan 1985 till March 1989 and everyone wore aloha wear, not just the tourists. Every department store on Oahu sold it (Liberty House had a beautiful selection) and every fabric store sold the cloth to make your own.
    Gentlemen who didn't want flowery wore guayabera shirts.
    Not some dumb navy polo.

    As to the writing; life gets in the way and I don't write as much.

    Aloha to everyone.

    Teresa from Hershey

  18. Congrats on the release. Wonderful you are getting back to what you love to write. Happy IWSG Day.

  19. Great job on the release! I'm a Netflix guy, and I got to say the new Lost is Space was done quite well. :)

  20. I watched the new Magnum, and yeah, I agree that it's okay thus far. It makes perfectly acceptable background noise when I work.

    Congrats on your new release!!

  21. Congrats on the newest space opera romance series! That's awesome, Susan! Hope you're well!

  22. Awesome, congrats. My husband takes over the TV and pretty much watches only old westerns, or Discovery channel. But I watch late at night sometimes, and I saw a couple of the new Magnum PI episodes. I liked it.

    I don't write during major life issues, but I do integrate some experiences into my writing. I know I'm recovering from whatever surprise life has thrown at me when I open a WIP and start writing again. Happy Fall, enjoy the season.

  23. All my wife and I seem to watch these days are older shows on Netflix that we missed before. I wouldn't mind a few good new ones, however.