Wednesday, March 1, 2023

IWSG: March 2023


Time once again for the monthly blog hop. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and his intrepid admin team, the IWSG is rolling along helping and supporting writers at all stages of their writing careers. Find the entire list of participants in this month's blog hop here.

This month's optional question:

Have you ever read a line in novel or a clever plot twist that caused you to have author envy?

I have admired many plot twists but the most recent one that comes to mind is by Sarah J. Maas. In the cliffhanger at the end of Book #2 of her Crescent City fantasy series, she linked the series to one of her earlier series. It gave me shivers of delight and envy. Can't wait for the next book!

I'm nearly finished with edits on the fantasy series I've decided to self-publish. Waiting for my cover art for the first book. In the meantime, I'm also outlining my next three book series. Just a bare skeleton at this time, but it's getting some flesh on it. I'm pretty excited about it.

"I dwell in possibility." Emily Dickinson

I've been enjoy the new ABC show Will Trent. I read the books by Karin Slaughter. Fortunately, the show isn't as dark as the novels. I'm looking forward to the return of the Mandalorian and a second season of Shadow and Bone. I've found The Last of Us entertaining though it is rather brutal. Went to see the new Antman movie. It was okay...

I hope we see some more spring-teasing weather. I'm tired of chilly rain, clouds, and artic breezes. I know many of you live in locations with much more to complain about.

I'm also busy handling online registration for the 36th Annual Pennwriters Conference being held in Pittsburgh this year on the third weekend in May. Check it out if you're in the area. We have lots of great workshops and numerous agents and editors eager to hear your pitches. No matter how long I've been writing, I always learn useful things at the conference. Hope even one of you can join us.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." Aristotle

Have you suffered or maybe enjoyed some writerly envy? Yeah or Nay on any of the entertainment I mentioned? Are you ready for spring?


Liza said...

Definitely ready for spring! I love the quotes, especially the one about excellence becoming a habit.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I would like to attend the conference someday.

If you have any questions about self-publishing, let me know.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

This would make an awesome blurb/review -"It gave me shivers of delight and envy." :)

Well done on the fantasy series work! And I love that Emily Dickinson quote. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looking forward to the cover art of your book.
Last of Us is okay.

Nick Wilford said...

Good luck with your next series. Sounds like you've got plenty going on.

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's awesome that you're almost done with your revisions. You're really making progress.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi, after reading your post I need to put the Crescent City fantasy series on top of my TBR list.

diedre Knight said...

Great quote by Emily Dickinson. Best wishes on the new series - how exciting! Keep us posted on your progress.

Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Susan! I wish you strength and stamina as you work on your conference ~ also your edits. Have a great March!

Diane Burton said...

We have had the weirdest winter. C'mon, Spring.

J Lenni Dorner said...

I hope it's going well over there in Pitt! I'm on the east side of the state.
Happy IWSG day! Here's a giveaway-
It's April, so I'm focused on the #AtoZChallenge.
Proof of Existence, book two in my dark urban fantasy series, is out this month.
I'm running another giveaway on my blog.

J Lenni Dorner (he/him 👨🏽 or 🧑🏽 they/them) ~ Reference& Speculative Fiction Author, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, and Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge