Wednesday, September 2, 2020

IWSG - Inspirations

Insecure Writer's Support Group

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

QUESTION:        If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why?

ANSWER:            So easy to answer, Margaret Mitchell, on the one hand, and Stephen King on the other. I would love to talk with Margaret about her approach, and of course, Stephen King about his. Two people, two different genres. But what a conversation!

The co-hosts are PJ Colando, J Lenni Dorner, Deniz Bevan, Kim Lajevardi,Natalie Aguirre, and Louise - Fundy Blue!Be sure to say hello!

Are you gearing up for Halloween?
I hope so!
The WEP invites you to post your own
Halloween Tale!

A Grave Mistake, you ask?
Well, what in the hell is that?
Well, dear friend
It’s the next WEP task.
And believe me
there’s many away
Where errors take sway
Where ghosts and ghoulies will play
and many unorthodox ideas
 rue the day.
So, get out your pens and pads.
We’ve given you
A dare for your best scare
Because Halloween is for all
And who knows?
You may take 
first prize for your Grave Mistake!

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

A Short Poem

Photo by Pacific Austin on Unsplash

Is light diffused
a body reformed in casting
a gloom of gray.
The companion of fear
with a chill, unexplained.
Whether dark or light
night or day
the shadow is a companion
you can’t wish away.

     Yolanda Renée (C) 2020

Wednesday, August 5, 2020


Insecure Writer's Support Group

Question - Quote: "Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don't write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be."

Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn't planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?

I let my muse choose the form. Since I use writing as a form of therapy, I really have no choice in the matter. At least that's what I tell myself, but I'm a talented liar storyteller. Just ask me.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

IWSG - Genius

IWSG Question: There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

Since I don't deal with the 'industry' of writing books. I came up with my own question.

My Question:
Which would you pick: being world-class attractive, a genius or famous for doing something great?

I would not want to be world-class attractive, the attention would be extreme, and I couldn't handle that. Nor would I want to be famous for doing something great, for almost the same reason. The definition of "something great" is too open.
I'd rather be a genius; it would allow me to contribute to society on many levels. I could live with that! 😊

Which one would you pick?

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

WEP - Urban Nightmare

My Happy Home

You see a house haunted by the dead. A decaying derelict that should be brought down.
Where ghosts, ghoulies, and the boogeyman celebrate the evil that resides in the gloom.
 I know what you see, but you’re wrong.
This is my home. A mansion filled with the laughter of children, and the truth that was my life.
Yes, I’m dead. But this place isn’t. It stands as a testament to survival and to my refusal to give up and hold tight that which was mine. For he belonged to me.
This home holds my memories of happiness, love, growth, and at times despair - but always love.
You can’t see the full picture, but I do.

I still see the forget-me-nots in bloom on the lattice of the back porch. I smile at the flutter of hummingbird wings as they search out the last drop of nectar from the flowers in an overflowing garden.

I remember my husband’s smile, and the joy we both felt when he carried me over the threshold of our first home together.
I recall the nights we made love as the moonlight streamed in the large bedroom windows, and the mornings we ate breakfast in bed unwilling to leave the other.
I’ll never forget my husband’s pride when our children were born and his shock when he found them dead in their beds.
His cheating heart needed punishing.
His plan to leave us thwarted, he returned to my arms.
Our last meal together, delicious but deadly.
Now we all reside here together forever.

My home built with love.
My family created in love. 
Held dear and protected by me.
To you, it’s decaying and haunted, but in my eyes, it’s wholly happy and the most beautiful place on Earth.
Beware, for your intent to trespass is known, watched, and prepared for... 

Turn around lest you end up part of the scenery.

319 words

Yolanda Renée © 2020

Pictures by:
  Photo by Gemma Evans on Unsplash
Photo by Mike Scheid on Unsplash
Photo by Arisa Chattasa on Unsplash

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Question - Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?

Gosh, I'm sure I've shared everything about myself. I've thought and thought and thought, and I came up with nothing unless you want to get into all my health issues. Which I prefer not to as I'm saving those for the old folks home. I mean, I'll need something to share.


The super amazing co-hosts are

Please be sure to visit and say THANK YOU!

Be sure to stop by my other blog today.
Mason Canyon of Mason Book Tours 
is having a 

A Free Tour!


And don't forget this is the month for the 
WEP-IWSG Challenge


 And in closing...

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

IWSG - Meditation

May 6 Question - Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

My favorite is to take my notebook out onto the patio and just mellow. A cup of tea and quiet time is my meditation. Yesterday I wrote over 5000 words of a new novel because I allowed myself to ignore everything in the outside world. I’ll be honest sometimes it works better than others, but on the whole, it’s served me well.


The co-hosts are Feather Stone, Beverly Stowe McClure, Mary Aalgaard, Kim Lajevardi, & Chemist Ken! Please be sure to visit and say THANK YOU!

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”―Oscar Wilde