Wednesday, April 7, 2021

IWSG - Break Out of the Mold


Insecure Writer's Support Group


Purpose of the IWSG: 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! Join us!

The 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?

 The Answer

I'd like to think so. I know that formula writing goes against my grain. Mostly, though, I just write what I like to read. And as an avid reader, I read everything. I find it hard to understand limits, but many have refused to read my work because of the subject. 

Still, to each his own...I write for the love of writing and because I have something to say.

 The outstanding co-hosts this month are:

&

Be sure to say hello!


KEEP WRITING!

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Announcing!

FREEDOM MORNING


Freedom Morning is a watercolor by Claude Clark, the African American artist, and art educator painted in 1941.

“As a child in the churches, the schools, and the community, I dreamed of a destiny. My search became a single purpose for the dignity of Black Americans.”

Claude Clark was born in Georgia in 1915. His art characterizes the African American diaspora experience. He faced prejudice, poverty, and racism but did not allow these to deter him. He mixed his own paints from the trashed tubes in art schools. When he could not afford the expensive brushes and cleaning agents, he developed his unique technique with the palette knife. Read more about his remarkable life here.

The interpretation of art (and prompts!) is in the eye of the beholder, and this artwork is rich with possibilities.

Will you let Freedom Morning spark a flash of hope for a systematically suppressed character?

Will someone break free - of chains, of the past, of a closed mindset - after years of living with them?

Or maybe someone will watch a brand-new sunrise and decide to start life afresh? Rise to a challenge? :) Overcome a hardship?

Take the artwork as a whole or in part and seed that into imagination. Your canvas is unlimited.

Thank you, Nila!


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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

IWSG - Friendship


Insecure Writer's Support Group


Purpose of the IWSG: 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! Join us!

The 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?

 The Answer

I have so many lovely friends through my interactions in the blogosphere, and I cherish each and every one. I've improved my writing with each interaction, but I've developed as a person with each close relationship.

 The outstanding co-hosts this month are:

Louise - Fundy Blue, 

Jennifer Lane, 

Mary Aalgaard, 

Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, 

&

Nancy Gideon!

Be sure to say hello!


KEEP WRITING!

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Announcing the first challenge of the
New Year!








Wednesday, January 6, 2021

IWSG - Unnecessary Prose


Insecure Writer's Support Group


Purpose of the IWSG: 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! Join us!

I hope you all had a glorious holiday 
and have started the New Year 
with confidence and purpose!

Once again I'm relying on the 
Question posted to fill my post.


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?

 Answer: - I just finished a mystery set in the English countryside, one of my favorite places. The mystery was a good one, a who-done-it with great characters, and well written,  but filled with constant rehashing of the clues and motives.

It drew me out of the story continuously. At first, I thought it was the author's first book and understood because I know I did the same thing in my first attempt, but it was the third book. By then, the editor should have caught that, if not the author.

I finished the book, but I won't be reading another. There are very few books that I just couldn't finish. That's because they simply didn't hold my interest, usually because I find myself not caring about the characters or the storyline. It's very disappointing when the description fails to fit the book.

 The outstanding co-hosts this month are:

Ronel Janse van Vuuren 

J Lenni Dorner

Gwen Gardner 

Sandra Cox 

Louise - Fundy Blue!

Be sure to say hello!


KEEP WRITING!


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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

IWSG - Writing


Insecure Writer's Support Group


Purpose of the IWSG: 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! Join us!

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

 Answer: - Fall and Winter for sure. The kick off for me is usually NANO. And I don't know why I can't make the kind of writing I do with NANO a monthly habit, but I'm thrilled for that one-month single-minded purpose. It's served me well every year I've done it. Even in the years when I didn't win the challenge.

For example, I spent hours writing a book I called A Motive for Murder during NANO, but I couldn't find a path forward. I just couldn't get it to the finish line. It didn't gel. Now I have two books from that one book. The key ideas in that book wouldn't jive, but they did separately. I'm thrilled! 

Those two books are Murder, Just Because & my current WIP - A Passion for Murder.

 The outstanding co-hosts this month are:

Pat Garcia,

Sylvia Ney, 

Liesbet @ Roaming About 

Cathrina Constantine, 

Natalie Aguirre! 

Be sure to say hello!


KEEP WRITING!

Be sure to check out the WEP
this month!
We're announcing the 

&
presenting a few stories
during our unstructured
challenge


Thursday, November 19, 2020

For Opal: My Book of Poetry


When I was seven

I found heaven

my grandmother's house

I was the city mouse.

With a large bed just for me

not one bed, shared by three

awake each morning

to a bird song melody.

Peace and quiet

and a pancake diet

amid the flowers and the trees

I explored every nook and cranny.

A crowing rooster, cows, and chickens

I helped out in the barn and the kitchen

a sewing lesson with needle and thread

soon exhausted, I curled up in my large bed.

Snakes and storms, roses and thorns

homemade ice cream and fresh corn

my escape from a family of seven

Grandma's Earthly home was heaven.

  Yolanda Renée (C) 2020

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For Opal: My Book of Poetry

     For Opal is a collection of poems written in memory of Lilly Opal Stansberry, my grandmother, and the inspiration for my writing. These poems portray a moment in time. Highlighting love, loss, tragedy, and survival. There are a few done just for fun and several that have a murderous slant. But they are all a small picture of life. Some are real and others pure fiction.

Before she passed, I promised her I would publish a book of poetry. This is that promise kept. Publication date November 2nd - would have been her 108th birthday.

I'm under no illusion, A poet I am not, but each verse has meaning for me.

Maybe it will strike a chord for you too!

*****

Anyone willing to do a blog post for my poetry book. Let me know. I'll send you a copy and we can discuss the subject. 

Or a simple shout out would be most appreciated.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

IWSG - Purpose


Insecure Writer's Support Group


Purpose of the IWSG: 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! Join us!

Question - Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?

 Answer: - I write what I want to read. I write because it’s therapy; it keeps me sane, and because I have something to say. Will it save the world? No. Will it change the world? No. Will it entertain the world? Maybe. I hope so. Will you learn something? Always.

Yes, I share what I know yet learn much, much more. Each story teaches me something new. I hope it will the reader too. Just a few days ago I released a book of poetry. It's my favorite form of expression and I write it whenever I find myself unable to express my emotions any other way.

I made a promise to my grandmother, and I've finally kept that promise. Will it change the world?  No. But it will entertain!

 The outstanding co-hosts are:

Jemi Fraser, Kim Lajevardi,

L.G Keltner, Tyrean Martinson,

and

Rachna Chhabria!

Be sure to say hello!


KEEP WRITING!

"Yolanda Renée had reached a new dimension in her writing and tamed some very wild beasts in the process! This poet has opened her heart, bared her soul, and in the process created inspiring and uplifting verse. But also raw and terrifying."

Author & Poet Cindy Parker

For Opal is a collection of 100 poems written by Yolanda Renee. Influenced by and in memory of Lilly Opal Stansberry, her grandmother. Renée's lyrics portray a moment in time. Highlighting love, loss, tragedy, and survival. There are a few that were created just for fun and several that have a murderous slant. But they are all a small picture of life and written from the heart.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

For Opal: My Book of Poetry


Eros of Space 

Strangers from the blogosphere

A simple common interest

Yet with your words,

You made me cry

 

How could you touch me

With letters & language

I don’t allow anyone in

But your words were magical

 

To inspire such feelings

Love and desire

Long forgotten needs

Awoken through verse

 

But can I trust

A love that was initiated

By the Eros of space

Without proof of reality

 

Or do I accept

the words

You express and let

Imagination decide?

  Yolanda Renée (C) 2020

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For Opal: My Book of Poetry

     For Opal is a collection of poems written in memory of Lilly Opal Stansberry, my grandmother, and the inspiration for my writing. These poems portray a moment in time. Highlighting love, loss, tragedy, and survival. There are a few done just for fun and several that have a murderous slant. But they are all a small picture of life. Some are real and others pure fiction.

Before she passed, I promised her I would publish a book of poetry. This is that promise kept. Publication date November 2nd - would have been her 108th birthday.

I'm under no illusion, A poet I am not, but each verse has meaning for me.

Maybe it will strike a chord for you too!

*****

Anyone willing to do a blog post for my poetry book. Let me know. I'll send you a copy and we can discuss the subject. 

Or a simple shout out would be most appreciated.