#IWSG November 2017 – Rethinking my blog and writing

A short post for the Insecure Writers Support Group this month, all about my current state of affairs and things I think will be interesting to the neurotic writers who pass by blogs like this every month.

First, if you haven’t seen my guest post on world-building on John Robin’s blog, be sure to check that out – it was fun to write, and I really have to do that more often,

I’m looking at new ways to use this blog

So one big change I’m making now (and a reason for the lack of updates) is deciding what I want to use this blog for. Some of my writing tips have gone over well, and I might go back to doing that weekly. I like the idea of previewing others’ writing like I did for the Launch Pad contest – I could see myself doing little previews of upcoming and released indie works.

One thing’s for sure – I can’t do long updates or too frequent ones. Regular updates, yes, but probably not more than once, maybe twice a week. I need to do more actual writing!


No. Not really, anyway. I need to finish the book I’m working on, not start a new one now. I’d rather devote a set amount of time to working on my current book than set a specific word count. I’ll start with 1 hour per day, and see if I can boost that up a bit.


I’m doing some online counseling (best option I have at the moment) and it will spill over onto this blog in some form. I think my writing and my anxiety interact in many ways, and that some tips to deal with one will also help with the other. I’m on the lookout for other blogs that talk about anxiety and writing – there should be some good links with IWSG I would think!

Anyway, that’s my rambling IWSG post for November. If you have some ideas for content for my blog, feel free to leave comments. I’ll be looking around some of your blogs too!



Liebster Award? Okay, I’ll bite.

I like the spirit of this award, so I figure I’ll give it a try. User Li @ FlashFiction wanted me to answer these questions, and I figure this is a good way for me to discover some new blogs myself. I’ll have to think up some questions I can ask other bloggers, but for now, I’ll answer the ones she made.

Her questions were:

1. If you could completely re-write the ending of a book, which would you choose?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Everything had built up to a final confrontation between Voldemort and Harry, but it ends up being far less interesting than the other characters’ stories that get wrapped up in the process (in both book and movie form). The trick to defeating Voldemort relied on overly-complicated rules about wand ownership. Instead, it should have been more clear that Harry’s skill, patience, and training were responsible for the victory.

2. Pick any two fictional characters to be your new parents. (They don’t have to be from the same time period – or even the same universe.)

Ellen Ripley as my mother, Leon the Professional as my father. When you have two parents who can kick ass and yet show strong caring instincts, how can you be anything other than kickass yourself?

3. Have you ever witnessed a truly heroic act by someone else?

I was once with a friend while he was working at a suicide helpline. He took a call, and I listened as he talked a desperate teen through a serious issue. Just that conversation may have been enough to save a kid’s life.

4. Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Why or why not?

I usually make a card for my lady. I don’t usually buy anything. I’m convinced the whole St. Valentine thing was concocted in a conspiracy between Hallmark and the Vatican.

5. You’ve just had a novel published and the fanfiction community is going wild. How do you feel about it? Are you flattered, angry, resigned?

To have others want to write in a world I imagined? It would stroke my ego in dangerously flattering ways! I’d be insufferably egocentric for a few days, at least.

6. Have you ever written a love poem and given it to someone? What was the reaction?

I wouldn’t call it poetry, but I certainly have written to my wife to tell her how much I love her. She likes it mainly because it helps her study English, and then she’s happy about the message and its deeper meaning!

7. Name a topic that you would never, ever write about.

The Holocaust. My family was blessedly spared any direct consequences, so it would feel severely insincere  if I tried to write about it in any detail. It’s probably about the only topic I’d avoid completely.

8. You are accepting an award in front of an audience and you experience a wardrobe malfunction. Do you run from the stage in tears, pretend you don’t notice anything and continue, or laugh it off and try to make the necessary adjustments?

I stand, proudly laughing as I shrug it off. The YouTube replays are bound to bring in more readers. Any publicity is good publicity, eh?

9. You can choose any location in the world to pursue your writing, but you must remain there for the rest of your life. Where would it be?

Probably my hometown, Waterloo (in Canada). I know so many talented people back there, and there are many good writing schools & workshops in town and in nearby cities.

10. You’re going to a party. If money were no object, what character would you dress up as?

Iron Man, without a doubt. If I can spend any amount of money on the costume, I’m totally going to rock the most detailed suit, plus I’ve already got the goatee.

That was fun. I promise to pay this forward to more bloggers (probably 5 instead of 10, though).