#IWSG June 3rd: What are your writer secrets?
I am currently writing my novel in my space opera series world, Ghost Pirate: Starlight Galaxy Space Opera. I am 5000-words in. I am writing several times a week, approaching my inciting incident point.
A bit about the Starlight Galaxy: A Space Opera
The Starlight Galaxy is a place where fringe science, industry, and magic collide. Books in series. The first three a trilogy.
Family secrets, a kidnapping, and a hidden agenda all come to light when one man decides to fight back.
In a galaxy oppressed, humanitarian ideology has failed, while one man wages a hidden rebellion against tyranny, another aggressively locks down commerce tightening his control and restricting movement.
My Other News
I have some things in the works. I am creating a short story course, and a world building course using the Podia platform. I have one client for my short story course, who wanted to be part of it while I build it.
I will offer lessons, another course creation, one on one, and a group class based on interest if any via Zoom on The Basics of Scrivener and How to Use it. More about all of this soon. I already have two clients for it, and something else connected to this to be revealed later.
I upgraded my Ko-Fi button on the sidebar of this site.
Grumpy Old Gods Volume 4 release coming soon. We decided to delay a little longer during this COVID pandemic. We are looking at end of July or August.
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Co-host June 3rd
Pat Garcia, J.Q. Rose, and Natalie Aguirre!
JUNE 3rd QUESTION
Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?
I don’t really know that I have secrets, but if I do, I think I will keep them for now.
What they would not know I guess, not a secret, is…
I own a Star Wars two-foot Banta with Luke Skywalker sitting atop of him and a three-foot Darth Vader. I liked Jar Jar Binks I think toning him down because of controversy when they made Star Wars I for Star Wars II and III, lost a lot of the subtle humor Star Wars is famous for delivering. They also ruin the potential of a splendid character that drew potent emotion from viewers. They either loved or hated him. I loved him.
Star Wars 7, 8, 9 were better than 1, 2, 3 IMO—The originals Star Wars 4, 5,6 still hold my heart for capturing my imagination, and showing me what was possible elevating my expectations of movies overall.
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IWSG 2020 Anthology Contest Announcement
May 6th-September 2nd.
Guidelines and rules:
Word count: 4500-6000
Genre: Science Fiction
Theme: Dark Matter
Submissions accepted: May 6 – September 2, 2020
How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your full contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.
Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.
IWSG Goodread’s Book Club!
Writers and Readers,
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club is for writers to read/learn about the writing craft. We will swap back and forth between craft books and fiction books that demonstrate aspects of storytelling.
We will read one book every two months.
There will be polls, free-gifts, and a lot of Discussion Day fun.
No promo. Just writers reading books and discussing those books with other writers.
See Book Club/Posting Details for more information about the book club.
I did not have enough time to spend on putting up each spotlight here, as I am running behind all the time now it seems—in everything. It is almost 2 am now as I do this, because I forgot. Yes, I have my schedule written down and still forgot. Juggling and time management are my biggest issues right now–My writer angst.
Check out my spotlights here from the sidebar recent posts and here on front blog page. You may need to scroll down a little once there.
I do have a Spotlight for Today, June 3rd, a new release. You can check that out here.
June 6, 2020 @ 18:37
Really nice mock cover. I made one for my current writing project (art crime mystery set in Egypt), and it inspires my story (still at the plotting and research level). You noted you felt behind in everything just now. I hope you are feeling reassured. The twin stresses of the coronavirus and the trying-to-be-peaceful demonstrations really do upset our sense of what our world is just now, but we do need hope. Your energy will see you through that long to-do list. May the coming month be a good one for you.
Lori L MacLaughlin
June 6, 2020 @ 14:07
Love the ship on your mock cover! Congrats on your writing progress. Sounds like it will be a creepy fun read. Good luck with your courses. A two-foot Banta – wow, that’s great. Star Wars 4, 5, and 6 will always be it, for me. Love those movies.
June 5, 2020 @ 09:01
Hmmm. I posted a comment but it didn’t look like it went through. Anyway, you’re so busy! I love your Ghost Pirate cover. You rock!
June 4, 2020 @ 10:44
I love your mock-up cover. I wouldn’t even attempt one. That takes talent, Juneta. And the idea of you teaching courses is fabulous. Sorry I’m late. I couldn’t get on yesterday.
June 4, 2020 @ 10:23
Oh my goodness, but you have so many irons in the fire! No wonder you have tough times juggling all of them. I’d love to create a course on life storytelling, but I just can’t get myself to focus on it. Looked into thinkific. Not familiar with Podia, but will look it up. Thanks.
June 4, 2020 @ 09:00
Grats on all the things you’ve been accomplishing lately! That’s awesome. And I totally get the time related angst–something I know all too well myself. I hope your courses are as smashing success and you make great progress on your novel!
Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy
June 3, 2020 @ 20:59
I’m thrilled to hear you’re writing. And I LOVE the title. Ghost Pirate. How cool!
June 3, 2020 @ 19:11
I love the cover! Great book topic too! I love rock opera bad hadn’t thought of pirates! Star Wars has always been my first movie memory. I admit though, I was not a fan of Jar Jar Binks. My kids love him though 🙂
C. Lee McKenzie
June 3, 2020 @ 17:22
You’re cooking, Juneta! I admire your energy and perseverance.
Lynn La Vita
June 3, 2020 @ 15:22
I’m sure that mock cover will inspire and keep you focused. I’ve heard of writing a single descriptive sentence to stay on topic. Never thought of using a picture. Excellent idea. Canva.com is a great resource.
Wish you total success with your classes. Stay healthy.
Lynn La Vita blog: Writers Supporting Writers
June 3, 2020 @ 13:49
Congrats on the progress on your space opera! I love the cover – I make them for my projects for inspiration, as well. Good luck with your course development. What a great addition to your writing career!
June 3, 2020 @ 11:48
Best answer I’ve read, Juneta. I had trouble with this one and as I visited others, it seemed most of us did. We either didn’t want to share secrets or couldn’t come up with one worthy of sharing.
I like your Ko-Fi button.
June 3, 2020 @ 11:38
You have a busy schedule ahead. but it sounds like it will be something that you enjoy. Good luck with the classes.
All the best and thanks for being a part of IWSG.
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange
June 3, 2020 @ 10:30
I knew there was something off with Star Wars 1-3, but couldn’t put my finger on it. You nailed it. It explains why I slowly lost interest in the series.
Anna from elements of emaginette
Alex J. Cavanaugh
June 3, 2020 @ 09:53
You own a Banta – too cool.
I like the sound of Starlight Galaxy: A Space Opera!
June 3, 2020 @ 09:20
I adore your mock up cover for Ghost Pirate. That would make me snatch it up in a heartbeat. I’m with you on the Star Wars rating. Loathed 1-3! No one will shame you for your collection (it sounds like my son’s basement room/museum of collectibles!). I envy you your ability for brevity – I need 90K+ to tell a story!
June 3, 2020 @ 08:14
Your mock-up cover looks spooky in a good way. Sounds like a good premise.
Your short story class also sounds good too. Can’t wait to learn more.
L. Diane Wolfe
June 3, 2020 @ 07:31
That’s great you’re designing that course. I love the cover of Ghost Pirate – it’s very creepy. And delaying the release a bit is probably a good idea.
June 3, 2020 @ 12:05
Thank you. I did that in Canva.com.