Wednesday, October 4, 2017

IWSG - It's October!

It's time for IWSG as we head into the last few months of 2017.  I can't believe it's already October.  Wow!

Before I begin, if you don't know, Alex J. Cavanaugh is the architect of this amazing writer group--which is seriously one of the best writer-support groups out there.  If you get a chance, please visit him as well as this month's co-hosts Olga Godim, Chemist Ken,Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!

October's ISWG question is:  Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

I guess it depends on the novel you're writing.  I have a few times sometimes when a character has a snarky reply or mutters something under their breath.  For sure, I've done that.  Hasn't everyone given a piece or chunk of themselves when writing?

Hurricane update:  Last month I mentioned briefly that we had to deal with Hurricane Irma which wasn't fun at all.  We lost a few trees, a fence line and were without power and internet cell phone coverage for about a week.  Not good, but hardly bad at all when you consider the devastation of Houston and Puerto Rico.  It could have been much worse so I'm thankful it wasn't.

October & Halloween, baby! 

This month is all about Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!  Has anyone started decorating?  I'm still dealing with hurricane debris so I haven't got to decorating the inside of the house yet, but I did buy a pumpkin and made pumpkin bread.  Last year I posted Pumpkin Carvings Inspired by Books so if you're looking for inspiration to carve this year's pumpkin that's a great place to start.

Anyway...who's excited?  Any plans? Anything cool you're writing?  Participating in any blog hops? I'm participating in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop.  Sign up at Bookhounds if you're interested in participating

The annual IWSG Anthology Contest!

Reminder!  The anthology contest is coming up.  The deadline is November 1st! The genre is Mystery/Crime/Thriller and the theme is "Tick Tock."  Check out this post for more details. 

#Pray for Las Vegas

Finally, words cannot express the deepest sympathies that I have for those innocent victims and their families who were affected by the horrific Las Vegas attack.  May God give them strength to deal with their loss and may God please help us unite together and support one another.


What about you? How have you been?  What type (if any) of personal information have you let slip into your writing?

Mina B.


Tamara Narayan said...

Glad the hurricane didn't destroy too much. I haven't started decorating for Halloween. We usually have a lot to put up in the yard to entice Trick-or-Treaters, and there are a few things for the great room. Now that my kids are (almost) too old to go out for candy, the demand to decorate early isn't really there. They are too busy with school stuff.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, prayers for those affected by the Vegas incident.
Don't clean your house and you can used the cobwebs as decorations!

Rhonda Gilmour said...

I'm glad to hear you escaped the hurricane with minimal damage. As for Halloween, I'm hosting a party for a social club I belong to, and polishing up a creepy short story for the IWSG competition. We found out yesterday that two groups of relatives were planning to go to the concert in Las Vegas but didn't. What a horrible tragedy.

Misha Gericke said...

I'm glad you didn't get too much damage from the hurricane.

I'm working on some creepy poetry, which puts me in the Halloween sort of mood. :-)

A. B. Keuser said...

I adore Halloween. I tend to think of the whole month as one big holiday. But I don't decorate... technically. About 1/3rd of my normal home décor is Halloween related, the bat-shaped neon light, the Skull candles I use for bookends, the Ouija board serving tray...

Happy writing!

Cathrina Constantine said...

This is my favorite season!! Fall and Halloween are beautiful and fun.

I agree. I feel it's almost impossible not to put a little bit of ourselves in our stories.

My brother's family lives around West Palm Beach, and like you, they had minor damage. Glad you're alright. And we have to step up our prayers!!!

Nick Wilford said...

I like the idea of you hanging around in the background of your books, adding some snark. :) I haven't really thought about Halloween yet but I do like the change in the air and the falling leaves at this time of year.

mshatch said...

As someone else said, I purposely put parts of my in my characters, that way I get to live vicariously through them ;)

Heather R. Holden said...

Oh, ack, sorry about all the trouble Hurricane Irma caused you... :/

And Halloween is a favorite holiday of mine, too. I keep decorations for it up inside the house all year 'round, LOL.

Donna Galanti said...

Mina, thanks for the notice of the Spooktacular Hop. I signed up! And OH YES, I am sooooo in my characters in my one book, A Human Element. My close friends who read it saw me in all parts of the characters. It's fun to write dark scenes getting your demons out from past dark events ... and giving "characters" what they deserve with vengeance. ha ha!

Michelle Wallace said...

You make pumpkin bread? I've never tasted it. I've only tasted pumpkin fritters... and they're delicious.
Enjoy the Halloween decorating.
Happy October, Mina!