Wednesday, February 7, 2018

IWSG: Sweet February

Hello IWSG Friends! How's everyone enjoying this year so far? The cold weather and flu season has made its way to South Florida which hasn't been fun. Most of my family's illnesses have started from being run down, exhausted. I'm sure most of you know the feeling. Seriously though, the flu this year is scary so I hope you all are taking care of yourself.

Anyway, lots of exciting things happened last month. I know #IWSG had fantastic success and ended up trending on Twitter--which is AWESOME!  Mark your calendars for the Next #IWSGPit is Thursday, July 19, 2018! More details here.

Today's IWSG topic is perfect for this month. But before I begin, I want to give a shout out to IWSG team. Like many of you, I have a soft spot in my heart for the #IWSG founder Alex J. Cavanaugh. Thank you,, Alex so much for creating this monthly hop and doing everything you do. You rock! The lovely co-hosts for the February - IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte! Thanks, you guys!

To learn more about this program and how it can help your insecurities, visit the website here.

IWSG February 2018

Monthly question:  "What do you love about the genre you write in most often?"

I'm a sucker for an fantasy, supernatural etc.. and I like unlikely pairings in romance and friendship. For me, I find the daily grind gets monotonous and the writing takes me away from that. I think we're all suckers for "What if?" Am I right? That's what drives me. Think about how many advances there have been in the last 100 years. In the past, think about how many authors wrote about futuristic things, like space-travel, test-tube babies, etc.. and now we're living it and practically thriving in it. I'm not saying that one day we'll be able to grow body parts that can double as companions like Thing, but...what if? And that type of imagination drives my creativity. I gravitate towards that while writing because it inspires me.  It's not easy writing about what you love. I think you're can be more critical about it. At least that's what I find. Do you agree?

Since it's February I'm wondering if any fellow authors have anything special planned? Are your writing a romance or do you plan to take you're sweetie out on the town? Just curious. I'm participating in a Romance is in the Air Book Blog Hop which starts Feb 13th. Signups are here if you're interested in participating.

That's it! Now I'm off to see other IWSGers. What are your insecurities this month? What do you love about your genre? 

Mina B.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

What if definitely drives us. We wouldn't have all the inventions of today if it didn't!
Sorry the flu caught up with your family.

Chrys Fey said...

Unlikely pairings in romance and friendship are so much fun. In real life, there are many, many couples/friends that could be looked at as unlikely pairings, but they fit together perfectly.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Good post, Mina! I don't know too many people that don't prefer fantasy and speculative fiction, including myself.

Sorry to hear that the flu has hit Florida. I swear, everybody around here is sick. Take Care!!

Christine Rains said...

I do love unlikely pairings too. The what ifs inspire most of my stories. Hope your household feels better soon.

Crystal Collier said...

What if, the two best words in all of writerdom! Personally, I've never questioned writing what I love, but I also realize not everyone will connect with it, and that's okay.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Yay for that picture! I remember that. I do find I'm more critical when writing the things I love. I judge it more harshly.

Angela Wooldridge said...

I love that picture, it's great! And unlikely pairings? I think that just makes them more loveable

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I hadn't really thought about it, but you're right - unlikely pairings are fun. :)

Hope you and your family are feeling better!

Victoria Marie Lees said...

Sorry you're not feeling well. What if drives every story idea. Go for it!

mshatch said...

I like unlikely pairings, too because usually it means the two people have gotten to know each other instead of instantly falling in love, which is boring, imo.

I am constantly amazed by the tech advances we've made. For example, there was no computer gaming when I was a kid, no personal computers at all. We made up our own games.

Michelle Wallace said...

What if, one day we grow body parts that double as companions? Makes you wonder about the limitations...? Mind-boggling stuff...

Pat Garcia said...

Fantasy is an interesting field to write in. It stretches your mind.
Wishing you all the best in your writing.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat G