Well, we have all reached mid-year (and summer up here in the states). Temps are hot, and grass is dying out here in the West (and we've had our first wildfire on the mountain just north of where I live). With the 4th of July behind us, it's now time to do another post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. This is a monthly blog fest started by Alex Cavanaugh, a widely-read science fiction author. If you'd like to sign-up for this blog fest to connect with the writing community online, you can go HERE and do so. Here are a few other things to note about this:
What is the 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!
When do we post?: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post. And please be sure your avatar links back to your blog! Otherwise, when you leave a comment, people can't find you to comment back.
The Twitter handle if you use that platform is @TheIWSG and the official hashtag is #IWSG.
The awesome co-hosts for the July 6 posting of the IWSG are J Lenni Dorner, Janet Alcorn, PJ Colando, Jenni Enzor, and Diane Burton!
Every month, a question is announced that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
The question is always optional. However, I've been doing this thing for so long, that I nearly always answer the question. With that out of the way, here is the July 2022 question of the month:
If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose?
Oh, this is an easy one. I'd live in the Star Trek universe. Admittedly, Star Trek is mostly a universe that exists on television and in the movies. But there are plenty of Star Trek novels, so I think this is fair game. The Trek universe is my version of heaven, and it's pretty much a liberal utopia (my politics). Differing views are respected, diversity is honored, people are working together toward a common goal, the society is post-scarcity, and there is exploration throughout the galaxy with tons of interesting races to interact with and places to see. I would want to be a part of a crew, maybe a science officer or a medical officer of some kind. The ship's counselor sounds like a pretty good gig, and a nice role to have. Also, even being the bartender on a starship might be kinda fun. Anyway, that's where I'd land if I had a powerful wish that could make it so.