Quote of the Day: Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world. Malala Yousafzai 

Today is another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. You can also visit the founder Alex J. Cavanaugh for more info and links.

Question of the month: What genre would be the worst one for you to tackle and why?
I’m sure I would be terrible at Dystopian. I like reading some of it, but I’ve never tried imagining a whole world where something in science, nature or political power has gone to the extreme. I just finished reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Fascinating book. Ishiguro is a brilliant writer. I always feel pulled through his books. I could totally picture the world he describes as I read it, but on my own, I couldn’t go to that extreme. I admire that kind of imagination, sometimes dark imagination. The Hunger Games series comes to mind, or older books, like Fahrenheit 451, or anything by Jules Verne. It’s fun to look back at those Sci-fi writers and things they imagined and how some of them have become real inventions and part of our lives.

My writing tends to lean to realistic fiction. Although, I have written a couple stories about Fairies, inspired by my sister’s paintings. For me, that’s a combination of the real world and fantasy characters. It’s freeing to do something completely from the imagination. I worked on this during the writer’s retreat I did in August. It was wonderful! A whole week of writing, connecting with other writers, and learning more about the craft.

Art by Joy Ciaffoni. A Fairy I named Blaze, and wrote a story about her and her cousin Elektra.

The start of the new school year is always a New Year for me. It’s also my Birthday this week, so cheers to many more years. I’m getting back into my wonderfully full piano studio, reconnecting with the students, and looking forward to what the next chapter holds.

Go. Create. Inspire!

Journaling Prompt: What’s new in your life?