It’s time for 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. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.
The awesome co-hosts for the December 2 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney, Liesbet @ Roaming About Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre!
The Writer’s Digest nominations for 101 best websites is open! If you think the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is worthy, please go nominate it. We’d love to see it back on that list.
December 2 question - Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why?
I’m probably more productive in the winter months. Or anytime from October through February. Probably just a lot to do outside the other months. And I think better when it’s cold.
Which is why I am through editing CassaDark and am looking for critique partners! If you are familiar with the Cassa universe and like my style of space opera science fiction, please leave a comment. Willing to return the critique, of course! But I’d like to have it ready by early spring to send to my publisher. Thanks!
Prepare those pitches!
#IWSGPit is next month - January 20.
See the site for hashtags and details.
IWSG Goodreads Book Club
Our book club is changing things up!
We will have quarterly book selections now, giving us more time to read. We will also have one fiction book selection and one writing craft book selection. Members can read both or choose between them. Finally, we won’t be offering 5 optional discussion questions anymore. Instead, we will be utilizing the polls that our members enjoy, so there will be one poll question for the fiction book and one for the non-fiction book on Discussion Day.
Our December/January/February reads are…
Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor, a book written in second person. Since many readers haven’t read a book in second person, and many writers haven’t written in second person, we figured this is a great chance to explore something new.
Preparing to Write Settings that Feel Like Characters by J Lenni Dorner. This will be our writing craft book, with a focus on settings.
Discussion Day for both books will be February 24, 2021!
JOIN US at IWSG Goodreads Book Club.
Jenn washes ashore on an island and soon realizes there is something that comes out of the water at night.
At just under ninety minutes, the film doesn’t overstay its welcome and is the perfect length. It builds in dread and suspense, providing some creepy scary moments.
Kiersey Clemons stars as Jenn and she pretty much carries the whole film. We watch her go from a scared, clueless young lady to a tough, resourceful, and brave woman. The creature effects are good and they show just enough to make it threatening and scary.
Despite the odd title, this is a solid creature-horror film.
Plunge by Liesbet Collaert
Tropical waters turn tumultuous in this travel memoir as a free-spirited woman jumps headfirst into a sailing adventure with a new man and his two dogs.
Find Plunge on Amazon Global, Amazon UK, and Goodreads
Liesbet Collaert is a bilingual freelance writer, translator, editor, and photographer from Belgium who has been writing and traveling her entire life.
Find Liesbet at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, blog, and Amazon
December Movie Releases
Here are the upcoming theatrical releases for December! As always, descriptions courtesy of the IMDB. Snark provided by me.
After getting hired to probe a suspicious death in the small town of Wander, a mentally unstable private investigator becomes convinced the case is linked to the same 'conspiracy cover up' that caused the death of his daughter.
Director: April Mullen
Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Tommy Lee Jones, Katheryn Winnick, Heather Graham
Wander will make you wonder why more films don’t start with W.
The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee
Paul Hogan is reluctantly thrust back into the spotlight as he desperately attempts to restore his sullied reputation on the eve of being knighted.
Director: Dean Murphy
Stars: Paul Hogan, Luke Bracey, Mel Gibson, Chevy Chase, Luke Hemsworth
If you’re not sure this is a knife movie, Paul Hogan will be sure to clarify it for you at some point.
On the cusp of fatherhood, a junior mechanic aboard an interstellar ark to New Earth must outwit a malevolent cosmic terror intent on using the spaceship as a weapon.
Director: John Suits
Stars: Cody Kearsley, Bruce Willis, Rachel Nichols, Kassandra Clementi
The only real suspense is seeing if Bruce Willis is in more than five minutes of this film.
Wonder Woman 1984
Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman's next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.
Director: Patty Jenkins
Stars: Gal Gadot, Pedro Pascal, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Chris Pine
Looking forward to WW2020 where she spends two and a half hours kicking Covid’s butt!
This movie will also debut that day on HBO Max, so if your theaters are closed, you can watch it at home!
When are you most productive with your writing? Looking for a critique partner? Seen Sweetheart? Picking up Plunge? And what movies are on your radar for December?
Merry Christmas, everyone! I will be back on January 6 for IWSG post day and the announcement of the IWSG 2020 Anthology Contest winners.
Merry Christmas, everyone! I will be back on January 6 for IWSG post day and the announcement of the IWSG 2020 Anthology Contest winners.
Have a wonderful holiday.
You will be missed.
And since you are going away, I have a question before you leave. You very kindly offered to provide me with prompts for the Words for Wednesday meme. Are you providing them here or on my blog?
Happy holiday season Alex. Thank you for putting together the IWSG. It's been a year on the group and I've thoroughly loved being here.
Sonia from https://soniadogra.com
I guess COVID-19 officially squashed theaters this year. I just hope they can rally next year. They’re open here. Pretty sure I know where I’m going at Christmas.
Congratulations on finishing editing CassaDark!
Sweetheart is a very odd name for a creature-horror film.
I'm sure one of your holiday gifts will be the ideal critique partner. Wishing you and your family a joy filled Christmas. See ya in January 2021. Cheers!
We are both most productive in the colder months. Too much to do outside during the warmer months!.
I'm looking forward to the New Wonder Woman Movie.
Have a great week, Alex!
I agree with Elizabeth, Sweetheart is an odd title. I NEED to see this one, for sure.
I will go vote for the IWSG website. It's an amazing site and helpful to the max.
If you think I can do it, I have an entire winter ahead of me to read and critique CassaDark. Let me know.
Congrats on finishing editing Cassa Dark look forward to the book.
Yet another good month for your views and reviews.
Glad you are moving forward with your book, Alex. Another Crocodile Dundee movie? Too funny. I have a ten-inch chef's knife. Often when I pulled it out my husband would say, "That's not a knife..."
Hi Alex ! This is my first time with IWSG. Sweetheart appears to be an interesting movie.
Ruchi Nasa https://thevagabond.me
You are a time management ninja - writing, editing, blogging, supporting others, and watching movies. Wow! (that starts with a W)
Enjoy your holidays. Good luck with edit, edit, edit. And stay safe most of all.
I'm watching movies on streaming sites or older dvds. Looking forward to Wonder Woman when it's available. Happy Holidays!
That's exciting that you finished edits!
Sweetheart is a creepy title for sure.
I'm working on edits on my urban fantasy too. October through December is my best time for writing, so I hope to finish them by the end of the year. I'd be happy to critique CassaDark I learn so much about writing when I critique. Just let me know when you need it by. Enjoy your December off.
P.S. We don't have HBO so we'll just have to wait until the theaters open again to see Wonder Woman. Who knows when that will be. Happy Holidays.
Always look forward to your recommendations (Paul Hogan and Bruce Willis? Who knew?!). And THANK YOU for putting an industry book in with the fiction for the book club! I'm ready to get reading.
Hi Alex - always a great list of recommendations, as well as support for fellow authors. So pleased you're through with editing CassaDark ... and are looking for critiquers - I'm sure they'll be around pretty quickly. Our art-cinema closed down but I gather they'll be opening again - so waiting to see how things develop ... as it entails a lot of work. But let's hope 2021 is easier for us all - take care - Hilary
Notice how they stick Mr. Willis's photo in the forefront because they know he's a drawing card. I'm watching Moonlighting again. He's adorable in it. I haven't read the CassaDark series, (shame on me) but I'm available anyway. If you want me? At least know I'm here if you need me.
I have cast my vote and I hope we get it.
For the first time, I am going to try the Twitter pitch. It's going to be early morning where I live, like at one a.m, but I look forward to it.
Wishing you the very best, Alex.
Have a Merry Christmas and a safe passage into 2021.
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange
Elephant's Child, I can email them to you for February.
Tony, they are open here. We'll hit one the following Monday early and avoid the crowds.
Elizabeth, thanks, and it sure is!
Teresa, double thank you! I will be in touch.
Ken, thanks! Our theaters are open, but we will probably get HBO Max just to watch the movie again.
Nancy, thank Chrys who runs it.
Congrats on CassaDark!
It's been a crazy busy year on my end, so I haven't seen many movies at all!
Enjoy the holidays. It's been great for us all to get together for support during 2020, just hope 2021 is slightly more normal. I've only seen movies on Netflix this year.
Enjoy your holiday!
I'd love to see Wander and WW2020. Who knows maybe I will...
Hi Alex, good luck with CassaDark. It sounds intriguing. I think like you I too write a lot in the colder months.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance.
Congrats on finishing CassaDark! I know you're a slow writer like me, so it's even a bigger accomplishment. I'm hoping to write more this winter and finish my first draft. I'm getting close to the third act, so it should be possible.
Yes on "Sweetheart"! Saw it awhile back and enjoyed it.
"Wander" sounds pretty good but I'm so leery of new movies anymore. We watched "Unhinged" and "Alone" - so much potential, lots of let-down. Sigh.
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year's, Alex! All the best!
Nice to hear CassaDark is finally finished.
I'm seeing Wonder Woman 1984 in the theaters one way or another.
Thanks for sharing the Book Club info.
Congrats to Liesbeth on her travel memoir!
Way to go on finishing self-edits of CassaDark. I hope you get great critique offers, :)
Congratulations on finishing CassaDark!
I can't recall a specific time of year I've been most productive, but I'd guess it used to be autumn and winter.
You cover a lot of ground in one post, Alex! Congrats to authors of new books. Didn't know Bruce Willis was in a sci fi--Breach. Gotta watch it.
Happy holidays to you and yours, Alex.
The movie review was really intriguing and I can’t wait to see some of these films!
Fall and winter are great times to write.
Congrats on finishing CassaDark. I've enjoyed the previous books. Love your serving of snark with the movie reviews. Enjoy the holidays.
I think a lot of people write more in the winter because they are stuck inside more.
Looking forward to hearing who the new Anthology winners are!
Congratulations on finishing CasaDark. I've read a couple of books in the series. Must read the others. I voted for you too. Good luck.
Sign me up as a critique partner! :)
Congrats to the new authors!
Thanks for the cool review and snarky previews.
Hope you have a happy holiday. The movie Sweetheart sounds interesting. I'll have to see if I can find it. It's been a slow year of watching movies for me. I've opted to rewatch the old one that bring me joy, but should test out some new additions as well.
I'm doing my nominations this week. I know IWSG will be in the top 101 again! Have a great Christmas and may 2021 be kind to all of us.
I've been waiting for the wonder woman to release. Already been so delayed.
Ruchi Nasa https://thevagabond.me
Already nominated the IWSG for 101 best websites. Happy Christmas, Alex!
Appreciate the vote, Pat!
Yolanda, if you can, go for it.
Madeline, so much average coming out right now.
Chrys, you're welcome.
Jacqui, he's been in several science fiction films.
Tyrean, appreciate it!
Lee, we hope so!
Critique partners already? That’s fantastic progress!
“Sweetheart” sounds creepy good ;-) “Wander” is officially on my TBW list.
I'm starting up an HBO Max trial at the end of the year so that I can watch WW84. I'm also going to try out His Dark Materials because it looks like it might be cool. Not sure I'm quite ready to head into "Sweetheart" territory yet...
Congratulations on finishing your edits for CassaDark. I'm with you about being more productive in the winter months.
Thanks a lot for promoting Plunge this month and for being as effective, productive, and supportive as you always are. More and more, I understand why people call you a ninja!! Love your movie snarks even more than other times. They made me giggle, especially the Wonder Woman beating Covid...
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, dear Alex!
PLUNGE sounds like a fun book! And I like the poll idea for the book club. Happy December!
I actually watch Sweetheart a while ago. I found it... lacking, I suppose. Like it was trying to be a horror movie, and a survival movie, and a monster movie, but never quite managing to achieve all three. It tried, though, and it was at least interesting.
That's how deep we have to dredge now?
Wonder Woman - Yeah! I want it.
I also like your review of Sweetheart. Might be worth watching.
Hiya Alex, yes WWII is at the forefront for all of us here looking forward to the upcoming release!
Congrats on the completion of CasaDark! It's been a yer to write - as haven from unwarranted, yet craved human contact in Covid-times.
I agree with your review of a future Wonder Woman title! We needed her to whip the virus!
Happy Christmas, Hannunkah, New Year! May all be well with you and yours, Alex.
I so want to see Wonder Woman, but I don't have HBO. I might have to take the plunge for December. It might be worth it. (And our theaters are most definitely closed. I think. If not, they soon will be. We're getting all sorts of new/old restrictions. Understandably so.)
I'm more productive in cold weather, as well. I just don't function well in the heat. The Scottish Highlands would suit me perfectly.
I've definitely got to check out the new Wonder Woman movie. I've loved her since childhood, when she had her own comic book. So much cooler than Super Girl.
I've already nominated IWSG - this is by far, my most favorite site. <3
Breach and Wonder Woman both sound good to me.
Congrats on CassaDark!
I had a good chuckle at your comments on the up and coming movies, especially Breach. So funny.
Congratulations on finishing your editing, Alex! I can't wait to read CassaDark! And congratulations to Liesbet! I nominated the IWSG! Of course it's worthy! Enjoy your holidays!
Congrats on your finishing off with your Cassa Dark. It is just amazing of your capacity to tread on many different grounds and giving these back to us in your blog. 'Sweetheart' and 'Wander' are good suspense thrillers to expect.
Continue the good work and stay safe!
How exciting that you finished editing CassaDark! The IWSG Goodreads Book Club is another great idea! I love that you’re always thinking of creative ways to help authors. Wander sounds like a good movie with a talented cast, and who could resist Gal Godot as Wonder Woman! Thanks for all you do, Alex.
Never even heard of that one. Have to give it a go. Cold makes you think more? I suppose it would over heat. And don't you mean if Bruce Willis is in it for more than 5 mins if he actually proves he can still act? All the guy does is stand there and talk for the last 50 direct to streaming movies he's done.
Done and done on the nomination.
Good luck with completing CassaDark, Alex. That's an ambitious timetable to work to!
Writing when it's cold is nice. I hope IWSG gets a ton of votes to get it back on WD's list.
Happy holidays Alex. Enjoy your break and see you in the new year.
Liesbet, you're welcome and glad I could amuse you.
JE, I really liked it.
Yes, the nice thing about winter is that it's easier to concentrate. I always feel like I'm missing something if I'm inside when it's nice.
Congrats on finishing your edits on Cassadark!
Merry Christmas! See you in January!
I've only read Dragon of the Stars so far. I really liked it, as I said in my review. I haven't acted as a CP in a long time, but if you think my opinion would be of use, I'm willing to try. Might be a better beta, I don't know. I sometimes spot things that others do not.
Operation Awesome is creating a new blog feature for 2021. We intend to spotlight one writing site a month and ask probably 10 questions for the blog post. Would you be interested in being interviewed on behalf of the IWSG for January?
That's two reasons to email me. (Plus, I'll hear from you at the end of the month, since I'm an IWSG co-host in Jan!)
I'm so honored that my book was chosen for the IWSG book club craft book. I hope it inspires people. I know that having a setting as a character is a very small niche, but it's so fun when it's done well. Plus, there are some fun ways to think about settings in general in the book, so there's always something to learn.
I'm excited for the Wonder Woman movie. And yeah, pretty sure she'd slap invisible masks on people who weren't wearing them, while rolling her eyes at the selfishness of healthy people who are unwilling to do something so simple to protect others and themselves. (I'm excluding people who have an actual legit medical reason to not wear a mask. Wonder Woman would know. She's got that lasso.)
When thinking about it I think I'm at my most productive during Summer and Fall.
The actress playing Jenn in Sweetheart looks for me. But even after checking IMDb I can't figure out what I've seen her in. Did hear she's supposed to play Iris West in The Flash movie though.
Can't wait for WW84. Just in time for Christmas too.
Congrats on the release Liesbet! And good luck finding critique partners Alex!
I already have HBO Max, so I'm quite happy to get Wonder Woman 1984 on release day there. It looks like a darned fun movie. Pine and Gadot's relationship was the highlight of the first film for me, and I'm curious what they'll do with Pine being back.
Looking forward to WW84, and I hadn't heard of Sweetheart, but will have to check it out. I seem to be out of the loop on movies right now.
Congrats to Liesbet!
So eager to see Wonder Woman - it feels like we've been waiting years for it. Well, I actually have - probably since 1984, to be honest :-)
Merry Christmas, Alex!
Congrats on finishing your edits! That's awesome.
I'm more productive in the colder months too. I think it's because I don't like the cold so a great way to mentally escape it is to write.
Have a fantastic rest of your week!
Merry Christmas to you, too!
Writing comes to me whenever it wants and I do my best to indulge it as best as I can with 5 kids living in the same household. Aaagh! xD
I'm very similar. I write best in late fall through winter. I'm looking forward to 1984!
Thanks for another great hop and for visiting my blog.
I love your Cassa series and would love to critique CassaDark for you but I think I shouldn't- whenever I read those stories I have to talk about them with other people. Not sure I could keep my mouth shut on this.
Sweetheart sounds like a good flick. Can't wait to see Wonder Woman 1984.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Congrats on finishing Cassa Dark. Woot. Woot.
I think you'd be better off with someone that has more of a sci-fi background. I might end up putting a six gun in the hero's hand. Ha! But if you need me, count me in.
LOL, when I first saw Wonder Woman 1984, I thought it was a weird Orwellian mashup with the Avengers. Shows what I don't know about the movie scene right now.
It’s great to learn your book is getting closer to release. I look forward to it’s release.
Wishing you a happy and safe holiday!
Thank you for your support through the years!
Peace, light and health....
Gosh I am late being here. I think each person can be different but whenever the mood strikes one is when I can see myself writing...ok. I think I will stick with Tom Hanks talking to Wilson. To be honest, I thought Paul Hogan died...oops. And what the hell are Mel Gibson and Chevy Chase doing in his film?? I am really looking forward to Wonder Woman but will have to wait until it is in the theatre.
Trying to figure out how to watch WW84. Really want to see it but we don't get HBO Max in Canada. It was also just announced that Warner Brothers will be rolling out ALL of their movies on HBO Max next year, so this will prove interesting for the future of filmaking, and especially movie theatres.
The book club sounds fun and interesting. Wish I had time for stuff like that. My life is about to get very, very busy. I wish I could just skip ahead a few months. >.<
I'm so behind on reading. I believe I read CassaFire...I sometimes read books out of order haha. Sweetheart looks interesting! Blumhouse is putting out a lot right now!
Logically it seems that cold weather months would be most productive times for writing, but when I was younger (late teens/early twenties) I used to write a lot in summer and spring when it was bright warm and sunny. I have fond memories of sitting on my porch of a mountain cabin I lived in for a while or in the coolness of my parents basement/rec room writing in solitude.
Tossing It Out
I like the idea of new movies going to streaming, but I'm not ready to pay for HBO Max. Theater tickets have gotten too expensive to go very often even if there wasn't a pandemic going on.
Congrats on being done with the editing. Our movie theater opened. We went to see the new Croods movie. There were only two people in the building. If there had been a crowd, we'd have not gone.
J, cool! I will email you. Think it's great your book was chosen.
John, I might go to the theater and watch it on HBO Max!
Toi, no worries - looks like I have several partners.
Thanks, Sandra! Guns are all right though.
Birgit, that made me chuckle!
CD, hoping it doesn't kill them.
Rosey, I think most theaters are that empty, so no worries about a crowd.
Merry Christmas, Alex! Thanks for all you do to assist your fellow writer. All the luck with your next release. Interesting that Crocodile Dundee is back. I'll have to check that one out. All best to you, sir!
Back in the day, I would say that the spring and summer would be my most productive time, whether it was regular writing or blogging.
Thanks Alex for all your news and another year of hard work for the IWSG. If you are still looking for beta readers for your CassaDark new release, I would thoroughly enjoy giving you my feedback. You can get in touch on email@example.com
Congratulations on finishing the edits! The very best of the season to you and yours. Have a brilliant holiday.
You sure know how to find real Hollywood beauties Alex, Wonder Woman and Bruce Willis - all cosmic and good fun, of course sci-fi is always cool with actors like these. On a blogger/author note I wrote to ViacomCBS twice about my book idea - I think I need proper contact names giving me a better chance from the generic ones I've been using. Merry Christmas everyone.
Merry Christmas Alex! Thank you for your continued support through out blog land! Congrats on your book! So happy for you!! Thanks for the reviews! Take care and Big Hugs!
Sweetheart... Not the best of titles given the story, but... if you say it's worth our while, well, then we've got something to forget about those zombies walking outside.
I tend to be more productive in the winter months too. I am hoping that is the case this winter for sure! 2020 hasn't been my most productive writing year.
Hey I was born in 1984. And apparently we live in another 1984 today too. Anyway Wonder Woman is a babe. Congrats on the book.
Happy Holidays to you and yours, Alex.
Hope they are wondrous.
Thanks for the timely movie roundup! Based on your number of posts, you've managed to remain quite prolific during this crazy year - so hats off to you in that regard as well!
Happy New Year!!!!
Hope you're enjoying your time away and Happy New year :)
Oh, a new Dundee movie, huh?
Happy New Year, Alex! Wishing you all the best in 2021!
Did you get enough critique partners?
If not, let me know.
Sweetheart sounds up my alley, Alex. Thanks for the recommendation.
Hope you had a wonderful holiday. Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Thanks for all you do for all of us.
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