Many thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and his brilliant co-hosts!
Wow! I jumped up and danced around when I heard the anthology news! Many thanks to all the editors and for IWSG for having the contest! I'm honored and thankful.
JANUARY QUESTION: What writing rule do you wish you'd never heard?
Write what you know.
It's a "rule" that has haunted me as a fantasy and science fiction writer. It's even haunted me in the contemporary and historical short stories I've written since I've written from the perspectives of a victim of human trafficking, a rapist, a serial killer, a child stranded on the Titanic by an abusive parent while the ship is going down, and other viewpoints that are not my own.
I have been told to write my story. That I must write what I know, and have known, in real life.
But, I don't want to for several reasons that could be the subject of a separate post.
I want to write the knowledge that comes from studying characters and people, from asking "what if" questions, and from the passion that I have for those who have been battered by life's storms and who haven't given up. Even stories from the perspectives of abusive, criminally-minded characters are meant to highlight the difference between having hope and having lost it.
I believe that there is one hope beyond all of the brokenness, and that hope can't be extinguished.
That hope is what I know.
That's what I write about.
What's a writing rule you wish you'd never heard?
"i before e except after c, and in words like weird?"
Also, it's my husband's birthday today! We met the day before he turned 24. He just turned 50. Where did the time go? Here's a bit of a photo montage of him over the years. He's not afraid to wear pink, stick his tongue out, or bike more than 200 miles in a day. And yes, he has dishwater blonde hair and a red beard - it's his Norwegian heritage. He got his height from his Irish-Scottish mom.
Because I'm celebrating, and because my New Year, New Reads promos are still live, check out Flicker: A Collection of Short Stories and Poetry, or Champion in Flight - both 99 cents until the 15th!