Wednesday, June 5, 2019

#TheIWSG June 2019 + Genres + NEWS

Many thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh, all of the administrators, and our co-hosts this month: Diane Burton, Kim Lajevardi, Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?

I love to write fantasy/SF because I love thinking of new worlds with new customs and people.

Plus, I think it's possible to highlight real world issues within an entertaining new realm within the multiple universes of Story - a place only restricted by our imaginations.


Tyrean's News -
I have a new two-part flash fiction story out with Tellables. Just say "Alexa, Open my Box of Chocolates" to hear it.

My youngest daughter has graduated! She is going to WSU in the fall and I'm super excited for her.
And, if ever wanted to know what a home-school cooperative graduation might look like, it could look something like this:
They are "moving their tassels" in this part.

Each student speaks at graduation for 2-3 minutes about their past, present, and future. Plus, we had a guest speaker, slide shows for each of the students which were 40 seconds in length, an invocation and a benediction, and special music.

My daughter's last slide show picture.
(Photo by Connie Riggio Photography, used with permission)

Each one of the students has completed home-school curriculum and community college classes as part of their education. 

The various plans they have include: sustainable textiles, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, real estate, taking a gap year, ministry and missions, and automotive technology. So, not all home-schoolers are alike - in fact, I think the main theme of home-schooling is uniqueness

And now, that chapter of my life is done and I'm looking ahead to the next adventures with excitement, anticipation, and a little concern - what will I do? It hasn't been settled yet.
One might think I was the one graduating.

Will this change in my life change the way I write or what I write about? Maybe. Slightly. Not sure. I'll find out.


The topic of a caged bird has many possible interpretations, both literal and metaphorical. Choose one and write the best flash story you can in 1000 words or less. Or maybe create a photo essay about your favorite canary. Or a non-fiction story about captivity and its psychological impact. Whatever you choose, we want to read it.
BTW - some changes have been made for WEP participation - see HERE for more details.

The next IWSG Twitter Pitch will be January 15, 2020!
Mark your calendars ahead!

Want to write a story for the next IWSG anthology? The genre is Middle Grade Historical Adventure.
There's no time like the present to write about the past!
You can send your story in today!

Ready for some Beach Reads? Tips? Motivation?
Want to share some?


Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on your daughter graduating. And yes, having the last one do so and go to college is a big life change for mom's too. I still am growing with being an empty nester.

I like writing in fantasy for the same reasons as you.

M.J. Fifield said...

Congratulations on your daughter's graduation!! How exciting for her—and you!

I like writing fantasy, but mostly because I'm too lazy to do the research necessary to write historical fiction... ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to your daughter! That is a beautiful photo of her.
Dealing with real world issues is one thing I really like about science fiction and fantasy.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congratulations on your daughter's graduation and congratulations to you too.

I too love to write fantasy :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

You are graduating in a way. It’s a new phase in your life. And I hope it’s wonderful! :)

The Cynical Sailor said...

Congrats to your daughter on her graduation! This is truly a time of transition for the both of you. I have no doubt you'll flourish during this next season of your life.

I love sci-fi/fantasy too in large part because you can explore real life issues in a way that causes people to pause and reconsider the same issues in their own lives. People seem to be more open to thinking about them in another world, then they can take a step back and reassess their own lives, countries, cultures etc with a fresh eye.

Cheers - Ellen

David Powers King said...

A major congrats to your daughter! I too write fantasy/SF, but you already knew that. :)

krystal jane said...

Happy Graduation to your daughter!

I also think fantasy is a great way to tackle real world issues. It makes them easier to digest even because there are so many fantastical things happening.

Patricia Lynne said...

Congrats to your daughter!

Sarah Foster said...

Congrats to your daughter on her graduation!
Fantasy is definitely fun to write because the only limit is your imagination!

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

"...highlight real world issues within an entertaining new realm within the multiple universes" ME TOO!

Wow, lots going on in your homestead! Congrats on the flash fic! And on your daughter's graduation!

cleemckenzie said...

The graduation as you described it sounded wonderful. Congrats to you and your daughter!

Tyrean said...

Natalie - Thanks! Change is healthy, it's just challenging, too.

MJ - I don't think it's lazy to come up with new worlds and rules for them!

Alex - Thanks! And yes, real world problems in an entertaining venue are compelling.

Rachna - Thanks!

Madeline - Thank you!!!

Ellen - Thanks! And yes, that's true about SF.

David - Thanks! And yes, I did. :)

Krystal - Thanks! Yes, it does.

Patricia - Thanks!

Sarah - yes, the sky's the limit doesn't even apply to SF and Fantasy, it's the ever-expanding edges of the universe and our imaginations ...

HR - thanks!

CLee - Thank you!

Chemist Ken said...

Congratulations on surviving this far in your children's lives. You've probably earned some rest time.

I'm guessing these changes in your life may give you more time to write--or not. It's hard to say.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

How wonderful - congrats to your daughter.

Nick Wilford said...

You make a great point about incorporating real world elements in fantasy. Just because it's a different world, doesn't mean it can't reflect issues that affect us - that's pretty powerful.

Congrats to your daughter. The next chapter sounds exciting!

Lynda R Young said...

Congrats to your youngest daughter!!!

CWMartin said...

Let me add my congrats as well. What a lovely young lady.

Lee Lowery said...

Adding my congrats on your daughter's graduation! It's been 10 years since my baby graduated high school. The empty nest season has its challenges and its joys. Like every major life change, there is adjustment. But it's all good.

Tyrean said...

Thanks for all of the congratulations and well wishes!

Diane Burton said...

I, too, love to build worlds. Like Gene Roddenberry, we can highlight real world problems without sounding judgmental. Congrats on your daughter graduating. Like you, I thought about what I would do when my kids were gone. That's when I started writing. Finally, time for me and my dreams. Have fun with whatever you choose to do.

Christine Rains said...

Congrats to your daughter! Such an exciting time. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Diane - I love the idea of writing like Gene Roddenberry!

Christine - Thanks!

Gwen Gardner said...

Congratulations to your daughter. How exciting for her to be on a new path. And now you’ll have time to think about your new role too. Lots of writing in your future I predict!

Murees Dupè said...

Congratulations to you, and your daughter for graduating. That is such a big step, and a big change for you. You're so hands-on with your kids education, life, always cheering them on, and giving endless love. I think it will be scary at first, but just think of all the other mom's you're going to inspire (with what you are going through), because you are just someone who does. Maybe your writing will be a way for you to let out everything you're feeling every step of this transition.

Erika Beebe said...

What a wonderful graduation experience! I wish her well on her next new adventure. :)

Heather R. Holden said...

Fantasy/SF is such a fun genre, for sure! Not surprised at all that it's your favorite.

And many congrats to your daughter! How exciting!