IWSG June 5 Genres?

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is enjoying its monthly blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. IWSG is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

The awesome co-hosts for the June 5 posting of the IWSG are Diane Burton, Kim Lajevardi, Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

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

ANSWER:
Once upon a time I would have said, “I don’t like sci-fi.” Then I read, Dragon of the Stars, by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Holy cow I loved it. First eBook I’ve read from beginning to end. Apparently, I’m more interested in style than genre Otherwise, my go to genre is crime fiction.

I’m adding to my personal series, “Slices of Life.” Here’s a recent event:

We’re with friends, laughing and enjoying life at our favorite brunch hang out.
I heard Rick say, “What’s happening?” I looked over and Rick’s 6-foot frame is sliding down to the ground. His chair had separated and the seat gave way. By some miracle he was able to support himself as gravity slowly pulled his body to the floor.
I ran over to him, put my arms around his shoulders but I couldn’t support his big frame.
I screamed, “Get Rick a good chair. Get Rick a good chair. Get Rick a good chair.” Fear drove my thoughts and action.
His spine is fused with metal screws, bars, plates, and cages. A sudden butt landing would send shock waves of pain and possible damage up his back bone.
Rick griped the chair arms and leaned forward onto the table. The restaurant staff acted with speed and efficiency. Immediately, he was presented a sturdy straight-back chair.
Rick cautiously shifted from the broken chair to the good chair. Safe. No harm. My fingers curled into a tight fist and I stared into space, numb with relief.

YOUR Thoughts:
Slices of Life. is series of two or page episodes. When should I include flash backs to past medical emergencies that seem to launch me into instant medical PTSD when Rick is in danger? What missing from the story?

Thank you for visiting. I very much appreciate you taking a moment to comment. I’m looking forward to visiting your blog, too.

16 thoughts on “IWSG June 5 Genres?

  1. I didn’t like sci-fi until I started reading it. Alex’s book is one that I really enjoyed too. I like your little snippet. I think you gave us enough info about Rick’s prior injury here for us to understand what’s going on.

  2. Alex is a great writer – I’ve enjoyed his books 🙂

    I loved your Slice of Life, especially the ending with the reference to your fingers curled up in a fist. That felt like a really powerful way to sum up the impact the incident had on you.

    1. Hi Ellen,
      I’m encouraged by your words. I’ve been struggling to find time to write and these “slices” seem to be manageable. Alex isn’t the only top notch writer in the group. I’m enjoying your book & need to write a review. OK, now that I’ve said it, I need to make it happen.

      Thanks for your visit and taking time to comment. I’ll be dropping by your blog & checking out what’s new.

  3. I have finished reading this personal slice and have to say you caught my attention immediately. I can’t say when . you need to add a flashback in your book but I do think a small flashback would help explain your reaction to what happened in the slice you presented today.
    But this personal slice alone is terrific. You really got my attention and I was hoping he wasn’t going to fall on the floor.

    All the best.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Hi Pat,
      You bring up some good points. Glad I held your attention; that’s very encouraging coming from a pro like you!
      Thank you for your time and comments. I shall return the favor and visit you. Cheers

    1. Hi Alex,
      Rick’s had several medical close calls, especially since 2011 to present. That event happened on Mother’s day last May. I owe you a comment on Dragon of the Stars. I’m slow…but evidently get there. Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

  4. When you can’t make time to write long stories, write what you can. So glad you found sci-fi to enjoy. I agree, Alex is a great writer. Have a great month.

    1. Hi Diane,
      There are sooo many good writers in our group, IWSG. I always feel bad when I call out and praise an author…but Alex’s writing seemed to fit the question. Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment. I know this is a busy day for you, too. Cheers

  5. I genre hop myself. I did go through a phase where I rejected scifi. I felt they were all formulaic with too many pornographic leanings. After a long break from them, I found some really great reads, including Alex’s such as DRAGON. I hope you’re able to find more that you enjoy. Happy Writing!

    1. Hi Sylvia,
      Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment; especially when co-hosting IWSG. I never read enough SiFi to get the poro leanings…guess I’ll file that away for future reference. Appreciate you co-hosting this month.

    1. HI Juneta,
      I strive to instill some kind of emotion; fear, laughter, amazement. Alex’s SiFi taught me the writing is more important than the genre. Thanks for taking time to visit and comment. Cheers.

    1. Hi Madeline,
      I learned the same lesson when I tried a new genre. It is about the story. Thank you for co-hosting IWSG this month and taking the time to visit and comment on my blog post. Cheers!

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