Wednesday, July 6, 2022

The Insecure Writer and Being on Vacation


Today is July's contribution to Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group.

Why makes me an insecure writer this month?

Right now, nothing. I'm on vacation up in northern Michigan, so today's post will be short. 

I'm still waiting to hear back from my editor that she's ready for me to send her the changes I made to my manuscript after her first pass. Thanks to some lingering effects from Covid-19, she's still not working at one hundred percent, so I don't know when the final draft will be ready for publication. In the meantime, I've been working on the sequel. I was hoping the writing would proceed more quickly this time around, but I'm realizing that's not necessarily the case. It's easier to spot where the problems lie within a scene now, but figuring out how to fix those problems is still the hard (and slow) part for me. Sigh.

July question - If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose? 

I know this may sound like a trite answer, but I'd want to live at Hogwarts. I don't want to meet any of the characters of that world. I don't want to relive any of the adventures from the books.  I just want to live there. Teaching Potions in a castle that's filled with magic would be my dream job. Oh, and the fact it's in Britain would be an added bonus. Sure, I'd miss the Internet and my smart phone, but it'd be worth it. I just don't know what I'd do with my family in the meantime. :)

P.S. I suppose I could solve that problem by using a portkey to commute to and from Hogwarts every day, but it sounds like all the fun stuff happens late at night over there, so I'd rather sleep at the castle too.

Take care everyone, and stay safe! 



  1. As long as the wizarding world wasn't in a state of war, Hogwarts could be fun. I'll teach Herbology!

  2. I'd love to be a teacher at Hogwarts as well! As I'm not the bravest individual, I'd prefer to arrive after Voldemort has been vanquished :)

  3. I'd love to live at Hogwarts. And it's great that you're starting your new book.

  4. Ha! I knew you'd pick Hogwarts! I think you'd be an excellent potions teacher.

  5. A lot of people find Hogwarts a place to live. It is fascinating.

  6. I like your idea of commuting through a portkey. I agree with Jemi. I'd wait until Voldemort was out of the picture. Fun post!

  7. Taking Snape's job, hmm?
    I suppose we don't know that smartphones wouldn't work at Hogwarts. People just didn't all have them in their pockets in the time period of the original 7 books.

    For the IWSG July prompt asking which book world I would live in, I narrowed it down to three choices.
    One is a short-story I published. One is from a popular series. And one is better known from television, but there are books. It's all on my blog.
    "Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." - Warren Buffett
    Over at Operation Awesome, our Pass or Pages query contest is open this week with July's family saga genre. Know any writers who might want to enter?

    J Lenni Dorner (he/him 👨🏽 or 🧑🏽 they/them) ~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

  8. Good choice and hope you get your next edits done soon.
    And I could swear I commented already...

  9. If you'd said anything BUT Hogwart's, I'd been stunned.

  10. Of course, you would choose Hogwarts. And a portkey to commute sounds great. That sure would beat heavy traffic. Enjoy your vacation Up North.

  11. Hogwarts would be a great choice, though I definitely would not want to be there during the events of the books (especially books six and seven). A lot of people have been saying the Shire from Lord of the Rings, which also seems like it would be pretty nice to me.

  12. Of course you'd choose Hogwarts. That goes without saying. :-)

  13. I love your question. Sadly, I don't think I'd want to live in any of the books I love unless I had a super power to get through the muck :)