Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.
Today I’m sharing the co-hosting duties alongside the following awesome people: Nancy Gideon, Tamara Narayan, Liesbet @ Roaming About, and Feather Stone!
Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
MAY 03rd QUESTION: I decided to tweak the question and put it to a few of the Hero Lost anthology authors.
What is the weirdest/coolest thing you had to research for your Hero Lost anthology story?
This is what they had to say.
Ellen Jacobson, “The Silvering”
Wearing of gloves and the taboos associated with removing them feature heavily in my short story, so the coolest thing I researched for my story was the translation of “glove” into other languages. I then used this as a basis for my characters’ names. (You can read more about my take on imaginary languages and names in fantasy stories on the Hero Lost blog.)
Erika Beebe, “The Wheat Witch”
Farm equipment. Old farm equipment. I discovered a war exists between the green John Deer brand and the red International brand. I researched every critical piece of equipment a farmer would need to build a farm from the ground up, alone. Then I faced the challenge of farm equipment through the decades. My story takes place in 1989 and my main character is 55 years old. He grew up on a farm in the prosperous times, then he ends the story with the drought in 1989. I also needed to understand how to repair a tractor too.
Elizabeth Seckman, “Mind Body Soul”
Not so weird, but fun to peruse…in writing Mind Body Soul, I needed fantastic names, so I used the fantasy name creator website. Great place for unique names and information.
Olga Godim, “Captain Bulat”
Usually, when I write, I need to envision my protagonist. For my novels, I make up their outer trappings in my mind first: the hair, the eyes, the height and build, and so on, but for my short stories, I do it backwards, except for the vague ethnical leaning. First, I make covers for all my short stories. Even if I never use that cover afterwards, it helps me write a story, serves as a visual aid. When I describe my characters’ appearance later, if at all, I do it based on the cover image. Hence, my research for a short story is primarily a search for the fitting cover images, and most often than not, I find my characters among classical paintings. I write traditional fantasy after all.
When I first conceived my heroine, Altenay, she appeared in my mind as an oriental girl or a Gypsy. That was what I combed the internet for – a classical painting of a Gypsy or an oriental girl. There are many of them, created by a number of wonderful artists, but I found my Altenay among the paintings by a Polish-French artist Émile Eisman-Semenowsky (1857–1911).
Here she is, a painting from 1883. That’s where Altenay’s golden tubeteika with the coins sewed into its edge came from.
Yvonne Ventresca, “The Art of Remaining Bitter”
The coolest thing I researched for my Hero Lost short story was the idea of hydroponic farming. In “The Art of Remaining Bitter,” the main character’s father manages the farm, and one of the scenes takes place there.
Here are a few of the websites I referred to:
How did the research translate into my story? Here’s a brief excerpt of how I used the information:
Excitement buzzed through Sylvia as they approached the farm. The glass building towered forty stories high, with floor after floor of produce extending up into the sky. Most floors appeared green from a distance, but if she looked closely, she could make out the orange carrot level above the red of the tomatoes. Art was her favorite subject at school, and she always thought the farm looked like a painting, cheerful and lively.
Tyrean Martinson, “Of Words and Swords”
I researched the lyrics to “How you Remind Me” by Nickelback because the song’s chorus was stuck on repeat in my head and fit my main character’s Maud frame of mind at the beginning of the story. However, not very many of the lyrics really fit his situation so I used only one tiny part of the chorus at the beginning of the story and then returned to it near the end of the story.
Can deliverance be found on a bloody battlefield? Could the gift of silvering
become a prison for those who possessed it? Will an ancient warrior be forever
the caretaker of a house of mystery?
hero, twelve authors explore the realms of fantasy in this enthralling and
thought-provoking collection. Featuring the talents of Jen Chandler, L. Nahay,
Renee Cheung, Roland Yeomans, Elizabeth
Seckman, Olga Godim, Yvonne Ventresca, Ellen Jacobson, Sean McLachlan, Erika Beebe, Tyrean Martinson, and
agents and authors, these twelve tales will take you into the heart of heroes
who have fallen from grace. Join the journey and discover a hero’s redemption!
Here’s the blog tour schedule:
May 2 – Stephanie Faris – Guest Post – http://stephie5741.blogspot.com
May 3 – Michelle Wallace – Interview – http://writer-in-transit.co.za/
May 5 – Cathrina Constantine – Spotlight Post – http://cathrinaconstantine.blogspot.com
May 7 – Ronel Janse van Vuuren – Interview – https://ronelthemythmaker.wordpress.com/
May 8 – Bish Denham – Guest Post – http://bish-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/
May 8 – Patricia Lynne – Guest Post – http://www.patricialynne.com
May 9 – ChemistKen – Guest Post – http://hogwartssabbatical.blogspot.com/
May 10 – M.J. Fifield – Guest Post – http://mjfifield.blogspot.com/
May 15 – Alex J. Cavanaugh – Interview – http://alexjcavanaugh.com
May 15 – Juneta Key – Spotlight Post – http://www.junetakey.com/
May 17 – Nicki Elson – Interview – http://nickielson.blogspot.com/
May 19 – Chrys Fey – Guest Post – www.writewithfey.blogspot.com
May 22 – Christine Rains – Review – http://christinerains-writer.blogspot.com/
May 22 – Nick Wilford – Guest Post – http://nickwilford.blogspot.co.uk
May 24 – Toi Thomas – Interview – http://etoithomas.com
Congratulations to all the anthology authors and Happy IWSG Day! I’ll be visiting blogs over the next few days…