IWSG: Which World?

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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!

The awesome co-hosts for the July 6 posting of the IWSG are J Lenni Dorner, Janet Alcorn, PJ Colando, Jenni Enzor, and Diane Burton!

Hi, everybody!

I’m still around. I’m busy revising some short stories… and a novel… and doing all the dull, mundane writer-y stuff that no one wants to hear about. Okay. Fine. I’m obsessing over my Submission Grinder page. That’s nifty. It gives you the impression that things are happening! As opposed to silence until somebody gets around to responding to you. (Hey, look! They rejected twenty-eight people who are not me today.)

July 6 question – If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose?

Not one of the ones I write about, that’s for sure! I mean… Well, it might not be as bad as some of the worlds out there, but… uhm… it’s not a tourist brochure.

Stuff happens. I don’t wanna live with that! And I’m pretty sure that a number of my characters are not particularly good people.

Nope. It seems to me that children’s books are the way to go. I wanna live in a children’s book. One of those best-possible world things where everyone is happy and doing happy, wonderful things. I think I want to go on being human, though. I don’t want to be a pig that somehow plays the electric guitar, or a rabbit or something.

Can I live in The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats? Everybody knows–and likes–everybody else. There are snowball fights… and I’m pretty sure I remember food somewhere in there. It’s been a while. It’s a nice world to think about. Nothing could really go wrong there. And also… I’m still just as obsessed with the hat as ever. I want the hat. (And no, I’m not exactly sure how it’s better than every stocking cap I ever had in my life. I just know that it is.)


  1. Loni Townsend


    I didn’t even think about kids books. I suppose that might be because when I started reading for my own enjoyment, I started with Goosebumps, which isn’t the most idyllic of worlds…

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      **shudder** I don’t think I’d like to spend my life there. Although some of the grownups did seem pretty happy in their blissful ignorance.

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      I’m trying to remember if there was anything safe ever in those books! I’m not sure I’d survive.

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    Like Loni, I didn’t think about kids books (other than YA books, and they go to some pretty dark places). I think you have the right idea.

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      Children’s books are definitely the way to go. Plenty of puppies, pie, and mittens for everybody.

  3. Damyanti Biswas


    Hahaha this is a really interesting post! I think this is the first post I’ve seen mention children’s books. It’s beautiful 😀

  4. Diane Burton


    I love Snowy Day. But I don’t remember the hat. Hmm. Better read it again. I chose one of the worlds I created because I want to hang out with the characters. Sure bad things happen, but they’re strong women. It would be fun.

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