IWSG Day, RiP Eric Carle, and Three Interesting Things

Author Eric Carle has passed away.

I think I've read The Very Hungry Caterpillar every day (or at least once a week) for the past six years or so. Also the one other book we have which he illustrated: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

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 - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.   

You ready?
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!


June 2 question - For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?
The awesome co-hosts for the June 2 posting of the IWSG are 
J Lenni Dorner, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, Lee Lowery, and Rachna Chhabria!

I don't generally shelve my novels out of choice. I know it's a good thing to do, but I don't do it on purpose! It simply works out that way. Especially in the past few years; I've written a novel for NaNoWriMo, and left it behind come December.

Then a year or so later, I remember it, decide among the many unedited novels I have (at least 10) that that one is the current novel to focus on, and work on it for a while. I generally try to get it beta ready, then send it off. Then I forget about it and turn to one of the other novels...

I hope that somehow I'll cycle around to each of the novels at one time or another and they'll all get done! Then I can submit them to agents, or self-publish!

Something interesting and some random fun:

I just received this lovely apron from the Tamar's Hope charity in Guatemala!

A Tolkien meme shared by a friend

Look at this perfectly symmetrical board on Words With Friends!

Finally, I'm running the June writing exercise on thelitforum! Please come join in!


What funny memes have you laughed at recently?


Lee Lowery said…
Eric Carle was so talented! I read his books to my daughter when she was tiny.

Your idea to cycle back around through your drafts sound like a plan. I've got several languishing drafts, novel and short story length. :-D
With that many, sounds like you will be busy for years.
Natalie Aguirre said…
I used to love to read Eric Carle books to my daughter. It's great that you can write drafts quickly during NaNo and then come back to them later to revise them.
Olga Godim said…
10 novels - wow! You have your future work cut out for you.
Hi Deniz - fantastic post ... I haven't heard Eric Carle - but know that book ... I remember watching Mulan with my goddaughter's brother - she got up later ... he would come and snuggle with me and insist we watch it together before the household got up!
Ten novels - actually that's great ... you're picking the ideas up now - and can mull them over to bring them fully to life ...
Just enjoy the kitchen time with the kids, and those long summer days - cheers Hilary
Michael Di Gesu said…
Hi Deniz,

You are a BUSY woman. Like Alex said, you will be busy for years. I admire your tenacity. Good luck with all those revisions.
Nas said…
I see you being so busy for long now with all these drafts!