Wednesday, 6 July 2022

IWSG July 2022

Another month and time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group! Hosted as ever by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the aim of the group is to offer a safe space where writers can share doubts and insecurities without fear of being judged. Today's co-hosts are J Lenni DornerJanet AlcornPJ ColandoJenni Enzor and Diane Burton.

Let's have a look at this month's optional IWSG question: If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose?

This has to be an easy one for me - Terry Pratchett's Discworld (although I'd maybe like to just visit rather than live there because it can be brutal at times). I'd be like the tourist Twoflower who travels around with a luggage chest on legs that can present clean linen when needed and turn into a vicious killing machine with teeth when there's danger. There's so much to see - from the great city of Ankh-Morpork, which has a lot of insalubrious areas and a river so polluted you could bounce off it but also has sights like an opera house, the Patrician's Palace and a wizards' university - to Djelibeybi with its pyramids, Uberwald with its lush Alpine landscape (just watch out for vampires, werewolves and Igors), the mysterious continent of Klatch and even the fabled land of Fourecks (known for kangaroos and boomerangs). So many interesting people to meet too, from the inscrutable witch Granny Weatherwax to versatile street trader/conman Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler and of course the Librarian ("Oook!"). 

Interested to hear what other people answer for this one. You can check out other IWSG posts here.

Before I go I have a few mini-announcements to make:

My debut traditionally published novel, The Becalmer, set for release in August 2023, has been added to Goodreads. You can find it here. As has the finale of my YA trilogy, Reckoning, coming September this year, which is here.

I'm still looking for a few members to make up a street team to spread the word about The Becalmer. You can find details about that here. Alternatively, let me know if you'd like to help by reading an ARC.

Finally, I have a few spots still available for my blog tour for Reckoning, which runs 19th September to 1st October. Details for that are here.

Phew, that's a lot! Don't, by any means, feel obliged to do all of it. Any bit of help you can offer is humbly received.

I'm away this week for a lovely holiday on the coast of Scotland, so I'll get round to visit you after Friday. Hope my American friends had a great holiday weekend.

12 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Discworld is like a circus.
I'll email you about helping with your book.

H.R. Sinclair said...

Oh another great world that slipped my mind! Great pick.

Melissa said...

I can't remember if I offered before (color me embarrassed), but you can send me info on new releases, and I'll happily post about them. I'm envious of your trip. Enjoy!

Liz A. said...

Ah, Discworld. That one didn't immediately come to mind, but I'm with you. I don't think I'd want to run into Granny Weatherwax, though. Maybe the Librarian. I'll be careful not to call him a monkey :)

Sherry Ellis said...

Discworld sounds really cool!

I'll check out your books on Goodreads. Good luck with all the marketing!

Denise Covey said...

Hope you enjoyed Scotland, Nick. What a lovely place to holiday. Living in Discworld sounds like a mixed blessing. I'm off to Goodreads to click on your books.

Diane Burton said...

More people have recommended Discworld. I'm going to have to check it out. Best wishes on your upcoming releases. Looking forward to be part of your tour.

Damyanti Biswas said...

Congratulations on your debut! I'm not familiar with this book, but it sounds very action packed :D

Patricia said...

I think I'd be good with just being a tourist who is only visiting to some book worlds as well.

Weaver said...

Good choice! And congrats on your book on Goodreads. It must be starting to feel real now. :D

James Pailly said...

I still have to read Discworld. There are lots of fictional worlds I'd love to visit: the Star Trek universe, Middle Earth, maybe even the Dune universe (would not want to stay there for long, though). Discworld has always sounded like it would probably belong on my list, too.

diedre Knight said...

Hope you enjoyed the coast of Scotland ;-) Discworld sounds intriguing, as do all the engagements you've got going on - congratulations!