ON PARIS

"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris ... then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." Ernest Hemingway

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

#IWSG September - WEP results - Authors as beta partners.

Hello, and welcome to the September IWSG! For the first time in awhile I'm actually posting instead of inviting a guest poster. In October, I'm looking forward to having Jemima Pett who's about to launch her next book.

How's your month been? Before I get into my IWSG post, I'll report that we at WEP have had a very successful month again with our stable of wonderful writers who blow us away each challenge. They just get better and better. 

The August challenge was LONG SHADOW and it resulted in many poetry entries which was awesome. Our resident poet, Nilanjana Bose, had lots of company.

The winners for the August competition were chosen from our team's shortlist by the awesome Nick Wilford. So we announce Toi Thomas, Dixie Jarchow and Sonia Dogra as the outright winners. Congratulations! It's Toi's second win in a row, proof that purely heartfelt stories resonate more than any other.


                                   


Now to the IWSG. 



Alex's awesome co-hosts for the September 2 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, J Lenni Dorner, Deniz Bevan, Kim Lajevardi, Natalie Aguirre, and Louise - Fundy Blue! Please visit and say hi!


 September 2 question - If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why?

That's not too hard. Like all writers, I have several authors I look up to and would be happy to emulate in some small way - Ernest Hemingway, Paullina Simons, Anita Shreve, Pat Conroy to name those who must have been sitting in the forefront of my subsconscious mind. I can't imagine Ernest being a very patient beta partner so I skipped over him. Paullina Simons and Pat Conroy have written two of my favorite books of all time that I return to for inspiration at least once a year so they must know something about this writing game. Paullina Simons' The Girl in Times Square - superb storyline and emotional hits. Pat Conroy's Beach Music is still up there with unforgettable characters and settings. Hmmm. Who to choose? It's pretty much a dead heat, but I think I'd go with Paullina Simons. What a writer, traveller and wordsmith. I could sure learn a lot from her.

Look forward to hearing about many fabulous authors during my rounds.

Originally published in 2004. Never forgotten.

Thanks for coming by. See you on my rounds.


From my Paris collection. Old Paris.


45 comments:

  1. That isn't a Paulina Simons I have read. Thank you - in the fullness of time I will track it down.
    And huge thanks to you and the team for the supportive, nurturing place that WEP offers, to writers, to aspiring writers and to occasional dabblers.

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    1. Sue, if you can, read it. What a storyline! A huge thanks to you for your support at WEP.

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  2. Hemingway might indeed be tough. Plus there are all those cats.
    Congratulations to Toi for another win!

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  3. Awesome you turn to your favorite writers every year for inspiration. Maybe I should do that too. Congrats to the Toi!

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  4. You know an author and book are special if you read them every year.

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  5. Another new-to-me author! Sounds like someone I should be checking out :)

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  6. Hi,
    I have a couple of books by Anita Shreve. I was sorry to hear she had passed away. Hope you are fine.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. Yes, I was so sad when she died. I've read every one of her books and think she was a genius.

      Hope you're fine too, Pat.

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  7. Hi Denise - thanks for organising the WEP ... and there were some excellent entries - just glad I don't have to decide! Nick seems to chose well. I've just ordered a Shreve book, and the Paulina Simons one you mention ... I happen to have Pat Conroy's The Water is Wide (someone must have mentioned it - which enticed me) ... I'd better get reading ... stay safe - Hilary

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    1. Yes, Nick's choices usually reflect the teams'. So glad you're going to read Shreve and Paullina Simons. Pat Conroy's Beach Music is one to savor. Sue (Elephant's Child) read it on my recommendation and LOVED it.

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  8. Congrats to all the winners. Hemingway might be a bit intimidating. I can be tough, but he'd scare me.

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  9. Lots of authors come to mind that I admire and look to for inspiration, but in all honesty I wouldn't choose any of those established authors as a beta partner. I see beta reading as a reciprocal affair, and want to think I have as much to offer the other person as I get out of the partnership rather than it being a one-way street.

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    1. Ah well, Ian, we'd learn a lot from them if it were possible.

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  10. Okay. So, if you are kicking Pat Conroy to the wayside, I'll go withe him (wink-wink).

    Poetry in motion, descriptions that rose above the violent acts of his characters, romancing his love of the South. Nuanced perfection to which I aspired.

    Yet, I write on... there's always another goal!

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    1. It was really a dead heat. Oh Pat Conroy's Beach Music and South of Broad. A hymn to those places of his heart.

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  11. It is fascinating how many new to me writers I'm discovering during this round of IWSG blog hop. Everyone has a different favorite author. I need to read Paullina Simmons.

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  12. Congrats to Toi, Dixie, and Sonia!

    Hemingway would be great, with the added bonus of the cats! I picked George Orwell. I'm fascinated by his life experiences and world view.

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    1. Yes, George Orwell! He does have a more far reaching experience of the world than most. Hemingway experienced a thing or two too.

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  13. Congrats to the winners, especially Toi for her second win!

    I had a chuckle at your comment about Ernest.

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    1. Ha ha. Yep. Just imagine having him for a beta partner. LOL.

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  14. Huge congratulations to all the winners! I keep missing the WEP--will try again the next time.

    Hemingway as a beta reader? nuh-huh.

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    1. Would be great to have one of your scribbles again Damyanti. Ha ha. Imagine swooping stories with Hem.

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  15. Congratulations to the winner and short list on last month's WEP. It's always fun to read the entries.

    Loved your rumination on choosing a reading partner!

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  16. Congratulations to all the winners. And a big congrats to Toi. I'm so happy for her.

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  17. Hi Denise. Thank you for the mention there. I love being a part of all WEP posts. I will look forward to seeing Jemima here next month. I've enjoyed her blog immensely.
    Sonia from https://soniadogra.com

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  18. Good choice. Too many favorite authors in too many favorite genres. I couldn't even narrow my short list down below five. Sigh. Happy September!

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  19. Hemingway would make a terrible beta :) not an easy man to be around.

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  20. Sorry for my late visit. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Thanks for the shout-out here. I'm not familar with Paullina Simons, but perhaps I should check her out.

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    1. She may not be to your taste, Toi, but I certainly love her writing, especially in this book I mention.

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  21. Great choices! And ohhh, love the Paris image. So romantic and relaxing.

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  22. I loved this question, and learning about the choices of each writer is thrilling too! WEP is doing wonderfully, thanks to your continued care!

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    1. It was great reading about so many great authors. WEP wouldn't do so wonderfully without the input of you and the team. Thanks!

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  23. That Old Paris image is amazing. I love it.
    I regret that I missed the Longshadow round. I had half a story done. Well, there's always next time.

    I am excited for the upcoming YA scavenger book hunt (YASH), and for the Pass or Pages query contest at Operation Awesome with the YA category this October. I hope you've been staying healthy and thriving as best as you can this year.

    - J

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