Insecure Writers Support Group badgeYes, welcome to 2020, all insecure writers. Thank you to Alex J Cavanaugh and the IWSG team for letting us miss New Year’s Day as our posting date this month!

The awesome co-hosts for the January 8 posting of the IWSG are T. Powell Coltrin, Victoria Marie Lees, Stephen Tremp, Renee Scattergood, and J.H. Moncrieff!

Please join me in visiting them and thanking them for their hard work.

Welcome to 2020

What are you excited about for the coming year?  What are you insecure about?  And, the question of the month from our hosts: what made you start writing – what was your tipping point where you just HAD to write?

Easy answer, but you’ve had this one before, so I’ll just give you a picture…

George & Fred

George and Fred, my heroes.

It was this picture that I used when I asked my illustrator, Dani English, if she could come up with some sort of logo for my imprint, Princelings Publications.

If you look closely, you’ll see that she’s included their whiskers!

princelings publications larger

It makes a neat logo on the spine and back of my books, and on the inside front page.  And, of course, at the top of my web page.

I realised when writing this, that picture of the pair of them was for Christmas 2009, so it’s already ten years ago.  The stories that came from imagining their adventures, princes running through tunnels joining castles, started from some daft ideas me and my online friends in a guinea pig forum bandied about to explain how our pigs communicated with each other.

Bob and Doris had Lupin-Buckmore, Nimrod (a female), and many more.  ‘Pigpog’ had Mr Smallweed, Vladimir, and Pogo, and Dawn had Mariusz, Saku, and later, Willoughby. Of course I had Fred, George, Victor and Hugo.  These became my main characters, and they all persist right into the final book, which I’m working on at present. Oh, Smallweed became a lord, and Vladimir bowed out as Fred became king, but I suppose even he theoretically made it into book nine.

So that was the tipping point.

What am I excited and insecure about?  The last book in the series, of course. Can I make it good enough?  Are any of them good enough?

I’m working on the second draft of Princelings Revolution, and had a great idea on new years day when I saw something on television. Actually, I was watching the extra bits on the extended Lord of the Rings DVDs, and Peter Jackson was talking about the Steward of Gondor’s motivation.  It inspired me to think more about my plot twists, and the characterisation of the evil ones!

Princelings of the East audiobooks

The other thing I’m excited about is the Princelings audiobooks. The first is nearing completion, and I spent some enjoyable evenings over Christmas listening to the chapters. You never know, it may even be out before next month’s IWSG post.

IWSG Anthology

I hope you have a good 2020. I hope the finalists whose stories made it in to this year’s anthology have a spectacular one!  I’m looking forward to reading it.

Have a very happy and productive new year – with not too many insecurities!



IWSG – Welcome to 2020, Insecure Writers
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11 thoughts on “IWSG – Welcome to 2020, Insecure Writers

  • 8 January, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Hi Jemima – that was fascinating to read … and yes I can see their whiskers and to know they’ll be with you on your books ‘for ever’ … great ideas – cheers Hilary

    • 11 January, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Thanks, Hilary. Don;t ask me why/how I thought of it, I can’t remember!

  • 8 January, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Happy New Year!
    Your logo is neat. I like it.
    I wish you all the best with your Princelings Publications and with the audio books that will be coming out.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    • 11 January, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks, Pat. Happy new year to you and yours, too 🙂

    • 11 January, 2020 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks, Patricia. I didn’t notice their whiskers until a while later!

  • 9 January, 2020 at 12:44 am

    It is interesting how a picture can spark the idea for a story. Lovely.

    • 11 January, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      I had a novel spark from a TV advert this week… must sketch it out!

  • 9 January, 2020 at 2:33 am

    Happy New Year! I for one am looking forward to reading Princelings Revolution–I’ve been dying to know how you make it all work out!

    • 11 January, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      I’m dying to read it too. lol

  • 13 January, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Great logo!

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