Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting
April showers bring May flowers

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

⌗IWSG-Wednesday 2nd September 2020. Beta readers, a long list.

Welcome to another monthly post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group.
If you would like to know more about this very encouraging and supportive writing group

Anyone can join, budding writer, published or unpublished, writer of poetry, short stories, novels, essays ... So give it a go and visit the other members , read their contributions and don't hesitate to leave comments.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

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

My ideal Beta Readers,

Dear friends,

Would you be so kind as to become my beta readers ? For those of you who are gone from this physical world, please send me your muse and accumulated expertise.

Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson for your gut writing of poetry, your mastery of putting emotions into words.

Thomas Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robertson Davies and Robert Merle, for your unbelievable ability to weave tales, realistic or fantasy.

Umberto Eco, for your unfathomable knowledge about a large spectrum of subjects including your expertise for finding rare gems in different languages.

Asimov, to help me get things right in science-fiction.

For those of you, still among us, would you please sit by my side on the couch and read over my shoulder, nudging me, or slapping my wrist, when necessarily. Any merited praise would be welcome, by the way...

Billy Collins for your ability to surprise, enchant and offer matter to think about in poetry.

John Irving, for your rare way of writing your novels from last chapter to first. For your extraordinary wealth of settings, characters and twists which make your stories unforgettable. Rereading your books regularly enables to enjoy, again and again, the pleasure of being caught by surprise, once more.

Alexander Mc Call Smith for your mastery of dialogue in simple day-to-day situations which invariably reveal wells of wisdom, from Africa to Scotland.

David Lodge for your your limitless humour and your mastery of Academia.

Hubert Reeves, for your up-to-date knowledge of science and philosophical possibilities.

Paul Auster for your magical atmospheres and deep emotions rendered through carefully picked language.

Margaret Atwood for both your short stories and novels which spin spell-bounding tales, reminding us, for better or for worse, what it is to be human.

Thank you for your time and interest. Please drop me a note. Wishing you a beautiful Indian Summer of inspiring writing.

Book Review to come in October:


More inspiring settings:

my farmhouse and surroundings in the Dordogne.

my childhood village , Chambourcy, Ile de France, outskirts of Paris.


  1. Really like the pictures.
    Your work would hit it out of the park with all of those beta readers!

    1. I wish ... Thanks for visiting Alex. Reading all these authors is already a good way to improve my craft. Inspiration comes in buckets, from so many different sources that I couldn’t begin to make a list ... Ha !

  2. Hi,

    I love the last three pictures. They remind me of some of the garden pathways that I have walked through in Italy.
    As for your list of writers to accompany you on your path, they are many and I fear some of them would fight for your attention with the others.
    Have a great month.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  3. Ha, ha Pat, thanks for the compliment, although I don’t think they would, fight that is. They must have enough fans to ward off as it is !
    France and Italy are very similar in many ways .. That’s Europe for you, there is a continuity and harmony, forged by millenium of shared history.
    Wishing you a happy IWSG month.

  4. You think of a great line up Susan. I'm just wondering how would it go with all of them. Whoa! I can't just begin to think. You really have an envious line up.
    Great pictures there too.

    1. Thanks Sonia. Ha ! A dream, no realistic intent here.

  5. Love those writers, Susan! A great idea to use all those resources. :-)

  6. Thanks for visiting Yvette. We really seem to have evolved in the same circle of books and authors.... Take care of you and family. Happy Spring writing.

  7. Oh my goodness, you named so many writers whom I enjoy, Susan! And I was delighted to see Robertson Davies! Thanks for including your beautiful photos. They are soothing in this crazy time. Happy writing to you!

  8. Thanks Louise for stopping by, this month. Happy to meet a fellow Rob. Davies fan. Most British readers find him ‘ dated ‘, I still enjoy reading him after 30 years ....

  9. I love that you did this post as a letter! Always enjoyable to read your writing.

  10. Sorry for my late visit. Thank you for stopping by my blog. This is a nice homage to some really great writers. I also ejoyed the lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

  11. Hi Susan - stunning area of France - love your reminiscences and your present town and abode ... just wonderful to see.

    Your readers - oh yes ... to live amongst them ... I'm looking forward to your review of Sapiens - I've got it here to read ... and thanks for copying on to your daughter my recent London post - Hilary

  12. That's an impressive list of Beta readers. I especially like Asimov and Irving--two very accomplished writers whose insight would be enlightening I'm sure.

    Lovely photos. Looks like a nice place to be.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


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