Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

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

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

⌗IWSG Wednesday 3rd March, Reading Habits

 Dear writing buddies, 

Welcome to another post for the Insecure Writers Support Group.

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Sorry, if I prefer this picture to the other one: a beacon in the storm.

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Alex's awesome co-hosts for the March 3 posting of the IWSG are Sarah - The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose! Visit if you can!

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March 3 question - Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

Aaah, the written word ! Such a gift.

Although I write mostly poetry and short stories, and am attempting a full grown novel, I read very widely:

newspapers, magazines (science, cinema, travel), history books, travel guides, fiction and non-fiction (philosophy, what we call in French, " essais " which are short pieces of reflections on life and the world), and graphic novels,

which leads on to my next list:

books on visual artists: painters, sculptures, photography of wildlife and geography NOT fashion or people photography. In Africa, you must ask permission to take a photography, because they believe you are stealing or prying into their soul. When you take a photo of someone, you send them a copy with a letter.

That's all for this month folks.
Happy IWSG day.


Spring Flowers in my semi-wild garden.


  1. Hi,
    I didn't know that about pictures being taken of gardens and wildlife in Africa. That is interesting.
    Wishing you all the best with your novel. Stick with it.
    Take care and all the best for the month of March.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Thanks for visiting Pat. In fact it’s taking pictures of people without their consent, that is the issue, in Africa. In other places too I imagine.

  2. You can use whatever graphic you like!
    I also read graphic novels. That's mostly what I've been reading the past few months.

    1. Thank you Alex, and congratulations on your new contract.

  3. That's really interesting about asking permission to take someone's picture in Africa!

    1. I suspect it is true of all civilisations other than Europe and the States. Even then, it can be an invasion of privacy which often leads to violent repercussions.

  4. Didn't know about photographs of people in Africa.
    Actually, there are some amazing photos of animals out there. One of the writers I subscribe to has been posting humorous photos of animals with funny captions every day since the pandemic started. I'm looking forward to the email notifications from her blog every morning. They help me start each day with a smile.

    1. Thanks Olga for visiting. Hoping the pets aren’t offended by the slight.

  5. Great reading variety, and lovely wildflower images! The same permissions are required for photographing Indigenous Australians, as part of being respectful of the dead — whilst beliefs differ depending on the community, in general images of people that have passed are suppressed, and their names are changed or described using circumlocution. The mourning period for this to be the case also changes. It’s so important to know the subject of a photo! :)

    1. Thank you for reading Emma. I’m sure you are right about that. We should ask Denise Covey of her take.


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