Wednesday, July 06, 2022

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, Minions, and Writing Again


It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Today’s question -
If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose?

I would LOVE to live in Narnia. (I’m sure that’s a popular answer among Christians.) Surrounded by talking animals & magical creatures and in the loving presence of Aslan, God himself. That would be Heaven indeed.

Here are the IWSG Goodreads Book Club books for July:


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The first story in my In Darkness series is with DLP’s editor. The second one is polished and waiting its turn. The third is on it’s first edit and the fourth is ¼ way done. I’m excited as this is the first time I’ve worked on my own stuff for more than one hour a month in YEARS.

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And yes, I was at the very first showing of Minions: The Rise of Gru last Friday. Delayed two years, I was so excited to finally see it. And it blew Lightyear out of the water at the box office – $108 million in 3 days while Lightyear still hasn’t made that much in over 3 weeks. (That’s right Disney – keep denying the real reasons your film tanked, but it certainly had nothing to do with families not taking kids to the theater post-pandemic.)

And in case you didn’t know, I’m a bit of a Minions fan:



What book world would you live in?
Are you a Minions fan?

43 comments:

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm not surprised you were at the Minion's first showing. Hope you had a blast!
Good luck with your new series!

Janet Alcorn said...

And here's me with no clue there's a new Minions movie. I really should come out of my cave more often :-)

H. R. Sinclair said...

Narnia is a great pic. I'd live there too! Congrats on the working on your own stuff! Woot.

Melissa said...

Ooo. I didn't think about Narnia. I must confess I never made it past the first book. I need to finish the series.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I loved Narnia and did think of it along with so many others, but there were too many other books that came to mind. Best to you Diane and best of luck with your new series. We've moved into a tiny home so I promised I wouldn't collect anything. I'm looking for new homes for my stuffies and clowns. Sad to see them go. Love your collection. The Vancouver airport has one of the largest collections of Mickey Mouse paraphernalia that I've ever seen. I should have taken a picture the last time I was there. Your Minion collection made me think of it.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Can you believe it I completely forgot about Narnia.

Lee Lowery said...

Narnia is an awesome world! I still have my box set of those books.

Fundy Blue said...

LOL! I had no idea that you were a Minions fan, Diane! I've never seen a Minions movie, but I know many, many people are fans. I loved the Narnia books. Well done with your writing! I can't wait to read your stories.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'd love to see it.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I have mine still from a child.

Carol Kilgore said...

Congratulations on your new series. I get cranky when I don't write for a few days. I can't imagine only an hour or so a month. That said, I totally understand having to do "things that must be done" no matter what.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I thought of you when the new Minions came out. Congrats on your own writing. I didn't think of Narnia, but I agree. It would be awesome without the battles.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Love all your Minions! Narnia would be so cool. When I was a kid, I used to go in my closet and pretend I could get there.

Liz A. said...

I've only caught the Minions here and there. I'll have to think about going to see this one.

Olga Godim said...

I've never read Narnia - to my shame. I need to close this gap in my reading. But I have an excuse: I grew up in Soviet Russia. I never even heard of Narnia and its author until I emigrated to Canada as an adult. It took me a few years after that to learn English well enough to start reading in it. After that, I discovered a glut of books I wanted to read, none of which was available in Russian translation. So Narnia fell by the wayside as something for children. :(

Sandra Cox said...

Woo Hoo, Glad you have found some writing time and got a chance to see your favorite Minions:)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

If Disney ever gets a clue, they won't announce it. I'm glad you were at the Minions showing, where you needed to be.
I'd be in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, likely floating down the river, bloated as can be.

Denise Covey said...

It's great that you're taking some time to write for yourself, Diane. Who wouldn't want to live in Narnia?

J Lenni Dorner said...

Minions are cool. 🍎🍏🍌 (End credit scene humor from the second[?] movie.)

Post-pandemic?? Where's that happening?
Sorry, I'm in America where we're at 70% currently infected.
"As of June 30, 2022, nearly 70% of the U.S. population is in a location with a medium or high COVID-19 Community Level." https://www.facebook.com/cdc/posts/pfbid0Fh9CuQcTLmF4tLnMMeR1X4M3knxppT5RU1hwcrnHL2zCH6gLdhrEHiGKmQzUPWBKl

Kinda makes me want open a wardrobe and get to Narnia too!

For the IWSG July prompt asking which book world I would live in, I narrowed it down to three choices.
One is a short-story I published. One is from a popular series. And one is better known from television, but there are books. It's all on my blog.
"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." - Warren Buffett
Over at Operation Awesome, our Pass or Pages query contest is open this week with July's family saga genre. Know any writers who might want to enter?


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Damyanti Biswas said...

Hahaha, love the whole Minion universe. It would definitely be a lot of fun! An entire army of cuddly "villians".

Toi Thomas said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Post-war Narnia does sound like a cool place to live.
I had no idea you were such a Minion fan. They are really cute.
Congratulations on the progress with your series.

Loni Townsend said...

Woot! That's awesome you're working on your own writing! That must be fun to dive into your own world after spending so much time in other's.

Victoria Marie Lees said...

Ah, Narnia. It truly is a good book. My kids liked it too. The Minions! They crack me up! But I can't show my one daughter your photo of your Minionmania. She'll want to redo her stuffed animal room in Minions. Yikes!

kimlajevardi.com said...

Glad you enjoyed the new minion movie. I love those buggers, too!

emaginette said...

Minions definitely have their fan base. Who knew?

Anna from elements of emaginette

Diane Burton said...

Narnia is a great choice. My 4-yr-old grandsons are so excited about the new minions movie. They'll make sure I watch it when it comes to TV. I love all the actors who are voicing the characters. Julie Andrews? Holy cow!

cleemckenzie said...

When you changed to pop-up comments, I can now get in to say hi! Yay! And I like your book choice. Narnia is a fabulous place to reside.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Hope you had fun at the movies! I saw a bunch of people dressed up as minions going to the theater the other day (I was at a local shop nearby), and it made me smile.
I love Narnia, but there are so many good book worlds to choose from that it's hard to pick just one.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Diane - bet you enjoyed the new Minions movie ... and I love your wall and niche at home ... no doubt with a few new additions recently. I must read Narnia again ... as I see so many of the IWSG supporters have selected the stories - cheers Hilary

Tonja Drecker said...

What a happy, bright, Minions room! And yay to getting so far on your own writing again. I can't wait to see the world you've created.

H.R. Bennett said...

Personally, not a fan of Minions. They were kind of a cute aside in the first movie, but never cared about them past that. I get their appeal though.

Mel Chesley said...

Wow! You ARE a Minions fan! One of my best friends is as well and she's got a lot of cute, quirky Minion stuff.
Congratulations on getting to work on your own stuff for more than an hour! And don't get me started about Disney, lol!
I love that you chose Narnia. That is in my top 15 book worlds to live in. Have a great day!

Gwen Gardner said...

This makes me want to go read Narnia! Thanks for the tip.

Congratulations on finally working on some of your own writings!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I thought about Narnia-- post witch Narnia, that is. Since Tolkien and Lewis were friends, I'll assume their universes connect and we can visit each other.

Sandra Cox said...

You've got a serious collection there;)

Tara Tyler said...

yay for working on your own new stuff! congrats!

minions are awesome =D

and take that Disney!

you go girl!
Tara Tyler Talks

Nick Wilford said...

I can just picture you at the front of that Minions queue. Did you dress up for it like my daughter did? Narnia is a good choice. Also, if you have to come back, then you'd hardly have aged a bit.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Olga, they are aimed a children, but a must read for any fantasy writer.

Victoria, it is years of collecting, so it would take her awhile.

Diane, there were so many stars voicing the movie.

Nick, my husband would not be seen in public with me if I did. But I did wear a Minions t-shirt.

Juneta key said...

Congratulations on your novel, yeah. I love the minions too. I also love Narina, but my heart belongs to Star Wars.

Sandra Cox said...
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Sandra Cox said...

I love the Goodreads meme. It's very eye catching, isn't it?
Hope the writing/publishing is going well and that there's enough hours in the day to get both done;)

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi Diane... I finally figured out a way to leave a comment...so frustrating having problems leaving them since last week. UGH.

Anyway, your choice of "worlds" to live in is a great one. The Narnia books are so enchanting and beautiful. I can certainly visualize myself living there, too. But, it would be a tough call with the HP world. You know how much I love HP!

I am so HAPPY you got to see your Minions! I know how much you adore them!

SpacerGuy said...

I haven't seen Minions minds though heres a thumbs up from me. Congratulations L.Dianne for your in Darkness Series. Thats a ton of work 3 books published and a 4th- Well done