IWSG – Thinking sideways + A to Z challenge – Letter F

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
APRIL QUESTION: Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?

MY ANSWER: Not really. I don’t experiment with style and don’t intentionally introduce controversial topics to my fiction, but more often than not, I write about something I feel strongly about, and it touches people’s heartstrings. Sometimes in a good way. Other times, not so much. I never plan to antagonize anyone, but I guess it is inevitable with any personal opinion, however benign.

The explanation for my frequent ‘coming contrary to the common mold’ way of thinking probably lies in my upbringing. I grew up in Soviet Russia, with socialism and communism and all the rest of that garbage as the main state’s policies. So I often think sideways to most of the western population. It could be quite irritating, but what can I do about it?

Even in this group, I feel like an odd woman out. Welcome but different. Most participants in IWSG of my age and sex write romance or general fiction. Or non-fiction. I write almost exclusively speculative fiction: fantasy and sci-fi.

Now, I’ll segue to my A-to-Z post for today. I not only write speculative fiction. I create pre-made book covers for the genre. Today is the day for the letter F. My entry for this letter consists of two covers. I couldn’t decide which one I liked better, so I included both. One cover highlights a FUTURISTIC urban landscape.

Wouldn’t you want to live in that city?

Another cover is pure fantasy for the word FAIRY.

Not sure this is a book cover. More like my visual musing about fairies. How do you envision fairies?

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28 Responses to IWSG – Thinking sideways + A to Z challenge – Letter F

  1. I love the idea of book covers. But I would not like to live in you futuristic city. Your fairy cover is good too.
    Apropos your IWSG,
    I did not grown up in the Soviet Unoin, but I went to a Marxist/Leninist school in my youth. SO I at least get some of your ‘sideways’. I agree on vriting ficthion, even SciFi and not romance etc. ANd
    I think I’m approximately your age group, and female too, but then my dictum is that it’s not what’s between the legs of the author that interests me, but what’s inside their heads. I like to read what comes from your head at least, and I hope to see many more exciting covers in the coming days!

  2. ahtdoucette says:

    I love the fairy one! As for your IWSG, visiting around, I feel like many of us answered similarly, which is a relief. It felt like a strange question to me, and I wasn’t sure if that was just me. Not even sure what “take risks” means in this context. I’m not sure if I’m in your age range, but I do speculative fiction too! Not as prolific as you though. Have a great day, Olga.

  3. alexjcavanaugh says:

    Susan Gourley is your age and she writes science fiction! You just have a unique view on the world – use it.

  4. Steph W says:

    I really like the futuristic one! I always picture fairies as a little unkempt and dirty, like they have been playing in the woods all day.

  5. Anne Nydam says:

    I like the space ships or satellites in the girl’s hair for the top one!
    I don’t know your age, Olga, but I know lots of women of all ages who write spec fic. (One possible place to connect is Broad Universe: https://broaduniverse.org)

  6. cleemckenzie says:

    Love your cover and your fairy. They pique my interest and make me want to read the story behind them.

  7. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love the fairy cover! That dress is something I’d want to wear as a costume, and amethyst is one of my favorite jewels.

  8. I’d love to live in the futuristic city of your first cover. I can imagine all kinds of adventures happening there. And I love the amethyst fairy. I often associate fairies with flowers, so for me I imagine all manner of floral costumes. But the amethyst cluster makes a fabulous skirt, and now you’ve expanded my fashionista musings.

  9. I love your writing AND your covers. And look forward to more of both.

  10. Lee Lowery says:

    I find your work to be thought-provoking, which is high and away better than being “controversial.”

    Love the covers! I am such a fan of dragons – my very first story as a child had a dragon named Troy, and I lived in Anne McCaffrey’s Pern for many happy hours.

  11. Jemi Fraser says:

    I love that we all have such diverse personalities and approaches to life. This makes our stories so much more interesting!
    I love SF but haven’t written a lot of it yet. I need more time!

  12. L. Diane Wolfe says:

    Socialism – garbage. Just how I feel.

    After reading two of your stories for the IWSG anthologies, I can’t detect a difference in you based on where you grew up. If nothing else, it’s fascinating and I’d love to know more. Maybe that would be a good blog post.

  13. I can’t imagine what it must have been like growing up where you did. My next novel is about exactly that, go figure. The covers are so pretty and quite intriguing.

  14. emaginette says:

    I love the first cover. It’s the hair. Wish mine looked that magical. 😉

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  15. S.E. White says:

    In a way, thinking sideways could be considered your superpower. It’s neat to hear you write spec fic, too. That’s definitely a risk taking genre.

    I’ve always loved the idea of terrifying fae. Tolkien-pretty fairies are nice, but I like to read about the kind who make mortals run away screaming. Just my personal preference.

  16. soniadogra says:

    Loved the futuristic cover Olga. I know people who write SFF and I agree it’s certainly risky. I enjoy your writing in WEP.

  17. Jenni says:

    I also don’t write controversial stuff, but I think if you take a stand on almost anything, even benign things, you’ll ruffle some feathers. I think your background and different way of looking at things must enrich your writing. Although I grew up in the States, I lived in the Crimea during college, and that experience completely changed how i see the world.

  18. Denise Covey says:

    We’re all different Olga. I’m sure growing up in Soviet Russia was slightly different to growing up in the freedom of the west. But it shouldn’t worry you. What genres you choose is up to you. There are readers for all markets, some more lucrative than others.

  19. Tarkabarka says:

    The first cover is really cool! Especially her hair.

    The Multicolored Diary

  20. Wow! They’re both great. I can see why you had trouble choosing. Love the topic!

    Here from A to Z. Visit me at http://theroadweveshared.com/blog where our theme is Down syndrome in the media.

  21. We all write different things, and that’s okay. That’s one reason I like this group so much. I write MG and YA and so far only fantasy. Not that many of our genre write for that age group or genre either.

    I think I like the first cover best if it fits the story.

  22. yvettecarol says:

    Wow, I didn’t know you created covers as well – they’re awesome, Olga! Keep up the good work.

  23. Loni Townsend says:

    Fun covers! Once upon a time some 25 years ago, my elementals were actually fairies. That changed as I did growing up. The fairies increased in size, lost their wings, and gained a social structure they didn’t have previously. They retained their coloring, though, skin, hair, and eyes identifying their clan. I was thinking of reintroducing fairies once I finished the main arc of my series. 🙂

  24. Those covers are amazing. I guess we’ve all written something someone can get contrary about.

  25. Diane Burton says:

    I love those book covers. You are so talented.

  26. Ronel Janse van Vuuren says:

    Love the fairy’s dress! My entire website is about how I envision faeries, so I won’t fill the comment with that 😉

    Ronel visiting for the A-Z Challenge with an A-Z of Faerie: Fickle High Fae

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