#IWSG – Beta Author-Author?

August has been a low month as I fell ill a few weeks ago – MS related. The multiple sclerosis MonSter ensured all work was scrapped – except I did post my WEP/IWSG flash entry:


I’ve been steadily working on this month’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group post in advance of the due date. Can’t disappoint the Ninja Captain himself by calling in absent – even if I’ve been sick. Anyway, thanks Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

Visit their site for exciting posts. Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

And, before I forget, here are the details if you want to enter the 2020 IWSG Anthology Contest. It’s a challenging theme again – Dark Matter –but I’m sure you’ll be inspired. For the contest visit:


Anyway, on to the monthly question which is another challenge – and possibly a chance to digress – as usual.

September 2 question – If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why?

The idea of one of my ‘idol writers’ as a beta partner is intriguing – and daunting.

Would Ray Bradbury have felt my convoluted tales worth wasting feedback time over?

Would J R R Tolkien have related to my crime stories and minimal world-building?

What would Mary Shelley have made of my 21st century morals?

However, I realise their input would be as professionals and rise above our genre/era/style differences. But I’m looking elsewhere – well, to the living.  

I have recently had my WIP, Fevered Fuse read by three fellow authors/writers.  One was fellow IWSG Anthology author Rebecca Douglass, one fellow WEP/IWSG writer Toi Thomas – winner of the last Challenge, and the third and ‘diversity reader’ was screenwriter/producer/director Dawn Ostlund. And the feedback was first class.

So, if I was raising my expectations and seeking names?

Well, my debut novel was endorsed by Kristina Stanley, best-Selling Author of the Stone Mountain Mystery Series – https://kristinastanley.com/. I also use Fictionary the creative editing software she has developed for fiction writers and editors – https://fictionary.co/. So, Kristina would be a choice, although maybe as my Story Editor.

If I had to choose a living successful author, who would relate to my current Welsh series, it would have to be Harry Bingham, best known for his Fiona Griffiths crime series set in South Wales – https://harrybingham.com/. Fiona Griffiths is a quirky detective who might have some interesting interactions with Sparkle Anwyl. And Harry Bingham runs Jericho Writers, which offers writers expert editorial assistance – https://jerichowriters.com/. So, Harry it is.

Best get moving on approaching that next beta reader. As Sergeant Marc Anwyl says, ‘Crime never sleeps.’


The 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 Blue!

How can I be repetitive asking you to agree these guys are the best? Especially as they all have concerns, fears, and insecurities. But they struggle on, so ticker-tape applause for all of them – plus toasts with the best brew available.

A special shout-out to Louise – Fundy Blue who runs the IWSG Anthologies blog this year, keeping me on my toes.

Visit the IWSG Anthologies blog at:


Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG 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.

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG 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.

F is for Frankenstein


The aim of my Blogging From A to Z Challenge is to find the origins of online games, some relatively modern and some with ancient roots. Gaming might well be a modern take on an art that is almost timeless – storytelling. A perfect excuse for a writer to delve a little deeper. [Visit here for links to other A to Z participants.]


Devious experiments ahead.

Game: Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus has influenced popular culture for at least a century inspiring numerous films, television programs, video games and derivative works. Rather than focus on a single game, for now – there are at least six –  it’s time for a diversion. Let’s focus on the source material.

Release Date: January 1, 1818

Publisher: Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones

Genre/gameplay mechanics: a secret technique to impart life to non-living matter. [That is the core of the mechanic driving Frankenstein. Games vary and use different elements.]

Setting: North Pole, Italy, Germany, England, Ireland and Scotland in the 18th century. A sense of real places – as Mary Shelley did travel to some places – but with a gothic overtone.

Storytelling: “…Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.” Cleverly structured to give both sides of the story, and more layered than many adaptations give credit for. The creation is called The Creature (but erroneously named Frankenstein in many adaptations). Various interpretations of the motivation behind Mary Shelley’s story and plot adds to the overall depth.

Releases + Expansions:

The novel has inspired countless adaptations over the years, including (according to Wikipedia):

  1. Films: The first film adaptation of the tale, Frankenstein, was made by Edison Studios in 1910, and the first sound adaptation of the story, Frankenstein (1931), was produced by Universal Pictures, directed by James Whale, and starred Boris Karloff as the monster. For many, this is the classic version, although there have been numerous others since, from the Hammer Films through 1994 and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein directed by Kenneth Branagh to adaptations in the pipeline. Plus all the parodies, of course.
  2. Television: many adaptations again, and appearances in other shows. It’s two 1960s sitcoms that come to mind for me – The Munsters and The Addams Family.  However, on my Must Watch list is the 2014-2016 three-season Showtime series Penny Dreadful with its ‘Universal’ characters.
  3. Novels: The story has formed the basis of many original novels, some of which were considered sequels to Shelley’s original work, and some of which were based more upon the characters as portrayed in the Universal films. Yet others were completely new tales inspired by Frankenstein. The most recent direct sequel is William A Chanler’s 2017 Son of Terror: Frankenstein Continued.
  4. Games: Although there have been at least six games loosely linked to Frankenstein, none of those had more than mediocre reviews – a missed opportunity. Why isn’t there a great game? Will a reboot of the classic film yield one?

Origins (Chronological): Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in 1797. She was the second child of the feminist philosopher, educator, and writer Mary Wollstonecraft, who died less than a month after the birth, and the first child of the philosopher, novelist, and journalist William Godwin. She grew up among intellectuals and her father described her at age 15 as “singularly bold, somewhat imperious, and active of mind. Her desire for knowledge is great, and her perseverance in everything she undertakes almost invincible.”

Thus, her knowledge, research, reading and observation were excellent. Her sources would have been extensive – for instance:

  1. Two of the most notable natural philosophers among Shelley’s contemporaries were Giovanni Aldini, who made many public attempts at human reanimation through bio-electric Galvanism in London and Johann Konrad Dippel, who was supposed to have developed chemical means to extend the lifespan of humans.
  2. 1812 – Humphry Davy‘s book Elements of Chemical Philosophy, in which he had written that “science has … bestowed upon man powers which may be called creative; which have enabled him to change and modify the beings around him …”.
  3. 1667 –  John Milton‘s Paradise Lost, influenced Shelley as she included a quotation from book X on the title page, and it is one of three books Frankenstein’s monster finds which influences his psychological growth.
  4. 5th century BCE – Prometheus legend: The Modern Prometheus is the novel’s subtitle. Prometheus, in later versions of Greek mythology, was the Titan who created mankind at the behest of Zeus.


2.7 Stars: The only valid assessment possible is of the 2015 hidden-object puzzle game, Frankenstein: Master of Death on Steam. For the genre, it is a good game and received very positive reviews on Steam. The storyline was basic but there were loose elements of the original novel. However, the setting felt wrong.

  1. Setting:1*
  2. Storyline: 2*
  3. Gameplay: 2.5*
  4. Entertainment: 3*
  5. Genesis: 5*

Alternative ‘F’ thoughts:

I wanted to write about the Welsh detective Fiona Griffiths, having read the first three in the series – and knowing there was a TV series – but there’s no game.

+ ‘F’ Games played: Forsaken World.

What’s your favourite Frankenstein adaptation? Is there a game I missed?

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