Wednesday, March 4, 2020


The first Wednesday of each month, members of IWSG announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post.These questions may prompt you to share insight or a personal experience or story. Remember, the question is optional.  

IWSG was founded  by Alex J. Cavanaugh and is a forum of writers who gather together to talk about writing and the writer's life. 
The awesome co-hosts for the March 4 posting of the IWSG are Jacqui Murray, Lisa Buie-Collard, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!

March 4 question – Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?
Now that you’re asking...
I, and the women in my family...
DO have a tradition...
Cigar smoking!
Every time some or all of us get together...
We’ll break out the cigars and have a smoke.
In one of my novels I used this tradition in a scene... 
With my protagonist and her sisters and cousins...
Getting together and smoking cigars.
Now back to me and my cigar tradition...
 I haven't included all the photos for this tradition... 
(it would have been way too many)
But here are a few ...

Notice: some of the younger gals weren’t so fond of the cigars...
But eventually they came around.
And next year...
When my oldest granddaughter turns 18...
It’ll be her turn to light up and take a puff.

And you?
Do you have any traditions or customs that made it into one of your stories? 


While on a trip to Cuba a few years back, I met a woman on the street enjoying her cigar.

BTW Cohiba cigars are the best.  


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a whole lot of ladies smoking cigars!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Its nice that you could include your cigar smoking tradition in your book.

cleemckenzie said...

That's quite a tradition. When I was in Cuba I bought cigars, but not for myself. I was told they were the best my friend had ever had. I'll have to take his word for it because I smoke nothing.

Jax said...

I love this tradition and how you were able to incorporate it into one of your stories. My husband is Cuban and has never smoked a cigar in his life until my dad got him to about 7 years ago.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I have a friend named Rose and every time she'd head south to Mexico, she'd bring back Cuban cigars for her and her husband to smoke.

Sarah Foster said...

That's a cool tradition! I've never tried a cigar but my husband has.

Pat Hatt said...

haha you sure smoke em when you got em.

Olga Godim said...

I never smoked in my life, not once. But I know that for some people, smoking in a group is a form of bonding, of building connections.

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Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

That is an amazing tradition! I've never smoked a cigar, but my husband liked them in his youth (before he gave up smoking). And I used to work in an office where three men all smoked cigars and stubbed them out in an ashtray near my desk. They stubs smelled revolting! They are so strong, I'm suprised you don't all end up coughing.

Deniz Bevan said...

Cool, cigars! I do think it's cool once in a while, but I'm never brave enough to try it!