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Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Hello 2019!

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This is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.

There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection!  More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

Welcome to the new year. 2019… and once again it’s time for me to create some writing goals.

This year I really, REALLY, want to get back to my writing. If I were to look back at my 2018 IWSG posts I’m sure most of them would be along the lines of “I’m not writing… why am I not writing?” I don’t want to repeat that theme in 2019.

So I’m doing some intentional work through the first week of this month, setting aside time to sit down and make note of what kinds of things I want to write. What do I hope to accomplish with my writing? What can I do to make that happen? What is getting in my way?

I figure by doing some real brainstorming and reflection I can get myself to a place where I can find a direction to start moving. I’m hopeful that it will work, and that by next month’s check-in I’ll be able to report that I have been, actually, writing.

As for the IWSG Day Question… I actually really hate it when people ask me to tell them about what I’m writing. I am not very good at summarizing my stories and when they’re in progress I don’t always know what’s coming next. So when someone asks me to tell them about what I’m writing I end up stuttering about a lot, and what I tell them usually sounds pretty unoriginal and blah. Which then makes me start to question what I’m writing, being over-critical and generally entering a downward spiral of anxiety and doubt.

My favorite question… I’m not really sure. Maybe when they ask me what I like best about writing, or an open ended question that lets me start to delve into some about my process (or processes).

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#WeekendCoffeeShare : Hello 2019!

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday December 28th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday December 31st at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

And here we are, at the end of 2018. I’m really not ready for the year to be completed already, it’s so strange to think that it’s nearly 2019. It still just sounds so… so futuristic.

My New Years Eve plan is very simple, going to just hang out at home with some snacks and maybe some wine. Read, relax, and probably go to bed early. I do have the first off, and honestly will probably end up sleeping through much of it. Because that’s what I do with most of my time off these days. That’s one of the things that I’m hoping will improve in the coming year… I am hoping to have more energy so that I can get more done.

It is time to start taking stock of the goals I set for the past year, and what I want to do in the coming year. My reading challenges (well, really most challenges I tried to do) fell apart on me… so I’m approaching the coming year with less expectations on myself, but also trying to come up with strategies that will allow me to be more productive, read more, write more, and feel like I’ve accomplished more during the year.

I still have time to still meet my bare-minimum goal of reading 75 books, thank you picture books and graphic novels… I should be able to close that 10 book gap. Next year… next year I will make it even longer into the year before my reading falls to the wayside. I love books, I love reading, yet I keep putting the books down and watching tv-shows and movies instead. I think it’s just because it’s a more passive thing for my brain, and I have been too worn out most days by the time I get home.

I keep forgetting that this weekend I have a Holiday Party with my Stitch-and-Bitch group. It’s a group that I primarily interact with online, since I can’t often make it to the weekly get-together’s (and I haven’t had the energy to do the Saturday ones I was hosting for a while on my side of time… lack of energy is seriously the theme for 2018). We’re going to do a gift swap, and a potluck, on Saturday. I’m going to take the blanket I am making as a wedding present for friends of mine — I’d originally planned to have it done by Christmas (they got married this summer), but now I’m just hoping to have it by their first anniversary. I really love the project, but it’s tricky, and no longer very mobile.  

These friends are big Harry Potter fans, and their wedding was HP themed. So I’m making them a throw-blanket that features a simplified version of the Hogwarts crest in the middle, and then color blocks behind it representing the colors of their houses (and the houses of their two children). Two Hufflepuffs, a Slytherin, and a Gryffindor.  I’m using “corner-to-corner” crochet, a technique I’d never used before, but which is pretty spectacular — it just takes a lot more time because there’s counting and color changing involved. Once I get the crest done the rest of it would work up pretty quickly!

Keep an eye out in the coming week for my post with all sorts of goals and plans for the coming year. If I set myself up with some solid structure, perhaps I can get done those things I want to accomplish in my free time….

What are you up to this weekend? How was your holiday?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Tooth?

Join us for some coffee time!Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday November 9th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday November 12th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!


If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

Weekend… why do you keep sneaking up on me?!

Last weekend seems like it was eons ago, but the pie-day was very fun. We made apple pies, a pear pie, and a lemon meringue pie! It was a great time visiting with my friends, one of whom I haven’t gotten to see for quite a while.

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Cookies AND Pies!

This week has been a bit overshadowed by the breaking of a tooth. RIGHT down at the root. Thankfully it was a tooth that had a root canal done on it ages ago, so there was no exposed root to worry about, but it was such a break that I’ll have to eventually do a tooth implant. I’m going in to get an implant on ANOTHER broken root-canal tooth later this month (after three years with a plastic “flipper,”) but I can’t really afford to get both done at the same time so… basically… I’ll be trading out the flipper for one on the other side for a few years.

May my life after this be relatively calm in the dental realm….

Other than that, the week has been pretty average for me, on a personal level. Nationally… well… it’s a different matter. I was pleased with the progress made in the midterm elections (and that is still being made) but the news that has come the rest of the week is sobering at best and I’m still trying to figure out just what I can do about it all.

I’ve not made much progress with NaNo this year either… it’s been hard, I just haven’t felt that push of inspiration on anything I’ve tried, but I’m hoping, this weekend, to spend some time just focused on my writing. I might make it out to a few of the write-in’s that are being hosted, that may help me get in the mood, and I’m hoping to make some progress still. Writing is good for me, it’s good for my soul, and I think I need a bit of that soothing I can feel when I have a story flowing through me.

What are you up to this weekend? How has your week been? How are you feeling?

 

#IWSG – NaNo Time…

This is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.
There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection! More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

This month… oh man, this month.

It’s National Novel Writing Month – and I really wanted to participate in it, but it already feels like life is pushing against me with that. I have a slew of health things that are making it challenging for me to write, and taking what energy I do have. I was going to write in order to just write, to get back into the flow of fiction writing, but I need to be gentle with myself right now, and that may mean not winning NaNo. There is still time – but a lot of the things I’m dealing with (pinched nerve in my back, and broken tooth among other things) aren’t going to be addressed until after Thanksgiving due to scheduling (nearly a month wait for an MRI, really?).

So writing sits on the sidelines. I am doing what I can, and that’s really the best I can do right now. It’s not the first time that I’ve faced the possibility of not succeeding at NaNo, when I look at my pattern over the past years I’ve participated I seem to succeed every other year. Last year I succeeded, but I’d really love to break that pattern and succeed again this year – maybe even with some potential seeds to use in the future.

I need to balance my health with my determination, and do the best I can.

(Typed during a commute… and posted late… because it’s that kind of week).

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Hello November!

Join us for some coffee time!Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday October 25th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday October 29th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

Hi!

I’m happy you could join me for coffee this weekend. How is it already November?
I did figure out a Halloween costume that I’m pretty proud of! I ended up going as Belle, from Beauty and the Beast. Always my favorite Disney character, and it gave me an excuse to get a cool new dress-accessory, and to wander around carrying a book!

Not that I had any trick-or-treating plans, or anything of that sort but… I do love the excuse to dress up, and did have lunch out with a few friends, which was much fun!

We got a few trick-or-treaters, but most came before I got home from work, which makes me sad. I wish I lived on a busier street for trick-or-treating. I have friends in other places that have SUPER BUSY trick-or-treat streets, and I love seeing the pictures they share of the mobs of kids – it reminds me a bit of when I was a kid. I think most of the local kids probably go to the malls, and I think there’s a movement to have parties rather than trick-or-treating.

National Novel Writing Month has begun, so I have a lot of writing planned for this weekend. I don’t have a specific plot yet, completely writing on the fly this year, so we’ll see how it goes…. I have had success with this approach before, and I’ve also had complete fall-apart-years. I’m hoping for a success.  Mostly because NaNo, for me this year, is all about getting my fiction writing flowing again. Just for me. Just for fun.

Saturday I’m going to a pie-making-extravaganza with my food-fun-friends. I’m not sure what all we’ll be making, but it’ll be fun, and it will be yum!

What are you up to this weekend? How was your Halloween?  Are you participating in NaNo?

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Halloween incoming

Join us for some coffee time!Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday October 25th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday October 29th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

If we were having coffee I’d be at a bit of a loss as to what to talk about. I spend almost all of last weekend asleep, and this week has been in a strange bit of a daze — not for any particular specific reasons, I think I just am at that point when I need a break.

The weather is strange, which is throwing me off a bit. Here we are, the end of October, and I am quite comfortable being outside in short sleeves in the afternoon. We are supposed to be getting some rain (finally) but… still… it is supposed to be sweater weather at this point.

With Halloween around the corner I’ve also been struggling with not having a costume. I love Halloween, normally. I mean, it’s a socially appropriate time for me to wear a costume! But, I’ve struggled with finding the right costume. It doesn’t have to be complicated… it can be quite easy, really, I’ve just been struggling to figure it out. When I posted about the struggle on Facebook I got a lot of responses, and a number of ideas, but not of them quite settled. A cat just seems like a cop-out, I can’t wear the 80’s prom dress (while I could make it a more work-appropriate neckline, I can’t get it to stop shedding sequins everywhere), my renaissance dress is too small and I don’t have time to rework it….

So I was feeling a bit meh this year about the holiday – additionally because I don’t have any plans and will probably not be home from work in time to hand out candy to any trick-or-treater’s we might have. But a few of my coworkers will dress up in costumes, so I’ll figure something out, and hopefully feel more in the season once it gets here.

I do have a friend visiting this weekend – my friend who works with the Forest Service and Park Service will be passing through again on her way to the next gig. It’ll be nice to spend some time with her when I’m not stuck in surgery-recovery mode like I was last time!

I’m also going to be doing some meal-planning and prep. A new doctor that has been added to my “team” is looking at some new methods of treatment to try help tackle some of the issues I’ve been dealing with, so I have to think about how to make that all work and shift my way of doing things to incorporate the changes.

I’m also going to try and decompress some, relax some. The political scene is getting to me, with new things to be upset about every day. I need to decompress some and step away from it all for a few hours at least.

What are you up to this weekend? What does the week hold? Any Halloween plans?