Insecure Writers Support Group – I can write.

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!

A really late post today… and a rushed one too.  It’s a crazy week at work and I totally forgot it was the first Wednesday of the month until the end of my lunch-break!

November was a rough month for writing – I didn’t get much done. And December thus-far isn’t shaping up well.  I’m hopeful that it will be better, that I’ll get myself moving on some of the projects I have in mind – but time will tell.

Right now I’m just reminding myself that I can write. I can even write well. 

And if that’s as far as I get this month, well, that’s going to be enough for the time being.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: holiday decorations!

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 30th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday December 3rd 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!

Welcome to the weekend!!

Sorry about last week – I had oral surgery on Wednesday and just completely lost track of time (mostly sleeping) until Friday afternoon.

This week has been strange. I’ve had an abundance of energy, something I’m really not used to. I’ve channeled some of that into getting some Christmas decorations up – it’s nice to have the extra lights and decorations around. I have one friend who always gets her Christmas cards out early, so I even have a card up already!

I also took charge of decorating the outside of the house this year – so spent some time this weekend putting up lights. I have a few more to put up, but have to wait for this coming weekend so I can have some daylight time. It’s dark when I leave home for work, and it’s dark when I come home from work… I can’t wait for the return of light….

This weekend we’ll get our Christmas Tree, and I am going to get a massage (which will be so nice!) Other than that I am hoping to rest a bit. While I’ve had this strange energy, next week is a super-busy week for me at work, so I want to prepare for that.

I can’t believe that it’s already December. Where has this year gone?!

Alongside the strange burst of energy that I’ve had my brain has been a little all-over-the-place, and I seem to be having trouble focusing on writing this post, so I’m going to leave it here.

What have you been up to this week? 

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Time for the Word War.

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 16th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday November 19th 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!


Happy Weekend!

I have NOTHING on my schedule this weekend, and I’m very happy about that. I have an optional thing on Sunday, and I think I’m going to try and push myself to go to it, because I know I’ll enjoy it when I get there.

Other than that I am planning to get more cleaning done. I need to dig out some of the piles in my room, sort it out a bit, and make some space. If I keep plugging away, getting a little done each weekend, I’ll eventually get it all sorted. My goal is to have my room in the shape and state I would like (given the space/finance restrictions that I am working under) by the start of 2019. This means some purging of items, some real intentional thinking about what to keep and what it’s time to let go of. And then, then figuring out how to best store/arrange those things I am keeping.

The optional thing on Sunday is a “Word War” for NaNoWriMo. I’ve had to let NaNo slide this year, there’s just been too much on my plate and health-issues have been getting in the way. But the Word War should be fun, and a good way to at least get SOME writing done. Basically everyone in my region is going to pick one of two libraries to be at, and then we’ll have a competition between the two libraries for who can get the most words written in the set amount of time. This was one of the two events I was really excited about when I looked at the NaNo schedule this year, back when I thought I’d have more success at it. The other one I didn’t end up making it to… so….

When I’ve participated in NaNo in the past I’ve always had good success in word-sprints – there’s something about the small amount of immediate competition that helps push me past any blocks. Usually it’s just competition with myself, can I get more words than I did in the last sprint? I think adding the element of competing against other NaNo-ers (but on a group level) will help me a bit. I have no expectations to meet the ultimate NaNo goal this year, nowhere near, but I would like to get something written – no matter how useless those words might be.

Next week is a very short one for me – I have Wednesday off for the start of my tooth-implant surgery, and then Thursday and Friday off for Thanksgiving. Most of my family will be gathering up at my brothers house for the holiday, so I’m going to enjoy some time to myself in the house for a few days as I recover and rest. Although, the dentist I spoke to most recently made it sound like I might not really need much in the way of recovery time anyhow so we’ll see how much resting needs to happen.

What are you up to this weekend? Do you have any plans next week?

#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?

A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.

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