Good morning fellow bloggers, writers, novelists, journalists, screenwriters, and all other writers I have the pleasure of sharing membership with in this élite group.
Today is Wednesday, April 2, 2014, the first Wednesday of the month. We know what that means, don’t we? It’s time for a meeting of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, which was founded by the AMAZING Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.
“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!” (IWSG website)
I was extremely lucky to find this group soon after starting my blogging journey just over thirteen months ago. I love this group more than I can ever express. The past few months had been very difficult for me personally. I was just getting back into my blogging groove after a hiatus of about two months, to deal with some medical issues (thankfully resolved), when I was hit with the loss of two people close to me within two days of each other, only three weeks ago. I posted about it here. Any other time it might have been enough to make me take another break to spend more time grieving, but I was far too angry; I still am.
If anything, I have the motivation and determination to continue moving forward. When I checked the IWSG website while I was in Puerto Rico saying my final goodbyes to my dear friend Petie when I read that Ninja Captain had chosen me to be one of the co-hosts for the April meeting. I cried. Talk about motivation and determination? I am so honored that Alex felt confident enough to trust me enough to be a co-host for this very special group. I am going to do my very best to make him and all my fellow members proud.
Please take a moment to visit my other awesome co-hosts this month:
That’s all I have; time to handle responsibilities! 😀 Be determined and motivated to best earlier ‘high scores’ when it comes to number of comments on fellow IWSG member blogs. It is a blog hop, after all! Have fun!
Give Elizabeth Seckman’s Blog a look-see if you get a chance. Her post today was amazing. There are many more and if the bloggers will give me permission, I’d like to link them to my post here. 😀
Also Check out this post by Christine Rains; definitely worth reading.
Sorry you have been going through such a trying time. Loved your post. Determination is so important for writing and life.
Thanks Sarah for your thoughtful words. Absolutely I’m determined to accomplish some things this year that I hadn’t even thought of previously; things I feel I have to do. I’m so glad you stopped by! Lily-Eva
I’m sorry about your recent difficulties. We can be hit hard like that. Welcome back to blogging. It is a great thing to be part of this community. When I’m feeling down, I’m heartened by the writers and bloggers out there who are so supportive, creative, and ambitious.
Thanks Medeia. I feel the same way; I knew co-hosting would do wonders for me, and it has. I’ve reached out and been reached out by so many wonderful people. Lily-Eva
I’m sorry for your loses. Sending hugs. When my husband passed away last year, my writing kept me sane, I think. I am determined to continue and make him proud of my accomplishments.
Thanks for being a great co host.
Hi Beverly, thanks so much for the visit and your thoughtful words. Writing keeps me sane also, as does reading. I don’t mind a little escape from reality every so often. I had a blast co-hosting; it was my first time, so it was extra special. I’m sure we’ll ‘meet’ again. Lily-Eva
This IS a big blog hop! One could go to a different blog on it every day of the year and still not read them all. Wow, I too, can relate to too many losses at one time. This year my family was hit hard by the unexpected death of my uncle (he was also one of my truest fans). Then other medical problems have happened to many people I love. We are in it together, even if “only” on a blog. I thank you for sharing with us and also for co-hosting on the IWSG. Be good to yourself!
Thank you again! You’ve no idea how much more motivating your comments and visits are! Hugs.
Sorry you have navigated such rough water. I’m encouraged by your determination. Happy belated IWSG day.
Your blog touched my heart. Thank you for co-hosting, and thank you for touching a wounded part of my soul without even knowing. I lost my beloved husband a few months ago, and for a time I fell behind in so many things, which included my writing. I suppose losing your soulmate leaves you more insecure than anything else. It was writing, finally, that made me nudge myself back into making connections with other human beings in cyberspace. Eventually I a may even get the courage to connect with humans in real life again. Thanks so much!
Hi Elizabeth, I’m so glad you stopped by to visit; I’m also happy that my words touched you in some way. If you like, feel free to email me whenever you need someone to talk to. It’s worked for me. My email is lilicas_place (at) yahoo (dot) com. I sincerely look forward to getting to know you. Have a great day. Lily-Eva April IWSG Co-host