Insecure Writer’s Support Group – NaNoWriMo Time Again!

Hello everyone in the writers world! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

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It’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

The awesome co-hosts for the November 5 posting of the IWSG are LG Keltner, Donna Hole, Lisa Buie-Collard and SL Hennessy!

It’s time for me again – my first week of NaNoWriMo and it’s been, in a word, BRUTAL. October was supposed to be the month where I outlined, researched and did as much as I could to prepare for this month, but it was busy as hell.

I’m not complaining, mind you. I did what I could; normally, I’m a pantster. I wanted to try plotting to see if that would help me. With all the running around, organizing and taking care of business I had to do last month, I couldn’t focus the way I needed to, that’s all.

I’ve donated money to NaNoWriMo since I started with their Camp last year. It’s done wonders with helping me in my recovery. Writing does help heal. It’s helped me set goals for myself, made me focus, and given me much-needed positive reinforcement that I wasn’t receiving from my outside world. My NaNoWriMo participant badge is on my sidebar and if you’re so inclined, please click on the link to donate. All proceeds go to NaNo and you can read about what they do with donation dollars.

I’ve done pretty well so far. I’m trying to stay within my outline, but I notice my story tends to veer off course a little. I know where I wanted the story to go, but it seems to be taking me somewhere else. I figure it’s only Week 1 so I’ll see what happens.

If anyone else is doing NaNo this month, friend me. We can support each other! That’s how I did it last year! Until next month.





For The Family of Someone Like a Brother…Any Help Appreciated.

Petie 003Hello to all my beloved blogger friends. I hope everything is going well for you all today. Things have picked up for me as well. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I received the Dragon Loyalty Award which I humbly accepted, but I have some other positive news I will share a little later.

This post is not about me though. Remember how I mentioned losing my close friend Petie to a brain hemorrhage and flying out to Puerto Rico for his burial with his sister after the wake in NJ? Those expenses were nearly $10,000.00, if not more, and we have come to find that Pete did not have any life insurance or real savings. While the family was able to raise some of the money, they fell short. Fortunately, the funeral services involved on both ends are willing to work with the family so they can pay off the debt.

You all know that I’ve lost several people since I started this blog, but Pete was like a brother to me. I can’t even express to anyone how much I already miss him. The thought of how much more burden his family has to bear with the added financial expenses makes me insane. I’ve never reached out for anyone else the way I’m reaching out now. That’s how much I love him and his family.

I’ve started a fundraising effort at GoFundMe to try raising some of the money still needed to completely payoff the debt. I did so after consulting with his sister, who is, by nature, a very private person. I assured her that the writing and blogging community was a family in and of itself and I would do so with the utmost respect. I donated at the wake, and was the first to give at GoFundMe. Any donation would be appreciated, if only a dollar. I know times are hard for us all, trust me. If you are unable to give to the fund, I have faith that my great friends here will still help by sharing this with other bloggers and writers.

I have included the link here .

Thank you all so very much for always being there. Please Re-blog and Re-tweet, if you can. Love you guys.