A-Z Challenge – ISWG EMERGENCY

Time for I in the A-Z Challenge today. I’ve been trying to tie in things on the Bronx in my posts – not so much today. I need to talk about an insecurity I have right now that’s festering because I’m trying to do so many things at once. Seriously. This is an emergency. For me anyway.

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I’m sure some of you know that I’m been a faithful member of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh’s     Insecure Writer’s Support Group since I first discovered it a few months after I started this blog.

It’s been an extraordinarily busy month for me. I’m having a lot of fun with this challenge and am learning a lot of new and exciting things, but it’s taking up a great deal of my time. I also have my recovery efforts to think about, appointments to keep and tests to take. Oh, and my Minion duties… 😀

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Believe me when I say I’m not complaining about any of it. My problem, or shall I say, my insecurity is this:  Fellow blogger buddy DL Hammons is running his annual contest again, the WRiTE CLUB.

I tried for it last year and didn’t make the cut. It’s okay; I knew my entry kinda sucked, but at least I tried. Thing is, I want to try again this year but I don’t know if I’ll have the time with everything else going on. The deadline for the 500 word piece is April 30. See my dilemma? Even if I can squeak out a draft, I may not make deadline. You can check my other blog here for more of a history of my illness and disability.

Are any of my fellow A-Z’ers planning on competing in any writing competitions this month? How’s your week going so far?

 

 

 

 

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Hello writers! 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 amazing group and it has become THE PLACE to go if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of this phenomenal group. You won’t regret it.

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

The awesome co-hosts for the February 4 posting of the IWSG will be Gwen Gardner, Dolorah, Sarah Foster, and M. Pax!

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I can’t believe yesterday was my second blogiversary. It seems like yesterday I started my baby. I should have a little party with cake and balloons; unfortunately, I don’t have the time right now.  😦  Busy, busy.

I didn’t think I’d last this long. 😀

Adventures and Challenges. What can I say? I’m a glutton for punishment. I like adventure and I love a challenge; sometimes I make them, sometimes I don’t. At least I try. I’m signed up for the WordPress Blogging 101 course through my sister blog, My Miracle Life. (Goodness knows I need it. After two years I still get confuddled.)

And…I’d been debating joining the A-Z Challenge for over a year because I was always afraid of not being able to manage it. I’ve entered challenges in the past that I haven’t been able to complete. I’m not a fan of the disappointment that follows. Like I mentioned earlier, sometimes I make them, sometimes not. I know this one is tough.

I was on the fence about this year until I saw the BADGE-then plunged…

A2Z2015Here’s why. . .  I’m doing this in honor of Tina Downey, a blogger and friend we lost last August. I miss her so much and this is my little way of paying tribute to her. I hope I can do her proud and finish it. I want to at the very least give it my best shot.

 

Anyone else celebrating their blogiversaries with me? Are you joining the A-Z Challenge this year, too? If so, will it be your first or are you a veteran? Any advice on how not to go nuts during planning would be appreciated. Finally, what in the world are the Kar Grandes? 😀

 

 

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.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of this phenomenal group. You won’t regret it.

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.

 

 

 

 

#IWSG -Let’s Talk Motivation & Determination

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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:

Hart Johnson
Chemist Ken
Candilynn Fite
Terri Rochenski
Clare Dugmore 

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.

IWSG For March – Time For Spring Cleaning

Hidey-ho all my blogger buddies! Guess what. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means! It’s time for my posting for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group #IWSG which was founded by the incredible Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, our resident Sci-fi master, author extraordinaire, and all around in-house celebrity nice guy. InsecureWritersSupportGroupThe purpose of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is give all writers a safe haven where they can express their doubts, concerns and insecurities without fear of appearing weak or foolish. We can even celebrate our triumphs and successes!

Posting is the first Wednesday of every month and you post your thoughts on your own blog. It is an awesome group to be a part of and I have been a proud member since I started blogging last year. If you are interested in becoming a member of our élite group of insecure writers, please click on the image and you will be transported to the #IWSG site where you can add your name to the list. This is a blog hop, so whenever you post, make sure you visit other insecure writers and offer them support as well.

This month’s  #IWSG co-hosts are: 

I’d like to thank our co-hosts for doing an amazing job this month!

I’ve been very busy these past few weeks. I was extremely proud to share my NaNoWriMo win on my December post for the IWSG. Um, yeah. Out of those 50,091 words or so, I’ve probably chucked about a quarter so far and will probably dump more before I’m done. Kind of like the Spring cleaning I’m going to be doing shortly; packing away the winter stuff and bringing out the warm weather wear… Hey, I can dream!!

Mind you, the work is nowhere near complete, but I guess Ernest Hemingway was right, “The first draft of anything is shit.” Aside from the fact that I had a bunch of useless junk in it, I also noticed that while I was reading it, my POV has a tendency to shift every so often, which is frustrating as hell. It’s bad enough that I have to really focus on what I’m doing so I don’t wander, but every so often I go from third person to first and don’t even realize it until I’m in the middle of reading the story; makes me want to pull my hair out. I’ve really got to get a grip on POV. Sometimes I feel like a toddler trying to swim in the big kids pool.

I’ll admit that while I haven’t been able to write or blog most of December through the better part of February, I was able to get in a lot of reading; not only novels that I’d like to review, but books on the craft of writing as well. I bought another copy of Stephen King’s On Writing, the original I misplaced long ago, and The Elements of Style, which is turning out to be a priceless tool for me. I’ve also been doing some research and looking at various writers resources because I know that I have weaknesses now that were not present before my hemorrhage, mainly focus, attention and memory.

My one promise to myself this New Years was that I would self-publish something and it would be good. It may not be a novel, but I will be happy with a short story or a novella. I think I’ve put so much pressure on myself to be the person I was before, and truth be told, I will never be the person I was before. I’m not going to look at it as a bad thing though. The things I used to take for granted before, I don’t anymore. So it’ll take me longer to finish my works and that’s OK. I’ll make sure I have good people behind me reviewing and editing them so when I do finally put out my project, it will be something I can be proud of.

I’m just curious, does anyone else have a lot of trouble with POV? A little is understandable, but I seem to be all over the place at times. I do know that first drafts of anything are always bad, but if almost half your manuscript is unusable, isn’t that worse than bad? I’d appreciate the truth on this, gently, of course.  🙂

That being said, that’s all I have for this month’s post for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Please feel free to comment and if you are interested in being a part of this phenomenal group, as I stated earlier, just click on the image above to join.

Until next post, Ciao!