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Time Out (IWSG)

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for our group posting for IWSG. Insecure Writer’s Support Group is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his co-hosts for August are Nancy Gideon, Bob R Milne, Doreen McGettigan, Chrys Fey, Bish Denham, and Pat Garcia! Thanks for all your hard work!

Taking time off from blogging is rough. You come back and then you wonder, what do you write about, and would anyone even care? I suppose that is one of my major fears and insecurities… what do I have to say and does anyone care? Maybe it’s an insecurity shared by every writer, or maybe I’m caught in a purgatory that is all my own…

I realized my brand of writing was 70% staring/procrastinating and 30% writing, which means I’m not very productive, even when it comes to something as simple as writing a blog post. And that’s what mostly accounted for my being MIA. I had some things come up, and well, blogging just became the thing that had to go, at least for a while. I’m still doing rewrites on my WIP, “Lost,” though, so I haven’t totally been unproductive writing-wise. And as I continue chugging along there while riding the crazy waves of that thing called real life, I’ve decided to continue my blogging break for a month or so. But of course, I just can’t make this post and NOT share some music. See you in Sept!

 


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Celebrate The Simple Things

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Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly blog hop, wherein we post our celebrations each Friday, no matter how big or small. You can sign up here. Thanks to our host Lexa Cain and her co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Katie @ TheCyborgMom for continuing what VikLit started!

Some days, all you have to do is look up to find something unexpectedly wonderful. Saw this on my way home today.

June 19 2015-moon, venus, jupiter

The photo does not do the actual sight justice (sorry!) but if you care to look up at the western sky in the early hours after sunset, you’ll see this wonderful phenomena of the crescent moon just below Jupiter and Venus. More information here, and according to this, Jupiter and Venus are converging on June 30, so that should be something to watch out for as well!

I’m also celebrating getting 10 days off next month to visit family. My brother will be visiting as well, so it’ll be the first time in years everyone will be together.

Revisions have been going slow, but it’s steady progress, and I’m still confident I can reach my target for June, as long as my muse and MS prove cooperative.

What are you celebrating this week? Are you fascinated by the night sky and do you intend to watch out for the June 30 convergence? Any plans for the summer holidays?

 

 


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Small Steps (IWSG)

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for our group posting for IWSG. Insecure Writer’s Support Group is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his co-hosts for June are are M. Pax, Tracy Jo, Patricia Lynne, Rachna Chhabria, Feather Stone, and Randi Lee!

Writers write, and stories need readers for them to come alive. And yet, how do you know when a story is ready to be set out into the world? Writers tend to be neurotic, insecure creatures, and at a story’s infancy, when it is most vulnerable, most of us can be crippled by a harsh critic or even something as simple as lack of a support system.

For years, writing was my dirty little secret. Stories were hidden, tucked away in locked drawers and password-protected files, never to see the light of day. The only writing I’d actually shown anyone were those that I had to. But fear can rear its ugly head even during the best of circumstances, and sometimes, you just have to take that small, tentative step, and see what happens.

And so I opened the door, took that first step and actually sent off a few chapters from my current WIP to a friend of mine to beta read. Sure, friends are nowhere near CP’s in critique value, since friends would naturally be nicer with their feedback, and perhaps even shy away from telling you what’s wrong with it. But I feel just a little braver now for sending it off, and that small step towards progress is something I have to be content with for the moment. As that line from one of my favorite movies, Contact, go: Small moves, Ellie, small moves.

 

How easy/hard was it for you when you started showing your work to other people? Did admitting you’re a writer to friends and family come easily to you, and how did you deal with those moments of “I’d love to see what you’ve written!” and all you have is a mess of a novel?

 


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Celebrate The Small Things

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Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly blog hop, wherein we post our celebrations each Friday, no matter how big or small. You can sign up here. Thanks to our host Lexa Cain and her co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Katie @ TheCyborgMom for continuing what VikLit started!

This week, I’m celebrating trying new things, particularly food. I usually don’t like to experiment, preferring the tried and tested, but it’s been fun trying out new flavors, and seeing what I like and don’t.

I also finally gave traditional Chinese medicine a whirl. I’ve been tired a lot lately and it’s kind of sad when you’re told by an elderly neighbor, who looks very healthy and energetic, that you look pale as death after only a short hike, and that you probably need to see a doctor about your lack of qi. Qi translated would be something like the force or energy that helps our body function as it should be doing. Anyway, I just started taking the mixture of herbs that is typical of Chinese medicine, so we’ll see how it works out. The thing is, unlike Western medicine, traditional Chinese ones hardly have immediate effects. So I think I need to learn to be patient as well, instead of immediately dismissing it as not working. After all, what’s the point of being in Hong Kong if you are not going to try authentic Chinese medicine?

I’ve been revising again and actually finished a chapter. It’s not much, but I’m happy with it. Now if I can just keep at my goal for the rest of the month…

What are you celebrating this week? Ever tried any herbal medicines, acupuncture, fire cupping, etc.? What did you think of them? And if you haven’t tried them, would you? Do you think they’re based on actual science and can really cure people, or just a bunch of old beliefs that does not live up to modern medicine?

 

 


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Celebrate The Small Things

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Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly blog hop, wherein we post our celebrations each Friday, no matter how big or small. You can sign up here. Thanks to our host Lexa Cain and her co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Katie @ TheCyborgMom for continuing what VikLit started!

 

How can it be May already? Where has the last four months gone? Looking back at April, I didn’t make much progress in my WIP. My sleeping schedule is all messed up and I’m tired most of the time. Work isn’t going great (but at least I still have a job–so I suppose that is one thing to celebrate about).

So what else am I celebrating this week?

  1. Finished reading Atonement by Ian McEwan and starting on another book (Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters). I’d been on a reading slump for some time so while it may not sound much, this is actually good news for me. Atonement started a bit slow but since I’ve seen the movie version, it made slogging through the boring parts easier, and I’m glad to have another book off my reading list!

  2. My birthday!

  3. And the three-day weekend. Yay!

 

Not really a celebration, but I went to see The Avengers: Age of Ultron last week. The 3D was really not that great in my opinion, and perhaps I had high expectations of the movie, as I found it was just okay for me. Don’t want to spoil anything for those that haven’t seen yet so that’s all I’m going to say about it. The Agents of Shield episode this week that leads into the movie was awesome though!

Anyway, a friend of mine shared this with me: Jeremy Renner singing (as Hawkeye) on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I thought it was pretty hilarious. Enjoy!

What are you celebrating this week? Have you seen Age of Ultron? What did you think of it? Do you watch any of the other shows that tie in with the MCU?

 


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Celebrate The Small Things

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It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Celebrate The Small Things. Thanks to our host Lexa Cain and her co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Katie @ TheCyborgMom for continuing what VikLit started!

Things have been pretty bleak and gloomy in general. Maybe it’s because of the dreary weather, maybe it’s just the overwhelming pressure I’m feeling, both at work and in my personal life. Either way, now is a good time to take stock of the small things that make it all OK.

  1. I survived a pretty daunting business meeting where it’s just me against five people. It almost felt like a panel job interview all over again! So yeah, I’m feeling a bit good about being able to hold my own and working out compromises that are acceptable to both sides.

  2. Found the perfect outfit just when I was about to give up.

  3. Edited a chapter in my current WIP. It’s not much, but it’s progress, at least!

  4. Silly, entertaining movies like Kingsman, The Secret Service. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it, although the violence might be a bit too much at times. And if you have seen it, well who can forget how much fun was it to watch that fight scene while Give It Up by KC & The Sunshine Band played in the background?

What are you celebrating this week? Have you seen Kingsman? What did you think of it?

 

Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly blog hop, wherein we post our celebrations each Friday, no matter how big or small. You can sign up here.


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Are You Ready To Commit? (IWSG)

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for our group posting for IWSG. Insecure Writer’s Support Group is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his co-hosts for February are Gwen Gardner, Dolorah, Sarah Foster, and M. Pax!

This month is all about commitment for me. Writing, after all, is a marathon, and not a sprint, which means it’s important to be able to get down and commit yourself to a project until it’s through. Unfortunately, I’ve wasted the last few years jumping around from story to story. Sure, I have “finished” drafts here and there, but without the polish of revisions, they really can’t be called finished.

So I decided to commit to one of the two stories I’ve been working on. I was happy with my choice. It was something I wanted to focus on and finishing it would definitely be more rewarding than the other one. And for a few days, things were going good… and then that other story just wouldn’t shut up. You know, the one that you thought you’ve read to death and are just sick of that you want to put it aside for a long while? Well, turns out, it won’t leave me alone. But I was committed, and so I refused to heed the call.

Now if this were someone else’s story, that commitment would probably have resulted in much success and rejoicing, but this is me we’re talking about… so no, it didn’t quite work out for me. I was doing more staring than revising. It’s the perennial stuck at start problem, as I made it as far as chapter three. So I caved in, and worked on that other story, just to see if I could at least be a little more productive–and I was. Even things that I didn’t notice before seem obvious to me now.

So I don’t know what the lesson behind this whole thing is, since I obviously did not stick to what I committed myself to. Maybe I made the wrong choice? Maybe it was just its time now, and I didn’t realize it? Either way, I apparently still suck at committing. But for now, I’m going to commit to this one, see where it goes.

Do you find it just as hard to keep your focus or do you stick with a story until it’s done? At what point do you decide to set it aside and work on something else? How do you keep yourself committed when you have that other project that’s just calling you?

 


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Celebrate The Small Things

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It’s a new year (sure, I’m only like three weeks behind), and with it comes changes. First of all, Lexa Cain has now taken over Celebrate The Small Things. Thank you Lexa, for continuing this awesome blog hop! She is also assisted by her co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Katie @ TheCyborgMom.

I’ve been pretty much MIA these last few months, and to be honest, I haven’t kept up with the changes in wordpress. Now I find myself confused why my pingbacks aren’t working and why my reader isn’t fetching posts of blogs I follow. Weird! So I guess it’s time for me to re-learn everything again, and go from there.

The long Christmas break did me good, although now that I’m back, there’s some new challenges to face, and it’s already beginning to sap my energy. Still, it’s a new year, and with it, comes new possibilities, so that’s something I’m excited about, at least.

Best of all, I started writing again. Not a full-on faucet type of writing, but it’s good enough for me!

What are you celebrating?

 

Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly blog hop, wherein we post our celebrations each Friday, no matter how big or small. You can sign up here.

 


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Writers Write – An IWSG Post

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It’s been a rough couple of months and writing-wise, I have not been very productive. I didn’t even get to do NaNoWriMo, as I’d intended. I’d hoped it would help me get back on the saddle, so to speak. But in the end, time simply didn’t permit me to even attempt it.

We all have other things to deal with in our journey–life, work, relationships, etc. It is up to each of us to find the time to dedicate to writing, if it is something that we truly want. So does that mean that I do not want it enough? I don’t necessarily think so … although I wonder whether this is me simply trying to justify things?

Writers write, and the simple fact is, I haven’t been getting much writing done. So that’s my insecurity. I feel that I should have been able to do more. The first half of the year went so well goal-wise, and the latter half was just a downhill spiral. In the back of my mind, I know I should be writing, there’s that voice telling me I should fire up my computer and get writing. But at the end of the day, I find that I don’t have much energy left, and just crash.

With a few weeks before I go on a much-needed Christmas break, I’m thinking it’s time to forgive myself and not beat myself up over what I haven’t been able to do. Instead. I’ll take my break, hope I come back new and refreshed, and pick up where I left off.

Does that sound like a good plan? I don’t know. I certainly hope so!

Any tips on how you guys do it? Do you take planned breaks or do you just keep going? Beat yourself up over those lost time when you should’ve been writing?

 

Insecure Writer’s Support Group is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his co-hosts for December are Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins! Thank you all for your hard work!


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Celebrating Today

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Join us every Friday as we Celebrate The Small Things, thanks to our host VikLit and my fellow co-hosts Diana Wilder, LG Keltner@Writing Off the Edge, and Katie@TheCyborg Mom!

So what am I celebrating this week?

First off, I’m sick again, so that really isn’t something to celebrate about.

Second, editing is going verrrrrry slow.

Thirdly, my sleep pattern is whacked … which means a lot of reading (so that is kind of good, I suppose).

But today was a good day, and not in the kind of something big happened that made it really good. It was just … good, in a lot of small ways. And crazy busy as it was, it’s the kind of day that leaves you feeling more energized than tired; when even being sick takes a backseat to the general feeling of the day. So even if it hasn’t been a good week, it has been a good day–and that is good enough for me.

Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today – David Nicholls (One Day)

Do you appreciate each day as they come? What are you celebrating this week, or for that matter, today?

 

P.S. I just learned that the A-Z team is hosting a Sunflower Tribute for Tina Downey on Sept 8. Tina passed away on August 23 and she loved sunflowers. Please help spread the word and let’s brighten the internet on Sept 8 with sunflowers, in memory of Tina!

 


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