Wednesday, April 03, 2024

IWSG: April . . . Writing and Blogging????

 Wish I had something exciting to share. It's been a relatively quiet day, but I didn't begin writing first thing this morning. Maybe it was the clouds instead of sunshine. Maybe it was completing those online tax forms for a few hours, but, you know, a little perseverance, and we CAN meet our daily goals.

Here's a picture of one block from my 'Wonky Flower' quilt, currently in progress. Bright colors hint at summer to come -- and warm weather. Yes, I love to balance writing and quilting. One seems to nurture the other.

WRITING/NANOWRIMO UPDATE: Goal by end of month, another 3,000 words on Unleashed Pursuit. That goal seems a little pessimistic now, as today 581 words were added, for a total of 1,303 so far. But it's taken a few weeks to recover from that long drive back home from Tucson. I'm thrilled to be writing again, truly.

MARKETING UPDATE: This is such a hard process. Like so many, wouldn't we rather be writing? But, I will be teaching 2 mini-workshops this month about how to dive into writing for the Spokane Public Library, sponsored by INWG (Inland Northwest Writers Guild). 

And, just for April, I've reduced the price of my historical fiction, Standing Stones, to 99c. NOTE: Nearly all my books are available as well on Kindle Unlimited. 

IWSG MONTHLY POST. This month's question is a real doozy:  So how long have I been blogging? How about since 2005! Check out that first post RIGHT HERE and you'll find a little story about a police officer who let a perfect stranger (me) look behind his official mask. That first post was the only blog post I wrote in 2005 -- followed by one more post in 2006. 

And then I met online groups, like Sunday Scribblings, the Internet Writing Workshop, and National Novel Writing Month. Writing challenges, like April's National Poetry Writing Challenge, and monthly writing challenges from IWSG (Insecure Writers Study Group). I appreciate so much connecting with readers and writers, so, yes, I'll keep blogging.

You can check out a few of those early posts (just click on the sidebar links). This was fun to look back that far AND to realize how much so many people have helped me and challenged me each month to keep writing my books, stories, and poems. Thank you!

So here's a little about IWSG. This month's hosts are Janet Alcorn, T. Powell Coltrin, Natalie Aguirre, and Pat Garcia!   Why not visit their blogs to see what they're up to?

Purpose: To share and encourage. 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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post. And please be sure your avatar links back to your blog! Otherwise, when you leave a comment, people can't find you to comment back.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

May April bring you all that you wish for: health, happiness, and
a new appreciation for this amazing gift of life!