Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Dude Abides (An IWSG Post)

Morning, all. Or afternoon, or evening, or whatever time it happens to be wherever you happen to be visiting from.

It's the first Wednesday of the month which means it's time, once again, for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group—the day insecure writers everywhere blog about their insecurities and offer support and assistance to others. (Click on the pic for a complete list of participants)

So, here's the thing...I'm not feeling particularly insecure at the moment. This is not to say that I'm bursting with confidence or anything because that would never happen (seriously, though, there's some major mental block where me and the word 'confidence' is concerned because it took me three tries to spell it correctly), but I'm not (at the moment) insecure.

I am abiding. The Dude abides.



Yeah, I still have things with which I am struggling (hello, blurb!), but I am not (at the moment) worried about them. Was I worried about them on Monday? I think I was. I was, at the very least, pissed off about them. Not sure what happened between now and then, but, whatever it was, I salute it because abiding is a much better state of mind.

And I thought I should take advantage of my lack of freaking out to thank all of you. You're very kind. You're a lovely community and you keep coming back to this blog to wade through the sarcasm and bad attitude to read whatever happens to come out of my brain that day. And then you offer me kind words, support and encouragement. You make me smile; you make me laugh. I appreciate it.

And I just wanted you to know.

Happy writing, all.

65 comments:

  1. Spell checker MJ, lol. I sometimes refuse to use it myself - I like to pretend I can spell anything :)

    Its nice to just be coasting along. Like a mini vacation from stress. Enjoy the feeling for as long as you can.

    ......dhole

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    1. Yeah, I kept saying "I don't need you or your squiggly red line, Spell Check!"

      But apparently I did.

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  2. I'm not really sure what "abiding" feels like, but it certainly sounds better than feeling insecure. Good luck with the blurb. :-)

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    1. It is certainly better than feeling insecure. Hope it lasts...

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  3. I love those times when you don't feel very insecure. So much better than pesky insecurities! I'm feeling quite confident at the minute, but I doubt it will last very long!

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    1. I'll keep my fingers crossed for the opposite.

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  4. Insecurities are the worst, so it's awesome how your own aren't overwhelming you right now!

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    1. It is awesome. And strange. So very strange.

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  5. No freaking! It will be all right.
    A place of comfort is a good place sometimes.
    And always listen to the Dude.

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    1. I do try to always listen to The Dude.

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  6. I love non-insecure posts. It reminds me that at some stage we all feel good about our writing. In fact, most of the time, we do. Have a great day.

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    1. I'm not sure I'm feel good about my writing, but I don't exactly feel bad about it. I'm just kind of hanging out here in Mellowville.

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  7. Sometimes, when I feel good - not whoo hoo, just plain old regular good - I start to worry and wonder what's wrong with me.... :)

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    1. I'm sure I'll be at that point later today.

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  8. Ah, I do love the good days when I'm feeling all conferdent too.

    But, yeah, good head space to be in. :)

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    1. Oh, so that's how you spell it. I will make a note.

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  9. I keep thinking I should join the insecure writers, but maybe I just that insecure. ;) No, honestly, it's a great community and I LOVE all the posts I come across. What a great group!

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    1. It is a great group. I'm glad they let me hang out with them.

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  10. You're not sure what happened between Monday and now? Well, if you're anything like me then sleep happened. lol Sleep always calms me down from any problems I'm having.

    Anyways, hooray for not feeling insecure at the moment. Hopefully, it lasts. Maybe you'll have a moment where the light bulb goes on over your head and you have the blurb nailed. =)

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    1. It wasn't sleep. I'm thinking maybe it was exercise, but, at any rate, I am definitely hoping for that light bulb moment.

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  11. I'm glad you are abiding. :) You will get the blurb done and it will rock!

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    1. So long as the blurb is a complete disaster, I'll be happy. =)

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    2. Hahaha...That was supposed to be "isn't a complete disaster."

      This is why I need a proofreader.

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  12. It's a great feeling, isn't it. I'd say hold on to it, but the tighter your grip, the more it'll slip through your fingers, so instead, enjoy. Feel good. And hopefully that'll keep the feeling going.

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    1. That's the plan. Hopefully, I won't screw it up.

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  13. -Hands you a White Russian- Hey, no sweat...always glad to visit and listen to what you have to say...

    -Voice in the background: "What'd you say, Dude?"-
    -Another voice: "Shut the f**k up, Donnie!"

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  14. Enjoy not feeling insecure! So rare, but so wonderful. It will be nice when that feeling comes along again--usually for me, it's when I've got a good writing streak going.

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    1. Yeah, same here. Except this time I don't have a good writing streak going. But maybe it'll lead to one.

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  15. "It sounds like you had an epiphany."
    "I keep saying that, but nobody's listening."

    Name that reference. :P

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  16. Glad things are on an even keel for you right now--I hope it stays that way!

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  17. And I'll keep coming back.

    You give good snark.

    Heather

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  18. Aw, back at ya! And lol to Heather's comment above.

    And yay for feeling good! Hope it's long lasting!!

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  19. What a lovely post! You make the blogging community a better place too :)

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  20. Well good evening, and it was a great post! We all have days!! And, I am happy I stopped by! You made mine feel normal!

    sandysanderellasmusings.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm pretty sure I make a lot of people feel normal.

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  21. I need to learn some of that zen kinda abiding bizness. Maybe I oughtta up my intake of White Russians. Yeah, a couple of those should have me abiding just fine...or passed out on the floor. Whichevs.
    Some Dark Romantic

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    1. Well, when one is passed out on the floor, one is probably not worried about much. So, really, it could be a win-win...

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  22. The dude does in deed abide. maybe its time i updates my intake of White Russians ? lol Happy you are feel secure x

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  23. I'm glad you're not an insecure writer :). Being part of the writing community is great, isn't it?

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    1. I'm not currently an insecure writer. Things will go back to normal soon enough.

      And yeah, being a part of this community is great. I'm grateful for it.

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  24. Glad you found a bout of quasi-confidence. And yes the Dude abides, thanks for that it brought a smile to my face.

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  25. M.J. I will have to find the Awe Freak Out song just for you and post it next week.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

    When things calm down at work...Short Fuse Sale at Great Clips this week, Sir Poos and Hair Ball want to send interview questions to your fur peep.

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    1. I posted that song on this blog earlier in the year. And it always gets stuck in my head any time I use the phrase "freak out" or any form of it.

      Tell the pups they can send their questions any time.

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  26. I am so happy to read this. It thrills me to the core to know that you are in a good spot, lacking insecurity. Maybe there is hope for the rest of us?

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  27. Yay for being in a good place! Hopefully today is the same since you wrote this yesterday, LOL. I love good/happy moments. I wish I could stay in that place all the time. :-)

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    1. I've actually made it through the weekend in a good place. Well, mostly good place. It's all right, really. Or, you know, kind of okay. Ish.

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  28. Hugs to you MJ! Enjoy your abiding moment and I hope it lasts. Who knows, it may be just the thing you need to get that damn blurb into a happier place. (:

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    1. Well, the last I looked at it, I didn't absolutely hate it, so that's a big step up right there.

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  29. i like that ur not insecure, but also not sure of everything. i love that merlin-esque blurb!

    dude! here is the "save the cat" blurb method. nothing fancy! it's about a young queen who has to fight something or someone to save her kingdom, but she has this problem... mc, goal, contradiction/twist. thats a hook! you can add pretty adjectives but stick to the main idea...

    just offering my 2 cents =)
    it'll come

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    1. Yes, only I can be not insecure, yet not secure about anything. Except for my love of donuts, of course.

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  30. We are a mighty fine community of blogger/writer types, aren't we? Abide well.

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  31. I love this community! :) If only I could pull a Dude at the moment. That sounds kind of dirty....

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  32. OK, so I'm only a week late, but not to late to say I love this post. So glad to hear it. Not to mention two of my favorite actors in one 18 second clip. Yee Haw!

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