Wednesday, June 5, 2019

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming (An IWSG Post)

Hello, all!

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writers Support Group!

I'm assuming that everyone coming here is already well-versed in this group/bloghop, but in the event that you're new and/or looking for a complete list of participants, please click on the above link.

This month's awesome co-hosts are: Diane Burton, Kim Lajevardi, Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes, and Madeline Mora-Summonte.

This month's (optional) question asks, "Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?"

But I'm going to pass on that question today because I am.

But I'm also not going to bore you with my insecurities. Which is not me saying I'm not insecure because I am. All the time. How could I not be when it takes me for-freaking-ever to write a story and then I hate everything I do manage to produce? I am in awe of authors who can not only finish a project before a decade or more has gone by and somehow find it in themselves to actually like what they've done. If you are one of those authors, how do you do it? I'm just so curious.

But again, I'm not going to talk about that (anymore) today. Because while I am hopelessly insecure and...well, just plain hopeless, I am also back in New England—this time to celebrate the high school graduations of my brilliant and talented goddaughter and niece. These two kick-ass young women are going to do some seriously amazing things with their lives, and they inspire me every day. I love them to death, and I hope they know how freaking proud of them I am.

And because I am back in New England, I get to do things like walk outside my house and not instantly dissolve in a puddle of sweat and more sweat (Y'all, I really can't stress enough how much I truly despise living in Florida) and climb mountains.

That's right. Yesterday, I climbed a mountain. It was glorious. My legs were a little "What the hell, man?" because there are very few mountains in Florida, and I am out of mountain-climbing practice (and shape...) but I reach the summit anyway and took this picture (which you may have already seen because I posted it all over social media yesterday. I mean, look at the sidebar. It's the same damn picture in my twitter feed. But I love it and I can't help myself):



I had a moment yesterday (not for the first time, either) where I was just so damn appreciative to be a writer who can really work wherever she happens to be—a mountain top, a beach, her living room, her mother's living room, an airplane, whatever. And even if it does take me a million years (sadly, only a slight exaggeration...) to finish a novel, at least parts of it were written someplace pretty?

Then, of course, I left the mountains and the soul-crushing insecurities came rushing back. But that's another post for another day...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Hope you're having a fantastic week!

(Also, I may be slow to visit blogs and respond to any comments you may leave on this post. The Internet at my mom's house is really kind of an unreliable pain-in-the-butt. However, I shall endeavor to do my best. Just don't think I'm ignoring you. Thanks!)




39 comments:

  1. Well, I am definitely NOT one of those authors since I am creeping towards writing this book for a decade. I guess I kinda like it, though? But I don't think anyone else will.
    That picture was amazing! I first saw it on Twitter and my jaw may have actually dropped.

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    1. Jordan certainly sounds like my kind of character, so I'm definitely looking forward to reading his story one day.

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  2. Glad you climbed the mountain.
    I do like what I write but I envy that you can write anywhere.

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    1. I didn't get much work done on the mountain before a big, loud group invaded the summit, but it was nice while it lasted.

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  3. If I had that view, I'd be inspired to write, too. Although my legs would also protest getting to the top.

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    1. I'm a little surprised my legs worked today. I thought for sure they wouldn't. :)

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  4. I don't know why anyone chooses to live in Florida.

    I used to be able to produce words...
    >sigh<

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    1. I don't, either. I mean, I guess it doesn't completely suck in mid-winter when I'm not shoveling snow or scraping ice off my windshield, but yeah. I'm not a fan.

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  5. Wow, climbing that mountain must have been a super feeling. Wish I could do the same.

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    1. It was a super feeling. One I have sorely missed.

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  6. I prefer to write from home. I’d even maybe say I need to, especially if I’m in the middle of a big project.

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    1. That's occasionally true of me, too. Sometimes, I have to work behind closed doors with all my social media devices hidden away to get things done. Other times, I'm just not home enough so if I wasn't able to work wherever I was, I'd get even less done than I do now.

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  7. I love mountains and that is one of the things i enjoy about Bavaria, one of the German States, and about Italy and Austria.
    Why move back to Florida? Stay where you are because it makes you happy.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. My significant other was miserable in the mountains. He's happier in Florida.

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  8. That's awesome you're out climbing mountains! I have to say I'm not one of those writers you described who can finish a book before the turn of a decade and still like what they produced.

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    1. I'm not, either. But I really want to know how they manage it because they're amazing.

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  9. "at least parts of it were written some place pretty." I love that. I've always wanted to travel. I've thought of getting an RV and driving all over...ever state. While writing, of course.

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    1. I have some friends who are doing that. They have an airstream trailer and they've been to some amazingly gorgeous places. Her Instagram feed makes me drool.

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  10. That is an amazing view, something to be inspired by. I too struggle with not producing work as quickly as I used to, but have found that if the desire is there, the words will come. May they flow for you! :)

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    1. I feel like I'm too often putting too much pressure on myself to produce words/edits/etc, but when I try to relax and take the pressure off myself, I can't stop thinking about all the things (writing and editing) I should be doing instead. I'll figure it out eventually. Probably...

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  11. That is an awesome picture you shared.

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    1. Thank you. I posted it while on the mountain top, but couldn't really see it until I got back to civilization, so I was crossing my fingers that it turned out all right. :)

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  12. Legs do need some time to adjust from the level to the mountain climb. Be sure to repeat the walk and help those muscles stop the burn. Ouch!

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    1. It's definitely been too long since I climbed a mountain. Fortunately, I didn't pick too difficult a trail for that reason.

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  13. Congrats to your goddaughter and niece!!!
    And I'm so glad you had a great mountain-top experience! Try to hold it close - post it everywhere and look at it often - so you can keep that feeling when you sit down and write. :)

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    1. Maybe I should print out that picture and hanging it somewhere near my desk...except it could make me mad that I'm at my desk and not anywhere near the top of a mountain. :)

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  14. I used to be a fast writer, but since I started a day job where I write, I find my bank of words is often depleted by the end of the day and I just don't have any left for my own work. So the time I write in the mornings, before work, often ends up being my only writing of the day.

    That mountain view looks amazing. I don't have mountains close to where I live, but plenty of big hills to roam up and down. Plus an ocean view once at the top. So it could be worse.

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  15. I hope you enjoy your time up here! I saw that picture on your twitter the other day and I was like "Holy crap, is that real?"

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  16. Glad you're enjoying the break with some beautiful views. I also really like your book cover designs. Happy Writing!

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  17. This time of year, I truly despise living in Florida too. I want to live right next to our AC and never move again. Sweat is highly overrated. :)

    I blame the fact that Florida is flat as a pancaked for me being out of shape. How can you get any real exercise when there aren't any hills to go up and down? Of course, I never go outside to exercise because it's too hot, so there's that.

    Cheers - Ellen

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  18. What a beautiful picture. Glad you got to leave the sweaty south behind for a little while.

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  19. Methinks you are too hard on yourself. But we're all hard on ourselves, aren't we? And the fact that you have managed to publish two books despite all this says something about your tenacity.

    My niece graduated high school recently, too.

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  20. That is an award-winning shot. I love hiking, but there aren't too many mountains around Rochester, NY. But at least it is cool. I can visit Florida, but I can't imagine living there. I grew up in the south, South Carolina to be precise, so I do know what it's like being hot all the time. I prefer the north, weather-wise. Give me snow and clouds over heat and humidity any day.

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  21. That view is seriously inspiring! I'd rather climb mountains than melt in the heat too. Hope you have a great time in New England. :)

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  22. I totally pull inspiration from runs and hikes. Great photo. I graduated high school in Tallahassee where the highest platforms were Indian Mounds. Bad luck to climb those. Happy IWSG!

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  23. Funny. I'm headed to Florida Tuesday to visit my mom. It's supposed to be in the 80s which will be hot but bearable for me. New England is admittedly pretty fabulous in the summer.

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  24. We can be our own worst enemies in that way, but I, too, often find reprieve from the worst of it just by changing my setting, especially someplace so beautiful! Hope the rest of the trip is/was wonderful! @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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  25. Aw, many congrats to your niece and goddaughter!

    And that's amazing how you're able to write anywhere like that. That's a skill I lack. (Can definitely relate to taking forever to finish a project, though, haha.) The view in that photo is gorgeous!

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  26. That pic from the mountain is so fabulous you would have been crazy not to post it everywhere! It's wonderful. I LOVE New England and wish I was there right now. Hope you had a wonderful trip and congrats to the two graduates. :)

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