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Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day…

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group.

Insecure Writers support group:

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.

Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter/Instagram hashtag is:

#IWSG

To find out more about the IWSG or to join us [please do] visit:

Insecure Writers Support Group

The optional question for December is:

As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

 

I would love a redo on more than a few things this year. Personally there was some family drama I could have done without. There was also ‘friend’ drama that I honestly thought was supposed to be over by the time we were out of middle-school. The best thing to come out of both was the realization that not all relationships are worth, “saving.”

How about all the election drama? I am SO sick of hearing, seeing and reading about it. I think an alien ship swooped down and scooped up some of my writer friends and cemented their feet in blocks of concrete and then force-fed them, bitter, anger and negativity pills. I miss them.

My word for 2017 was finish and I failed quite miserably at finishing the few projects on my goals list.

 

That said I did start a business this year and (knock on wood) it has grown beyond my expectations and all signs point to a successful 2018. Hopefully my word for 2018, success, is a better choice.

My #1 goal was to finish Realize your Writing Dreams and have it out in the world. I’m not giving up, it’s so close to finished so it’s possible I may make it after all.

I’m not making excuses but the owners of the publishing company my first two-books were published with were indicted. Talk about drama! This drama with mixed with weeks of panic and anxiety. There was a big lesson there to. It’s so easy to get stuck in disappointment. I pinned #KeepMovingForward all over my house.

The one thing I would do if I could backtrack would be to better manage my time and to actually schedule down time for myself.

2018 is approaching fast. I’m still working on my goal list for the New Year. One thing I do know is the list will be shorter because the word is #success and I want to get there!

How about you? What would you do differently and do you have goals, resolutions or a word for 2018?

Our hosts for this month are: Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner! 

Stop by and thank them!

Happy Writing,

Doreen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kindness Is A Passport…

World Kindness Day was November 13th and it’s a day for people to set aside their differences and just be kind to one another. Kindness can come in many forms. It can be a warm smile from a stranger across the street or a bouquet of flowers from an old friend.

 

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Fems, Food, Favorites and Friday Fragments…

Friday Fragments are the bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read what you’ve been up to!

As sad as I am that summer 2017 is now getting smaller and smaller in the rear view mirror, fall has not yet officially arrived here in the Northeast. There are signs it’s about to happen, like the yellow leaves on the fairie tree in our back yard. I plan to enjoy every minute of the 70 degree weather this weekend.

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The End Is Near…

What is it about the fall that has me scrambling to finish everything I ever started and never finished? I know the answer is, because the end is near. The end of the year that is, and my goals are up there hanging on my office wall (the office I don’t write or work in) letting me know I’m about to fail.

I only set 10-goals for myself each New Year and I usually do pretty well, this year not so much. I’m going to give myself a pass and change up my plan a bit. In the mean time I will keep writing and moving forward. There is still plenty of time to catch up and there is all that writing fuel (candy) to look forward to this month.

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Angel Bumps, Hello from Heaven…

Angel Bumps, Hello From Heaven I got to know Anne Bardsley in a Facebook Group we’re both members of and I know for sure I cannot wait to meet her in real life! We have so much in common and during a recent phone call I found out she grew up in Wayne, Pa. and I had been in Wayne that day for lunch. She lives in a Florida beach town now and plans to do only 3-things a day and one of them is to go to the beach! I’m looking forward to her coming ‘home’ for a few book signings. Anne gets up at 4:30 am while it’s peaceful and quiet (until she cracks herself up) to write in her sunroom.

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Foodie Friday Fragments…

 What did you do all week?

Well it’s the last week of summer and I am kicking and screaming (carefully though because I’m still wearing flip flops.) What is it about fall that leaves me feeling like if I don’t move faster, I’ll be run over? My mind realizes it’s time to get back to reality, back to work but my body still wants to lie on the beach. I’m trying to get in the mood. While meeting with a client at Panera Bread the other day I ordered tomato soup. It was so good but it was still 85 degrees outside.

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To Share and Encourage…

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writers support group

 

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.

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21 Days of Summer…

Foodie Friday Fragments

September 1, 2017

Friday Fragments are those bits and pieces of your week that are many but brief; too short for a stand-alone blog post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link to your post in the comments so I can read your fragments!

SEPTEMBER! I know it comes at the same time every year and every year I am not ready. I’m a summer soul and I had to smile when my favorite local weather gal, Sue Serio said we still have 22 days of summer left.

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10 Car Buying Tips…

10 Car Buying Tips

 

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Purchasing a new or used vehicle can be extremely stressful and we often end up with cars we didn’t want because we felt pressured to buy. There is nothing better than knowledge to fuel us with car buying confidence.

 

 

One of the best places to gain that knowledge is:

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Insecure? Me?

 

Insecure Writer’s Support Group day #IWSG

Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your writing doubts and the fears you have or 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.

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!

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