IWSG: “Have You Slipped Personal Info Into a Character?” Oct. 4, 2017

IIWSG Badge-sm

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s  Support Group (IWSG). The once per month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the October 4 posting of the IWSG are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!


Before I answer this month’s question, I’d like to thank all of you that were able to find my blog site.

If by some miracle, my comment and Gravatar/Avatar link on WordPress sites, brought you here, I’m thrilled. Those with Blogger blogs seem to find me without issue.

In the past, my linked comments on WordPress sites, took you to my domain home page (la-vita.us), not my IWSG blog site (la-vita.us/Write).

If my investment of blood, sweat,  tears, and money did pay off, and you’re here, hurray! If my WordPress pals are still in the weeds, I’ll be forever grateful if someone can help me direct my Gravatar/Avatar links to this Website. If there is a third option, I’m willing to try it.

A special thinks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and Raimey Gallant for their endless patience while I tried to sort out this mess.


Question: Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

Answer: Yup, all the time. My stories are about my adventures, so I do my best get real personal. My goal is to write gripping stories about our life in Mexico and living on our sailboat La Vita.

My challenge is to identify and express my feelings and senses. The article, How to Write Vivid Descriptions by presented a fresh approach to creating vivid scenes.

The  stories I tell are first person, so I especially enjoyed The Challenges of the First-Person POV, by James Scott Bell. Thank you, Jane Friedman for inviting James to be a guest on your blog.

Thank you, Christine Rains for publishing an inspiring and informative  newsletter.



6 thoughts on “IWSG: “Have You Slipped Personal Info Into a Character?” Oct. 4, 2017

  1. I feel for you with these blogging issues. Been there. I did struggle to see where to leave a comment. First I could only get here because I clicked on your name above the comment you left on my blog. Your link under my blogroll didn’t work. It took me to last year’s post. As for leaving a comment, after searching for the comment link, I just clicked on the title of your post and got lucky. Stay with this; you’ll get all the kinks worked out, I’m sure.

    1. Hi Joylene, Thank you for your valuable feedback. When it come to my attention my links were going to the wrong place and my site was filled with malware, I changed themes and added SSL to my site. Both are a work in progress with unintended consequences. In a word, it’s been a nightmare. Thank you for visiting and figuring out how to leave a comment.

    1. Hi Alex,
      Gravatar support told me I can have only one domain linked to my gravatar. This blog site is considered a sub-domain, so gravatar strips away the blog portion of the URL. I’m hopeful can find a work-around. Thank you for changing the link on IWSG list. I very much appreciate your input and support. Thank you very much for visiting.

    1. Hi Chemistken,
      I so understand the trial and error phase. I’m trying to get to gravatars for one domain. One for my husband and one for me. Gravatar is telling me, they strip the gravatar down to the domain. As a result we must share one gravatar. I’m trying to find a work around. Thank you for finding my site and leaving a comment.

Leave a Reply