IWSG January 3, 2018: Schedule Writing & Publishing

IWSG Badge-smIt’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s  Support Group (IWSG) is enjoying its monthly blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. IWSG is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the January 3 posting of the IWSG are: Tyrean Martinson, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Jennifer Lane, and Rachna Chhabria!

IWSG Day Question: What steps have you taken to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

IWSG Short Answer: Gratitude.

Until a few minutes ago, my answer was “Conflict” followed by a sob-story about my dedication to others while sacrificing my time to write.

Conflict: My needs or the needs of my husband and others? This question really forced me to take a fresh at my priorities.

Without out a doubt, it takes time to spend three days a week supporting husband by driving him to rehabilitation. It was the right decision. Shouldering all the household chores and using a two-wheel dolly to get our laundry and groceries to/from the boat is just part of the deal. (We live in a marina, on a boat in Mexico).

Gratitude: How many people witness and help a person realize miracle? After three back surgeries, he was forced to learn to walk again. It’s been a long hard fought battle. After 18 months of blood, sweat, and tears, he’s gone from a leg brace & walker to vigorous workouts on the ellipse/step machine and treadmill.

About six weeks ago he had a big set back. The intense workouts stressed his big toe joint. The pain was so intense he needed a wheelchair to get from the boat to the car. Gratitude: we had doctors and medication to assist with recovery.

In November, our La Cruz Writers’ Group restarted our Saturday gatherings.  I’m their fearless leader. Gratitude: my reward is getting personal writing tips  and watching others thrive and attain their writing goals.

One member is a paraplegic and uses Voice to Text software to write. I volunteered to be his beta reader and provide feedback. Once this article is complete (20,000 words and growing), I’ll turn my attention to my writing. Gratitude: The joy we both experience as his true story comes alive.

Did I mention I’m also producing a local Meet The Author event? Gratitude: Three authors will meet new fans and three terrific writers enrich my life.

Thank you Alex and your awesome co-hosts for creating this safe space to write. Gratitude: For nearly two years, I’ve kept my writing commitment alive by setting time aside to participate in IWSG monthly blog fest.

Gratitude: Rick is recovering, he’s driving again and able to lift the laundry from the dock to the boat. I have more energy for me. I’m discovering scrapes of time to write. With a bit of luck, I’ll return to my favorite writing ritual: writing before dawn & with a good cup of coffee.

Gratitude: I’m editing this post in the wee hours of the morning and sipping delicious java.

Gratitude: Fresh perspective + different choices = new reality

12 thoughts on “IWSG January 3, 2018: Schedule Writing & Publishing

  1. Lynn, what an inspiring post. Gratitude is so key, and I’m sure your husband feels grateful for your care. It’s tough for us women to balance caring for ourselves with caring for others. Are you familiar with Brene Brown? I like this clip about gratitude. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKV0BWSPfOw

    Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      I clicked on the Brene Brown link you provided and listened to Oprah and Brene discuss joy and gratitude. What they had to say was thought provoking and inspiring. They said most folks acknowledge joy only to be followed by the fear of “What’s next?” The fear of the unknown.

      Over the last two years, I’ve been scared over and over again. Gradually, I realized I have a constant internal spirit burning inside. Through some random common day experiences I woke up to a new reality: I’m grateful. My gratitude is for small events such as food for breakfast and large: my husband is with me now.

      May your new year be filled with creative and inspiring experiences. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment.

    1. Hi Marie,
      It’s been a very long challenging journey. Rediscovering gratitude opens my sense of well being. Thank you for visiting and your encouraging comment. Thank you.

  2. I hope you know how much your words help. You take life’s setbacks with such grace that I’m left wanting to stand taller just so I can measure up to your standards. You are a quiet and brave women and an honour to know.

    1. Hi Joylene,
      Every time I read your blog I feel as if we are visiting over a cup of coffee. I admire how your draw me into your life. I can’t live up to my standards either and as a result, I’ve experienced a lot of internal stress. I’m seriously looking at my life and making changes to more fully embrace a fresh perspective + different choices = new reality. Thank you for visiting, my friend and taking time leave your lovely comment.

    1. Hi Rachna, Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment. The last several years brought experiences I never imagined. I was forced to embrace a fresh perspective + different choices = new reality. Isn’t that what life is all about? Thank you for co-hosting this month.

  3. I don’t think people realize how challenging it can be to live on a boat and even more so if you’re recovering from surgery and have mobility issues. You’ve tackled all of the challenges with such grace. Love your attitude towards life 🙂 All the best to you and your husband in the New Year.

    1. Hi Ellen,
      I completely agree, land lubbers are challenged to understand our lifestyle. I wish you continued success with Simon The Time Traveling Cat. Simon is so real and his stories always entertain. May you have a healthy and creative 2018. Thank you for co-hosting and taking time to visit.

    1. Hi Alex,
      I wonder what happened to my early AM comment? I guess it was sucked into a black hole. I’m glad I woke up with a fresh perspective and realized different choices = new reality. Certainly, the post made me feel better as well as the readers. Last night we had a very successful Meet The Author event. Authors spoke about their writing experience plus an inspiring story by a 2x cancer survivor. Extra plus, folks enjoyed the evening and found new friends with common interests.

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