IWSG December 2, 2020: More Productive Months?

It’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 December 2 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre!
QUESTION: Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why?
MY ANSWER: I guess, it’s easier to identify the months that are the lest productive: holiday months. And the last half of 2020.
We are “swallowing the anchor.” A term sailors use when they give up sailing and move on land. La Vita, our 33 foot sailboat, has been home since 2006.
It was easy to sell our home in California and move on board 14 years ago. We sailed La Vita down the coast of Mexico and in 2011 arrived in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Medical challenges kept up tied to the dock. After nine years, we accepted the fact it was time to sell.
Our home since 2006. Some may not understand, but I felt more secure owing La Vita and living in a Mexican marina than leasing a condo in Mexico.
Adjusting to this monumental change to our life style and packing/unpacking nearly 100 boxes has taken its toll. What if the landlord increases the rent or won’t renew our lease? The What If game is not fun to play.
As I adapt to this new normal, my intention is to thrive, embrace the future, and write.
I’m especially interesting in hearing from folks that have limited resources:
How have you managed major upheavals in your life?

15 thoughts on “IWSG December 2, 2020: More Productive Months?

  1. I totally understand what you’re going through. I feel disconnected without a physical house of my own. We have property in Canada. I love my little apartment here in Bucerias, but it’s not ours. But I’m blessed to have a home so I’m taking a deep breath and carrying on. Happy IWSG Day!

    1. Hi Joy,
      You have a beautiful apartment and fabulous view. Yes, I’m deeply grateful I have a safe place to live, even if feels temporary. Deep breathing does help, along with walking. I’ll be reading your IWSG post soon.

  2. Hi,
    A transition in life is never easy. So many fears come at us that can paralyze us if we don’t take a day at a time. We have to really meditate and concentrate on the day that we’re experiencing. Yes, that can be hard. I know, because I sometimes find myself in a constant battle of getting my thoughts under control. But I read an enlightening book by Dr. Caroline Leaf, who is also on YouTube, entitled Switch On Your Brain and that has shown me that I need to get my thoughts under control.
    Most of the things that we think are going to happen don’t really happen. But these negative thoughts can keep us from moving ahead.
    Wishing you all the best my dear.
    Have a Merry Christmas and a safe passage into 2021

    1. Hi Pat,
      I just looked at Dr. Leaf YouTube interview. The mind/brain relationship is something I’m familiar with. Thank you for reminding me. The information came at a good time.
      Shalom aleichem, my friend.
      Thank you for visiting and co-hosting our December 2020 IWSG.

    1. I just met Liesbet Collaert via IWSG and she too had to give up her boat, Irie, So far, that makes three of us (including Ellen). Maybe we need to form a sub-club?
      Thanks for visiting and creating IWSG.

  3. The “What If?” game is not fun. Not at all. I’ve been playing that game lately, and will probably through to January when “something” may upset my life. (Vague. I know.)

    I hope all works out for you!

    1. Hi Chrys,
      Pat Garcia suggested I read Dr. Caroline Leaf, book entitled “Switch On Your Brain” and watch her YouTube. I looked at the YouTube and is just possible the “What If?” came can be change to happy endings.
      Thank you for visiting. I’ll see you soon!

    1. Hi Anna,
      We are wondering what we can do as landlubbers. I didn’t mention this in my post, but my husband is disabled. Walking is painful, yet he is determined to remain mobile. His condition limits our sight-seeing.
      On the bright side, the second bedroom is now an office and art studio. The peaceful feeling in the room if refreshing.
      Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts with me.

  4. Hi Lynn!

    Sorry to read about this change that happened out of necessity instead of out of desire. I can relate… My husband and I had to get off the boat and sell our Irie in Tahiti after eight years of cruising on her in the Caribbean and the Pacific. I just published my sailing memoir Plunge about that, actually. 🙂

    If you can, think about all the positives of that condo. Each time I have a chance to take a hot, pressurized shower right now, for example, or have unlimited internet and electricity, I enjoy it. After being a nomad for 17 years, I still don’t have a “settled” place to live. Our 19ft van is our home. Sometimes I wish for more comfort and conveniences. You could also think about all the issues you came across sailing and anchoring to put things in perspective. 🙂 Or, is there a way for you both to travel still in an RV?

    1. Hi Liesbet,
      I had to grin when I read your list of positives; they were spot on. Oh yes, condo living has its perks. Toaster, microwave, room to walk around, my own hot shower to name a few. We are in Mexico, so internet still buffers; but it is unlimited. Electricity is expensive…so that is a naturally limiting factor.
      My husband and I are nomads at heart. Because of his disability, we are cautiously exploring RV living.
      Thank you for co-hosting our December IWSG blog-hop.

  5. As each year passes, how we all do struggle with change, appreciating anew the freedoms we had before and, perhaps, the unexpected blessings we find now. If I must walk slower now, I notice birds more easily. Looking ahead, I’m guessing more restrictions will arise. And more change. Which motivates me to appreciate this moment, this now, as well as memories caught with photographs and writing. I have no real advice for you, though I can almost see that second bedroom, that peaceful bright room filled with art and a view that nurtures you. May 2021 bring only good things your way.

    1. Hi Beth,
      Thank you for your thoughtful glimpse into your world of love and appreciation. I’ve appreciated how individual and yet connected we are.
      It is interesting how the individual rooms feel different. We have agreed no TV in the office/art studio. That decision allows the peace to nurture us.
      Thanks for visiting.

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