Category Archives: IWSG

Monthly writing blog-hop founded by the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. Meets the first Wednesday of every month.

IWSG – AND NEW WEEKLY QUOTES

Hello, bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

The awesome co-hosts for the February 1 posting of the IWSG are Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and Joylene Buter!

Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for their hard work!

Now that I’m settled in (for the most part) with home, doctors, insurance, etc., I started thinking about how I could motivate myself into blogging more. I decided that I would post a quote every week that would reflect how I’m feeling at the time I schedule it.

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One week it could be funny, the next it could be reflective. You get the point. Since this is the first Wednesday of a new month, I decided to start today.

I somehow manage to find the courage every day. I hope you do too.

 

February 1 Question: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

Check out my other blog’s post at lilicasplace for the answer.

What motivates you to continue blogging? Did you answer the question of the month?

 

 

 

 

 

IWSG – SLEEPYHEAD ME AND FIRST QUARTER GOALS

Hello, bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

January 4 Question: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?
I don’t use this blog for my writing purposes, but you can check out my answer to this question at my other blog, lilicasplace. Yes, I’ll be co-hosting this month via my other blog. Yay!!

 

The awesome co-hosts for the January 4 posting of the IWSG will be Eva @ Lilicasplace, (Hey, that’s me!) Crystal Collier, Sheena-kay Graham, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner, and Heather Gardner!

Be sure to thank them for their hard work!

I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope you enjoyed your holidays.

To those of you who follow this blog, you know that I recently moved from PA to upstate NY. It’s been an exciting, yet turbulent ride. I’ve met with my new doctors already and am waiting for the old ones to transfer my records.

I mentioned in my last post about the new med my neurologist has me on. Though it’s a low dose, I think it still interacts with my current meds. I’m sleepier than usual even though I’m up most of the night. I’ll be playing a game on the computer and will doze off for long periods of time. I see my neuro on the 20th and we can begin weaning me off some of my current meds. So excited.

I have many goals for 2017, but for now, I want to focus on the first quarter.

  1. Get my license switched from PA to NY asap.
  2. Find a therapeutic dose of Depakote and be completely OFF the four meds I discussed with my neuro.
  3. Look into Social Security’s Ticket to Work program, and talk to my doctors to see when and if I’ll be ready to work a low-stress job. Starting part-time would be great to dip my toes back into the work world.
  4. Venture out into NYC on my own via the bus or train. (I’ve taken the train to Hoboken, but there has always been someone there to pick me up and drop me off).
  5. Start using my to-do lists again. I’ve been so out-of-whack the past few months, that I haven’t done it. I notice I’m more efficient and less forgetful when I scratch things off a list.

Those are the biggies for now. I’ll keep posting as new things come to mind.

Did you answer the January 4 writing rule question? Any new goals or resolutions for the new year? Does a to-do list help you as much as it helps me?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IWSG – YEAR END MOVE AND INDEPENDENCE

Hello, bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

The awesome co-hosts for the December 7 posting of the IWSG are Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!

Make sure to thank them for all their hard work this month!

It’s been a crazy busy couple of months. I’ve FINALLY finished moving and am almost settled in Middletown. Aside from a few new doctor appointments I need to make, I’m basically done.

Every time I figured I was good to go time wise, things always came up. With the major obstacle of moving out-of-the-way, I’m setting my sights on 2017. I’m lucky in the sense that I’m now closer to NJ where my friends and family are, and I’m near the NJ Transit rail station and bus terminals! I’ll be all over the place next year! I’m loving my new independence!

I’m keeping this month’s post short because I have more things to do today. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and New Year if I don’t ‘see’ you again this year.

How was your 2016 overall?

 

 

 

 

 

IWSG – GETTING INVOLVED

Hello, bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

The awesome co-hosts for the October 5 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley!

I’ve been lax when it comes to posting pertinent stroke info and recovery progress on the blog for months now. With everything going on in life, it’s been difficult to stay true to the purpose of this blog. I’m going to buckle down and get cracking again. This is a passion of mine and I’ve let it go astray.

I heard my followers from months ago when they wanted my input on articles and books I’ve read on stroke, wellness, spirituality, and chronic conditions and pain. It’s now on the top of my to-do list. Once I’m done with the upcoming move, expect to see me deliver.

Any advice or requests on a particular subject are welcome.

Check out my other blog’s IWSG post this month too at lilicasplace.

 

 

 

 

 

IWSG – END OF SUMMER

Hello, bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

Our awesome co-hosts today are C. Lee McKenzie, Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata!

Don’t forget to stop by and thank them for working hard this month!

It’s hard to believe that summer’s basically come and gone. My friends’ kids are all going back to school, the weather is slowly starting to change, and even some of the leaves my way are starting to fall.

Aside from a few bumps in the road, summer was nice. I enjoyed quality time with my daughter and son-in-law, close friends, and even got away from the house a couple of times for a few weeks. As a matter of fact, I’ll be leaving again this weekend for another after Labor Day, summer nearly ending getaway. 🙂

I’m taking my laptop with me so I can try keeping up with stuff I’ve been falling behind on. I’m looking forward to a happy autumn and harvest season – my favorite time of year, followed by spring. 😉

Now that summer’s almost over, do you have any special plans to welcome autumn? (I’m already thinking towards Halloween!) Smh.

Check out my other blog’s IWSG post this month too at lilicasplace.

 

 

 

 

 

IWSG – A MONTH OF CHANGES

Hello bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

he awesome co-hosts for the August 3 posting of the IWSG are Tamara Narayan, Tonja Drecker, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Lauren @ Pensuasion, Stephen Tremp, and Julie Flanders!

Please take a moment to thank them for all their hard work this month. 🙂

The past month has been both good and bad. I’ve spent most of it in NJ with my daughter and son-in-law due to the heat wave that was going on in my area. Since I don’t have A/C at home, it was the best option. While I was there, I ran out of my Paxil. When I had a few pills left, I spread out the days I took them, opting to see how I felt with just the Duloxetine (Cymbalta) in my system (prescribed for my neuropathy, but also used for depression). I had some withdrawal symptoms, but nothing crazy. I slept a lot, and had some periods of nausea and diarrhea. Other than that, I seemed to be OK.

When I was hospitalized, my neurologist had to discontinue my Topiramate because of the kidney stones I had. They helped prevent my migraines. Since I was on Paxil, there really wasn’t anything else to give me. Now that I’m off Paxil, my psychiatrist can prescribe another medication that will work for both my depression and migraines. Unfortunately, the name escapes me now. I know it’s too soon to tell if being without the Paxil and just the Duloxetine will work, but if it does, then I might just need something for migraine prevention only. Good stuff.

Overall, I had a good time in NJ seeing my family, and another change I made was getting my hair cut and buying some new clothes. Hopefully I’ll have something BIG to report in my next post, but I’m not counting my chickens yet. Stay tuned.

Have you made any changes in your life recently, big or small?

Check out my other blog’s IWSG post this month too at lilicasplace.

 

 

 

 

 

IWSG – FEELING GOOD

Hello bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

The awesome co-hosts for the July 6 posting of the IWSG are Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martinson, Madeline Mora-Summonte , LK Hill, Rachna Chhabria, and JA Scott!

July has been off to a great start! I’m feeling better than I have in some time. Friends and former colleagues that I haven’t seen in a couple of years were up my way. One of my former co-workers, Vee, picked me up two days in a row so I could spend time at an area pool. She’s my sister from another mister. 🙂

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw others that I knew from NJ at the pool. I did throw caution to the wind on Sunday, having about four drinks instead of my usual two baby drinks. I suffered royally that night from a migraine, but for all that fun, it was worth it.

Check out my other blog’s IWSG post this month too at lilicasplace.

How was your Fourth of July weekend?