Friday, January 7, 2022

Oops, IWSG a little too late...

Now I'm in trouble, not just a day late and a dollar short, but two!

Happiest New Year to everyone. I hope you have a moment to take a deep breath and feel the biting chill of winter (or the golden heat of summer depending on your hemisphere). I hope you feel the world spinning and admire the changes of our beautiful planet as it turns through its cycle of life.

I hope you enjoy your favorite tea and hear birds or water or wind. And I hope you find that tiny fire inside you that keeps you in motion, that burns with the desire to create.

Apologies for my delayed participation and my continued absence from writing.

January 5 question - What's the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?

My only regret to date is that I often confuse my critical mind with my insecure, imposter-fearing mind. The two are so entangled that an attempt to make improvements quickly turns into self-doubt and even fear. I hope I am overcoming it by persevering.

I got to go home for the new year and see my family for the first time in over a year (or more). It felt good to be on familiar ground and to talk to familiar faces. My heart swelled to hear that someone was following my blog, reading my work, or even looking forward to some of my other stories being published. It was a renewal of passion for me. One cousin joked that he expected me to be a rocket scientist by now. What on Earth was I doing working at a childcare center? I laughed. I'd like to see a rocket scientist try to do my job! Perhaps I just developed another story... CHILDCARE IN SPACE! But honestly, I have too much interest in people and Earth. The closest I will ever get to a rocket is writing about one.

Thank you for stopping by, and thank you for your continued support. Your reading gives me a reason to continue writing. 

All the best!

The awesome co-hosts for the January 5 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Olga Godim, Sandra Cox, Sarah Foster, and Chemist Ken!

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Congratulations to all the Anthology Winners this year. I can't wait to read it!


  1. I love your idea - CHILDCARE IN SPACE. So many stories come to mind. Write about it, ... or I will.

    1. Ha! I called dibs! Although it could be a good challenge :)

  2. No worries on a little late.
    Glad you got to go home for Christmas and see family. Sounds like it was the best thing for your creativity.
    And I'm not getting on any rocket either!

  3. I'm glad you got to spend some quality time with your family. Christmas felt more special for us this year as we were alone last year.
    I know exactly what you mean about confusing the critical and insecure voices. I often have to force myself to view my own work through a neutral lens, and frame things in the same way I would give feedback to an acquaintance, otherwise the negative self-talk can take over and become counter-productive.

    Thank you for the reminder to take time to enjoy a cuppa and listen to the birds. I always forget to pause and enjoy things like that.

    Good luck with your writing goals for 2022.

  4. Happy New Year Steph.

    The insecurities and self-doubts you talk about resonate with me and I'd wager that perhaps it's the flip side of every creative pursuit.

    I've been away from my blog and from writing for a while too, for various reasons. Reading your post today makes me hopeful and excited to start afresh and soon.

    Thank you.

    1. Yes! I always think the New Year is a silly time for a fresh start, but for some reason this year it just might be the right time. I hope it happens for us both!