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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

IWSG - Oct 2018 - All in Good Time

Welcome Readers and fellow Writers, to the October 2018 virtual meeting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Founded by author Alex Cavanaugh and comprised of writing members just like you (and me), featuring writing tips, resources, articles, contests, and IWSG swag! See what we’re all talking about here and join us as we share our writing journeys.
*We meet on the first Wednesday of every month – join us and enjoy!

Happy Balloons Around the World Day!

This is my 41st consecutive IWSG post, but many have been involved a lot longer. There’s always something going on in our group. For instance, just last week (9/24) there was this outstanding guest post by Lynda Dietz, and I’m sure more than a few of us are working on submissions for this year’s IWSG Anthology Contest

Can you believe it’s the 40th week of 2018? That’s right, only 92 days left till National Fruitcake Toss Day (January 3rd).  Remember, if you don’t toss it away, you’re supposed to keep it until Christmas and give it (anonymously?) to someone as a gift.

Though I don’t recall ever having too many, I miss those days when time seemed to stand still enough to hear a butterfly or at least imagine the sound of its delicate wings. 

I started a year-long writing project in January, and have been fairly good at keeping up with weekly requirements, in addition to ordinary obligations that sometimes resemble a game of Asteroids. I submitted two stories over the summer (one rejection, one as yet unknown) I’ve even jotted down a few ideas for the April 2019 A to Z Blogging Challenge as I look ever forward to finishing the aforementioned January project. Am I worried that I’m two weeks behind? Nah. All in good time ;-)

After all, on this day in 1945, a ten-year-old Elvis Presley made his first public appearance singing “Old Shep” He won 5th place.  I doubt he worried, but he certainly kept trying.

Then again, in the words of Sinclair Lewis, the first American winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature:  NOW is a fact that cannot be dodged,” and with that in mind, I’d best get busy and leave you with a question: What is something you frequently lose or misplace?


  1. "That’s right, only 92 days left till National Fruitcake Toss Day (January 3rd). Remember, if you don’t toss it away, you’re supposed to keep it until Christmas and give it (anonymously?) to someone as a gift." LOL. Good luck with your writing project :-) Happy IWSG day!

    Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer's Support Group day: Course Correction

    1. Thanks, Ronel!

      Just 'tossing' a little trivia out there ;-)

  2. Hi, diedre!

    It's great to see you, dear friend!

    Let me get the jump and be the first to wish you a happy National Fruitcake Toss Day. :) Fruitcakes were a running gag in my family. People would send them to my dad as a joke knowing that he was the only member of the family who actually enjoyed eating them. Some Christmases he wound up with half a dozen or more and had fruitcake coming out of his ears.

    I know the feeling of wanting to concentrate on a writing project and life keeps getting in the way. It's hard to imagine Elvis finishing in 5th place in a singing contest. Rock 'n' roll history is filled with stories of early rejections, persistence and ultimate success.

    Honestly, diedre, I can't think of anything that I frequently lose or misplace. Mrs. Shady is the one who would lose her head if it were not attached, and she constantly relies on me to remember things.

    Happy October, dear friend diedre. Enjoy the rest of your week!

    1. Hi Shady!

      Happy NFT day to you as well ;-)

      I wondered how many folks still liked Fruitcake or know someone who does.

      Rum cake is common around these parts, but I've always been skeptical of cake that leaves a puddle on your plate ;-)

      I often forget where I laid the phone down after a call, and have to follow the sound the next time it rings.

      Wishing you a spooktacular October, my friend!

  3. The days when a week felt like a month...
    That's almost four years of posting, which is awesome!

    1. Hi Alex!

      Good times, those days.

      If someone hadn't asked I might never have checked how long it's been. Looking at it in terms of years really does seem like a good stretch of (also) good times ;-)

  4. I shall remember National Fruitcake Toss Day next year on 3 January, when we're all sick of all Christmas food, including mince pies and Christmas cake. Thank you for bringing it to mind!

    1. Hi Rosemary!

      Ha! You conjured up the heavenly scents of a Christmas kitchen ;-)
      Thank you for the smile!

  5. Great record for #IWSG! I've not missed many, but I don't have a record of consecutive #IWSG postings like you do.

    I began appreciating fruitcake after I became an adult. It's all in the cake--some can be pretty bad, but some are excellent--especially the ones soaked in some kind of liquor like rum or brandy (Mmm!).

    I don't lose or misplace things very often. Like I tell my wife, "If you keep things in the same place all the time then it's unlikely they will get lost." If I were to give an answer to your question then I might say that I lose my motivation at times. And sometimes it can be difficult to find again.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Hi Arlee!

      So, it's an acquired taste? Glad to hear there are various recipes.

      Love your keeping things in the same place motto, and I do the same - to a fault, sometimes. Except the phone. I am terrible when it comes to remembering where I leave it ;-)

      I doubt motivation dissipates as much as evolves into something you find more interesting. With time, comes change, whether or not we invite it.

      See you soon!

  6. >>... What is something you frequently lose or misplace?

    That's something I really need to work on. I'm a pretty impatient guy (for such an easy-going fellow).

    Actually, dIEDRE, I love fruitcake. I think I've only ever had one that I disliked. There's a group of monks somewhere in... Missouri, I think(?)... who bake one that is so dang good. I usually treat myself to it at Christmastime.

    As Lee mentioned, I like my fruitcake baked with rum and brandy, and I like my egg-nog straight (no booze).

    ~ D-FensDogG
    Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

    1. Well Reno, you're just full of surprises! Patience? I never would have thunk it ;-) Fruitcake? I guess I should have known. And here, I thought the cake had gone the way of all old traditions. I like egg-nog straight as well ;-)

  7. Hi Diedre - oh I love Christmas cake ... trouble is - I'd eat loads of it ... but my SIL keeps hers til it is used up - sometimes by Easter. I couldn't throw it away ...

    Well done on your writing project and then the preparation start off for 2019 A-Z ... sounds fun - cheers Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary!
      I'm beginning to think I must have had some really awful Fruitcake in my day ;-) "Christmas Cake" sounds much more appealing somehow.
      Take care ;-)


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