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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

IWSG November 2020


Welcome readers, writers, authors, and bloggers!

It’s Aviation History Month – did you know that bumblebees have been spotted above 18 thousand feet? While my meager talent consists mostly of creating on, rather than with paper, I understand that an American team of two holds the record for Paper Airplane flying distance (226 feet), the record for “time aloft” (27.9 seconds) was set in 2010 by (not surprisingly) the chairman of the Japan Origami Airplane Association ;-)

Is it any wonder that International Stress Awareness Day is celebrated the day after Election Day? No matter, we can choose to celebrate National Candy Day while composing the next 2 – 3 thousand words in honor of National Novel Writing Month!

For the eleventh time this year, it’s the First Wednesday of the month when we celebrate IWSG Day, in the form of a blog hop featuring all of the members of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Founded by Alex Cavanaugh and fostered by like-minded associates, IWSG is a place to share the fabulous views and exciting news that occurs along our fascinating writing journeys. Pull up a chair and join us!

Our awesome co-hosts for this month’s posting of the IWSG are Jemi Fraser, Kim Lajevardi, L.G Keltner, Tyrean Martinson, and Rachna Chhabria! 

November 4 question - Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?

I love these quotes, don’t you as well?

In answer to the question:

Writers write what often can’t be said without interruption.

In a writer’s world, words are shared as dinner mints; confections crafted with hope and baked with resolve to melt a heart or dip a mind into something uniquely created by the writer – I liken satisfied readers to delighted eaters as the cook, looking on, beams from the kitchen doorway.

Happy writing, everyone. Oh! And, Happy Thanksgiving!



  1. Hi, diedre!

    I was looking for your post since early this morning, dear friend. It's great to see you again and to read your response to this month's writing question. It comes as no surprise to me, a longtime fan, that you produced quotable quotes equal to or better than the samples offered.

    I can't help wondering what bumblebees think they're doing above 18,000 feet. (I care not what they do... it's their beeswax... as long as they don't go under MY feet. :)

    The way things are going in 2020 I think we need an extension of International Stress Awareness Day to "week or month." I hope SCOTUS rules in our favor. :)

    It's always a delight to visit Pensive Pens and have my brain massaged with your words. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, dear friend diedre!

    1. Aw, thanks Shady. I almost didn't post today, thinking most of us would be too distracted anyway. Then it occurred to me that distraction might be what we need the most ;-)
      According to "science" bumblebees can and do fly higher than Mount Everest. I can't imagine why either.

      Thanks so much for swinging by! Your visits are always a pleasure ;-)

  2. We are beaming!
    I think we need a national stress year... Wait, we just had that! Now we're done.

    1. As well we should ;-)

      I'm thinking of a Whoville scenario where everyone smiles and sings in spite of a year that belongs in the Grinch's stocking...

  3. You have beautiful writing style. I love reading your responses to these questions. Your answers are always so elegant.

    1. Thanks, Lee. Hit or miss as it is, seizing every inspiration is sometimes as likely as grasping the golden ring, but that doesn't keep me from reaching ;-)

  4. National Candy Day sounds like something I can go along with. I'm not sure about comparing writing to candy--seems like I'd be reading a whole lot more than I do.

    The other day I was watching a documentary about Hawaii and they were talking about how certain insects, seeds, and other living things had been blown there across the ocean on high elevation wind currents. I'm not surprised that bumblebees would have been found at such high altitudes if the Hawaii theory is correct. Sounds credible to me.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Hi Arlee,

      I've got plenty of candy (only one trick-or-treater again) and books. We could all use a hefty dose of good cheer just now, huh?
      I wonder if the Hawaii (wind) theory could have anything to do with the Mesquite tree growing in my flower box?

      Have a peaceful November!

  5. Howdy, dIEDRE ~

    >>... "the record for “time aloft” (27.9 seconds) was set in 2010 by (not surprisingly) the chairman of the Japan Origami Airplane Association"

    My personal record for "time aloft" with a paper airplane is one-tenth of a second. And not surprisingly, I am the chairman of the American Kamikaze Airplane Association. :^)

    I would say that what I have written was written with the ultimate goal of trying to remind people WHAT and WHO they are. But, admittedly, the route I have taken has often led me to put on display my own warped, twisted and black comedy-infused mind.

    But sometimes a less direct route can be as effective as a full frontal assault. And perhaps sometimes even more so, because one catches the target unaware.

    Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking with it.

    I hope you and yourn have a terrific Thanksgiving!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    (aka STMcC)

    1. Hiya, Stephen T!

      I applaud a tenth of a second! Just think, if every second spent aloft illumed the rout below, would we not then see the key to all we need to know?

      No harm in sharing what you know, what you believe. “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something,” ~ Plato

      Keep thinking the good thoughts as we finish off this abysmal year. Of late, my mantra’s been:
      ‘If there’s an adrenalin rush, I will find it. If there’s an anxiety attack; I will have it, “ ~ Bert Kreischer

      But I am working on it ;-)

      Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

  6. Great answers. And how appropriate that it was National Stress Day after the election.

    1. Hi Natalie!

      Thanks ;-) I enjoyed your post as well.

      I guess we're all quite aware of stress, right '-)

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Hi Diedre - being creative is fun ... something I've tried fairly unsuccessfully over the years - but one keeps going .. I'm delighted I found blogging - take care - Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary!

      I think you're incredibly creative - and fun! I too am delighted you found blogging!

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