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OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: It’s spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?
Not really, but the fact there is so much going in April every year does. The A to Z Challenge, NaNoWriMo Camp and Storytime Blog Hop. I have never done the A to Z, but I do visit a few of the blogs all month. There were some really great themes this year. I did a guest post on RonelTheMythMaker Blog appearing the last day, April 30th. Her theme Everything Writerly!
I feel impatient. I swing from impatient, lost to overwhelm, to feeling stuck. The job search is still ongoing. I am stuck in the same ole rut like a mouse on a wheel chasing cheese–three steps forward and five steps back. I am so tired of letting the emotional circus of life suck me back into the mire.
I am making a push to get some short stories written and send out to magazines. I am also pushing to finish the first draft of my series Apocalypse, Signed, Sealed & Delivered. I still don’t know if it will end up being a full novel or a novella. I have 4 planned for sure but most likely five in the series. I would like to publish by end of this year or beginning of next. The ANGST is I am not writing enough or daily, despite making my NaNo word goal.
I joined The Write Practice Story Cartel course which includes the community Becoming Writer which is a paid membership. I am trying to move myself to the next level. I was able to grab the launch price on a payment plan that I could afford with a little sacrifice, otherwise, I would not have been able to do it. It is an eight-week course with assignment deadlines and a mentor for this course students, which means help with accountability or anything else course or writer related through email anytime or the FB group, a sort of one on one as needed. It is about writing but encompassing all the things that being a writer includes like building a platform, an audience and a community with some focus. It is taught by Joe Bunting of The Write Practice. I have been following him for a long time and reading his posts and others on The Write Practice blog.
I am also setting up a basic e-commerce website for a friend who did not know how to do that. It is a bit of a learning process for me too, but I also know how to do a basic website in WordPress as I did my own website.
(She talks about her inspiration for her short story that appears in the IWSG Anthology Tick Tock: A Stitch In Crime. This is actually a May 2nd Spotlight, but since Tick Tock was one in April I thought I would include it this month too.)
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Lynda R Young
May 9, 2018 @ 21:24
You said that you aren’t writing enough or daily. Clearly you are doing a LOT. Us writers can be so tough on ourselves. The key is to be kinder to ourselves. You ARE getting stuff done and achieved. Some days will be terrible for writing, and that’s ok too.
May 9, 2018 @ 01:59
That sounds like a great course. I really hope it helps. I’m teaching a lot in person and online now, and my dream is to offer my own course like that one day, so I’d love to hear what worked and didn’t work for you once it’s over.
Good luck with the job search! Hope you find something soon.
May 7, 2018 @ 17:41
I hope your writing is moving forward and you’re finding inspiration and accountability!
May 5, 2018 @ 08:48
Thank you for stopping by my blog, it means a lot.
I can relate to not writing enough. I’m glad you were able to take that class. It sounds cool.
Best of luck with your job search.
Your spotlights look really good this month, good job.
May 3, 2018 @ 18:01
Best of luck with your job search, Juneta. Your schedule is daunting. Day at a time, progress adds up.
Victoria Marie Lees
May 3, 2018 @ 16:10
Juneta, I am with you with the stress to accomplish anything. Some days I feel like I’m totally wasting my time and thereby everyone else’s time in my family. Positive thinking is key. You’ve got a lot on your plate, but I know you can do it. All the luck!
May 3, 2018 @ 06:40
I believe you’re going to love being a part of The Write Practice and Becoming Writer community. I was a part of it for two years and love the time that I was in it. I stopped just this year because I am trying to get my final revision finished. The people at Becoming Writer are a great bunch of people and I’ve also done two or three book reviews for Story Cartel.
Wishing you the very best on getting the job you want and also on your new challenge at The Write Practice and Story Cartel.
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange
May 3, 2018 @ 00:32
Sometimes when I read other people’s IWSG posts, I’m like, wow, why can’t I be that productive. Yours is one of those blogs. I hope some empowerment slips in with the rest of what you’re feeling, because you should be proud of all you’re doing. 🙂
May 3, 2018 @ 00:32
Good luck with the course. But remember to be kind to yourself. You achieved a Camp NaNo Win and that is awesome. You set the goal and reached it. Don’t discredit that. Now you are moving forward with this writing course. Even if it isn’t as fast as you hoped, you are on the right path.
May 2, 2018 @ 20:18
You’re doing what you can, Juneta, we all are. So give yourself a pat on the back. And how exciting that you’re taking a class. Let us know how it goes ***hugs***
May 2, 2018 @ 19:44
Give yourself a break. Any personal goal can be adjusted. We shouldn’t push ourselves so hard or stress ourselves out to meet a goal. Take it from me…I’ve burned myself out from writing and nearly everything, and the road back is tough. Take it easy and applaud yourself for the progress you’ve made last month.
May 2, 2018 @ 16:57
When job hunting, remember no means not now. If you have some places you really want to work, drop by often (daily) and fill out that application or leave a resume. Sooner or later they will hire you for no other reason than to save a tree. You can do this!
Anna from elements of emaginette
May 2, 2018 @ 16:27
I hope you’ll find the course helpful. Best of luck with everything!
May 2, 2018 @ 16:05
I think it’s great you’re making sacrifices to take the course. I’ve never followed Joe’s blog, but I’m going to check it out now. Good luck to you and on the job search (I know EXACTLY how that feels.)
Ronel Janse van Vuuren
May 2, 2018 @ 13:07
Thanks for the shout-out 🙂 I’m sure when the right job comes along, you’ll be ready for it. Your novel/novella’s title sounds intriguing!
Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer’s Support Group day: Autumn Decisions
Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh)
May 2, 2018 @ 11:57
Hope the job search turns up something really soon.
Sounds like you are being very productive writing wise and taking it very serious.
May 2, 2018 @ 11:51
It sounds to me as if you’re doing quite a lot, Juneta! “Down and out” is a lot of a writer’s life; then the highs come along and all those lows seem worth it.
May 2, 2018 @ 10:46
I know that stressed and overwhelmed feeling. I try to take it easier on myself, but I do end up pushing myself hard. Good luck and keep on writing. 🙂
May 2, 2018 @ 10:46
I am sorry about the job situation. That’s very stressful. And your title of your series does sound amazing! I’m like you, I’m not getting as much writing done as I would like, but I’m getting something done at least, so that’s all I can hope for. I wish you much luck with your goals and your new group 🙂
May 2, 2018 @ 10:42
“I am so tired of letting the emotional circus of life suck me back into the mire.” I totally relate, it seems to go in cycles but this one is so much longer than the last. Wishing you luck in your job search
Thanks, again for the featuring me and Cypress, Like the Tree for Tick Tock. So appreciated!
May 2, 2018 @ 09:54
I LOVE your WIP title. So, so cool. This area is hard for finding jobs. We’ve lived across the country, and this was definitely the place it took us the longest to find employment. (And that was in the IT industry where the demand is HUGE.) Perseverance and faith, eh? It will happen.
May 7, 2018 @ 19:05
Thank you. I am attached to it. I hope others like it as much as I do. Yeah it is. I am looking for telecommute jobs too. Thank you.
May 2, 2018 @ 07:59
So glad that you are trying to take your writing to the next level. And totally sympathize with your job search troubles. Mine was very hard three years ago when I had to find a job after being at the same one for over 25 years. While I like the writing as a contract writer, it does not pay well or have benefits. Good luck!
May 2, 2018 @ 09:46
Sad thing is I have been trying for a good while, but this time, dang it, I am going do it. Thank you.
dolorah at Book Lover
May 2, 2018 @ 01:56
When I was unemployed I thought I would get a lot more writing done. I was too stressed and depressed though. It seems like you are making the most of you ‘time off’, lol. Good luck Juneta.
May 2, 2018 @ 09:43
I have also been down and out, stressed, and no I have not written more. I wrote more at first but as time moved forward less and less. I have been unemployed since 2014 (will be 4 years Dec. 20th) and looking. So yeah that has affected me and I am trying to turn it around. I sound good but let’s see if I get there. Cross your fingers. Thank you.