IWSG July 2016 Gypsy Living I hate moving

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by his co-hosts for IWSG July 6th will be Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martinson, Madeline Mora-Summonte , LK Hill, Rachna Chhabria, and JA Scott! Give them a visit!  Join the community here.






IWSG has reinstated their question of the month.  

July’s 6th question is – What’s the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

“Hugs. You know that I’ll always be waiting for your next story.”

~Katharina Gerlach Writer of historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction & non-fiction and a Holly Lisle student. 

“I see a lot of potential gold sitting in this thread. I’m hoping to see you building it into fiction.”

~Holly Lisle  Writer, Teacher & Entrepreneur  Said to me in How To Think Sideways writing course 2016 relaunch in the lesson one thread where I posted.

There have been many who have said things that buoy my spirit, encouraged me and made me feel like maybe I can just do this, but these two comments are the most recent.  They really made my day.



Our home lease was up at the end of June, so will be moving soon.  No idea where going yet.   We are aiming to resettle somewhere by 1st of September.   I use to think I would like moving because the majority of my life I lived in one area and mainly one location, so the first time I moved it was exciting and 2nd and 3rd times were okay, but now living with “have to move” I hate it!

I miss that stable home feel.  I hate that looming worry year to year of where do I go next, and what do I do, and how do I make it happen questions, that are now such a huge part of life.  I wanna go home but that sense of home has been absent a long time since my parents passed and the old homestead was torn down.

I’d settle for “feeling settled for the long term.”

Hate moving, Love traveling!   Last travel  or getaway destination was Key West Christmas 2014.



I’m doing July Camp NaNo.  I am in a private cabin with a 11 other Holly Lisle writing students at different stages in their author careers.   We actually have two full Holly student cabins.  That is 24 people I know NaNoING right along beside me.  + My Lake Writer’s NaNo Group also have a cabin, so more authors I know NaNoING.  + I was invited to another cabin from an author I met through Linkedin groups who has appeared in my Author Spotlight several times and will be reappearing soon.  How awesome is that?


DAY ORevealDayTweetMedNE: 437 Words Completed one flash fiction story.

DAY TWO:  36 Words.   I vacillated finally managed to add 36 words of new story.  Worked a bit on the edit of my first flash fiction story from day one.  I also setup a blog post for new book release on Aug 3rd by one of our own IWSG C. Lee McKenzie.  “Sign of The Green Dragon.”


DAY THREE:   1303 words.  Work on flash fiction.  Set up 2 blog post.   One these blog post for another writer in our IWSG community, Lori MacLaughlin,

road in steppe receding into the distance

“Trouble By Any Other Name” the 2nd book in her series.




DAY FOUR:  292 Words today.  

DAY FIVE:  955 Words.  5 flash fiction story starts and one finished flash fiction on day five.  Total NaNo word count 3017.



Call Out To Speculative Fiction Authors:

There is still time to join Storytime Blog Hop for July 27th, 2016

Links are DUE on the 20th of July.



  • Short story/flash fiction up 1000 words
  • (PG RATED–No Violence, Erotica or Foul Language)
  • Genre: GENERAL Speculative Fiction

(The wikipedia definition of Speculative Fiction is: “a broad category of narrative fiction that includes elements, settings and characters created out of imagination and speculation rather than based on reality and everyday life. It encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism.”)

SEND your links TO (KLynn) at karen@reprobatetypewriter.com, or if you are a Holly Student you can PM Klynn on the forum with the link to your story.

You can CONTACT me, Juneta, with any questions you have about the blog hop, or send me your story link at Junetasblog@gmail.com or use the contact form on my website Writer’s Gambit for quickest contact.  Make sure to send your link to me or KLynn by July 20th to participate

Scheduling Your Post To Go Live With Other Blog Hop Participates

We’re using midnight GMT as the release time, as much as possible. (UTC, if you want to talk computers instead of airplanes.)  Here’s a link to tell you when Midnight UTC is in your timezone–just find your location on the drop down:

Time Converter/Locator

I am in Central Florida EST time, so my time to go live at the same time everyone else does around the worldwill actually be on the 26th of July UTC time at 8 p.m in order to match our host’s time.  So check the link above to see what your conversion time will be, for our convenience, our host has already set it for the 27th at midnight.  Just check the drop down box for your time wherever you are in the world.


KLynn will be sending a formatted list of all participates in the blog hop for you through the  email you sent your link to her in for you to post under your story in your post on your site like this if need an example.

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  • I dread the thoughts of moving. Way too many books to move! I hope you find a new place soon. Good luck with Camp NaNo!

  • Ugh. You have my sympathy about moving.

    I’m moving house (YET again), probably next week. On the positive side, I’m looking forward to having space around me again. The house we’re currently in is cramped to say the least. But man, is it a schlep to pack and unpack again. Fingers crossed this is the last time for a while.

  • Moving is a nightmare! We’ve recently moved a family member with dementia into a home and that’s the LAST I want to see of moving anyone for a long time!
    Those are lovely comments on your writing!
    Have fun with NaNo – I’m not doing it this summer, but I love NaNo!

  • I definitely don’t miss the process of moving. I hope you find somewhere wonderful to settle for a long time, and you get that stability and comfort, and a place to call home. Love seeing your daily progress!

  • I hate moving. When I was in grade school, I attended six different grade schools. It really wasn’t any fun and it was difficult to make friends.
    I love the addition of the IWSG question, even if it was kind of hard for me to think of one this time.

  • I can’t believe you’re taking on Camp NaNo AND moving! Are you on extra strength vitamins? Thanks for the support of Sign of the Green Dragon. Really appreciate your adding that to your already very long list.

    • Your welcome but I should have put yours on day one of NaNo, not day two because that is when I did it and Lori’s on day two instead of three, oh well, does not matter I got it done.

      You are most welcome.

      Actually not moving probably till end of August so July is mostly NaNo although I am packing here and there,

      Not on vitamins but need to take them.

      Oh almost finished with your question and at end of book. I will get them to you soon, sorry I have not done that sooner,

  • Sorry to hear about the moving. I’m looking to do one more move in my lifetime when we downsize from our monster 6 bedroom to something much smaller. Sounds like you’re having a productive writing time.

  • Aw, moving is such a monumental task, especially when you don’t particularly want to. Best wishes on finding that perfect forever place where you can put down some roots and paint those wonderful words of encouragement in brilliant letters on your very own walls! Until then, let that creativity flow on the fly!
    The writing camp sounds like so much fun:-)

  • Wow!!! Awesome compliments!!! I love them! 😀

    And moving? Ugh . . . I so dislike it. I wish you the very best, but then, I know you’ll be just fine. You have way more patience than I do lol, plus a great attitude overall. I bet you can even make it fun 😉

    • Thank you and they are. I love’em too. Yup moving.

      Well ,when stressed I can be grouchy and in my older age I don’t think I am as fun as I used to be just because I don’t find it fun anymore myself. But it is all in the attitude isn’t, so I need to change the way I think while doing it.

      Thanks for stopping by, HUGS

  • Great progress in Camp NaNo! Congrats. I hate moving too. Good luck.

  • Love those compliments! They are so encouraging.
    Way to go with Camp NaNoWriMo!

  • Those are wonderful compliments. Hanging out with a bunch of other writers sounds pretty cool. So many people to bounce ideas off of.

    Thanks for the head’s up on your Author Spotlight feature. I will fill out the form next week. We’re off to a family reunion today.

  • Good luck with finding a new place. May it not be too stressful for you.
    And they are wonderful compliments!

  • Whilst I have no immediate plans to move we are having a good clear through the attic and cupboards at home. Amazing how much stuff you keep and then never look at again! Good luck with the planned move, it can be a stressful time. But those are some wonderful comments to remember and give a boast. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    • Cleaning out the clutter always feels good once it is done. Kudos to you guys. Thank you. They are wonderful and touched my heart. Thanks for chatting with me.

  • Are you moving to a new community, or just a new house/apartment in the same area? Either way, uprooting yourself is hard, but can lead to new growth. I hope you find a place that inspires you. I moved from Germany back to the US two years ago, and I’m still feeling some culture shock. Overall, though, I’m becoming comfortable, even happy, in this new home. I wish you a happy transplant.

    • That is all still up in the air, so don’t know. We are in a place that inspires but are downgrading. We have lake front view and a pool here but the budget is tighter than what we want to live with so moving to something that gives a little more breathing room budget-wise, Heh, I moved from Texas to Florida in 2011, also had a bit of culture shock but in a good way. Thank you.

  • Louise (Fundy Blue)

    What uplifting writing comments you received, Juneta! I can understand how they made your day! Moving ~ ugh! I so hear you! I moved so much when I was growing up that the thought of moving is awful. It’s got to be so hard not knowing where you are going. With something like that hanging over my head, I’d have trouble focusing. Kudos to you for managing all that progress with Camp Na No while having to plan for moving! Loved your header, btw! Good luck with your writing the rest of this month!

    • Yes they are. Yikes, we are hoping possible one more move after this one unless circumstance change drastically, so hope that will be off the table awhile. I have trouble focusing too and get stressed out. Well moving is not until probably Sept so that is why doing better in Camp NaNo. Thank you for stopping by to chat with me. Good luck and happy writing to you too.

  • Great progress in Camp NaNo! I’m participating as well, but with a pretty low goal this month…

    And wonderful words of encouragement from other writers! 🙂

  • Yeah, moving is no fun, though I like unpacking and finding new places for all my things. Good luck!

  • Great feedback! AWesome with extra sauce.

    I hate moving, too, and I’ve done it a lot. We may have to do in the near future, but I hope not. Hoping your transition is as low stress as possible.

  • What great feedback you’ve gotten! Awesome with awesome sauce! 🙂

    I hate moving, too, and I’ve done it a lot. Wishing you low stress.

  • The compliments you chose are perfect because there’s nothing better than readers wanting more, more, more of your words.

    They say moving is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. I believe it. Good luck to you on finding a new place to love.

    THANK YOU for the invite for an author spotlight. I’m off to check out that link now.

  • I hate moving! I’ve done it often enough that I still have nightmares about that one vitally important thing that got left behind, or the last minute scramble to get out. Hope it goes well for you.

  • Those are great compliments. You should feel very good about your writing. I understand. I have lived in the same house for over 30 years. The idea of moving makes me sick to my stomach, but a change sounds interesting. Constantly moving sounds like a nightmare. I’m so sorry. I hope you can find a “home” soon. You deserve it. Good for you for taking on July NaNo. You are making great progress. Wishing you well with your writing. Enjoy. Thank you for always being there to cheer me on and provide comfort. I appreciate every one of your comments so much, Juneta. Good-luck with the move.

  • Lovely compliments! You should put them where you can see them everyday.
    I haven’t moved that many times, but I’ve done it enough to know it’s no fun. I dread having to leave the house we’re in now. We’ve accumulated way too much stuff. Good luck with your relocation!

  • Awesome comments! I think I’ll go read some of my reviews. Good luck on your move!

  • Getting praise from another writer and/or a teacher is always a great feeling.

    I moved a LOT when I was a kid and I hated it. I finally got to the point where I lived in one place for 6 years then I moved last year. I hope not to have to move for a very long time. I hope your move goes smoothly.

  • I just moved two months ago, and though it was a life upgrade, it was definitely stressful. Good luck with it!

  • What terrific feedback! Remember to return to those comments when your confidence is running low.

    I understand the moving thing. I used to love moving. Change is exciting, right? But after 4 states and 9 moves in 12 years, I want to stay where I am. I just signed a new lease, so I know I’m safe for at least a little while.

    VR Barkowski

  • haha I have moved 17 times in 14 years or so, so yeah, moving sucks big time. Would be nice to just be settled somewhere, but that takes $$$.

    • Wow, that is too much. I moved the first time in my life in 2003, then again in 2006, then 2011 to Florida and last year and now this year—that is too many times, for me. 14? No way I hope. You’re right too much money, but my friend is going to buy a house so maybe next year will be more settled. Thank you for stopping to visit

  • Maybe the right place is still waiting for you to find it?

    Nano sounds a blast – well done and keep on writing!

    See you in the blog hop 🙂
    A x

  • I feel your moving pain. We’ve been in the same house for over 20 years and moving would be a nightmare.

    • Thank you. I think we will have to rent one more time and then my friend is buying a house, so one more move in the future after this one, but I do dread this one.

  • Now you know 25. I’m doing July NaNo in an effort to complete the novel I started last November. Yet, of the 45,000 or so words I need, I only have 537 and it’s already the 6th. Maybe just feeling overwhelmed with all of the things I’m trying to do right now, not all of them writing-related. Good luck to you! And I’m holding good thoughts that you find a place to live that will last for a long time so you can feel more settled.

    • Good luck to you and your writing too. Some days I write very little other days more, but at least I am writing something every day of NaNo. Yeah me. That is more than I was doing. Thank you. Happy NaNo and IWSG.

  • Moving can be very tough. Hope you have a easy move. Those compliments would have made my day and motivated me for a long time.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna’s Scriptorium

  • Moving can be tough. When I lived in Vancouver, I sometimes moved twice a year, and had it broken down into a science. Home is where you hang your hat, or so they say. It is as much attitude as it is anything else. You can do this. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

    • Yeah, lol. I can do but I don’t like it. Thank you. I am not that organized with moving. I have too much stuff after living in one place for 15 years.

  • Oooh, I hope you find some place more permanent. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed moving. My husband keeps talking about getting a new place and I’m all, “nooooooooo…”

    You’re doing pretty good with Camp Nano. Keep it up! I’m in a private cabin with local peeps. I set a low goal for myself because I know myself well enough to know I can’t escape my kids.

    • I originally set my goal at 3000 but by day three I was like at 2062, so reset my goal higher. I am doing better than expected . My goal now is 15500 31 flash fiction at 500 words a piece by July 31st. Good luck and Happy Writing. Hope you are having a good time Our cabin is active so I really like that,

  • You’ve peaked my interest, Juneta. Why do you home lease? Or did you explain in an earlier post and I’ve forgotten? Happy IWSG Day anyway. I wish you a happy move. I wish I were moving, so I’ll send some of those vibes your way.

    • Sorry poor wording. Better wording Rent Lease. We rent. Our year lease to rent was up in June. Plans to try to move by Sept 1st. Thank you.

  • I agree. Moving gets old after a while. Just such a pain. And I’m sure it puts a damper on your writing. But I second what Alex said. Use that wonderful praise as drive and inspiration. And just keep plugging along. 😀 Congratulations on the praise, btw. 😀

  • Those compliments would keep me going.
    Good luck with the move. Moving does lose its appeal after a while, doesn’t it?

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