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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

IWSG, Being Thankful

Posting the First Wednesday of every month, the Insecure Writer's Support Group, is the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh. YOU can sign up HERE to participate.

Every month a question will be posed that may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Remember, the question is optional. You can write about anything that relates to your writing journey.

Let's give a warm welcome to our co-hosts:   PJ Colando, Diane Burton, Louise – Fundy Blue, Natalie Aguirre, and Jacqui Murray!

This month's question is:  In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?

I don't know if I'd say it stresses me out, but editing, revising, rewriting are what I least like to do. What delights me the most is an idea that develops into a story or novel. I love the process of research, taking notes, working on my form of a very rough outline and then writing. That other part though? Not so much.

Still haven't done any writing (sigh) but I'm just not going to sweat it. I'm enjoying the clouds.

It's hard to believe it's December. For me, this year seems to have gone by much faster than other years. Was it only six months ago I got vaccinated? Yesterday I got the booster. Because I have Crohn's, an autoimmune disease, I got a full dose (didn't know that was going to happen) instead of a half dose. Today my arm is extremely sore, so sore I can hardly move it. But, it's a small price to pay for a little extra protection. 

I leave you today with a selection of unusual Christmas trees. No matter what your religious or non-religious beliefs are, may this month and the New Year bring you peace and joy. May each of us do one something that helps another human being, or that leaves this planet, our only home, a little bit better than it was yesterday. If you're interested here is a list of all the holidays and celebrations that happen in the month of December. So, saying Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings is perfectly appropriate.

I'm fondest of the button tree... Which one do you like?


Being Thankful
I would say, right now, that I'm particularly thankful for the much needed positive news from my gut doctor.

What are you thankful for? What delights or stresses you about writing? Planning anything special for Christmas or the Holidays in general? 


  1. I too love it when an idea develops into a story. Nowadays I'm loving the process of researching.

  2. Glad it was good news from the doctor.
    The bicycle tree is really cool.

  3. Hi, Bish! I hope all is well with you! I'm glad to hear that you had your booster. I had mine on September 11th because I was fortunate to get my first dose last January. Wishing you peace and joy in this welcome holiday season. I love the Christmas trees! Take care!

  4. I'm the opposite of you. I love to revise. Glad you got your booster. I got mine in October. Happy Holidays!

  5. Hi Bish - glad you're feeling better ... as you say enjoying the clouds is so fascinating and will be rewarding in due course once your muse returns. I love the Christmas trees ... your button one is delightful - have a peaceful season - cheers Hilary

  6. Lovely trees, all of them. Thanks for posting the images.
    I'm the opposite of you on the writing front: I love revising, while writing the first draft is always challenging for me.

  7. Happy Holidays!

    I love the research as well! Not too much writing for me this year either and I too am not sweating it. 😏

  8. I love the bookstack Christmas tree!
    We have to take the delightful with the stressful - it's part of the overall package - can't have one without the other, hey?
    An attitude of gratitude is the way to manage day-to-day challenges that we face. It works for me.
    Happy Holidays!

  9. Such fun trees! We've downsized to a miniature tree. It fits our downsized living room better.

    Happy New Year!


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