Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December IWSG A Journey Down Memory Lane

Where to begin today? There have been some wonderful things since I "gave up" last month.


I actually finished a draft of one of my projects! Yes. It isn't ready for reader consumption, but it's been a while since I completed something and doing so last month really boosted my confidence. My mind is working again. Mulling over ways to improve the story, and I've been able to move on to the next story as well. I hope to finish part one of my three part serial by mid January. 


I've worked enough days (and my hubby found, refinished/flipped, and sold enough furniture) that we are having a great Christmas without going into any debt. We've also been able to get both of our daughters ready to leave home the first week of January without too much stress. 


Hubby and I decided to buy our own Christmas presents this year once again. And so, I've got some pretty amazing things. I'll share them with you next month. ;)


Last weekend I was able to take a road trip with my two girls. It was full of adventure.
This is my new van. They think I must have hit something on the highway because the treads were still good. It was scary though because we were getting close to Memphis and traffic was zipping along at almost 80 mph. It was crowded so we were just going along with everyone else. We got off to the side quickly and safely, but then lost 4 hours before we could continue on our journey. That was only one hour short of the distance left to go!

It was also full of some nostalgic moments above and beyond visiting with family. That was wonderful in itself. There were a couple of nights sitting around the table playing some pretty competitive trivia and Uno games. One round of Uno lasted almost an hour and a half! While I enjoyed those, I found the actual driving to be the time when I became the most wistful. As we drove across Kentucky I pointed out places relatives had lived, places I'd visited as a child or teen, and then I just stopped talking and watched the beautiful fall colors drift by. There's something magical about fall in the south. 

Yes, I know it's December, but we had a late fall this year. There were still multiple shades of green, gold, reds, and browns. That day was cloudy and sunny in turns. We were driving back roads for a while before meeting up with the highway, so the slower pace allowed me to enjoy all of it. 

What does this have to do with writing? Everything. Maybe nothing. I simply want to share my Christmas wish with all of you. 

Take the time to be happy. Remember what it's like to have joy for simply being alive. Spend a little extra time with those you love. Hug them, cry with them, then laugh with them until your sides hurt. 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

December Question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there? 

Hopefully, I'll be back to writing every day with at least three more titles out in the world. My plan, keep plugging along even though it's hard now. There will be more time one day, and if there's not, I have to learn how to make the time for what's important to me. 


  1. So happy for you Charity! I love how you keep everything in perspective and know for sure what the important things are in life - namely family, loved ones and sharing time with others. Wishing you a fantastic festive season. All the best.

    1. Awe, thanks Nicola. Although, in truth you guys get my "perspective" after lots of time trying to find it. :)

  2. Glad it was just the tire.
    You finished something and are back on track - good for you!
    And yes, fall came really late to the South this year.

  3. I'm glad that things were working out for you, and I hope that continues. Your ending note (before the IWSG badge) was lovely. :)

    1. Thanks Chrys. With my girls ready to move out, the fact that family is so important is very much on my mind.

  4. We all go through fertile and fallow periods. Glad you're getting back to fertile.

    Kentucky, eh? I had some family in Kentucky. They've passed now, sadly.

  5. What a nice uplifting post. So glad you're 'back on track'.

    You trip sounds marvelous. That time spent with family and 'enjoying the journey' is something money can't buy.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and a bright and exciting New Year.

  6. Happy to hear you're enjoying life and writing again Charity. Yay!

  7. Love these vignettes about family, writing, and life!
    Merry Christmas and Happy 2017!

  8. I'm so glad to hear that you haven't given up. You sound so upbeat this month. I loved reading about your visit to family. Car rides are my time to zone out (when Hubs is driving, of course). Sometimes letting the brain rest is needed. Other times, I'm plotting another story or my current one.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family.