The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#42

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.

The co-hosts for this month are:  M. Pax, Tracy Jo, Patricia Lynne, Rachna Chhabria, Feather Stone, and Randi Lee! Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Here’s a jumble of recent reading and writerly thinggies…

~ Still recovering from the A to Z Challenge. Almost there.

~ Fallen off the ‘write-a-haiku-a-day’ bandwagon – for the hundredth time. Nothing new. So I’ll just pick myself up, dust myself off, and continue…

~ I submitted to a few e-zines. Received one rejection and one acceptance… *happy dance*… more info later…

~ Still reading and posting reviews to Goodreads and Amazon.

~ Plodding along with the writing, so my blogging hiatus will continue for a short while. You’ll still catch me on Facebook/Twitter/G+ and I WILL pop in and visit blogs from time to time.

(If I haven’t visited your blog, don’t think that I’ve forgotten about you. I will visit some blogs later this evening and also over the next few days.)

I leave you with a quote:”The contract between the author and the reader is a game. And the game…is one of the greatest inventions of Western civilization: the game of telling stories, inventing characters, and creating the imaginary paradise of the individual, from whence no one can be expelled because, in a novel, no one owns truth and everyone has the right to be heard and understood.”
Carlos Fuentes


  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh on June 3, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Congratulations on the acceptance!

  2. Hilary on June 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Michelle – yes write on .. and well done on that acceptance. I too am taking a break .. but mine is somewhat longer – still necessary sometimes and the first I’ve done.

    Good luck with it all – you’ve got lots of other things going on too .. cheers and see you for one of those contracts again soon … when I shall return and hope to still have that right to be heard and understood.

    Cheers Hilary

  3. Julie Flanders on June 3, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Congratulations on your acceptance. Yay! Love the quote too. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Charity Bradford on June 3, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Congrats on the e-zine acceptance! I loved your quick bullet list. Good luck with all your endeavors.

  5. Melissa Maygrove on June 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Love that quote!

    IWSG #126 until Alex culls the list again.

  6. L. Diane Wolfe on June 3, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Congrats on getting into the eZine.

    Do you want to play a game?

  7. Michael Di Gesu on June 3, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Fantastic news, Michelle! YAY! CONGRATS! This will surely be the first of many…

  8. Southpaw HR Sinclair on June 3, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Congrats on the acceptance!

  9. Michelle on June 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Congrats on the acceptance! And that quote is amazing.

  10. Murees on June 3, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Congratulations on getting an acceptance. Whoop! Whoop! I hope your break is going well. Don’t worry about falling of the writing wagon. It’s just one of those things. Wishing you well.

  11. Shelly on June 3, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I’ll be posting my ISWG post tomorrow. At work. Haircut sale. Grueling.

  12. Denise Covey on June 4, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Hi Michelle. Congrats on the acceptance in the e-zine. Those acceptances make our day, don’t they?

    Denise 🙂

    My IWSG post on Mindfulness

  13. Lori L. MacLaughlin on June 4, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Still recovering from A to Z — I can relate to that. 🙂 Congrats on your e-zine acceptance! Good luck with your writing!

  14. Patricia Lynne on June 4, 2015 at 1:29 am

    Congrats on the acceptance!

  15. SittieCates on June 4, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Congratulations on the acceptance, Michelle! Yay!

    Great quote. Love it!

  16. Celine Jeanjean on June 4, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Congrats on the acceptance at the magazine, that’s great news! Looking forward to checking it out when it comes out online 🙂

  17. Rachna Chhabria on June 4, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Congrats Michelle on the acceptance. Dancing with you 🙂

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna’s Scriptorium

  18. joylene on June 4, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Love the quote. Of course, it’s a game. A fun game. Just a bit exhausting sometimes. Happy IWSG, Michelle!

  19. Nadine Feldman on June 4, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Congrats on the acceptance! Wonderful!

    I have taken a break, too. I’m starting to get back into the swing of things. Yours is the first blog I’ve commented on in a few weeks! Time for me to get back to work!

  20. Gary on June 4, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Hey Michelle!

    Yay and lucky you, I’m here with one of my highly collectable comments that cause bidding wars on E-bay! 🙂

    Happy dance to the acceptance. Rejections, what are those?

    A to Z, may the idiotic thing rest in peace.

    IWSG aka “I Was Seeking Gary”, peeps. Gosh, thank you. Then I woke up.

    *Haiku!* somebody sneeze?

    Gary 🙂

  21. Maria on June 4, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Congratulations on the acceptance! Awesome news!

  22. Mary Aalgaard on June 4, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Congrats on submitting and the acceptance! A to Z wore me out, too. Summer has begun, kids home, but busy with a million things. We are constantly running out of food to keep those teenagers’ bellies full! Love their noisy, hungry messiness though!

  23. Nick Wilford on June 5, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Big congrats on the acceptance! Look forward to hearing more.

  24. Sherry Ellis on June 5, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Congratulations on your acceptance! That’s always a great feeling!

  25. Beth on June 6, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    YAY for the acceptance! best feeling 🙂

  26. TB Markinson on June 9, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Congrats on the acceptance and I understand why you’re still recovering from A-Z. I admire you folks who do that.

  27. Mary Pax on June 10, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Woo hoo on the writing and the acceptance. Way to go!

  28. Deniz on June 10, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Congratulations on the zine acceptance!

  29. Loni Townsend on June 10, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Woot on the acceptance! Write on!

  30. Damyanti on June 11, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Congratulations on the acceptance– looking forward to read it! I hope you come off your blog hiatus soon. A to Z used to burn me out earlier, and I didn’t realize how much till I completely bowed out of it this year!

  31. Shannon Lawrence on June 11, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Congratulations on your acceptance! And, hey, on your rejection, too. It means you’re working.

  32. Medeia Sharif on June 13, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Yay on the acceptance. Have a productive hiatus.

  33. Nilanjana Bose on June 17, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Whoop! on that acceptance…congrats Michelle! Look forward to reading it. Keep on with the writing, best wishes.

  34. Crystal Collier on June 17, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I can’t believe I didn’t make it here two weeks ago! Okay, maybe I can. Blogging sometimes takes a back seat to life, eh?

    I’m so excited about your acceptance! Tell us more, please!

  35. Karen Lange on June 19, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Congrats on the progress and good news! Hope you are enjoying the hiatus. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog for Alex’s post. Have a great weekend!

  36. Leslie S. Rose on June 25, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Hi Michelle! I’ve been shamefully absent, but I’m determined to get back in the blogging saddle. Congrats on your e-zing score. Whoo-hoo. Thumbs up on the quote.

  37. Sharon K Mayhew on July 12, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Congratulations on your acceptance! Don’t forget to print off a copy of your e-article once it goes on line. I’ve had a couple things published and never even thought about them not being archived….

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