The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#20

So it's that time again, the monthly post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh.


Next week Wednesday, my first piece will be published by Pure Slush, an online magazine. You can check out my author biography and picture which have already been posted on the author pages, as well as a fun questionnaire completed by all contributors.

It's the first piece of work I've ever submitted… and it was accepted! It's been a major boost for me. And I've been on a roll. I've submitted two more pieces to another magazine and I'm in the process of polishing three more for future submission. So we'll see how that goes…

And I've mailed some scenes from my as-yet-unnamed-WIP to two "brainstorming buddies"… I'm quite nervous about that… there's a whole lot going on in those 6,000 odd words. I just hope they can make some sense of it all. But hey, I'm on a roll… so I'm just going to ride this wave…

I'm still an insecure writer. And I'll probably remain insecure BUT I'm an insecure writer who is quite chuffed at this moment… and I'll keep plodding along…


  1. Julie Flanders on August 7, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Oh, it's so cool to see your bio and pic up on the site! Can't wait to read the story next week. Congratulations again! 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on August 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      It's given me a great boost… and I'm on a roll at the moment. 🙂

  2. Mary on August 7, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I don't think the insecurities ever stop. My husband thinks spouses of writers need their own support group. lol

    Awesome on your publishing success!! Woot! Can't wait to read your story.

    • Michelle Wallace on August 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks Mary. I really enjoyed your FF over at Wattpad. I need to give that site a thorough checking out, when I have some time. I've heard that it's a great place to expose work to potential readers… is that true?

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh on August 7, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Next Wednesday is going to be so awesome!! Glad it's prodded you to submit more often.

  4. Alex J. Cavanaugh on August 7, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    And that photo is great – you're beautiful!

  5. Donna B. McNicol [@dbmcnicol] on August 7, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Congratulations!!! Love hearing good news!

  6. Trisha on August 8, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Well done on your submission! I need to take a leaf out of your "go for it!" book, no pun intended on the book part 😀

    • Michelle Wallace on August 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Trisha, you are such a go-getter and always proactive! You'll be fine. It's probably a temporary slump… hang in there! 🙂

      • Trisha on August 11, 2013 at 11:48 am

        Oh, it's true I'm always working on something – I just need to actually submit some of it sometime, which is what I am basically never doing. haha. Thanks though 🙂

  7. Samantha on August 8, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Congratulations! That is way cool. I haven't been on a roll lately…but you've inspired me to get back on it 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on August 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Samantha, you've been so busy with 101 things… 🙂 Totally understandable… you'll get there! I know you will.

  8. Krystal on August 8, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Very cool! Congratulations!! I love your answers to the Hue Questionaire. 🙂 And that's a great picture.

    I hope everything goes well with your unnamed project!

    • Michelle Wallace on August 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      thank you Krystal! I'm plodding along with the "unnamed project"… step-by-step, word by word… 🙂

  9. Shelly on August 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Congrats! You're braver than me. I self-pub. I gave up on sending things out.

    Hugs and chocolate,



    • Michelle Wallace on August 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      I still have the self-pub idea on my mind. I haven't given up on it. 🙂 Brave? Ha! I don't feel very brave… Thanks for the support Shelly. You are a STAR!

  10. Melissa Maygrove on August 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Wow! How exciting! I'll have to go check it out. 🙂
    August co-host and IWSG #110

  11. melanie schulz on August 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm


  12. Julie on August 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Gorgeous photo and it was fun reading your bio! I'm so excited for you Michelle! Looking forward to next Wednesday!

    • Michelle Wallace on August 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      I'm excited too! But now the pressure is on… how on earth am I going to write another piece to equal/better that one…?

  13. Medeia Sharif on August 8, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    That's awesome. I wish you much success since it seems like you're on a roll. I'll check out your bio because I love learning more about blogger buddies. 

    • Michelle Wallace on August 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks Medeia. I appreciate the well wishes. I intend to take full advantage of this momentum… do as much writing/reading/submissions as I can…

  14. J.L. Campbell on August 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    That's awesome, Michelle, but then I know you're a good writer. Keep on keeping on!

    • Michelle Wallace on August 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      And thank you Joy, for all your help and good advice… 🙂

  15. Carol Kilgore on August 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Finally! Great to see a photo and read more about you! Looking forward to your story. Congratulations!

  16. Lexa Cain on August 8, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Well, aren't you too cute! lol  I loved the bio and the pic, and left a comment. I'm surprised they didn't have a link to your story on there…

    • Michelle Wallace on August 9, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Your comment is cute… 🙂 The piece goes live next Wednesday…

  17. Gary on August 8, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    Yes I know.  You've been anxiously waiting for a comment from me.  Your wait is over. Glad to see you made it into "Pure Slush"   Yikes, there's that lingo again.  "WIP"!  LOL  I shall check out your links.  I also want to thank you for being part of the "I Was Seeking Gary" fan club.  I'm going to cry! 🙂  

    • Michelle Wallace on August 9, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Yes, that slushy, crushy, gushy lingo… and now you're feeling all mushy! Hey, it rhymed! Well, sort of…you're bringing out the poet in me, Gary! 🙂 Awww, don't cry… here take a tissue…

  18. Denise Covey on August 9, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Michelle, that is so cool that the first work you sent out was accepted! You're definitely on a roll. Congrats!

    Thank you for signing up to Write…Edit…Publish. I love how enthusiastic everyone has been. I hope you can still find time to post an entry in a week or so! 


    • Michelle Wallace on August 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      I've been on such a roll, that I've already written my piece for your bloghop! I'm so excited about it. Thanks for popping in Denise.

  19. Lara Lacombe on August 9, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Congrats!  Very exciting.  I really enjoyed your bio and picture for the site 🙂

  20. C. Lee McKenzie on August 9, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Yay! Nothing like a boost to keep you going. Congrats.

  21. Adriana Dascalu on August 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Congrats! Must feel amazing! seems like this month you're doing great!

    • Michelle Wallace on August 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Yep. It gives me confidence and a fresh perspective…

  22. Beverly Fox on August 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    HUGE congrats, Michelle!  I am so impressed- your very first submission and it got published!  If that doesn't give girl hope I don't know what will!

    • Michelle Wallace on August 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks Bev! I'm extremely hopeful… and greatful too… 🙂

  23. L. Diane Wolfe on August 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Michelle, that's wonderful! You've found your calling. You're on a roll, so keep going.

    • Michelle Wallace on August 10, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Even though I love flash fiction, I'm thinking of brushing up on my non-fiction as well, and maybe submit some non-fiction pieces…? We'll see…  🙂

  24. Nancy LaRonda Johnson on August 10, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Whoopee! How exciting and congrats to you for your publishing success. May it continue, and you continue to shine and keep those insecurities at bay!

    • Michelle Wallace on August 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks Nancy. I'm now beginning to feel like a bona fide writer… 🙂

  25. Hilary on August 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Michelle – congratulations – no wonder you're chuffed … and I expect you'll be writing away happily in the future .. and getting more stories published … keep happy and smiling and puffed up with pride!!!  Cheers Hilary

  26. joylene on September 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Congratulations, Michelle! Your first submission is going to be published! How kewl is that. And believe me, it doesn't happen as often as you might think. You are in a minority! Way to go!

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