The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#116

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 awesome co-hosts for the November posting of the IWSG are: Kim Lajevardi, Victoria Marie Lees, Joylene Nowell Butler, Erika Beebe, and Lee Lowery!

Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
Remember, the question is optional!

November 03rd Question: What’s harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb? 

An article that I compiled (with input from some students) has been published in the Spring/Summer 2021 edition of Independent Education which is the flagship, in-house magazine of ISASA (Independent Schools Association of South Africa).

All 860 member schools affiliated to ISASA, were invited to submit articles for inclusion in the Spring/Summer 2021 edition, so I’m quite chuffed that my article has been chosen. 
Here’s a link to the article: Back To Basics Is The Key As We Contemplate A Post-Covid-19 World

I haven’t done much writing since my 100daysX100words challenge.
At the moment I’m busy with final examination marking and moderation. I’ll get back to writing as soon as my marking is done.

I know that those in the Northern Hemisphere are moving towards colder weather. We are moving in the opposite direction. Here are some pics of the beach which is 5 minutes from my home. This is the famous Moyos. 

A few words about Moyo

Welcome to Moyo – the destination for a unique African dining experience. Inspired by the traditions and values of our ancestors, Moyo is a celebration of, and commitment to, the beauty of Africa, and the industry of her people. Our famously warm hospitality and modern African ambience make the Moyo experience an unforgettable one.

Here are some views walking towards the restaurant and also from inside the restaurant.

Good luck to all those who are doing NaNoWriMo! Break a pencil/pen!



  1. Jemi Fraser on November 3, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    LOVE the pics! Thanks for sharing the spring/summer with me! I’ve just added to my bucket list for travel destinations!

  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh on November 3, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Congratulations! What an honor.
    Five minutes from the beach – what luck.

  3. Anna on November 3, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Congrats on the publication. Well done!

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  4. L. Diane Wolfe on November 3, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Out of that many schools, that is quite the accomplishment. Congrats!

  5. C. Lee McKenzie on November 3, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Great pictures, Michelle. And here’s my congratulations as well for the publication of your article. That’s great news!

  6. Loni Townsend on November 3, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Nice pictures, and good job with the publication! That’s great!

  7. Carol Kilgore on November 3, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Beautiful beach! Enjoy your spring. It’s my favorite season.
    Congrats on your awesome article.

  8. Nick Wilford on November 3, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    What wonderful views. You’re lucky. Congrats on the article. I’m sure that’s a great boost.

  9. Kim Lajevardi on November 4, 2021 at 1:44 am

    Congrats! Nice pictures.

  10. Lee Lowery on November 4, 2021 at 2:47 am

    Congrats on the publication! What an honor!

    Gorgeous photos. We are heading into colder temps. I love fall and winter, so this is a happy place for me.

  11. Louise (Fundy Blue) on November 4, 2021 at 3:56 am

    Hi, Michelle! I had to read your article because I was an elementary teacher for twenty-five years. I was thrilled that your basics included stress debriefing, journaling, prayer, outreach programs, nature, art, and music. A very wise teacher of children with severe emotional problems told me as a beginning teacher that you can’t deal with the academics until you’ve dealt with the emotions. Our children the world around have been through a traumatic couple of years, and we’re a long way from normal. They need to express and process all that they have endured before they can truly move on to reading, writing, and math. Thank you for speaking up on the importance of art, music, and journaling. And yes, we must help our students learn to destress. You live in a beautiful area! I’d love to see South Africa someday. I guess I better hurry up! I’m getting short on time. Take care, and good luck marking all those papers!

  12. Hilary Melton-Butcher on November 4, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Michelle – congratulations on being selected … it sounds as though the article is perfect – as per Louise of Blue Fundy’s comment … well done, so pleased for you. Now we’re in gloomy times in many quarters … I’d love some South African sun … take care and all the best – Hilary

  13. Patricia Josephine on November 5, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    Don’t remind me that winter is around the corner in my neck of the woods. Can I come stay with you?

  14. Abby Harding on November 5, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Oh, living that close to a beach is a dream of mine. I doubt it will ever move from dream to goal (too far from family), but it’s a nice dream. Enjoy the warming weather!

  15. Toi Thomas on November 9, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Congratulations on your article!
    Thanks for sharing the lovely beach images.

  16. H. R. Sinclair on November 10, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    Pretty photos! Enjoy the weather.

  17. Beth Camp on November 30, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Your article is inspiring. I sent it to my daughter who is currently preparing to teach elementary; her values echo yours as she wants to reach those children who are often not ‘seen’. Those pictures are particularly entrancing as we face into another snow season here, up north. May the coming month be a good one for you.

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