The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#134

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 June 07th posting of the IWSG are: are Patrcia Josephine, Diedre Knight, Olga Godim, J. Lenni Dorner, and Cathrina Constantine!

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!

June 07th Question: If you ever did stop writing, what would you replace it with? Probably more reading, which I haven’t been able to do much of anyway…
Or maybe other creative pursuits such as more crochet work (before the fingers start to get stiff LOL) or those violin lessons that I’ve been promising to sign up for. But time is so tight. (sigh) But that’s no excuse, I know…
I suppose I really need to make time for these things. Life is short and we shouldn’t put off these activities; instead we have to make time for them.
It brings me to the sad news about the passing of Chemist Ken, one of our long-standing IWSG members. What a shock. Such a great guy. A solid and decent human being. I have a fond memory of when we were numbers 16 and 17 on the IWSG sign-up list for the monthly blog hop. That was about 5 years ago. (He has always been one step behind me on the list) 
He joked that he was eyeing the number 16 spot. At that time, I had joked that, if Alex would allow it, we could swop places on the list. 
A wonderful human being. May his soul rest in peace.

Keep on writing my fellow IWSG’ers.
Happy IWSG Day!


  1. Natalie Aguirre on June 7, 2023 at 8:25 pm

    I was so sad to hear of Ken’s death too. He was a great guy.

    I could find other things to do with my time too.

  2. Sarah Foster on June 7, 2023 at 8:25 pm

    I was so sad to hear about Ken. I could always relate to his blog posts.

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh on June 7, 2023 at 9:04 pm

    I was just shocked to hear the news. He was so excited about his upcoming release.
    He’s still behind you but made it to number twelve.

  4. Olga Godim on June 7, 2023 at 9:57 pm

    It is always sad when a good man goes.
    There are so many different creative pursuits we could still try, before it is our time to go, too.

  5. L. Diane Wolfe on June 7, 2023 at 10:21 pm

    It’s so sad about Ken.

    Have we really posted #134 times? I think I’ve missed two. Maybe three. Wow.

  6. Anna on June 8, 2023 at 3:40 am

    I’m going to miss him, too. I don’t think he knew how many lives he actually touched.

  7. It is sad. But how wonderful to have such a great memory. Thank you for sharing it.

    I’m co-hosting at the IWSG this month. Did you know that June is Audiobook Appreciation Month?

    J Lenni Dorner (he/him 👨🏽 or 🧑🏽 they/them) ~ Speculative Fiction &Reference Author, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, and Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge

  8. Damyanti Biswas on June 8, 2023 at 8:51 am

    Thank you sharing your remembrances of Ken. May he rest in peace. You’re absolutely right- we must make time for the things we wish to do.

  9. Patricia J.L. on June 8, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    I was bummed to hear about Ken. That news didn’t make me like this year any more.

  10. Hilary Melton-Butcher on June 13, 2023 at 10:47 am

    Hi Michelle – excellent thoughts about Chemist Ken – I touched sides with him a few times … but he was mostly on the horizon – it’s always sad when a lovely member of the IWSGroup passes on. I’d love to read more … and am going to do a bit of that in the future – the volunteering is fading away … I need a change. Cheers and all the best for your projects – Hilary

  11. Loni A Townsend on July 5, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    My apologies for missing your post last month. Ken was a great guy and wonderful writer. I’ll miss exchanging words with him.

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