Wednesday, May 1, 2019

IWSG: Recalibrating: A Writer's Journey Interrupted!


http://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/p/the-insecure-writers-support-group.htmlIt's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time to get insecure! Special thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating/hosting the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a monthly forum for writers to share insecurities without fear of reprisal.

Hello again, after what feels like a completely unplanned and overly long absence! This is more of a general update to let you all know that, yes, I'm still here. And yes, I'm still writing ... at a pace that I'm not thrilled about, but regular. For those waiting on the next zombie installment, the story caught a snag. It's undergoing a rewrite, and the search for a home for my dragon story continues. To all things not writing related, they're going well! You can even say my attention is mostly focused on that. With a good job that is emotionally taxing and giving what I have left to my family at the end of the day has given me little to work with on the writing front. Hence the slow pace, and total social media absence.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I simply rolled the dice and am doing the best I can with the result. I also realize just how much I haven't used my blog and social media outlets. The internet isn't what it was a few years ago (and crimany, parts of it I want to avoid at all costs!), meaning there may be some reinventing to do when I'm able to come back to writing at full steam. Until then, I'm just making do.

There are no promises on how active I will be online or when my next work comes out, but these things are on my mind, and anytime I have news to share, I'll be sure to post about it. However, I am taking the steps needed to stay active. I'm excited for the opportunities to guest at conventions and be a judge for the 2019 IWSG Anthology Contest (I posted an update on convention dates here). Keep doing what you do best, and THANK YOU for visiting my corner of the web.

And if you havent's seen Endgame yet, WOW, what a movie!

What's new in your corner of the web? What are the trends you've seen? If you saw Endgame, did you enjoy it (no spoilers, please)?

I'm David, and May the Fourth be with you!


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

IWSG: Pushing Through: The Purpose of Hard Times and The Power of Harnessing These Experiences!


http://www.alexjcavanaugh.com/p/the-insecure-writers-support-group.htmlIt's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time to get insecure! Special thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating/hosting the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a monthly forum for writers to share insecurities without fear of reprisal.

Full disclosure, the title of this post has nothing to do with solid advice or what do to with it. It's more a personal mantra than anything. Something that, over time, I'm now beginning to understand. I could go on about how last month was something of a cluster, for it started with a cold, continued with a wonky blood pressure issue, and concluded with two weeks of the worst back pain ever. But ... the turkey and rolls turned out great!

A year ago, I would've looked at these circumstances and felt justified in flipping the keyboard and absconding from computers for another hiatus. At the time, it may have been the right thing to do. There is something different about this present. Given these hard times, I still finished what I set out to do from my last post. Those 20K words. Edited and polished. The remaining 20K have yet to be written, but their chapters are formatted and ready with a summary on each. I am left to wonder how I achieved this in the face of falling dominoes.

I don't know the answer. However, it's very possible that so much crap has happened through the years before this that, in this go around, it was easier to push through it. And words have taken a deeper meaning, where my experience has a place in the realities of fictional people. Having been there, they can now climb out, too. The whole "not what you want, but what you need" bit. Batman knows.

What I got most out of this is a promise kept. It feels good. A feeling that's been absent for some time. As Monique would say in one of my favorite films, "I think all you need is a small taste of success, and you will find it suits you." You get bonus points if you know the movie!

So I come to understand that, in the end, this needed to happen for me. No one wants it or will say they want it. I still don't want it, but it's out of my control, and I now have plenty of fuel for the pages.

I end the year with gratitude and wish you all the best this holiday season and into 2019. I am especially grateful the blogosphere is still here and strong. Be safe. Endure. Harness. Push through. Thanks!

Have you ever used hard times as fuel for your writing? What hard time has made you better for it? Did you guess the movie yet?

I'm David, and Snoopy has an affinity for French girls ...