Wednesday, July 7, 2021

#IWSG - July? What happened to June? And some funnies!!


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 - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

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

July 7 optional question - What would make you quit writing?

The awesome co-hosts for the July 7 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Victoria Marie Lees, ChemistKen, and Louise – Fundy Blue! 
June was a crazy month for sure.
The TEEN finished out his sophomore year of high school and what a strange year it was for him spending the whole thing in front of a chrome book in the house.
I pulled off working 2 part-time jobs for about 2 months straight.
Our local volunteer fire department managed to hold our annual 4 day carnival which was really weird seeing so many people all together in one place.
Writing? Yeah, I didn't do any of that.
As for July?
It's looking pretty busy for the Teen with all his library programs and meeting up with friends and wanting to practice driving! (HOLY CRAP!)
One day I hope to get back to that writing thing I used to do. I miss it. 

Smashwords is having their Summer/Winter Book Sale for the whole month of July!
All 3 of my contemporary romance ebooks are 1/2 price! You can get them all for less than $5!

Hope you guys are all doing well. Here's a few funnies for the road!


Guidelines and rules:

Word count: 5000-6000

Genre: Sweet Romance
Overall, your story should be clean of offensive material, including profanity, vulgarity, excessive violence, or sexually explicit or suggestive scenes.
Elements in your story should focus on romance, not on sex, which should be kept “behind closed doors.”
The overall plot should lead to a positive and uplifting outcome, also known as "happily ever after."
Absolutely no erotica or pornography.
And please note RWA's definition of romance:
Definition: Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending. A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is the main focus of the novel. An Emotionally Satisfying and Optimistic Ending: In a romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love.

Theme: First Love

Submissions accepted:
May 7 - September 1, 2021

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story as a Word file to admin @ before the deadline passes. Please include your full contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group. You must belong to at least one aspect of the IWSG to enter. Content must be PG rated or lower.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.


  1. Life sounds busy! And real folks come before imaginary folks every time!
    Good luck with the driving practice - always fun! :P

  2. As several other people have said in their posts, there's a big difference between taking a break from writing and quitting writing all together. Sometimes life forces us to take a break. The writing can wait.

  3. I love that one about burying victims in the backyard. Makes me laugh everytime I come across it.

    And if I had kids, that one about swearing in front of them would totally apply to me. :)

  4. Two part-time jobs for about 2 months straight? You sound super-busy!

  5. Sophomore year! I remember that with my kids. Huge growth for one in a direction that still guides her today. The other, just figuring things out.

  6. I really like the third one!
    Your teen will be driving? Should people be worried?

  7. You certainly sound busy!
    I love the picture about burying bodies XD

  8. One job is a challenge with family, writing and a bit of time carved out for the basics like sleeping. Kudos for getting through those two months!

  9. Balance is not easily achieved. Hopefully writing comes back soon!

    ♥.•*¨Elizabeth Mueller¨*•.♥

  10. fun and crazy times with the teen — yup!
    you’ll write again, as soon as the teens get their DL, they’re history... it helps prepare us for college and beyond.
    so 2 extra things — that “New York Slang” meme was funny and I saw a similar one for the 80s if you replace “You good” with “Dude” hahaha
    and lastly, if you haven’t seen Whiteyy18 on tik tok, you need to, reminds me of your hunks =)

    Tara Tyler Talks

  11. It sounds like you're getting out there a bit more, anyway, which is nice. Hope some writing time comes soon!

  12. I hear you. I got 3 kids at home at the moment because of the latest surge of COVID in Taiwan. The eldest is 20, in his 2nd year of Sports Science (he's a big boy), but spends all his time playing computer games until weird hours in the morning. My other two are 10 and 9, but they behave a lot like teens. Sibling rivalry rivals world wars at times. In amongst all this distracting noise I'm trying to finish stage one of my debut novel. We're all going slightly crazy and thank goodness I don't have a backyard, otherwise I'd already have buried a body or two...


  13. Glad your teen's school year has come to a close. Mine teen's, too, and we're so glad it's over. I pray that this coming school year can bring some sort of normalcy to their lives. Way to go for working two jobs! I'm sure that was super busy.

  14. Oooh teaching a teen to drive is definitely crazy business! But it is nice to finally have them going out of the house! :)

  15. Hi, Heather! I hope things proved a little less hectic than you thought. Happy August IWSG Day, and I hope you get back to writing soon. Take care!

  16. I hope your life gets less hectic very soon.
    Happy IWSG Day.


Please leave a message after the beep.