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It’s Wednesday, it’s “E” day for the A-Z blogging challenge, (which I’m not participating . . . well, not directly anyway) and it’s the first Wednesday of the month. All of this, that, and the other means it’s IWSG posting day.
Created by the masterful, sci-fi opera writer & musical guru, ninja captain Alex Cavanaugh, we get together online and give hugs, help, humor, and hints to keep each other from jumping off the proverbial edge of the writerly-cliff. Be sure to visit this month’s co-hosts: Megan Morgan, Chris Votey, Viola Fury, Christine Rains, Madeline Mora-Summonte, L.G. Keltner, Rachna Chhabria, and Patricia Lynne!
Easing my insecurities this month is being included in Michelle Wallace’s A-Z “E” post today. Hop on over THERE and see her “E” post. I’ll wait, and by the way, there’s a free book of mine being given away there!
Thanks for coming back. (Whew. You were gone so long I started to get even more insecure!)
As is typical of my writing journal, I’ve been up and down several times since last month. Down on myself for not blogging more often. Up because I’ve been finalizing the layout and art of my first haiku book. Down because there’s no way to meet my initial deadline. Up with the joy of booking two separate Haiku For You Project sessions (one is at the two day Northern Colorado Writer’s conference!) Down on my lack of book sales with The Water Holds No Scars: Fly Fishing Stories of Rivers & Rejuvenation and yet up with the fact that there might be some reviews about the book coming out this summer.
See the trend here? Oh,but I received my latest up,that being included in the June release from Chicken Soup for the Soul titled The Spirit of America.
The roller coaster ride continues. As I prep my haiku book for publication (cover release is April 18, 2016 . . . but here’s an early peak at the title: Sometimes the Walls Cry: A book of Haiku and Sketch) I nerve-out every time I open the file, fearful that it’ll be ruined, lost, jacked up with mistakes, even when I haven’t touched it for two days (which is ludicrous in itself. Really? Two days? That book ain’t going to publish itself. Wait, isn’t that what they mean by self publishing? That the book publishes itself?)
And I’m still trying to settle out my new work schedule, weeks and weekends of travel, lack of fly fishing time on the river, blah, blah, blah. Deep down (and on the surface most of the time) I know I am extremely blessed.
Take heart, know, and believe that you, too, are blessed with a life that no one else owns or experiences. So take those insecurities, doubts, and fears on the ride of their lifetime. They’ll thank you as they exit your writing life!
Are you doing the A-Z challenge? If so, leave your link in comments below so others can find you! And if not, how are you keeping your writing demons under the bed?