Welcome writing warriors to Wednesday’s IWSG post. Every month on the first Wednesday we share our insecurities, successess, ideas, fears, and sometimes tears on our writing journey. Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh, IWSG mastermind and Ninja writer for keeping this group alive and well! Find out more at the IWSG page HERE.

Be sure to visit this month’s awesome co-hosts:

Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martinson, Madeline Mora-Summonte , LK Hill, Rachna Chhabria, and JA Scott!

This month I’m (still) struggling with time management issues. The new work schedule (now six months old) keeps me busier during off work hours. I’m also less able to sneak time away at work to squeeze in a bit of writing. (Shhhhh don’t tell my boss I’m still trying to get some writing done! Okay, I call it lunch, but who really knows.)

Part of the problem, self-diagnosed and admitted, is not claiming my writing as important. I find it too easy to think others don’t value my writing time as important, which leads me to agree with them. So I scrunch and cram what I can into late night minutes or early, can’t sleep in, weary-eyed key punching sessions.

With two projects in their second stage of development, I’ll need to make sure I make time, and value it, to keep them moving forward. With more than twenty writers/artists depending on me to get the job done, I think I can make it happen. But after that? Do I revert to my new old ways. Or do I stand up for my writing and my passion better than before?



This month we start answering a question for our posts. This month’s question is:

What’s the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

As much as I’d like to quote a favorite friend or reader and their awesome praise, the most rewarding statement about my writing came from a Writer’s Digest Judge from the 22nd Annual WD Self Published Book Awards. Though the book was published by Hot Chocolate Press, I entered it anyway (rookie mistake, most likely) the judge made the following statement in feedback to my entry:

“A seemingly unrelated collection of essays, short reminisces and poetry, AND THEN I SMILED:  REFLECTIONS ON A LIFE NOT YET COMPLETE kind of breaks the rules because it also works well as a cohesive whole.  Only a deeply thoughtful and careful writer can pull this off, and Dean K. Miller manages admirably.  The reader can open this slim volume and start reading any page.  These pieces stand on their own and still provide a cumulative emotional punch.”

Definitely a confidence booster with a risky, first book release.