Wow! February already which means the 2nd IWSG post of the year. It’s packed, it’s crazy, it’s supportive, and it’s amazing. Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh and this month’s co-hosts Misha GerickeLK HillJuneta Key, and Joylene Buter for keeping us moving forward without feeling so insecure about our work and passion.

Lots of insecurity, confidence, big plans and lurking fear this month as I am on the writer roller coaster and forgot to bring a barf bag with me! Last night was round two of the new critique group I committed to in December. I am reworking my first novel that I began in 2011. It’s been a few years since I was last in a group and the process is so empowering and humbling. I hesitated to join knowing my draft is rough at best, even though I’ve been through it a few times. With major deletions before this group began, I’m pasting, patching, the words and panting over how much I have to do to try and keep from embarrassing myself. But I took this challenge to get myself back to the nuts and bolts business of writing to improve my other works as well. I hope to get the draft shaped up within the year and move closer to publication in 2018.

On top of that, I’ve taken another giant leap of faith and have verbally committed to helping a high school classmate write his memoir. His story is truly amazing and I am honored that he accepted my “pitch” to him that he should tell his story. I’ll fill in more of the blanks next month when this is solidified, but I’ll tell you there’s cancer, spousal passing away, self-healing, and a physical accomplishment that he was the first ever to complete.

I’ve begun data gathering and note collecting from his journals, now almost 30K words into it. I hope I can do his story justice and believe this may very well be a defining moment in my writing journey. We’ll see.

Finally, if that wasn’t enough, later this week I’ll be moving closer to completion of my first kids coloring book. Filled with fun haiku and pictures to color, I uber excited to see this come to print.

Yes, 2017 is gearing up to be quite a year. Win, lose, or draw, either way, I’ll be writing with fingers crossed (kind of hard to do!) that my early year submissions bring acceptances.

Keep at it, fellow writers. The world needs our words no more than ever.

Hey, and since you’re here, drop by my haiku challenge found HERE and enter to win a copy of 100 Haiku for the 80s Generation!