Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Insecure Writers Support Group - September, 2016


Hi Everyone! Time to spew out our writerly fears and/or let loose our accomplishments for the month. A big hurrah to our host, Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh, and his wily co-hosts for this month: C. Lee McKenzie, Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata.

This month's question: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

Answer: It's the most wonderful time of the year...

Do you know what I'm talking about? Not tinsel and presents, but school! Glorious school! Six hours of silence. If I had more energy, I start a kick line. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, today is the first day of school in these parts of the woods and I am finally free of "Mo-om, I'm bored," "Mo-om, when are you going to stop typing?", "Mo-om, I need something to eat," "Mo-om", "Mo-om", "MOOOO-OOOM!" (Can you guess what my least favorite word is?)

This summer was a total bust when it came to writing anything but blogs. Now that the kiddies are at school, I can get back to writing fiction. But I won't actually get to do that this week. My parents are coming in on Friday for their yearly visit, so for the next two days, it will be clean, clean, clean. 




Since I'll be focussing on their visit, no Celebrate the Small Things this Friday. I'll tell you all about the cool things we hope to do next week. 




I totally missed the Michael G. D'Agostino's Question of the Month on Monday: What kind of music best speaks to you?

For me, that would be classic rock including Led Zepplin (When the Levee Breaks, Ramble On), The Doors (Riders on the Storm, L.A. Woman), The Rolling Stones (Miss You, Gimme Shelter). I also love a few more recent rock/alternative bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers (By the Way, Otherside), Stone Temple Pilots (Sour Girl, Big Bang Baby), Pearl Jam's I Got Id, The White Stripes Seven Nation Army, and I Will Possess Your Heart by Death Cab for Cutie. Every once in a while a piece of pop music will grab me like Tove Lo's Habits (Stay High).

Okay, I've got a ton of people to visit and comments to return. Can't promise to get to everyone this week, but I am working on it. I've also got a guest blog coming out next week on things you would never guess that contain petroleum at T. Drecker's Kidbits (which I need to write today).

Gotta move, move, move. How's your life going? Full speed or nice and easy?

38 comments:

  1. I so love that old Staples commercial about back to school time! Ah, office supplies! :)

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  2. It seems the most I've done this summer is writing blog posts, too. I hope that changes for the both of us.

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  3. It must be tough being a Mo-om and a writer at the same time. I like classic rock too, but I'm also into jazz and soothing newage.

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  4. It must be tough being a Mo-om and a writer at the same time. I like classic rock too, but I'm also into jazz and soothing newage.

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  5. I love having my daughter home for the summer. She's great about letting me write. But every September I'm always amazed at how much I can get done during the school day.

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  6. I know you are going to enjoy being able to write without interruptions. It does something to our writing when we can sink within ourselves and write without disturbance.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

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  7. I remember those Mo-om days. My kids are grown so I don't hear them as much or in the same way today; however, I can be in a store and hear some child call out "Mo-o-o-m!" and I still turn to see if I'm being paged. ;-)

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  8. You like the classics!
    Too funny. If you start a kick line, we want photos.

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  9. The classics are great. No words. Lyrics niggle their way into my brain, and my Muse takes a hike. As much as I love soft rock, same problem. I'm ready for Fall, even though my kids are grown and have their own families. Love the windows open and cool breezes. Best wishes on the writing.

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  10. The contrast between summer and fall is always amazing when you have kids! Enjoy your writing time.

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  11. The contrast between summer and fall is always amazing when you have kids! Enjoy your writing time.

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  12. I write with the "mom, Mom, MOM!" all day. Actually, we've come to the point where I'm calling their names rather than the other way around to get them back on task. *shrugs*

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    1. Whenever they shriek Mo-om, I shriek back, "Is Busy!"

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  13. My life is really busy these days...too busy. But I know I'm working towards a worthy goal, so that will keep me going.

    Congrats on being MOOOOOOOM free for awhile! I wish you happy writing (after your parents leave).

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  14. I love the song Sour Girl.

    I wish I could use kids as an excuse why I didn't write more this summer.

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  15. I've always been all about the classic rock and pop, and the Eighties and early Nineties stuff of my childhood and preteen years.

    I still hope I'll have kids (probably as a single mom by choice, but finding a husband would be good too) before I'm 40, though I know my writing time will be significantly cut down once there are kids to run around after!

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  16. Its rock and roll for me too baby. Aerosmith, Chris Cornell, MatchBox Twenty, Classical especially Cello, Guitar & Strings, Florence And The Machine, Movie Soundtracks, Metal Opera, I listen to wide variety depending mood, mindset, and writing.

    Hey I don't like this subject do I? *snickers* I do. A fave rain sound for writing.

    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  17. Its rock and roll for me too baby. Aerosmith, Chris Cornell, MatchBox Twenty, Classical especially Cello, Guitar & Strings, Florence And The Machine, Movie Soundtracks, Metal Opera, I listen to wide variety depending mood, mindset, and writing.

    Hey I don't like this subject do I? *snickers* I do. A fave rain sound for writing.

    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  18. Hopefully you can get lots of writing done now that the kids are back in school! Things are full speed for me right now but I'm hoping to get back to writing once they slow down.

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  19. Congratulations on the first day of school. Your writing time is coming.

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  20. Wow, first day of school here was Aug. 10th. I'm a teacher, so now is when I have a hard time with writing. Life is always chaotic the first month of school with adjusting to my new students, all 160 of them! Good luck with your writing :-)

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  21. Wow, first day of school here was Aug. 10th. I'm a teacher, so now is when I have a hard time with writing. Life is always chaotic the first month of school with adjusting to my new students, all 160 of them! Good luck with your writing :-)

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  22. Ha, Tamara, you've got your priorities right. I didn't write when my children were young. Now I'm trying to catch up! Enjoy that quiet bliss!

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  23. I used to ask my kids if they knew how to say "dad". None of mine ever said, "Dad, find my shoe...make me a peanut butter..."

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    1. I KNOW! What's up with that? My husband says he's incompetent on purpose so they leave him alone. So unfair.

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  24. I hope you have a great visit with your parents!! Looking forward to hearing about all the cool things you did. :)

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  25. Six hours of quiet. Can relate. Also to cleaning for parents. I get into that too.

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  26. I'm just readjusting to not having the kids home all day. It's definitely quieter!

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  27. As a non-mom, I did get a taste of that when my stepdaughter was little. She'd come to visit every other weekend and it was constantly, "Let's play a game" or "I'm booooorrred." It did seem to get easier once she was around 13 or 14...but for moms, you're still spending half your time chauffeuring them from school to friends' houses and whatever after-school activities they have. Then they get start driving and working and you spend most of your time worrying about them being on the road!

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  28. Cleaning--I was doing that this morning. I like your music choice!

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  29. Yes, school days are a Godsend for mothers.

    Have a wonderful weekend with your parents.

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  30. Good luck with all the cleaning and the 'rents visit. Yay for kids going back to school and time to write! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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  31. Enjoy your visit from your parents.

    I have often thought home schoolers were a bit daft in that they should surely want some undisturbed time. There are a few good reasons to homeschool. The dread of getting up early and getting everyone on their way is not one. lol

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    1. I know what you mean. I can't imagine homeschooling my children. They would want to argue over each topic.

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  32. Luckily, I do not have to concern myself with school but there are endless distractions anyway. Sigh.

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  33. Nice and easy?? I wish. But I'm in total agreement about the kids going back to school thing. I'm hoping to start getting some writing done. Have a wonderful time with your parents!

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