Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Insecure Writer's Support Group and Blogging Hiatus

NOTE: After this week's IWSG entry, I will take a break from blogging until January's IWSG in order to finish some writer's chores and handle all the Christmas logistics of presents, travel, and keeping the neighborhood squirrels well-fed. So Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all, and to all, a good write!

Image: Yooperann

Okay, now let's turn our attention to another month of things that make writers go WAH or maybe WA-HOO, depending on your mood. Thank you to our supportive host, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his hard-reading co-hosts this month:  Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford,Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!

December's scintillating question:  In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there? 

Seriously? What is this? A job interview? Gah. Okay, I'll bite.

Where do I see myself five years from now?

(a) enjoying fame and fortune as my novel rockets to the top of the New York Times Best Seller's List

(b) whining that if I could only break my Netflix habit, then I could be awake enough in the morning to put a coherent sentence together

(c) realizing my potential by appropriately iterating cross-unit niches and energetically promoting wireless testing procedures which will dramatically engage quality partnerships and uniquely pontificate multimedia based users

(d) successfully petitioning for my release from the mental health facility my family will have put me in by then

And the ever-popular follow-up: What's you plan to get there?

(a) drop into a coma in which my every dream comes true

(b) inhale, exhale, repeat

(c) Credibly foster flexible scenarios (sounds like writing to me), proactively synergize technically sound deliverables (audio books anyone?), and most importantly, dramatically plagiarize enterprise-wide resources (by legally changing my name to Steven King). 

(d) Write petition now before I completely lose it.

Which of the above choices sums up your expectations for the next five year? Want to grab some of those awesome (c) phrases? Go here.

Whatever your path for the next five years, I hope it's a beautiful one. Peace.

Image: Torley


  1. Have a good holiday break! Christmas is zooming up at the speed of a runaway train. =)

  2. Hahaha I love your plans! And I really hope you are able to get out of that mental health facility.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! And to those lucky neighborhood squirrels. :)

  3. Have a wonderful holiday season, Tamara! Enjoy the blogging break. :)

  4. Those are the best answers I've read so far!
    Have a Merry Christmas and see you in January.

  5. I chuckled while reading your answer. This question is a big like a job interview, huh? I had to skip it, but I enjoy reading everyone's answers.

    I'll be taking a holiday break after next Monday. I hope you enjoy yours. Merry Christmas!

  6. Mental Health Facility? I'll be in the same room. Ugh. Writing with kids is difficult. Keep at it!

  7. Enjoy your break. And thanks for the laugh. I think you answered that perfectly. Merry Christmas.

  8. OH good I'm not the only one totally unprepared for a five year plan ;)

    Here's my December IWSG post on Stephanie Scott YA Author Blog

  9. Breathing should always be a priority! I'm sure you'll reach those goals, after all, you're in a group that doesn't allow people to fail in what they set out to do. :-)

  10. LOL! Go with option C as a follow-up.

  11. Inhale, exhale is the way to go. All the best with your goals!

  12. Well, B in the follow-ups will keep me going whatever happens the next five years. I hope you have a great holidays!

  13. Yeah, that (c) option... Quite the corporate speak.

  14. LOL, you made me smile. Great segway with the click here.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

  15. LOL sounds like some solid plans there. Enjoy your break!

  16. Ha! You've just reminded me how much fun corporate interviews are. :)

    Have a very happy holiday with your family, Tamara. All the best to you in 2017! I'll see you in the New Year.

    (And hard-reading we are, indeed. I have no idea how Alex does this all the time.)

  17. I hope you'll bring us all along when you are a bestselling writer. Have a great holiday. I've only got one more post this month and will be off too.

  18. Thanks for a dollop of humor, Tamara. We all need it. Best wishes to you for your holiday season and for the next 5 years too. Steven Kind is a good prospect for a name change, but personally, I'd go for Homer. It's shorter, easier to remember, and been in vogue for almost two millennia.

  19. Have a good holiday break. I'll probably be taking one too, but not until after my cover reveal.

  20. Okay, you get the award for funniest post this month, LOL!! And yasss to B . . . Netflix slays me! Happy Holidays <3

  21. LOL!! Now that's what I call a great plan of action :) Super stuff, Tamara. Have a fabulous Christmas!! Beautiful snow scene. Take care.

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  23. Enjoy the holidays. Taking time off sounds like a good plan. Fill up that well.

  24. All we can ever do to get anywhere we want to be is just write every day. And put it out there and hope for the best, I guess! Hope you enjoy your blogging break! Happy holidays!!!

  25. I'd love to take a break but you can't if you run a blog hop and if you ever hope to market and sell your books. As the Soup Nazi says, "No break for you!!" Have a good vacay, get a lot done, enjoy yourself, and I'll see you in Jan!

  26. what a fun list of goals and an even on her way to get there !
    thanks for your comments on my guest post at Junetas blog and have a happy break !

  27. This has to be the best answer to this question I've read yet! It has to be a case of "inhale, exhale and repeat". Have a great break and enjoy your holidays!

  28. You've answered the question with wit and grace, Tamara. Love your projections.

  29. I think you will be atop the New York Times Best Seller's List :)

    I wish you a most wonderful Christmas :)

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