What is the IWSG? Read on!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

The awesome co-hosts for the May 4 posting of the IWSG are Kim Elliott, Melissa Maygrove, Chemist Ken, Lee Lowery, and Nancy Gideon! Be sure you stop in and visit them!

Every month, the IWSG announces an optional question.

May 4 question - It's the best of times; it's the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)?

Thanks, guys--way to tap into the roller coaster that is my life just now. As I started this on Monday night, I was waiting to hear (with dwindling hope) if my 4th effort to buy a house would be successful. On Tuesday, I was at it again with the next option--and finally got it! Talk about highs and lows--I moved to Seattle on faith and was losing it rapidly, but found my way to a home that I hope I can enjoy for many years.

Then there's the rest of life:

RIP, Wes Dempsey, 1926-2022
Wes was my beloved father-in-law, and I couldn't have asked for a better. He supported my husband and me in all we did, emotionally and often financially. He brought his tools and came running when needed, went on endless camping trips with us, even backpacking in the early years. And we were the least of his legacy. In a 30+ year teaching career at California State University, Chico, he inspired, coaxed, coached, and possibly at times demanded students as they learned biology and botany from him. He led California Native Plant Society hikes and talks for decades, sharing his love of nature and learning with thousands more. He supported his 5 grandsons through their educations in whatever ways he could. Yes, 95 years is a good run, but time is never long enough with those we love.

Wes in his beloved Bidwell Park

Not surprisingly this emotional fun ride, not to mention the amount of work that it took to get me moved out of my CA house (and into storage in Seattle), hasn't made for a very good writing month. I'm still struggling to finish the rewrite of Seffi's story, though I have some hopes of being able to settle to work while the house is in escrow and I can't do anything about it.

None of which actually answers the question the IWSG thought they were asking, but you got the roller coaster I'm riding! Since I punted, you tell me about your writing highs and lows--what makes you feel like writing is the best job in the world, and what makes you wonder why you ever wanted to write?

©Rebecca M. Douglass, 2022
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