It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, IWSG is a way for writers to offer their support and inspiration to others or to share in the insecurities plaguing them. You can sign up on the blog and join the Facebook Group.
I have several things happening this month. Some of it crazy busy work, some of it normal busy work, and the rest of it not busy at all and not really work either…
First, the crazy busy work.
It’s only going to last until Saturday, when #GISHWHES ends. So far, I’ve done a few items, including arm wrestling, a bunch of emailing, and making odd requests to people over the phone (that poor, poor medical receptionist). The last few days have been exhausting with the amount of stuff I’ve had to do just for prep and the actual completing of tasks, it’s a miracle my muscles work well enough to type this out.
It’s so much fun though! I’ve made a few new friends from all over the world. And I’ve discovered that I really have no pride whatsoever, lol! I am more than willing to humiliate myself in front of anyone and everyone just to see a smile on their faces=) And that’s the best part. All the smiles, not just from friends and family, but from strangers who have no idea what’s happening, but love it anyway. It’s helped restore my faith in humanity=)
Second, the normal busy work.
You know, the writing and editing and revising and fixing and spelling and deleting and retyping and highlighting and marking and penning and staring at screens and… Well, I think you get it. It’s the normal every day stuff of writers. I’m doing well on my edits for Orchids and Ash and I’ve started brainstorming a sequel (a series actually, but I’m concentrating on the sequel for now). I can’t get back to editing until after #GISHWHES, but then I’ll have the rest of the month to work on it.
Third and last, the not really busy because it’s not really work.
Waiting sucks. Big time. But, it’s part of wanting to be a published writer, whether traditional or self. Patience is a virtue I struggle with. Which means that the 18th can’t get here soon enough so I can submit to #PitchWars. As of now, I’ve picked two mentors to submit to, but I’m still whittling down the rest of the list to get to four. After the 18th, the wait will continue as I stalk the #PitchWars feed and the mentors looking for any hint of my submission. Then, on September 3rd, I won’t have to wait anymore. Either I’ll have a mentor, or I won’t.
Good thing I have things to keep me busy while I wait!