On Giving

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2016 has been an interesting year. For some, it has been an absolutely horrible year.

I’m finding it exceptionally difficult to get into the holiday spirit. There are just so many awful things happening around the world. While I won’t deny my son Christmas, I have decided to give more than usual this year, and to keep on giving every month in 2017.

If you are looking for ideas to put money where your morals are, I’ve dug through various organizations and found several that support things I am passionate about. If you’re looking for ways to support women and girls around the world, this list is worth checking out.

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#IWSG Wednesday #13

Today is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day, which takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. I skipped last month’s post. I hope you forgive me. I can’t remember what my reason was, but I’m sure it was good. Or maybe not… Make sure to check out other writers’ posts here.

The IWSG admins decided to add a question to inspire the posts, which is such a great idea. I can only write so many posts on feeling insecure about my writing, which is pretty much a permanent state of being for me. The question this month is: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

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#IWSG Wednesday #12

Welcome to Insecure Writer’s Support Group day, which takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. The purpose is to share and encourage, express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak, as well as offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Make sure to check out other writers’ posts here.

This is my 12th IWSG post, which means I’ve been part of this group for over a year. I spent a few months observing on Facebook and reading others’ posts before I joined in. I’d like to take this moment to express gratitude for the support I’ve received from this wonderful group of people. I’m so glad to have found you.

Getting Back to Basics

So I’ve recently been doing a lot of thinking (and not much else writing-wise), and I’ve decided I need to get back to the basics.

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#IWSG Wednesday #11

Welcome to Insecure Writer’s Support Group day, which takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. The purpose is to share and encourage, express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak, as well as offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Make sure to check out other writers’ posts here.

My insecurity this month is actually this site, or maybe even more precisely something most writers love to hate: the author platform. For the last few months I have felt like I have lost my spark/passion for blogging and I feel lost as to how all this relates to my writing career.

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S is for Seashell #atozchallenge

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Lukas looked at the stone house; it was impressive. They went in. It smelled of moss and coffee. They walked up the stairs to the room Basia and Milena were using as their bedroom. Basia quietly opened the door. Milena was still asleep on the mattress lying on the floor, a plaid blanket covered her body. Lukas walked closer and looked at her sleeping — peaceful like a small child. He had the greatest urge to hold her close. He sat down on the floor next to the mattress. Basia sat down next to him and looked at Milena.

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#IWSG Wednesday #10

Welcome to Insecure Writer’s Support Group day, which takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. The purpose is to share and encourage, express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak, as well as offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Make sure to check out other writers’ posts here.

So for some reason I thought I still had a day to post this, and then I noticed people were already posting their IWSG posts. Why are they posting early? That’s the trouble when you work from home, the days seem to melt into each other. As a result, this is going to be short, because I have to run to a parent-teacher meeting at my son’s school.

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#IWSG Wednesday #9

Welcome to Insecure Writer’s Support Group day, which takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. The purpose is to share and encourage, express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak, as well as offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Make sure to check out other writers’ posts here.

On Forgiveness

Being a writer means you forgive yourself a lot. Or maybe that’s being human? Read more

#IWSG Wednesday #8

Welcome to Insecure Writer’s Support Group day, which takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. The purpose is to share and encourage, express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak, as well as offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Make sure to check out other writers’ posts here.

The awesome co-hosts for the February IWSG are Allison Gammons, Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar, Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend!

A Room of One’s Own

February seems a bit strange this year. It feels like a fresh start much more so than January did. Although it is still technically the middle of winter, it feels much more like spring. The snow melted some time ago; several times I have heard birdsong — the heralding of spring.

Is it too early to speak of spring? Spring after all, is a fresh start, a rebirth. Read more

travel, moose, temperance, theme for 2016

2016 – the year of Travel, the Moose, and Temperance

When I was reflecting on 2015 and making plans for this year, the theme for 2016 kept popping up – travel. While at the moment I have no travel plans for the year, it seems a good a theme as any.

There are, of course, places I’d like to go this year, such as Crete (for a week-long workshop on Minoan culture) and London (for the 2nd Annual Bloggers Bash), but at the moment I have no idea if I will be able. I will have a chance to travel a bit around Poland. I plan on attending the Big Book Festival in Warsaw this summer. I hope that I’ll be able to go to Krakow once again for a few days as part of research for my novel. Maybe I’ll go to the Conrad Festival in the fall.

Physical travel is only one way of going places, and I’d like to interpret my theme much more broadly and inclusively.

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