Wednesday, January 7, 2015

IWSG - January 2015

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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!

We're supposed to share a little about ourselves. In my day job, I'm a city recorder (municipal clerk). I work with my mayor and council, handle city records, and run elections, to name a few of my duties. This is going to play out a lot in the book I'm editing, Swing Vote. I'm a mother, grandmother, Army vet, karate black belt, and total Harry Potter geek. I love to read. I like to do videography, and I used to do crafts and crochet until I started writing. There's just not enough time now for everything.

A new year.

A new beginning.

Like starting a new story,
it's a chance to take a blank piece of paper
and create something totally unique. 

What I write on it is up to me.

Sometimes real life gets complicated.

How I handle those complications is up to me.


What do you hope for yourself in 2015?

43 comments:

  1. It's all in our attitude and what we do about it.

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    1. That's my philosophy, Alex. I'm all about the attitude.

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  2. It really is up to us, isn't it. I've been thinking a lot about this lately.

    Reading different IWSG articles makes me aware that I'm not alone and many are facing the same distractions, sets of problems, and everyday life does get into the way of writing. It's all in what you want. :-) Thanks for the reminder.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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    1. And isn't it nice to see we're not the only ones struggling? Sometimes another author's solution to a challenge inspires one for me

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  3. We decide how we react to everything indeed

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    1. And sometimes we need to be more proactive than just reacting, too.

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  4. Hope you had a wonderful time at the Magic Kingdom. Wishing you a very Happy New Year with much success in everything your hand touches, Donna. Because Donna is awesome. :)

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    1. Actually, Disneyland is next week, and I'm so freaking excited!

      Awww. You're nice.

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  5. Love the quote. I'm saving it. Happy New Year, Donna! I'm hoping for a new job soon.

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  6. Yea, I learned that lesson the hard way, it's all up to me. Happy New Year.

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    1. But you did learn it. Sometimes I worry I keep making the same mistakes over and over again. :D

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  7. I saw a great quote on Facebook last week. It went something like, "Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a great one."

    Happy New Year.

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  8. I've worked in our municipality too, but teaching English to the mayor and his local ministers :)

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    1. I imagine that's a little different. Maybe. lol

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  9. I love that quote! It's so true.

    I love blank pages!! I still have kids home from college, but when the house clears out, I'll get back to work filling up those pages.

    Best of luck in 2015 Donna!!!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. *crosses fingers* We have to keep plugging away.

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  10. You're so right, Donna. It is up to us. Good luck this 2015.
    I hope to finish the story I've been working on forever, it seems. And maybe another one or two.

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    1. Funny how some stories are like that, isn't it? My YA portal fantasy story feels like it's forever there. But I WILL get it done!

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  11. My hope is to plan less and do more. Heaven knows I need to get off my butt and do stuff. Anyways, hope your year goes well.

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    1. Yes. Sometimes are plans can become burdens.

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  12. Your blog background is so pretty! It's very tranquil and full of possibility for the new year. :)

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    1. Thanks, Carrie. I love this background.

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  13. Yes, the choice is ours.

    I didn't know we had to introduce ourselves, so I posted on FB just now.

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    1. Good thinking. I forgot mine too and had to come back and edit my post. :D

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  14. Nice introduction, and awesome choices quote. I choose to give this writing stuff another year of my time. Slowly, but steady; I hope.

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  15. Your day job sounds interesting. Cool that you can use it in your writing!

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    1. This particular story will be very cathartic for me, I think. In my job, I must bite my tongue. With a piece of fiction, my characters don't have to.

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  16. What an interesting day job you have, Donna! Lots of grist for the mill. You led me to the IWSG,and I'm so grateful for that. Happy writing in 2015!

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    1. Grist for the mill. I like that. I'm so glad you're enjoying IWSG!

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  17. I always kind of look forward to the new year for that new start. Each new week, too. Your job does sound interesting.

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    1. My job has its moments. There's usually enough variety to keep it interesting. But when things get ugly (politics), holy cow are they ugly.

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  18. Good luck with SWING VOTE. I'm sure you've observed and experienced a lot at your day job to be inspired to write this story.

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    1. Issues that will let me have some fun ...

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  19. Hi, Donna,

    Happy 2015...

    Sounds like you are off to a good start. Excellent quote by James Owen....

    For 2015, I hope for a simpler and safer world for all. Where all our hopes and dreams can come true.

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    1. James is a fabulous speak. So inspirational!

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  20. That saying is so true. It's all in our attitude and how we respond to situations.

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  21. What a great quote! My motto this year is "no more excuses."

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