Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March's IWSG Post

My Insecure Writer's Support Group post for March is all about GRATITUDE. Check out the headquarters for the IWSG at Alex J. Cavanaugh's Blog

Checking in monthly with our IWSG serves many purposes, but most importantly for me, it's about support and community. Through support from other writers, I not only receive, but I have to opportunity to give support and encourage others. 


Quick story. One of our fellow IWSG members checked in with me as much as his schedule would allow. He commented, shared stories and passed on much needed support. On the day before my surgery, he sent me a message containing a joke, a paralysis joke of all things! I giggled until my eyes filled up with tears, and I knew at that point, it was all going to work out.

I even told the surgeon the joke (courtesy of Victor Standish, from The Legend of Victor Standish, Author-Roland Yeomans). The doc cracked up, wheeling me into the operating room. Actually, thanks to the sedative in my IV, we both chuckled until I quickly zonked out. In the end, it all worked out.

Thank you, Roland. And, I'm so glad I now have the opportunity to read for you. I'm honored.


Thank you to everyone who visited here while I was away. Thank you to my much-loved CP, friend, and writing partner, Nisha, who brought my family dinner the day after I got home from St. Luke's. Thank you to my fellow writer pals at She Writes. Thanks to those of you on Twitter who shouted out well wishes. I was reminded numerous times by all the sweet comments, prayers, well wishes, good vibes and silly jokes that I am where I need to be. Right here, at my computer, writing.

What is it that drives YOU to belong to a community such as IWSG?


Looking for support? Need some encouragement? Head on over and join us for IWSG! 


~Candy

23 comments:

  1. That's what makes this community so awesome! And Roland is one of the most giving, caring authors on the Internet.
    Thanks again for your comment at Talli's site - much appreciated!

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  2. Thanks so much, Candy, for the nice thoughts. That was Victor's joke, the rascal that he is. He and I both knew that The Father would be at the side of your operating table, guiding the hand of the surgeon. You were in double good Hands as it were!

    Thanks, Alex. Coming from the paragon of giving and caring authors on the internet that meant a lot. Everyone, have a great day of visiting each other's blog. My blood center is a harsh mistress. I have already been called in early. Sigh. One day, I will be a self-supporting author. Yeah, laughs Victor, right after I've established world peace! :-)

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  3. I love the community here and I'm so glad your surgery went well!

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  4. At first, I joined IWSG because of an initial crack in my writing shield that I hadn't considered talking about. But I wanted to join and support others.

    Pish posh.

    IWSG has been a huge source of encouragement in the midst of my struggles, pining for writing, wishing for more hours in the days, and dreaming.

    I'm so glad things went well with your surgery, Candy. He has you in His hands. And there, all is well.

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  5. Hey! Just wanted to wish you a speedy recovery - I'm brand new to IWSG, writing and blogging generally but already I'm glad to be a part of it! :) Thanks for checking in on us at creating kezra! take care! S

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  6. Aw! Isn't blogland a great place to be? I love the support and interaction. Glad your operation went well!

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    1. Oh man! I must've been hungry yesterday when I commented on your blog. I cannot believe I compared myself to a slice of lasagna!

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  7. Alex, thanks to you we all have this great community! Thanks to you for hosting!

    Roland, I wish for you to be a self-supporting author very soon. :))

    Thanks, Kelley!

    Hey, Angela! I've missed checking in with your blog! I'll be by soon!

    Kezra, I'm so glad you joined IWSG, it's a super great group!

    Talli, Yes, our community is awesomely great!

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  8. As a newbie blogger and timid writer, stumbling on Alex's IWSG was one of the happiest things to happen to my little blog. So many writers stopped by to take a look and left such encouraging comments.
    I'm not alone anymore!
    Now all I want to do is pass on some of that good karma, and make the rest of the internet as friendly and welcoming as the IWSG has been.

    I'm glad you're doing well, Candy!

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    1. I'm so happy that your not alone anymore, too! And yes, I'm doing much better, thanks!

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  9. Hi, Candy,

    SO sorry it took me so long to drop over to your blog.... I am thrilled to hear that your surgery worked out! I am also happy that Roland was there for you. He is one of my CLOSEST blogger friends and I don't know what I would do without him in my life.

    Our community is an AMAZING one. There is so much blog love out there for the taking. I have met some incredible, talented, caring, friendly, funny, and wonderful people in this community. I have grown as a writer and person because of it.

    You'll be seeing more of me in the future...

    Michael

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    1. Wow, thanks Michael! Yes the blogging community is amazing. I hope you enjoyed your trip to Florida. :)

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  10. Great post! The online writers' community is wonderful. I'm glad things are going well for you.

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  11. Hi Candy, It's great to meet you! :)

    For me, what drives me to belong to community @ IWSG is the support. It's my first time to go on this hop, and I've met amazing people. Everyone is so encouraging. It's good to see that I am not the only writer going through stuff, and kind of draws energy from that. And I know, if all the people have been there before me, I can overcome that as well. There is nothing as important as encouragement from people who understand what you are going through.

    I'm really glad to hear you are doing well. Love your blog too. I think I'm more earthy when it comes to colours. Love it!

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  12. Thanks for the visit Cecilia and the comments! Support, you said it.

    The background here at the trail, I made a few months back. I'm an acorn-monger. Every time I see one, I pick it up. Some, I bring home. Acorns represent life to me. Plus, I wrote my very first children's picture book about an acorn. The earthy tones suites me, too.

    My daughter caught me up on the hill last year, staring at the sunset, which I do a lot. Every sunset is a painting to me, so artistically structured. The picture was perfect and seemed to be appropriate for my experiences on the publishing trail. (Be glad it was dusk; my outfit was hideous!)

    Thanks for swinging by!

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  13. Hope each day brings you closer to full recovery. Glad the surgery is behind you and you are back writing here and looking' at those sunsets!

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  14. Oh! And thanks for the info on IWSG.

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    1. You're quite welcome, Deb! And thanks for the sweet comments about my surgery. No one is happier than me to have it behind me. :))

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  15. I love sunsets and sunrises, too. I do like the picture. Eye catching and that's good. It draws you in. :-)

    I do like IWSG--great group of people. I don't get to participate as often as I liked due to time constraints and blog schedule. I've found some great blogs when I have followed the breadcrumbs.

    I have a fabulous writing group I've been apart of since 2007--my Writing Wombats. I'm not much of a joiner but I'm glad to have joined that one. When we started out none of us were published. We started chatting as participants of a big writing contest. We shared thoughts, tips and ideas. I think we have about 20 or so traditionally pubbed authors and at least that many non-traditional--small indie publishers and now self pubbed. We also have editors, PR people, and publishing people. The cool thing? There is a lot of sharing of the business end of writing. We've also become good friends and we've had quite a few Wombat meets, as we call them, where we've met each other in various places in the States. The support from that group is phenomenal. Without them? I certainly wouldn't be where I am now.

    Glad surgery went well.

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

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    1. I'm honored, Sia! Your blog is lovely, too and I enjoyed my visit this morning, over coffee!!

      Your writing group, the Writing Wombats sounds incredible! What a fabulous group of people to be involved with.

      Thanks for your visit and comments. :))

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  16. Hi Candy, thanks for the comment! I wish you well in your recovery and believe you'll be even stronger than before. I'm excited for your YA novel. Tell everyone you can about your novel. That's kept me motivated to finish faster. My first novel, Provex City, took me a long time early on because I really kept it to myself. I was nervous how people would react to my dream of becoming a writer (insecure? in the IWSG? haha). I really lit the fire under my second book, right now a wip, by telling everyone and beginning to blog. It's really given me the drive to push through insecurities and continue on. I'm exited for what you're accomplishing right now! Write, rewrite, write, submit, and dream big! You can't fail if you don't quit. I'm a new follower. :)

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    1. Thanks, Michael! I find once the person knows the premise behind my YA, they're intrigued, and that is inspiring. However, on the flip-side, I am so shy about telling non-writerly people about it because they say things like, "Oh, when will you publish it?" And then I just shake my head because they have no earthly idea!

      You've accomplished so much! Good for you. :))

      And you're so right. I can't fail if I don't quit. Thanks!

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