Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October IWSG

It's that time again! Happy Insecure Writers Support Group day! Can you believe it's already October? I hope all of you are writing or revising your hearts out. I've had my thinking hat on for two weeks now, making plans for a few changes around my blog. I hope to put these changes into effect in the next couple of weeks.

For October's IWSG post, I'd like to talk about making plans and breaking plans. It drives me nuts. I'm constantly disappointing myself, and sometimes, others are effected. Then comes the punishment phase, which is usually in a dark, musty corner of my mind, where I sit and fester for days. Not a fun place to be.

So part of my BIG change is a commitment to follow through with my writing plans. My original writing plans. The ones I promised myself I'd complete, years ago. This flitting from one shiny to the next will cease and desist. Not to sound cliche, but I'm like a kid in a freaking candy store lately. I will buckle down and see my writing plans through. And when I'm done, maybe I'll move onto something else.

IWSG members, do you suffer from the not-following-through-with-a-project syndrome? Have a magical cure?

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The sweet & charming Clare Dugmore awarded me the One Lovely Blog Award. For those of you who don't follow her, click on over. Her blog had a makeover and her new header is fabulous!! 

Here are the required seven fun facts about me:

1. I hate beans. Any kind of bean. They're mushy and blah!
2. I love a good romantic comedy movie.
3. I'm obsessed with paranormal shows, especially Ghosthunters.
4. I love going to see musicals.
5. I adore the fall season. *See pic below*
6. I garden veggies year round.
7. Okay, ready for this one. It's BIG. I believe somewhere out there, is Bigfoot. Just saying.

I'm no good at passing out blog awards. So I award anyone and everyone who comments to pick up the One Lovely award and pass on the love. :))

In honor of fall, I built a scarecrow for the front porch. Yes, he enjoys cool nights and reading my copy of Sucker Literary Magazine.


31 comments:

  1. Find the tastiest treat and focus on that!
    And congratulations on the award.

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    1. How do you find the time?? Thanks, Alex!

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  2. I love the scarecrow! Choose the most important task in front of you and focus your energy on achieving it and you will.

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    1. You're so right. And thanks. I had a blast making the scarecrow!!

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  3. Don't make plans and you won't break them. No I'm kidding. I'm the worst at that too. Ask my kids, I'm never promise anything. I love fall too! These time of year is perfect in every way!

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    1. I try really hard not to make promises either. Because then it usually affects others. :/

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  4. Hi there! It's been awhile. It seems like every time I stop by your blog you've won another award! Congrats :) I know what you mean about sticking to plans. I'm revising my novel AGAIN, but this time feels different. Of course I'm still going through the same recycled ups and downs of the process. I sometimes feel stuck in that process. Somehow though, I know I will break through. I bet you will too. Thanks for the encouragement.

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    1. Katie, it has been a while! I need to stop by your blog and see how you're doing as well. This afternoon. :))

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  5. Love the scarecrow. If you like musicals, I would think you are looking forward to December's LES MISERABLES. :-)

    Congrats on the award. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I wrote several posts on it and a whole chapter in RITES OF PASSAGE on it.

    Staying the course is the hardest thing you will ever learn: it's not how you start but how you finish that counts.

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    1. Our high school is putting on Les Miserables this weekend. We're going. :)

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  6. Wish I had a cure for the "not-following-through-with-a-project" syndrome; I suffer from that all the time! Usually I just get irritable and become unpleasant to be around until I've accomplished enough to satisfy myself, but in rare cases it's enough to make me quit a project. Don't let that happen to you! See your projects through to the end, and don't get discouraged (easier said than done, but you can do it!)

    Thanks for sharing seven facts about yourself. Fall is the best time of year, isn't it? I might take you up on that blogger award offer for my next post. My sidebar looks kinda bare ;-)

    Enjoy the Halloween season!

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    1. Go for it! The award is yours, all yours. :P

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  7. Nice to meet you through the IWSG! I also need to work on "following through with my writing plans!" I'm an avid procrastinator. Great scarecrow! Julie

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    1. Nice to meet you too! I'll have a few hours this afternoon to stop by blogs. I look forward to getting to know you!

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  8. Set achievable goals. Ones that you can't fail with. Start with those. Mark those off your list. I find that the more tasks I cross off my list (no matter how small) the more motivated I am to tackle more.

    Just a thought :) Good luck!

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    1. Kelley, you're the best! Always so positive! You're right. Count the small things too, which I never seem to do. My family brings that up to me all the time. Thanks!!

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  9. You know what's coincidentally creepy with syndrome? I have this in my IWSG post: "I can't stop editing along the way" syndrome.
    Great minds and all that. :D

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    1. Jackie, how funny! I'll be sure to swing by this afternoon and read your post. I'm on my way out the door. My writing partner and I are off to one of the largest antique / craft shows in the US today!! We're talking miles and miles of booths. People come from all over to shop and sell in Round Top / Warrenton Texas, only 12 miles from my home.

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  10. In a way it's good to have so many projects, but to finish some would be awesome.

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  11. Candy; this made me smile. Oh, to finish just one project at a time . .

    I hope you get organized. I can't say I've done that yet, but you never know what that horizon might rise to the challenge with :)

    I love your scarecrow! Could you come over and put one on my porch, lol.

    ..........dhole

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  12. I love musicals, as well. And I'm so super terrible at organization... my writing is located in a similar file structure to this: desktop/new folder/misc/writing/new folder/misc/new folder/new folder (2)/misc. Sooooo...comparatively speaking....I'd say you're alright ;)

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  13. Pick the big gobstopper on the right. :P
    Good luck!

    I love Fall, too. ;)

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  14. I agree Denise!
    Donna, I'm glad to hear I made you smile. :)) If we lived close, I'd put a scarecrow on your porch for sure!!
    Randi, you crack me up!!!
    Melissa, LOL!! Yay fall time. :)

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    1. I can totally relate to chasing the newest shiny. Lately I've taken to short stories as I am avoiding my novel, but I find that short stories are quicker than starting new novels, at least. Also, a lot of writers associations require qualifying sales, so stories are a good way to get that. Just an idea. Good luck. Your literary scarecrow is adorable.

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  15. Ahh, yes, I can completely agree with you on this one: I don't follow through on my writing plans but I must, one of these days.

    Thanks for commenting and following my blog! Nice to meet you! *shake hands* :)

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  16. I have a whole host of things that are still on my to do list from August. My novel was supposed to be completed by October 1 (I am at the very tail end of it now). I just think that some times we get overly ambitious. There is nothing wrong with taking our time (as long as it's not too much time). The slower pace helps me to get more quality work done. Nothing wrong with that. Nice scarecrow, btw!

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  17. It is so nice to meet you Candilynne. I am pretty sure I have writers ADD. I have been having SO much trouble lately concentrating on on project at a time. I made the mistake of trying to work on 3 wip's at the same time. I think the summer had a lot to do with it too.
    Hopefully we can both start following through now that fall is here:)

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  18. oh sweet candilynn. you dont have to be bound by your goals. you can make new ones if things dont feel right. it can be frustrating to not meet them, but things change. follow your heart! you will find the right project that takes you to the end!

    good luck! & keep writing!

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  19. I have trouble making goals and keeping to them too. But I try to to be so hard on myself when I don't meet my goals. I like to look at my reasons for not beating them. Like, did I not finish editing my MS in the time I'd allotted because I was lazy and played on Sims? Or was it because I put that story aside, because I knew now isn't the right time for it?
    I think sometimes jumping from project to project is good, because it keeps the creative juices flowing. But other times, you just need to tell yourself to stop, and focus on one thing - or at least I do!!

    Thanks for the shout-out, and compliments on my new header. :D

    Love you facts, and getting to know a little more about you. I love fall too, and also believe in Bigfoot ... and aliens ... and the Loch Ness monster ...

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  20. I know things have been tough recently, but I hope you find the follow through you're striving for. I'm rooting for you! :)

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  21. Thank you for IWSG visits, Livia, Doreen, and Quanie!
    Tara, thank you for your sweet words. :)
    Clare, lol. Luckily for me, I don't play games. If I did, I'd be in trouble. :/
    Mike, your comment makes me smile. Thank you.

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