Quote of the Day: As life goes on it becomes tiring to keep up the character you invented for yourself, and so you relapse into individuality and become more like yourself everyday. Agatha Christie

Today is another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. You can also visit the founder Alex J. Cavanaugh for more info and links.

Question of the Month: The IWSG celebrates 12 years today! When did you discover the IWSG, how do you connect, and how has it helped you?

I’ve been connected to IWSG from the start. I believe I missed the very first posting because, like today, it was my birthday. I learned about it from Alex because I followed his blog from early in my blogging days. It’s been a great connector. I’ve made friends and connections and looked forward to their posts, and reading their comments on mine. At one point, my blog was listed in the first 10 blogs on the IWSG site. One of my short stories was selected for the IWSG anthology in 2018, Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime at Dancing Lemur Press. I’ve dropped off a bit, now, since I knew I wouldn’t be able to post or read comments much this summer. But, I’m back today, because I want to help Alex and the rest of the team celebrate, and because this has been a great source for me to make connections, learn about the writing and publishing world, and get inspiration and offer encouragement, as the motto goes.

This summer, I traveled with my sisters and cousins to our family roots in Sweden and Norway. We had an epic adventure and met, or reconnected with, family in the “old country.” We came home just in time for my son’s wedding. Then, I taught theater classes and got right back to viewing and reviewing theater. 

Speaking of theater, I wrote a stage adaptation of Jeanne Cooney’s murder/mystery, It’s Murder, Dontcha Know. They will be doing a staged reading of the play at our local college, Central Lakes College, with the director of the department, Joseph Yow, directing, and local actors will be reading the parts. It’s very exciting! I’m so grateful for everyone who is willing to help in the development of this play. A regional theater is already looking at producing it next spring!

Graphic by Blue Cottage Agency

I have much to celebrate today. I’m hoping you do, too. This is my new year, with school back in session. Piano students coming back, or starting new ones, and celebrating another year of life.

Go. Create. Inspire!

Journaling Prompt: What are you celebrating this season?