It’s the first Wednesday in the month and IWSG Time has come around again.
IWSG, a writer’s support group created by Alex Cavanaugh, is a big help to many of us who don’t mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement to others.
So, if you are interested and would like to join, please go to the IWSG Website at
My article is posted below.
The Second Milestone
Last month, I finished my first milestone, and I am waiting on the critiques from my writing coach/book editor before I start with my rewrite/revision in July. It is my plan to finish and pass it back to her for final reading/critique the middle of August so that I can start seeking representation by the middle of September.
However, I am constantly fighting with myself. I recognize this first book is like a baby to me. Do I want to let her go? I know myself well enough to admit I am scared.
That is why every encouraging quote from someone else’s blog encourages me. I snap them up in my heart like a woman was lost in the desert without water.
So my insecurity is picking up the gauntlet and beginning the second milestone.
As one unknown poet said years ago,
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late as the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
I keep telling myself I have gone too far, gotten too close to stop now. So, as I write I hear the soft whisperings of this unknown poet’s verses in my ear:
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
Submissions for the month of April:
Turn The Lights On – Still outstanding- Master’s Review
Mr. Jake – Wigleaf
Annie and Severo – Diverse Voices Quarterly.
Short Story Rejections for the month of April:
Mr. Jake – Kenyon Review
Lottie – Glimmer Train
Annie and Severo – AWC Writer’s Competition
Poem, Don’t Quit, Author Unknown, taken from the following web link: