The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

IWSG Day, November 1, 2017, NOVEMBER, The Month of NaNo

Hello Everyone,

It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time. 

IWSG is a writer support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It is a big help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us:

My report:

Submissions – None – (I am busy revising and will start submitting again in December or January 2018.

Outstanding Submissions

Three poems to the Lascaux Review – Still Outstanding

November, The Month of NaNo

Lying in my stack of books to write on my Evernote program are five novels that I have yet to finish. Three of them stem out of NaNo (National Novel Write More) an event I have been participating in for the last seven years. This year, I have not signed up for the very reason that it is time to take those manuscripts out of the stack and get them to the finish line. After I finished the debut, I plan to dive into one of them again.

For me, participating in NaNo comes down to me asking myself why am I writing? Am I writing to publish or writing just to be writing? Since almost everything I do is attached to my vision; I do my best to develop clear goals that are going to keep me moving forward. We tend to forget, or at least I do, that the journey is not infinite. It will end one day. Keeping this in mind, I want to move these books out of the dormant status and see them published, and that is not my being morbid.

There are people I need to touch with what I write, and I cannot do that as long as my books are sitting in a stack on my computer in my Evernote program or Scrivener.  Besides that, I find it a waste of my time to write just to be writing with no goal in sight. Not that that is wrong. This is not a judgment call on anyone but me.

For this year and maybe the next three years, I am not consciously planning to participate in NaNo. I am making it dependent on how fast the books I have already written take to get on the bookshelves of online vendors, bookstores, and libraries.

Have a lovely month of November and to those of you who are participating in NaNo, the best of luck to you.

Walk carefully through November and stay safe.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G