Happy New Year!
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:
No New Submissions this month
An Unexpected Surprise
I usually do not expect people to ask me about my writing. I am not privileged to live in a country where English is the primary language. Heck, not even a third of the people I know, know that I am a writer, and that is good because my characters challenge readers to change their perceptions and therefore their lives.
However, the funniest thing happened to me in May of 2018. I joined a small elderly knitting group to learn how to knit. This small group of elderly women has been knitting anywhere from forty to sixty years. They wholeheartedly welcomed me, a newbie, that had zero knowledge. I didn’t even know where to begin. I was really pitiful! About four weeks into joining the group (they meet on Wednesdays), one of the ladies asked me what did I do for a living. I said I write.
They were astonished, and the next question was about what? I gave them a small description of my book and these six women said, Oh Pat, is it in German? I told them that at first, it will be in English but who knows. That day, I received a fan club of six little elderly women who can’t wait for my book to be finished so that it can be translated into German.
Since then, those ladies have been pulling for me, giving me courage, and hoping that the book I write will be successful.
I have always complained to God that I was the best-hidden writer in the whole world, and nobody even knew I existed over here. Well, I can’t say that anymore. He’s led me into a group that has become my biggest fan club and my best supporters, and they don’t even speak English!
In closing, I wish all of you an exciting year. Let us root for each other. It doesn’t matter whether we like or even read what the other writes. What matters is the heartfelt sincerity of wanting to see the other prosper. The pie is big enough for us all to have a big slice and there would still be pie left over.
Have an awesome 2019. I’m pulling for you.