IWSG Day, Changes & Celebrations

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Happy IWSG Day! Whew, it’s the 6th IWSG Day of the year and we’re coming together again to do what we do best. Offering support and encouragement to our fellow writers. Thanks for bringing this community together goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.
The awesome co-hosts posting today are: Diane Burton, Kim Lajevardi,Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!
Interested in joining us? Click on the badge above. Our Twitter hashtag and handle are #IWSG and @TheIWSG.
So what’s going on with me this month?

Well my six year blogiversary was 11 days ago. Wow, I’ve been blogging for six years. I wonder if I should stop by Corner Bakery this morning for their chocolate mini bundt cake to celebrate?

Happy 6yr Blogiversary
So what else is going on with me this month?
After two decades of doing my hair the same way. At least two of those years I wore box braids during college, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I got faux locs!



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Another thing going on with me this month is that today I’m saying goodbye to 35 year old me. And tomorrow I’ll be saying hello to 36 year ol-
N-nope, nope can’t do it, as my youngest son would say.


Another thing going on with me this month, is that I’ve finally heard back from Write Bloody Publishing 2019 Contest yesterday. Alas it was a rejection. But they also wrote me to consider sending them another poetry submission again. During their next submission period. Or to their neighborly press like Copper Canyon Press and University of Hell Press. Which I’ll definitely will. As well as submit again to Feminine Collect.


I’d also set up profiles on Fiverr.com, Guru.com and Elance.com offering my services as a proofreader and light copyediting services. All the while, I’m wondering if it’ll a successful accomplishment.


And do you remember this IWSG question, ‘In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?’ Well, I’m three years in. And I’m starting to feel a teeny weeny bit panicky. 2019 is halfway over. Which means I have the rest of the year to finish rewriting and editing, both Foreseen and Triplicity manuscript. And have it polished and ready to query and publish by 2021. Dare I jinx myself and don’t believe I’ll make it?
What about you, are you where you see yourself in five years? Made any changes in your life recently? Have any celebrations to celebrate?

on a blogging break


  1. Happy Birthday, Lady!
    Don’t get panicky yet, just keep chipping away at your goals one bite at a time. You can do it.
    Wishing you a great new year for your life. That doors continue to open and that you meet the right people that can help you get where you want to be.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  2. Happy birthday and blog anniversary! Yes, I’m totally on board with you having a cake to celebrate all the things. I get it with the panic feelings. My last few IWSG posts have been laying out all of mine. Hang in there, you’ll get through this.

    Love the locs! Back in 2011 I committed to getting Sister Locs and LOVE them. Man it was the best decision ever for me. Hope you enjoy your time with the faux locs. 🙂

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    • Thank you. Was late this morning so missed my chance for that mini bundt cake but there’s always tomorrow. Hopefully, the chocolatey goodness will calm the panickness (is that even a word) down.
      Never thought I’d actually do locs. And after sitting in that chair for a third of the day I’m definitely going to enjoy them.


  3. Goals change over time. When you set them, your circumstances were different. I bet you’re ahead of the game on some fronts and behind on others, but the important thing is to keep going and give yourself room to grow! @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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    • You’re right. Thanks for reminding me of that. Got caught up in where I’m not at that I’d forgotten all about how sometimes life happens to change your plans and goals. And I’ve noticed as well, after doing my writing reports, how sometimes I’m either behind or ahead or started new goals from the ones I’ve planned for.


    • So very true. Got caught up with how much time has passed and the little to show for it. Adjustments is a way of life. Will have to make that my motto to remember when I get panicky.

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  4. Congratulations on both anniversaries, your birth and your blog! Love the do too! Never give up and don’t think those negative thoughts – they just take away your creative energy – go on an author’s playdate instead – be a child – play like a child – use your eyes to experience – you will come back from it (minimum 2 hours alone) full of connection to your creative “I can do” side 🙂

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  5. Happy B/day and Blog Anniversary. My blog five-year is coming up next month. I do not know where the time goes – somewhere with the lost socks, I think.

    So no, you should not jinx yourself with negative thoughts. Our thoughts are really the only thing we have control over. If you can imagine it, you can do it. And sometimes we do have to adjust for traffic and detours, and other people’s b.s., but that doesn’t mean our journey stops. You can do this!

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    • Thanks. And yes where do the time go. When I first started blogging I couldn’t believe it when I found out how there were blogger who’d been doing this for 10 years or more. Now here I am at 6 and your 5th blogiversary is soon upon you. Doing anything special to celebrate?
      PS I’ll try not to jinx myself. And will believe I can do this.

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