IWSG Day, Happy 2022, Writer Goals & Regrets

Happy IWSG Day and Happy New Year! We’re together again for the first bloghop of 2022 and many more. Congrats for bringing and keeping us together goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh. Thank you for creating this wonderful IWSG community.

The co-hosts for the January 5th posting of the IWSG are: Erika Beebe, Olga Godim, Sandra Cox, Sarah Foster, and Chemist Ken!

Interested in joining us? Click on the badge above. Our Twister hashtag and handle are #IWSG and @TheIWSG.

So, what’s going on with me this month. Well, I’ve come to a decision, a second time making such a decision, that as god as my witness I’ll never pants again!

just replace ‘be hungry’ with ‘pants’

Though I didn’t manage to make my word count goal I did get more writing done than I have before. I plan to take a writing break in January and then in February plan to preplot and outline the hell out of book two. As well as tying clues between the two books. Then focus on either book one or book two for 2022.

Now here’s what my third tri-annual writing progress report of 2021 looks like.


  • No new works submitted 


  • No new stories added on Wattpad


  • Participated in NaNoWriMo 2021
    • Introduced new characters
    • Added new notes, pictures, etc in Evernote
    • Wrote 5,130 words

2022 Writing plan:

  • Rewrite, revise “The Otherside of Paradise”
  • Continue draft book two of WIP “The Otherside of Sanctuary”
  • Draft book three “The Otherside of Home”

As you see my 2022 is as lean as last year’s. Though calling it lean is a stretch when my writing plan consists of working on three novels. For now, I have some Chinese dramas I’ve been bingeing to finish.

Until then, Happy New Year! Happy Reading! Happy Writing! 

January 5 question – What’s the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?

One thing I regret the most, is something I often tell my sons not to do. Not getting into the publishing industry much sooner. I’d always dreamed of becoming a writer until a teacher told me writing was just a hobby. Hearing that crushed my spirits and I detoured from my original goal. Luckily, I came to my senses after taking an elective class my freshman year in college. 

So I tell them, whatever they want to do, as long as it isn’t illegal, amoral or inhumane, they mustn’t let anyone stop them. Including themselves. There’s someone from your aspirations you admire, and want to go into the same profession? Find out where they went to school. Better yet find out if they’d also become teachers/professors. Get the necessary credits, do internships, join a club/group, etc. 

As long as it’s for your dream don’t waver in doing what you have to do. Don’t let an opportunity to make it a reality pass you by. And as life will hit you with a detour or two, don’t take too long to get back on your path.

What are you up to this month? What are your goals for 2022? What’s the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?


    • It can be devastating when a teacher can be so dismissive about a dream like that. At least we were able to work through it eventually. Hoping this year will be more productive than the last few.

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    • Thanks Susanne. Glad I took that elective class. Goes to show I couldn’t let my dream of being a writer go. And I remember how that professor for the class told me he enjoyed having me in class and reading my work. So one teacher taketh away, another teacher giveth back. Best for 2022 to you too.

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  1. Great goals for the new year! I hope you’re able to check them all off this time next year.

    And the chattering-negativity-monkeys are a real species. They’ve had too much of my attention over the years.

    Julia Quay

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    • Yes. There have been so many moments missed in my youth that could’ve had me living this dream sooner. Remember how a HS teacher wanted to place me in AP English classes. But my mom vetoed the suggestion as she didn’t want me to be bullied. Guess she’d seen the movie Nerds too many times.


    • Aww, thanks Emaginette. Though my boys are much less inpsired than you. As I’ve mentioned before they’re so hardheaded. Lost count thw number of times I’ve given that advice. But won’t stop until they finally get it and it sinks in.

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