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I'm happy to report few insecurities this month. I've figured out plot points for some WIPs I'm working on and have been getting words down. Fatigue hasn't been bogging me down and making everything difficult either. I'm enjoying this feeling while it lasts.
This month's optional question is: Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?
Regular visitors to my blog already know I have a few creative outlets besides writing. I paint, create jewelry and magnets, and knit.
The nice thing about these outlets is they don't require quite the brainpower that writing does. Knitting especially as I'm usually following a pattern, and I've been doing it since I was around 7 years old, so I can do certain stitches without looking. They allow me to be creative on days I'm too tired to string a sentence together. They're also super relaxing and a few give a nice instant gratification boost where as writing it can take months to years before the book is done and in your hands.
I have a Facebook page for them called Hi-5 MI Designs. #Shamelesspromo. I used to have an Etsy shop, but my chronic health issues made it too difficult to juggle everything needed for that on top of writing. Instead, I just stick with local craft shows. (But I'm totally open to shipping items to people if they see something they like.)
How are your insecurities this month? Do you have crafty hobbies? Or an Etsy shop?
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I thought I couldn't do it because I was going to be moving, but now I'm not moving until this weekend and at the time I'm writing this, I just emailed Alex to tell him I could do it today if he still needed me. I still have the email of who I was supposed to visit, so I'll hop around and do that even if Alex has filled my spot.
This month's question is: What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?
I can't think of a favorite question, but the least favorite is any question about my writing. I get so nervous, shy, and embarrassed to talk about my writing. It's hard for me to talk about because I feel silly talking about my imagination.
As for insecurities, I'm not going to start the year talking about them. They're still the same. (Do I suck at writing? Will I have enough energy to get everything done?) Instead, I'd like to focus on how I did on my 2018 goals and make new goals for 2019.
Over all, I did well in 2018. Especially given the fatigue bogging me down regularly and my brother's death at the beginning of the year. (Update on that: the estate business is done and closed! It only took 11 months.)
For 2019 I'd like to...
What are you plans for the year? Did you do well in 2018? Have you checked out the New Year, New Reads Blog Hop hosted by Tui Snider?
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This month's question is: What are five objects we'd find in your writing space?
I've only recently made an official writing space. Before, I just wrote on the couch. Now, I have a desk and around it right now is a painting I did of Michigan, a penguin, Tardis ornament, printer, and a notebook.
My insecurity this month stems from my lack of writing recently. Since October, writing anything more than 100 word drabbles has been tough. Most days, I try to think about what needs to happen next in a WIP and the words aren't there.
A combination of things are affecting my muse right now. Fatigue went away for a week then decided to come back with a vengeance, I have had craft shows most weekends, I'm dealing with the grief of it being the first Thanksgiving and Christmas without my brother, and having to deal with people when all I really want is to be alone to mourn.
It's left me exhausted out of my mind, so it's really no wonder writing isn't happening. I don't have the spare brain power. I'm doing other creative things, but knitting doesn't require much thinking because I'm following a pattern. I try not to feel guilty because once the holiday is over, and life calms down, I'll be writing again. I just need patience. And maybe a long nap.
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I'm going to skip this month's question in favor of saying thank you (and because I can't think of how to answer it.) Last month, I talked about the difficulties of selling books and how low sales got me down. I'd like to say this month was different, but my sales are still pretty sucky. What I'm saying thanks about is the other authors who commented and said, "Me too."
It was honestly nice to know I'm not the only one here stressing and wondering if I really just suck. Something about myself I learned in college was I don't get inspired by people doing better than me. I tend to get discouraged and wonder why I'm bothering. Reading about other authors struggling along side me lifted me up. I'm not alone out here and I'm not unique in this problem.
I think what's encouraging about that is it's telling me it's not ME in particular. No, I'm not a bad writer (although, there will be people who think so.) I'm just taking my time in finding my audience and stride.
PS: I recently lost a Patreon due to financial issues. Can everyone please send them some good vibes that those problems will end (especially with the holidays coming up.)
* Marie Landry
* Rainy Kaye
* Story Dam
* A to Z Challenge
* Alex J. Cavanaugh
* Larry Kollar
* C. Lee McKenzie
* A Book Lover's Playlist
* Cherie Reich
* M. Pax
* MJ FiField
* Melissa Barker-Simpson
* Christine Rains
* Heather M. Gardner
* George McNeese
* Lexa Cain
* L.G Keltner
* Sarah Foster
* Chrys Fey
* Liana K (Youtube)
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