Welcome to my first Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) post for 2023. We have a fresh writing slate ahead of us. Oh, can the writer who threw a pandemic at us in 2020, switch genres please? I’m thinking happy family comedy. Think I’ll get my wish? Yeah, me either. Guess I’ll just get on with things today.
January 4th question: Do you have a word of the year? Is there one word that sums up what you need to work on or change in the coming year? Control. There is a lot out of my control–the pandemic is just one enormous example, but there are many others. The publishing world is a small component of a very big out-of-my-control galaxy. So, I’m going to spend this year focusing on controlling those things I actually have control over, and everything else will get blasted away with loud music. I’m not going to keep trying to spin the wheels on someone else’s car.
Giving thanks is something in all of our control, so in that vein, join me in thanking my fellow co-hosts of this month’s post: Jemima Pett, Debs Carey, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, T. Powell Coltrin, and me.
And now for a bit of news.
This first story has the best understated line of any animal intruder story I’ve ever read. Her and her family “gathered atop the kitchen table…” I bet it was a bit more chaotic than a gathering. 🙂
In science news this week, theoretical messages from a wormhole. Please, please let scientists discover this is so much more than mathematically possible. Please.
I leave you with a song that embodies taking control for myself in the new year. Enjoy, and I’ll see you in seven.