IWSG and Weekly News

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.


About kimlajevardi

I am a forty-something-year-old writer. I'm currently drafting my second book. I've also written short stories, poems, and some non-fiction over the last several years. My interest in writing formed during countless hours with my nose tucked in books. I may have even been clutching a novel as I was born. :)
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40 Responses to IWSG and Weekly News

  1. Lidy says:

    Thanks for co-hosting this month!
    I like your WOTY. Yes, it’s important to focus on controlling things you actually have control over. Doing otherwise will bring frustration and headaches.

  2. Ronel Janse van Vuuren says:

    “everything else will get blasted away with loud music” I like that 🙂

  3. J.Q. Rose says:

    Control is a great word. Not spinning my wheels anymore is a saying I have adopted as I mature. I see others spinning their wheels and want to tell them to stop! We cannot control what we cannot control. Very wise. Thanks for co-hosting!

  4. Kathy says:

    Thank you for co-hosting! Focusing on the things we can control and letting go of everything else is a great way to start the new year!

  5. Loni Townsend says:

    Best of luck with your control! I find it too difficult to control even myself, let alone anything around me. I hope you identify many areas you can work to your liking, and that you regain all the footing the pandemic yanked out from under us.

  6. Jemima Pett says:

    Very wise, both to concentrate on what you can control, and to blast the rest with loud music! I spent the last week of the year playing musicals all day, loudly enough that nobody could hear when I joined in. Did me the world of good!
    Thanks for cohosting this week.

  7. I like Control, as a word. I’m feeling pretty in control at the moment, although I’ll have to work hard to make it continue that way!

    I’ve seen enough Star Trek episodes to be wary of wormholes…

  8. mlouisebarbourfundyblue says:

    Thanks for co-hosting today, Kim! Great word and take on “control.” I tend to worry about things I can’t control like the Ukraine-Russia war ~ ridiculous, I know. I loved the story about the Tasmanian devil, and the wormhole piece was really interesting. Have a happy 2023.

  9. Steph W says:

    If Farscape is accurate, I want to live on a ship like Moya! But seriously, wormholes are so fascinating!

  10. Olga Godim says:

    Great word. There is so much out of our control in our lives, we need to seize control of what we could.

  11. Good choice! Control what we can, and let the rest go. I’ll pass on the loud music, but maybe a nice pair of blinders?

  12. L. Diane Wolfe says:

    The Tasmanian Devil is kinda cute.

    We can control our attitude and that’s about it. Sometimes actions, but that can be limited.

  13. Adrienne Reiter says:

    I love it. Control what’s possible, and no one takes our power away. Happy New Year! Here’s to learning more about worm holes.

  14. patgarcia says:

    Hi and Happy New Year!
    Control a good choice. Sometimes you have to let loose and wait and see what happens. Wishing you all the best for 2023 and thanks for co-hosting.
    Shalom aleichem

  15. diedre says:

    Happy New Year, Kim! Control is an excellent word for seeing all your plans to fruition 😉 Very best wishes. Thanks for co-hosting!

  16. debscarey says:

    Great choice – control what you can and keep your focus there. It worked for me in 2020 and I hope it works for you as well in 2023. All the very best from one co-host to another!

    Debs posting today from Fiction Can Be Fun
    Also found at Debs Despatches

  17. Good choice for your word! It’s good to remember to focus on what we can actually influence. @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

  18. Patricia says:

    I always have to remind myself to only worry about the things I can control. It makes life easier when I focus on those things.

  19. Jemi Fraser says:

    Great choice for your word! Focusing on only what we can control makes life a whole lot easier and more pleasant!! Hope your 2023 is fabulous!

  20. Great song. Em&Em reminds me of a younger Christopher Walken. Happy 4th New Day, Kim. Thanks for co-hosting.

  21. I bet many can’t say they’ve had a Tasmanian Devil in their house!
    Control what you can control – good attitude.
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

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