Wednesday, January 8, 2020




It's 2020! WOW! I still can't believe it! Wasn't it only "yesterday" we were doing the "Y2K" thing and now it's TWENTY years later. We all have cell phones, computers, and every new gadget created in this new century. But, we still have our old anxieties lurking in the background and we drag them into each new year and decade. I say..."LET'S leave THEM in the PAST and start fresh. A new year and a new decade...Yay! What do you say? Agreed? You, bet!

First, the one thing I don't want to forget about is the wonderful people behind the IWSG! It's bigger and better than ever. Who would have ever imagined the success of this group thanks to the founder and our friend,! here! This organization has catapulted into far more than any of us would have ever imagined. 

For those of you who have not joined, please do by stopping by Alex's blog and signing up right away...we need you! We can ALL use good advice and we all have some to give to others who are in need. I know I am thrilled and honored to be apart of it. 

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday. For me, well, it was interesting, to say the least. I traveled for three days in a fifteen-foot truck from Florida to my new country home in Galena, IL. When I arrived the place was covered in construction dust... and to top that, my kitchen was completely ripped out and had NO WALLS. I FREAKED...of course... who wouldn't? So now I was faced with only three weeks until Christmas and would be living in barely livable space. 

After my mini-breakdown, I dug in and started to clean. In four days, I managed to create a somewhat inhabitable place. Over the past five weeks, the house is now set, EXCEPT for the kitchen. I am staying here until it is done! Hopefully in a few more weeks. I finally have walls. LOL.

Writing took a back seat. I had planned to come to my new country haven and finish the remaining chapter of MK. HA! Talk about anxiety. I could barely breathe. Also, looming over me is the prospect of my basal cell removal surgery scheduled for tomorrow (just a small spot, pre-cancer, nothing to worry about...I hope and pray. That's what the doctor told me, anyway). On the plus side, I need to rest and not do anything strenuous to mar my face, SO,  now I have two weeks of post-op to chain myself to my computer and FINISH my editing. I will certainly do my best to IGNORE the construction dust, the noise from the kitchen floor install, cabinet install, etc. This is going to be quite a task for me... I may need to be drugged. LOL. I would appreciate some good vibes and prayers at this time for keeping my sanity and for the surgery. I am hoping once I immerse back into my manuscript, I will block out the rest. One can hope.

I will also be visiting your blogs as much as possible after every few hours of work. Although I am editing, I also have to write about five more chapters... no, I still haven't written them yet, but now I will.

Thanks for all your support and friendship throughout the years. Even though many of us have cut down on our blogging to a bare minimum, I still know we all love to keep in touch with our blogger buddies and wish them the best in their writing journeys and in their personal lives. I may disappear for a while, but the community is always in my thoughts and prayers. And...I always return. LOL

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE, and may 2020 be a HAPPY AND HEALTHY year for all of us!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Hi All!

This year is flying by and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. What a crazy rollercoaster ride of a year. At least it has been for me.  Starting a new life is always difficult, but when you do so in later years, it means so much more. When you are young, you "go with the flow" and let life happen to you. But as you mature into middle age, you think of only planning each and every step very carefully. As we all know, LIFE has a tendency to leave hurdles in our way. You find that you are traveling on much bumpier roads than imagined. But, through it all, one has to persevere. Which leads me to my point...

Like with LIFE, one has to persevere with their writing. I am proof of that! I have been writing for the past decade, and I have yet to be traditionally published. Yes, I have had blurbs, book covers, and essays published, but not any of my novels. That will hopefully change in the forthcoming year. Now that I am on my way to my next level of life, it is time to finish up the manuscript I have been working on for two years. MOMMY KAY will be finished. It is time. We all work at our own pace and putting UNNECESSARY pressure on ourselves to "pump" out a new book every year is just too much. Writing is supposed to be a joyous thing. It is not meant to create stress for ourselves. So if you are in the middle of a manuscript and are frustrated that you have not finished it yet, DON'T. ENJOY the journey... Life is too short and we need to live it. I have lost of few friends this year. They "moved on" way before they should have. Enjoy each day. Slow down and take in your surroundings. Our writing will always be there waiting for us. With each new life experience, your writing will take on a new facet...remember the brilliance of a diamond comes from the many facets that are cut into it.  Just like with amazing and brilliant writing, our life experiences will flow into the facets of each story we write.

My journey has been a very slow one, but I am okay with that. When the time comes for my story to be published it will and when it does, my readers will live my story through my words. That is what wonderful writing is all about!

So take heart, live life, and enjoy the wonders that will unfold before you.

Another holiday season is upon us. Slow down, enjoy the time with your family and friends. When the new year evolves, then start it off fresh with a new spark of life.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! May you all be truly blessed and thankful.

I know I am thankful for the IWSG and for the many people who give their time and talent to continue its success. When Alex first started this group, I was one of the first to join. If you have not already, drop by his blog and sign up...Thank you all in the IWSG, WE love you!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019



Sorry, I don't have time to do a full post since I am in the process of moving. I hope you all have a wonderful October...see you next month!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019


Hi all,

Welcome to another post of the IWSG. Today I am very concerned about all the victims in the Bahamas from the horrific Dorian. Please send out prayers to all those poor people who have been devasted by Dorian. Sadly, this is still not over, but at least Dorian is weakening and with God's help it will disperse and not do too much damage to the US. 

Natural disasters, like Dorian, plague us all, but these devasting storms show us how precious our lives are and we need to step back and reflect. With all the civil unrest in the US and around the world, it is times like these that make me think we ALL need to get along, stick together, and be kinder to one another.

This month I have no anxieties with my writing because I am concentrating on packing up my condo in Chicago. Yes, I am finally moving out of Chicago. It's time. Today I am traveling to the charming town of Galena, IL to look for a country house. Just three hours west of Chicago and on the Mississippi is Galena. A storybook village which I hope will motivate to finish up my writing projects once I settle in. As we ALL know, our surrounding influence our writing. If a writer is not comfortable in his/her writing space, they will be tons of anxieties about writing. So, for this month's post, I want to suggest to all fo you that you make your writing spaces cozy and comfortable. We spend SO MUCH time in our writing spaces, they NEED to be comfortable.

May everyone be safe on the east coast of the US. Alex, I hope you and your family will take extra care and stay safe through this storm. I know the Carolinas will be hit by the storm, so our prayers go out to you all.

Thank you, to the whole IWSG team to give us ALL the opportunity to learn from each other and to vent our insecurities. If you would like to join our group, please drop by Alex's site to sign up...

Take care, everyone!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019


Hi All.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! 

As we all know it's the first Wednesday of the month and it's time for another IWSG post. Thanks to all the endeavors of the founder Alex Cavanaugh and his staff, we all have one day a month to express our anxieties over writing. With the support of this community we are priveldged to receive emotional support and advice. What a wonderful way to spend our Wednesdays! If you would like to join, please sign up at Alex's blog here. 

This month wasn't the best for writing. I am still having difficulties pludging into the remainder of my present WIP. I did manage a few pages, but that isn't nearly enough. However, I decided to read some new books instead. It has helped tremedously. This was advice given to me from my last post, and it has stirred my craving for writing again. Hopefully this will get me out of my slump. 

One of my favorite reads was Tara Tyler's third book in her BEAST series: Windy Hollow. For all of you fantasy lovers out there, this is a series you will quite enjoy! Windy Hollow is a wonderful story on its own, but if you have the chance to read the first two book along with this one, you will be hooked on this series as I am. I can't wait until book four! Here is the amazon link for you convenience. Link. 

So, if you are experiencing a slump in your writing, try reading a few books to get your juices flowing. 

Well, that is all for now.  Have a wonderful month and I'll see in you September!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019


Hi All,

Time has flown by faster than afternoon thunderstorms in Florida! Sorry I missed last month, I remembered the day after posting day and decided to just wait until this month. 

Thankfully Alex let's us skip a month every now and then. Thank you, Alex. And thanks to all the AMAZING people who contribute their valuable time to the IWSG! Give yourselves a great big hand! "Applause!" For those of you who wish to join our membership, please drop over to Alex's site to sign up! 

As we ALL know, life always seems to get in the way. I have been putting off writing the remaining chapters of MOMMY KAY for over a month now. I often wonder why the procrastination. Yes, life has certainly reared its ugly head at me. But FINALLY the repair work was complete on my condo TODAY...YAY! What a long drama it was from hiring lawyers, spending tons of money, and the final outcome was I had to go through my own insurance company to have the repairs done, EVEN AFTER they entered my unit illegally (without my permission). For all of you condo owners out there, look at your DOCS... they get away with EVERYTHING. Even if the work was ordered by them and their people damage the inside of your unit, YOU are responsible. Bogus, but sadly true. I learned the hard way.

Now back to writing. I know I've discussed this before, but how do we get back into writing with such a time lapse? I know the usual answers, re-read the manuscript, jump right in with both feet, don't think about it, just write... easier said than done. What do you do, when you really lost interest in the ms? I ADORNED every moment writing about MK, but now that I have to continue the story, which limits MK's involvement, now focusing on the daughter's life, I find it mundane and not very fun. MK's life was a whirlwind, and the daughter's focuses more on her drama's dealing with failed marriages and raising her handicapped daughter as a single mother. Yes, this is important writing as well, but it's not fun. How does a writer get over this kind of slump? 

I know I will get into it once I begin again, but taking that first step is sooooo difficult. I wish there was an easy solution. Someone, please have one! LOL. We ALL want to know....

So that's where I'm at this month. Hopefully I'll have more exciting news for you next month, but this one is my insecure month...


Wednesday, May 1, 2019


Hi All,

Sorry for the late post, but it's been one of those LONG days. I'm sure you can relate. 

Last month I had posted about some health issues. Thank you, all for your prayers and positive vibes. They certainly worked; I am very HAPPY to report that it's nothing too serious. However, it was quite the scare. 

I have had high blood pressure for a while now because of my weight gain triggered by the prednisone I was taking for my chronic arthritis...this is a very toxic drug that blows you up like a balloon. I had put on over 70 pounds in two months, which of course, triggered the HBP. 

Between this and LIFE's pressures, stress sent my BP through the roof. It created horrible chest pains, which felt like heart attack symptoms. Being a middleaged man, this was a great concern. Men and women of our age are prone to heart disease and it's a number one killer of people in our age group. 

For the past month, I have changed my lifestyle dramatically; I'm now monitoring my stress levels, eating right, and exercising. As many of you remember I was in peak health only a few short years ago. It doesn't take long for stress to take over our health. SO, I am speaking to all of my wonderful friends who are stressing... Stress comes from everywhere. We, as creative people, are passionate, so everything affects our lives. Even writing stresses many of us. Not having time to write, not figuring out our plots, character developments, fight scenes, beginnings, endings, middle slumps, etc. You get the picture. Take some time to reflect. Take time for YOU... step away, take a leisurely walk, meditate, start a workout program. Find ways to relieve this deadly stress. When you think of that quote, "Stress can kill you..." Realize that it CAN.

I took some time off even from my rewrites of MOMMY KAY. I needed to step away from everything. It was so good for my recovery. My BP is almost normal. I dropped close to 40 pounds of the 70 I had gained last year from the prednisone, and my mind is fresh and ready to jump back into the rewrites. Be kind to yourself. I have said this many times before, but we all have a tendency to forget this when we are spreading ourselves too thin. Spring is a time for rebirth... it's the perfect time to slow things down and concentrate on treating yourself to some much needed personal time.

Thank you, Alex, and the wonderful IWSG team for keeping all of us in check as well as having the opportunity to vent our anxieties as well as to connect with our fellow writers once a month. If you haven't signed up yet, don't hesitate to join our group and become part of this wonderful family. Pop over to Alex's site right now.

Sending out a HUGE hug to you all!

Have a wonderful month!