Midway Point #IWSG

It’s the first and the first Wednesday of the month, making it Insecure Writer’s Support Group day!

Strangely, I’m not insecure.

When I started this year, I had high aspirations. I’d stick to intermittent fasting, I’d get regular exercise, and I’d finally finish all my book 2 revisions.

Thanks coronavirus. You really screwed up my plans.

But I’m not alone in the debacle created by a world-wide pandemic, so I don’t feel bad about not sticking to my goals. I also had bigger, more important things pop up, like my mom’s cancer. We cheered yesterday when she finished her last chemo treatment. It’s been hard on her, and at times, she couldn’t see how brave and strong she was. But she made it! And the world is a better place because of it.

On the writing front, I have actually been writing, it’s just not on what I’ve supposed to be working on. While I procrastinate on tackling the necessary yet daunting rewrites of book 2, my mind has wandered into book 3. And being back in the office for a couple of weeks has made it possible to actually get some writing done.

Therefore, no insecurities with me right now!

Do you tend to get side-tracked by one project when you’re supposed to be working on another? How are you holding up with life? Did you have to set aside personal goals because of covid?

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Loni Townsend

About Loni Townsend

Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel.

21 thoughts on “Midway Point #IWSG

  1. I’m so happy for you and your mom and your family! That’s such great news!

    If my mind wanders onto another project (for whatever reason), I tend to follow it. Why not? I don’t want to miss out on a potentially good story idea or plot fix or whatever it may be. Could also be why it takes me so long to finish anyway, but that’s how it goes, I guess.

    Big high five for no insecurities!

  2. Congratulations to your mom on her last round of chemo! I’m sending her virtual hugs and high-fives.

    Not sticking to goals this year is perfectly acceptable. 😉

  3. Glad to hear that you’re insecurity free! Pandemic Days have really turned any plans around that I had for this year, but that’s okay. That’s the way life often seems to work.

    And yes, my life journey has often been sidetracked–more so as I get older. Life is like a railroad to put it in some kind of poetic term.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  4. I’m sorry to hear about your mom’s cancer, but so thrilled the last chemo treatment is behind her! That’s definitely worth celebrating!! And yeah, thanks Corona for throwing everything out of funk this year. We’re all over the place!

    Glad to know you’re getting writing done! (Also worth celebrating)

  5. That’s awesome news about your mom! She beat it.
    Funny how you can write more at work than at home, isn’t it?

  6. Glad your mom is doing well after her chemo. I think seeing family members get sick and this pandemic really put what’s important and how much we can accomplish in perspective. Glad you’re doing so well.

  7. Oh, wow! So happy for you and your mom!

    I keep getting derailed by life stuff on my days off… filing a GAP insurance claim for one son, setting up cooking lessons for the other, dealing with doctor visits and tests for me. The list is endless! I’m ready for my days off to actually be days off. LOL I am grateful to have employment, though. I could be dealing with way worse problems.

  8. Congrats on your mom finishing chemo!

    That’s awesome that you’ve been able to write. I’m hoping to get back into it soon.

  9. Blessings for your mom on the end of her chemo. What a relief to have that behind her and your family.

    Covid pretty much detrailed most of my plans, especially the working out every day part, since the gyms are closed. And I haven’t been interested in working on my revision. I am so sick of that book. But I’ve rethought some things during the shut down, and changed directions a bit. So I am writing again, a brand new non-fiction project and I’ve bought a rowing machine. It’s all good.

  10. That’s wonderful news about your mother.

    We set aside a lot of events and travel. Well, the events just plain cancelled. Bummer.

  11. Best wishes to your mother. I hope she recovers completely.
    I also struggle with a health issue this summer, and the pandemic messed up with lots of doctors’ schedules and appointments. But I try to keep positive.

  12. When Covid kept my girls home from school, all my writing time turned into teaching and homework time. Now that it’s summer, I just can’t sit still at a desk. I’ve got to move. It will be interesting to see what happens in the fall. I have mixed feelings about whether or not I want the kidlets to be at school or at home to learn.

    That’s great news about your mom!

  13. Congrats to your mom. Getting through is a major accomplishment.

    When I am knitting, I like to have at least three projects going at any one time. That way, if one project is boring me or annoying me, I can switch out to something that fits my mood better. And I’m less likely to not do any knitting because there is always something that’ll work in the moment.

    I think this is true for writing as well. There is something about the project that you *should* be working on. Sometimes you need to not be working on it. So, congrats on getting something done, if not the thing you *should* have done.

  14. Wonderful, wonderful news about your mom, Loni! I’m smiling from ear-to-ear for you and your family. It’s no surprise you’re not feeling insecure this month! Awesome!

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  15. I think we both need help on focusing on what we need to focus on. COVID has actually given me more time, but I’m less productive than I was before.

    Glad to hear about your mom.

  16. Patty Josephine

    That’s great your mom finished her chemo!
    I’ve found myself not feeling that guilty over what I’m not getting done because, like you, I realize Corona has screwed everyone over. That and it can’t last forever. One day, we’ll get it beat.

  17. Great to hear your mom finished her treatment. My father in law is undergoing treatment right now and we’re hopeful. He has had 5 different kinds of cancer and has beaten them all. Hugs to you and your mom.

  18. When someone you love is going through cancer, all else flies out the window. Congratulations on the good news your mom has finished her treatments. May you only have good news from this point on! Yes, to the effects of the coronavirus on writing. I’ve been hearing a lot about this. Sticking to a routine may just not be possible every day, so I’m trying to forgive myself when I don’t reach a targeted goal. And I agree with practically everyone when they say, if a story is calling you, follow! Whatever gets on paper (or in that computer file) will lead to the next scene, and try not to worry about what’s ‘supposed’ to be written!

  19. That’s wonderful news about your mom.
    This pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works for everybody. Frustrating and scary times.
    Yay! Hang onto the insecurity-free moments.
    Stay safe.

  20. Christine Rains

    That’s wonderful news about your mom. The pandemic twisted my year too. I did start on a good healthy foot, but now, while I’m actually writing, I’m not getting any exercise in. Oh to find that balance! Hope you’re safe and well.

  21. Nancy Gideon

    Loni, the only wasted writing is the writing you don’t do when the “Call” hits you. Sometimes, the fresh excitement will revitalize the work you need to do. Save those inspired words – it’s less work you have to do later! Yeah, Mom!! Saw both sisters and several close friends go successfully through the fight. They are my heroes! And Loni, we’re all distracted right now. Consider writing your escape back to reality!!

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