Wednesday, April 1, 2020

APRIL IWSG

It's April Already, which means:


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.

His awesome co-hosts for the April 1 posting of the IWSG are Diane Burton, JH Moncrieff, Anna @ Emaginette, Karen @ Reprobate Typewriter, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!



Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!

April 1 question -The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?


That is a tough question. I'm thinking. That's sometimes tough, too. Some parts of my world are pretty much the same as always. I feed the dog and kitties every morning. I feed me.  I go about my usual day: writing, reading blogs, telling the world about my books, and all that stuff. But other things have changed.

I still go to the grocery store. Where I live in the country no one is delivering. Many of the stores in the larger town nearby do have deliveries and curb service. Everyone at the supermarket seems in a hurry and tries to avoid others. A lot of the shelves are still empty. No strawberries.

If I had children in school, there would be a big difference in my life, and theirs. But you all know this. I've lived on Planet Earth for many years, but don't understand why this has happened. Is it to wake us up to something. To get our attention about the condition our world is in. This is not just the United States that's suffering this illness. The whole world is involved. I pray everyday for those who are sick. I pray for the doctors and teachers and others as they struggle to heal and to calm young ones. Maybe someday we'll understand. But now, I don't.

Take care and know that this too shall pass.
So, for me, I'm praying every day for those who are sick and for those trying to solve this puzzle. I believe they will do it. I hope soon.

God Bless!

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
Henri Matisse


25 comments:

  1. That's terrible no one is delivering in your area. Just be careful when you go out.

    I wish I could send you strawberries. We do have them here.

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    1. I just got home from Market Street, Diane. Guess what? They have strawberries, and so do I, along with a great lunch from the deli. I will survive. Take care.

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  2. Well said, Beverly! Stay healthy and well.

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    1. Thanks, Karin. You stay healthy, too. I wash my hands every few minutes, it seems. Hope that helps. :)

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  3. I don't understand why we have to go through this too. Glad you are staying healthy and trying to stay upbeat.

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    1. Life is complicated at times, Natalie. But I remember who's in control.

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  4. I doubt it will get some's attention, but hopefully enough wake up and realize we aren't invincible.

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    1. Yes, Pat, I agree. And then, hopefully, they'll ask for help from the One who can give it.

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  5. You might be right about a wake-up call. There may be worse things in our future and we need to prepare.

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    1. A scary thought, Alex, but possible. Maybe we'll see the "writing on the wall" as the old saying goes. I hope so.

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  6. Keep safe, Beverly. We're all in that boat together and the best thing is to row in unison.

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    1. Thank you, lee. You too take care. And you are so right. We have to work together on that crowded boat.

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  7. There's so much from my local Walmart that is out of stock. It's crazy.

    Stay safe!

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    1. I know. Market Street Grocery still has empty shelves too. I guess the producers are having a rough time responding to all the stores. They also have a limit on things like water and tissues and such. Learning how to do without.

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  8. Being out in the country, we don't receive delivery either. But stay safe when you do drive in! Our shelves are finally restocking. Even toilet paper. I hope you see the same soon!

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    1. So you're a country girl, too. Isn't it great? I k now. It's so sad to see the empty shelves. It's getting better though. Have a super weekend.

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  9. We live in city limits, but you wouldn't know it by looking around my "neighborhood." We live in about as small a town as you can imagine. We have chickens and the neighbors have horses. :) There's a family owned farm about 20 minutes away which has started an ordering and delivery system. For a small fee they're delivering to all the adjoining counties. The produce is beautiful! I wish everyone had that advantage.

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    1. That's my kind of town. We had horses, once. Not anymore. That's a nice family. I'd enjoy my groceries delivered. Hopefully, this will all be over soon. Think positive. T

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  10. There's no way to know why this is happening or if there's even a reason. I read that someone from Australia was saying that they had had floods, then fires, then pestilence, now this. That stopped me for a minute and made me start thinking about the apocalypse, but I'm refusing to go there and I will continue to hope and pray that this will be over soon and we can get back to some sort of normalcy. Stay safe and well.
    Lori at lorilmaclaughlin.com

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    1. I agree with you, Lori. You stay well, too. This will end. Al we can do is follow orders the best we can and pray.

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  11. I love the quote you shared. So true! I am sure there are many lessons in this for people everywhere. I hope people stop and soak up the lessons and we realize what is important and how we need to treat our planet (one positive in this is seeing the difference in the way the world looks in such a short time- with so much less pollution). I hope that the sick get better and we learn to be better prepared. I hope we learn to be safer and kinder and to stay home when we are sick (not just now, but always). I hope we learn that it is okay to slow down and not be over-scheduled. I hope we learn to appreciate the people around us- especially the essential workers, who may not have the best wages etc.

    I have been home for one month this week. I haven't left my house and yard- and I am right where I love to be, hopefully helping to not move the virus (I do have someone who gets groceries every two weeks). Please stay safe and I hope everyone does their part so this will be over sooner, rather than later.

    Hugs!
    ~Jess

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    1. What a beautiful post, Jess. I agree with you. There is a lesson here for the future of the world. I hope we don't ignore it. I'm staying home except when I need groceries. Living in the country, no one delivers out here. I'm learning to appreciate the simple things in life. Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe.

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  12. I hate to think about the next crisis, but we do need to be prepared. Stay safe.

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    1. You're probably right, Diane. Maybe what's happening now will be a lesson for us not to take things for granted. I appreciate your thoughts. Stay safe too.

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