Wednesday, December 2, 2015

IWSG: Moving on Down the Road

They say the five most stressful events in life are: childbirth, death in the family, moving, loss of job and divorce. I guess that makes me an expert across the board. What I wanted for Christmas certainly wasn’t two out of that frantic five.

After 15 years, my attorney boss gave me my two weeks’ notice just before Thanksgiving (Thank you!) due to health and financial reasons. With the bounty from Unemployment (not even half of my salary), I’m packing up my life and moving across the state to live with my recently widowed sister who is opening her door to me, my son, two cats and office. I plan to be settled in time to set up my Christmas tree.

The last time I moved after a divorce was 10 years ago (and frankly, that was a much happier circumstance). I’d forgotten what a nightmare of organization goes into pulling up stakes. Throw in job searches . . . No wonder I’m down to five hours of sleep, if that. Too bad stress doesn’t deal similarly with my weight.

But amazingly, my WIP is still flowing, giving me a support line I didn’t expect, an escape into normality in the midst of chaos. Another life ring is my circle of writer friends both online and in my home state of Michigan where the move will keep me within the embrace of my critique group and Mid-Michigan RWA chapter. Things to be thankful for!!

Here’s looking forward to a brand new 2016 in every sense of the word with a new window on the world.

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.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG 

IWSG awesome co-hosts for the December 2nd posting will be Sandra Hoover, Mark Koopmans, Doreen McGettigan, Megan Morgan, and Melodie Campbell!


  1. Wishing you a much better 2016!

  2. If anyone knows what to do with a major plot twist, it's you, Nancy. As always, you're already embracing the positives, recognizing & giving thanks for the most important things, and preparing for your new future. Wishing you a safe move and a productive, happy 2016.

    1. Thanks, Sandra. As long as that twist doesn't turn things into a horror novel instead of a coming of age (I didn't say what age!)

  3. I'm sorry that you are having more stress to go with the holidays! I hate those challenges but I know you are amazing and will get through it.

  4. Change can bring adventure and good stuff. Stress, too. But you are a strong woman. Look at all you've gotten through. Wishing you a fabulous 2016.

  5. here's hoping 2016 ends up a brighter note. wishing you positive and happy vibes to get through the chaos of moving during the holidays

  6. Wow, so sorry about that. Although you'll likely look back at this as an exciting new beginning, that's no comfort at this time, I'm sure. At least you're able to still write. When I went through my divorce, I abandoned my writing and I still regret it.

  7. I'm so sorry about the job loss. My merchandising jobs have dwindled down to zilch in the last few years (although I Ieft one voluntarily) but luckily I was old enough to apply for my SS. But what is the old saying--when a door closes, a window opens? Here's hoping lots of new windows open for you. Merry Christmas to you and your family and the kitties!

  8. I get to do 2 things at once - as I scrolled down to comment on your fabulous WWW post I saw your IWSG post - didn't get to commenting on this earlier in the month - so I'll get to it now.
    Sorry about the "plot twist" life threw at you. Love that philosophy - perfect.
    Hope the holidays are relaxed and joyful.