Wednesday, January 2, 2019

IWSG & Starting Over

The beginning of a new year brings familiarity - reflections of the previous year, thoughts about the new year, what we did or didn't do, and so on.

For many years, I looked at this time as a chance to start over, to begin the race again and to see if I could apply lessons learned from last year to improve my performance this year. But as I've aged, I've found myself wondering if it's possible to truly start over. It's not like my past experiences leave me just because another January comes around. I highly doubt the heartaches I've endured will ever leave me. And I know the joys and happy times are my fuel to forge ahead. The past is like our fog. It's in the background and not focused on, but it's always there in one form or another. It's what has journeyed us to this here and now. Starting over implies that all we did wasn't worth anything, and that is not true.


It's all part of us, and I say each part is priceless. 

The turn of another calendar year gives us a chance to consciously examine our accomplishments, failures, hopes, and struggles, but it doesn't negate our past. Each segment of our past is a stepping stone to our next adventure to learn, grow, and become. I'll just leave you with this to ponder.

***I apologize for being MIA the past six weeks or so. I'll write about it soon. Just wanted to say 'thanks' for sticking around.

I'd like to thank this month's IWSG co-hosts  Patricia Lynne, Lisa Buie-Collard, Kim Lajevardi, and Fundy Blue for being so cool!

Here's the optional IWSG question for this month:

What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

I'll start with my least favorite because that's easy - What is the favorite book you've written?

Aw, awesome readers! There's so much about each book, story, and manuscript that I love and hate at the same time. This question is like asking me to choose a favorite child. I love them all. Of course, at one time each frustrated me to no end, too. It's a love-hate relation. ;) 

Participants
I like sharing my writing journey with others in hopes that it will encourage them to keep at whatever they desire to do in their hearts. That would be my answer to my favorite question of How did you get published?

Feel free to answer either of my questions!

28 comments:

  1. I'd say most books are a love-hate relationship for a writer. :)
    I could probably pick a favorite idea but I'd have to finish a few books before even being able to pick a favorite!

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    1. LOL! I get it. I wish there was (or that I could fine) a balance between the love and hate of writing each book. I exhaust myself, sometimes.

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  2. Favorite book is a tough choice. Each one holds a special place and reflects who I was at the time.

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  3. Lovely sentiment: Starting over implies that all we did wasn't worth anything, and that is not true.

    So true. Happy New Year!

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  4. Stepping stones! Love this analogy. You have to get to your goals one step at a time! I hated the long wait to get an agent, but now I look back and see it was worth the wait. I grew so much over the past few years as a writer!

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  5. My favorite story and super short e-book that I've written is "Seedling" - which I'm currently re-making into a novel about teen superheroes with both super-villain and teen issues like bullying in school hallways by regular/non-super-evil teens. They can't blast their way out of trouble with a government watch group looking over their shoulders, and if they did, would they still be heroes? (I guess, I could say my current WIP is my favorite.)

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  6. Hi Sheri! Happy New Year!!!! Wishing all the best to you and your family for 2019! Take care of YOU... never forget that. Make time for YOU .... it's so important. Our daily challenges can certainly get the best of us, but with a lot of love and perseverance we get there in the end.

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    1. That's true. It's easy to forget about my needs. Thanks for the reminder and for stopping by! Wishing you all the blessings in the world for 2019.

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  7. My heartaches definitely don't leave me, and I don't really feel I start over anymore. I'm just trying to take it day by day.

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    1. That's very wise. I think the different stages of our life require different POVs on beginning again, starting over, or simply plowing forward. Not always easy, though.

      Wishing you a prosperous and happy 2019!

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  8. I love the stepping stone analogy. I am finally getting to a point (in my old age LOL) when I can embrace the past, mistakes included.
    Take care and Happy New Year to you, Sheri!

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    1. Embracing our pasts is such an important point. Our view of our pasts depends on where we are in our life at the time we're looking back. I find that so interesting.

      Have an amazing new year!

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  10. That is a tough question; my niece asks me about favorites all the time and even then it's hard. Happy New Year, Sheri, and lets hope 2019 is fabulous :) I'm crossing my fingers.

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    1. So nice to hear from you, Marcy! Yeah, the favorite question gets me every time. I hope 2019 brings you much success and many blessings.

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  11. haha love hate sure is the way. Yeah, no magic day will erase anything or start one anew. The fog will be there and we just push ahead.

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    1. Funny how that fog thickens and thins when it dang well pleases. LOL

      Hope you have an amazing 2019!

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  12. You have great answers. Thanks for the pep talk.

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    1. Thanks, Beverly! Hope you have a wonderful 2019 and lots of amazing bookish stuff heads your way.

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  13. Wishing you a Happy Year and IWSG! Great post. Enjoyed hearing your favorites.

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  14. If I disliked a story, I wouldn't write it to the end. Picking favorites is impossible. I enjoyed reading your outlook on the new year. May yours bring many happy and memorable moments!

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  15. I was never good at picking favorites. I have too many. LOL!

    Happy New Year!

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  16. I'll take any chance to start over. So a new year means a new start. Wishing you much success in the coming year.

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  17. A love-hate relationship describes it exactly! I couldn't pick a favorite either. Have a great new year!

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  18. I just got your least-favorite question at a school visit I did today. I didn't mind it. My favorite book is the one I worked the longest on, because it's so rewarding to finally see it in print.

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