IWSG: April Fool on Me.

Hi, it’s Sher today with the Insecure Writers Support Group., thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh. So here’s my big announcement: I published a book! Yeah, right. But I am recovering from surgery to fix my hiatal hernia. It might be time to rewrite the old saying to “What goes down must come up.”  The doctor told me that my esophagus working in reverse order from bottom to top is called dysphagia. It is getting better though.

My biggest insecurity is still time. Setting up a farm is hard even if you’re young. We’re not.

back yard

Many of the bushes and trees around our house had to be moved to make room for tender edibles, mostly citrus, in the warmest spots. Still, we’re midway through land clearing, and now we’re rushing to plant a garden,  fruit trees  and bushes while raising turkeys and baby chicks to add to our existing flock.


Oh, yes, let’s not forget doing taxes, finishing our handicap remodel, and fixing up our rental house to sell. Then add housecleaning, laundry, and church callings. Also reading books to keep my book blog going, writing reviews, and editing.  Time left for writing? Zero.

Could I quit blogging? Sure. And lose my best way of getting editing clients (by reading books and sending authors free error lists of the worst mistakes), plus I’d get booted from IWSG. But selling our rental house will free some time, and farm chores should decrease within a couple of years to where I have enough time to both write and edit. Does that make me an April Fool? Maybe. But I can hope!

So, what’s your insecurity?  Better yet, how have you solved yours?

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  1. Good luck! I’ve thought several time about how great it would be to get some property and raise some animals…and then I remember that I’m not an outdoor-y person and I love to travel. No farm in my future!

    Good luck finding time. I’ve picked up a few tricks here and there (like audiobook!). Time for writing is usually about scheduling. When I schedule time, I usually get stuff done.

    • Thanks! We need more than luck, but we’ve got the hard work down. I love traveling too. We’re going to be doing more in a few years, but the neighbors will care for our chickens whenever we leave. They’ll get to collect the eggs and fruit, then sell what they don’t want in their organic trading post.

  2. Congrats on the publication! We bought a farm last year. Winters are nice and calm, but now, things are picking up fast. Love the little chicks. Mine are scheduled to be delivered in two weeks.

    • Thanks, but that publication was my April Fool’s joke. I sure wish I’d published a book, but maybe next year. LOL! I’m happy to hear you have a farm too. In spite of all the work, it’s fun. You’re going to love your chicks! Ours came free with a 50 lb. bag of Start-N-Grow at Ace Hardware, and we hope to have more from the eggs we put in our incubator.

  3. Sorry about your surgery! Whenever crap like that happens, let me know – I won’t boot you from the IWSG.

  4. Grew up on a farm, came out a better person for the life there. Raised 5 boys and wrote my first novel over a course of 7 years while they were sleeping. If there’d be internet then, I would have figured a way to get it all done, kids, job, house, cooking, cleaning, emergency trips. Seriously, you’re heal, then come up with a plan. Ken, you made of tough stuff.

    • I sure wish I’d thought of writing when my boys were young, but I thought I’d never want to do anything except read until my youngest was hit by a truck when he was in middle school. That was the trigger. My loyalties are still divided. Now blogging takes what used to be my writing time, and I only read when I walk. I have to walk for my health, so there it is. If I could dovetail writing and walking, I’d have a book finished too.

  5. Hi, my biggest insecurity is worrying whether an agent/editor will like my books. When I am on submission I have so much anxiety that I give myself acidity. But, nowadays, I am detaching myself from the thought whether my books will hit the bookshelves or not. I have done my duty by writing a good book, the rest of it is not in my hands.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna’s Scriptorium

  6. Farming is hard work. Your pics are great and the chicks are adorable. Enjoy being on the farm and the hard work. When you’re ready to write a novel, you’ll do it. Hope you feel better soon!

  7. You’re not a fool. You’re a writer, and thus a dreamer, like the rest of us. You’ll get back to writing eventually, because you like it so much. Who knows? Maybe the chicks will give you ideas for more stories.

    Glad you’re making progress with your recovery.

  8. I wish you luck with your writing and your farm! I spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ farm as a kid, and I still have so many wonderful memories. Then again, I was young, and my only real responsibility was to bottle feed one of the calves sometimes (don’t ask me why…I don’t remember) and to explore.

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