IWSG: ER visits aren’t free

It’s IWSG time, kids! That sounds like something important, doesn’t it? Well, it is. Writing can be very discouraging, and anything to counteract discouragement has to be important. Before I go any further, I have to give credit where it’s due: Alex Cavanaugh is the creator of the Insecure Writers Support Group: IWSG.


This month’s co-hosts are:
Yolanda Renee
Tyrean Martinson
Madeline Mora-Summonte
LK Hill
Rachna Chhabria 
Jeffrey Scott


I might have guessed that something would happen when it was time to post for IWSG. Always does. If I’m not on a plane, I’m at the doctor’s office or hospital. I spent hours in the ER Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. At least this time it wasn’t me, but it was my husband suffering through a kidney stone attack. I’m tired, so this post will be short, enough to answer the question:

What’s the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

I don’t remember. I remember the gist of the worst: “difficult to slog through”  “felt like an acid trip” and more.

Based on that criticism, I dumped one character, added another, rewrote the first third of the book… and then we moved. Really, we sold our house on the water and moved to another one that shouldn’t ever get flooded. That’s where I stopped. Since then I’ve written short stories but nothing long. I’m trying to decide if I should bother when I have bad karma. I think I’m going to return to visit each blog on another day when I’m not flying or there’s no emergency, but I’m so far behind, I haven’t visited another blog this year. If only I could catch up, I would visit.

I shouldn’t count chickens before they hatch. Or chicks… another reason I’m behind, but the little balls of fluff are too cute to ignore. Their peeping is also too loud to ignore. Actually, more important than IWSG…







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  1. Oh Sher, you have been going through it this year, but don’t worry about having bad karma, you don’t have it. Sometimes things hit us all of a sudden and it is especially when we think we can start something new.

    Hope everything is alright with your husband and he has passed his kidney stone or stones.
    Shalom aleichem,

  2. Sher, on Christmas Eve I had to call 911 for my husband. He had hiatal hernia surgery, extreme low blood pressure, and now a bad spine because of sciatica and all his falls. I am STILL caregiving for him. I can TOTALLY relate to how you feel… washed out, exhausted, and my mind is DEAD!

    Plus, years ago I had my gallbladder removed so I can relate to the pain your husband is experiencing. Remember to give yourself oxygen FIRST!! Take care!

  3. I feel bad for your husband. Kidney stones are very painful. Hope he recovers fast.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna’s Scriptorium

  4. Try writing the end, or several ends. It worked for me. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  5. Go, be with your husband, rest, take care of yourself, and then write something for you. Don’t give it to anyone until you’ve written at least three other short pieces, and then just share one with people who have the ability to pepper criticism with kindness.
    Hoping all is well soon.

  6. My poor hubs has kidney stones all the time! Not fun. Hopefully, yours will pass soon. I feel like there is always something that interferes with my writing especially in the summer months.

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