Let’s rock the neurotic writing world, members of the Insecure Writers Support Group!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

I’m elated to be one of the November co-hosts of the IWSG blog hop. The others are Jean Davis, Lisa Buie Collard, and Diedre Knight.

The photo above may/may not be our awesome founder, Alex Cavanaugh. Don’t forget to give him a shout-out. It’s protocol after all… http://Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh

Now for the heart of the matter. Our writing prompt this auspicious month is optional, as you know, but it’s perfectly topical, so give it a go! November 1 question: November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not? It’s only 1667 Wds/day,  writer peeps!

First, here’s my response from the goal-setting month of January: https://www.pjcolando.com/mistakes-made-mistakes-amended/

My preoccupation is different this month. I’m finalizing a compilation of blog posts I’ve written over a dozen years. The theme – and therefore the title of the book – is My Life as a Miracle – based upon a statement by the highly quotable genius, Albert Einstein.

The careful curation of past posts took most of the month of September. My go-to formatter has been undergoing chemotherapy, but she’s worth it – and I’m loyal – and is achieving that necessary task now.

I want to be supportive because I’m a cancer survivor, too.

I’ve also begun book cover selection with an illustrator. I wonder if anyone else has experienced the awkwardness of a verbal person (writer me) and a visual artist (book cover illustrator) trying to communicate clearly, concisely, and completely to convey the desired look and feel. We’re on round five and honing in, but sometimes my teeth ache.

Especially when I’ve spent 20-30 minutes trying to perfect my vocabulary in my reply email to achieve the ‘clear, consideration, and complete’ goal.

I can not merely say “no-no”…

It’s not only impolite in such a transaction, but a do-over is expensive.