Thursday, 4 February 2021

⌗IWSGFebruary 2021, real blogging friends.

 Dear writing buddies, 

Welcome to another post for the Insecure Writers Support Group.

If you would like to know more about the IWSG visit here

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Many thanks to founder Alex J. Cavanaugh and all of our co-hosts this month:  Louise - Fundy Blue , Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon!

OPTIONAL QUESTION FOR THE MONTH: Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?

Friendships and community are part of what makes the Insecure Writer's Support Group a special place. Have you found friendships or community through IWSG? 
If so, please share a little in the comment section!

Many thanks to those who make the IWSG a great community for writers! And, many thanks to those who notice! 

Lost my mother last week. My friends knew that she was in hospital since August, then slowly recovering from a neurological operation with physical therapy, return planned to her home in March. So it was sudden and unexpected. (covid-unrelated, she was vaccinated 3 weeks ago).

We buried her on Monday in Paris, my uncle who died in December on Tuesday in the UK , by visio. Organised her ceremony with readings from her favourite books, some of my own poems on my father, sister and childhood; music from her records and tapes, including Beethoven's 7th along with the King's Speech, war declaration which she heard on the radio when she was 7, living in Bournemouth.
Patricia Clarke(grand-mother), Arter(mother), born Dunckley  married BAURY

Currently drowning in paperwork, last of my birth family.

But still making time to post my monthly contribution to the IWSGroup.

My first blogging friends came from my first followers back in 2013 when I started on BLOGGER.

- Yvette Carol whom I had met on a discussion group on LinkedIn and who was my beta reader for my first poetry collection, still unpublished. And who never fails to offer praise and encouragement. She also introduced me to the IWSG, where I started posting in February 2019.
- Arlee Bird, one of my first followers on Blogger and who introduced me to the A to Z Challenge which I first completed in 2019.

Roland Clarke (distant cousin and whom I have promised to visit as soon as I can next get across the Pond) and Sonia Dogra (exchanges by visio and email)
 whom I both met on the 2019 A to Z Challenge. Faithful followers and offering encouragement and advice at every turn.

Denise Covey who introduced me to the WEP Challenge with whom I exchange by email. We share our love of France.

Pat Garcia on WEP and IWSG, who always has a kind word and offers very helpful feedback and encouragement.

Tammy Breitweiser with whom I correspond by email but also snail mail, a card lover too.

Chrys Fey who send me a lovely woven, woolly scrumptious bookmark.

and also Choghig Kazandjian since 2013; C Ann Golden Poetry Challenges, NF Mirza poet, Keith (Friday Fictionneers), Pat Hatt who alleviates my spirits every month, Scott Hastie fellow poet, Gerard Lartigue sculptor in Toulouse, Lisa Fender who fills me in on US Politics, Ann Jones with whom we share a love of a well stacked bookcase and teddies.

That's all folks.

joined by my mother

winter rose in my garden, joined by snowdrops and crocuses.

King's Speech, Beethoven's 7th

Haendel Messiah

Doctor Zhivago, Lara's Theme

Doctor Zhivago, Walz

Tchaïkovsky, Piano Concerto n. 1

BACH, Organ Toccata

Johnny Cash from Polsom Prison

New Year Viennese Concert 2021

The Queen's Christmas Speech 2020
The first televised speech 1957


  1. Very sorry to hear you lost your mother. Prayers for you and your family.

  2. I am so sorry to read of the loss of your Mother. Having lost mine last April I know what you must be going through. Thanks for the link to the Kings Speech, I'd forgotten what a remarkable movie it was, also for Beethoven's 7th which is playing as I write this!

    1. Thank you Keith for your support. Glad this post brought comfort to you too.

  3. So sorry to hear about your mother Susan. Heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Take care!

  4. My friend, I am so sorry that your mother has passed. My heart hugs you from here.

    I am so glad to know you. Your writing is a blessing to me.

  5. Thank you Tammy. Hug received. Your writing also is a comfort.

  6. Despite all else that's going on for you, thank you for sharing such a beautiful and thoughtful post. I hope you have many good memories of your mother to comfort you now. Your appreciation for other bloggers and IWSG folk who've found a way into your writing life makes me realize how much I rely on my online writing community. Sending hopes for a healing year your way as well.

    1. Thank you Beth for your kind thoughts. Will hope to be able to visit your blog later this month. Take care and keep writing. Always a life thread for me and my children.

  7. Can't believe I missed you on post day, but glad I stopped by today. Thanks bunches for reading my WEP entry.
    Sorry to hear about your loss. I can't imagine. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Thank you for posting despite all you are going through.
    The IWSG is a wonderful place to make good blogger friends and more. You've made some wonderful friends and connections. I'm glad you have these people in your life.

  8. Thank you Toi, posting my WEP tomorrow.

  9. Hi Susan - so sorry to read about your mother - I feel for all those who lose loved ones during these so dreadful times. Blogging friends are the best - I don't do the others ... I touch sides occasionally - but blogging is my main hook. Look after yourself ... and I see you'll be posting WEP shortly - so I'll be back to read. All the best and with thoughts for you - Hilary


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