Welcome to the last monthly post of the year 2019.
Merry Christmas and all that ….
May 2020 be as inspiring and fruitful.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post. And please be sure your avatar links back to your blog! Otherwise, when you leave a comment, people can’t find you to comment back.
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
DUE TO NEW YEAR’S DAY FALLING ON A WEDNESDAY, WE WILL BE POSTING JANUARY 8 RATHER THAN JANUARY 1!
Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. if you would like to join us, please sign up here
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December 4 question – Let’s play a game. Imagine. Role-play. How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? Tell the rest of us. What would you change or improve?
My first dream or goal would be to publish my first Poetry Collection From the Shadows.
It’s ready, it’s finished, edited, approved, read by writers and non-writers. It was submitted as part of the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Competition last March. Unfortunately, it wasn’t even long-listed. Disappointment gave way to frustration, then inertia. My next move will be to submit it to publishers outside of a competition … when I summon up enough courage, drive and find openings.
I read and wrote a review on Goodreads and Amazon for the published second collection of a fellow poet (who had sought me out). The author, as part of the deal, was supposed to read my pamphlet, offer feedback and suggest publishers. However, he did not keep his end of the bargain, despite repeated solicitations. I was hurt and angry. I should suggest he join the Insecure Writers Support Group so he sees how things are done in the writing community. Obviously, he has no idea what a code of honour is.
If and when I publish this first collection, I will enjoy launching it in England and travelling on a book tour of independent bookshops in England, in France and maybe in the States. Three poems have already appeared in magazines in England ( 1 in Paragram Winter 2014, 2 in Orbis August 2015), one for sure and maybe two will be published in the 2020 Spring Anthology of Poetica Publishing in the States.
My Novel in Progress, started in 2005, is a very long way off from being completed. So this is more of a life’s work-as-a-writer dream. Just hope I’ll see the day and reap the benefits. I will be very happy and proud if it is published either in England, Cameroon or the States (see my IWSG post of March 2019). I would very much like to tour bookshops in these countries. However, I need to go back to Cameroon to write parts of it there, on location. I hope it will bring communities together, enable people with different backgrounds and cultures to meet and interact. Maybe share their love of books, their world curiosity and even become friends. I would like to publish it in English but would love to publish it in a bilingual version French/English.
Other works in progress include three independent poetic tales on childhood for child and adult readers. These are all in French and I am currently trying to find an illustrator. Very hard task. I have acquaintances who are interested but currently busy with other tasks. My daughter would be willing, and there might be an opening there as she is currently in between jobs. I have a painter neighbour (watercolours mostly) whom I could ask but she usually paints pictures from life or photos. So if I get too impatient, I’ll have to learn to draw them myself. I have ideas but my hands just don’t possess the necessary skills. Or I could submit them to a publisher without illustrations and let them take care of it. I haven’t made the move of submitting them yet. I feel very insecure when writing in French, though I’ve been doing it for a long time and have received positive feedback.
Another dream of mine is to gather a collection of short stories together or maybe a novella with related stories turned into chapters, as if they had been serialised in a paper, or have them serialised in a magazine, Dickens’ style. I have always admired this way of publishing.
It would also be a great joy to publish some essays: reflections on reading, writing and the World … Very ambitious.
The satisfaction and pride in making theses dreams come true would be all mine. My close family are already proud of my writing and offer praise/ support regularly. Many long-time, non-writer friends, not so much : I’m a laughing stock with my writing, when they don’t simply ignore this aspect of my life most of the time. Very hurtful, not to be acknowledged for who I am.
For my mother-in-law, I don’t amount to anything and will never be good enough for her son, or my own children for that matter, whatever I do. I could save the whole wide world, she would still find fault : asshole ! sorry, but not sorry. It drives me nuts, and has been a burden in my life for the past 35 years …
Dreams keep me alive. However 2019 has been a very happy and fulfilling year writing wise : meeting new bloggers, writers, friends who never fail to boost my morale and creativity. Thank you.
Under The Silver Lake , 2018, with Andrew Garfield trailer here
Storm Boy, 2019, with Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney here
Les Filles du Soleil by Eva Husson (conflict journalist) here and English subtitles here
This is Us, Season 4 September trailer Episode 1, Strangers here Episode 9, So long Marianne, here BEWARE SPOILERS
Tears for Fears, The Hurting, 1983, here
Elie du Bois, November 2019
Thank you for visiting. Please feel free to comment, like, dislike, agree, discuss and I will be sure to reply. After a week of sunny frost, we have swung back to a warm, wet December. Off to Malta for some late year sun before winter sets in.