Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 ~ Hello from Surprise!

It's the first Wednesday of the month:
the day when members of the
Insecure Writer's Support Group
share their writing struggles
and writing successes
and offer their encouragement
and support to fellow writers.

To visit the IWSG website, click here.

To become a member of the IWSG, click here.

Our wonderful co-hosts who are volunteering today,
along with IWSG founder Alex Cavanaugh are:
Julie Flanders,  Shannon Lawrence,  Funny Blue (that's me), and Heather Gardner,.

I hope you have a chance to visit today's hosts and thank them for co-hosting.
I'm sure they would appreciate a visit and an encouraging comment.


Every month the IWSG poses a question
that members can answer with advice, insight,
a personal experience, or a story in their IWSG posts.

Or, the question can inspire members
if they aren't sure what to write about on IWSG Day.

Remember the question is optional.
This month's featured question is:

As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?


2017 has been an odd year, from beginning to end.  
I'll be happy to turn the calendar to 2018.

About to Enter an Ice Fog
Walsenburg, Colorado, USA
November 28, 2017

I'll finish it where I started, in Arizona, 
with lots of places between Bullhead City and Surprise.

Back in the Sonoran Desert
Land of the Saguaro
New River, Arizona, USA
November 29, 2017

2017:  Great people, fun, experiences, and learning ~
one serious health challenge and one new eye.
Not nearly enough writing.
If I could backtrack, I'd be less anxious.

Near the Summit of Raton Pass
 (7,834 ft/ 2388 m) Mountain Pass on the Colorado-New Mexico Border
November 28, 2017

My life fell into disarray near the end of July,
and everything came tumbling down:
health, order, blogging, writing.
I couldn't get back on top of it.

Navajo Nation
Near Gallup, New Mexico, USA
November 28, 2017

In the last month, I gave up and let it all collapse.
In the last week we drove to Arizona skirting the Colorado Plateau
from Denver to Sante Fe, to Albuquerque, to Flagstaff, to Surprise
through some of the loneliest real estate in the country,
especially when dressed in its late November browns and grays.

Aurora to Surprise

My kind of country,
restorative and soul-filling!

Big Rock Country
Lupton, Arizona, USA
November 29, 2017

Drawing Near Flagstaff
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
November 29, 2017

Despite all my anxious worrying, the world did not stop turning.
I'm ready to jump in again.
Happy holidays with your family and friends!
And happy writing in December!

Here's to Good Friends and New Adventures!
Jon, Terry, Louise (Me), and Cindy
Surprise, Arizona, USA
November 30, 2017

P.S.  My apologies if you visited my post earlier in the day.
Somehow I managed to post an incomplete draft.
This is my story of 2017:  
If something can go wrong with technology, it will.

Fortunately, I was able to quickly rewrite the rest.
I will not be anxious.  I will not be anxious.
I'm going on a hike in the White Tank Mountains
this morning for some restoration and soul-filling.
If the world stops turning, you can blame me!