Wednesday, March 4, 2020

IWSG: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 ~ Opting Out

It's the first Wednesday of the month,
the day that 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 Jacqui MurrayLisa Buie-Collard,
Sarah FosterNatalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence.

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 announces 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:

Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?


Happy March, Everyone!
I hope all is well with you.

I'm opting not to answer this month's question.
February has been nuts, and I'm giving myself a pass.

Sunshine, warmth, and tropical breezes are beckoning.
I'm so ready to slow down and relax for a bit.

There is a Hawaiian tradition that I followed when I left two years ago.
I'm not sure it's a real tradition.  It might have been a Hollywood invention.

Regardless, it is said that if you toss a lei into the water near Diamond Head
when you're leaving, you'll return to the Islands one day.

Pulling Me Back
Near Diamond Head, Hawaii, USA
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
All Rights Reserved

I tossed mine, and it's looking like that lei worked!
I plan to be dipping my tippy-toes in that tropical water very soon!

If you have a chance stop by today's IWSG Anthology post
featuring Bish Denham and her short story "The Blind Ship."

Happy writing in March!


  1. Yes! lets forget February Louise. Great post.


  2. Enjoy the sun, sand and surf! I hope you have a marvelous holiday -- say hello to Waikiki for me!

    1. Will do, Debra! I can't wait to hang in the waves and feast my eyes on Diamond Head ~ which I will climb! All the best to you!

  3. Lucky you! I've never been to Hawaii and hope to go some day!

    1. I hope that you get there, Lisa! Hawaii is healing!

  4. Replies
    1. Thanks, Madeline. I intend to. We couldn't go to Hawaii last year, and I missed it terribly. All the best to you!

  5. I've never been to Hawaii. Have fun!

    1. Natalie, Hawaii is amazing! I hope you get there sometime. Thanks for co-hosting today!

  6. I was just telling my GF yesterday that I would love to visit Hawaii. Just once. I hear the smells are incredible.

    1. Hawaii is wonderful, Joylene. I hope that you get to go there! I wanted to go all of my life. Terry took me about six months after we were married. I found it impossible to just go once. Everything is wonderful, and yes the smells are incredible, and so is the cool touch of plumeria blossoms on your skin!

  7. Enjoy that trip back to Hawaii! if this rain keeps up, the water will come to me.

    1. Thanks, Jeff! I so need some down time! Take care, my friend!

  8. Which Islands are you visiting? My best friend is on the Big Island.

    1. We're visiting, Oahu, Diane. Right in the heart of Waikiki. I love the Big Island, but I haven't been there in many years. You have a lucky big friend.

  9. Enjoy that tropical water and balmy air!

    1. Thanks, Lee! I can't wait! All the best to you!

  10. Hard to believe it's March already.

  11. That's awesome that you're going back! Hope you have a great time.

    1. Thanks, Sarah! And thanks for co-hosting today!

  12. I wondered when you would be heading back to the giant litter box. Enjoy!

    1. You know I will! I'll think of Orlin and Cassie when I'm digging my feet in the sand.

    2. Just don't do what they do after they dig their feet in lol

  13. oh i am happy for you dear Louise :)))

    i hope you enjoy your due trip there
    here weather is gorgeous beyond imagination ,soothing breeze and blue skies with shower of cool sunshine are divine in this part of the year ,each breath i inhale is filled with deep sense of gratitude
    i wish you too find such lovely weather where you are planning to go my dear friend!
    sending lots of love hugs and blessings!
    take great care!

  14. dang! i wish i’d known that! hope you had a fabulous trip!

    and wanted to say thanks for your support at my Beast World campaign stop at Diane’s =)

    Tara Tyler Talks

  15. Very cool. I've never been. Enjoy!

  16. Toss in a lei for me, please? Hawaii is at the top of my bucket list. I am praying I get there for my 20th anniversary in a few years.

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