Wednesday, November 2, 2022

IWSG Day: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 ~ NaNoWriMo: Are you in or are you 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 J. Cavanaugh are Diedre KnightDouglas Thomas Greening, Nick Wilford,  and, Diane Burton!

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: 
November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not?

Happy November, Everyone!
I hope that you have all had a good October and are enjoying the change of seasons.

I'm posting a little late today.
No, I wasn't flying today, but I arrived home at 10:30 last night 
after returning from Cabo San Lucas in Mexico on a delayed flight out of Phoenix.

The Distinctive El Arco (Land's End) Rock Formation
at the Southern Tip of Cabo San Lucas
at the Southern End of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula
October 30, 2022
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
All Rights Reserved

Mexico with Cabo San Lucas (red dot)

And early this morning I had to be at the hospital for my third infusion.
I'm so grateful and encouraged because the infusion treatments appear to be working,
and my double vision is slowly continuing to improve.

Entrance to Emergency and the Infusion Center
Parker Adventist Hospital
November 2, 2022
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
All Rights Reserved

Yes, I have participated in NaNoWriMO by pretending my memoir was a novel.
It has been a positive experience each time.
I'm not participating this year because I have too many medical appointments 
and two trips scheduled during the next five weeks.

This past year has really slammed my writing productivity,
although I'm still plodding along ever so slowly.  Hmm!  
Just thinking about not doing NaNO makes me want to do it.

I'm also hosting my Sunettes Book Club on November 17th,
and I'm hobbling around on a broken foot.
Can 2022 please end already?  LOL!  😂  😂  😂

We're reading James Michener's "The Bridge at Andau"
and I have to prepare some Hungarian food.  
If anyone has a classic Hungarian food suggestion, or recipe, or recipe source
they're willing to share, I would truly appreciate it.   

 The Bridge at Andau
by James Michener

This classic nonfiction book about the Hungarian Revolution in 1956
and the Soviet Union crushing it within days is a stunner,
and it certainly puts Russia's invasion of Ukraine today in perspective. 

I'm sharing some NaNoWriMo funnies today.  
I hope you are finding laughter and fun in your days.

I'll be visiting around as quickly as I can.
I hope you have a great day visiting your IWSG friends.

Happy writing in November!

Till next time ~
Fundy Blue

My next post will be on Friday, November 11, 2022.  🤞



  1. My writing is terrible, but I will enjoy reading about them.

    1. Well, your photography is great, Roentare! And a picture is worth 1,000 words! Take care!

  2. Hello, dear Louise. It's been a while. My job has kept me away from blogging but I try to stay in touch. I'm sorry about your broken ankle and all the medical appointments. I hope you enjoy all your travels.


    1. It's good to see you, Janie! Life has a lot of us bloggers scrambling. I completely understand. Actually I broke my 5th metatarsal. My doctor was relieved it wasn't my ankle. I get to hobble around in a special shoe instead of a boot for the next five to seven weeks. It's so good to travel again. I love to travel right up there with writing and photography. Take care!

  3. That's awesome the infusions are working!!

    1. Yes, Alex! Three infusions down, five to go! I'm really encouraged and excited! Have a great November!

  4. Did you break your foot while on holiday? What bad luck. I hope it heals soon.

    1. Thanks, Debra! I actually broke it going for my second infusion. I thought I could drive myself because it's only five miles on slow roads. I got confused in the morning sunlight and was unable to find the right parking lot at the hospital. I never did. I was so upset and brain foggy that I accidentally entered the wrong part of the hospital and fell in a revolving door. I tried to stop my fall with my foot and broke it as the door kept moving forward. I thought I had just sprained it again, which I had done several times this summer. It was very interesting driving home with my "sprained" foot. Terry dragged me to our doctor a week later because I was still limping badly. Yup, it was broken. My doctor gave me a rigid shoe, and we headed for Cabo a few days later. I'm a pretty good flat-footed hobbler now, but Terry drove me to the hospital this morning. My foot limited us in Cabo, but we relaxed in the gorgeous weather and did as much as we could. A bucket list item for me was seeing El Arco! I'll be catching up with you. Take care!

  5. I am thrilled to read that the infusions are working. And hope that all your medical appointments are equally successful. And happy writing - at whatever speed works for you.

  6. Wow, you've been having a time. Glad the infusions are helping, and hope your vision problems end soon (and your foot heals). The timing was right for me this year, so I'm doing NaNo and aiming big, hoping for once to get the whole book drafted by a few days into December, anyway, if not by Nov 30.

    1. Way to go, Rebecca! I wish you every success with your goals for NaNo. Take care!

  7. heartfelt sorry for your foot dear Louise ! i just want to hug ,i know you don't need but i do as it feels hard to see a dear friend in trouble .
    relived to learn that this accident though provided you some relaxation time on such gorgeous spot :)
    congratulations for for the eye improvement my precious friend! i can only imagine how joyous it must be for you to recover being a writer particularly !
    may kind lord fill your days ahead with his grace ,health ,peace and happiness!
    your photo made me think at first glance as you were gliding :)
    so enjoyed the funnies and last one made gave me sudden laugh though i realized that other working outside not hear me and covered my mouth lol this seems so true even i hardly write anything dear Louise.
    please take care and be extra alert during walk ! thinking of you with prayful heart!

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, Baili! It really lifted my spirits this morning. I'm dragging a little after the long trip home on Tuesday and the early infusion appointment and IWSG Day yesterday. I'm drinking a big cup of coffee right now to power me up. What I need is an IV infusing coffee directly into a vein ~ 😂. I am being very careful where I place my feet when walking. I'm glad that you enjoyed the funnies. I'll be by to catch up on all your family news and doings. Blessings to you, my dear friend and lots of love to you and your family! xox

  8. That's wonderful to hear the infusions are working.

    1. Thanks, Diane. The hope of these infusions working is one thing has kept me going during the past year. Please take care! Happy writing!

  9. Ouch! That's terrible. I hope at least that it's not hurting you as it heals now.

    1. Thanks, Debra! This shoe really helps with pain. As long as I'm careful, my foot feels pretty good. Have a great day, my friend! xox!

  10. Glad to hear that your infusions are working :) Wish you better health and happiness :)

  11. I'm glad to hear your infusions are working


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