Wednesday, November 1, 2023

IWSG: Wednesday, November 1, 2023 ~ To NANO or Not

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 PJ ColandoJean DavisLisa Buie Collard, and Deidre Knight!
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!  
If you are celebrating American Thanksgiving this month,
I hope you have fun with family and friends and eat too much delicious food!
If not, have a great November!

Kevin and Noreen Working on a Thanksgiving Dish
Breckenridge, Colorado, USA
November 27, 2014
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
All Rights Reserved

This month's IWSG question is easier than last month's.
Good thing too, because if I've figured out the International Date Line correctly,
I'll be in Bay of Islands, New Zealand on IWSG Day.
So I'm writing this two days before we leave on an early flight to board our ship in Honolulu.
As you can imagine, I'm busy packing and getting ready to go.

I've participated in National Novel Writing Month at least twice,
also in two NANO camps.
I did so to push my writing count up, and it worked for sure, 
because I hit the word count goals!

However, my participation really stressed me out.
November is typically a jam-packed month for me 
with Thanksgiving, getting ready for Christmas, and family events. 
April is less busy, but then I'm a Canadian beaver, 
so busy is my usual mode ~ lol!


I'm not participating in NANO this year because I'm traveling.
I don't know at this point if I'll participate in NANO again.
As Terry always says to me, "We'll see."

I'm trying to get him to walk over the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with me,
and he is still saying, "We'll see."
With or without him, I'm going over that bridge!

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I'll visit around after I return home.  
Enjoy IWSG Day!  And a big thank you to the co-hosts!   
Stay happy, healthy, and safe.
Fingers crossed that this publishes automatically when I'm on the other side of the world!

Ready for a New Adventure!
Smith's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
July 23, 2023
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
All Rights Reserved

Till next time ~
Fundy Blue



  1. Envy your current location! You guys enjoy.

  2. I hope you're having a super time in New Zealand! Oh, the photos you'll have when you get back!

  3. We'll see is a good approach. Have a fun trip in Australia. I've always wanted to visit there.

  4. We'll see is such a useful phrase. I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful time when you are in my part of the world.

  5. Have a wonderful trip. I'm looking forward to see some pictures. Safe journey.

  6. I've always wondered why they chose November for this contest. It's one of the busiest months for those of us in the US. I can't seem to log in to comment as myself. :-( C. Lee McKenzie

  7. Have fun and take tons and tons of pics. Memories are the best. :-)

  8. Oh, wow, thank you for sharing your travels with us! I'd love to see photos of NZ :-)

  9. We'll look forward to hearing your stories when you return!

  10. It sounds like Australia is going well. We'll all be anxious to hear more upon your return!

  11. Haha you mean he wasn't Gung ho to walk across the top of the bridge from the get go? Shameful lol

    Never bothered with nano as I did that challenge and more in a month when I was writing. These days I'm a busy beaver too though, so it might be more of a challenge.

    If all goes right I may get a second Thanksgiving this year, says the guy who can't eat anything anyway lol

    Hope you and Terry are enjoying your trip.

  12. I kept reading it as NATO my brain is tired LOL

  13. Eeek that bridge lol...I think my response would be "We'll See" too!!! ☺☺

  14. we will all look forward to your stories from this incredible trip. November is always too busy for me to participate in Nano

  15. Hope you have a relaxing trip. Never really understood the concept behind NaNo. I'm of the belief that if you're gonna write, you're gonna write and why stress yourself out to accomplish a goal of writing 50k words for a novel that may never see the light of day.

  16. Lovely photos. I want that beaver, LOL I love seeing photos of you too. Hope you join in FFO. Enjoy your trip.

  17. thinking of you with heart full of prays and best wishes dear friend !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    may the trip to New Zealand go great amen !

  18. Thinking of you with heart full of prays precious Louise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Thanks, everyone, for all the wonderful comments while I was away. I'll visit each of you. Happy Holidays!


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