#IWSG: Standing in the Storm


Insecure Writer’s Support Group: My favorite group of authors.

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!

JH Moncrieff
Madeline Mora-Summonte
Jen Chandler
Megan Morgan
Heather Gardner 

Since the death of my dear husband exactly three months ago, I have been standing in an unrelenting storm. To bank managers, government officials, lawyers, I create a facsimile of strength and tolerance for change. Day by day, meeting after meeting, legal documents and sympathy cards, have driven home the message that I will have to change or the storm will wear me down to become a fragile and incompetent old woman.

In some respects, the storm is still raging. My center is gone. Making decisions has been terrifying. Sometimes, I can’t decide on anything. I wonder, how can I write again. Do I want to write?

Then miracles, those ‘oh my god’ events, gave me hope. Last month I asked for help in getting one hundred reviews for Forbidden. Many of you requested a copy of Forbidden and then posted incredible reviews. Thank you so very much. You made my heart sing.

Recently, Cheryl Masciarelli (CMash Reads), because she loved Forbidden so much, asked if I would agree to being the Author of the Month on her blog. Forbidden will be front and center, avec interviews and guest posts each June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and June 29th.

And, she encouraged me to feature Forbidden on the Partners in Crime blog starting June 19th to July 7th. Watch this blog for dates and location of interviews, guest posts, giveaways. Doing the happy chicken dance.


I think the main challenge for me is to accept I am going to be different in the months ahead. It is frightening. Most days, I feel like I’m still standing in the storm. And yet, there’s a hint of exhilaration.  There may be damage and turmoil, but also a possibility of resurgence of energy and freshness.

Blessings, everyone.


9 thoughts on “#IWSG: Standing in the Storm

  1. Wow, you’ve been through a lot. Thank you for sharing your struggle. Gives me perspective on my own. I hope you do find what you need to write, when the time is right, and I hope the writing provides you comfort.


  2. Oh my dear Feather, I understand exactly where you are and feel with you. One of my best girlfriends forever, who was like a sister to me, died May 15th. I accompanied her through the last nine months of her life. Put everything on the back burner and was there for her day and night. Now, she’s departed and I’m left behind, dealing with the loss and with her parents. She was an only child and only forty-three years old. So I so identify with being in the storm and even though it stormy, I feel bits of exhilaration.
    Keep walking forward. Your life has changed. I know mine has. It will never be the same. I’ve shed a shell of falsity by walking with my dear friend. A shell that I didn’t know I had and I have become a little bit closer to being a really caring and true person. The last nine months with her brought this change in me. A change to be sincere and openhearted.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Everything Must Change


    1. Thank you, Alex. Aside from missing my mate, the experience of being a woman alone has been tough. I lock everything – every door and gate. A feeling of safety is going to tough to resurrect. However, thanks to good neighbors and people like you, my confidence will prevail.


  3. Condolences on your loss and proud for holding it all together. Thank you for showing your amazing courage and strength in sharing your heart with us through it all. Congrats on Forbidden’s success, too. Well-deserved.


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