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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, January 11, 2018

What's going on?

I received an email from Alex (our Ninja Captain) the other day asking if I wanted to remain a member of the Insecure Writer's Support Group since I hadn't posted anything in the last two months. I immediately said I wanted to stay because this group has been a huge source support for me in my writing journey. But then I began to think about where I am in my life and what needs my energy and attention and blogging doesn't show up anywhere on that list. What does that mean? Does that mean I should stop my blog? Does that mean I should quit ISWG?

I'm not sure...I'm not sure if I'll ever write anything again that I will choose to publish. I'm not sure what's next for me other than being in grandma land and going to take care of my grand babies for three months beginning in February.

What I am sure about is that the main priority for me right now is to get as healthy and strong as I can so I can be here for as long as I can for those babies. I'm working with weights for the first time in my life. And I can certainly feel a difference already in my physical strength.

So for now, until I figure all of this out, I'm going to remain in grandma land and just "be" and not worry about whether I'm writing or not or what to do about this blog. If I can, I'll post to ISWG, and if I can't, Alex will do what he needs to do and remove me from the list. I understand. His email was a sort of wake-up call to remind me - oh yes, there is this group I've been an intrinsic part of that I've been ignoring. What's going on?



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You have a new focus in your life and that's all right!
Stay with the group as long as you like. I might not every write another novel, but I am still a writer and author and will continue as such.
Keep at it with the weights.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Just enjoy being a grandmother. The rest will sort itself out.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen - as both Alex and Diane have said .. you're doing the right thing - you're still around ... and we'll catch up with your grandmotherly duties, which will be fun - til you feel the need to write some more ... take care and just enjoy them! Hilary

Suzanne Furness said...

I feel as though I have been lacking with my blog of late too. Life and so on takes our focus elsewhere sometimes. Concentrate on your health and grand babies and write if and when you feel able. Best wishes.

Patricia Stoltey said...

It's clear you're in one of those big transition periods, Karen! Just stay true to yourself and go with the flow...and have lots of fun with those babies.

Karen Walker said...

Thanks, Alex. I appreciate your support. But uggh, those weights!!
Diane, that's the plan - thanks
Hi Hilary, thanks so much
Suzanne, life does, indeed, takes our focus elsewhere sometimes
Patricia, yes, it feels like a huge transition. I can't wait to be with those babies.

Jacqui Murray said...

My kids are both in their early thirties with no sniff even of marrying much less giving me grandkids. So I blog. Twere I in your position, I might take a bit of a vacation also. Enjoy yourself!

Pat Garcia said...

Enjoy this new path that has opened up in your life. You know what you want to do and do that. I will be forever grateful for Still Me...After All These Years. You helped me take an important step for my writing.
All the best for 2018.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat Garcia

Karen Walker said...

Jacqui, my son is older, so I'd pretty much given up on being a grandma.
Pat, that makes my heart happy - thank you! And good luck!

Andrea Franco-Cook said...

I understand that you need to do what's best for you, Karen, but I hope you'll stick it out on ISWG. It's only once a month (not that I have room to talk since I've been gone for 6 months), but it is a great program. Also, FWIW, I've always enjoyed your blog. You've blog has been around since I began writing full time in 2009, and I'd hate to see it go. I've always enjoyed reading your posts.

Karen Walker said...

Wow, thank you, Andrea, for sharing. Unless people comment, the blogger has no idea whether anyone is paying attention to what they're saying.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I saw my son's kindergarten assistant teacher (he's now about to turn 21) in the grocery store yesterday. I asked what she was doing now and she was *so happy* about grandmothering. Her eyes just lit up and she started talking about her grandchildren.

Everything else sorts itself out! You can write when you want, blog when you feel like it....and enjoy your family. :)

Karen Walker said...

thanks, Elizabeth - I know - it's an incredible feeling of freedom