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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Insecure Writer's Support Group - September

Hello bloggyland,
Welcome to IWSG, the brainchild of Alex Cavanaughwww.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com. Please check Alex's blog for all the details on how to participate.

Well, I can't believe it's September and summer's almost over. It has been an intense one for me. My singing partner of eight years found something else her heart wants to do, so she left Sugartime. The good news is that one of the original Sugartime gals from 10 years ago has moved back to Albuquerque and is willing and able to do Sugartime with me, so I don't have to stop doing what I love. But it's very intense trying to bring her up to speed with song lyrics, choreography and just plain performing. It's going to be wonderful, but since we have such a short window of time to get our act together, so to speak, it's challenging.

That is taking all my time and energy, so I haven't worked on my novel at all. I'm hoping this month to find a balance between Sugartime and writing. I know this project is something I want and need to do. An idea that hasn't left me for 30 something years is not something I want to ignore.

On a personal note, my twin grand babies are almost two and as I've said before, my heart has been totally kidnapped by these two beings. I am absolutely besotted. Sorry, but I'm not allowed to post pics of them (sigh!).

Tell me what's happening in your world, writing or otherwise.



lostinimaginaryworlds.blogspot.com said...

There does seem a lot going on in your world, Karen, and all to the good, even though it is challenging. Love the sound of those twin babies. My challenge it looking after a disabled husband, but it is more than worthwhile 🌹

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's fortunate she moved back when the other quit.

For our 30th anniversary, we plan to return to ABQ, so hopefully you're still there in 2021.

Karen Walker said...

Thanks for your visit and comment. The twins are delightful. I'm so sorry about your husband - but it sounds as if the love is very strong!

Karen Walker said...

Hi Diane,
Oh, if you let me know when you'll be here I'll do my best to be here as well.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry Sugartime is taking so much sweet time. (Oh look, a bad pun!) Hope you are writing again soon.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Hopefully you can find the balance between writing and performing.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Gosh that's lucky your ex Sugartime singer came back to Albuquerque and so you can join up again and keep doing what you love ... singing. Bet the grand kids have enveloped your heart ... relax and do what you can - cheers Hilary

Chrys Fey said...

I hope you find a balance and that everything goes smoothly with getting her up to speed.

Karen Walker said...

Alex, aww, cute pun! I love Sugartime so I don't mind so much - but I really miss writing, too.
Teresa, thanks - I hope so, too. I'm sure I will once this initial crunch is over.
Hilary - the grandbabies trump everything!!!
Chrys, thanks so much

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like you have lots of joy and happiness that you're spreading around!
Grandbabies are the best! Enjoy all those moments!!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad you found another partner for your singing. It sounds like something you need to do and that you're enjoying yourself. That's what's important.

Sarah Foster said...

Hopefully you'll be able to find a balance soon so you can do everything you want to do. An idea that sticks around for 30 years is not one to ignore!!

Liza said...

So glad you didn't have to give up your music. Your writing will come back when you are ready.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm glad you're back, Karen! I've had a good summer and plan to have an even better one next year after getting this other bad knee replaced in early November. My second Frontier Fiction novel is almost finished and ready to submit (almost).

I suspect if you gave up your singing activities it would be too much like giving away a piece of yourself. Striking the balance between all our loves and dreams is sometimes hard, but we can do it.

Julie Flanders said...

Oh gosh, I can't believe your little dolls are turning two already! It seems like you just posted about them as babies.
So glad you didn't have to give up your singing duo. Sounds like it was meant to be that your friend moved back at just the right time.

Chemist Ken said...

Sounds like you've got a lot on your plate right now, so it's not surprising that you didn't have a chance to work on your novel. No worries!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi Karen,

How nice that your former partner has returned! You certainly will dig into your writing when you find a quiet moment to do so. In the meantime, ENJOY your singing and dancing!

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