Monday, December 19, 2016

Peace and Joy

Welcome to the last post for IWSG for 2016. We'll be back on the first Wednesday of 2017 for our monthly blog hop. Remember in your post that the proposed question is a personal option if you're not sure what else to say in your blog. We all certainly want to hear about your victories and worries as we navigate this complicated business together. If you are interested in the question, here goes:
What writing rule do you wish you'd never heard?

Congratulations to the winners of Michael Burnett's audio book, The Independent Author's Guide to Audiobook Production: A Professional Narrator's Secrets for Success on ACX

Ellen Jacboson 
Geradine Bach 
Toi Thomas 
Karen Lange 
Lidy Wilks

As writers, we know other writers and probably a few are on your gift list.. There are no shortages of suggested gifts for your fellow writers. Here's one such list though it might be too late to order something and receive it in time. Still, ideas!

The past year has witnessed some wonderful things for IWSG with the publication of our first anthology, Parallels: Felix Was Here, and the gathering of more terrific stories for inclusion in the second, not yet named, anthology. The talent of this group is impressive.

It's the time when we look back on the year that was and start thinking about our plans, dreams and hope for 2017. This past year saw so much turmoil around the world and here at home, that many of us are still reeling with a gloomy outlook. As writers, we have the opportunity to bring cheer and laughter as well as a sense of hope into the lives of our readers. And we should gift ourselves with the same things.

I hope the holidays bring you the peace of being safe and warm. I wish you the joy of family and friends. I gift to you my belief in a better future for humanity. I share with you my love of our writing community and the goodwill we grace each other which every day.

Hopefully, you'll find time to write over the holidays and if not, indulge in some reading. And most of all, find peace and joy in the season. And believe. Believe 2017 will be great.

18 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It was a crazy busy year book-wise.

I plan to do some writing during the holidays.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

2017 is going to rock!

Pat Hatt said...

Hopefully 2017 is grand across the land. Be nice to see indeed as we keep on a keeping on.

Sandee said...

May everyone have a fabulous 2017, with lots of love, laughter and success. ☺

Deb Salisbury said...

Thank you all for your work, this year and next!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

2017 will see this group grow and get even better. If that's possible.

L.G. Keltner said...

This group is amazing! I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store.

Juneta Key said...

Happy Holidays. See ya next year.
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Magic Love Crow said...

Happy 2017!

Fundy Blue said...

Merry Christmas, Susan! I'm wishing you, your family, and your loved ones a joyous Christmas. I think 2017 is going to be a great year, even with all the challenges that face our world and country. I'm so grateful that I found the IWSG! Thanks for all the hard work you and the other administrators do to make this group be so meaningful!

Valerie Capps said...

I've been so busy the past month I haven't had time to breathe. Husband's surgery, sister's illness, Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping--totally missed IWSG first Wednesday post. I finally stopped today to get my breath and felt guilty about doing something I promised myself I wouldn't do--ignore my writing. So I pounded out a short story to post on my blog to prove to myself I'm not giving up no matter how busy the world gets. Thanks, IWSG, for being here for us insecure writers this year. You have been a help and an inspiration to me. I look forward to another productive year in 2017!

Merry Christmas to everyone!!

valeriecapps.com

Robert Bennett said...

Happy New Years, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and so much more. It's definitely been a...year. Here's hoping 2017 is a bit brighter!

Toinette Thomas said...

Glad I made it through 2016 to this point and look forward to the new beginning 2017 will be. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

cleemckenzie said...

Cheers to a beautiful 2016 and an even more spectacular 2017!

Gingi Freeman said...

Congrats to the winner, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Erika said...

Thank you for the heart warming post. Congratulstions to the winners and may next year be one of peace, hope and lots of inspiration. :)

Lux G. said...

Congrats to the winners. Happy holidays to everyone! Hope 2017 will be a more productive year for the writers. :)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

What a beautiful post, Susan. Best to you in 2017, too. 2016 went too fast. It was a good year for me. It taught that anything is possible, and I've got to stop being my own worst enemy. I stop doing that and the sky's the limit. Happy New Year!