IWSG – Happy New Year!

Today is not just the first Wednesday of the month but also the first Wednesday of the YEAR! What better time to join the

IWSG Badge…founded by Alex J Cavanaugh, blog about their hopes, dreams and fears. If you want to join this merry band of writers Click here to add your name to the list…
The awesome co-hosts for this month are; The awesome co-hosts today are L.G. Keltner, Denise Covey, Sheri Larsen, J.Q. Rose, Chemist Ken, and Michelle Wallace!

And congratulations to the winners of the IWSG Anthology contest;
The Mirror People by Crystal Collier
Ground Zero by Michael Abayomi
The Seventeen by Hart Johnson
Rainers by Sandra Cox
EVER-TON by Yolanda Renee
WIN by Sylvia Ney
Haunted by Melanie Schultz
Folds in Life and Death by Cherie Reich
Scrying the Plane by Tamara Narayan
Felix Was Here by L.G. Keltner

I didn’t think I’d have time to post this month; it’s the kids’ first day back at school, the house is a post Christmas tip, the fridge is bare and my big cat needs some time out from the little cat (she’s coping fairly well with the new intruder on her territory).

But then I mentioned to Juneta Key that I get things done by giving myself 30 minute time slots and, well… that felt like a challenge (although I only have 10 minutes left after copying all those links!) So, I want to tell you about the Story Time Blog hop on January 27th, you can read about it on Juneta’s blog here and are welcome to join in if you have a story to add to the hop.
I took part in the last one in August last year and it was a blast. It’s a great way to meet other writers, get your stories read and another opportunity to widen your blogging network. Even if you don’t have a story available, there are all these other ones to read.

My 30 minutes is up now, so Happy New Writing Year!

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25 Responses to IWSG – Happy New Year!

  1. Ula says:

    Happy New Year! That story time blog hop sounds fun. Thanks. I don’t write speculative fiction, but I’ll join in by reading.


  2. It’s amazing what can get done in 30-minute chunks of time. Congratulations to all the winners of the anthology contest.


  3. Anna says:

    Funny, after the Christmas and New Year thing, I feel like I have all the time in the world.

    Anna from elements of emaginette


  4. My fridge is also bare and I’m getting crafty pulling items from the cupboards and freezer. My holiday decs are still up, gifts not all put away. I like my tree so I want another week! It’s all part of January for me, to get back in the swing.

    I’m curious about your cats! Do you keep the new kitty in her own space away from the big cat at intervals? I have one cat and we’d love to get another but not sure ours will be very accommodating.


    • Angela says:

      We did to start with and gradually over time they’ve started sharing space, but only our older cat is allowed upstairs to give her an escape. Unfortunately I don’t think they’re ever going to get on :(, not helped by the kitten going through an annoying teenage stage at the moment ;). I still hold out hope that over time they’ll at least learn to tolerate each other.


      • Thanks! It’s so hard to know how pets will take a new entry to the fuzzy family πŸ™‚ Our cat has been solo for 10 years; he was a rescue by kind people who lived in an apartment with a limit on pets, so he had companions before but he was a kitten.


  5. Juneta says:

    LOL, so glad you found my post inspiring. Thanks for mentioning the Story Time Blog Hop the more of us that let people know the better and get more stories for participation.

    Cats are so funny. Hope the adjustment goes smooth for all of you, including the cats.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit


  6. Pat Garcia says:

    Hello and Happy New Year!

    It is so good to hear that you allocate times slots for your work. I do too. Mine are a little bit longer but they accomplish their purpose.

    Wishing you a great 2016 with success in all that you undertake.



  7. I do things in 30 minute increments too! Thanks for the tip on the blog hop. I haven’t done one in a long time and I think it would help me get back into my imagination after being “Just Mom” for two months.


  8. Happy New Year to you! I love the 30 minute idea. You can get a lot done in a half an hour if you focus. I’m going to try it this week and if I get more productive, I’ll send you a shout out πŸ™‚


  9. I like the idea of using 30 minute time slots to get things done. Great tactic! I’ll check out the story time blog hop – sounds interesting.


  10. That story hop sounds like amazing fun. I know I won’t have time, but I’ll keep it in mind and pass it on to other people.


  11. Love the 30-minute time slot idea! I always work in short increments of time (I started with 15), and it helps when life is hectic, as it usually is.


  12. I went to the grocery store Monday and it was mass chaos. Every time I passed the store all day, the parking lot was packed…on a Monday! Everyone was restocking those fridges after the holidays.


  13. A focused thirty minutes and yeah, I could get some things done.
    Don’t think I’ll be able to do the Story Time Hop. I still have to figure out what I’m writing for the Lost and Found Valentine’s Hop. Not sure why I signed up to write something romantic. Oh yeah, I’m co-hosting it. Crap.


  14. Hi Angela!
    30-minute time slots are realistic and manageable. Great idea. πŸ™‚
    Happy New Year!


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