IWSG: April 2020

It’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Posts go up the first Wednesday of each month. Read more posts and/or join in here.

What’s not to be insecure about these days? As far as writing goes, I’m insecure because (a) I’m not getting any done, and (b) none of my books are getting sales or page reads either. I think, as the economy tanks, people aren’t buying books. I did run a freebie last week that got many, many downloads. So… that’s something?

Question of the Month: How are things in your world?

We’re very fortunate. My husband is able to work from home with not much trouble. I’m staying on top of all three kids’ school work as best I can, plus I’m introducing them to French and making sure they get outside each afternoon. Just in the backyard, but still: fresh air. I’d like to be able to write more, but it’s tough to focus. Even reading has been a challenge. (But if you want to see what I’ve been reading, please check out my YouTube channel, where I do post review videos!) I’ve done Zoom with writer friends once a week, just to chat and see faces other than the ones I live with. We’re getting most things delivered to limit exposure and going out. They’re almost certainly about to announce that kids will not return to school campuses this school year, but that distance learning will continue… My kids are super sad about that, especially my 8th grader, who was looking forward to all the “graduation” stuff: 8th grade dance, field trip, promotion ceremony. They didn’t even get the class picture. My heart is breaking for him, even though I know this is the safe and better choice. So I’m counting my blessings but there are still struggles, especially of the mental and emotional kind. I have the right temperament for staying home indefinitely, but my husband and kids are getting restless. We do lots of board games, karaoke, etc. Looking at another month of this at least (our shelter in place goes through May 3 right now), so…