Wednesday, August 7, 2019

IWSG August 2019


Many thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh, all of the administrators, and the blog co-hosts this month for making the IWSG an awesome place to hang out, let our worries fly free, and gain/give some encouragement!

My post will be super short this month as I'm currently cheering my lungs out at the American Canoe Association Flat-water Sprint Canoe and Kayak US Nationals in Georgia. (Can you hear me from where you are?) I will be commenting for IWSG sporadically, at best.

BTW, for an quick update on my kayaking daughter: she has friends who went to the Pan American Championships and Junior/Senior Worlds, but she elected to not go to trials and to save for college this fall. She is competing at Nationals.


Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you'd forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?

My writing surprises me all the time. Okay, maybe not "all" of the time, but much of the time. I went back to look through (purge) some of my old journals and found some writing gems I decided to keep - a simile, a few poems, a novel. They were better than I remembered - surprise! 

Has your writing every surprised you?

24 comments:

The Cynical Sailor said...

All the best for your daughter in Nationals! My writing surprises me most of the time. Cheers - Ellen

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Love that about finding writing gems in old journals! Hmm, maybe something I should try..... :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I can hear you! Good luck to your daughter.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've kept all my writing journals since I began when I was 13. It's fun to find something good in them.

Sarah Foster said...

I would love to find some gems in my old writing. Most of it just makes me cringe.

Lee Lowery said...

Wishing great success for your daughter! I've never kayaked, but it looks like fun.

I love it when I come across old notes or files with the jotting of an idea I'd forgotten about. Some of those ideas are just waiting their turn to be written.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I love finding writing gems in my old diaries. I did find one or two some time back :)

Patricia Josephine said...

Have fun and good luck to your daughter!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Cheer just a bit louder, I almost hear you. LOL.

Best of luck to your daughter. I wouldn't even worry about commenting this month. These moments are what's most important. You can say hi next month.

M.J. Fifield said...

Whenever I go through my old notebooks, I tend to laugh my you-know-what off because the story ideas there are generally so different from where the story actually ended up.

Best of luck to your daughter!

cleemckenzie said...

Journals can be an excellent resource!

Heather Erickson said...

Your bio is one of the best I have read. It shares a bit about who you are and is very positive and welcoming to your site. Have fun cheering!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Have fun cheering on your daughter. That's awesome that you found writing you still like and may be able to use in your old journals.

Loni Townsend said...

It's always nice when your writing is better than you remember!

lostinimaginaryworlds.blogspot.com said...

Yes. Tyrean, I came across a piece of my writing recently and was convinced it couldn't have been mine, it seemed better than anything I could have written. I spent a long time looking through books that I'd read, sure that I'd eventually find it written by someone else. I was afraid that if I used it I'd be accused of plagiarism! 😊

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

OH! That's you I keep hearing! It's all making sense now. Carry on. Have fun!

Lynda R Young said...

Gotta love that kind of surprise!!

Nick Wilford said...

I hope your daughter does really well. It's funny how time and distance can make an old piece of writing much better than we remember it - sometimes we're too close to appreciate it fully at time of writing!

Renee Scattergood said...

I wish your daughter lots of luck at Nationals! :-D

krystal jane said...

You're so close to me right now! I hope they're doing great!

I love being surprised! An exciting scene or character that comes out of nowhere is the best!

Juneta key said...

Good luck to your daughter. That sounds like fun, cool sport Happy IWSG.

F. Stone said...

So wise of you to have saved pieces from years ago. I didn't and now truly regret it. Blessings

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tyrean - well great you're there supporting the youngsters ... canoeing - a strenuous life ... but fun sport. Good for your daughter - getting her priorities right ... all the best to you both and her team - cheers Hilary

Powdered Toast Man said...

I think we all judge our own work too harshly. Then we forget what we have written and years later go back and read it. It turns out it is pretty good after all.

Randomly found your blog through IWSG. :-)