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Fall Back

FALL BACK

As I started to get older I began to realize I was becoming more and more negatively affected by the change of seasons. Fall has always been the toughest of those for me.

The Fall season was always a reminder that Winter is approaching quickly. Here in the Northeast, Winter is cold, damp, and windy. It’s also dark and can be lonely. For me, the thought of Winters dreariness wasn’t much to look forward to.

My feelings of sadness always started around Labor Day and if I’m being honest as the weekend approached for the Fall Back or the scheduled time change I would be in a full-blown depression.

When do we turn the clocks back in 2021?

Sunday, November 7, 2021, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, November 7, 2021, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 7, 2021, than the day before. It will be lighter in the morning. Also called Fall Back and Wintertime.

When I was diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD,) to be honest I thought it was a made-up, fake condition.

It always started for me in late August. As a single mom, the thought of needing to buy school supplies, uniforms, and winter coats was stressful. The fear of not being able to provide for my kids drained my energy and left me feeling hopeless and worthless.

SAD is a type of depression that occurs and is related to changes in the season as well as changes in your internal clock.

Knowing the holidays were approaching caused even more stress.

When I started to chronically oversleep, lost interest in my work, and was obsessive about keeping the curtains closed, shutting out the light I knew I needed help.

SAD is common. There are over 3-million cases diagnosed every year in the United States.

It’s perfectly normal to have occasional bouts of the blues or to find yourself in a bit of a funk. These are our body’s way of telling us to slow down a bit, to recharge our batteries. To get yourself out of a funk try:

  • Sit by a window at work and at home
  • Keep your house well lit
  • Take a walk or at least get outside for a few minutes every day.
  • Set goals and make plans
  • Start a new hobby
  • Exercise

I am a firm believer in maintaining a positive mindset and I manage to stay positive by always having something to look forward to.

If your blues last for more than a few days, if you start to dread activities you used to enjoy, if you feel like you have nothing to look forward to, aren’t eating or sleeping properly, and especially if you are having thoughts of suicide it’s time to call your doctor.

Treatment for SAD may be as simple as light therapy, counseling, and in more serious cases, medication.

I’m so grateful I sought help and although Fall can still be a bit overwhelming I now look at the changing leaves as a miracle. A reminder that even though we’re losing something there is always something brighter to look forward to, even during the dreary winter months.

I’ve learned to look forward to and appreciate slowing down on snowy days and enjoying a good book and a mug of hot chocolate.

Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. It’s one of the least commercial. There is no stress of choosing and buying gifts. Only the joy of getting together with family and friends and sharing a delicious meal and discussing what we’ve been most grateful for throughout the year.

Have you ever been affected by the changes in seasons? What are you most grateful for?

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Melody’s Magical Flying Machine

WRITING WEDNESDAY 

I LOVE introducing you to fabulous authors and great books. Elaine and I met in Nashville and again in Las Vegas where we were both presenters at the BAM Conference.

She is so talented, lovely and hysterically funny! 

About the book: An image posted by the author.

Melody is an amusing ten-year-old girl with Down syndrome who loves to daydream beneath a catalpa tree in the backyard. She narrates her story and explains, “I can do almost everything other children can do, and I’m happy.”

She loves her teacher, going to the library, and playing with her little brother as he tells knock-knock jokes. After a sad day, she meets an enchanted talking bird, and they use a 3-D printer to create a flying machine pulled by two dragons.

Melody soars over the playground to amaze her friends and confront a group of bullies. Melody’s energetic talent in storytelling empowers her to educate others about Down syndrome while sharing her tall tales and strong hugs. Caroline Zina’s pencil illustrations are beautifully textured and shaded, with a magical quality that deftly matches the text.

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Blessing or a Curse..#IWSG

Insecure Writers Support Group Purpose:

To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting:  The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post. And please be sure your avatar links back to your blog! Otherwise, when you leave a comment, people can’t find you to comment back. Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

 

Remember, the question is optional!

December 2 question – Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why?

Most definitely! I’ve always been a procrastinator but I also work well with deadlines. For those reasons, I think during the month of November, I always start to feel twinges of anxiety and regret that I haven’t accomplished the goals I wanted to that year. January 1st is looming and I need to come up with NEW goals! My choices are to kick it into high gear and finish, or roll a few goals into the new year. Let’s face it, this year sucked on SO many different levels. I’ve faired well, I don’t have much to complain about and so much to be grateful for. I wish it was the same for everyone but it hasn’t been:(

My 3rd book was released on March 17th. Two days into the Pennsylvania and pretty much the entire worlds shut down. Was I devastated? Yes, of course. But the book Realize your Writing Dreams is a book on writing, publishing and marketing. So many people that were laid off from their jobs decided it would be a great time to write that book they always wanted to write! It turned out to be the perfect time for that books release.

The New Year, January is always a productive writing month for me. I always want to have a better year than the last, and am motivated to get off to a good start. That usually last a month.

For as long as I can remember late Spring, Summer and early Fall have always been my most creative and most productive writing seasons. I’m a Pisces, so during those seasons I spend a lot of time at the beach, it’s my favorite writing space.

One of my 2020 goals was to host a writing retreat at the beach. I planned it and was so excited. Sadly, I had to scale it way back but it still happened and it was amazing. Another reason to be so grateful. I’ll be writing about the retreat next week!

How about you? Are you cramming in writing time to complete your 2020 goals? Has this year been a curse or a blessing in disguise? Have you chosen 2021 writing goals or at this point are we going to be happy to arrive in 2021 in one piece?

Have a Blessed Holiday Season Everyone!,

Doreen

The awesome co-hosts for the December 2 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney, Liesbet @ Roaming About Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre! Please stop by and thank them.

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It’s Another Meeting for the Insecure Writers..

Insecure Writer’s Support Group

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

September Question If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why?

What a tough question! After giving it some thought, I would love to meet and have a conversation with Nora Roberts. Having her beta read for me would have me so nervous, but what an honor it would be.

Nora has written more than 200 romance novels! She also writes under the pen names, J.D. Robb, Jill March, and Sarah Hardesty. Can you imagine having your novels on the NYT Best seller list for 861 weeks, 176 weeks in the #1 spot.

She write’s eight-hours a day, even when she’s on vacation. That’s impressive! Writing mostly trilogies, Nora doesn’t write from an outline but creates a short first draft with all the elements of the story and then adds texture and color in her second draft, something I’d love to learn more about from her.

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An Ebook Sale..

WRITING WEDNESDAY

For the next 30 days Realize Your Writing Dreams is ONLY 99 cents!!

Thank you SO much for reading, reviewing, sharing and calling your library and asking the to order the book. I LOVE you for that xxxooo!

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Welcome all Insecure Writers..

Writing Wednesday

This is a place for writers to express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

We post the first Wednesday of every month.

This is our official Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. You can also choose to answer the question of the month if you’d like.

Join in here:

Be sure to visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer

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Writing Rituals..

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up.

The awesome co-hosts today are Feather Stone, Beverly Stowe McClure, Mary Aalgaard, Kim Lajevardi, and Chemist Ken!

Today’s question

Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? 

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Insecure Writers Support Group

 

It’s the first Wednesday of the month which means it’s time for The Insecure Writers Support Group! And I’m thrilled to be hosting this month, it’s been awhile.

Purpose: To share and encourage.

Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. If you’ve been through the fire you can offer your assistance, and guidance. It’s a safe- haven for insecure writers of all kinds! http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

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It’s Here!

If you ever said, “I could write a book,” This book is for you! It also makes a great gift for the writer in your life.

Thank you for reading, reviewing and sharing,

Doreen

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The Characters We Craft…

WRITING WEDNESDAY All About the Characters

Thank you so much for being a reader of my posts, whether you’re here for the first time or you’ve been reading my words for years. This wouldn’t be a blog community without you.

On Wednesdays I like to share what I’ve learned on my writing, publishing and marketing journey. The type of information I wish someone would have shared with me when I started on this crazy, crooked but exciting and rewarding path.

One of my favorite things to do is people watch.

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