IWSG: Stick-With-It-Ness


Here’s my monthly post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, where the first Wednesday of every month we get together to share our concerns and support one another in this ongoing writing journey.

This month, I feel like – well, there’s nothing astounding to report again. Making tiny amounts of money from writing, not enough to live on. Doing lots of edits. Living life.

But here’s what I can say: I’m still here. I haven’t given up yet! And then I thought, I like the phrase stick-with-it-ness, one of those fun phrases people use now and again when we need to grin with our gritted teeth. Here’s to plain old determination – and you know what else? I love language. I love how language works and I love the fun, crazy, awesome things we do with it.

And that’s why I’m a writer. Because I love language and literature and human speech. Sometimes, I need to remember that too.

How about you? Any news to report? (Including the news that you’re still plugging on? That definitely counts!)

Looking forward to the monthly pick me up.


After visiting a lot of sites involved in the A-Z Challenge. I’ve decided to try to devote the rest of my posts to speculative flash fiction. Writing one post a day is crazy-manic, but I feel like I’m learning a lot.


Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes, it becomes impossible, literally.

In her regular evals, supervisors often called Deana “upbeat” and “positive” and “a joy to be around.” She liked to say things like Attitude is everything and Never give up. Right now, she was terrified, wondering how they could possibly make it out of this alive.

Slowly, the backup backup plan came into laborious, slow realization. Days and days of planning gave way to drifting sands, unyielding rocks which looped and whorled around their base.

Supplies dwindled.

Within their domed walls, time passed: days, weeks, months, stretching out like the bleak and barren landscape, until the rescue ships arrived. By then, nearly a year had passed since the incident.

In the final report, drawn in relentlessly bureaucratic, non-descript typeface: Life on Mars not yet sustainable. Further deliberation needed. Fortunately, all settlers were rescued in time, thanks to careful planning and determination. Data collected will be priceless in easing over-population on earth, one day.


This image was acquired at the Viking Lander 2 site with camera number 2. The rounded rock in the center foreground is about 20 centimeters wide. The angular rock to the right and further back than the rounded rock is about 1.5 meters across. The dark facet on the upper right edge of the angular rock has a color similar to basalts on Earth. There are two trenches that were dug in the regolith to the right of the rounded rock, as well as one behind and slightly to the left. The gently sloping troughs between the artificial trenches and the angular rock which cut from the middle left to the lower right corner of the picture are natural surface features. This synthetic high resolution color image was created by combining standard low resolution Viking Lander color images with standard high resolution Viking Lander black and white images, using image processing techniques. In simple terms, the colors are separated from the color image. Using the computer, those colors are then painted onto high resolution images covering the same area. The image has had its colors balanced to approximate what a person would see on Mars. Since the Martian atmosphere carries extremely fine-grained red dust in suspension the “on Mars” images are redder. Credit: Mary A. Dale-Bannister, Washington University in St. Louis.