IWSG: Turning Point


The Purpose of IWSG is 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!

To join IWSG visit Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh here.



What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever
had to research for your story?


I’ve researched everything from Western esotericism to cyberbullying. Choosing the coolest is a little like naming my favorite book, but I’ll try.

A number of years ago I wrote a short story about Monhegan, an island off the coast Maine. I like to visit the places I write about, but this wasn’t possible with Monhegan. Instead, I visited the island via YouTube. I watched scores of videos and walked the entire island—from town and cemetery to woods and fairy houses—virtually. Below is one of many videos of the island ferry I studied. That I came away from this one seasick only added reality to the research experience.


On to the day’s business. This is a watershed post for me. May 2017 marks my tenth anniversary as a blogger. A decade ago, I wrote my first post. That first blog (2007-2009) wasn’t about writing. Instead, it was a learning exercise where, three times a week, I posted flash fiction.

My second blog (2009-2011) focused on the writing trials and challenges of the fledgling author. More therapy than blog, I posted about my personal experiences researching agents, querying, submitting, and needless to say, those all important rejections.

Finally, after a nine month hiatus, came blog number three, this blog (2012-present). I wanted Writer in Progress to be more dialog than essay—a conversation about the writing path.

But, as the saying goes, change is life’s only constant. The truth is, I stopped writing in January. I am no longer on the path. The change feels permanent, although I know better than to put my faith in forever. Still, the care and feeding of Writer in Progress seems hypocritical. I realize this doesn’t technically qualify as an IWSG post, but I wanted to explain why I will be putting the blog to bed.

Sure, I could change my mind tomorrow. Wouldn’t be the first time. But today I just want to extend my appreciation for your friendship and support over the years.

Thank you.



Before closing out, I want touch upon the passing of fellow blogger and writer, Melissa Bradley. Melissa’s intelligence, humor, fiery spirit, and warm heart inspired not only her friends and family but the entire writing/blogging community. The universe is a darker place without her.

Mel, you will be greatly missed. 💔

“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than
it would have been if it had never shone.”