IWSG: 2023 Let the New Year Begin!

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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!


The awesome co-hosts for the January 4 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pett, Debs Carey, Kim Lajevardi, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and T. Powell Coltrin!


So, not gonna kid you. I had a pretty good month last month. One of my stories was published in Daily Science Fiction. Here’s that link: https://dailysciencefiction.com/science-fiction/space-travel/k-lynn-harrison/note-to-a-hypoxic-delusion

If you read it, let me know what you think.

January 4 question – Do you have a word of the year? Is there one word that sums up what you need to work on or change in the coming year? For instance, in 2021 my word of the year was Finish. I was determined to finished my first draft by the end of the year. In 2022, my word of the year is Ease. I want to get my process, systems, finances, and routines where life flows with ease and less chaos. What is your word for 2023? Why?
I never really thought much about having a word of the year. It’s appealing. To be honest, my first thought was to steal “Finish” because that really is what I’ve been thinking about doing. Finish this. Finish that. Finish whatever it is I wind up starting this year. And then, it occurred to me that maybe “Enough!” would be a good choice. As in… you’ve fiddled with this enough. Time to move on. Time to do something else. Or maybe, this story is Enough. You are enough.


Deep down, though, I think the word I need to be focused on is “Community.”


I need to work on getting to know other writers, and on building creative relationships with them.


My plans for Nano were kinda a bust last year. Too much stuff on top of other stuff. Do you ever have the feeling that the stars, themselves conspire against you? I didn’t wind up meeting anyone, and I barely brushed the bottom of 10k. **sigh** So, that gets pushed into the new year.


I am still working on picking up all the pieces. On the bright side, I’m pretty sure I know where they all are, now.

Let me know what you do when your plans wind up scattered to the wind.


  1. Reply

    Congrats on having a story published. I never do NaNo or even have enough time to write more in November. It doesn’t work with my schedule, so I don’t pressure myself to do it. Maybe it’s the same for you.

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      Thank you!
      I have time to write for Nano, but I have to ration out my words for other things, if I want life to go smoothly. Nano was definitely easier, back when I had no habits to speak of.

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    I enjoyed your story! As someone who still lives with imaginary friends, even as an adult, I found it surprisingly relatable.

    Community is a good word to pick. Writing can seem like an inherently solitary activity. It’s easy to forget that being a writer also means being part of a community.

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      I’m glad you liked it. I’m very attached to my imaginary friends, too. Happy New Year!

  3. Diane Burton


    I’m adding my congrats on your story. Yay!!! I know what you mean about plans going awry, esp. when there’s nothing you can do about it. Community is so important. If it weren’t for such groups as IWSG and my local writing groups, I wouldn’t know anything. I’d be in limbo. This group is so supportive. Wishing you the best in 2023.

    • Reply

      Thank you so much for the encouragement! I absolutely agree that writers are some of the best, most supportive people in the whole world. Happy New Year!

  4. Loni Townsend


    The conspiring stars seem to have me on speed dial. They visit often.

    I hope you find the community you need and want this year!

    • Reply

      I think we have some of the same stars. That sounds very familiar, somehow. Happy New Year.

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