Wednesday, October 7, 2020

IWSG: October 2020 Version

 Hello fellow IWSGers. It's October already and fall! Hope you're joining the IWSG blog hop today. Thanks to Alex J.Cavanaugh and the admins at IWSG, we can all share our victories, woes, and ask as well as give advice. Find the entire list of participants here.

This month's optional question was about the description of a working writer versus an aspiring or hobbyist writer.

This is just my opinion, but I feel that a working writer is someone working toward publication. It doesn't have to mean that they are making money with their writing, but they're trying to. An aspiring writer is a working writer who isn't published yet. I feel a hobbyist writer doesn't care if they are ever published. Again, only me trying to define something that allows for opinions rather than something concrete.

I'm still plugging away (slowly) at my WIP. Other responsibilities have taken over my writing time. I hope it gets less hectic in a few weeks.

I used to hate fall, mainly because it meant a return to school. Now it only means my granddaughter is with me everyday and I can really enjoy the pleasant days and cool evenings. I can enjoy raking leaves again and watching the geese fly over. Welcome fall!

"A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows." St. Francis of Assisi

TV is so useless right now. No new content and the news is awful. I'm re-watching Evil on Netflix. It's even creepier the second time around. I enjoyed Enola Holmes. I found it cute and fun. It doesn't hurt that I know the writer of the book it was based on. And my husband is glad to have football back. I'm glad he's entertained also. We're surviving the pandemic restrictions without driving each other bonkers.

Good news, though. Supernatural is back on tomorrow. The final episodes. I don't want it to end, but I can't wait to see how it does. If you've been watching The Boys on Amazon, you know it's crazy and wild. I can't think of a good word to describe it.

I got my flu shot even though I've never had the flu. It seems like the smart thing to do. I hope you are doing all you can to stay healthy.

Do you enjoy fall? Do you write as a hobby or as work? Anything good to watch on TV, Netflix, or Amazon? What are you doing to stay healthy?


  1. This is the second post I've read that praises Enola Holmes. I'm looking forward to watching it. Fall is beautiful, but I can't help but dread what comes next. Plus, we are in a drought now, with water bans, so the foliage won't be as nice. Doing my best to mask up and avoid crowds these days. So looking forward to a time that is no longer necessary.

  2. I like your definitions :-)

    I've rewatched "The Mentalist", "Grimm", "Bones", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and I'm currently rewatching "Batwoman". On the plus side, I've done a lot more reading and scheduling blog posts (I'm almost done with next April's A-Z).

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  3. Fall has a melancholy to it to me, probably because I've lost almost every family member in the fall.

    We've been watching animal and house building specials.

  4. Good description of a working writer, I think :)
    Nothing good on TV here, which is fine as my TV went wrong last December and I haven't got around to fixing it! If there's ever anything worth watching that I can't get on the web, I might bother, but otherwise...

  5. I like your definitions. Right now I'd say I write as a hobby, but that could change. I got my flu shot too. I have for decades because my late husband had a comprised immune system. I never get the flu. I'm also walking almost every day for exercise.

  6. Hi,
    It's good to be able to enjoy your granddaughter and also to work on your manuscript in progress.
    I haven't got my flu shot yet but I am going to get it the middle of this month.
    Take care.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

  7. I am so happy fall is here!, says the native Houstonian. Hmm... My go-to show is NCIS reruns on Netflix. A new season of Call the Midwife just released. That was good. I found an independent news source... The First TV app (phone, tablet or Roku). I'm fixing my own fresh food an freezing meals to take to work.

  8. I've been watching Doom Patrol. The Boys was just a little too crazy. No football this year. I'm avoiding all sports.

  9. Thanks for the reminder to watch Evil - I need some good TV!

    Looking forward to cooler weather - soon, soon, fingers crossed....

    My husband was happy to have baseball back, and his team is in the playoffs so it might keep going...and going...and going.... :)

  10. I'm glad fall now comes with bonus points for you! I haven't gotten around to restarting Netflix, but I am looking forward to Enola Holmes. I'm a hobbyist with my writing. I just want to finish this darn series.

  11. I was probably a bit harsh on the terms "aspiring" and "hobbyist" in my post, but to me a "working writer" is any writer who is actively pursuing their craft - regardless of the final destination.

    I do like autumn - just trying not to think about how much worse things could get over the next few months. Let's enjoy the colours instead!

  12. After this summer, fall is more than welcome. I actually woke up this morning and had to put on a sweater. Yay!

  13. I agree with your working writer definition. We just keep working at it, and we are writers. :)
    I loved Enola Holmes, and I enjoy the books, so double-win.
    The Boys definitely wild and hard-hitting, but a really interesting foray into the superhero realms.
    I have been re-watching a few things because, as you said, there's not a whole lot of new stuff right now.
    Happy fall!

  14. I enjoyed Enola Holmes as well. Started watching TWD again, Took me a while to figure out where I left off. It's just as harrowing as I remember. Looking forward to Supernatural will be sad to watch that last episode. I'll miss Sam & Dean!

  15. I usually get a flu shot yearly; go figure the one year I didn't get one I got the flu (and hubby got the flu that year and had the flu shot). It was 3 winters ago and I think the flu shot was 10% effective that year. Now that I'm working out of the house I'll definitely be getting one. I like fall because it is cooling down here so that's a relief :)


  16. Hi, Susan! How wonderful that you are spending fall days with your granddaughter! I hope somewhere you can rake up a pile of leaves and romp in it with your granddaughter. I have always loved fall. To me that return to school always felt like the real new year, and I found it exciting! But then, my parents were teachers, and my dad was the seventh generation of teachers on his side of the family. So I became a teacher too; it was in the genes. Even though I've been retired eight years, I can't pass the stacks of new school supplies on store shelves without going over and touching them, smelling them ~ it's that's heavenly feel and fragrance of promise and possibility. Enjoy the season!

  17. I agree that a working writer is someone working toward publication. I don't know that I am one.

    Glad you got the flu shot. I did too. I have for decades.

  18. Supernatural is back indeed. Hopefully last 7 are good. The boys is just off the wall, but enjoyable. Watch Utopia on Amazon too. Was good, but kinda current.

  19. Being the reader, i am just glad writers keep writing!

  20. I love Netflix, Prime, and all those stations without commercials. I can't stand the political ads (both parties). Hubs & I are still hunkered down, though we have gone out to eat 3 times (2x to our son's restaurant, so that probably doesn't count). I still mask & practice social distancing. And we haven't killed each other yet, either. :)

  21. Hi Susan - your granddaughter must be a delight and keep you well occupied ... and positive towards life ahead. So pleased for you - yes tv has its moments ... though some is awful! I don't do anything other than our tv ... I had Netflix in Canada and can see the attraction ... but I've got books etc. I did get my flu jabs this week ... one normal flu, one for pneumonia (which apparently lasts a lifetime) - anyway I'm done that way. Down here we're relatively safe from the disease and I mask up ... take care - Hilary