IWSG – Sept 2023 – Sabbatical living

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September 6 question – The IWSG celebrates 12 years today! When did you discover the IWSG, how do you connect, and how has it helped you?
The awesome co-hosts for the September 6 posting of the IWSG are Sonia Dogra,J Lenni Dorner,Pat Garcia,Sarah – The Faux Fountain Pen, and Meka James!
I don’t remember how I discovered IWSG. It’s been many years. I do remember how pleased I was when Alex asked me if I would be an administrator. The entire experience was awesome. Back then I was a relatively new author, feeling overwhelmed and isolated. IWSG changed all that. Today I have many dear friends in IWSG and nothing but good memories. What I learned from other members has been more valuable than my expensive university education.
Now: what’s happening in my life these days…
When I arrived here in Canada in late April, I decided to take a few months’ sabbatical for two reasons: I knew I needed a break, and second, my Macbook was dying.
But of course, life has a way of taking you in a different direction, and five months later, I’m still on a sabbatical and not yet in possession of a new Macbook. I’m indecisive. What I have managed to do is concentrate on my overall health. Upon arriving in Canada, I felt depleted, drained and basically lousy.  Four months later, after starting an elimination diet, I feel better than I have in years, and this week I’ve begun pricing the new Macbook Pro. I should mention that I’m creating this post on my dear old Mac, who is being a very nice laptop and not scaring me by doing bizarre things.
Now: I’m off to visit your blog. I’d add some pics, but my very nice Macbook won’t allow that today, which is absolutely fine.

Comments 14

  1. So glad to hear you’re feeling better! And glad your ancient and venerable Macbook decided to cooperate so you could post. I hope you find a great new one.

    Sometimes a sabbatical is necessary. I kind of wish I’d taken one the first half of this year instead of struggling along when I was exhausted.

  2. The IWSG has such a wonderful sense of community, which is hard to find in online groups. Being a part of the group has kept me moving forward (like a snail…) on this crazy writer journey.
    I’m so glad we connected via the IWSG, Joylene.

  3. Hi,

    Glad the diet worked…

    This week’s far from creative highlight ? Built in oven tried very hard to burn our house down.
    and long awaited visitors postponed at the very last minute
    Need that oven, badly, for baking gluten free soy free everything.

    Today, I’m waiting in, hoping a new oven will arrive, preferably in time to feed the visitors, – and us.
    And – far less hopefully – that our pathetic broadband can be fixed – 1.9 mbps.
    Will I ever be a writer ? New book, hopefully, on Kindle by tomorrow,
    Skirmishes with members of the Five didn’t work out !

  4. Sorry to hear things have been difficult, Joylene. But, it sounds as if things are turning round now and I hope you get your Macbook sorted soon. :)
    (My apologies, as mentioned before, I can’t “like” your posts anymore because of some sort of glitch in my system. Technology is a trick isn’t it!)

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