Wednesday, 1 October 2014

IWSG

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so time for my Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Since last month, I've mostly been touring Scotland with my husband in our camper van.

Supposedly it's partly a working trip, but we've been distracted by a lot of signs like this one.





 We've explored castles (dozens of castles!) and countryside, watched a steam train cross that bridge, climbed this monument, well lots of stuff.

And I've been writing. Not as much as at home becaue I've been too busy having fun, but I've done a fair bit plus heard about a couple of story sales. My travels are giving me lots of inspiration and ideas too.

I think you've gathered that I'm not actually feeling insecure at all.

I feel a fraud now.

And now I'm over it ;-)

Here's hoping that anything which has distracted you this month has been interesting and will provide inspiration for your writing.

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  1. Beautiful pictures! It's perfectly ok to not feel insecure. I'm sure you won't get kicked out :)

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    1. If I do, that'll make me feel insecure and then I'll be let back in again!

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  2. Hi Patsy - great countryside to get lost in ... to dream up story ideas - can quite see why you're having fun .. cheers Hilary

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  3. such a beautiful place.

    I hear we have a castle in California.

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    1. Go take a look then, R Mac - and take a photograph too!

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  4. I enjoyed visiting Scotland way back when.
    You're researching and gaining inspiration. Just enjoy!

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    1. I'm sure several of my experiences will end up in stories, Alex.

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  5. Those pictures are lovely! I am jealous of your trip to Scotland. ;)

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    1. It's so much fun I'm almost jealous of myself, Chrys!

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  6. Hey, you can't feel insecure all the time, right? Lovely pictures!

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    1. You're right, Megan. Maybe I'll do better next month? ;-)

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    1. We are having a lovely time thanks, Susan.

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  8. Haven't found a thing in my distractions that inspiie me, but I'm enjoying yours.

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    1. Glad you're enjoying them, Oscar - and hope inspiration soon strikes.

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  9. Love that train going over the bridge. I think the IWSG group must like having you, and great news on the sales.

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    1. We did well to get the train, Suzy. We saw it leave the station just as we went by, so carried on until we found a picturesque spot to catct it.

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  10. What lovely photos. And a great place for story ideas. I'd love to visit there someday.

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  11. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. The photos are lovely and look very inspiring.

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    1. We are having a wonderful time, Suzanne.

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  12. That's the Glenfinnan viaduct ... monument .. .and Eilean Donan ... and Kilt Rock waterfall ... crikey, you have been travelling! My father was a vet up in the Highlands back in the early fifties and had to speak Gaelic to the crofters who often only had a couple of cows apiece. I wonder how many of those who voted 'Yes' to Scotland's independence actually speak Gaelic or even try ... Lovely, Patsy, makes me feel very nostalgic for bygone times, glad you are enjoying yourselves

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    1. We've done a lot of miles, Celia. Well worth it though.

      Gaelic is still spoken by quite a few I think. Announcements on the ferries are in Gaelic and it's taught in junior schools.

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  13. Insecurity is something that doesn't wander far, so it's nice to not feel it for a while. Lovely pictures.

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  14. Your beautiful photos speak to my Scottish heart, Patsy! I'm glad that you are enjoying yourself as you travel, write, and gather ideas. I found your garden blog first, and I loved the fungi photos ~ awesome! Have a good one!

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    1. Thanks, Fundy. There's no shortage of good photo opps in Scotland!

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  15. Lovely photos, Patsy - and sounds like you're having a great trip up here! I often find inspiration through travels in other countries - even just being away from home helps.

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    1. We're on our way towards home now, Rosemary - but the inspiration will outlive the trip I'm sure.

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  16. A holiday of a lifetime Patsy. Would make a great programme for TV. A travel story at the very least. I'm sure you are working on something. Safe journey home.

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    1. I'll be working one or two elements into stories, Maggie. Maybe three or four ...

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