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First post for 2013: Insecure Writer’s Support Group!

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“Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!” Alex J Cavanaugh

Wow, can you believe it’s 2013? Christmas and New Years have come and gone, and I’m now 38.5 weeks pregnant!!  For the last Insecure Writer’s Support Group post, I spoke about being worried that my novel, The Big Smoke, will disappear into a cloud of oblivion when bub comes along and I stop promoting for a while. I got some lovely comments on that post, including a great reminder from Cherie Reich that the book will be around for a long time, so it always has a chance to find its audience. That’s the beauty of online retailers – there’s always a chance for your book to become the next ‘overnight success’.

So, to be honest, I’m not nearly as concerned about my book’s sales over the next period as I was a month ago. I’ve done a fair bit of promotion since I launched the book, and hopefully, sales will continue to bubble away on their own now. If not, I won’t be losing sleeping over it – because I probably won’t be getting that much sleep anyway! Not with an infant to care for! 🙂

Here are some photos from Christmas of the bump…


I’m hoping not to disappear completely from the blogosphere once bub arrives. But rather than posting regularly, I’m hoping to spend my online time  hanging out at your blogs and continuing to follow and support your journeys. I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings for everyone!

Also, I’d like to open this blog up to guest posts from my regular followers – no point in a good blog staying silent! So if you’d like to guest post on the amazing Cally Jackson Writes, let me know and I’ll get my people to talk to your people! 😉

Your turn

How was your Christmas and New Years? What’s occupying your mind at the moment? Any insecurities? Would you like to guest post on Cally Jackson Writes?

PS You can find out more about the Insecure Writer’s Support Group at Ninja Captain Alex’s blog.



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Merry Christmas and Happy Blog-Holiday!

I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it hard to believe that Christmas is only four sleeps away! It’s a little bit scary because I’ve still got loads of Christmas shopping to do – yes, very disorganised, I know. I do the same thing every year and swear to myself that I’ll be more organised next year. But it never happens. And to be honest, that probably won’t change. Maybe I secretly like fighting through crowds for last minute presents… Hmm. Maybe not. Maybe I’m just a good procrastinator. 😉

Shopping pain aside, I’m really looking forward to the silly season. Catching up with family and friends, eating lots of great food, and reflecting on the year that’s past. When I stop and think about it, I realise 2011 has been a great year for me. I’ve made wonderful progress on my WiP, been healthy and happy for most of the year, had an enjoyable permanent job that’s allowed me good work/life balance, and started and maintained a blog that’s helped me to connect with so many amazing people (yep, I’m talking about YOU!).

Seeing as many of you are busily preparing for a white Christmas, I thought I’d share a photo from my Christmas day last year to show you what it’s like in Australia at this time of year.

Christmas 2010 in the Barossa Valley, South Australia

I’m taking a blog-holiday over Christmas and New Year’s Eve so this will be my last post for 2011. I want to say a huge THANK YOU!!! for your support this year. I can’t wait to share more of my writing journey (and life in general!) with you next year. Have a wonderful festive season and remember to stay safe!


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