IWSG: The Absent-Minded Professor

How do you publicize the work you have already published to establish your name in the industry? Please feel free to share your success stories!

Here is my first published work:

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The snow caught him by surprise; no gloves, no scarf, no boots. He had stuffed a stocking cap in his jacket. Turning up his collar he trudged home. One mile into the walk, the snow was three inches high and falling like a son-of-a-bitch. He took off his hat and shook it. No use looking like a cupcake.

Thoughts of the skiing trip slipped in with each icy step. His wife’s bad cold, his argument against using the hotel doctor, his guilt chilled him. He coughed or sobbed. Thirty-five years and he couldn’t forget losing his first born.

As he crossed the street, a car misjudged the ice and struck him. Books went flying, but he wasn’t hurt. He apologized to the driver, “You’ll have to forgive me. I’m an absent-minded professor.” He wondered if his dead daughter would accept the same excuse.


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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time. 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

IWSG awesome co-hosts for the June 3 posting of the IWSG will be M. Pax, Tracy Jo, Patricia Lynne, Rachna Chhabria, Feather Stone, and Randi Lee!

6 Replies to “IWSG: The Absent-Minded Professor

  1. Joining an dynamic author group has saved me countless times. They inspire me, offer sage advice, and collectively we create marketing programs and promote each other. Blessings

  2. I agree with Feather…. having people at your side is the best way to do it!

  3. Hi,
    I enjoyed reading your first published work. Your flash fiction caught me up immediately just as your short story, The Prom Dress, did.
    Great job.

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