Livin' the Dream. Insecure Writer's Support Group - December 2019 #IWSG

Happy December, everyone! I hope this holiday season finds you in a happy whirl that doesn't spin too out of control.This month, the leaders of the Insecure Writer's Support Group gave this suggestion for a post topic:

IWSG: Let's play a game. 

Me: Okay!

IWSG: Imagine. 

Me: On it.

IWSG: Role-play. 

Me: Oooh...with costumes?

IWSG (ignoring my silly question---because OF COURSE costumes!): How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream?

Okay, well, you said the dream, so here goes....I'll take you back to a picture from a couple of posts ago.

Image by jeremynelms from Pixabay
That's where I live now (in the dream). Not in that exact building, but in the town below these ruins. Ollantaytambo, Peru.

You see, on a fluke, one of my self-published novels hit the big time. It topped all the best-seller lists, and the rights were purchased for major moolah (remember, dreaming here). My spicy fiction with a sweet and dreamy center is in the process of being made into a movie...or maybe a Netflix or Prime original series---it doesn't matter to me because I took my money and ran.

This financial independence allows me to split my days between writing new works and volunteering with an organization like Awamaki to help improve the lives of the indigenous people who live in this magical land once ruled by the Incas. I'll do my part to preserve their ancient culture in the midst of plans for an airport in the Sacred Valley, which is sure to bring many new challenges.

I look forward to the new inspiration this new life will bring to my writing. Of course, since I'm stinking rich, at least once a year, I'll return to the States to see those I love and get a taste of my old life...and to meet with my business adviser who deals with the not-fun part of being a wildly successful author. 

Can't wait to see what you all have dreamt up for your future writer selves!

This post is part of the:

Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG) 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. This wonderful group for writers was begun by the one and clonely Alex J. Cavannaugh.

This month's other Co-Hosts


Lynn La Vita said...

I LOVED your creative answer. You stimulated my imagination from the opening Q & A to your upcoming meeting with your business adviser. It's a delight to meet you and thank you for co-hosting December's IWSG Blog hop.
Lynn La Vita @ Writers Supporting Writers

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is a really great answer! And very generous of you.
Thanks for co-hosting today.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Fun post! And thank you for co-hosting today. :)

Jennifer Lane said...

Thanks for co-hosting, CP!

I want to visit Peru some day. Let's make your dream happen!

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Okay, your dreaming is fantastic and so inspirational! Plus, I love the voice. :)

Ellen Jacobson said...

What a fun answer! I love that your dream includes helping others :)

Nancy Gideon said...

My critique partners' dream for me was having a private jet we could all take anywhere we wanted to go on a whim. TSA preboard is about as far as I've managed so far. Dream Big! Thanks for co-hosting this month, Nicki!!

Cathrina Constantine said...

Great Post!! Dream Big, I always say!
Thanks for co-hosting!

Tamara Narayan said...

What an intriguing location! It looks like an amazing place to set a story.

Lidy said...

I'm right there with you buddy. My future writerly dream involves a movie or series deal with Netflix. And a Hollywood film.

cleemckenzie said...

That sounds like a perfect dream! Thanks for the great job of co-hosting today.

Sadira Stone said...

Might as well dream big! You score extra points for originality in your dream. Love your tag line, too. Happy writing in December.

Lisa said...

Yes! I'm with you! If dreaming, dream all the way! Thanks for co-hosting this month!

Carrie-Anne said...

Who wouldn't want to live in a beautiful place like that if one had the money! Probably every writer dreams of striking it rich and having that kind of luxury.

PJ Colando said...

Love your dreaming and scheming! Peru's ancient sites are a great dream place - you go!

Jacqui Murray said...

I started jumping up and down and applauding your success--and then you reminded me, this was a dream. An excellent one, BTW.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's some big dreams, Nicki.

Fundy Blue said...

I actually burst out laughing as I enjoyed your wonderful "Living the Dream" post, Nicki! Don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful dream, and I hope every bit of it comes true for you! I love that you would volunteer to help indigenous people. Peru is a magical place that I long to visit. Thanks for co-hosting today. I hope that you have fun!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I love how you describe your dream. It was as if it was happening. Thanks for co-hosting.

Patsy said...

I can't believe I forgot my costume! It's not too late is it? I want a purple cape and purple boots, to match my purple everything else.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I am on board with your dreams!!! Great answers.


Pat Garcia said...

Your future will be fascinating when it happens.
Thank you so much for co-hosting.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

diedre Knight said...

What an engaging description of living the dream! For a moment, I thought of calling my travel agent ;-)
Thanks for co-hosting.

Happy Holidays!

Patricia said...

Fun answer! Thanks for co-hosting this month.

S.E. White Books said...

Oh I LOVE this image. What a great way to spend your dream days, enriching lives through Awamaki and books. May it come true!
Also...of course costumes!

Mark Koopmans said...

Good on you for co-hosting and thanks for stopping on by, especially as I thought we were giving December a break. Oops to me and best wishes for your dreams to come true!!

Arlee Bird said...

I've long been fascinated with cultures such as the Incas, Mayas, and Aztecs. Such fertile territory to fire the imagination.

"Stinking rich" sounds like a fine situation to me. And you could afford the finest soaps and perfumes to take away the "stink". I don't need to be a gazillionaire or anything like that. Just being able to afford things like dental bills and car repairs and still have some money to have fun with would be fine with me.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Weaver said...

Keep dreaming, I say! And work your little hiney off. Dreams do come true.

Janet said...

Great post--and what a wonderful vision of the future! I love the way you approached this prompt.

Samantha Bryant said...

LOVE this dream! Can I come visit? I speak Spanish! @samanthabwriter from
Balancing Act

Lee Lowery said...

What an awesome dream! And look at all the inspiration from the surroundings. Love it. Thanks for co-hosting today.

Diane Burton said...

Great dreams. Mine, too, esp. the movie contract. lol Thanks for co-hosting this month.

Jennifer Hawes said...

Dreaming is what we do best. Then turning those dreams into words and sentences and then stressing over them for pages, hours, days, months, etc. until we want to pull our hair out. But then the magic happens and our dreams do come true!

Kalpana said...

I loved your dream. I wish now that I'd played this. Also, what a castle, or monastery. Reminds me of ShangrLa.
I know it's your dream but are you sure you want an airport bringing civilisation to this wonderfully preserved place?
Thanks for co hosting and Happy Holidays.

Chemist Ken said...

Seems as though you have this dream all figured out to the last detail. Let that continue to drive you to ever greater writing heights.

Thanks for co-hosting this month!

Jemima Pett said...

Well, Ollantaytambo's a bit different, but I love your aims for these folks there. I only passed through, but I spoke, or rather exchanged smiles and gestures and did a lot of pointing, with some of the locals in Cuzco.

And if anyone is going to Cuzco, check out the small hotel/lodge that aids the local streetkids - it's a nice place as well as helping out.

Thanks for co-hosting and have a nice holiday season.

Liesbet said...

Hi Nicki! Now that is a perfect answer to this month's IWSG question. Why didn't I think of that? Of course, it will be difficult to focus on new projects in such an amazing country, surrounded by natural beauty and intriguing cultures. :-) I'll have to add Peru to my travel list. Thank you for co-hosting this month!

Michelle Wallace said...

I love your response to the monthly question, Nicki!
Thank you for taking me along on a wonderful journey into your financially-independent, philanthropic, spicy, dream writerly existence.

Thanks too for co-hosting the IWSG this month.
I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Juneta key said...

Great answer. You painted a wonderful picture. Happy Belated IWSG! And Happy Holidays.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Oh, I love your dream! It is nice when an author's book hits the silver screen. *sigh*


Toi Thomas said...

Thanks for co-hosting this month.
I like your dream. It sounds fun and rewarding.

Sherry Ellis said...

Hope you get to live your dream! It sounds great!

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