First Wednesday of May

You know what that means. Another chance to post about the IWSG, formed by Alex Cavanaugh.  IWSG stands for Insecure Writer's Support Group. I'm not an expert on insecure, but I think we all have something to share. It seems to me, when we decide to share, we learn and we help others. Right?!

Yesterday the H word was used describing me. No, not that one, hoarder. I said to this person, who said another person agreed with him. "Oh, because so n' so agrees, it must be true!"  (No)

hoard  (hôrd, h
A hidden fund or supply stored for future use; a cache.
v. hoard·ed, hoard·ing, hoards
To gather or accumulate a hoard.
1. To accumulate a hoard of.
2. To keep hidden or private.

I am not a hoarder, like you see on TV, but I do keep supplies tucked away. Some people in my house  might call this person arrogant.   Does that mean they are arrogant?(Maybe)  If someone says  you are dumb, are we suppose to believe it?   (NO!!!!!) 

                          "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. "
                                                                                      ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Now let's look at the word writer:

a person engaged in writing  books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist.
a clerk, scribe, or the like.
a person who commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing: an expert letter writer.
(in a piece of writing) the author (used as a circumlocution for “I,” “me,” “my,” etc.): The writer wishes to state….
a person who writes  or is able to write: a writer in script.

You are a writer, see #3 and #5, if in doubt.  So if anyone tries to tell you, you aren't....just  ask them a question in return and walk away(okay maybe you'll need to run).   


Bossy Betty said…
Your post reminds us to define ourselves first and foremost!
Cheryl Klarich said…
I love this!!!

Also LOVE the flower and the Gibran quote!!
Hart Johnson said…
Oh, Ellie, I get accused of hoarding, too, usually by my husband. In actuality, I just hate waste and am very frugal, so won't throw away anything I might need again. Hubby would prefer to live spare and purchase when we need something, which just sounds expensive to me... You are definitely a writer, Ellie! And so am I!
Unknown said…
I think I'm raising two little art hoarders. Seriously, I can't throw anything out and they are PROLIFIC!

As for writing, if you write you are simple!
If you're writing blog posts, that makes you a writer!
Anna Smith said…
Hmm, so I can call myself a writer? Ooh I duno, that's making me nervous lol. My parents watch this hoarding show, and there was one woman who had dead, flattened cat corpses under all her stuff, that had been there for years!
I loved the quotation and yes I think we have to put ourselves first sometime in our lives.

Loved the post.
Kerry O'Connor said…
My husband is the hoarder; I'm the thrower away of hoarded items...
Carrie Van Horn said…
Hoarding can be a good thing when it comes to the creative stuff......i am in Kerry's boat, my husband is the hoarder and I am the thrower....:-) Love this post Ella! :-)
Wanda said…
It's not so much the labels that others try to give us, it's the ones we choose to agree with that limits us. Love that beautiful flower in your header.
great post. and i'm just now learning to zentangle.
Hey Ella, can i call you Elli seems more friendly?
Any who, I think that most of us who enjoy the art of word for whatever that stands for is not a manifestation of insecurity but one that shows that 'we have something to say'.

Our love of writint and/or the arts is a self expression therefore a way of say 'we are proud of some characteristic o ourselves'.

love this piece
Sherry Blue Sky said…
You just keep following your heart and your creativity, kiddo. You have so much to contribute. And an army of fans who eagerly await everything you post!
Ella said…
Sherry-You crack me up...I doubt that, but thank you~

Nene-Yes, that is fine, El is fine, too. I have many names ;D Ellen, Ella, El, L, Ellien, Turbo and Lucy, lol
I love your take on it! Thank you so much for sharing! L@@King inside is what counts! ;D

Michelle-Thank you! I know, it is new to me, too. I discovered it a few months ago. I think it is amazing :D

Wanda-Yes, you are so right. It is when we decide to believe it, it becomes an issue! Thanks Wanda for your wisdom!:D Took a photo of my rose a couple of days ago~

Carrie-I guess, one has to gather and one has to toss, part of the nesting syndrome?! lol I see potential in so many things :D

Kerry-What about poems and books?
I'm curious ;D I think we all have the potential to gather, I guess it depends... I do toss, but not potential gems, lol I am glad you balance each other out!

Yvonne-Thank you! I agree, we do have to put ourselves first, some times ;D

Anna-Yes, I think you can! ooh, that is scary! My house is fine except for craft space. I need shelves and organization tools. When I purchase them, hubby doesn't like them and says he will make something. I am doing my own thang!

Alex-Thank you! I'm excited you are working on your third book~
Congrats on your journey :D

Johanna-Oooh, I think little ones love to collect. My son collected rocks and my daughter collected, so it seemed Barbie shoes. Now she wants the real thing and son he wants pc games he can gather, lol
I bet if you get them collecting it will take the edge off ;D
Have fun!

Hart-We are married to the same man, lol ;D Okay, maybe they are brothers, tee,hee
Yes, that is me, too. I think moving and having to buy the same things over again, threw me over the edge. Thank you Hart! I'm excited for you!

Cheryl-Thank you! I love that quote, too :D

Bossy Betty-Aah, so well said! I love your words~ Thank you for summing it all up :D
Daydreamertoo said…
I can't run anymore.. I'd best not ask the question. I myself tend to think anyone who puts pen to paper is a writer. Whatever the standard of writing is, they are still a writer.
Well said, you hoarder, you :)
M Pax said…
No, we can't let others define ourselves. I like to decide who I am, but I've always been that way. Hard-headed, stubborn, maybe delusional ... :) I tend to ignore what I don't want to hear. Or rant to the Husband Unit about it.

Artists have lots of supplies. That does not a hoarder make.
Can I be a hoarder AND a writer? ;)
Ella said…
Lynda-Yes, lol You can hoard pencils, paper, pens, napkins and books! ;D

MPzx-I so agree. It was like a general census had been taken, by two and it was confirmed! lol

Bren-Lol, Thank you ;D tee,hee
Lolamouse said…
Luckily, neither the hubby nor I hoard. I'm more likely to toss things out and then wish I had saved them!

I agree with you so much about defining yourself. Sometimes it's hard to think of myself as a writer, especially when my poems don't get published, but I just keep telling myself "pearls before swine!" Ha!
Ella said…
Hi Lolamouse ;D I love your wit and wisdom! I know, what you mean, but think of it this way! You have written a poem that resonated with someone. YOU made them smile, or think,or ponder and be glad they visited you and your words! :D
Scarlett Clay said…
You're so good to point those things out, I agree totally..I like the "one who commits his or her thoughts to writing", then I can fit in, too! :) It's funny you mention the show daughter and I have been watching episodes of that on our Roku lately...It's shocking but it also is great because it makes my house seem clean!haha!
Unknown said…
First, congrats on conquering A-Z! Second, I agree with the previous comment about defining ourselves. We must know what we are and what we think before the words on the page will take direction. : )
Ella said…
EJ-Well said! So, happy I met you on the challenge :D

Scarlett-You are cute! I'm not a hoarder, but I do tend to gather perhaps a few too many out of the recycle bin. I need to stop gathering and creating! :D Thanks for sharing. Yes, I think it helps us cope to write things down!