One of my never-ending goals is to write more. To give myself more flexibility, I’ve expanded this to include blogging. In my mental list of endeavors, blogging had been separate from “real writing,” but no more. I’m trying to view all writing as real writing. As long as the focus of the activity is producing words by putting pen to paper or fingers to keys or voice to recorded track, it’s writing.
A strategy I think/hope will help me accomplish the goal of writing more is to write less. Specifically, I can write more if I write less but more often. Stay with me here as I ramble through backstory. Continue Reading
2019. It’s finally here. A new year isn’t really a clean slate any more than a new day is, but it’s hard not to consider goals right now. I’m not a New Year’s Resolutions person. My goals on Jan. 1 were the same as my goals on Dec. 31, but I recognize that it seems like a natural time to take stock and start anew. There’s a tendency to want to start projects at the beginning of a recognized time period. Tomorrow morning instead of tonight. Monday instead of Friday. The 1st of the month instead of the 29th. So let’s take stock. Continue Reading
Let’s get straight to the point. I loved this book. How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White is one woman’s experiment in taking back control of her messy house. She passes the successful strategies and habits on to others who treat (or ignore) housework as she did. I listened to the audiobook but I’m tempted to get the print version because I enjoyed it so much. It’s read by the author and she did an amazing job of being engaging. It feels like listening to an understanding friend talk about how they managed to get some semblance of control over their home. Her advice is realistic. She acknowledges that you might need to tweak things to work for you but doesn’t compromise on the main goal of getting your house under control. Continue Reading
Advice to inexperienced authors often includes “find your voice.” How do the advice-givers suggest you do this? Through writing. Writing, writing and more writing. I’ve also seen blogging as a suggestion since it tends to have an informal tone. I’ve been placing a good bit of trust in this advice, and I’m starting to feel that I must be bland or broken. Continue Reading
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Challenge 6 ~ Take two characters from different genres. Sit them at the same table in a coffee or tea shop. What do they talk about? Change the setting to a bar. How does the conversation change? Would they choose to meet up again?[/perfectpullquote]
Can I write a post in 15 minutes? We’re about to find out.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Challenge 5 ~ What are the three most recent books you’ve acquired? What inspired you to buy them? Where/how did you get them?[/perfectpullquote]
I’m giving myself a pass on yesterday since it was our second day without power. Thankfully, some hardworking people got it back on for us yesterday evening so I didn’t have to stash pitbulls under the blankets to warm up [again]. Still no internet, but I’m just grateful to have heating, refrigeration and cell phone charging. Not going to penalize myself for windstorm aftermaths, so today is now Day 4 of the writing challenge. *waves hands and it becomes real*
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Day 4 ~ Do you prefer silence, music or other sounds when you write? Does your preference change depending upon what you’re writing?[/perfectpullquote] Continue Reading
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Day 3 ~ Choose a favorite book. What tropes exist in the story? When taken out of context of your favorite book, do you enjoy these tropes or are you frustrated by them? BONUS: Examine a least-favorite book in the same way.[/perfectpullquote]
One of my favorite books is Ender’s Game. I first read it in 8th grade and instantly fell in love. As an adult, I’m less than thrilled that one of my favorite books was written by someone with extreme, hateful social and political views. But learning horrible things about the author doesn’t change how important the book has been to me. Hell, I named my cat Ender. I used to reread Ender’s Game every few years. I haven’t read it since I learned about Orson Scott Card’s extreme homophobia. I still have these beautiful memories and feelings for the book, but I just can’t bring myself to pick it up again. I’m a bit conflicted on the topic, obviously. I think that makes Ender’s Game a great subject for today’s challenge. Strip away all of the details of this story I love. Reveal its bones.