Behind the Curtains

March 29, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Post Number 50

January 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It’s hard to be a writer when you don’t write very often. I write emails and letters, post updates on Facebook, but I don’t work hard at the business of writing. I have the feeling that this is a different iteration of the same blog post I’ve written before, too. I know that I need to make writing a daily practice if I want to be any good at it or accomplish anything. But I don’t.

There is very little in my life that I am consistent about. Every day I eat, sleep, shower. If it were up to me to make my own schedule as opposed to have one imposed on me by my job, those things would be done at different times each day. 

As a writer, I’ve lost my way in the past few months. I moved halfway across the country, give or take. I left my family and my friends. That’s enough to leave anyone floundering. I turned down a job I’d been offered, and ended up with a job that pays much less and has a much lower satisfaction level. I find little inspiring here, in the location or in my life. It means that I have to work even harder to be the writer that I want to be. 

Most writers wear many hats, and that is the case for me. Life feels like it will never be long enough for me to pack in all the things I want to do. It’s a struggle to try to pare down all the interests I have and to choose one thing to focus on. Writing is the hardest of the group, and so it usually falls by the wayside. 

I think the next step is to set some new writing goals. I have to choose whether to participate in the Poem a Day challenge or the Story a Day challenge. Do I seek publication? Where do I seek publication? Do I compile enough poetry for a chapbook and submit to a competition? What is a do-able goal for updating my blog without taking time away from the “real” writing? So many possibilities, so little time! 

Sorry for the bland and nondescript title. When I was signing in, I noticed that I had 49 posts. It’s a milestone to have gotten to 50 posts, as sporadic as they have been!

On Tap for 2012

January 21, 2012 at 2:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I wouldn’t say that my year has started out with a bang. I hope that it will get better ASAP. It’s not that there have been a lot of bad things that have happened, it’s just that the bad things are big.

But! I have 3(!!) non-fiction book ideas to work on and 2 fiction book ideas. I am coming to a point in my life where the ideas are bubbling over so much that I almost can’t NOT write.

The thing that has kept me from starting these projects is my perfectionist streak. I can’t control things in my life, but I have total control over my writing. Unfortunately, I want it to come out absolutely perfectly the first time. I don’t think it actually will, so I never start typing.

Also, I clutter up my time. I write letters, I read, I crochet, I knit. Somewhere in there I have to work, theoretically. I’m not making the time for writing. Maybe this is the year I will unclutter my time and do that.

An Introduction

December 2, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’ve been a writer for a long time. I’ve written poetry, journals, short stories, personal essays, and even started a novel or two.  I’ve been in workshop classes, and I’ve had writing “partners.” We didn’t write together, but critiqued one another. It was awesome to have a reason that you absolutely had to have something written every week. I am not a disciplined writer, and while I write every day, it’s not on the same piece or even on some sort of organized writing most of the time.

One of my writing partners really helped bring it home to me that while I produce, I’m not finishing things. She encouraged me to set goals for myself as a writer and work toward them. I had to think about what those goals really were first.

Here are some of them:

  • Finish all the projects I start.
  • Get a personal essay published.
  • Make some money writing.
  • Finish a novel.
  • Get some poetry published.

And so forth. I have made a tiny bit of money writing this year, and it’s been absolutely thrilling! I accidentally stumbled upon the job by sitting down next to the right person at BlogHer this past summer. I am moderating a book club at one of AOL’s blogs. I love it.

I’ve submitted a couple of pieces in other places, and have multiple projects going. This is my place for showcasing my work–mostly the things that I consider my best work, but perhaps some things I’m working on as well. I welcome comments, maybe even beg for them!

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