Life has been interesting to say the least for me this round. My daughter and grandbabies moved out the first part of July and that sent me into a bit of a tailspin. Once I worked through that I began to be more productive again; rather like a dog with a bone as I can be sometimes.
I have been working on the computer pretty much all day everyday lately. I did take a couple of days off when I was sick with a cold last week. I purchased Kristen Lamb’s book, We Are Not Alone; The Writer’s Guide to Social Media
thanks to my friend Stacey Brewer
as I mentioned in my last check in. I must say there is quite a lot of good info in it but it does need to be updated. I asked Kristen Lamb
about that and she said she is currently working on an update that she is hoping will be coming out in December. I highly recommend you watch for it.
Consolidating to gain focus and conserve energy for writing.
I had already decided to combine my blogs before I started reading her book and she confirmed what I had been feeling; that it is wise not to spread yourself too thin especially the way writers seem to do. I have noticed that there are some writers that feel the need to have a separate Facebook page and blog for almost every book they have. How tedious that must be. I had four FB pages and four blogs to what I thought were separate interests. When I really looked at it they weren’t. They were just all parts of me.
I am slowly getting rid of the extra pages on Facebook and I have already pulled the other blogs I have on Blogger into this one. I still need to go through and edit them a bit to allow for them to flow with this blog. I am currently working on getting my page set up on WordPress over at HostGator
. I was going to change from them to a Green site but I was pleasantly surprised when I was doing my research to discover they are green as well. Hopefully by the time the next round starts I will have everything pulled together the way that I want it on that site.Stirring the imagination
I am getting excited to begin OctPoWriMo: 31 Poems in 31 Days
. Writing the tips for poetry with Julie Jordan Scott
has been quite a treat as well as stirring up much inspiration for my poems. I am chomping at the bit to begin. For those that don’t know but know Julie, she is under going surgery today for Melanoma. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. If you feel called to, I am sure she would love sweet and healing words posted on her FB page
. You can also check out her poem, Awake Before Sunrise
, expressing some of what she has been feeling.
The thoughts for November’s NaPoWriMo
have also been floating in my head. I wasn’t positive what I wanted to work on during it but lately it has become more clear. I am getting quite excited about that as well.
I still need to complete Write to the Finish Line but I can see it being completed possibly by the end of this month; setting that intention anyway.Enjoying my online friendships
I have made so many new friends this round, on Twitter and on Facebook. Most aren’t even participating in Row80 but they are mostly writers. Some I have met through StoryDam. I have been quite a bit more active on Social Media. I think it is because with my grandbabies gone I have been lonely as well as had more time. I have even gotten out more and I am beginning to make more friends offline as well. Life didn’t come to an end after all. It usually doesn’t.
Is this the end?
Not sure if I will be continuing with Row80
. I really haven’t felt the support of it for awhile now. I do have a couple of friends that I have made within it that I stay in contact with but for the most part I felt a bit abandoned by the group over the last couple of months. Not sure what that is about. Not sure if I wasn’t supportive enough to the group or if everyone was just exceedingly busy over the summer or my content was just boring and not worth a comment. I’m not worried about it but I have to look at where I put my energies and set priorities. Please understand, I care about the group and I am very thankful for it. I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t been a part of Row80.
But, it is a bit disconcerting to check in with a group and then have only one person check in with me. I guess I should just be thankful at least one person checked in with me. I am also wondering if anyone else had this problem. I also try to be good about visiting and commenting on the blogs of those that do comment on mine.
I will be spending a lot of time on OctPoWriMo and NaNoWriMo. I am also looking at the fact that September 23 is officially 100 days until the end of the year. I am determined to get at least one book published by then so I will be in crunch time for the rest of the year.
Who knows what the future holds.
I may return at some point but for now I must say goodbye and thank you for all the love and support I have received in the past. For those that have checked in with me in the past month, Shan Janiah Burton
, L.S. Engler
, Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
, Feather Stone
, thank you so much, your support and encouragement means the world to me.
Peace to you on your writing journey,
Do you sometimes feel you are writing and no one is listening? What have you done to increase your reader participation in the past?
Thank you for sharing before you leave.