I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now. The blog is currently a bare-bones affair, which has served me just fine as I have gotten started, but I have never been fully satisfied with it. It feels a little incomplete to me. I want to utilize more of the capacity that comes with the platform to passively communicate with you. I’d like it to be a place where you can learn more about me as a writer, like what blogs I regularly read, maybe what books I am reading at the moment (yes, books, plural, and made of paper – I am not opposed to e-books but I prefer to read a bound, old-fashioned book,) or what else I am writing. I’d like to use some of the technology available to visually represent the contents of the blog. I want to mess around with the stuff that can enhance your experience here.
Enter my friend Wendy, a writer, too, (here, as well as other places,) and a skilled jack of many other trades, most notably gardening and native landscaping. Today – or soon, if not today – Wendy has graciously offered to put on her web design hat and help me to make some of these changes. So, soon you may notice some differences in the blog. I hope these changes will appeal to some of you and offer you more options when you visit. For those of you who just want to read the blog posts, you’ll still be able to simply do that, too. In either case, as these changes come, please feel free to provide feedback.
A note about comments, too; please feel free to comment away! I know you have to sort of register to leave a comment, but that is a short formality, and I don’t *think* you will end up receiving tons of spam emails by doing so. (Please let me know if I am wrong.) It may seem pointless to comment at first, because your comment won’t show up immediately. That is because I have the blog set so that I approve all comments before they actually appear on the blog. No, I am not screening your comments to avoid negatives. It is simply that there are a gazillion robot computers out there that post spam comments on blogs, most designed to link back to some advertising scheme. I block them as they come but really they are unstoppable (unless Wendy can show me how,) and I just want to make sure that the blog comments are not littered with them. So, YES, I want to hear what you think, but I just have to filter your real comments from the bogus ones; hence the delay in your comments appearing until I approve them. Many of you land here through Facebook, and sometimes prefer to comment on Facebook rather than here. That is fine, of course, but I am hoping to get more comments here where all readers can see them. It is interesting to me how people respond differently to some posts, and I think it will be interesting to have those differences expressed right here for all readers to see. I want to also be able to respond to comments (not good at that yet, either,) in a public way so that, perhaps, we start a sort of dialogue about your thoughts. Anyway – if you could comment here, that would be great, but if you prefer to comment on the Facebook page, that’s fine too. I really enjoy it when you share your thoughts.
I am also going to see if I can get Jeremy to guest post occasionally here. (He sometimes “guest posts “on my Facebook page, since he is just a stalker through my page and doesn’t have his own.) He has contemplated a blog of his own, although my take is that sometimes he gets an idea that he would like to share but isn’t really ready to start a full blog, which seems like a good reason to have him share it here. I don’t know if or when this will happen, but if it does we will be sure to indicate that it is him “speaking,” although I don’t think you will have any problem telling us apart! He and I share many interests but his voice, like so much about him, is unique, and I think you will enjoy his thoughts. He is all Scorpio, so watch out!
Jeremy and I have been wrestling with a not-very-well-formed plan to start a side business, too. Right now it is quite nebulous, but it is likely to incorporate our primary interests, in some crazy fashion: antiques, art, gardening, pseudo-framing, and whatever else strikes our fancy at any given moment. At this point it is unclear what platform this will take, but I imagine it will include a variety. We may be selling at local shops, antique co-ops, Etsy, and perhaps even more. There is a lot of preliminary work still to do, but I will keep you updated here and, in my mind, may even be able to integrate this effort through the blog. We shall see. Stay tuned!
Finally, I will continue to use the blog to keep you updated on the Helen novel. I’m struggling a bit with making writing time, so progress is slow. (I guess it is slow; I have no idea what “fast” or “slow” are for the typical novelist.) I am finding it difficult to write effectively during the week, as I (often) get home from work tired, grumpy, and unmotivated. I’m going to try to build a better writing routine. In any case, I am on chapter 2 of Helen’s story, and thankfully it keeps building itself in my head, so I know where it is going. That helps when I actually sit down to write. My friend Dru, (who writes here,) who is a former editor and an (inspirational) current farmer, cut to the heart of it in a comment on my last post; she said, “The key to writing a novel? Write. Just keep writing and let the story pour out until it is done. Editing can wait…” I’m going to make that my mantra and follow her advice – or at least try to. I may share pieces of Helen’s story here, since this is sort of where her story was born. I am also looking for a writers’ group, thinking maybe a regular opportunity to sit and talk with other writers might help keep me motivated. I don’t exactly know how to find this group, though, and I am guessing that finding the right writers’ group might be like finding the right therapist. I got lucky with my therapist on the first try; maybe lightning can strike twice! In the meantime, here are two photos of the journal that started it all. I thought you might enjoy seeing them, plus you deserve a reward for reading this non-post post.
So keep an eye out for some changes here at the blog. As always, please comment if you are so moved, and please help get other readers here by sharing the blog in any way you like! The more, the merrier!