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Thanks, But No

There’s this thing going around the WordPress blogosphere that involves a nice gesture, but is not my cup of tea.  It’s the equivalent of chain letters of my childhood and chain e-mails of the last 10-15 years.  It is the blogger award.  I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  Thank you.  I appreciate it.  I’m thrilled that people like my blog enough to mention me, to follow me, to like my posts.  However, to “accept” this award, I’m told to post something here on my blog, answering a set of questions, and then nominating ten of my favorite blogs for the award.  See, that’s where the chain thing comes in and I have never participated in any kind of chain communication before.  I see no need to start now.

If you want to know whose blogs I like, look to the right under my Blog Roll.  Unfortunately, the list is not complete as I haven’t updated it lately.  Maybe that’s a project for this weekend.  If you want to throw kudos my way, by all means do in the comments section, in the Suggestion Box, or by shooting me an email.  Have questions for me?  Fire away.

It’s somewhat interesting, my reaction to this.  As other bloggers have posted their “awards,” I’ve asked myself, “Why Not Me?” knowing full well that if nominated, I most likely would not follow through on the requirements to “accept.”  See, I want the kudos, but not the obligations that go with it.  🙂

Anyway, this is not meant to judge others who do these awards.  There a nice way to more publicly acknowledge the blogs that interest you, motivate and inspire you.  It’s just not for me.

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I Read This Book

The keeper of the flame at An Etiquette Guide for Sluts and butimbeautiful started something a couple of weeks ago I think is important.  She blogs and she writes.  She also made a point of buying a few of the books her fellow bloggers have published and then reviewing them.  She said nice things about One Night in Bridgeport.

More important is this.  We blogging writers (or is it writing bloggers) need to support each other, particularly those of us who are pursuing the self-publishing route.  Our efforts depend on word of mouth and non-traditional marketing.  People posting reviews and spreading the word about our work.  (Hint: if you read something I wrote and liked it, say something on Amazon.)  So, in the spirit of Ms. Beautiful, I offer this…

She has published a book available on Kindle … A Warm Wind.  It’s funny, sarcastic, sexy.  It’s about a woman who is unhappy with her life.  It’s very internal in a lot of respects, but very readable.  And she absolutely hits the nail on the head in her description of the feelings the main character has about her life, her uncertainties and her desires.  I’m glad I read it and hope there is more to come.

Time to go write a review on Amazon and move on to the next blogging writer/writing blogger.  Christian Mihai.

August 23, 2012

To post about that

Yes, here it is, so simple

Ah, but I cannot

 

 

Inspired by Olivia O Bryon … the temptations of a blog, a platform, an opportunity to express your innermost thoughts, fears and feelings.  To talk about the things in your life that trouble you, or please you, or do nothing other than cause you to shrug and say OK.  Then, one day, you wake up and you find yourself with readers, people who actually check your blog out and see what you have to share.  Eek!!!  OK, maybe you can’t write about that.  And, definitely not this.  Oh, and that other thing that’s been burning a hole in your head … probably not a good idea.

Be careful what you wish for, sometimes you’ll get it.

Enjoy your day, my readers.  My goal for today … find something deep and meaningful and powerful and real that I can blog about tonight when I get home.  Let’s see if I can do it.

The Daily Goal is No More

I started this year with an idea, not a New Year’s Resolution, but the idea that I would blog every day for an entire year.  Among other things, after earlier failed efforts at blogging, 2012 would be the year of the blog for me.  It’s been a fun and challenging experience for me and, I hope, that somewhere along the way I’ve written something, or posted a picture, that had meaning for you, my reader.  It’s time, though, to move on from that objective.

Too many evenings I spend in a recliner, my laptop where it belongs, on my lap.  Checking email and Facebook, other blogs and websites, and then heading over here and deciding what to post.  Too much energy during the day thinking about the day’s post(s).  It’s an interesting thing to do and I’ve enjoyed the challenge.  For two reasons, I’m done with it.

The first reason should be obvious to my regular readers.  My prior post.  I need to change my priorities.  This blogging, every single day, isn’t real life and it pulls me away from what is real.  There’s something else I need to do with those few minutes I have every evening, after work and after dinner and before I need to sleep, than spend each and every one of those minutes here.

The second reason is this … it’s soccer season.  I’m taking a class so I can start refereeing games.  Practice for my kids has begun.  What does that mean?  Well, at least two evenings every week for the next four months, I’ll be, or should be, more concerned about their practices and I’m simply not going to be concerned about whether I get a blog post in on those days.

I’m not leaving these environs.  I’ll have plenty to say.  But, daily?  No.  It’s not my goal anymore.  There’s something else I need to do.  It’s about my soul and this isn’t where it belongs.  Most certainly, this is not where it belongs.

More Changes a-coming

In a post to come, I’ll explain the why, but I’m making some changes hereabout.  First to go is the tab up top for 2012 writing projects.  The last time I updated it was mid-February.  Six months ago.  If there’s one thing that drives me crazy it is having features like that where the blogger doesn’t keep it up-to-date.  So, I’m axing it.  Here’s my last update:

As of February 12, 2012

1.  Blog here every day — done.  Although, I have news for my faithful readers — I don’t think I’m going to make it to the end of 2012.  I’m on the threshold of giving up the daily commitment.  I have far too many things to do to take the time to do this every day.

2.  Blog at Midlife Bloggers on a weekly basis, focusing on the 2012 Presidential election.    — Not even close, primarily because there was never a counter-point provided by other bloggers at Midlife.  Kind of defeated the purpose.

3.  Blog at Elk Grove Patch on a weekly basis, focusing on local issues.  — Again, haven’t done that well, although I participate regularly in the comments sections there.

4.  E-publish two short story collections — The Marfa Lights and Other Stories and Shady Acres and Other Stories.

Done.

5.  E-publish two novels — One Night in Bridgeport and Weed Therapy.  Bridgeport is now up and available with more accessibility than the short story collections.

6.  Turn this blog into something more akin to a website.

I don’t know … it’s a blog, can’t really be much more than that.

7.  Finish the second draft, and as many drafts as needed, of the script for The Marfa Lights to get into the shape needed to make a movie of it.

Third draft was completed a couple of weeks ago.  Still wait to hear from my niece.

8.  Once that script is complete, turn to my half completed novel — Terror in a Small Town — and see if I can convert it into a script and complete the story in that form.  I actually think it has the most movie potential.  I’ve just run into a roadblock in completing the novel.

Have made no progress on this.

9.  Keep working on the other new stuff I’m working on and posted here.  The Irretrievable Past.  K Street StoriesThe 167 words a day challenge.

2012 has been the year of proofreading, editing and publishing.  As a result, I haven’t had much time to do the whole creating and writing thing.  Give me a couple more months and I just may be back to this.

10.  Find more new things to write.

See above.  Although, I have done a few things, including a piece of flash fiction I submitted to Toasted Cheese, for which I should hear the news (good or bad) within a week or two.  Fingers crossed?  Check.  Toes crossed?  Check.

11.  Find a workshop or conference to go to since my planned trip to Oaxaca won’t be happening.

Didn’t happen — hence my Caples Lake R & R.  Mission partially accomplished.

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