Posts Tagged ‘writing’

I have been given to understand that having established an Etsy store, I need to promote it by starting a blog devoted to my creative process.  Really?  My creative process?  In my case that mostly involves trying to use up all the bits and pieces of stuff I have accumulated over the years in some  form that someone else might want to use or find beautiful. I’m doing this because it is about time for me to recoup my original investment in all the fabric, beads, lace, odd bits, and junk I’ve collected.  I’d like to do that  before someone else has to clean it up and clear it out.  It’s recycling for profit.  I think I just said everything I need to say about it so how is there enough content to support a blog?

I am also supposed to  start a Facebook Fan page so I can keep everyone updated on what’s new in the store and really, I should be Tweeting everyday to promote myself as the best thing since sliced bread.

I am also supposed to be doing all this to promote my writing career too.  Publishing excerpts from my stories or writing a few just for the blog/fan page, promoting myself as an AUTHOR, generating a buzz so that when I do find an agent, get published, or publish myself on the internet, I will already have a following- of people who have never read more than a smattering of my work.  What’s more,  if I do all that, when will I write, query agents, edit manuscripts and the other business of writing?  Social media might smooth the path but it isn’t going to do the work.

I can barely keep up with this blog and I am supposed to start 2 more?  Plus 2 Facebook pages, etc, etc. I know there are people out there who manage to do this but I don’t believe I could be one of them.  Especially since I can’t  figure out how to get pictures from my store to show up in the sidebar of this blog.

I am also, unfortunately, clueless as to how one blog, page, idea, person gets noticed over the sea of blogs, pages, ideas, and people out there.  Doesn’t make me a good candidate to become the next big thing sweeping the internet, now does it?

Recently the big idea sweeping the internet was the end of the world  supposedly scheduled for May 21.  It came and went and we are all still here.

I am not to sure about that myself.  I may have been swept into a an afterlife or maybe a alternate reality because  I am doing something I never thought I would do.  I am knitting socks.

Lorna’s Laces, Shepherd Sock Multi, color:  Gold Hill.  The pattern is Dead Simple Lace socks from Socks from the Toe Up.  I used a Turkish cast on because I wanted to eliminate a seam at the toe which is the worst thing about manufactured socks.  It took me something like 15 tries before I felt like I could live with the result.  But then I discovered a few rows in that I had done something weird though and it twists oddly.  None of my knitter friends can figure out exactly what I did.   Since my toes are a little pointy it fits my foot fine so I am not restarting to fix it.  If I can reproduce it (fat chance) for the other sock I may have invented a new pointy toe cast on.

Summer is here even if the calendar says not yet.  It is sweltering outside.  I have turned the air conditioning on- the brain numbing heat was too much for my frugal instincts.  The peaches are here too.

Can the fireflies be far behind?


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I didn’t blog at all in December.  In spite of that, WordPress emailed me congratulations for doing well at keeping up with my blog.  It had a chart and everything to show that I was above average in my number of posts for the year- 79 which is more than 1 a week but hardly impressive.

I guess this means that blogging is no longer fashionable.  Which means that those of us who really just want to write won’t get lost in the vast sea of posts about baby Bobbie’s new tooth, Junior’s soccer score, and having to wait in line for a latte.  That’s the good news.

The bad is that there are also fewer people reading blogs and I don’t blame them.  We have been so overwhelmed by the volume of information available about everything from Betsy’s broken fingernail (OMG Crisis!) to what really happened to the dinosaurs that retreating seems like the only sane thing to do.

I realized the other day that I would write even if there was no chance I’d ever be published.  I do need an audience though.  I need to believe that someone wants to read what I’m writing.

So if you are reading this:  Congratulations!  You have helped make my blog a success.

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just a random thought…

My life is still being held hostage to NaNoWriMo but since I am writing an adventure/romance story I find myself with lots of questions.  I’m busy fleshing out my characters and their world and details pop up that aren’t properly part of the story but make me wonder things like:

How to adventure heros get their laundry done?  They rush from place to place, getting clues, saving people, and saving kittens.  They never seem to stop and once the story is set in motion they don’t ever go home.  By the end of the story when they finally get together with the girl aren’t they a little stinky?  Wouldn’t she turn her nose up and tell him to go take a bath first?

There’s also the question of clothes.  What he’s wearing is the easy part.  I want to know if when the heroine’s kindly Aunt Betty offers him a safe place to sleep for the night or when he collapses from sheer exhaustion- all that running around- in the abandoned shed on the edge of the old mine:  Does he he strip down or leave his clothes on so he can run off to save the day when the bad guys show up?

And when the bad guys do show up and rouse him from deep sleep, how the !@#$ does he manage to jump to his feet  and know exactly what’s going on?  Especially after having slept in his clothes?  It’s all I can manage to do to feed my cats- who are very vocal about their needs in the morning- before I’ve had coffee.  Wouldn’t he be muddle headed?  Wouldn’t the bad guys, who probably slept in a real bed and have had their coffee, have the advantage?

To paraphrase Mark Twain:  Nothing slows a writer down as much as having to fiddle with the character’s clothes.

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Wait!”   She said desperately,  “I have forgotten to blog.”  She stopped so suddenly that her companion, running behind her, ran into her toppling them both to the ground.

“What was that?”   He said. “blog?  How could that possibly matter at a time like this?  The Russian mob is after us and you want to stop and blog?”  He pushed himself up and reached down to help her up.

“My readers are expecting something from me.  I need to bring everyone up to date”

“If we don’t get a move on there won’t be anything to report but our obituaries,”  he growled.

He flattened himself against the wall and  whispered, “Stay back, maybe they won’t see us”

“Cover me,” she said and pulled out her magic device.

“It will just take a minute,” she said as she fumbled in the dark alley.

“That’s what you always say,”  he sighed.

It’s NaNoWriMo time again and well, I’m a little preoccupied with some new friends characters  but I didn’t want everyone to think I’ve forgotten about my blog.

October was supposed to be about completing things so I could move on to new stuff in November.  I did finally finish my vest:

Yes, it’s a little blury, I think I was running from one thing to another so fast I didn’t wait for the picture to take before I moved on to the next thing.

I also finished several hats for the charity project at my LYS, cast on for one of several Christmas projects and a long term project for me,  and started  couple of non knitting projects.

I still have a lot of other things dangling that I should have finished by now and I’m hopeful, really hopeful that I can do it all but now that I’ve added 1667 words a day to the mix…

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Blogging every day for a month is easier than writing every day because not every blog post has to be brilliantly written.  And, unnlike NaNoWriMo where every word counts, I can have posts that have no words at all.

Maybe I’ll even get all the pictures from my beach trip posted eventually.

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By the seat of my pants

Why did you decide to do this again?

Well… it wasn’t so much a decision as a spur of the moment go with the flow kinda thing.

Yes, but last time you did this you prepared.  You wrote some extra posts early in the game to get you thru the days when you couldn’t come up with anything.

I never had a day when I couldn’t come up with something.  Those extras were for when I was in tech rehearsals and needed to spend my free time sleeping.  As it was, I usually stayed up and blogged anyway.  I still had 4 or 5 posts in my queue on Nov 30.

Now wait a minute here.  One of those posts was a couple of pictures.  Not to mention, didn’t you delete a couple without posting them.

Yes, well… I didn’t think they were good enough and I had posted better stuff already.

I just didn’t think it would be a problem to come up with something everyday.

So write something already.

I just did.

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Because I can

So lately I have been feeling like I really need to try to write everyday.  and exercise and stand up straight and eat my vegis and save the dolphins and personally negotiate peace in our time…

I could beat myself up about not being able to accomplish those things but well, I’m too lazy.  I don’t consider this a flaw as it enables me to nap comfortably without guilt.  But  sometimes the universe steps in and suggests a plan.  That is, when it doesn’t just kick me in the pants and turn everything upside down.

I got a random email from NaNoBloMo- the blog everyday people- telling me that the blogging theme for September, for those who cared to participate, was Art.  They proposed that those who wanted to could discuss how they felt about art or the future of art or whatever and those who blogs centered around artwork, photography, crafts, knitting etc. could just procede as usual.

I work in the arts.  Knitting is a featured element of this blog.  Seems like a good match.

Every day in September-  here we go.

Yes this is a random picture but I like it.

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