4 Questions Answered

I’ve secretly always wanted to be featured in a blog hop.  Most of the bloggers I’ve come to admire host them fairly regularly, or simply name drop other bloggy buddies here and there.  Needless to say, when I was tagged in Dustin’s blog hop, I was more than excited… then life happened and I forgot… but then!  I remembered!  Don’t be so excited!

The gist.

I answer four questions (previously posed to Dustin when he was tagged) then I tag a few more blogger friends for readers to hop on over to check out. Here goes…

What am I writing or working on?

Well, currently I am writing this post.  I’ve been neglecting my writing and it’s beginning to show.  A writer without a regular outlet for their literary energies can be a scary thing. When I start to wax poetic when drafting emails full of spreadsheet attachments, I know it’s time to get back on track. In other news, I’m working on formatting the print version of my book, The Broken Places, to be available in the next month or two on Amazon along side the already released Kindle version.  Exciting times!

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How does my work differ from others in this genre?

For fiction, my “genre” is about as vague as my “voice” as an author.  I’m not sure where I fit…  these are probably really good questions to think through and get at solid answers… later.  As with blogging, I think the simplest and perhaps truest answer is that my genre differs because I’m human.  While on one hand it is true that there is nothing new under the sun, on the other hand we are each highly unique and given exactly the same prompt to create, we’d come up with different takes.  So I supposed my work differs from others in the genre because I differ.   I will always mix humor, romance, tragedy, mystery, spirituality into a compound that is uniquely me whether good, bad or indifferent.

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Why do I write what I do?

So many reasons here… because I can’t sleep if I don’t.  Because the story must be told for some unknown reason.  Because I pray it will be of some use to the world is some way that I may never know.  Because I want to solidify my memories and experience.  Because I want to connect with human kind in a way that just can’t be done face to face.  All of these and more to include  the most basic reason: it’s fun.

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How does my writing process work?

When I figure this out I’ll tell you… Nah, it’s all about consistency.  About getting my behind in the chair.  Once I’m there, I’m golden… sometimes.  For bigger projects I’ve adopted a modified snowflake method that ends up involving a dedicated wall in my office and LOTS of post-its. In terms of motivation, I’ve found that starting with really small blocks of time has worked.  I sit down with the timer set for 15 minutes, allowing myself to stop, if I want, as soon as it beeps.  More often than not, my mind clears, the words come and I’m well into an hour or two session with the oven timer long forgotten.

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So there you have it.

My quick and dirty answers to the four questions.  Are you a writer?  Do you have a process?  Does it always begin with “Pinterest?”  No?  Just me I guess…

Thanks Dustin for tagging me for this blog hop!  Next up, I’m tagging…

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“Tue” Do: Planning Out the Ole Blog

I’m a bit of a planner. 

Okay, that’s a huge understatement.  I’m a compulsive planner.  In fact, I’m paralyzed from action until an inordinate amount of scheming and mapping has been completed.

And that’s just to get out of bed in the morning.
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It’s because of this that I find my blogging thus far a complete anomaly.  I post about random topics at a completely sporadic rate and I’ve actually been pretty much okay with that… until now. 

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November 1 marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo ( to those in the know), or just NaNo (to those who have taken the novel-in-30-days challenge before and learned to love short nonsense words that could be thrown in just to increase word count for the day).  In preparation for this month completely devoted to novel-writing, I’ve been finishing up craft projects, doing Fall cleaning (the Florida version of Spring cleaning-we just go from “Fall” to “Hot”), trying to increase my daily time spent writing, and planning for this here blog.

During NaNo, I’ll be writing, as a goal, 1,800 to 2,000 words a day… that’s after a full day’s work.  Life is pretty much work, eat, write, sleep for 30 days so there won’t be much time for blogging and it’s difficult to switch from “candid random blog” brain to “living in the mind of characters who are growing increasingly impatient that you haven’t wrapped up this phase of their story yet” brain.   So, in order to limit the mind-splitting psychosis, I’ve decided to amass a month’s worth of blog posts before the end of October. 

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Can it be done?  Not sure, but this idea triggered the internal list maker and thus a One Thread That Winds post schedule was born unto a spreadsheet.  (I speak spreadsheet… don’t judge me).

I like the idea of giving a bit of a theme to each day of the week and I’ve set a high goal of writing a post for everyday from Monday through Friday.  I’m a sucker for alliteration so here are my ideas:

  • Music Monday: Album and artist review, playlists, etc.
  • “Tue” Do & How “Tue”: Things I want to do and tutorials of how to do things I’ve already done
  • Wanted Wednesday: Erm, sort of self-explanatory
  • The Thursday Thread: Threads of thought and literal threads (knitting, sewing and other textile projects)
  • Friday Finishline: Project before and afters, accomplished goals, etc.

The spaces on my spreadsheet for October and November topics are almost full and I’m formulating ideas for a holiday bonanza in December.  I’m not sure if the look on my friends’ faces upon seen my “schedule” is awe or pity… I’m just going to go with them being impressed for my own motivation’s sake.  Here’s to hoping that the planning pays off, increasing my writing and giving the site a sense of structure that it’s been seriously lacking.



What’s it all about?

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Dear Reader,

What’s it all about?

And by all, I mean me and this blog

If you’ve been reading my blog at all, dear Reader, you’ve figured out that I am pretty much all randomness, all the time. The fact that my “About” page has been under constructions since, well, blog construction began is another clue that I haven’t quite got it all together let alone come up with a cohesive theme for this here blog.

So how do I answer “What’s it all about?” In the words of the great Tynisha Leon of Dasheen Magazine, “I am what I am and I is what I is…and I be makin’ it do what it do.” Okay, so I don’t know if this is really a direct quote but as she’s sitting across the table at the mo’ and I told her what I was having her say, I think it’s alright.

This journey started with the words of another great:

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