Sunday, 8 January 2017

Back to the Future

Let's take a look at my daily life since the previous post. We had to cope with:

● ongoing recovery from previous surgeries
● decision to move to an extra care flat to assist me to live safely in our lovely, accessible  flat with a caring community in the building. We came here 8 weeks ago and it's been full on!
● indecision with regard my writing/crafting/blogging life
● recently I read the latest post on the blog Crafts from the Cwtch entitled
Listening to the Whispers in which Sarah explains her own strategy for recognising change.

For me to continue blogging I MUST:

● write daily
● read (other blogs) often AND leave comments
● use my feedly updates
● take part in other social media to mingle/plug/mix

And the last point is where I'm stuck. I do visit soc med outlets regularly but I struggle to keep at it all enough to:

● increase my followers
● create meaningful 2-way dialogue with other bloggers/readers
● take it all seriously enough

Maybe my previous post still reigns supreme. I'll take longer to listen to the whispers, find my vision for 2017. Christmas has left me coping (also) with an MS flare-up when all I can do is read/think/tap this post out on my phone. Exhausting!

I'll be right back. Meanwhile, Happy New Year to you - please leave a comment below.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Writing Anonymously?

Not what you think. I don't mean writing without telling you who I am. No, in this age of open publishing, does anyone actually know what I'm writing and where I'm writing?

You might be reading my blog updates on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or you might see my Instagram referral to the post - same image as this header. Without those little clues gratuitous plugs, would you look on my blog to see the latest post? Do you use a blog feed? Networked Blogs?

I ask because we all know how the Internet has moved on and blogs have been left behind. I have friends who blog often, yet I seldom look. I don't comment often, unless I see a Facebook post, Tweet, Google+ post or Instagram mention. I vary in my visits to my RSS feed reader of choice. I simply don't take this as seriously as I used to before I got a smart phone. Now it is all-too-easy to grab a quick work or image snack.

So, if I am not the exception - certainly I am not - then why would you go out of your way to find my blog articles? Aren't we all evolving into givers and takers of quick-snap sentences of shared thought and experience? Is that such a bad thing? After all, to promote a novel, a CD, an event, a film, an image, a political belief, anything on earth, the fastest methods are the most successful.

If I am right - I think I know I am - then this blog is defunct and I am wasting my time with it. And that is a good thing. A very good thing. Without feeling I should be blogging about writing or crafting, I can get on with writing and crafting. I am not a published author. I am not changing the world with clever design. I don't want to run a business.

So, until furthermore notice, let's not pretend anyone wants my dilemmas or other words delivered on a spasmodic basis. I can write more and make more. Live. That sounds rather inviting. I don't mind if I do, thank you.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Ideas about Writing (that others had before me)

Write Every Day

I say: Try as I might, even with a blog that has the word 'daily' in it, I fail. If failure is the right word...

Others say: Write Every Day (search results)

Write What You Know

I say: Unless I'm writing semi-autobiographically or a non-fiction piece, this would limit my content. I love writing something that needs lots of research first. 
Then, when the skeleton of my story is ready for flesh, I can put myself into the scenes because the way I write as well as what I write has to come from what I know.

Others say: Write What You Know (search results)

Write What You Want to Read

I say: Received wisdom dictates I don't want to create fiction that alienates me as a reader. Yet, my best practice pieces have been in response to a prompt or lesson that requests a different genre or topic. When I read such pieces days, weeks, later I'm amazed! Was that really me?

Others say: Write What You Want to Read (search results)

Find Your Best Time to Write

I say: I'm neither disciplined nor well enough for such wise routine. I have to write when I feel like it.
Except when I catch myself out - such as now! I made myself think of a theme and get it written. The best reason I know for having a blog is being made to write for it.

Others say: Find Your Best Time to Write (search results)

Make Time for Artist Dates

I say: Having read The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron many years ago, and having referred to it many times since, the idea of making time to feed my creative self has born fruit. 
My Artist Dates consist of: reading, watching films, staring out of the window at the garden, being physically creative with paper and yarn...these simple home-based activities serve me well.
For dates beyond my front door, I am reliant on others. Though I may be housebound in body, yet I travel widely in my mind.

Julia says: Artist's Dates (search results)