Sunday, October 30, 2011

It can't be NaNoWriMo time already?!

As a couple of Facebook friends said, "it isn't possibly November yet." Where did the year go? Last year at this time, we were in Vancouver busy with my mother's funeral. I wrote a total of a few hundred words for NaNoWriMo before giving up and giving in to grief and stress.

I've been doing NaNo since 2007, and have never planned a story for it (in the spirit of the original NaNo...read founder Chris Baty's No Plot? No Problem! book to know what I mean), but this year I am going to bend the fabric of space-time and bring several aspects of my writing life together and work on a story I have already partially planned out.  Being a purist never was very useful unless the only thing you want to accomplish is feeling smug. And being smug never paid the bills.

If you feel like you have a novel in you, join me in NaNo! I'm "writer64" there if you want to be my buddy. Don't forget to stock up on the caffeine of your choice!


"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day." – Alexander Woolcott

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Post 26 ~ In which Teresa changes her mind yet again

Yes, I have a special fondness for A.A. Milne's lovely Winnie the Pooh books.

I see it's been an entire month since I said something on this blog. It's not my fault; it was the Woozles' fault. No, wait; it is my fault. Isn't there a blame fairy who can wave a wand and absolve me?

Although I'm not so deluded as to think that there's anyone actually waiting for me to post something (I had 6+ years to build up a following in my other blog and nobody's there waiting for me to post anything either), if anyone is really dying to read something from me, s/he can always hop over to my regular blog http://homesteadnotes.blogspot.com/ that I actually update more than once a month. It has nothing to do writing or art, although it does have a lot to do with the other equally important things in my life, such as what to name our tractor.

But what is my change of mind? Well, I've thought about it for a while now (nearly three freakin' months), and decided that you don't need, and probably don't want, to hear my opinions on different writers and agents' blogs. I'll bring up ones I come across and love as I come across them. If I don't love them, I won't bring them up. Simple!

However, I think any good blog/website needs to "give" something to readers, whether it be killer content - Nathan Bransford's blog is a fine example of this - or in-depth and specific useful content, such as Jim Kelly's website where he analyzes his writing for would-be writers.

I just don't know yet what I can give the readers that is unique and desirable. I've decided, of course, that it wasn't blog/website reviews. So, what now?  Maybe you can tell me? What would you like to see here?

Just to remind myself that life is not all about wringing my hands and writing-fails, I want to mention that I won another haiku contest from WildBird Magazine on Twitter:
It's a terrific addition to our huge collection of bird guides.  Go follow editor Amy if you're on Twitter and like birds or fun writing contests.  :)


"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day." – Alexander Woolcott