For anyone who reads my ROW80 check-ins, it won’t be much of a surprise that I’ve been slowly spiraling downhill the past few weeks. For that matter, given that I’ve forgotten to do the next to posts I promised for my Versatile Blogger Award, obviously I haven’t been keeping my ducks waddling along steadily or in a row.
In fact, I took this last week off to get back in touch with myself. Sorry about the lack of posts and delayed replies (as well as the not visiting), but I wanted to spend my son’s school break with him (and my husband) and not always hiding away behind my computer screen. It served two purposes.
- For those who know my friend and Syster, Shan Jeniah, you know her husband had a serious motorcycle accident this past week (he’s recovering well, but it has been very hard on her whole family).
- Stepping away for a short period from almost all goals and “work” allowed me time to consider the real purpose of all these challenges I’ve entered and whether they are serving the goals I had set.
The first is obvious enough. There’s nothing like being close to, but not in the middle of, a catastrophe to make one step back and realize what is most important. It was a good family oriented week.
The second allowed me to lift an emotional weight from my shoulders that I hadn’t even known I was carrying. And as a result… I’m dropping the Fifty/Fifty/Me challenge. The book-half of the challenge had nearly suffered beyond recovery because of the movie half. Every time I thought about watching a movie, it was with a sense of dread and annoyance (though not for a lack of enjoying screen time, since I’ve happily indulged in three days of television marathons of The Big Bang Theory and Castle recently). I’m sure that some serious analysis could yield an answer as to why I was making myself nearly sick every time I considered that challenge and how far behind on it I was getting. At the moment, it’s enough to know that I needed to drop it. Just doing that made everything seem so much more achievable. And I’m happy to say by the end of this week I’d managed to finish three of the books in my cue (I will post reviews on The Garden of Delights this week).
So what now?
Well, first off, let’s get another five blogs posted for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’ve had all these links waiting for weeks now. It would be kind of nice to share these wonderful people with you sooner. (And if you are new to this tribute, let me again thank the amazing Natasha Guadalupe for offering me this award)
- Tia Silverthorne Bach at Depression Cookies (which is really just too cool a name)
- Morgan DragonWillow at Writer’s Universe
- Patrick Sternkopf at Patrick’s Photography
- Alberta Ross at Alberta Ross UK
- Celine Shinbutsu at Writing from Japan
And the obligatory things about me:
- I love exploring basements.
- I’m descended from Hoarders on both sides of my family
- I used to collect Tarot decks, including a hand-drawn Hello Kitty one.
And for closing, let me add….
…a few randomthoughts that have been hovering around (sort of a Mash-Up).
Such as this piece from Kirsten Lamb’s Blog which somewhat relates to my recent post about writing and publishing online: I agree in principle, but really, as people are becoming more attached to multimedia presentations where special effects seem to cover a multitude of storyline sins (or where people can create their own stories and who cares if the writing is good because it is their own), I wonder how much power we writers really have. I also wonder about those people, like myself, who have writing they want to publish, but also some that we just don’t feel accommodates our writing universes enough. Hmmm…
Though at least as a result of posting my Tuesday Snippets, I’m starting (and I say this with the same intensity as an addict entering her first 12step program) to not panic so much about creating the perfect story.
And related to my epiphanies this week about challenges: What do I “need” as a writer
Reading the always interesting the Io9 blog gave me this post on Lost Technologies… Since a lot of my fiction can be seen as written in the Dark Ages of my story universe where the people there are only just beginning to realize how do more than feud for resources, stuff like this fascinates me.
And because the answer to this (which, I confess, was my own) question made me think of writing… here is a wonderful answer about hypnosis and what it really is: http://franzblauhypnosis.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/what-is-hypnotherapy-revisitedcan-anyone-be-hypnotized/
And sometimes I really wonder if Kait Nolan may be channeling me somehow, because her posts always come out echoing something going on in my life lately. This is only one example of many.
And that, dear Reader, is more than enough for the evening. Best to you, and may you be delighted and entertained for the week.