Blogging highs and lows

February 28, 2017

Well, here I am, at the end of Month 2 of my personal yearlong blogging challenge. I have to say that this month has been even harder than the first. I guess peaks and valleys are to be expected. I just need to try harder. To be fair, though, it’s hard to keep up when not at home. I don’t lack ideas, I’m just having a tough time expressing them in short but sweet posts. I just feel like the growth and lessons that characterized Month 1 seem to have levelled out lately, but at the same time, I dislike the tendency to only just scratch the surface of the subjects I’m broaching. I guess I need to reconsider my strategy.

Here’s hoping Month 3 is mostly peaks and less valleys. Cheers!

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First Month Down, 31 Posts

January 31, 2017

The first month of 12 is over for my personal “365 days of writing challenge” and I’m already feeling the benefits.

I haven’t written any particularly genius posts yet, but that’s not the point. I’ve managed to get into the habit of writing a published piece daily for the first time in a number of years. I’ve gone back to being inspired almost every day. I am now in the habit of finding potential content for my writing projects (even beyond this blog) in everyday experiences. One month in, and I’ve already re-trained some of my writing muscles. I can’t wait to see where I am at the end of this, and I am even more excited to experience the process.

This feels almost like journaling, although it’s certainly not as raw as the journals I kept for so many years. Now that I think about it, when I kept regular diaries, I was always highly inspired to work on my other (fictional) writing.  I can already feel myself getting back to that place mentally.

This first month has not been easy. There are days when I come home from work exhausted, and wonder what the fuck I got myself into. Early on, I thought to myself, more than a few times, that I’d stupidly committed to the impossible. I am now feeling confident and ready to ride out the rough days – and you’d better believe there will be more tough days. As usual, it looks like hurling myself off the proverbial cliff, out of my comfort zone, will be a great gift to myself.

Thanks to everyone who is tagging along for the ride, I hope to entertain you, at least some of the time!


Californication: My (Most Likely Unpopular) Take

January 3, 2017

I very recently binge-watched Californication, and without getting carried away and writing a thesis on the issue, I have to say I’m disappointed in a few areas.

I watched in the first place because I’m an X-Files geek, and I’ve seen countless comments on internet X-Files posts gushing about Hank Moody and this show in general. I did thoroughly enjoy a lot of it. However, I was left rolling my eyes through a good portion of the 7 seasons.

Let’s start with the good.

The show’s theme song may be the best I’ve ever heard in recent times. I literally danced around my condo during all 84 opens. So kudos to the composer. YouTube it if you haven’t heard it.

This is my favourite Hank Moody moment of all time:

 

Best. Scene. Ever.

Moving on. I sort of enjoyed Hank’s relationship with Becca,  but so much was wrong with it, too, so it’s not on my list of faves.

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365 days of writing

January 1, 2017

It’s been years since I even touched this blog, but I have been thinking about it. With the events of this last year (historically and personally), I really want to get back to this, if for no other reason, to feed my soul.

Today, I came across a handwritten piece I wrote months ago – just a writing exercise, really. It was beautiful and inspiring to read something of my own that moved me. So my writing exercise for 2017 is to write on this blog every day. I have two major projects that I’ve been working on lately as well,  but those will not be an excuse. Even if whatever I write on this blog sucks on occasion, I am stating here and now that I will commit to a daily post in 2017.

Happy New Year! 🍾🍾🍾


I suck. I’m sorry.

May 17, 2011

I love that so many of you are persistently supportive and have asked me to move my ass already, and post a new piece.  I just wanted to let you know that it’s not that I don’t have plenty to say – it’s just that there’s plenty going on in my life – nothing so fascinating that you’ll hear about all of it anytime soon; just stuff that gets in the way of me really focusing on my craft.  The clouds are clearing, though, and I anticipate being able to knock something out very soon!  I realize that the whole “post-a-week” thing has been messed with over the last few months, but I figure if I hadn’t joined this challenge, I might not even have posted this many times by this time this year.  I continue to write regularly, but the prospect of publishing here every week continues to provide a veritable challenge to me.  Which I love.

Thanks again to everyone who is so supportive and fantastic – your kind words and regular commentary are appreciated more than you’ll ever know.  Cheers!


Ode to the BFF

March 24, 2011

Okay, NOT an ode to the BFF.  I don’t do poetry.  I’m all about prose.  But I’ve always wanted to say “ode to” something.

Anyway, today is my best friend’s birthday, and, um – not at all due to any pressure or diva-like behavior or anything – I would like to dedicate a post to her.

Courtesy of SinfulEyes

 

You know I love lists.  So here are my top five favorite things about my BFF: Read the rest of this entry »


Love vs Hate: PostAWeek2011

March 3, 2011

This Post-A-Week challenge is kicking my ass.

I decided to participate in this challenge in order to force myself to write more often, and to activate a certain degree of accountability.  I already write in some form or another on a daily basis, but Post-A-Week requires me to “publish” something every week, to make at least some of my work available to the internet public regularly, no matter what.

I have to tell you that I despise publishing anything I’m not 200% happy with.  It absolutely kills me to release a piece that doesn’t meet my unequivocal approval.  Realistically, though, if I hold out and edit each post to death, I may as well forget “Post-A-Week” and find a “Post-Bi-Annually” challenge to participate in.  Read the rest of this entry »