This blog in 2015

You’d think that with me breaking the hiatus from blogging (I have a real life!), I’d come back with tales of writing and adventure.

Not really. What I’ve come back with is the realization that I hold on to too many possible blog posts, refraining from sharing until the share is meaningless. I get it in my noggin’ that I should only share posts about writing, or major events, forgetting what a blog is about. I’m not a professional, this isn’t a journal, and the subject of this blog is open to what I make of it.

There. That feels much better.

Expect more random posts this year. Real life snapshots, posts about writing, and random thoughts and links that I find interesting. This year I’d like to explore posting from my smartphone more, mostly because no matter what, it’s the one piece of connected technology I have with me at all times. That said, one of my personal goals is to journal more consistently this year. In the past, the act of writing by hand has left me with a word desert when it comes to my blog – the material I’m writing is historically appropriate for only one medium or the other, rarely both (yes, that’s right, there’s a book of handwritten entries containing the dark, seedy side of my life…).

2015 stands to be a year with some exciting changes. We plan on moving across the country later this year for my work. In 24 hours, my oldest daughter officially becomes a teenager. This is the year I’m going to get something published (because I said so).

Sit back, enjoy the ride. I’ll try and tag my posts better this year so you can weed out the ones you don’t care to read about. And welcome to the future!

The Tara Blog!

In all my moping and cluttering lately, I totally forgot to share this. Youngest daughter (age 6) approached us a few weeks ago with a simple enough request – she wanted to have a blog, some place she could put up recipes, pictures, and her own thoughts. I won’t say we (me) are likely to do anything our kids ask if its within the realm of reasonable (I am), but, well, we did. Stop by TheTaraBlog.com some time (she’s only posted two things so far, but then, that’s better than her old man lately!)

The Unbearable Likeness of Blogging

The home of the red knight!!

Its true. The frequency with which this blog is maintained is a direct reflection of the chaos and stress that is real life. And real life, she has been a real bitch the last few weeks. As always, it’s all about the day job – home life remains the tranquil snapshot of awesomeness that it always is, minus the occasionally screaming tantrum from a random child at how unfair their life of prime world+1 living is (that’s an echelon or two above “first world problems,” as I like to think of it). Also, apparently the efficacy of Mother and I explaining the way things were back in the dark ages of our childhood are losing their appeal and believability. Surely this so-called world without streaming media is just a nightmare we parents made up to overcome our own fears and disappointments with our own youth.

The other reason the blog has slowed down these last few weeks is probably a signal of a larger problem in my general writing. I feel compelled to provide short essays for blog posts. When I can’t accomplish that, when all I have to offer the visitor is the random “you should hear what my kid said today,” or “check out this cool thing someone else wrote about” – well, isn’t that what twitter and Facebook are for? (Not that I’ve been active in those media lately either). I build up (in my head) this expectation that blog posts should be small treatises, just like when I sit down with Scrivener I should be crafting gold.

Truth is, while those small essays are  fulfilling to write, it isn’t reasonable to expect that every day or two. Raising the bar too high, it’s often easier to let go and give up rather than try, especially if you know ahead of time that you won’t make the target. That’s true in blogging as well as writing, and the effects spread. Giving up on tackling a bit of writing encourages a sense that none of it’s not worth it.

Well, that’s obviously not true. So how do you turn it around?

For blogging, I take solace in reading other blogs where a single gal or guy pull it off. Not all of them blog daily; very few in fact manage that level of output. But it is possible.

For writing, I used to take my inspiration from the crap that is published. Yes, it’s the old “I can do better than this crap!” attitude. I’ve since sobered up from that perspective, though. First, refuse from the dung heap of literature that some of these books are, their authors at least finished. There’s something I can’t rightfully say I’ve done too often. Second, they got published because they were the best the publishers had to look at at the time. Who’s fault is that?

These days, and by these days I mean of late, the last two hours, what have you, I’m trying to look at the good examples for inspiration. I picked up “The Red Knight” this week to review for the Fantasy Book Addict. I’m not far in the book, just the first 10% or so, but I’m pretty sure I’m in love. This, folks, is good, solid writing craft executed well. I feel inspired to stab the beast that is longer fiction again and again now.

So this is my apology for not clogging your RSS feeds the last week or so after maintaining a steady stream of late, and a thank you for sticking around. Expect more posts on writing, kids, and the random stuff that amuses me resuming shortly. As for the fiction side of the house, it isn’t fair to say I’ve been slacking lately (currently two short stories out for consideration and 3/4 of the way through the first draft of another), but as I wrap up this short story I want to begin looking at outlining something a bit more…epic. 😉

 

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