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My new WordPress writing site

The dreaded “Sorry, I haven’t posted in a while” post is the surest sign that a writing blogger’s engines have been — and, too often, still are — sputtering and that their blog is likely to fall into the “better things to do” ocean.

I can’t tell the future, but I never haven’t enjoyed blogging and I miss it. I’m as curious to find out whether I continue as you might be. There’s only one way to tell — I’ll click Update tonight and wait until tomorrow to find out if my posting momentum remains with me.

Notes about the new site:

  • First off, I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I had to get that out of the way. I’m sure the six of you who followed my blog in it’s old location have been missing me something fierce, as we used to say in Tennessee. But I’m back, perhaps not with the same 5-days-a-week dedication with which I had posted before, but with a promise to add posts with some respectable regularity. That frequency was difficult to sustain whenever life or work got too busy.
  • So far, I’ve brought over fewer than the nearly 350 posts from the old site. I had begun blogging back in 2007 if memory serves me correctly, so not including those leaves out a TON of my early writing history. But, given how long the 37 posts, with their links, lists, pictures and various and sundry special instances, I’m not promising that I will ever go back and add them all. I would like to say that for each new post, I’ll an old one, slowly working my way simultaneously forward and backwards until they’re all included. What I really want to cleanly import the posts from the old database and have it done in one step, but that may be asking too much.
  • Excuse the mess, if there turns out to be one. If you find anything squirrely about the new site — WordPress has all manner of odd twists and turns, new ones of which I’m learning about daily — please shoot me a quick note. It helps a lot since you are likely to use this site differently than I am and will, therefore, be more likely to run across such oddness. Also, please feel free to let me know if using the site is in any way difficult or annoying. Font colors and sizes are the most frequent issues with a new site. If you can’t read something or an element seems jarring or distasteful, copy the page url and, again, shoot me a note. I want things found and fixed as quickly as possible and your assistance is greatly appreciated 🙂

 

Writing update and a hello after a blogging break.

I’ve got to say I’m impressed that I can post from my new iPhone. I would have expected the experience to have been more difficult, but no, typing — once one gets used to it — isn’t so bad. And the tools show up well, if a tad too uncomfortably small.

But what does this have to do with writing? Nothing. So, to the writing.

Not having posted for most of November may have led some to think I hadn’t written either. That was not the case. I have actually been fighting with the end of a story I had writes the first draft of earlier this year but had abandoned in lieu of Forever. I got back to it and realized that most of the negative critique it received was in fact warranted. It isn’t a bad story, but the first draft was tedious, especially toward the end. This rewrite has been both enjoyable and, for the most part, successful.

thank goodness for Forever. Having stuck with that story turns out to have been worth the struggle. Though I haven’t heard back from any of the places I submitted to, I can tell that, sale or no, I emerged from the long difficult experience not only a better writer in regards to skill but a better thinker and a better self-critiqued (in the good sense, not in the way that I can’t write or otherwise function.)

still, as I said, I’m having trouble with the ending. Part of the problem is that the original impetus for writing the story was not well-documented. The other reason is that, because I ran into and learned how both recognize and solve logic problem and other literary shortcomings, I discovered a few not small problems with the story’s structure and action.

this isn’t a bad thing. I’d rather know what and where the problems are so that they can be fixed, but they do need to be fixed and that almost inevitably takes time. I think the biggest obstacle that I’m facing right now is that the original story suffered a bit from a non-ending and my lead — as is commonly the case in my early drafts — was too much of a passive observer. Both problems are fixable but require a but of head scratching.

Fun fun fun.

I’ll keep you posted. I have a deadline of two days (three?) for this draft, so I’d best figure something out soon.