There are 7 billion people in the world – how can one woman's ideas make a difference?
I have been so busy writing I haven’t been blogging. A real writer needs to do both these days I think. Write and Blog. Actually, I should really not limit the “needs to” to only two things: A writer must write, blog, publish, edit…etc. etc. etc.
The good news is, I’m really happy with where the novel is – today. It has been reviewed by some trusted friends. Critiqued by trusted writers. Pulled, poked, and prodded and it’s just about ready to send out for rejection. I’m ready. My goal is to have 100 rejections by the end of the year. At least 20 of these rejections should be for the novel. Another 20 should be for short stories. That leaves 60 up for grabs.
Once a blog or website is up and running, I love it. But getting a blog or site going is tough. I keep thinking of things I want to do with a blog or my website and before I know it, I’ve lost an entire day or two. Or have I. I once heard, no actually, I’ve heard this saying a lot: If you don’t exist online, you don’t exist.
This wasn’t true of course too long ago, but with access to WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other such sites, it certainly is today. No matter what you do or what you are interested in there is a way to do it, share it, or keep track of it publicly, online so many ways in fact it boggles the mind.
I was talking about carrots the other day, yes, carrots with my family and there seemed to be a disagreement on the truth about baby carrots. I thought they were created by a machine using full-sized carrots, and someone else in my family, thought they were peeled baby carrots. Turns out we were both right and wrong:
“According to Grimmway (maker of baby carrots under names like Cal-Organic), the carrots they use are a specific variety that are smaller in diameter than regular table carrots and grown just for the production of baby carrots. The end product is shorter in length than regular carrots because, well, they cut them.”
The best thing about learning this new tidbit of information that in the process of seeking out the truth, I discovered a great blog!
Okay, here goes, I can say anything I want. It is Friday. It’s a beautiful day. I am looking forward to getting outside.
Really? That’s it? That’s my first blog…
No. That can’t be. Let me try again.
What made me decide to begin a new blog? Well, I have a blog about writing, and another about being a writer, and one about being a homemaker that I have pretty much abandoned. As for Writer by Writing, there are so many other blogs about writing that I couldn’t think of anything I could add to the conversation that wasn’t already being shared, but I do want to add to the conversation occasionally. If I ever finish my book or get one of my short stories published than perhaps I will feel like a wild-writer again and will add to that blog. I do have ideas to add to second_chakra, but the name…well, I don’t know. I just didn’t like it anymore. Not for now, maybe soon, if I can get back into posting, I will use this space again.
Along with writing and reading fiction, I like to read and listen to self-help books and I had recently listened to two in particular, one on Clear and Simple Organizing, and the other on The Power of an Hour and while I was listening to each of the audio books, I had the urge to talk about them. I wanted to blog about them. But, since I didn’t have a blog with a name that was making sense to me now and adding those thoughts on Goodreads or SheWrites or Amazon wasn’t the same, I thought it would be nice to have a place to put down my ideas. Then I let the urge go. The name “An Insignificant Voice” kept popping up in my head.
As a long-time stay-home mom, I often felt that my ideas were not viewed as relevant by society and although my children are grown and I am a confident person, I never had the intense want to fight that assumption. I had a close circle of friends and family and they have always made me feel like my thoughts and ideas were worth listening to and that has been enough of a stage for me and my ideas. Of course, I have learned as I grew older that my relationships were worth more than my political, religious, and financial beliefs, so I have done my best to steer clear of these conversations, online and off, and I will continue to do so. Another name I considered was A Place at the Table. While getting my degree, the feminist idea of claiming a place at the table intrigued me, and I thought of naming a blog just that: A Place at the Table but the name was not available. When searching WordPress for the blog, I found one with a cause (world hunger) that is much more significant than what I had in mind. Although, if I had planned to use the name to promote the feminist ideals of claiming a place at the table then perhaps it would have been significant.
Anyway, while I was doing some S.T.A.C.K.S work based on the audio book, Get Organized the Clear and Simple Way, I came across the drawings I did for a presentation about Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party – and once again the urge to begin a new blog tapped on my shoulder, so I thought I’d title the blog, A Place at the Table: An Insignificant Voice (of a housewife) which is too long. And like I already stated, I discovered today that the name “A Place at the Table” was not available. Besides, I know I am much more than “just” a housewife.
Although, since I have been working only one day a week teaching composition and I have been struggling with my writing projects, I have felt a little more like a housewife than usual. Add all this to the fact that my resume has yet to make it into the hands of HR manager interested in hiring me full-time, the idea that I have nothing to offer has dipped me into a bit of depression. A state I can usually pull out of pretty quickly. Life is just too fluid to allow depression to hang on for too long. I know that I have not had any recent success at work or with my writing but I have known success. I will know it again. I also know that what I have been doing with my time, has not reaped the benefits I am looking for, so it is time to make a change.
After evaluating of my daily actions, I realized that I stopped blogging about writing to work on the novel. Then I stopped working on the novel to allow the story time to bake and for me to focus on a job search. Thankfully, the other day, the timer went off on the writing oven: the problem has finished baking, I am back on track and happy. Now I can get back to writing which means I need to blog to help get the writing juices flowing and to free my mind of mental clutter. Thanks to WordPress, I can have as many blogs as I want (as long as am willing to keep them up). Hence, you are reading this. To create more change, I removed my resume from the online boards and I have decided to stop using them to search for job openings. I will focus on networking instead and I will trust that the right job will come along. Hopefully, my writing isn’t too rusty and I can get into the swing of it quickly. I also might as well confess that have gained weight recently (I am mortified that the scale is displaying a number I swore I would never see again (a product of that depression, I am sure of it)). So, I will change my daily activities to include a renewed focus on movement and on portion control and I will keep this focus until those ten pounds are no longer attached to my body. I might be virtually unpublished and virtually unemployed, but I can be those things and be at my goal weight at the same time. Being virtually unpublished, virtually unemployed, and overweight – gads! Who wouldn’t be depressed?