for the Creatives

Juggling & blogging [& yes I’m back, I’m still alive I think]

Jugglers: It’s more fun to drop the ball, right? right???

Okay, fine, that’s wishful thinking because all I can do is drop the ball. Anyone else able to only juggle one ball tops? I’m lucky to toss a ball from one hand to the other instead of across the room. Hand-eye coordination is lost on me.

And that’s how I came to drop this ball – this blog – here.

Four years. I’ve stuck to my once a week blogpost (minus vacations) for four years. That was my main ball to juggle. Sure, I’d post on social media, I’d teach a class here and there, I’d work on my story…But this blog was the one thing I was focusing on keeping in the air.

Then a few months ago, I published a book. And I couldn’t keep two things in the air, so that became my thing. Figuring the publishing world out is no small chore, even for someone who’s been in the loop on the writing world for years on end.

Now that’s over, and my main goal for the new year is to find some semblance of balance again. Or someone somewhere recently said they look for “harmony” instead of “balance”. I like that idea. So here I am, reintroducing myself to this ball I’ve dropped, and I’m ready to give it a toss again. I have great things to post about publishing, creating, achieving goals, and so much more.

One important thing I’ve learned that helps me make things happen and achieve my goals: Figure out the one ball that I’m gonna keep in the air when others fall away. Figure out my main focus for right now, and I can always switch it later.

I’ve missed this blog a lot – I’ve missed you a lot – but I remind myself that it’s okay I went away for a time to focus on my new goal, my new creation. Now here I am, reintroducing myself to this ball I’ve dropped, and I’m ready to give it a toss again. I have great post ideas about publishing, creating, achieving goals, and so much more. I’m ready to juggle *this one* again.

The gist: Really, most people can’t juggle for long. Something is gonna crash, and that’s okay.

Now it’s your turn. Catch!

for the Creatives, for the Writers, Showcasing other Creatives

Lessons from a 6-Year-Old Blogger

That’s right, there’s a 6-year-old in the blogosphere. Check out ghostinthecloset.wordpress.com for the kid’s writing. I read every single post. And there’s alot you can learn from a 6-year-old.

  1. It’s okay to have an incentive…this kid is in it for a Kindle.
  2. Keep it simple, short and snappy…it doesn’t have to be long and eloquent to keep someone’s attention.
  3. You can write about your life…Don’t know what to blog about? What’d ya do today? What’d ya like? What got ya thinkin? What ya up to? Seriously, just blog.
  4. Don’t sweat the small stuff…grammar/spelling errors? No biggie, just write!
  5. It takes others…The kid isn’t all on his lonesome. His mom helps, she blogs herself, she encourages, she is of course offering the incentive Kindle. He’s not doing this alone. We can’t either.

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Musings

This Place of Wrestling

How many of you noticed I didn’t post last week? Raise your hand.

*Raises hand*

No?
no one?
just me?

Would you believe that, after over a year of regular posting, I actually forgot I didn’t have a post ready for last Thursday? Would you believe that I’m figuring out this whole writing thing and teaching thing and actual-day-job-ing thing and it’s still not balanced well?

Truth is, I have absolutely no clue what I’m doing.

If you’ve followed me from the beginning, or even for more than 6 months, there’s been a drastic change. Before, my blog was focused. Too exact, too precise, too lifeless. Now my blog is a little all over the place. Like me.

I’m rebranding, which is a professional way of saying things are gonna look different around here. I don’t know what they’ll look like yet. I’m kinda figuring it out as I go.

Thanks for bearing with me here on this journey. And if you have thoughts, ideas, or comments do feel free to contact me.

I want this to be a place of wrestling. And I want this to be a place of grace. I want this to be a place of growth. I want this to be a place of whimsy of course. And writing. And reading. But mostly wrestling, with life and ideas and preconceived notions and logic and nonsense. I’ll have grace for your wrestling if you’ll have grace for mine. Deal?

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