Mimi’s packing her bags again, heading north to celebrate the first birthday of the youngest granddaughter. My packing list forces me to face the hard reality of the approaching “60’s”. I’ve got a little over a year to go before … Continue reading
Up until lately, my gift of writing has been employed for various group newsletters, letters to politicians, badge writing for the American Heritage Girls organization, lengthy emails to friends, and hobby blogging. Now, seemingly, in the blink of an eye, … Continue reading
I mentioned in a recent post that I had been working to get stuff together for my initial submission to Catholicmom.com. In my last post (from just two days ago), I hinted of some big news that I would be … Continue reading
Lately I found myself at a fork in the road (my reliable poet, Robert Frost, comes to mind again!). My own discovery was that the path of my choosing was completely blocked. I sat there, in the middle of the road, … Continue reading
So…I have decided to continue harassing you for a while with blog posts. (This is a fine example of “fair warning.” Run away screaming NOW, if necessary!) I’ve been busy doing some soul searching as well as some internet searching, looking for potential markets for my work. Then I had an inspiration to pick the brain of a writer friend of mine. It was a serious mining operation, because the thoughts of us writer-type folk run deep. I came up with a few precious nuggets, just the “write” amount to get started with. (My friend and I also share a wacky sense of humor, so it’s no surprise that the corny, pun-type joke was unearthed along with the serious stuff!) What it comes down to is this. I am working feverishly to get three short articles ready to submit to a Catholic mom’s web site. I also have to come up with my author bio, short snippets to lure people to my published stories, and original photo illustrations (which should not be too challenging, with two talented photographers in the house, i.e., husband and daughter). In a few more days, I will be making my submission and waiting impatiently to see if I “make the cut.” (Pictured below are my own, preferred, essential writing tools – legal pad, pen, and chocolate. I have stockpiled my supply of these important items, too.)
In the meantime, I continue to research other outlets for my faith-based writing, and especially for my humorous stories. If any of my readers has a good tip to share in that regard, please leave a comment! I’m on a roll, and am moving (I believe) in the direction that God is calling me…, or should I say, dragging me. God’s been having this problem with me for many years. And I admit it, too. I always say that it’s not “footprints in the sand” that I’ll be looking back on; it’s butt drag marks. And God has his dragging technique perfected! This dragging episode has included (so far) being forced to quit my job and doing a lot of resting from this ongoing illness of mine. God will do whatever it takes to get our attention and overcome our stubbornness, right?! When He gets me where He wants me, I’ll have to admit, as I ALWAYS do, that He was right, once again. Until then…I’ll be dealing with a sore butt…and that’s “the end.”
Four years ago I embarked upon this blog writing adventure. I posted fairly regularly for a while, then lost steam and went AWOL for more than a year, then finally got back on track and have been posting reliably ever since…, until just recently. Unfortunately, a few weeks ago, I went over the edge, health-wise. After much struggle and suffering, I am finally getting back to a sense of equilibrium, both physically and mentally. I had no desire or creative energy to write (or do much of anything else) during that time. I did a lot of resting, playing solitaire and hidden picture mystery games on my iPad, and soul-searching. It has become painfully obvious to me that I am no longer cut out for the caregiving business. Elderly clients often have dusty homes and musty (even moldy) basements, both of which are a serious health risk for me. I tried to ignore the situation with my latest client, even though the basement was quite leaky and smelly. Then, as usual, I was working way more hours than I had signed up for, to help out the client and their family (which is also a part of the problem, my urge to “save the world,” and push myself beyond my limits, to my own detriment). I ended up paying dearly for it this time around. When the reaction to environmental irritants/toxins begins to affect me, my physical and emotional health go into a steep nosedive. This last episode was the worst I’ve ever suffered through. I have come to the painful realization that I need to do something else to help out with the family finances. What I have decided to do is get to work submitting my writing for paid publication….possibly even write a funny book!
When I first started my blog, I hoped that it would somehow (quite miraculously) become very popular, possibly even leading to some sort of money-making venture. Apparently though, for that to happen, good prose is not enough. One has to be – A) really computer savvy, and B) have a serious social media presence. I do not possess such attributes, and really have no desire to cultivate them. One also has to become highly involved in the blog community to which one is “attached.” I don’t like sitting and reading blogs for hours, liking posts and making comments. There were a few blogs that I really enjoyed reading, but, for the most part, it’s not the kind of stuff that my brain feeds on. I crave classic style literature, unless I’m hankering for some laughs, and then I read vintage comedy – old Erma Bombeck books, or James Thurber, or Peanuts comic strips…that’s my style! Because of these preferences, I like writing that employs proper grammar and stylish vocabulary. I mean, it’s okay to be conversationally casual in your writing, if it’s an appropriate setting, but, let’s face it…most people with blogs don’t write well at all. If I would have made comments on people’s blogs, it would have been to make note of improper grammar or misused words, or lack of proper punctuation, and no one would have appreciated that! I also like works that feed the soul with hope and light and inspiration. You can find a lot of posts with the opposite goals in mind. In my personal opinion, if a person can’t compose a story, essay, or poem without sinking to the depths of depravity, and regularly employing vulgar slang, it bespeaks loads regarding their writing skills, and I am not in the least bit entertained by such sensationalized rubbish. So yeah, with all things considered, it’s time for me to move onward and upward.
I know I have a few faithful followers out there, and to you I dedicate this (possibly final) post. I’ve not really decided for sure what to do in regards to my blog. I have learned a lot during this venture, and have developed a sense of discipline at plying my trade. At any rate, I will always have fond memories of the kind comments made by my “undercover” followers. I would often wonder if I should continue to send out emails with links to my blog. I’d be about ready to cut back, and suddenly I’d run into 4 or 5 people within a week’s time, who would tell me that, even though they never commented or “liked” my blog on WordPress, they very much enjoyed my posts, and were grateful that I shared them. That always brought a smile to my face and restored my confidence. I thank you all for the encouraging remarks, and ask you to keep me in your prayers as I change course and enter into this new phase of my writing “career.” I’m facing a lot of research and a big learning curve in the months to come. May God lead me in the way that I should go.
Practically everyone knows that the sweltering, disagreeable days of summer (in the northern hemisphere) are referred to as “the dog days.” That’s what I’ve always called them, ever since I was old enough to mimic my parents…and learned how to sweat. … Continue reading
I can cry at the drop of a hat – tears begin to percolate at the slightest hint of a touching tableau. All it takes is a melodramatic movie with an evocative soundtrack setting the stage, or a daughter walking … Continue reading
It’s that time of year again, for a gardener. It’s been hot and sunny, which bodes well for produce like cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes (as long as its augmented by frequent watering with the hose). The harvest has ramped up … Continue reading
Have you noticed that most diagnoses these days are a series of letters? ADD, ADHD, COPD, CKD, PTSD, etc. A few of them are acronyms, like GERD, and SAD. Well…, I, with a list of my symptoms, using my own creativity, have added … Continue reading