So a week ago, on computer-crash day, I received a lovely blogging award from Sonya Loveday, but in the course of blown motherboards, I’m just now getting around to noting her kindness. It’s been a busy week, adjusting to the new machine, watching my San Francisco Giants reach The World Series, then take a 2-0 lead into this weekend’s spate of games. I had a road trip yesterday, during which time I pondered what I’ll start writing next week, also mulling over ancient ideas that live vicariously through playlists. I sang a lot, didn’t worry about traffic, then came home to sport heaven. Now it’s Friday morning, time to talk about…
Blogging. The Beautiful Blogger award asks to reveal seven things about myself, so instead of harping on baseball (which I could do all day), I’ll note a few details about this other side of the craft. A sometimes exposing side, in the daily hoo-haa. Again thanks to Sonya for this honor, and I’d love to pass it along to all who stop this way.
1. I started blogging in 2005, strictly for family. Our eldest was living in the Midwest with my husband’s sister and clan to experience a year of American high school. Two years later that same girl would introduce me to NaNo, but first she set Blogger at my feet as a way to know what was happening in Yorkshire. My life was never the same.
2. After my first novel, Drop The Gauntlet, was accepted by a small publishing house, I was encouraged to start a blog to better market my book. I had to smile, as I’d been blogging for over two years, but I began a new site, specifically to chart my road as a writer. I chuckle now, thinking of all that path has entailed, but it started on 23 August 2007 right here.
3. As I’m a prolific author, at times I’m also a long-winded blogger. Many posts ramble for ages, for which I can only say if you’re looking for shorter entries, I might not be your cup of tea.
4. I don’t write posts beforehand. What you see is what I write, although I do preview it a few times to make sure I’ve not left sentences uncapitalized.
5. After Drop The Gauntlet was published, I started a blog specifically for that book. I can’t recall why, but it became a habit; now every book I write has its own blog, mostly to chart the word count, as I’m a little obsessed with keeping track. But it’s also a great place to unwind, sometimes expunging the writing in more writing, which also sounds a little odd. I’m an odd blogger, can’t help it.
7. I moved from Blogger to WordPress in July 2012; after my daughter’s wedding this past summer, I felt a break was necessary, wanting to distance my personal life from the work. That break lasted about… two weeks. I just love to blog. I can’t explain why, other than I love to write, and not just fiction. My daughter brought NaNo to my attention not due to novels I’d tried to create, but journals that I kept on and off over the years. Blogging extends that format, and maybe prepared me for NaNo. She realized I just wouldn’t shut up!
I don’t expect the world to change from all my blah-blah’ing. But the technology is here, and I’m capable. I can say these things, either in my novels or right now, at this moment. Well, in a few moments, after I’ve cleaned up the typing and confirmed sentences start with capital letters. But this is me as a writer, also a wife, mum, sport fanatic, blogging fanatic too. This is my little corner of the web. Thanks for taking the time to stop in!