Shifting blog focus

A vase of tulips on a desk with a laptop

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It’s been a few months since I’ve written a post for this blog. The holidays are one excuse, having young kids underfoot is another—but I’ve also struggled with the narrow focus of this blog.

I write stories. Sometimes I write articles for magazines or Web sites, but they don’t bring me the same joy that writing fiction does. I have hope that someday I’ll have my novels traditionally published, so I wanted to start building my brand image now. Hence, an author blog.

But I’m not just a writer. I have a wide array of interests and I like to talk about more than just writing! I’m also a “if you give a mouse a cookie” kind of person, who likes to latch on to a current topic of interest with zeal before suddenly switching to another.

I’d like to post about whatever I feel like writing, even if it has nothing to do with writing, reading, or the English language. I know traditional blog advice always says to stick to set topics under a specific theme, but as a person I’m not that structured. I’m going to let my blog reflect the fickleness of my true nature and see how it goes.

My current obsessions are:

  • minimalism
  • Dress Your Truth by Carol Tuttle
  • my current novel; a Cinderella retelling
  • So, you might (or might not) be seeing some posts about those, as well as anything else that’s a part of my life, such as parenting, my faith, or other hobbies. I’m sure there will still be posts about writing, too. I just don’t want to get stuck writing only about writing. There are a zillion blogs out there that are eager to teach amateurs how to write. I don’t feel the need to become an authority in that.

    How about you? What’s something that you’re obsessing over, which others may or may not understand? I’m also really loving lemon tea (tea made from lemons, rather than tea leaves), though hōjicha (roasted green tea) is still far and away my favorite. I’m also really loving rose-gold or champagne colored shoes, though I can’t seem to find any that fit my wide feet properly—I’m still looking. But I’d love to hear about what’s catching your fancy these days, so let me know in the comments!

    Pursuing writing

    Ready, set, go!

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    It’s been a long time since I’ve written for this blog, but I’ve decided to take another stab at it! This time, my focus will be tighter. I’ve written a few random posts that were loosely tied together by the common thread of my New Year’s resolution for 2015, but it still felt a little directionless.

    I’m starting over. I’ve decided to pursue my dreams of writing in earnest, so this will be my author blog. I’ve had a few things published—mostly articles and reviews—but since I haven’t published books of my own yet (just pieces included in other people’s books), I guess I’m more “writer” and less “author.” But I’ll get there. I’ve wanted to write novels since I was a teenager. I’m going to make it happen.

    My plan is to update once a week. Once that feels comfortable and I have a routine down, I’d like to post more frequently, but I’m taking this one step at a time.

    What have you attempted recently that excites you? Have you tried anything new, or something you haven’t tried in a long time?