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Blogging in Bathtub: Viable Option?

I got stuck in shut-down mode tonight.  So did my computer.  I wanted nothing more than to spend an evening without the monitor’s radiance beaming on my face, but the stupid thing wouldn’t shut off.  Then I remembered it was bloggy-blog evening, in which I try to convince the world I have something relevant to say.  Therefore, shutting down the computer was not the proper decision–forget that I was standing in between my kitchen and office, stuck as stuck could be and longing for nothing but a hot bath and a glass of wine.  Would somebody read me sustaining stories meant for a bear of woman wedged in a tight spot?  I thought not.

So, I ask again: is blogging in the bathtub a viable option?

But maybe somebody would pray for me, a wedged woman in a tight spot?  Here’s a prayer that is simple enough to sustain even me:

The day is past and over,
All thanks, O Lord, to Thee!
O Jesus, keep me in Thy sight
And save me through the coming night.
Amen.

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Blogging, P90X Style!

I was a little devastated to read agent Rachelle Gardner’s article, Blogs We Don’t Like, last Friday.  I know, I know–she doesn’t speak for all agents, but I’m betting that a lot of agents feel the way she does.  Aspiring authors should have blogs that they update on a regular schedule.  They should, and I have no excuse for being a lazy aspiring author.

I’ve spent the past weekend mulling over how to make the blogging life work for me.  And then I heard Tony Horton’s voice in my head (yes, goofy Tony Horton of the P90X workout system): Anybody can do something for a minute.  Well, yeah.  He’s right.  It’s a little psychological trick you play on yourself.  You convince yourself you’re only exercising for a minute because each exercise is set up to last that long, when in reality you’re completing 50 or 60 of those exercise minutes.  How does this work for blogging, you ask?  Well, if I tell myself I can blog two days a week for a month–just for a month–then, surely, I can blog for another month and another and . . . then I will have become a regular blogger.

I never had too much trouble with the P90X workouts–and not simply because I tricked myself into finishing the daily videos.  I never had trouble because I was already a regular exercise nutcase before my husband brought them home and decided we were going to have some marital bonding through plyometrics and kickboxing.  I have been exercising five days a week for years.  Literally, I mean that.  Years.  Then another truth dawned on me–if I have found the time to exercise daily for years, why can’t I find the time to blog?  I am thoroughly BUSTED.  P90X and Tony Horton have busted me.  I have come to realize that I am a disgrace to aspiring bloggers/authors everywhere.

THE PLAN: I will blog two days a week for a month–and I might just manage not to die of utter blog exhaustion.  After I practice for a few months, I might not have to trick myself into enduring.  I will be a buff blogger by that time.  I will blog every Tue. and Thurs. evening (which in reality makes a Wednesday/Friday posting schedule.  Oops, have to change that on my sidebar!)  I will write short posts.  For example, I will cut my NM Noir chapters to 500 words, instead of 1000.

OTHER EXCITEMENT! I will not be able to start regular blogging this week because we are finally moving into our new house!  We have official occupancy status!  For those who don’t know, we have been living in a 30-year-old single wide trailer for the last eight years–suffering being fiscally responsible–in order to build a house.  Honestly, I’m not giving up before I’ve started.  At some point this week, our phone lines and internet will be cut off here and reconnected at the new house.  And it will be crazy around here.  That’s all I have to say about that.  The picture above is of our new home.  The front porch and balcony are east-facing (toward the Rio Grande river valley), and I wish I had a better shot of it to show off.  It’s so beautiful.

MORE and MORE EXCITEMENT!  I have completely revamped my authorial website to make it more professional.  I have also added in a feature which will allow for my blog posts here to scroll through my website.  If you’re following me here, you might just as well follow me over there: Jill’s (other) Writing World.

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Here’s My Tentative Plan:

Monday: New Mexico Noir

Tuesday: Spanish poetry–old, new, my own, or some other poet’s work

Wednesday: Open flash fiction day–this slot may not be filled every week

Thursday: 18th C poetry–English, Spanish, or my own on 18th C topics

Friday: Arabella’s free-for-all–history, literature, whatever makes me laugh or smile

Well, what do you think? Do you keep plans when you make them?

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Whatever Shall I Do?

I meant what I said on my Female Quixote blog, that I would combine it with my Writing World, that it would be filled with New Mexico and wine and love and Spanish; history and English and poetry and faraway places. My problem is this: I am faraway right now. I’m in a waiting period in my busy life. That is, I’m waiting for many things, but I’m still busily plodding along in my ox-like manner. Meanwhile, I’m agitated and unfocused and having difficulty writing blog posts. What am I waiting for, you ask? I won’t distress you with the particulars of my life. I’ll only tell you that, as far as my writing world, I’m waiting on a full manuscript that I have out with an agent, and I’m waiting for the next piece of magic to inspire me to write a new book, aside from my noir, a new book like the last one that will carry me through a year and a half on continuous writing and revision.

I need a plan; really, I do. I need a good plan, one that I’m able to stick with, lest I lose what little readership I have. I will think on this and try to find a plan that is workable.

Thanks for stopping by.

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