Thursday, March 22, 2012

A-to-Z update and what the hell am I doing anyway?

Back in my cave
Objectively, I'm making progress in revising Part III, but it doesn't feel like I'm getting much of anywhere.

Objectively, I'm making progress in writing posts for the A to Z challenge -- I've got thirteen now -- but that's not half-way yet.

Here's a quick run-down of posts you'll be seeing here during April (as of March 21st):
  • 4 posts on world-building
  • 2 interviews with my characters
  • 2 posts on writing in general
  • 1 personal post
  • 4 reference book reviews

So this is a filler post while I try to re-group my focus and get organized. I need to write something for Science in My Fiction, too...

Roni Loren's recent post hit close to home for me, so I've been going through a convulsion of what the hell am I doing? and it's not like anybody cares anyways. Of her list of five things, I'll cop to doing #1 (blogging only about writing). I don't think I'm guilty of #5 (constant self-promotion) -- what would I promote?

#4 (not weighing in on controversies) is something I hadn't thought much about because I don't spend much time formulating opinions about controversial things. Somebody got shot? Something blew up? Can I still buy porn on Smashwords? (I can't remember the last time I paid $ for porn, honestly.) I've got a sword-fight to choreograph, can I get back to you?

I don't think I'm guilty of #3 (too many theme days or memes) either, because I don't find out about theme days until everyone else is doing them. And I don't do that many memes.

Which leaves #2(niche blogging)... well, this is a writing blog and I guess I further niche myself in world-building. I did need something to talk about.

Maybe I'm hiding behind a wall. It's true that I don't think I'm interesting enough to blather about personal stuff -- I hate sounding like a broken record, and I often feel like I've spent my 15-year marriage being a broken record so why the hell would I want to do more of it in a blog? I'm writing to get away from all that crap. To pretend that people can do things and make a difference, somewhere.

Which of Roni's five points apply to your blog?


Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I need to get going on my April A to Z blogging challenge stuff. I think I shall do so this weekend and maybe start some tonight.

L. said...

I'm half done with my posts and I'm sweating over the rest of them. Way too much work!

And what on earth am I going to talk about in May?

mooderino said...

I have three posts banked for the AZ blog, but not the first three letters. Better get on it.

Moody Writing
The Funnily Enough

Sylvia Ney said...

New follower here. I’m getting a head start on visiting my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again and reading those character interviews.


L. said...

Hi, nice to meet you! The A to Z sign-up list is getting so intimidating, I don't know where to start. I'd like to find more blogs to follow during April, but... yikes.

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