Before I get into a discussion of priorities, I want to let you all know that tomorrow this blog will feature a special guest post by Rebecca Rasmussen, author of the forthcoming novel The Bird Sisters (and I will be reciprocating on her blog, The Bird Sisters: A blog dedicated to artists and writers). To learn more about Rebecca and The Bird Sisters, read some background and an excerpt, and watch this trailer:
A Wisconsin setting… history… Rebecca’s graceful prose: I can hardly wait for the book’s release!
“Action expresses priorities.”
~ Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi
I’ve spent this week thinking about priorities. It’s funny how inspiration works. A couple of weeks ago Christi Craig wrote on her blog about her decision to blog less, write more, and she mentioned a quotation by William Goldman that I had posted here:
“You have to protect your writing time. You have to protect it to the death.” – William Goldman
I’ve found myself returning in my mind to Christi’s choice, feeling the rightness of it for her, and it has caused me to take another step in this writing makeover of sorts I’ve begun. Over the past few months, I have found that I love blogging more than I ever expected to. In fact, I enjoy it too much, far more than is good for my priorities at this point. I begin a post with the idea it will take 20 minutes, and two hours later I am deep in the flow of it, enjoying myself immensely but wondering where the time went.
While I don’t feel yet that blogging is replacing the writing I want to do, it is replacing other things: supporting the rest of the wonderful blogging community by reading their work more carefully and commenting more frequently, reading more books and short stories, knitting and crocheting (only other knitters and crocheters will understand why I need this in my creative life). I also want to submit more articles to magazines and journals, something I used to do regularly and that I feel is necessary again for the work I want to do.
The action I have decided upon is to revamp this blog slightly in the next few days to make the blog a tab off the main page, which will be an author website. I still plan to write blog posts occasionally, especially to share resources or guest posts or book reviews, but with no specific schedule or expectations. Time will tell whether that means I’ll post every few days or every few weeks.
In the meantime, I am immensely grateful for the warm comments and feedback I have received here and for the readers and writers I have met. You will see me on your blogs and on Twitter and Facebook. In fact, I hope to feel more a part of the internet writing community now rather than less. And, who knows? In a few months I might miss blogging in the same way I now miss my crochet hooks.
To be quite honest, I don’t know how to end this, so I will simply encourage you all to tune in tomorrow for Rebecca’s post, and to have a wonderful end-of-the-summer weekend! TTFN