The Madness and Joy in Blogging, Writing, Etc., Etc.

WindOne of the perks of running your own site is that you are your own boss. And how strict you want to be with yourself is your decision. Some are mean with themselves. Me? I’m an old softie! Do I want cookies? Sure, here you go…

I once wrote a post that gave some advice to bloggers on topics and what not to do. One of the points in the “What not to do” category was to discuss how tired you are. Frankly, everyone gets tired, and writing about being too tired to write really doesn’t make sense. So my advice was to take a breath and come back when you have something else to say.

Now me? I’m not saying I’m tired, but definitely something is going on with me creatively. The winds are shifting and on Sunday I decided to throw my cards into it and see where they land.

1. Originally my hope was to share a book over the summer, but I don’t know if that is going to happen now. I mean, I’m happy with the first draft but honestly, my creativity is really interested in another work. I went out this weekend to work on the planned book, but I ended up spending most of my time working on the new book and giggling my way through it. 

So here is the big question- Do I really want to postpone the writing of a project that sounds exciting to me, just because I made a promise to my readers and followers?


That sounded mean! Of course you are important to me. It’s just… argh!… I want to work on the other book. Please! So I’m going to do that for a bit and see how I feel about it and my writing in the Fall. This new one could be really special as long as I don’t allow myself to get overwhelmed by it.

2. Now before anyone gets frustrated by this decision, let me remind everyone that I do have a new book being published this October by 5 Prince Books (Permanent Spring Showers). So there is some Scott on the way, and I really like that book a lot. It has some great moments in it that I am really proud of.

3. And I still hope to publish a collection of my more popular blogposts soon. Me Stuff is just being locked down. Maybe this June?

4. While I enjoying blogging about the art of writing, I’ve been more interested in focusing on the personal and minimalist stuff.  I’m just putting teacher/editor Scott on hold for a bit and letting the personality free. Does that make sense?

(I’m not always known for making sense).

First off, I liked doing those posts earlier this year on my past and I think I might do more. It will be too late for them to make it into Me Stuff, but I could include them in a later collection

Oh, and in regards to the minimalist stuff, I mean posts like this and this.

(And, might I add, the idea of writing a post on a TV show or a movie right now sounds exhausting. I do enjoy doing them when I am inspired to do so, but it’s just not my thing right now.)

5. One of the surprising downsides of doing so many book reviews (which you can check out here) is that it really can be quite draining and time consuming. That is not to say I don’t love doing it, I just know it impacts my creativity, my time and my energy. Am I saying that I am tired?

No, of course not! I would never say I am tired on this site! We don’t do that, remember!

It’s just I know it is not always easy for me to turn to my page and generate a new idea as often as I used to do. I still plan to keep to two to three posts a week, but this is just the nature of the beast…. If books could be considered beasts.

Now that is an interesting question, what beasts would represent which books?

Well, first, all of them would have to wear reading glasses, because sophisticated cartoons of readers always have glasses on (sometimes even with the chain around the neck).

Shere KhanFor classic literature I’m thinking sophisticated tigers in vests with a book under their arms, smug looks, and the glasses. They should all sound like Shere Khan from The Jungle Book too (the Disney version, I mean… And seriously, I can’t get my kids to like that film. It’s one of my all-time favorites and they have no interest in it. Each time I have put it on, they roll their eyes. It doesn’t make sense to me).

Okay, where was I? I was making a point, I’m sure of it.

Oh, yes! The wind, writing, and jazz like that.

I’m going to stop promising things and just see where things take me in my writing and on this site. So is this a completed blogpost really about almost nothing important?


A Jane Austen DaydreamIf you liked reading this post, why not check out one of my books? I’ve had four novels published in the last few years, A Jane Austen Daydream,  Maximilian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous DareMy Problem With Doors and Megan. You can find them via my author page here, or as an eBook on Google eBooks here.  Thanks for reading!

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2 thoughts on “The Madness and Joy in Blogging, Writing, Etc., Etc.

  1. It’s good to be FREE!! Sometimes you have to turn off the GPS and just roll on down the road. Follow your heart (when we’re talking about writing), you’ll be glad you did. After all, the passion we have for our work is the only thing that gets us through. I went through the same thing after my first book ‘Back to Austen’ came out. Everyone was ready for and expecting the sequel…but my heart kept tugging me elsewhere. I followed my heart. And the sequel will still be there, when I’m ready to write it.

    • I always get nervous around the idea of sequels for my own books. Usually when I am working on an idea I can say what came before and what will come after, but to actually turn that into a book…. Maybe someday.

      Thanks for writing Terri!

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