Monday, October 26, 2015

Going Back In Time

October 21, 2015 was Back to the Future Day.  It's the day that the fictional characters Back to the Future, took a trip through time to 2015.  There purpose of this trip wasn't to see what had changed, but for Marty to correct his son's behavior so it didn't impact his future.  However, surely there was no denying the fact that they would notice things that had changed since 1985.
Marty McFly, Jennifer and Doc from the movie,

The Thursday Blog Project group was: How does your blogging differ from when you first started blogging?

First, I'd like to note that I did not purposely choose this topic because Back to the Future day fell during this week.  I choose the topic because as I get into blogging on a weekly basis, again, I've been thinking a lot about how my writing and writing habits (which includes blogging) have changed over the years.

My blogging started on a different blog which I called "Froggie Knits Like Crazy."  I intended to make it a knitting specific blog, however it didn't take log for it to evolve into a place for my to express my thoughts and feeling.  I laugh when I say it was a place for me to express my thoughts and feeling as I wasn't as forthcoming with those things as one would expect, but given what was going on in my life at the time the blog was started what I was putting out there was a lot for me. At the time I tried to blog almost every day.  Part of me thought it was more about quantity than it was quality.  There are some posts I just shake my head at now and wish I had never sent into cyberspace.

I wrote on this blog for a few years - three to be exact.  In November 2011, I decided I needed a fresh start.  This wasn't surprising to me.  Things in my life were changing in many ways.  Among those ways was the fact that I didn't  "knit like crazy" anymore and I wanted the being of my blog to reflect who I was and not just one small part of my life.  (Yes, this is way too deep for an entry about a blog.)  So I transitioned to this blog.  Beside not writing about knitting (or at least not a lot about knitting), the other thing that changed when I moved to this blog is I no longer blogged as often as I once had.  I was plotting and preparing for my next life adventures which took time away from writing.  Also, I wanted this blog to contain thoughtful content which wasn't the case with my other blog... or I at least don't feel it was the case.

I do have to admit I miss the bullet point post I use to do on my other blog.  Those were fun to put together.  Especially when there were inside jokes that only a few people understood.  The only problem with those is now when I look back at them (which I do from time to time) I don't always understand all the references.  Or, maybe it's a good thing I don't get the references.  The jury is still out on this one.

I'm sure there is more that has changed about my blogging because I have changed as a person.  My writing is basically still focused on me and my life so I would expect as I evolve so would my thought processes.

Now that I've taken a look back at my blogging from the past to the present, please take a moment to see what my fellow bloggers have to say about their blogging:

Momarock (Sara)

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Darwin Shrugged (Denise)


Sunday, October 18, 2015

PT

The Thursday Blog Project topic this past week was: Nostalgia

Lately I've been de-cluttering my life.  As one might imagine in the process of all this I've come across numerous items from the past which have sparked much nostalgia.  Thankfully, my friend who is helping me with the project (who I just happen to know since my freshman year in high school) has been very understanding when I begin to start getting nostalgic about the things I'm finding.  Who wouldn't be when they come upon items from the past that have good memories.

Among the items, I've found several with my dad's handwriting on it.  Though I've also found many pictures of my dad, seeing his handwriting is always a treat.  I've never seen anyone write the way he does - especial not a man.  All this has gotten me thinking of him more than normal.

The other thing that seems to have made an impact on me is a Hanukkah card I received from an ex-boyfriend of mine.  We haven't communicated in a few years, but for some reason I'm compelled to email him just to let him know I hope he's doing well.  I haven't done this, nor will I.  In my heart, I know silence is the best course of action.  However, a part of me wonders how he is doing.  Note: This is not me pining over the past.  (He's SOOO wrong for me.)  It's simply me remembering someone who I cared about and hope is living a good life.

As I continue to de-clutter, I'm sure more things will surface that will make me nostalgic.  It will be interesting to see what will be next.


Now that I've talked a bit about Notalgia, please take a moment to see what my fellow bloggers have to say on the topic:

Momarock (Sara)

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Darwin Shrugged (Denise)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Work In Progress

Happy Thursday! This week for the Thursday Blog Project, Sara asked us to write about: Creative Writing. Let's share an excerpt from something we're currently working on, something we've worked on in the past, or ideas of projects we either have in the works or want to have in the works.
Confession Time: I haven't be working on anything in a long time. I haven't touched my manuscript in a long time. I think about, at the very least, starting to edit it some, but I haven't done that in a long time as well.
Among the many reasons I am saddened by the fact that I haven't worked on my manuscript is that I always intended once it was done that I would get my brother A to work with me on the editing portion of the project. A isn't, nor has he ever been, a book editor; however, he is a master at grammar. He'd also probably help me structure sentences better... when needed. So, at the very least, he is the first person I'd have read it so it would be "cleaner" when it got into the hands of someone editing it for content.. But alas, that can't happen unless I have a manuscript - which I don't have in my possession.
Though I don't have a completed manuscript, yet, I am in the processes of working with my brother A on an unlikely project. He's going to be conducting a 4-week writing workshop for professional purposes. It all came about from the fact that I needed someone with outstanding grammar skills, outstanding writing abilities who just happens to also be a good teacher. My brother:
  • Has outstanding grammar skills (CHECK!)
  • Is an outstanding writer. (CHECK!)
  • Taught writing courses to people whose second language was English his whole career who happens to have a string of successful textbooks on the topic of composition. (CHECK!) (CHECK!)
In short, my brother is the trifecta I was seeking. Thankfully, he agreed to do this class even though he is very happily retired. To say I am beyond grateful is an understatement.
Another confession: Though I'm not working with A, yet, on my fine tuning my manuscript working on this writing workshop has been fun and (somewhat) fulfills my dream of working with him.
Now that I've shared with you what I'm working on writing wise, please take a moment to see what my fellow bloggers are working on:

Momarock (Sara)

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Darwin Shrugged (Denise)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Missing The Mark?

This week for the Thursday Blog Project, Denise asked us to write about: Those jobs or paths you now realize might have been good choices, and why.

***Big Sigh***

As I approach 40, my list of things I wish I had done differently is definitely ever present.  I'd like to say it's not super long because I feel all my experiences have shaped me into who I am, which is a person I'm very happy being.  It's that reason I have a hard time with today's topic.

Are there decisions I wish I could "redo"? Absolutely!  However, when I sit and really think about it I realize that my belief that things happen for a reason is ever present.  Even with the most awful of mistakes I've made I know changing my path doesn't guarantee me a better outcome, more contentment with parts of my life or any of the those "the grass is greener on the other side" things we'd like to think would happen if we had taken a different path.  All it guarantees is a different outcome; not necessarily a better one.  

The other thing that comes to mind is the idea that it's never too late to pursue your dreams and passions, reinvent yourself or make your way back to the path you feel you missed.  Is starting in a new direction later in life harder?  Sure, it could be, but it doesn't necessarily mean it's impossible.

So, instead of talking about the jobs or paths I now realize may have been good choices, I'll let my fellow blogger share with you their thoughts on the topic:


Momarock (Sara)

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Darwin Shrugged (Denise)