Goal Setting

Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, I managed to blog on a regular basis.  I visited other people’s blogs on a regular basis.  I got to know those people.  I heard about their triumphs, their struggles, even the mundane things, like the grocery store was out of their favorite snack food.

But, I graduated from college and even though I tried, I couldn’t seem to find the same energy to type out my thoughts and my feelings.  Was I growing up?  Growing away?  I wasn’t sure then, and I’m not sure now.

I still have some of those people as friends, either on Facebook or on Twitter.  But, it’s not the same.  But, that’s okay.  Because people grow.  People change.  I’ve grown.  I’ve changed.  I’m no longer the same person I was.  And that’s okay.  One should never be stagnant.  One should continue to grow.  To learn.

Since January, I have grown increasingly aware of the fact that I cannot articulate myself well in the limited 140 characters Twitter allows.  Sure, you can thread tweets.  And I have.  And most like will continue to do so.  But, really, some topics are better off as long-form post, not a set of threaded tweets.  You aren’t limited in your word choice, as you try to make it fit.

At least three times in the last two weeks, I’ve been frustrated by my lack of ability to fit what I want to convey into a single tweet.  Or a set of a couple of tweets.  Thus, I am back to a blog.  And I am determined, this time, to use it.

Camp NaNoWriMo is in April and I am going to use that to help me make a habit of writing things.  Camp is different than regular NaNo because you can set your own goal.  You don’t have to have a set word count.  You don’t even have to be writing something new.  You can set yourself to pages edited, words written, or – and this is what I went for – hours written.  I set myself for 30.  That’s a goal of 1 hour a day.

I should have probably started with 15 hours – 30 minutes a day – but, why not go bigger?  I write for longer spurts in November, so I might as well try.  If I manage 30 minutes a day as a habit at the end of April, that’s more than I have now.

Goal set.  Site updated for mobile viewers.  I think I’m ready.

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Spruce Up

It’s been a while since I used my blog on a regular basis.  It’s something I miss and something I will need to get back into doing, for a number of reasons.

  1. It gives me an outlet for things I need to say.
  2. This is a place for longer thoughts than Facebook or Twitter.
  3. It’s where people learn about me – specifically about what’s happening in my life.

This is one of the steps I need to take as I work to realize a dream I’ve had since I was in middle school, publishing works I’ve written.

When it comes to an author’s website, it’s not just a place to find a list of things that person has written or where to buy those works.  I know I, as a reader, go to an author’s website to get to know that author, to interact with with that person.  For those creators I have actually interacted with via social media, I find that I respect them more, that I have more interest in both their work and them as people.  They’ve taken time out of their busy lives to reply to something I’ve said via Twitter or Facebook.  As a reader, I find that amazing, in the true sense of the word.  This person, who I have may have not actually met, has started a conversation with me, a single person in what must be a huge chorus of voices on the social media of those people.  I save those notifications that I’ve been recognized and acknowledged.  They mean something to me.

As I work toward this dream of being someone who has published stories, I want to take that with me.  I want to be that type of person.  The one who reads her social media, recognizes that I wouldn’t be anywhere without the people who read the stories, and gives back to those readers.

Many thanks to a few of those people who have given me those moments.  Go interact with them on Twitter.  They are some seriously good people.  Oh, and if you haven’t read or seen their work, do that, too.

Lar deSouza, artist for LICD and LFG: @lartist

Janine Spendlove, author of the War of the Seasons Trilogy:  @JanineSpendlove

Danielle Corsetto, writer and Artist for Girls with Slingshots:  @dcorsetto

 

(Oh, and if you are looking for me…. @erynies)

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The Search for Words

As a writer, I feel like I ought to know what to say and when to say it.  Yet, I feel like I never know what to say – or when to say it.

The following was written as I looked for some words for friends of mine.  It’s a little fiction, a whole lot of my own thought process.

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No More WinAmp?

Sad, but true.  No More WinAmp.

Fifteen years.  They’ve been kicking for fifteen years.  I think to where I was fifteen years ago….  And realize that I was in college, basically just discovering everything the internet could be.  I started college in the fall of 1996.  WinAmp, if you do the math, came out in 1998.

I do remember using WinAmp religiously once I found it.  It played all the music I had.  It played the CDs I owned.  It provided the fun visualizations that jumped in time with the music.  It was my companion when I was doing school work.  Or when I was just being dumb on the internet.  Whatever.  Hell.  When I was – briefly – a DJ for an internet radio station, I used WinAmp to put my show together.  I played the music through WinAmp.

It was – and still is – a great player for your music.  iTunes?  God, how I hate that program.  It’s difficult and just plain annoying, really.  Maybe I haven’t tried enough with it, but every time they update it, it changes, making you start over.  Not to mention I have had serious issues with the damn thing.  My laptop stopped connecting to the iTunes store.  It did – and then it didn’t.  (If one more person tells me to reinstall, I will cut a bitch.  No  lie.)  It still doesn’t work on the laptop.  It’s annoying as hell.

Anyway.  I will miss it.  It definitely will get updated before the site closes on December 20th.  Need the last version.

Because it really whips the llama’s ass.

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Life Is – Frustrating

As much as I love the Princess Bride, I could never agree with Westley that “life is pain.” Is there pain? Yes. However, if you are doing it right, the good outweighs the bad. However, frustration? That is completely and thoroughly entrenched into everything we do in our lives. From just having to get to work to things actually happening at work, it’s as if everything we do is designed to cause nothing but frustration.

Which is completely draining. You can bang your head against the brick wall only so many times before you feel like you’ve lost all of the brain cells you had. And you have to accept that some things can’t be changed, even if you are absolutely sure they should be changed, for the good of everything.

It’s a lesson I know, but I can’t follow. Sad as that is, I know there are things I should just accept, but I can’t do it. I can’t just idly sit back and accept some of the things presented to me at work. It is detrimental to everyone involved and I feel like it’s my duty – our duty, everyone at work – to try and make things different. Because, if you don’t try, obviously, nothing will change.

But, it makes me tired. Along with other things occurring at work, I’ve been feeling completely beaten down. I’m working on figuring out how to have it just roll off my back and to march on.

Maybe this is the answer. It used to be, this blog of mine. Maybe this is the answer.

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