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Getting Back Into The Habit

I use to write a lot. And by a lot I mean that I would write at least 500 words on a bad day. Lately I’ve been lucky to write 100 words in a week. This is not what I want in my life. I want to be able to write. I want the words to flow out of my hands and onto the paper in front of me. I want to see blank pages filled with words.

But I’m severely out of practice and have been for the last few years. Which is why I need to practice my writing and blogging with a bit of rambling.

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Back After Two Years

TW: If you are easily triggered by talk of harassment, anxiety or mental illness, please take care of yourself and don’t read the rest of this post.

After more than two years in a self-imposed hiatus, I’m back. At least, I’m hoping that I’m back though I don’t know how long or how often I’ll be able to post.

There were some events which happened in my life over the last few years which severely impacted my mental health. This also impacted my work, my home life and my writing. In all honesty, there was not a part of my life that was not affected by these events.

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Who Are You Talking To?

“Take a bow dear.”

“For who? There’s no one in the audience.”

“Not yet, but there will be. We must practice for them.” Madame Arsenault waved her hands at the empty seats. “Soon these seats will be filled with people from all walks of life. We must perform so that our ideal audience remains seated.”

“Ideal audience? What, you mean people who show up and sit down?”

Madame Arsenault laughed, her hands clutching her stomach. “No dear child. By ideal audience, I mean the people you want to watch you. I perform for my dear Gracie. I dedicate each performance to her.”

“Oh – I don’t know who I perform for. I suppose I perform for myself.” I lift my hand up to my mouth and start chewing on my fingernails.

“That’s good, but it’s not enough. If you just performed for yourself, why do you share it?” Madame Arsenault pulls my hand away from my mouth. “And don’t chew your nails dear, it’s a horrid habit.”

“Ok, I perform for myself and others like me.”

“Are all of your performances for yourself?”

“I don’t know. I suppose not. There are times when I perform for my family or my friends. But when I do perform for them, it is different from my normal work. My performances for my nephews are short and fanciful. Performances for my parents are deep but strange. My sister is a very logical person so when I perform for her, everything is straight to the point with no fuss.”

“What about that man of yours? Do you ever perform for him?”

“There are times but those are just for him.”

“And this performance, right now, who is this for?”

“This is for me. It’s weird, wonderful, and strangely to the point.”

 

 

This post was writing in response to Blogging 101’s assignment to “Focus on Your Audience”.

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Let Me Express Myself

I will start by being 100% honest with you; I am writing this post while listing to a playlist of Madonna’s best music.

 

AP’s Quill began as AP Roberts’ Stories. I thought that by making a site dedicated to my writing I would write more often. I had big plans to post only stories and poems. I didn’t need to write about the craft of writing because I felt I already knew everything.

That didn’t happen. I wrote many snippets of scenes and stories but failed to post 95% of what I wrote. And most of what I did post was about the craft of writing rather than my creative writing.

My lack of posting had little to do with the blog and more to do with the fact that my SO was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and required a bone marrow transplant (BMT). The time I spent writing was usually while waiting to see doctors or watching my SO get a transfusion.

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It All Starts Tomorrow… #Blogging101

I did it. I finally signed up for Blogging 101, one of the free courses offered by the WordPress team over at the Daily Post.

While I have wanted to sign up for another Writing University course for a while, I’ve felt extremely anxious about it. I’ve allowed my fears to dictate my life in terms of what I attempt. In truth I have allowed my fears to turn into regrets.

I have having regrets. They are heavy on the mind and weighty on the soul. Blogging 101 shall no longer be a chain that drags me down.

Besides, my blog could use a good update and I could use the kick in the pants.

In all honesty, I’m excited. This is the first month where I’m not acting as caregiver to my SO (he was finally given the go-ahead to start back at work and get live vaccinations!), and because of that I am able to put more into my writing. My celebration is to join and finish Blogging 101.

Who is with me? Anyone else getting a refresher or starting a new blog?

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It’s About Making Time

Far too often I’ve found myself apologizing for not having written in a long time. I will make no excuses because I have not been trying to make time for my writing.

I have made time for other things, such as taking my nephew and sister-in-law to the circus or taking SO to the zoo. Unfortunately, writing was shoved down the list of priorities in the last few months and was shoved into a mere 10 or 15 minutes a week.

Those of you who blog know that 10 minutes is not enough time to write and edit a post. In fact, 10 minutes is not nearly enough time for me to even finish a post. I have many, many half-written posts on my computer that may not ever see life beyond my computer.

I’m not going to make promises that I will post every day or even every week because right now my priorities lie with my family. What I am going to try is to make more time for writing in my life.

Whether this time is snuck into zoo trips or during breaks at work, I will make time for writing. Because time is not found, it is made.

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A Few Days Break

I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be gone for at least a few days and unable to post or reply to comments. My father-in-law has passed away and we are in the middle of making all of the arrangements. I will post as soon as I can but know that I haven’t forgotten or disappeared.

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Long Time Gone (And a Super Sweet Award)

I wish I could say that I have a blog post for every day I’ve been away from the internet. I wish I could spam all your readers with little love notes for being so patient. I wish I had a novel that I had written in my time away.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any of those things.

I wish I had an excuse that would make me seem like a golden child but I don’t. All I have to offer is the truth; I grew lazy.

It was quite easily done. At first I attempted to write blog posts that I could schedule when I had internet. But then I found myself putting it off for a day or two because “I have time to get it done before I visit Red Deer” but as the week would come to a close, I was no closer to getting those blog posts done than I was the week before.

When I was in the land of internet, I was busy enough taking care of bills that by the time I remembered to blog we were on our way back.

All of this combined meant that I did not write since my last blog post.

What did happen was that I was given a blog award by Fairy Tale Feminista. I have already answered the questions and listed the rules in my Super Sweet Blogging Award Page however I’ve decided to post the links to the new nominees in below.

For more information about the Super Sweet Blogging Award, check out my award page.

Fairy Tale Feminista: The perfect blend of fairy tales and feminism. Not only is the content wonderful but the reason behind her blog is admirable.

  1. Stonehenge Writers
  2. Three Wise Guys
  3. Project Light to Life
  4. The Novice Screenwriter
  5. Marie Erving
  6. This Builds Character
  7. Plotting Bunnies
  8. You are Creative
  9. My Journey to Published
  10. Page by Page
  11. Writer Block
  12. Global Mysteries
  13. Fictioner’s Net