Last month, Juls from The Indecisive Eejit nominated me to continue the Virtual Blog Tour. My first thought was PANIC! A virtual blog tour….I had no idea what this was or what it entailed. But Juls kindly gave me almost a month to prepare so I was grateful for that. What I’ve discovered is that a virtual blog tour is aimed at highlighting refreshing and creative blogs (and their bloggers) to the blogging community at large to, in turn, inspire, motivate, and just get acquainted. Okay, so not being sure that I’m inspiring or motivating in any sense of those words having basically just begun in this whole blogosphere thing, I’m going with the last one…..getting acquainted.
The three rules of this tour are as follows:
- Compose a one-time post which is posted on Monday (date will be given to you from whoever passes on the tour)
- Answer four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do.
- Pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers. Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post.
- What am I working on?
- How does my work differ from others of its genre?
- Why do I write/create what I do?
- How does your writing/creating process work?
So here goes:
What am I working on?
This implies that I actually have some grand plan in mind or some wonderful novel I’m just waiting to dash off at the appropriate moment. Sad to say, this is not the case. As I sit here writing this, I’m still trying to recover from the perils of the past year and get some kind of plan for my future figured out. My blog is the place I’m bringing some of my new discoveries to looking for feedback, both on photos and writing.
Having left my writing club behind in Saint Michaels when we moved, I’m also involved in trying to set up my own writing club here. My aim is to connect with senior citizens in this area and get them jotting down their memories for their children and grandchildren thereby also imbuing them with a meaningful diversion that of course they’ll all be very good at – writing/talking about themselves and all the things they’ve lived through.
I really enjoy working with seniors. I find them always anxious for some new way to stay involved, inspiring in their resilience, and a wealth of information about the past. I think this will be a venture of great purpose and hopefully I’ll bring something new to the community here.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Again, this implies that I actually have some novel pages in my head waiting to be written out and published. I surely do not. But in speaking of this blog, I think my blog is a bit different because it was originally set up with the purpose of bringing my writing from that club in Saint Michaels to the cyber world. I don’t see a lot of memoir groups around. I think it’s a grand idea and one we should all try to get our parents/grandparents to do. People just have no idea how much they missed before they arrived on their family scene.
For my own “work” on this blog, I just really enjoy writing. Since our move this year, I’ve really missed the writing club and I’m still “finding my feet” on here blogging….so, I’m still in an experimental stage I guess just trying to figure out what people enjoy and what they don’t and what I really like to write about!
Why do I write/create what I do?
When I was in that club in Saint Michaels, all the other members were senior citizens and then there was me in my 40s. They had all the history in the world to share in their writings and the only thing I could do was to try and take a different approach…sometimes humour, sometimes banking on my younger approach (i.e. One prompt we had was MANNERS. I took that and wrote about cyber manners – a view I knew none of them would dare to approach).
On this blog, I started with the writings from the club and I’ll still be doing writings from that club and hopefully my new club. But I’m also adding a few more random posts about things that come to mind (my own prompts, if you will).
How does your writing / creating process work?
That really depends on what’s prompted me to write. Sometimes, I just need to get something down on ‘paper’ and I’ll sit here and type straight from my thoughts (similar to the Stream of Consciousness posts I see on WP) and then go back looking for typos. Generally, I sleep on it to make sure nothing else comes to mind before I post it. And then, of course, something else comes to mind and I have to revise.
However, if I am working off of a prompt, I generally let the subject stew in my brain for days until THE ANGLE makes itself known. Once I get THE ANGLE, I have a pretty good idea what I’m going to write. At that point, I just sit down and write and usually…..I end up in a totally different place than I thought I was going. LOL. After that, again, I try and sleep on it and see what else comes to mind before I go with it as a final.
If I’m really stuck on a prompt and THE ANGLE doesn’t care to make itself known, I might perhaps at least get a phrase or an idea in my head that I want to use. I’ll sit down and write that phrase or idea and just see where it goes as I write.
And the tour continues…….
My special thanks to Juls again for the nomination. This is the last “award-type” thing I’m going to take on on here, but she’s followed my humble blog from almost the beginning and has been a total inspiration to me with her own double blogosphere she has going on in addition to everything else she manages to handle in her life so I’m participating in this one for her.
I follow many different types of blogs all of which, I think, have something really unique to offer. With that said, there are blogs that won’t accept awards, don’t have time right now to take part in this, or are too shy…believe that or not. Even narrowing it to blogs that aren’t too shy, will accept awards, and do have time, I still only get four picks out of so many that are truly written by gifted people. In the end, I’m going to bring to your attention four blogs I haven’t highlighted before which I think you should check out. If they decide to pick up the mantle of this tour and carry it on, that would be awesome and they should continue the Virtual Blog Tour on 27 October 2014 by posting the answers to the above four questions, etc.
Little Miss Menopause, in case you can’t tell by the name, has a most unique perspective on life and her blog is almost like a trip to the virtual literary amusement park! One of her more recent posts tried to point out the similarities between football and fashion. Loads of fun!
Naptime Thoughts has a most enjoyable blog. Some of her stuff has me falling out of my chair with laughter. I would call your attention to the Fat Lady and the Bicycle and Naptimethoughts Goes Roller Skating as two very good examples of her humour.
Cheergerm is a neat little blog that upon first look seems to be just another cooking/recipe blog. But a closer look and you’ll see these wonderful stories wafted in between the ingredients of delicious meals and snacks. Reading and eating? It’s totally a win/win!
Marla over at A Pendulum World has a very new blog and some really interesting perspectives. I especially enjoyed her post comparing weeds in the ground and our habits!