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I’m back, sort of

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had more blog ideas than I’ve known what to do with. The only trouble? They are not “publishing” or “writing” posts. They are posts about creativity, the brain, education reform and parenting an ADHD kid with a language-based learning disability.

These topics may not seem to have anything to do with writing or romance novels, which is what I wrote about before my hiatus, but they are tangentially related, at least in my mind. Did you know that language processing problems can mean problems retrieving the right word, relaying recent events or adding context to pictures or actions? These are the same skills writers use every day. I don’t think I realized just how essential storytelling is to daily life until I began to scratch the surface of my son’s language issues.

And did you know that your brain can be rewired, or hacked, to allow you to be more creative? And that reading about an experience can activate the brain in the same way as encountering that experience in real life? (When you read a book, your mind IS going to another place!)

So while I may be writing about books, reading and writing sometimes, this blog is now about a whole lot more. Fair warning.

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I’m away indefinitely

So when I put this blog on hiatus during the summer, I fully intended to be back in September. But this fall, some very tough family issues have taken over my “spare” time. I cut out every extracurricular I could cut out, in order to focus on my job and my family. Unfortunately, this blog was on the chopping block.

Thanks for stopping in. You can still sometimes find me on Twitter, Facebook and through commenting on this post.

Happy writing!

Try Me Again in a Few Weeks

gone fishin

I believe it was just about this time last year that I took a summer hiatus. Of course, back then, I had a really good book in hand. Today, I just have a lot of work to get done before I can go on vacation.

So, I’m going to pound through all my deadlines and then take off for camping and family get-togethers in the Smoky Mountains. If I feel like posting pictures, maybe I will.

Of course, when I get back to the city, it’s time for RWA’s National Conference, and I’ll be up in Buffalo with the Western New York romance writers in July.

So, again I am forced to face the truth.

It’s going to be a while before I get back to this blog. Because it is summer and I’d rather be reading, swimming and fishing (if my Dad will help me with the bait.)

For the near future, and on a completely irregular schedule, you can find me on Twitter, Facebook and, of course, Goodreads so I can list all the books I plan to read while I’m at the park, the pool, the playground and the beach.

Happy summer!

Blogs Aloud

blogfest

Brooklyn Blogfest happened last week. A friend from my neighborhood curated the Blogs Aloud collection/performance, and she chose a piece from my other blog!

The piece was only a half paragraph, but I was totally psyched. I couldn’t make the main event, at The Bell House, so I finagled an invitation to the rehearsal. The video is below.

Charlotte Maier, Nancy Graham and Elizabeth Palmer read from blogs across Brooklyn. My piece comes at 1:09. The whole thing is ten minutes, and the final piece, at 8:59, from Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn, is my favorite part of the whole collection.

Working…

I’ve got a few line edits in the works, taking up my time. I will post again as soon as I’m back in the black, schedule-wise.

The Easter holiday

eggs

I woke up this morning and realized I had completely forgotten to post something this weekend!

Which I’m okay with, since it was a holiday, but wanted to at least post a holiday away message. (I’m keeping to this once a week publishing schedule, darn it!)

For Easter, my family and I colored eggs, hunted eggs, ate candy, went to a couple of parties, saw two different Easter bunnies, walked in the 5th Avenue parade, spent the beautiful sunny day in Central Park, and I also, miraculously, finished all the work projects I brought home to be done before Monday.

Back next week!

Slow Blogging

garden

I listened in on a HubStop webinar this week. The speaker was Dan Zarella. The talk was on the science of timing, and he presented research on how often to blog, tweet and share on Facebook. The goal seemed to be an increase in incoming links (leading to a higher rank on Google), page views or comments. To reach the goal, he recommended: If you’re sending one email a week, try sending one email a day; it’s okay to tweet twenty or so times a day; and blogging thirty times–or more!–per day will get you the most results.

The data and graphs and suggestions were fascinating–and left me feeling tired.

Blogging, for me, is about responding to something of interest, getting my thoughts in order, putting an idea out there to see if anyone agrees (or doesn’t). Sometimes it’s just about noting something I really like, or something I want to remember.

Blogging, for me, is not about page views, or Google rank or ads. If it was, I don’t think I’d have the energy to keep up. Just thinking about trying to come up with thirty different things to say in one day…good Lord. Just shoot me now.

So I joked on Twitter that we should start a slow blogging movement. And Kassia Kroszer threw in a hash tag: #slowblogging. Cute, I thought. But then I looked it up and saw that a slow blogging movement already existed, or at least it did in 2008. There was even a New York Times article about it. Seems it was started by a guy whose blog’s tagline is “It happens when it happens.” A philosophy I can get behind.

I love reading through blogs and links, but once I start to glom on constant Twitter, refreshes of Facebook and blog post after blog post, I begin to feel icky. Add in the hours and hours of electronic edits for my day job, and it’s not only my psyche that feels the strain, but my eyes, too.

The only cure for both ailments seems to be to step away from the computer for a little while, to avoid my phone. To sit quietly for a bit and not check my messages. (It’s harder to do than it sounds.)

So this weekend, we drove to Sandy Hook, NJ, and flew a kite over the cold sand. I sat and listened to the ocean and didn’t once pick up that damn phone.

Today, I saw friends I haven’t seen in a long while. I folded laundry with the sun shining in the windows and a podcast playing in the other room. Then I spent the afternoon in the garden, watching my kid play in the sand box and follow ants around.

Only after those lengthy, sensory-laden breaks did my mind, and my eyes, feel ready to come back to the computer.

Me and slow blogging, we get along.


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