Friday, April 29, 2011
Where I've been lately ...
I haven't posted here for a while for a couple of reasons. I started blogging in 2008in an effort to get into the habit of writing each day. Blogging led to good things, and a shift in career that I feel very good about, but life is really hectic lately. Since last summer I have been writing for local weekly newspapers and as a result, I am spending so much energy on that each day that I've been too exhausted to write here. I find this frustrating because creative writing is what I like to do best. I think I have to rethink the purpose of the blog since I no longer need it to keep me in the habit of writing. Whatever changes I make here, I plan to remember my original goal. The blog, from the beginning, was always meant as a means of entertaining myself and leaving some sort of writing trail out in the universe.
Juggling all of my roles and trying to keep my priorities straight is a challenge. Add to that the fact that I am a recovering perfectionist who no longer has time to clean her house and you get my current state of mind which includes spells of forgetfulness that leave me standing in the middle of a room for five minutes trying to remember why I walked into it in the first place.
AND I haven't written in two months because I've been sick - and the kids have been sick- and the husband has been sick, calling me on the portable phone intercom to place food orders or request pillow fluffing. So I have been distracted and tired. Although I have a million fragments of funny kid comments ready to blog, a lot of poignant stuff I've observed that I've tried to make a mental note to write about and lots of weird dreams lately that, sorry, I can't post in memoir form, I always end up collapsing into bed every night instead of writing.
So I have to figure it out how the blog is going to evolve with me. I need to make permanent time for creative writing and I have mentally lined up a few new posts that are coming. Here they are:
1- I've got a post in progress on juggling work and family life that I hope will turn out funny called MetaMOMphosis. (I think I just made that word up. If it's copyrighted, oops, sorry.)
2- I've got a review in the works that is pretty interesting. It's a book that uses sports to guide a men's prayer group. That's for The Catholic Company.
3- I can't find my notes on Elizabeth Oakes Smith getting caught in a Civil War Draft Riot yet, so I'm going to write about her career as a lecturer on the role of women in society, and include newspaper reviews of her speeches in various places.
4- I've got a funny post written by my furry lover, Mr. Norman Whiskers. It's about how he finally decided to let the family dog live.
5- I've got posts about my garden swirling around in my head. Everything is on the verge of blooming.
6- The husband is an entire blog in itself. There's more of that coming.
Okay, now I have to go play hot potato since it's game night at the Christie house. Stay tuned and thank you for visiting ... :)
Dear Internet Traveler,
Welcome to my writer's blog, started about six years ago for fun. Over time, the writing I have posted has ranged from personal reflection, to Long Island history research, to tall tales for my own amusement, to feature articles for local newspapers. As you can see from topics listed here, I travel in many mental directions in regard to interests. Click on the tabs and labels to explore my strange mind which senses that you may be having a criss-cross day. If so, perhaps this blog will distract you. However, please note that if you tell me my blog is beautiful just to get me to advertise rhinoplasty surgery and cheap drugs from Canada in your comment, I will ask the gods to give you a tail that cannot be concealed.