Month in Review: May

Howdy, howdy, howdy!

I figured I would write something so you wouldn’t think I disappeared from the face of the earth. I’ve kept myself busy this month celebrating the wife’s birthday, mini-vacations, family coming to town. You know? That stuff. I’m sorry I haven’t been around the past month. Allow me to explain:

After completing the A to Z Challenge, I took a break from blogging. Truth be told, I couldn’t find more material to blog about soon after. I guess that is where planning things out come in handy. Now, that’s not to say that I haven’t been writing. I started writing my draft for my new baby, “Wired.” I’m still working on the title, as well as the character name. The name I originally picked out, the MC is screaming to me, “No, no, no, no, no, no. Don’t use that name.” And you have to listen to what your character is saying. You’ll do him an injustice otherwise. So far, there’s the opening “chapter”. More drafts coming though, and soon, the results.

In the meantime, I’m still working on my goal of writing every day. I have to say that I came the closest this month, thanks to a new app I downloaded on my iPhone called “One Day.” The app reminds you to write in your journal, even if it’s just a sentence. Now, some people may not call that writing, especially since people know that I have an actual journal that I write in. But I don’t always carry my journal with me everywhere I go. So I do with what I got. Although, I have an idea to use both to accomplish my writing every day goal.

As far as reading, I started a new book in a new genre. But I am seriously not getting anything out of it. I drift to sleep every time I pick it up. Maybe it’s because there’s too much backstory. I mean, it’s a prequel to a popular series. Maybe it’s because the genre doesn’t interest me like I thought it would. But I’m on the lookout for genres that do. So, we’ll see where the rabbit hole goes as far as my tastes in literature.

Well, that is all for this month. Again, I apologize for this post being the only post for this month. I promise I will do better. I’ll get back to the new post every two weeks. And maybe those posts will include short stories and a chapter or two of my “Wired” anthology. Until then, take care of yourselves.

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2015 A to Z Blogging Challenge: Project Blacklight’s Reflection

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When I first heard of this A to Z Blogging Challenge, I thought “I couldn’t possibly do something like this. I haven’t written enough or been published to come up with 26 entries spanning the alphabet. I don’t have a plan. I don’t have a theme. I have nothing worthwhile to contribute.” (That last statement I could apply to this blog as a whole.) So, here I was contemplating whether or not I should even attempt to take on such an ordeal. Then one Thursday, StoryDam hosted a Twitter chat on the A to Z Challenge. I learned that I didn’t need a particular theme. I learned that it didn’t matter how experienced I was. I learned that I wasn’t alone in this quest. And the more I learned, the more my thoughts changed. From “can’t be done” to “it’s possible”.

So, I outlined my plan on Evernote on my phone. I went through several changes on topics until I nailed down something I was comfortable writing about, and some topics not so comfortable. I created reasons and statements to explore. After the planning, it was a matter of getting it out there by any means necessary. Whether that meant waking up before the crack of dawn or staying up late in the evening. In the solitude of silence or the company of Pandora, I wrote. I wrote for 26 days, covering 26 topics with no particular theme; just what I learned and hope to learn in this writing journey I’ve undertaken. A whole month later, I crossed the finish line, happier, without regrets.

So, what do I take away from this challenge?

  1. I can write on a deadline. Essentially, the A to Z Challenge was a set of deadlines that had to be met. There was no leeway to me. Either stay the course or play catch up. And catch up wasn’t an option.
  2. I can write about anything. The old adage is true: you never know what you can do when you’re forced to. I didn’t think I would come up with anything brilliant to say about the topics and subjects I picked. And yet, I did.
  3. I am not alone. I know, I know. Being on Twitter and Facebook, I have a great community of writers I can turn to for answers. When I signed up for this challenge, I had no idea the number of people participating in this thing. And the numbers grew and grew. I even found new blogs to follow and gained new followers.

I can honestly say that this challenge has been the best thing for me as a writer and blogger. In a short month, I gained a confidence I didn’t think I had. It taught me the importance of planning and thinking outside the box. I expanded my horizons and I found blogs to follow that I didn’t think to follow before. And again, it reassured me that there are people who do read and like my work.

So, I leave this year’s challenge basking in the confidence that I can do anything. Maybe next year, I will have a theme. Who knows? Until then, I will continue to write and hopefully enlighten someone with my words. Happy writing!