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I’m part of a small group of bloggers who stay in touch and chat about blogging, writing, or just about anything else that might be of interest. This is my essay for this weekend.
Thanks to Natalie The Explorer for hosting us.
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Good day all,
I’m pleased to have another Saturday morning to spend a few minutes with friends. I’m already deep into my second mug of tea and today I went with the Formosa Oolong black tea. I always find this to be among the smoothest in my little collection and I often find myself thinking I could drink this all day.
One of the things I like about stories is how they can be a tool to help us look at the world, each other and even ourselves in a different light and from that, draw insights that help us take useful steps toward some place we want to be, towards someone we prefer to be.
Thus, today I want to use the image of a bridge which becomes the path that can take us someplace better. This image works best if we view ourselves not only as travelers using the bridge but we can be the builders of our bridge. This way, our work, our path can actually help others along their way. That said, here’s some of the framework for the bridge I want to finish up and travel this year.
I think I’m fairly well settled into the new year. I’ve done something of an audit of last year and have a few things on should-have-done list around the house that are now promoted to priorities for early this year.
I needed the first couple of weeks of January to do it, but I finished reading the Bible again. There is always new stuff that I managed to miss on my previous readings. I’m not positive, but I think this last pass through was my sixth time through. It is a long read with some tough areas but for the most part, it’s fascinating how relevant and timely these messages still are. Much of it feels like it was written by someone who talked different than I do, but was describing things from just last week.
For 2021, I’ve adjusted my reading plan. I had one subscription that had a strong political bent because I wanted to learn more about that perspective but after the US elections and how they reported on it, I decided they really don’t deserve my subscription money anymore. They were not at all fair or even close to balanced in how they reported things. I’m not a news junky but even I could see through what they did and did not report. It was sad and I did find that it was well written each week, good vocabulary that often sent me to the dictionary, clever ways of saying things that both informed and entertained a bit. Anyway, they’re out now and I’m slowly looking for a replacement. However, after the whole election embarrassment, I’m good to all but ignore the news for a while. I’ll let someone else take my seat in the audience to be lied to and manipulated for a while.
Work has spun back up and my big quarterly project is queued up for next week. Our data drop in scheduled for Tuesday and our delivery is targeted for Thursday afternoon. So, the scramble begins again. It almost always goes smoothly, but I get 1 or 2 long days each quarter.
I’ve made a near complete, if not very elegant transition to a new blog plan (no ads) and a new theme. I’ve decided to stop bad-mouthing the WP Block editor and just cope with it. I found a few paths that allow me to create essays that almost look like I want them to and now know how to deal with most of the surprises that Gutenberg throws at me. One blogger has given me the name of a person skilled in setting up WP blogs and I’m most likely going to reach out to her to clean up some clunky areas and explain some things to me, so I think my gaps may be short lived at this point.
I spent a good chunk of my holiday break doing the transition and finishing my expanded version of the Ayem story. I like it, but it still feels very beta-like. It still needs some polish. I’ve had a couple of folks read it and provide excellent feedback — and for them I an very thankful. Longer stories are harder to produce and I’m not getting as many causal readers as my other stories get. I’m even more confirmed now that I’m in that area as a writer that I’ll get decent readership for a 10 minute read but as a story gets longer, readers fall away pretty quickly without even trying it out.
So, I’ll keep polishing Ayem Notthymn: The Second Door, but it will be a while before I take on such a long project again.
My Dime of Time story collection is all but done. I may yet squeeze another few stories out of that model but I think the muse for creating these is about done. My fiction collection is more interesting and I’m finding these harder to produce. The voice and feel and even the point is so different that I’m a tad disoriented by the task. There are a few pieces from the existing collection that I want to fix, so am looking forward to that too.
How about you? Is your bridge to 2021 in place or under construction?