B Haiku #atozchallenge

We see them soaring
Riding currents of air
And we envy them

Today in the A to Z Blog Challenge we focus on the letter B, so my haiku puzzle for today is a tiny poem that suggests a word beginning with B. Can you figure out what that word is? Tell us in the comments!

If you want to see all my puzzle poems from the beginning of the challenge, click here to go back to the Letter A on April 1.

New Life: Why I’m Back on the Blog

Did you miss me?

I haven’t posted here on WordWacker since my New Year’s post at the end of 2018. Up until then I was posting at least once a week, but several things came together at the turn of the year: the end of my own personal photo challenge, gearing up for my last semester as a professor, recovering from some minor surgery compounded with a minor illness, and so on. Nothing that would normally have kept me off the site, but I put off getting a post together and then inertia took over. Why would I post something on this day when I haven’t posted anything on all those other days? I’ll put it off for a while longer…. You know the experience.

Well, today I’m back. There are signs of spring all around me, and it’s even warm today where I am, though we’re expecting winter weather to return over the weekend. Mainly, though, I just dug in my heels and decided I’m not ready to abandon this blog. It’s been important to me, and will continue to be.

So what’s the plan going forward?

  • First up: I’m participating in the A-Z Blog Challenge again this year, which will consume all of April. Look forward to the Return of the Haiku Puzzles. I love doing this, and wouldn’t miss it. Tomorrow is the big theme reveal, but hey, you heard it here first!
  • After that, I’ll be starting up a (mostly) regular feature called Something for Sunday. My plan is to post on topics ranging from book reviews, updates on my own writing journey, reflections on life, photos I’ve taken, insights from cognitive psychology, gaming, or whatever I feel like. I don’t promise to get a post out every single Sunday, but my plan is to make it more weeks than I miss.

Many thanks to all of you who continue to follow this little blog, despite my recent hiatus. I hope to reward you with content that’s worth sticking around for.

What would you like to hear about? Let me know in the comments!

Looking Back

LookingatMyBlog  Well, well – 50 posts!

WordPress reminded me as I submitted my last post that it was my 51st. Go me!

In honor of this milestone, I decided to do something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, which is set up categories for the messages I’m posting here, and then go back and categorize all my previous posts. (Active avoidance is a powerful force, and I must remember to use it only for Good.) So I did this, and I realized something —

Most of my posts are pointless.

In the first few weeks I did a lot of whining. Why can’t I write more? Why is it so hard? How many words did I write this week? Why didn’t I write more? To be honest, I probably wouldn’t read most of what I wrote here. At least 90% of those 50 posts were in the category WIP Progress, a topic that’s probably only of interest to me. They tell writers to write what they would like to read, and I’m going to apply that to my blog here as well.

So from now on, I’ll broaden my interests a little. I’ll write about what’s going on with me and in the world in general a little more. I’ll comment on books I’m reading and TV shows I’m watching (and maybe also movies, though I don’t watch as many movies). I’ll share things about my kids and my work. Not obsessively and not every day, but more than before. And less whining. I promise!

Hello World!

So I’m starting a new blog dedicated to my writing, instead of to my reading. I’ve been writing a novel for about, oh, 20 years plus. I’ve started it and fizzled God knows how many times. This time, though, I’m determined to finish! I’ve got a general outline and have sketched out scenes past the midpoint, and I know what the ending is going to be, so I really think it will work. Time (and this blog) will tell. My goal here is to have someplace to talk about the struggles in writing the book (officially “the #*@%^! book), what I have learned about writing, and in general whatever touches on my writing life. Whether anyone ever reads this or not, it will give me something to write when there’s nothing else to write!