Wednesday, March 27, 2013

No time to say goodbye, hello!

The final post at Widdershins has come.

Monday begins the A-Z Challenge and I'll be posting exclusively at my new joint, boots and bluestockings. Really, you should come over and follow along! This has been a long time coming and I'm looking forward to using this fresh, new bloggy home as a diving board back into the deep end of blogdom.

I've had fun here. I've met so many awesome people through this blog. I don't want to lose a single one of you. SO if you haven't visited my new space, please do. I want to continue this blogging adventure with you.

As for the A-Z Challenge, there's still time to sign up if you haven't already. Click the link and take the plunge. And speaking of the challenge, I'll be announcing my theme over at bluestockings.

So what are you waiting for?

Join the Challenge!
Click the links!
Slip on a pair of boots and come along!

Oh, yeah, and thanks for all the fun here at Widdershins. I'm ready for a change, a fresh start. And I really do want YOU with me!

Love,
Jen

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I'm still here...

In my last post, I announced that this little bloggy is moving. Well, not THIS blog, but I and my writing are moving to another blog address.

It's not really a big deal but it's been a long time since I changed blog addresses. It's weird going into the new one and working on the design. It's quite over there...but it feels more like the calm before the storm than anything else.

Dramatic? Yes. But I used to blog daily. Seriously (don't laugh). I used to work at a computer repair company and I sat at a desk for 8+hours a day. During that time, all I had to do was answer the phone when it rang and do any monotonous data entry work they gave me. Other than that, my time could be spent wandering the Internet and blogging.

After I started back to school -and quit that monotonous job- my time in front of the computer became more focused on school work and less on things I enjoyed (like blogging). It was sad, but I had to let something go and blogging was that something. Well, that and visiting I Can Has Cheezburger regularly :). I've lost touch with a lot of great bloggers and that's the thing I regret most.

BUT

That's why I'm so excited about the new blog, the end of school, and the A-Z Challenge! I love a clean slate and I love the fact that after April 28th, I will no longer be a slave to 7 day a week discussion boards, PowerPoint presentations, term papers, exams, or projects that discuss the developmental stages of human beings as discovered by Erik Erikson.

And I'm hoping the A-Z Challenge will get me back in the deep end of the blogging pool. I'm ready to take the plunge. More than ready. And if you haven't signed up for the challenge yet, do it. Trust me! You'll be glad you did.

Oh, and I fixed the "follow" button at boots and bluestockings. I hope to see you there!

~Jen

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What a random day for a post!

Well, it's been a while!

I sincerely thank everyone who has continued reading my sporadic posts and for commenting. If I don't respond as hastily as I should, I apologize.

School is coming to a close. I have six weeks and four days left until my final two classes officially end. Thankfully, both of these classes are enjoyable and neither of them are taking up too much brain power or time. They are, however, there and haunting my every waking moment.

BUT

I have been thinking about blogging, about writing, and about what life will be like when I can finally -FINALLY- cross "become a college graduate" off my bucket list. There are ideas in the works, there are ideas waiting in the wings. Mostly they are waiting for the time to unfold into reality (and time will present itself in six weeks, four days).

And I've been considering starting a new blog.

I know; groan and sigh and fume. Seriously, go ahead. I did. And I know all of you who have followed me for any amount of time will know that I've "up and started" new blog after new blog. And you know what? I'm glad. Each blog has been an opportunity to try on a new outfit, a new "persona" if you will. Not that I've ever been untruthful in my writing but it's nice to be able to write about something and get the feeling that THAT is who you are. Even if it's just for a little while.

This blog has run its course. I've been thinking about a new direction for a long time: since last year in fact. I didn't, however, have the time to make the thinking a plan nor the plan a reality until now.

SO

I have started a new blog. It's there. It's shiny. It's rough and begs your indulgence for the necessary cosmetic changes that will occur in the next few weeks. The official launch date of Shiny New Blog will be April 01: day one of the A-Z Challenge. Yes, folks, I'll be posting all my A-Z posts over there.

Where is there, you ask? That's a great question! Boots and Bluestockings is the name of the new blog. A bluestocking is a literary lady; and boots, well, who doesn't like a good pair of boots! Seriously, though, I wear work boots, combat boots, and wellie (i.e. garden/rain) boots on a regular basis. They all symbolize different aspects of myself. I like that about me: one day I feel like conquering the world and the next, like dancing in the rain.

As I said, the official start date is April 01 but there will be a few posts prior to that. It will prove to be a grand experiment, starting something brand, spanking new in conjunction with the awesome experience of the A-Z Challenge.

And I have I request:

Go on and have a visit. Poke around. There's not much to see yet. As I said, there's still some cosmetic changes to attend to. But PLEASE do click the follow button! I don't want to miss ANY of you! And it's not that hard to do. You click the link - boots and bluestockings - you click FOLLOW. Ta-Da!

See? That wasn't so hard, was it?

Thank you THANK YOU to all of my many followers, new and old, past and present. I really REALLY want to see your smiling faces over at my new place! I'll be able to visit more frequently in the up coming weeks. I just have to tie down the final two classes and let them know who's in charge ;)

All the best and see you soon,
Jen

Monday, March 4, 2013

Concerning Fiction

When it comes to fiction, I usually steer clear of literary works. Not that there's anything wrong with fiction that reads like most nightly news hours; I just prefer a dash of magic and a healthy heaping of fantasy when I sit down to absorb someone else's world.

Reading fantasy, however, doesn't meant that I am adverse to realism. The best fantasy books are those that seem so real, that are suffused with such detail and recognizable elements that I forget that I am, in fact, reading fiction. We all know that Middle Earth existed only in Tolkien's imagination; but when we're reading it, we would swear it really existed.

Where is that fine balance between completely over the top and firmly grounded in reality? Honestly, I don't think it has anything to do with balance but with writing about what you know. Yeah, I know; you're tired of hearing that. But my life's BORING, you whine. No one wants to read about what I know. Really? Think about it. We all bring to the plate experiences, both REAL and IMAGINED. My idea of a unicorn may not necessarily be the same as your idea of a unicorn. And I know for a fact my idea of the characters in A Wrinkle in Time are NOT the same ideas held by film makers, graphic novel illustrators, or book cover designers.

But I digress...

We read fiction because we want an escape from our own reality. We read fiction to imagine what life would be like if we walked a different path, in a different body, a different town, a different planet. Whether we read literary fiction or science fiction isn't the point. What matters is the story. STORY is built upon the backbone of truth. Truth in fiction, of course, is speculative. When we write a story, it's true to us. When we read a well crafted story, we know it was true for the author. 

As writers, we need to dig deep to find our own truth. We have truths in every aspect of our lives. From our elementary school to our hometown to the dog that belonged to the crotchety old neighbor across the street we all have something from our pasts we can pull into words and make our own. Our imaginations provide us with the rest -

- especially if we write about unicorns ;)

Write real, write hard ...
Jen