What’s Coming Up

I’m excited to announce some changes are coming. Specifically, there will be a dedicated domain and specific site soon. I am researching host options and prices.

What are some features that will come with a dedicated domain and site?

  • Podcasts
  • Targeted videos (meaning specifically for readers here and not just YouTube in general)
  • More photos.
  • More book information.
  • A shopping cart
  • Inclusion of jewelry and knit/crocheted items.
  • Q&A sessions
  • And more.

At some point I will offer a dedicated membership area, but that’s quite a way down the road.

I just wanted to let you know that there’s a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes. I’m grateful that you’ve come along on my creative journal so far and look forward to sharing more of it with you.

Clouds Beget Clouds

Today is quite a bit cooler than the past few days have been. It’s cloudy. ANd in looking out my office window, I’m reminded of the clouds in a couple photos I’ve taken over the years. This particular one is from a bridge overlooking White River, just outside of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

I like it for a number of reasons. I like how everything reflects in the water. I like that we were able to stop in the middle of the bridge on a rare afternoon with little traffic. I like that it’s Eureka Springs, somewhere I would really like to be right now.

I am aware it’s a repeat that I’ve used on this blog before. I don’t think I’ve ever said why I like it, though. (Plus, I’m working on edits for RealmWalker: New Beginnings, so I wanted to post but I needed something easy-ish at the moment.)

Lessons in Blogging

All day, I’ve been thinking about what I want to talk about for the last day of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. This is what I’ve come up with.

I know I talked a lot — maybe even exclusively — about creativity. That’s something I’ve been interested in for a long time. Even since before I heard about The Artist’s Way fifteen or so years ago. It’s basically part of who I am. That interest.

What I’ve Learned

This month, I have learned what posts work better for me. Posts that are a combination of photo and text are good. Posts with videos are good. Posts that are audio only are not. In fact, the day where I embedded my podcast and didn’t include a photo had the lowest views all month. I posted mostly in the evenings, so I really can’t say if I’ve figured out what time of day is best.

I will say that although I did manage to post every day, it is not something I am going to keep up. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m going to use May to focus on 2-3 posts a week and see how consistency and views go. After that, I’ll evaluate again. I think this monthly evaluation is a good thing and something I’m going to stick with.

Coming Up

Speaking of May and the blog, here are some of the types and topics of posts you’ll see:

  • More about creativity. I kind of can’t help it. When I’m in the middle of something, I talk about creativity more than I do when I’m not.
  • Writing in general. After I posted the question my friend asked, I’ve gotten a few more questions from other people. I’ve answered them in the manner in which I received them, but I am going to expand on some of the answers here.
  • The submission process for novels. I’ve self-published most of my body of work. I decided to shop the novel I just finished around to different publishers and agents. There is actually already news on that front, but I’ll tell about it in its own post.
  • Yarn stuff – knitting, crochet, whatever.
  • Photos. I have a couple ideas I’m thinking of with this. I’ll see how they progress and post as they mature.
  • Videos.
  • Podcasts. I’ve learned from this, though. When I post a podcast link, I’ll include something else so there’s something to hold interest.

Updates

There is also an update. Remember the post, A Tale of Two Shawls? Both of those are finished. I need to take pictures of them both before I do an official update about them.

If you remember the announcement about Journal Your Way to Creativity at the first of the month, there has been a review posted for it. Mindy Phillips Lawrence posted her review on Amazon and also submitted it to New Book Review, where you can see it now.

Thank you.

There have been a lot of new visitors to my blog as a direct result of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Thank you for that.

In the comments, some other members of the challenge contributed frequently. I would like to thank Jeanine Byers of HyggeFamilyMoments.com and Martha DeMeo of The Martha Review for their frequent comments. There have been others who commented, too, including my friend and neighbor Richard Barron. I sincerely appreciate every comment. Whenever I participate in a challenge, it is always a fear that no one will comment. It is always a relief to see that fear is ungrounded.

Thank you, too, to Paul Taubman for hosting the challenge and putting in the work behind the scenes that goes into the daily emails and group postings to keep us all on track.

This is the last post for April. I’ll see you in May.

In the meantime, happy creating!

Photo: What Is It?

I’m doing this a little bit different today. First I’ll tell you why. I am going to reach my word count goal (60,000 words) on RealmWalker tonight. I might even finish the story. I’m excited to get to it. Second, I want to see what you all think about this. I’m always posting pictures and telling you what it is. Now it’s your turn to tell ME what it is.

P.S. Please don’t look at the file properties and get the name of the photo because that’s cheating. lol

Happy creating.

Photo Break

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is known as Little Switzerland and the Stair-Step Town, among other nicknames. Throughout the historic district, there are small parks and grottos with various flora and natural rock formations. This is just one of many.

Formal Photography

Today I got to exercise a different creative art. Photography.

My oldest niece is a high school junior. Tonight is Prom. After she and her boyfriend got all dolled up, we took their pictures.

Telling people how to pose has never been my strong suit. I let other people do that with only making a couple suggestions myself. I don’t have permission to use photos of her or her boyfriend, so I’m only sharing a photo of her prom corsage sitting in its plastic box.

It’s been a while since I’ve shot formal portraits. Come to think of it, this might actually be the first. Well, for a formal dance, that is. Later on, if I get permission to share some of the other photos, I hope to be able to share some of my favorites. I’m particularly happy with one of her looking out a window.

Photography stretches my creativity in different ways than writing does. That’s a good thing. We (I) need to stretch our creativity in different ways so that we don’t get in a rut. Practicing more than one creative outlet is a good way to be sure we stay in touch with our creativity and sometimes refill our well in the process.

What are you doing to stretch? Where do you need more practice?

Happy creating!