Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Expect the Unexpected

Over the last few months I have been trying my hardest to get back into the groove of writing, blogging, and just thinking more creatively.  Sometimes, I sit in front of the computer screen and just stare at it mulling over all the things that I want to write. What I want to say.  What I need to say.

The past two days I spent some time just going back and rereading a lot of my own work.  Sometimes I laughed at my own jokes, got teary-eyed over my own words and felt embarrassed at my failed attempts at a piece.  As I looked back I noticed that my writing has so many facets.  Sometimes I write things that are weighing on my mind, like serious stuff.  Other times I write about observations and overheard conversations I have encountered.  I've even been known to write a few procedural step-by-step guides.  As you can see, Dalai Mama is a real hodgepodge of things and if you're new here I have to warn you to expect the unexpected.

I've been writing since I was in junior high when I wrote a lot of poetry and won my first writing contest.  Imagine the excitement of a 13 year-old who wrote something that was actually acknowledged and displayed for public viewing and listening.  From that moment I learned that things that I have to say matter.  The things that I write matter.  I started this blog in 2010 when my future career was unknown.  My small business had just folded, I had a baby, and went back to school to finish my Bachelors degree all in one year.  When I graduated I wasn't sure if I would get a job right away, so I started writing.

Looking back at my older posts I can see my writing evolve.  I went through stages when I just wrote about what was going on in my life.  Then I progressed into funny posts.  Then I shifted into retrospective pieces with more emotion and real feelings. I gained the courage to submit some of my work for publication and had my first experiences with rejection, being published and public critique.

I did notice though that about 5 years ago my writing slowed down.  It was about that time that I started graduate school.  I worked on writing, but in other ways, during that time.  Scholarly work.  Lots of reading and writing and talking about the learning process, educational systems and becoming a mentor teacher.  After I finished grad school, I decided to try my talents at writing a novel.  I have been working on the same novel for a little over two years now.  It has proven to be a much more tedious task than I initially expected.

While I will continue working on the novel, I am going to make a valid effort to get back into my writing groove.  I renewed my domain address for dalaimamablog.com for two years and I also purchased my pen name URL for two years, in hopes that someday when I finish my book I will have my website reserved. I put my writing notebook back in my purse.  I have found that carrying writing tools with me on the daily basis helps me generate ideas, notating thoughts and keeping track of possible blog posts.  I have reengaged my social media sites: Facebook and Twitter.  Be patient while I figure out Instagram. Here's to getting back on track in 2019, creating more, and thinking more creatively!

Please know that I appreciate the continued support from my friends, family and followers more than you would ever know! Cheers Dalai friends!  Write on!

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