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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