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November 5, 2019

where-are-you-quote-1So, I’ve been away from this blogging thing for quite some time now (even though no one seems to have noticed – I mean, I haven’t had any emails or PMs asking “Where are you?” or “What happened?” or “Are you still alive?”, etc. – which, I’m afraid, is probably a sign of how much attention people really pay to the invisible “Friends” they follow on various social media platforms). I still get hits (pretty much daily) on many of my (approximately 200) published posts and short stories, but I admit to feeling somewhat disappointed with myself for not trying just a little bit harder to keep things fresh (and regular).

WritingbrainFor three years, I wrote a personal essay every single week, and I never considered that I might some day run out of things to say. Then, apparently, I did. For whatever reason(s) – life changes, family commitments, disillusionment with the world around me – I stopped posting regularly (I went down to a post a month for a couple of years, and a mere half dozen a year more recently). And while I’ve had occasional ideas float through my brain, I haven’t quite been able to flesh any of them out into coherent posts that capture the essence of the original concept. And the longer I’ve let things lapse, the less inspired I’ve become. When I look back on some of my work (especially posts like Why I Write from August, 2011), I can’t help but wonder what happened. I can’t say exactly, but I do know that my muse has been on a very long vacation! And its time to bring her back.

fallcolours2With fall approaching (or landing with a giant THUNK on my front porch) and time on my hands (no more gardening or yard work for the next six months or so), I’ve decided to nudge my brain into coming up with something – ANYTHING – that I can turn into a plausible dissertation on my feelings, opinions and view of the world. I’ve pulled out my “ideas” file, looked over some of my half-finished attempts from the last couple of years, and scanned other people’s blogs, then sat quietly in the corner of my living room (with a cup of tea and a cat on my lap) and let my mind roam at will through concepts and theories and odds-and-ends that have captured my attention but never fully exposed themselves in words and pictures. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been interesting to try and force my mind back into “creative mode” once more.

keyboardingToday, I begin again. I vow to get my butt in the chair and keep my fingers on the keyboard at least once a week to create something worthwhile to post (hopefully you, the reader, will find at least a percentage of the material I produce interesting, informative, or amusing; if not – well, at least I tried, right?). I have missed the writing process, and I’ve missed the interaction with fellow bloggers and followers. And, really, I’m out of excuses. So – here I go.

I’m looking forward to starting over (and bringing you along for the ride) as I follow through on my promise to myself to fulfill my lifelong dream of being a writer now that I’m on … the other side of 55.


  1. November 11, 2019 8:22 am

    Good! You inspire me to try to do the same. Once a week!

  2. November 6, 2019 12:42 am

    Ah, you’ve described it perfectly. I think that those of us who migrated from Xanga just lost too many friends who inspired us.This venue seems less personal and makes it more difficult to navigate to find kindred spirits. I look forward to hearing more from you.

    • November 6, 2019 8:07 am

      Thanks Judy. I’ve never been on Xanga but WordPress certainly has changed to make it more difficult to connect; they used to have a wonderful “home page” with popular posts and a challenge (word of the day) to keep people writing. I hope you enjoy my posts.

  3. November 5, 2019 4:59 pm

    Well, my friend, I actually HAVE wondered where you’ve been as far as writing in your blog, but I know (all too well) how it goes when the writing muse no longer hangs out with us! I just figured you were busy getting settled in at your new country home and with….well… life! So I do welcome you back to the blog-a-sphere and look forward to your posts once again. And thank you for coming along with the ride on mine and always leaving thoughtful comments. I so appreciate that.

    • November 5, 2019 5:32 pm

      I hope I can be half as inspiring on my blog as you are on yours!

  4. Fassel permalink
    November 5, 2019 4:20 pm

    Keep writing!! Good to hear from you. I always read your articles and they always take me to a different place. I like it.

    • November 5, 2019 4:55 pm

      Thanks, Fassel. I hope to bring new insights and information to my blog.

  5. November 5, 2019 3:58 pm

    I’d say ‘Welcome Back’ except you’ve showed up on my blog, so I knew you weren’t really missing! Looking forward to reading what your writing muse comes up with!

    • November 5, 2019 4:54 pm

      Thanks, Margy. Its been too long but I just couldn’t seem to find the energy. Now that I’ve publicly made a commitment, I will (hopefully) stick to it.

  6. Betty permalink
    November 5, 2019 3:14 pm

    Looking forward to reading your blogs! So glad you are back.

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