New directions

I've found things are now a little different. In the time I left and came back to this blogosphere, things changed and went into different directions. Maybe it's because the people I followed are in different stages of their lives now (as am I), maybe it's because we've finally learned that lurking on here only does so much before our writing is ultimately what suffers, maybe it's because I stayed away so long that no one cares that I am back again.

Regardless of the reasons, I too feel as though my blog needs to go in a different direction. The odd thing is, I almost want to take it back to where it once was. I had this fancy for writing about the every day, for sharing what made me laugh and made cry and made me cringe, and then one day I got in my head that writing for the reader and writing about writing and writing to be the writer out there showing their writing was more important than anything else.

I've come to the realization that I'm never going to be the writer who knows everyone or teaches people things they didn't already know. I do much better hiding and well, writing.

So back to the direction. It's one that is new and yet, is the same one of old. It's the way of sharing what's on my heart (without necessarily giving advice), it's the one that talks about whatever I'm dealing with because us readers and writers are just ordinary persons. It's the one that shares the love of words on the page, the one that eggs people on to read what I've fallen in love with, to explain to me when I don't understand the big deal about something, the one that brags about those I love.

The next few weeks are going to be different--I'm in the process of preparing for the release of Pity Isn't An Option. This won't be an annoying beginning to an even more annoying blog kick that throws PIAO in your face every other day, yet I will be talking about it, because I'm excited. I figure not many people come around these here parts any more anyway, so that shouldn't be a problem.

Enjoy the last few days of 2012. Embrace the ones you love, share in the beauty of memories that is those you have lost, jot down a few things that come to your mind simply to take note of them before this year is over and gone.

Have a wondrous ringing in of the new year, in the way you love to enjoy it. I'm off to research yet another something about self-publishing that I know nothing about, then probably brew some coffee and stay up way later than I should.

His peace to you always,



Anne Gallagher said...

well I for one, am glad you're back. And you're right, blogs arent' what they used to be, so go ahead and make it whatever you want.

Christina Farley said...

I really understand what you're saying. I love blogging and I love visiting other people's blogs but it's hard to juggle it all. Happy New Year and all the best to you!

Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...

Thanks, Anne! :) I think that's a great word of advice... make it what you want and enjoy it! Right? :)

And Christina, it definitely is. And then it turns into something you're working at and the fun is lost in the shuffle!

Happy New Year to you both!!! :)


Steven J. Wangsness said...

Hello, again.
Any details about Pity's forthcoming forthcoming?

Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...

Well, Steven, looking at things now (with kids still out for break another week and all) and where I'm at, it looks as though it will be end of January-ish. :) Thanks for asking!

Katrina L. Lantz said...

I had no idea you were self-publishing! Awesome! I want to hear more about this book!

I was away for a long while, too, feels like. Life happens. I hope yours is lovely because you're a lovely person.

Thanks for blogging.