Saturday, June 19, 2010

A random look back and a few odd thoughts

no...not thinking about my life. I have enough angst. I don't need to add to it, lol. I've been checking out my old posts--the stuff I archived. This is my third blog and the one I've kept the longest. Guess I was looking for myself. One day I'm going to bring up some of my earliest posts and see who was in here with me.

I've never really had a popular blog, since I'm so random and don't advertise unless I have a guest blogger. More like...a specialty blog, if there is such a thing for the craft of writing. I appreciate questions, since my best work comes out of trouble-shooting, although for some reason there are periods of mania where I'd get hung up on things like plot threads and various character arcs. Emotional structure has always been one of my favorite topics, and one I'm trying to incorporate into writing short stories.

To be fair, lots of stuff overlaps. I remember over on savvy, someone asked me how to show the transformational arc. For some reason the question slipped my mind. I'll have to look them up and send a copy. I hate leaving unanswered questions.

On the plus side, I like to think I've gotten better at explaining. On the minus side, sometimes I get a little obscure. I blame it all on rhetoric. After four months, I'm only to chapter five in Gennett's Narrative Discourse. Bad enough it's about Proust. I have to read it with a dictionary.

I'll probably be posting a lot of stuff on prologues over the next couple months as I gear up for October, but I've always been a prologue person. I need to work on getting it across, though.


deanna said...

Good for you, knowing what specialty your blog is. Mine's kind of the rambling experiments of an aging writer. :o) I think it's kinda cool knowing people whose blogs aren't necessarily wildly popular, but who have time to be friendly and share stuff. Guess that's how real life is for me, too.

I hope your day contains minimal angst and at least a few shots of blessing. :o)

Jennifer Leeland said...

One thing about your blog, it's got MEAT on it.
It always makes me think and forces me to look at stuff.
As a panster of the most disorganized kind, I credit you with making me look a little deeper.
Even when I feel too ignorant to comment.
LOVE this blog.

jodi said...

ahh...thank you, Deanna. I've been doing a lot of praying over the last couple weeks--asking for guidance and a little help. Your blog is like a pool of clear water and I love reading it. It touches that part of me that loves good narrative non-fiction. :)

Jen, seriously--ignorant you aren't. Like Emma says, I simply think too much, and all that thinking isn't good for a person, lol. That's why I'm so much like my characters. I might go over to cafepress and get a shirt--"ANGST!"

You're almost too nice. I'm glad I know you. :)

Kaige said...

Hmm. I thought I'd left a comment on here, but looks like I missed some redflag warning that it wasn't going to post before closing the window.

You may feel it's a specialty niche, but I'm always eager to read whatever you're pondering about. Like Jennifer, always good food for thought and you make me THINK. I think I fall in that overthinking things category too, but hey...

jodi said...

lol, I'm pretty much doing a lol of social media thinking, and I blame that on mamadivine. That and the new publishing platforms--not that I'm a lulu person, because the interface isn't as silly simple as smashwords. 1100 downloads of that experimental story with the plain cover. That's pretty incredible.