While I was roaming the land of Big Skies with two of my favorite males, I got "tagged" by Colleen Redman. I must state that I usually ignore memes, surveys, blog-monkeys...whatever you want to call these infectious bugs that dash through the social networks of digital song and make you dance/sing to their rhythm. Yet, I have read Colleen's blog for years and since she herself is infectious, I accepted her challenge.
This is a very difficult challenge because it is for "writers." I have just recently begun to see myself as a photographer, and now before I get too old, I guess I must get my mind about whether I am a writer or not.
I started writing for fun when I was in grade school. I kept notebooks that were pasted with photos cut from magazines or bits of nature collected and then I wrote prose or poetry that had emerged (like vomit) in my brain. It was an addiction and I really never thought about it. But I had to do it. In primary and secondary school the writing assignments (fiction or non-fiction) were my favorites. I am a story person. I even made up stories about my math figures to get through Algebra! Blogging is my adult panacea, but I do wish they provided a free editor.
Anyway, that is the background for my answers below:
What am I writing/working on now?
My blog posts, of course. I just finished a short photo-journal book of the trip for my grandson and it will be a memory gift. I tried to write in the mind of a 9-year-old and thus it was pretty yucky. I had started a fictional book months ago and it was such a disappointing venture that it gathers cobwebs on my laptop. I am always writing poetry in my mind, which sometimes makes it to the page. I keep thinking I will follow through on a few ideas that are germs in my mind...but this is why I do not see myself as a WRITER.
How does my writing differ from other writing in its genre?
Unfortunately, I do not think my writing differs much. My voice is a common one. I strive for honesty and try to avoid bluntness, but they seem to come hand in hand. I think that Gandhi had it precisely correct when he said the only God is truth...or something to that effect. Truth is very hard to capture in words, though. And I have not yet decided if it is truth that changes or my mind.
Why do I write what I write?
It is like eating and breathing and loving. It is something that I HAVE to do. I am a seeker and I hope that by putting the pen to paper I will find what I seek. I hope to make astonishing connections and sometimes I actually do, on a smaller and more comfortable scale.
How does my writing process work?
I do not have a process, which is, of course, the problem. Consistency is the engine of great writers. Coffee and early morning and being the only one up are the keys to getting my writing engine going. I procrastinate on keeping a notebook for all my treasured thoughts as I work through my day. Colleen keeps a notebook and even more important she can decipher it when she needs to! I am a people watcher and do have a skill for recognizing a good character...now if I could just weave that into a tapestry of a story.
What are my future blog plans?
Since I do not have deadlines nor do I get paid for this, I do not have to have a plan. I still feel a calling to write and would do so even if no one read these words. When I began blogging in 2004 (before you were born?) I had no plan and thought of it as a private journal. Then I may have been a better writer in purity of thought and tone---who am I kidding? Now I am somewhat addicted to "my readers" and have them in mind when I write. It is probably not good for writing that you care how your readers perceive you and sometimes bite your pen.
I will not tag anyone, but would love if any of my readers desired to pick up this tag/flag and run with the ball and any other metaphor you care to use...just let me know.